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Sermitsiaq makes a distinct part of Nuuk's landscape with its massive SW wall facing the capital of Greenland.

Located on a U-shaped island it is best approached by boat from Nuuk (45-60mins). You go ashore at the far end of the fjord and initially trek eastwards/NE away from the peak towards the ridge. Once there (at ca. 300m), turn left and follow the ridge westwards up to the plateau (at ca. 900m), which is a convenient spot to stay overnight and you camp on the snow.

From there still westwards, Sermitsiaq is the last and the highest of the three peaks. All three ascents are steep, with rope and climbing gear needed for the middle one. In between the peaks you follow a ridge (very narrow on the rocks, wider on the snow cap) with the glacier falling down towards the north (on your right) and a vertical wall facing south.

The summit is marked by a little stone mound.

NOTE: The basic route to summit is probabaly somewhere between "Scramble" and "Basic Snow/Ice Climb". We chose the former as ice axe and crampons are generally not necessary, however, in cold summers more gear might become essential.

Elevation (feet): 3,970
Elevation (meters): 1,210
Continent: North America
Country: Greenland
Range/Region: Greenland
Latitude: 64.3
Longitude: -51.5
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Nuuk
Convenient Center: Nuuk

Thanks to Pate for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #22468 - by Tombo on July 31, 2014
    We had arranged to climb Sermitsiaq on a number of weekends throughout the second Summer I was there, but had always been let down by the weather at the last minute. Then, one day in September, about...