Some of us walked up a valley from the buildings and discovered several small groups of Musk-ox and a herd of Reindeer!
Ivittuut was the former site of a cryolite mine. Cryolite is a rare mineral used in the making of aluminium. We found several pieces on the beach.
As mentioned above it was also the site of a US Army Post and Naval Base called Blue West 7. It closed in 1951. The Danes then established a modern base in the same location but moved to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, last year. There is now a lot of talk about what will be done with the modern facilities at the site. Nothing is decided yet.