Aasiaat was founded in 1763 by Niels Rasch Egede. He named the city "Egedesminde" in memory of his father - the priest Hans Egede, who founded Nuuk in 1721 and is known as the apostle of Greenland.
Fishing is the primary profession, but Aasiaat also has some educational institutions, including a high school and a disability school. Aasiaat also has a shipyard, container port, airport and Aasiaat Radio is a focal point for the coastal radio service throughout Greenland.
In the old town you’ll find the city's museum housed in the former governor's residence from 1860. The museum focuses on cultural history, with exhibits from the Egedesminde colonial period and the history of the region in general.
The renowned Danish artist Per Kirkeby, spent 3 months in Aasiaat during the summer of 1969. During this time he created 22 paintings which today hang in the city's assembly hall. The hall is closed, but you can see these paintings if you look in the south facing windows.
Aasiaat is an air traffic hub in Disko Bay, for flights from Kangerlussuaq, Qeqertarsuaq, Qasigiannguit or Ilulissat. This city-run is operated by Air Greenland Dash 8 aircraft year-round. Other transport such as helicopter or boat are seasonal.
Dog sledding: Yes (winter)
Midnight sun in the summer: Yes
Northern Lights: Yes, in a dark sky and with suitable atmospheric conditions
Excursions in and around Aasiaat
Aasiaat is well placed at the entrance to Disko Bay, where the big baleen whales travel north in summer. There are really good opportunities to see humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales on whale safaris that originate from the city.
Anglers can buy a cod fishing (with hook and line or rod) version of this trip.