The Mineral Hunt

Ujarassiorit is the name of the annual mineral hunt competition run by the Department of Geology. The competition is open to amateur geologists of all ages who are resident in Greenland. The purpose of the hunt is both to stimulate interest in geology, and to discover interesting new mineral occurrences that might lead to mineral exploration investment. Participants can send their rocks free of charge, using shipping materials available at all local post offices, and including a map and description of where the rock was collected. Tax-free cash prizes include 50,000 kr for first prize and smaller amounts for multiple second, third and fourth prize winners. The mineral hunt has been run every year since 1989. More information can be found at

On the webpage the mineral hunters can find relevant information about how to participate in Ujarassiorit. One can also download folders and publications which may be of help in the mineral hunt. An example of this is the booklet, ”Mineral-guide – Prospektering for amatører”, which is available free of charge at every post office in July.
At the post office cardboard boxes are available and there is a delivery note which the mineral hunter must fill out with name, address etc. There is also a map on which the finding place should be marked. Postage is free of charge.

The sample must be received before October 1st 2019 to participate in this year’s mineral hunt.
Only amateur geologists with a permanent address in Greenland can participate. Only samples from Greenland can be submitted and only samples with an exact description of finding place will qualify for a prize. Each cardboard box should contain only one rock sample the size of a fist and the sample should preferable not be a loose rock. Submitted samples will not be returned.

Happy hunting!
The Ministry of Mineral Resources
For information regarding Ujarassiorit and geology please contact:

Geologist Jonas Petersen,
Coordinator of Ujarassiorit-programme
Phone: +299 34 65 49
E-mail: and


Geologist Arent Heilmann,
Phone: +299 34 68 12
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