The coast of Kilen.
Interior part close to the Inland Ice.
Interior part of the site.
Interior parts seen towards north, with glacier ice on both sides.
The northwestern part of the area.


  • Country: 
    Denmark (Greenland)
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    49,500 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    81°09'N 13°18'W
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The Site, in the extreme high Arctic, is the northernmost Ramsar Site; it consists of large flat gravel plains surrounded by glaciers and the Greenland Sea. The area is characterized as a coastal polar desert, but has a higher vegetation density than the surrounding areas which provides waterbirds with foraging opportunities during their moulting period. The Site is the most important breeding and moulting area in Greenland for the light-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota), and one of the most important areas for the population as a whole. Vulnerable species such as polar bear and walrus are found, in addition to bowhead whale, which is nationally listed as critically endangered. Because of the remoteness of the Site, it is rarely impacted by human activities, except for occasional aircraft flight paths, which are regulated to avoid disturbing breeding birds.

Administrative region: 
Northeast Greenland National Park

  • National legal designation: 
    • Area important to wildlife (Anon. 2000)
    • National Park - Northeast Greenland National Park
    • Ramsar site - Kilen
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