Qaqortoq, Greenland

Colourful houses, Qaqortoq, Greenland, Europe

Introduction to Qaqortoq, Greenland

Qaqortoq was founded by Norwegian traders in 1775 and it retains some beautiful colonial buildings from that time. Explore the town centre, home to an ancient fountain, the charming Church of Our Saviour and two museums.

Qaqortoq – Southern Greenland’s largest town - was founded by Norwegian traders in 1775, and it retains some beautiful colonial buildings from that time. The town is very proud of its ancient fountain – for many years it was the only one in Greenland – which has carvings of whales spouting water out of their blowholes, and the names of all of the town burghers in brass letters around its base. The Stone and Man project is also fascinating, featuring natural rock that’s been carved by local artists into abstract shapes and figures.

The charming Church of Our Saviour, dating from 1832, is found in the town centre, and the two local museums are also worth seeing. The ancient but well preserved Hvalsey Norse ruins are just outside the town. Hvalsey is mentioned in the Icelandic annals - the Flateyjarbók - and has extensive and substantial remains of dwellings dating back over a thousand years.

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Beautiful lake in Qaqortoq, Greenland

HIKE BESIDE THE GREAT LAKE (TOUR B)

  • Enjoy the idyllic surroundings of the Great Lake
  • Embark on a hike to discover the local landscape
  • Breathe in the fresh air of this captivating location
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Join your guide for a scenic hike as you step into the captivating countryside Qaqortoq has to offer.

Your walk will begin at the landing stage as you then head out of Qaqortoq and beside the Great Lake. Follow paths over uneven and rocky terrain that will take you through the Arctic landscape, allowing you to soak up its special atmosphere. The Great Lake serves as a recreational area for the town, and is a popular place for picnics, local joggers and children who brave the cold waters for a refreshing dip during summer.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that to take part in this tour you will need to be an experienced walker. It is essential that participants have a good level of fitness in order to keep up – this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.  To commence the actual hike there is a walk of approximately one mile through the town, as the lake is situated behind Qaqortoq, with the same distance to walk back to the ship upon completion. The total distance is estimated to be six and a half miles (ten kilometres) from pier to pier; please be aware that this hike can be done independently. Whilst most of the route will cover fairly level terrain, hilly, uneven, rocky and gravelled ground may be encountered, so suitable footwear should be worn with a thick tread. Dress warmly in layers that you can add or remove as necessary. You may wish to bring binoculars and a bottle of water. Please note that the walk will be beside the lake, with the return route on the same pathway. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects so repellent is advisable.


Hvalsey, Qaqortoq, Greenland

HVALSEY CHURCH BY BOAT (TOUR A)

  • Relax as you sail across the Greenlandic fjord
  • Explore the well-preserved ruins of Hvalsey Church
  • See history come to life as you learn more about the Viking farmers
Boat Tour
Price£90.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 1 ½ to 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Set sail for Hvalsey to appreciate the history-steeped ruins of Hvalsey Church.

During the Middle Ages, Hvalsey was the largest and most influential church in Greenland, apart from the diocese in Gardar. On this beautiful fjord, near the old ruins, history comes alive as your guide will explain about life for the Viking farmers and of the trade links that the Norse maintained with Europe.

Photo opportunities will be a plenty during your tour and after the informative visit you will return by boat to Qaqortoq.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The duration of this tour will be dependent on the speed of the boats used – they will take approximately 30 minutes each way, but the time spent at Hvalsey will be the same. There is a walk, each way, of approximately 200 metres to reach the boats and approximately 200 metres to the ruins. On site the walking will be over rough, uneven and sometimes steep ground with unpaved paths and grass, so sturdy shoes or boots should be worn. Therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects so repellent is advisable. Local boats will be utilised for this tour - please dress warmly.


QAQORTOQ INFORMATION

Tours in Greenland have limited capacity and are therefore likely to fill up very quickly; prompt booking is recommended in order to guarantee availability. This is due to the limited facilities and transport available. It should be noted that the standard of guides available may not be comparable to those elsewhere in Northern Europe. All tours are sold on a first come, first served basis. We understand that some tours may be one of the highlights of your cruise, but please appreciate that once the capacity has been reached it will be very difficult for us to secure further departures – your understanding with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

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Tours in Greenland have limited capacity and are therefore likely to fill up very quickly; prompt booking is recommended in order to guarantee availability. This is due to the limited facilities and transport available. It should be noted that the standard of guides available may not be comparable to those elsewhere in Northern Europe. All tours are sold on a first come, first served basis. We understand that some tours may be one of the highlights of your cruise, but please appreciate that once the capacity has been reached it will be very difficult for us to secure further departures – your understanding with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

As there are no buses or coaches for transport in this port, tours are by foot unless otherwise stated in the description. Therefore they may not be suitable for all guests – please check the tour description and walking information before booking. As Qaqortoq is spread over a mountain slope you must expect very uneven and very steep slopes to negotiate during your tours.

Is this tour right for you?

As there are no buses or coaches for transport in this port, tours are by foot unless otherwise stated in the description. Therefore they may not be suitable for all guests – please check the tour description and walking information before booking. As Qaqortoq is spread over a mountain slope you must expect very uneven and very steep slopes to negotiate during your tours.


Tastes of Greenland, Qaqortoq, Greenland

TASTES OF GREENLAND (TOUR C)

  • Admire the charming town of Qaqortoq
  • Savour some of the local delicacies
  • Greenland produces a fantastic array of meat and fish, some of which you will sample today
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Taste what Greenland has to offer - not only to the eyes and ears but also to the palette.

From the pier you will walk past the old part of the town, colonised by the Danes approximately 250 years ago. You will then arrive at the charming square, which is home to the world’s northernmost fountain – the only one in Greenland. Here you will also see some of the Stone & Man sculptures. The Nordic art project has been running for more than twenty years and Scandinavian artists come to Greenland each year to create sculptures from the rocks in the town.

During your walking tour, which is led by local students, you will pass the busy fish market and visit the old church, dating back to 1832, which is an example of a pre fabricated building – created in Norway and shipped to Greenland. The loft was used as Greenland’s first library. You will also visit the new church, showing the contrasts between old and new cultures. After your walk you will taste a range of local specialities. Restaurant Lallaati’s Corner has years of experience in preparing food with Greenlandic ingredients.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is a walking tour - therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Walking distance from the pier is approximately 400 metres, there will be a few steps to negotiate at the church. As Qaqortoq is spread over a mountain slope, you can expect some uneven and steeply sloped ground. You will be in small groups of up to 20 participants. Please note that the local specialities offered will be mainly meat with no vegetarian alternative. One small local beer, per person, is included – additional drinks may be purchased with Euros or Danish Krone.


Traditional Greenland, Qaqortoq, Greenland

TRADITIONAL GREENLAND (TOUR D)

  • Be invited into a private home to discover what it is like to live this far north
  • Wonder at the creation of Greenland’s national dress
  • Experience the national tradition of Kaffe-Mik
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Greenlanders celebrate many events with a Kaffe-Mik – a tradition of inviting friends and relatives for coffee, tea and cake.

You will make your way on foot from the landing stage up to the town to visit a local family in their home. Whilst you enjoy the custom of Kaffe-Mik you will be shown the Greenlandic national costume. It takes hundreds of hours to create such a unique outfit. After your tour you may stay in the town before returning independently to your ship, or walk at leisure straight back to the pier.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? A member of the host family will accompany the group on the walk to the private home. Walking distance from the pier is approximately 400 metres but may take up to 30 minutes due to the very steep incline. Some houses have very steep steps to enter and, especially in wet weather, these can be difficult. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. You will go in groups of up to 15 participants per house and guests are kindly asked to remove their outdoor shoes before entering the private home.


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