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From small settlement in Greenland to the big city, Reykjavík

January 20, 2023
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January 20, 2023
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In May 2022, two students and a teacher from 8th grade in the Itilleq school in Greenland went on a study trip to Iceland. Itilleq is a small settlement in Qeqqata municipality in West Greenland, with 90 inhabitans. The settlement is located on an island about 45 km south of Sisimiut. There is no road to Itilleq. It can therefore only be reached by boat or helicopter.

The trip included both Greenland and Iceland

The purpose of the trip was for the students to experience a different country, different culture and to visit schools, educational institutions, and sights. They also learned about their own country, as they started the trip by visiting Nuuk for 4 days. In Nuuk they visited, among other things, the Iron and Metal School, the Hans Lynge School, Air Greenland, and the Greenland Museum.

The students were in Iceland for seven days. They visited many different places and went for walks in nature and on the shopping street in Reykjavík. A few of the places they visited in Iceland were Blindrafelagið, which is a community for the blind in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon, the Hallgrim Church, Harpan – the cultural center in Reykjavík. The students also took the Golden Circle Tour, where they saw Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir.

Educational experinces for the students

The students learned that there is a immense difference between Itelleq and Iceland. The culture in Iceland is very different from Itelleq. In Iceland there are a lot of cars and lots of sights. There are large schools, many people, large shops and many different museums and workplaces. There are not a lot of those in Itilleq.

“The students have seen a completely different world, they have broadened their horizon, which might give them inspiration for what they want to do when they get older, where they want to study and whether they want to see more of the world”, said the teacher, Viktoria Joelsen.

There are only a few people in Itelleq with an education, therefore it is good for the students to experience  different ways of living and make them realise, that they can decide themselves what they want to do in the future.

Back in Itelleq the students told their schoolmates and families about their experiences and showed them pictures. Both students and teacher were very happy with the eventful journey and thanked NATA for the travel grant.