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WELCOME TO KISS 2002
part 3


SPORT HUNTING
As a guest in Greenland you can go hunting only when you have bought a hunting trip from one of the authorized trophy hunting companies in Greenland and are actually part of the organized hunting trip / hunting camp.

If you are planning to harvest any birds or mammals in Greenland for purely scientific purposes you may obtain a dispensation from the Greenland Government to do so, pending your submission of an explanatory letter, about your special case, to:
Greenland Home Rule Authority, Dept. of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, P. O. Box 269, DK-3900 Nuuk, Greenland.

GOLFING
On the sandy flats about 2 km east of the Airport you will find the northernmost internationally approved, sand-based 18-hole golf course in the world. If you are into golfing, contact the Kangerlussuaq golf club (phone 841130 or 841174) to arrange loan or renting of the necessary equipment. Green fee is DKK 50.

OTHER SPORTS
The gym center is located down the road from KISS. In this huge building an array of facilities are at your disposal if you want to do work-out and body building or perhaps play badminton, volley or basket ball, indoor socker, or racquet ball. You will also find an indoor swimming pool, a hot spa pool, and saunas. Swim suits or trunks can be rented in the center.

There is an admission fee of DKK 15 to the indoor facilities. The opening hours are: Monday - Friday 14.00-22.00, Saturday - Sunday 12.00 - 18.00. Adjacent to the center are an outdoor tennis court and a softball field. If you join the sports club KALIF as a member the gym center is open to you also in the evenings until 22.00 (all week).

MEDICAL AID
Kangerlussuaq does not have a resident medical doctor. Every 4-6 months a doctor from the Greenland health system will visit and you may consult the doctor with your medical problems which could not be solved by the Kangerlussuaq nurse.

The nurse's clinic is situated in Block N of the airport hotel complex. Opening hours are Monday - Friday 9 - 10.30. The nurse can handle most of the more ordinary cases. Medicine may also be obtained from the nurse, after consultation with a medical doctor. In acute cases requiring immediate action by a doctor the patient will be evacuated to the nearest hospital. Please note, that medical service including medicine is free in Greenland.

For your own convenience, please remember to bring your health insurance ID card to Greenland (Danes should bring their 'Sygesikringsbevis').

In case of emergency, call phone number 9 (the operator) and ask for assistance.

DENTIST
There is no permanent dentist in town. Only twice a year a dentist from the Greenland health system will visit Kangerlussuaq for consultations. Nothing more than an ordinary check and an ordinary cavity filling can be performed at Kangerlussuaq; this will be free of charge to you. All other dental work will have to take place at a dentist's clinic somewhere else at your own expense.

FLIGHT LINE
Kangerlussuaq is dissected by the flight line, i.e. a 2815 m runway, the adjacent taxiways, and the aprons. All this space is reserved for aircraft and the services directly associated with aircraft. All paved areas reserved for aircraft are off limit to all unauthorised personnel.

Should you have a need to access e.g. the aprons by vehicle in order to bring or fetch cargo in relation to your research activities you must be granted specific flight line access prior to entering the areas. The permission can be obtained through a personal request at the Airport Administration office in Block V.

While on the flight line always pay special attention to aircraft traffic, parked aircraft, and refueling activities. You must, without hesitation, follow the orders given by pilots or other aircraft crew members.

FUELS
Scientists make use of a variety of fuel types during fieldwork, and most common types are available in Kangerlussuaq.

In the general store you can purchase:

Field stove gas (butane) (e.g. 'Gaz Bleu' for camping stoves)
Field stove alcohol (e.g. for 'Trangia Stormkökken')

At the Statoil service station next to the airport building the following products are for sale:

Gasoline (e.g. for special field stoves and motor vehicles)
Kerosene / paraffin (e.g. for primusses and lamps)
DFA
Jet A-1
AVGAS
lubricating oils (e.g. for motor vehicles, aircrafts)

Contact the Statoil manager to get a quote of actual prices. If your scientific activities will need large quantities of fuels sold by Statoil you are recommended to contact the local Statoil manager (phone +299 841049) in advance to set up a special arrangement.

MAPS
Topographic maps of the region are for sale in the general store and in the Greenland Tourism office, but only in a very limited diversity. In order to be sure to have the maps you need before you start your activities in and around Kangerlussuaq you are recommended to obtain your maps prior to going to Greenland.

All ice-free areas of Greenland are covered by topographic maps in scale 1:250 000 and they can be ordered from 'The National Survey and Cadastre' (Rentemestervej 8, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark; phone: +45 3587 5050, fax: +45 3587 5051). The Kangerlussuaq inland area is represented on two separate sheets in this scale, i.e. 66V2 and 67V2.

However, you can also buy one map sheet covering the whole Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut region (from the Inland Ice to the coast of the Davis Strait between 66°21'N - 67°27'N and 50°W - 54°W) in scale 1:250 000. This kind of map is marketed by the company 'Saga Maps' and may be ordered as 'Orange # 8' by contacting any bookstore in Greenland. The one closest to Kangerlussuaq would be Sisimiut Boghandel (address: Aqqusinersuaq 33, DK-3911 Sisimiut; phone: +299 865590; fax: +299 865690).

Greenland Tourism produces hiking maps for various areas in West and East Greenland. A hiking map for the Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut region (in scale 1:100 000) is sold at the Greenland Tourism counter / office in the airport building (current price is DKK 60). These maps, covering the entire area from the Inland Ice border to the Davis Strait between 66°48'N and 67°09'N, are of high printing quality (positioning accuracy is better than 2 m) with many pertinent topographic details and can be recommended. The series of three maps are named 'Kangerlussuaq' , 'Pingo' and 'Sisimiut' form east to west, respectively. Click here to get a guide to the Kangerlussuaq hiking maps.

These and other maps on Greenland may also be purchased in the well stocked 'Nordisk Korthandel' (Scanmaps), Studiestræde 26-30, DK-1455 Copenhagen K, Denmark. Phone: +45 3313 2638. Fax: +45 3391 2638.

In the tourist information material available free of charge at the Greenland Tourism counter in the airport building you will find various types of maps of the local Kangerlussuaq area, i.e. primarily covering the areas adjacent to the road and track system; these maps are of no good use for any field activity.

When using a compass, please note that in 1998 the magnetic declination is 39.0°W. Click here to compute the declination at any place and time.

For additional information on Greenland maps, please read the Maps chapter in the on-line Planning Guide.

FIELD CABINS
Field cabins for researchers are scarce in the Kangerlussuaq region. Adjacent to 'Lake 120', c. 15 km to the east-southeast in the inland region south of the valley Ørkendalen, is a small but very suitable, cabin (two bunks + an extra mattress, four chairs, a table, and a heating stove) of good standard for one or two field workers in summer or winter.

The use of the cabin is free of charge, but as the cabin is used as a logistics base in short summer, autumn and late winter periods by an outfitter company. You may contact the company through Carsten Riis Olesen (cro@dmu.dk) (phone: +45 8920 1511; telefax: +45 8920 1514), to check if there will be a conflict of dates concerning your planned use of the cabin. The cabin is locked but the KISS manager has the key so you can borrow it when you plan to use this small field facility. Note that you must bring your own provision to the cabin as well as heating fuel to replace the quantity you might use for cooking and heating purposes.

In the valley Arnangarnup Qoorua (also known as 'Paradise Valley') c. 80 km southwest of the airport a small cabin (accommodating two persons, and no more!) is located in very interesting and pleasant surroundings next to a southern tributary of the main river. The use of the cabin is free of charge; however, access to the cabin must be obtained from the owner: Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (). Please note, that this valley is a nature preserve and access and activities are therefore regulated accordingly. Ask the or the for further details. You must bring your own equipment, provisions and fuels along to the cabin.

In the vicinity of the Kangerlussuaq road system, especially around the shore of lake Tasersuatsiaq ('Lake Ferguson') and north of the harbour, a number of privately owned cabins are used by residents of Kangerlussuaq for recreational purposes. You do not have access to these cabins unless you are invited.

The large cabin (accommodating 10-12 persons) north of the river outlet in the bay Angujaartorfik (locally called 'Moskusbugten') is owned by the Kangerlussuaq airport administration. Residents of Kangerlussuaq may use this cabin freely; there is no booking so you should be repaired that somebody else could be there when you show up. During winter you may reach this cabin by driving a vehicle on the fjord ice. For your own safety, please check with the airport administration whether the fjord ice is safe and drivable at the time you plan to go to Moskusbugten.

ACCESS TO THE INLAND ICE
KISS is only 20 km away from the Greenland Inland Ice. Heading east from the mountain 'Keglen' (locally known as 'Sugar Loaf') a good quality gravel road run all the way through the valley "Sandflugtsdalen" to the very edge of the ice cap at the locality known as Russell Glacier.

The glacier has a vertical, 30+ m high front, that is active!! Although it is possible to approach the front for a close encounter with the ice, it is strongly recommended that for your own safety you do not pass the signs posted on locality warning against falling ice. If you sit for a while and watch the scenery you will probably experience why it is prudent to keep a distance.

From the Russell Glacier spot the road continues westwards and then northwards across the rolling hils and all the way through Israndsdalen close to and parallel with the ice edge until point 660 where the roads climbs the ice and continues as a snow-packed road for another 120 km in an easterly direction. PLEASE NOTE, that the road north of Russell Glacier is a private road and therefore off limit to unauthorized vehicles and personnel. Any individual exemption from this rule can be granted only by the local manager of the road operator 'SKANSKA' pending your personal contact at phone +299 32 37 55;  fax  +299 32 27 47.

At several sites along the Inland Ice border in this region the ice itself is accessible using glacier climbing equipment. However, unless your project includes planned activities on the ice cap and you have obtained a written permit from the Danish Polar Center to venture on to the ice for research purposes, you should restrict yourself to enjoy the icescape from the land side or from the air.

Should you have an interest in establishing a field camp on the Inland Ice or just visit one or more localities on the ice you must submit your plans to the Danish Polar Center (Strandgade 100 H, DK-1401 Copenhagen K) well in advance and be prepared to meet specific safety measures and insurance requirements before a permit can be issued. Please see section 'Project Information' for further details and requirements.

CLIMATE
Kangerlussuaq has a low Arctic continental climate with quite stable weather patterns summer and winter. During winter (October - April) the air temperature may drop to below -45°C for extended periods, whereas the summer (June - August) may have warm and balmy days with +22°C in the shade.

See the current Kangerlussuaq weather and forecast.

Although there is a high predictability in the local weather pattern you should never forget that the weather may change quickly. Do not venture out into the field unprepaired for adverse weather conditions!

At any time, a weather forecast can be obtained for either the local area or any other place in Greenland by contacting the meteorologist on duty in the 'Met Office' at the top floor above the general store 'Butikken' in Block M.

Kangerlussuaq Airport is located 50 km north of the Arctic circle. Around the solstices (21 June and 22 December) the area therefore experiences a short period of midnight sun and of midday darkness, respectively.

For your general information see the average figures for the Kangerlussuaq climate.

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