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NANOK 29. field season, 2019, Hvalrosodden team


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Type of project
Project theme
Infrastructure & logistics
Project topic
Infrastructure & logistics

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, North-East
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 76.946867056045, -20.758307230637

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Science / project plan

The plan is that a team, consisting of 3 Nanok members, carry out the following tasks:

  • renovate "Hvalrosodden" [639-1] and "Alwin Petersens hus" [639-2]
  • check , maintain and make invetory of Nanok's equipment and depot in Danmarkshavn
Science / project summary

Nordøstgrønlandsk Kompagni Nanok is a private, non-profit organisation founded in 1992 upon the former Østgrønlandsk Fangstkompagni Nanok A/S, founded in 1929. The aim of Nanok is a.o. to contribute to disseminate knowledge of North-East Greenland and its cultural history and to contribute to securing the cultural monuments and buildings in the area. Nanok consists of a private group of seven persons, the Board. All work in Nanok is voluntary and unpaid. Each summer, Nanok dispatches a field team of typically 6-10 participants divided into 2-3 teams who work in North-East Greenland for three to five weeks. The results of this work are documented and published in a field report. The expedition participants are chosen by the Board. In the years 1991-2018, a total of 175 Nanok'ers – or more than 75 private individuals – have been dispatched to North-East Greenland. To perform its tasks, Nanok controls a considerable amount of expedition assets. Nevertheless, Nanok possesses no property in Greenland.

Nanok’s work is financed by the Aage V. Jensens Fonde. Among Nanok’s many loyal partners and supporters are: Norlandair, Arctic Research Centre, Arctic Science Partnership, Greenland Self Government, The Greenland National Museum & Archive, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Arctic Command, The Sirius Sledge Patrol, Defence Guard Mestersvig, Station and Patrol Service Greenland, Royal Arctic Line and TELE Greenland. Since 1991 Nanok has repaired and maintained approx. 50 cultural historical buildings and has for this effort gained considerable recognition and support, a.o. from the Greenland Self Government. Since 2010, Nanok has had a formal cooperative agreement with The Greenland National Museum & Archive. In the years 2003-2007, encouraged by the Greenland Self-Government of the time, Nanok worked out a new, unique structural survey of all cultural historical huts and stations in North-East Greenland. Extensive data from these surveys, incl. photos and GPS positions, is published in “North-East Greenland 1908-60. The Trapper Era” (Mikkelsen 2008). A new revised Danish edition of this book will be published in the autumn 2019.

You can experience a range of the old East Greenlandic huts in Google Street View via a link from

Publications related to project

Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen: North-East Greenland 1908-60. The Trapper Era. The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge (2008).