The Danish name of the town is Scoresbysund, named after the English whaler William Scoresby who first mapped the area in 1822.
Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in 1925 on the initiative of Ejnar Mikkelsens. The foundation was partly a counterbalance to Norway’s growing interests in Northeast Greenland. It was also an attempt to create better conditions of life for inhabitants from the more southerly town of Ammassalik, by moving them to a new and better area for hunting.
The municipality of Ittoqqortoormiit, which means “the place with the big houses”, is one of the most remote yet smallest populations in Greenland, but is still the third biggest municipality area in Greenland.
To the north of the region is the worlds largest National Park, which contains a variety of wildlife and is a very important area for international scientists.
Today, Ittoqqortoomiit is one of the last hunters societies in the world, which for many of the hunters means a varied life involving hunting, fishing, services and tourism. The town is situated at the entrance to the worlds largest fjord system, the mightly Scoresbysund Fjord, and at the southern tip of the extensive alpine mountain ranges and icecaps of Liverpool Land.
Ittoqqortoormiit village is home to several hundred east Greenland Huskies. The owners kindly request all visitors to the village to not approach, touch or feed the dogs. Any dog that bites, for whatever reason, must be immediately destroyed. If one single dog can not be identified then the whole team must be shot and this can devastate the lives of the owner and their family. Please respect this at all times.
After completion of the ICEMAN race there will be opportunities for you to have a guided tour of the village and take part in dog sled, snowmobile and ice fishing tours and to visit the small local hot spring near Kap Tobin.
Ittoqqortoormiit is the most wonderful and unique society in Greenland.