I talk a lot about the beauty of Greenlandic rocks in my blog posts. I also keep bemoaning the fact that I didn’t end up studying geology at university (it was either that or astronomy – I chose astronomy) and that I’m not wandering around Greenland with a geologist by my side. So it should come as no surprise that I had to go check out the rock and mineral collection while in Sisimiut!
Housed in the foyer of the local technical college, KTI (Kalaallit Nunaanni Teknikkimik Ilinniarfik – Greenlandic is an amazing language), this is the largest collection of minerals in Greenland.
It was established by Bjarne Ljungdahl (a former employee of the college) to display samples he’d collected from all over Greenland during his geological work from 1972-1981
and has expanded significantly since its inception. The 21 display cases now include minerals from all over the world, and there are also 12 low pillars showcasing large rock samples.
There is one display case specifically dedicated to fossils
and another to meteorite fragments. Please tell me Australia didn’t name a meteorite after a chocolate maker!!
There is also a special display case set into the wall that shows the fluorescence of several minerals.
Given my lack of success in finding Tugtupit while clambouring all over Kvanefjeld in South Greenland last year, I was particularly fascinated by the large sample of this rare mineral on display here. And equally amazed at the sheer number and diversity of minerals that can be found in Greenland. No wonder the mining companies are trying to get in!
The collection is very, very well done with everything labelled (in Danish) and carefully arranged in well-lit display cabinets. If you are rock/mineral enthusiast, I have no doubt you could spend a couple of hours here. And even if you only have a passing interest, you’ll still find a short visit worthwhile.
I might be biased, but I really enjoyed this collection. To find it – enter the main door of KTI (yes, it will feel weird walking into a school but go with it) and veer around to your right. You can’t miss it.
Keep in mind that because it is part of a school, it is only open during school hours 🙂 And you’ll have students looking at you wondering why you are so interested in rocks!
Time: 5 mins to 5 hours depending on your interest
Discover more about Greenland
I have a large number of blog posts about Greenland, so feel free to read more about my experiences and adventures here on my blog.
Or, if this post has piqued your curiosity about Greenland in general, learn more about this amazing country by:
- reading my Greenland-specific blog at Guide to Greenland
- checking out the information and wide range of trips available at Guide to Greenland
- exploring the Government tourism site at Visit Greenland