Annoatok or Anoritooq, located at 78°33′N 72°30′W / 78.550°N 72.500°W / 78.550; -72.500,[1] was a small hunting station in Greenland on Smith Sound about 24 km (15 mi) north of Etah. It is now abandoned.

Annoatok is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland


Annoatok was used as a base by Frederick Cook during his Arctic expedition of 1908–09, when he claimed to have reached the North Pole.[2] The name Annoatok means "the wind-loved place".[3] According to a publication of 1997 it has been the most northerly inhabited place on earth at that time.[4] However, excavations carried out by Eric Holtved in Inuarfissuaq on 78,9° N in central Inglefield Land proved human settlement even farther north. Excavations during the years 2004 to 2005 gave evidence of an ancient settlement about 30 km farther north in Qaqaitsut on 79,2° N in Eastern Inglefield Land.[5]


  1. ^ The first conqueror of the North Pole: Cook, Peary, or neither? by Jacques L Theodor
  2. ^ Henderson, B. (2005) True North W W Norton ISBN 0-393-32738-8
  3. ^ Bryce (1997), p.306
  4. ^ Bryce, R.M. (1997) Cook & Peary: the Polar Controversy Resolved ISBN 0-8117-0317-7, p.303
  5. ^ Darwent, John et al.: Archaeological Survey of Eastern Inglefield Land, Northwestern Greenland, in: ARCTIC ANTHROPOLOGY, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 51–86, 2007, p. 52

Coordinates: 78°33′00″N 72°30′00″W / 78.55000°N 72.50000°W / 78.55000; -72.50000