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Old January 16th, 2015, 04:25 AM   #321
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The Kujalleq Municipality in the far south of Greenland have drawn out a basic plan of hopes for a future road network better than a few dirt sheep farm roads.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 11:48 PM   #322
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Google street view is now available in Greenland.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old February 20th, 2015, 01:03 AM   #323
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Old September 5th, 2015, 12:35 AM   #324
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In Greenland, roads outside towns are unheard of except for small dirt tracks for local farms in the south. In Kangerlussuaq however (Home of Greenland's international airport), Greenland's longest road can be driven on to get from town to the ice cap. This is the only place in the country where this is possible.



The road was completed in 2001 by Nausta, a now defunct car testing company. It originally was meant to provide road access onto the ice cap so companies such as Audi and Volkswagen could test their vehicles on the ice.



From Kangerlussuaq to the ice cap takes approximately one hour on this road. Due to several factors, driving onto the ice cap is no longer possible, but you can still walk onto it.

Though it was never really used for its intended purpose, the road now transports many tourists and scientists on vehicles to the ice cap for cheaper than helicopter travel.

Photos From: http://cryopolitics.com/2014/08/24/f...ad-to-the-ice/
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Old June 28th, 2016, 06:10 AM   #325
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Most towns and villages in Greenland tend to be fairly quiet and traiditonal. But, the capital, and largest city Nuuk (pop.17,000) is a very modern and bustling city. Here are some neat photos of Nuuk's roads:

Qinngorput is the newest area of the city and has the most modern road system:



Here is one of Nuuk's busiest intersections. To the left is Qernertunnguit and to the right is Eqalugalinnguit.


I will make another post soon about Qaqortoq, a city in southern Greenland.
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Old June 29th, 2016, 05:40 AM   #326
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Here is Kangerlussuaq:

Kangerlussuaq is an American built airbase from World War 2 that is now being used as the main international airport in Greenland. Although, plans are being made for making the main airport(s) in Nuuk or Ilulissat.

Kangerlussuaq has a large road to the icecap that is used by tourists. It is the longest road in Greenland and the only road that reaches the icecap. (read 2 posts above for more info on that road.)


There were once extensive plans that called for a long road connecting Kangerlussuaq(pop.499) and Sisimiut (pop.5,572), Greenland's 2nd largest city. But, after plans were made to phase out the Kangerlussuaq airport, the plans for this road were scrapped. It would have been the first road to connect 2 villages together in Greenland.

Here is a look down Kangerlussuaq's main road. Unlike most villages in Greenland, Kangerlussuaq is more American styled than Greenlandic styled.


It is unknown what will happen to Kangerlussuaq when the international airport is moved to a more populated city. Because almost all of the residents work for the airport or a job related to the airport, the village will either heavily reduce it's population or close completely.
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Old June 30th, 2016, 01:30 AM   #327
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Here is Qaqortoq:

Qaqortoq is the largest city in the Kujalleq Municipality and the 4th largest city in all of Greenland with a population of 3,229. Qaqortoq and the rest of southern Greenland are very unique. The weather is much milder in the south which allows for sheep farming.


The city is very old. It was founded in 1774 by Danish missionaries and was named Julianehaab after Queen Juliane Marie.


The closest airport is located in a settlement nearby, Narsarsuaq. But it is not connected to Qaqortoq by road. There have been recent plans made to build a new 1,199 meter runway airport in between the cities of Qaqortoq and Narsaq by 2018. In addition to the airport, a road is being constructed currently to the proposed location for the airport. The road will later connect to Narsaq by ferry. This will greatly spur local economic development, especially in the mining sector.






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Old November 14th, 2016, 06:28 AM   #328
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This post is about Narsaq. Narsaq is a town of 1,500 inhabitants in Southern Greenland. It, along with Igaliku and Qassiarsuk make up the main centers of agriculture in Greenland.

Fun Facts:
- Narsaq is home to Greenland's first brewery.
- Narsaq has recently become a hotspot for mining.
- Narsaq is available to view on Street View!


Narsaq is expected to have a large economical boom in the coming years as a ferry route and road between Narsaq, and the new airport in Qaqortoq is being constructed. Work on the road has already begun. A further road connecting Narsaq to Qassiarsuk has been discussed.


Narsaq has many dirt roads that link to the surrounding farming settlements and mining areas.


Inside the town itself, the roads are fully paved and of good condition.


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Old November 14th, 2016, 03:16 PM   #329
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That bigger one street with a roundabout in Nuuk looks very Finnish!
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Old November 15th, 2016, 04:12 AM   #330
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That bigger one street with a roundabout in Nuuk looks very Finnish!
Yep! Nuuk definitely has a lot of Scandinavian/European influence.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 02:59 AM   #331
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There is a very large development being proposed for Nuuk. It is called the Siorarsiorfik district. The plan calls for a new urban district with around 2,500 homes (for 5000 people), 2 primary schools, one secondary school, 20,000 square meters of retail, an art museum, and an indoor stadium.

The plan calls for a one kilometer tunnel linking Qinngorput to Siorarsiorfik. It will be Greenland's longest tunnel.

City leaders believe this project will help accommodate the large amount of people that are moving to the already crowded Nuuk each year. They also hope that this vibrant neighborhood with great views and amenities will attract Greenlanders abroad.

This is the largest development in Greenland's history.

Here are some renderings:


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Old April 17th, 2017, 04:08 AM   #332
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Streetview is now available in the Igaliku area thanks to the Game of Throne actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who recorded the street view imagery while visiting his wife's family's house in the village!


The village of Igalku was founded in 1783 by the Danish merchant, Anders Olsen and his wife. Before modern times, the area was home to a decent sized Norse/Viking settlement including the Garðar Cathedral, which was the head church of the local diocese. It has 55 inhabitants, but is a popular vacation destination. Many Greenlanders and Danish people have vacation homes here.



Outside of the village, there are several farms which primarily have sheep and cattle. There is a large network of gravel roads linking these farms to the village. Unlike most small settlements in Greenland, most of the farmers have cars or other vehicles that use these roads to transport their goods to the docks in the village. It also includes the King's Road which is a gravel road linking the village of Igaliku to the many farms in the area and the dock in Itilleq settlement. It is named after King Frederik 9th of Denmark who travelled the road to visit the village.

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Old June 8th, 2017, 06:01 AM   #333
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Quick Update:

Things appear to be moving forward with the Siorarsiorfik District project!


Siorarsiorfik is going to be Greenland's largest urban development in history. It will cost an estimated $5 Billion.

The project will include:
- 2500 housing units
- 20,000 square meters of commercial or other public spaces
- 3 new schools and 10 day care facilities across the city
- A one kilometer long tunnel connecting the district of Qinngorput to Siorarsiorfik - it will be Greenland's second tunnel, and by far the largest. (For those curious, the other one goes under Nuusuaq to connect Nuuk Port with the town center.)
- A national art museum
- An indoor stadium


Nuuk is a growing at massive rates with up to 500 new residents each year (That's a lot for Greenland!) Politicians and developers hope this project will relieve pressure from the strained housing market in Nuuk for the time being.


Other politicians such as Mayor Asii Chemnitz Narup hope that this improved urban environment will encourage young Greenlanders to stay in the country and bring some of the 20,000+ Greenlanders in Denmark back home. The project will create a lot of jobs and help solidify Nuuk's position as the center of modern Greenland.



Bonus fun fact: If this project is completed to its full potential of 5000 residents, Siorarsiorfik would be Greenland's 3rd largest town. But it is likely it will just remain a part of Nuuk.
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Work Continues on Building Greenland's Largest Road:

Qaqortoq is a town in southern Greenland. With a population of over 3,000, it is the main city of the Kujalleq Municipality. Plans have been made recently to construct new airports across Greenland. One of the new airports will be located halfway between Qaqortoq and Narsaq. It will become the main airport in southern Greenland, replacing Narsarsuaq Airport. In order to reach the airport, a 6.3km road will be built from Qaqortoq to the airport site. Qaqortoq Entreprenørforretning Aps, a local construction company has been put in charge of this large project. In the future, a second phase will include a few kilometers extension of the road to a small farming settlement. From there, a ferry will be built that will offer service between Qaqortoq (3,229) and Narsaq (1,503). This will be the first proper road built between 2 towns in Greenland. Qaqortoq and Narsaq are likely to see growth after the project is done because they will become more interconnected and easy to access from eachother.

A segment of the road as of October 2016:


The road has proven to be a challenge due to Greenland's rugged terrain. As of Oct. 2016, 35 tons of explosives had to be used to clear room for the road.

Initial site clearing for the road. This is to the east of Qaqortoq:


I am hopeful that his project will help get Qaqortoq back on track. Currently they are losing a lot of population because young people are moving to either Nuuk or Denmark. I hope that this will help the city expand more. Tourism will grow a lot too now that it will be easier to get to both Qaqortoq and Narsaq from the airport. Plus, the up and coming mining operations will be supported by this.

Photos of Qaqortoq (aka the "Greenlandic Riviera"):





A rough plan for the road. The line going off to the right is a proposed future route to Igaliku:
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ARe there plans to build a new airport in Nuuk? I read a while back that the current airport is limited to Northern expansion due to the garbage dump and other land features. I personally have thought west of Nuuk would be a good place for a new airport accessable via road tunnel. All very expensive I know but just a thought.
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ARe there plans to build a new airport in Nuuk? I read a while back that the current airport is limited to Northern expansion due to the garbage dump and other land features. I personally have thought west of Nuuk would be a good place for a new airport accessable via road tunnel. All very expensive I know but just a thought.
I believe no. There were some detailed proposals, but in the end I think they settled on just extending the current runway - I'm not 100% sure about that though.
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I believe no. There were some detailed proposals, but in the end I think they settled on just extending the current runway - I'm not 100% sure about that though.

In Nuuk the current runway of 950 m will be expanded to 2200 m, and a completely new and relocated terminal will be constructed. Construction works are supposed to start in mid 2018 for completion in 2022. Nuuk will then together with an expanded Ilulissat airport take over from Kangerlussuaq (Sdr. Strømfjord) take over the main airports in and out of Greenland.

Ilulissat will see the runway relocated and expanded from 845 m to 2200 m together with a new terminal constructed.

Finally a completely new airport will be constructed in Qaqortoq with a runway of - initially - 1500 m but prepared for an extension to 1850 m

In Ilulissat and Qaqortoq construction will start in 2019 with expected complettion in 2022.

The new Nuuk airport will be able to be operated with Boeing 737 and 757 in all weather conditions, and with Airbus A320 and A330 in most weather conditions.

http://kair.gl/en/ more info on the Danish and Greenlandic part of the website
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