Iginniarfik

Iginniarfik is located some 40 km south of Kangaatsiaq and some 15 km east of Ikerasaarsuk, on the south side of the Alanngorsua peninsula. The settlement was established as a trading station around 1850 and is characterised by a relatively mild climate. 

Located by a small inlet, the settlement borders on water on two sides. The oldest part of the settlement is located in a hollow in the landscape, bordering on a steep mountain section to the north. 

Settlement objectives (priority areas, development goals etc.)

Iginniarfik’s service level and range of housing should be adapted to its development. Business development especially is to be supported by providing sufficient space for the fishermen and production facilities. Access roads and paths should also be improved, and waste management should be addressed.

Population and housing

On 1 February 2013, 82 persons lived in Iginniarfik. The settlement saw a high increase in population in the 90s, but population has dropped dramatically since 2005 (18 per cent). The age group 5-19 years is large, and there are very few in the 65 and over age group.

Since no considerable increase in population is expected, the planning period primarily calls for replacement buildings in connection with redevelopment.

In total, the settlements belonging to Kangaatsiaq number 213 households, and the Iginniarfik mainly consists of detached single-family houses. The settlement holds no senior housing.

The two residential areas in the settlement are mainly unbuilt and can be reduced in future planning. The remaining available space, corresponding to some 20 houses, is considered to be sufficient to meet demand in the planning period up until 2026. 

Industry and port facilities

The inhabitants mainly work in fishing, sealing and whaling, but there is no fish factory/production facility. Public activities, school and service also generate jobs.

The overall employment rate in the four settlements belonging to Kangaatsiaq is 30 per cent – i.e. somewhat below the municipal average (42 per cent), whereas the unemployment rate (11 per cent) is somewhat above average (six per cent). No figures on work force distribution across trades are available.

The port consists of a pier.

The town plan holds no available space for industry.

Infrastructure and service

The settlement features a helistop, which Air Greenland operates in the winter and spring. From May to October, passengers and goods are moved by ship to and from Aasiaat and Kangaatsiaq, and the pier is used for goods and passengers. The settlement has a very limited system of unpaved roads.

Water supply consists of ice and water collected from a lake south of the settlement. The settlement has a power plant and there are plans to extend its grid. There is no sewerage. Day-time refuse and night soil are deposited at the dump along with chemical waste and metal.

Telecommunications is handled by TELE Greenland.

The settlement’s service functions include, e.g., a small shop and a settlement office (B-710). In the building housing the school, there is a nursing station and a school chapel. Day-care schemes provide childcare services.

Education

The Atuarfik Iginniarfik school numbers 22 pupils from forms one to nine.

Cultural and leisure facilities

The old school (B-63) is used as village hall for the settlement. A soccer field is located on a flat, lower-lying area south of the settlement, close to the helistop. No buildings or areas in the settlement have preservation value or are listed.  

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Last edited 29-3-2017