Salliaruseq Island

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Location of Salliaruseq Island
Location Uummannaq Fjord
Coordinates 70°41′30″N 51°50′00″W / 70.69167°N 51.83333°W / 70.69167; -51.83333Coordinates: 70°41′30″N 51°50′00″W / 70.69167°N 51.83333°W / 70.69167; -51.83333
Area 130 km2 (50 sq mi)
Length 20.5 km (12.74 mi)
Width 9.6 km (5.97 mi)
Coastline 53.5 km (33.24 mi)
Highest elevation 1,418 m (4,652 ft)
Highest point Inussugtalik
Municipality Qaasuitsup

Salliaruseq Island (old spelling: Sagdliaruseq, Danish: Storøen, translated: The-big-island) is an uninhabited[1] island in the Qaasuitsup municipality[2] in northwestern Greenland. At 130 km2 (50.2 sq mi),[1] it is one of the larger islands in the Uummannaq Fjord system, located in its central part due east of Uummannaq Island. [3]

Air Greenland helicopters approach Uummannaq Heliport on the way from Qaarsut Airport alongside the western wall of Salliaruseq, first converging to the island, to then turn 90 degrees to the west due to winds in the Assorput Strait.


Western wall seen from the Nuussuatsiaq promontory at the base of the eastern wall of Uummannaq mountain

Salliaruseq is separated from the Uummannaq Island in the west by the Assorput Strait; from Appat Island and Saattut archipelago in the north by the central arm of Uummannaq Fjord; from the Qaqullussuit Peninsula jutting off the mainland in the east by Alaanguarqap Suullua strait; from the Ikerasak and Talerua islands in the southeast by the southern arm of the central Uummannaq Fjord, and from the Nuussuaq Peninsula in the south by the Sarqarput Strait.[3]

It is very mountainous, with precipitous walls falling from the summit plateau (Qollortoq) to the south (Ujarassuaq), west (Innarsuaq), and north (Alaanguaraq). The highest point on the island is Inussugtalik (1,418 m (4,652.2 ft)) above the northern wall.[3] The next highest point in the vicinity of the island is the Uummannaq Mountain on the western side of the Assorput Strait.


Name Direction Latitude N Longitude W
Qillorfik Western Cape 70°40′22″ 51°56′04″
Qingaarsuaq Northwestern Cape 70°43′42″ 51°55′20″
Pamiallua Eastern Cape 70°39′44″ 51°25′10″
Ujarassuaq Southern Cape 70°39′05″ 51°49′55″