Qaqortoq Cruises

Qaqortoq town, Greenland
Qaqortoq town, Greenland
Norse Ruins in Qaqortoq, Greenland

Frequently isolated by winter sea ice, the ‘White Palace’, Qaqortoq, is southern Greenland’s largest town. Founded by Norwegian traders in 1775, Qaqortoq still retains some beautiful colonial buildings from that time. The challenging landscape and harsh climate have ensured the preservation of Greenland’s traditional culture, and the many ancient Inuit skills of fishing, hunting and kayaking.

Qaqortoq is very proud of its ancient fountain – for many years 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.[ReadMoreMob] The Stone and Man project is also fascinating, featuring natural rock that’s been carved by local artists into abstract shapes and figures. [ReadMore]

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.

Cruises

Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland
Fjords & Icebergs of Remote Greenland

Departs: Dover • Tue 11 Aug 2020
16 nights • Boudicca • D2021

  • Embark on a mesmeric expedition to the remote regions and settlements of Greenland and revel in the spectacular natural beauty, unique culture and fascinating history of this remarkable country.
  • The experiences on offer are nothing short of incredible – highlights include a chance see and hear the creaking icebergs of Qooroq Ice Fjord up-close; and sail the immaculate Prins Christiansund.
  • You also get to immerse yourself in the authentic Norse heritage of Qaqortoq and enjoy an exclusive performance of traditional music and dance at Nanortalik’s Open Air Museum.

From £2,499pp

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The Fjords of Greenland
The Fjords of Greenland

Departs: Liverpool • Thu 13 Aug 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2023

  • Embark on a mesmeric expedition to the remote regions and settlements of Greenland and revel in the spectacular natural beauty, unique culture and fascinating history of this remarkable country.
  • The experiences on offer are nothing short of incredible – highlights include a chance see and hear the creaking icebergs of Qooroq Ice Fjord up-close; and sail the immaculate Prins Christiansund.
  • You also get to immerse yourself in the authentic Norse heritage of Qaqortoq and enjoy an exclusive performance of traditional music and dance at Nanortalik’s Open Air Museum.

From £2,299pp

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