From www.greenland.com : "Since Narsarsuaq means' the great plain', it stands to reason that South Greenland's international airport is located here. It was built back in 1941 by the USA and was initially a military base. It did not change over to civil traffic until 1959. Narsarsuaq is the junction for air traffic in and out of South Greenland. In summer, there are several weekly flights from Denmark, while helicopters and boats handle the further transport to towns and settlements. Around 160 people live in the airport area, which also includes a hotel, youth hostel, grocery shop, a café and a nurse station. The mountains surrounding the great plain rise up to a height of 400 or 500 m. The ice cap is some nine km away - three to four hours on foot - and is a beautiful hike that also passes through the lush 'Flower Valley'. The ice can also be experienced by sailing to the Qooroq Fjord where the boat sails very close to the glacier, which occasionally sends gigantic icebergs into the water."