Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule, in northern Greenland is one of the world's northernmost civilian settlements, topped only by the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen and a few military bases. Getting here will be a challenge, as permits may be required for use of the nearby Thule Airbase, under US control.
The alternative name for this settlement is Thule, a name preserved in the nearby airbase. The word comes from the Roman concept of "Ultima Thule", the far North land.
A permission to enter or travel through Thule Air Base can at the moment (Apr. 2007) be obtained by sending an application to foreign affairs department in Denmark. Details can be found (only in Danish) at the national ombudsman's homepage .
If you live outside Greenland or do not have a Danish citizenship you must send the following information:
- Birthday and birthplace (Danish citizens: CPR-number)
- Permanent address
- Purpose of the journey
- Place of living during the stay
- Name of the travel agency through which the ticket will be/ has been ordered.
Application can be send or faxed to:
Udenrigsministeriet Asiatisk Plads 2 1448 København K Denmark Telefax: +45 33 92 01 70
If you live in Greenland or have a Danish citizenship you can also apply through the national ombudsman in Greenland. Check the website  for details.
- Hotel Qaanaaq, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Only hotel in town, has a handful of no-frill rooms and shared bathroom. If fully booked they can help out with arranging other accommodation. Boasts its own small restaurant serving up both lunch and dinner.