Sisimiut is located 30 miles from the Polar Circle and with its 5.600 inhabitants it is the second largest town in Greenland.
The name Sisimiut means ”they live near the fox holes.”
The town was founded in 1756 under the name of ”Holsteinsborg”, named after the count Johan Ludvig Holstein. The characteristic blue church from 1775 is one of the towns main attractions.
The mountain ”Kællingehætten”, with the recognizable, round peak, is the towns trademark. With its 784 meters it is the highest mountain to be seen from Sisimiut.
Close to Sisimiut you find the two settlements Itilleq and Sarfannguaq, which you can reach with the local mail boat.