Winners of the Mineral Hunt, Ujarassiorit 2020

The first prize of Ujarassiorit 2020, 55,000 Danish kroner (tax-free), goes to Suulooraq Jessen from Kangaamiut. Suulooraq Jessen is awarded the prize for his discovery of a kimberlite in the Amitsuarsuk fjord, northeast of Napasoq. The insitu rock sample represents a new kimberlite occurrence. Suulooraq Jessen has also produced a thorough locality description. Kimberlites are the most important source of diamonds, and the sample contains pyrope and olivine, which are often found in diamond bearing kimberlites.

The second prize of 25,000 Danish kroner (tax-free) goes to Kista Nathanielsen from Sermiligaaq for her gneiss with sulphides found in Anaanap Kangertiva Oqqorteq northeast of Sermiligaaq. The sample yields high levels of copper on 11,750 g/t, silver (10.3 g/t), phosphorus (3,160 g/t) and lead (179 g/t). Silver is unknown in this area, making the sample extra interesting. The sample also shows heightened cerium, dysprosium and neodymium. The two latter rare earth elements are used in renewable technologies.

The third prize of 10,000 Danish kroner (tax-free) each goes to two winners:

  • Eluna Mikaelsen from Isertoq, for a gneiss found at Andangiaai, close to Isertoq. The insitu sample represents a new occurrence, and yields 1,800 g/t barium, 3,190 g/t copper and 1,470 g/t strontium. It also shows slightly elevated gold and silver content.
  • Bernt Olsen from Sisimiut, for his graphite schist with coarsegrained, pure graphite. The carbon content of the sample is over 50%. This kind of graphite is used in lithium batteries. The sample was found at Aqajarua in Kangerluarsuk Ungalleq, 18 km north of Sisimut. Even though graphite mineralization is known in the area, this winning sample is from a new locality, and therefore shows potential for further graphite occurrences.
The fourth prize of 5,000 Danish kroner (tax-free) each goes to four winners:
  • Nukaaraq Inugsugtok from Ikerasaarsuk, for her gneiss with quartz veins, which was found insitu at Illukasik qaqqaani, 5 km northeast of Ikerasaarsuk. The sample shows heightened gold (0.243 g/t).
  • Karline Steenholdt from Kangaatsiaq, for a rock sample from Akulliit Island, northeast of Kangaatsiaq. This insitu sample represents a new locality in a known mineralized area. The sample shows heightened lithium and barium on 71 g/t and 51.1 g/t, respectively. There are also 1,250 g/t copper and 36 g/t niobium. Niobium is used in stainless steel alloys that must withstand high pressures and temperatures, such as in jet- and rocket engines.
  • Aqissiaq Kristoffersen from Nanortalik, for his sulphidebearing gneiss with fluorite from Sissarissoq, west of Nanortalik. The sample shows elevated levels of rare earth elements with europium (3 g/t), neodymium (104 g/t) and cerium (218 g/t). The sample also contains niobium, phosphorous, titanium and zirconium.
  • Simujoq Nathanielsen from Sermiligaaq, for his gneiss from Nuugaalik, 200 km northeast of Tasiilaq. The analysis shows an unusual combination of copper (3,500 g/t) and lead (100 g/t). 750 rock samples were submitted to Ujarassiorit in 2020. 91 of these samples showed signs of mineralizations and were sent for geochemical analysis. The prize committee of the countrywide mineral hunt, Ujarassiorit, consisted of ore geologists from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). Ujarassiorit is organised and financed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources.

Ujarassiorit is for residents of Greenland. People can participate by sending in samples for free from every post office in Greenland to the Ministry for geological inspection.

Further information on the Mineral Hunt can be found on

The prizes are sponsored by the following fund: The Bank of Greenland, which contributed with 40,000 Danish kroner.

Naalakkersuisut (The Government of Greenland) congratulate all the prize winners and thank all participants of Ujarassiorit 2020 for getting involved in promoting the mineral resource sector in Greenland. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

For further information on Ujarassiorit and the results, please contact: Geologist, Debora Hansen Kleist on +299 24 68 18 or at