Ikerasaarsuk

Ikerasaarsuk is located on the Alanngorsua peninsula – some 35 km south of Kangaatsiaq and 12 km west of Iginniarfik.

The settlement’s name means “the strange little sound”, referring to a location a few kilometres from the settlement. The settlement also goes by another name – Illukoq, which means “the old house”. A relatively new settlement, Ikerasaarsuk was granted settlement status in 1993.

The oldest part of Ikerasaarsuk is located on a small, flat terrain onto the water, whereas the newer part lies on a hill side in a fairly undulant terrain. This terrain means that there are limited possibilities of extending the settlement. 

Settlement objectives (priority areas, development goals etc.)

The aim is to maintain Ikerasaarsuk’s current service level and range of housing. Further development is to take place within the existing settlement zone and, in the long term, possibly towards the east. Business development is to be supported by providing sufficient areas for fishermen, production facilities and quay area. Leisure activities, such as a soccer field, should be promoted by securing areas for this purpose.

Population and housing

As of 1 February 2013, Ikerasaarsuk numbers 98 inhabitants. Since 2005, the population has dropped considerably; by 11 persons which corresponds to more than ten per cent. Population peaked in 2006 at 124 persons. The age group 0-29 years is relatively large as is the age group 40-54 years.

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

There are a total of 213 households in the settlements that belong to Kangaatsiaq, and Ikerasaarsuk mainly consists of detached single-family houses. There is no senior housing in Ikerasaarsuk. 

The settlement zone covers two residential areas. Their remaining available space – some ten homes – is considered sufficient to meet demand in the future planning period.

Industry and port facilities

As is the case for the other settlements by Kangaatsiaq, the primary trades are fishing, sealing and whaling. In the summer, the fishermen target lumpsuckers and cod. Royal Greenland operates a small fish factory without freezing facilities in the settlement (B-49, B-63), which primarily receives cod and roe and produces salted fish. The fish factory employs as many as ten persons during peak season. In addition to fishing, sealing and whaling, jobs relate to municipal activities, school and service trades.

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 includes a quay, which was extended in connection with the establishment of a new KNI shop.

The town plan includes 500 m2 of available space for industry and port facilities.

Infrastructure and service

There is a helistop in the eastern part of the settlement. In the summer, from May to October, Diskoline sails passengers and goods to and from Aasiaat and Kangaatsiaq. The port is navigable from May to December. From January to April, the port is navigable depending on ice conditions. The schooner quay is used for goods, passengers and trading.

Ikerasaarsuk has two simple wheel track connections, one running between the heliport and the port. Water supply is based on a reversed osmosis plant by the power plant. The settlement has no sewerage. Day-time refuse, night soil, chemical waste and metal are deposited at the dump, where waste is burned in the open. The dump is located close to the settlement. 

Telecommunications is handled by TELE Greenland. 

Ikerasaarsuk features a settlement office (B-897), a shop, a nursing station by the school, a service house and a school chapel. Day-care schemes provide child care services.

Education

The Qaqqannguup Atuarfia school (B-694) numbers almost 30 pupils (2012). The building housing the school and church also features a school chapel.

Cultural and leisure facilities

The school buildings are also used for social and recreational activities. No buildings or areas in the settlement have preservation value or are listed.  

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Last edited 29-3-2017