Aqajarua, Qaamassoq and Sullorsuaq

The outer reaches of the Sullorsuaq valley and the shallow bay.
The tidal mudflats in the bay.
The bay seen from south and a coastal lagoon in front.
The dunes of Qamassoq, with coastal lagoon to the right.
The central part of Sullorsuaq/Kvandalen.
Coastal lagoon on south side of Aqajarua/Mudderbigten.
Salt marsh of Qaamassoq/Flakkerhuk.
Aqajarua/Mudderbugt seen form south.
Tall Salix-scrub in Sullorsuaq/Kvandalen

Aqajarua, Qaamassoq and Sullorsuaq

  • Country: 
    Denmark (Greenland)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    26,440 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    69°40'N 52°04'W
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Aqajarua, Qaamassoq and Sullorsuaq consist, respectively, of a shallow marine bay, a coastal foreland and a valley. In the valley and on the foreland several rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes provide habitat for a diverse range of vascular plants and waterbirds. Extensive freshwater wetlands are rare in West Greenland, and the addition of a shallow marine bay and lagoons makes the Site a unique ecosystem in the region. The Site supports the breeding and moulting stages of several species, including the Greenland white-fronted goose and king eider, although numbers of the latter species have been decreasing over the recent decades. Local people harvest the natural resources, but hunting remains a regulated activity, as do sailing and low-level flying.

Administrative region: 
Kommune Qeqertalik

  • National legal designation: 
    • Areas important to wildlife (Anon. 2000)
    • Ramsar site - Aqajarua (Mudderbugten), Qaamassoq (Flakkerhuk) and Sullorsuaq (Kvandalen)
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