Until the early 1970's, planes coming to Grise Fiord used to land about a mile and a half east of town, at least during the seasons when they couldn't land on the ice, which is also something they used to do (and did as recently as last Thursday when high winds at the current airport prevented a landing there).
They used to mark the airstrip with flares in cans. The cans are mostly still sitting there at the site. I took these photos on May 23.
This is just a photo of the gravel around there.