Uummannaq (mountain)

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Uummannaq distance BIG.jpg
Overview from Uummannaq Fjord
Highest point
Elevation 1,170 m (3,840 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,170 m (3,840 ft)
Coordinates 70°42′47″N 52°07′52″W / 70.71306°N 52.13111°W / 70.71306; -52.13111Coordinates: 70°42′47″N 52°07′52″W / 70.71306°N 52.13111°W / 70.71306; -52.13111
Uummannaq is located in Greenland
Location in Greenland
Location Uummannaq, Greenland

Uummannaq is a 1,170 metres (3,839 ft) high, prominent, isolated mountain in western Greenland, located on the small Uummannaq Island in the central part of the Uummannaq Fjord. It entirely dominates the landscape of the island, its base occupying its entire northern half. Formed of granite and basement gneiss,[2] it is the most prominent mountain in the Arctic part of the west coast of Greenland. The mountain is a landmark of Greenland and a tourist magnet, often reproduced in art.


Trabant bastions in the southeastern pillar.

The mountain has two summits of similar height (the eastern summit being the higher), hence the name Uummannaq, Greenlandic for heart-shaped.[1][2] Deep chimneys fall to the south and the north from the col between the western and eastern summits.

Its eastern wall has no significant depressions, falling in a uniform cliff into Assorput Strait between Uummannaq Island and Salliaruseq Island.[3]

There are several trabant bastions in the southeastern pillar, to the northeast of the black bands in the southern wall.


Due to its remote location and considerable difficulty, few mountaineers have attempted the ascent. Only two known ascents had been done before 1992.[4]



  1. ^ a b greenland-guide.gl
  2. ^ a b O'Carroll, Etain (2005). Greenland and the Arctic. Lonely Planet. p. 193. ISBN 1-74059-095-3. 
  3. ^ Nuussuaq, Saga Map, Tage Schjøtt, 1992
  4. ^ summitpost.org