"one may feel oneself transported to Upernavik or Holsteinsborg or Qaanaaq"

Sisimiut
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Upernavik, Sisimiut (Holsteinsborg in Danish) and Qaanaaq (formerly Thule) are towns in western Greenland. 

Upernavik, which is situated on the northwestern coast of Greenland, was founded in 1772. Although there are only around 1200 people living in the town, and another few hundred in 10 surrounding settlements, the whole municipal authority covers an area the size of Great Britain.

 

Upernavik
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Sisimiut, located in central-western Greenland, is the second (after Nuuk, the capital) town in the country in terms of its population, with almost 6000 inhabitants. It has been a settlement for around 4500 years.

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Qaanaaq is virtually the end of the world - the northernmost town on Earth (77°29'N 69°20'W). There are only around 600 people living there. The birthplace of Smilla, Siorapaluk, which lies in the Qaanaaq area, is the northermost inhabited settlement in the world.