Qaqortoq, Greenland

If you're a seasoned traveler with a taste for destinations untrammeled by modern tourism, Qaqortoq is the ultimate port of call. Qaqortoq means "White Palace" in Greenlandic, and this small town of about 3,400 is the cultural and commercial center of Southern Greenland. Inuit and then Europeans were drawn to the site over 200 years ago, they were lured by the wealth of marine mammals that thrive in the offshore waters during summer.

The climate is, at best, highly unpredictable. Summer temperatures normally compare to summer temperatures in Northern Europe, but weather is variable even in summer. In winter, Qaqortoq is frequently isolated by winter sea ice and accessible only by airplane or helicopter. The harsh landscape and harsher climate have helped preserve traditional Greenlandic culture - the centuries-old Inuit skills of hunting, kayaking, and fishing are still revered in this unique place.

Organized shore excursions for Qaqortoq may not available on select voyages, but the town is easy to explore on your own. The ship's launches drop you off at the pier, providing you with the opportunity to stroll the streets, visit the small local museum, talk to the local residents, buy a souvenir stamp at the Post Office and perhaps purchase an Inuit handicraft as a remembrance of your visit to one of the unique communities on the planet.

Note: Your ship anchors at Qaqortoq and passengers are transferred to shore via ship's launches, weather conditions permitting.

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Points of Interest

  • Vor Frelser Kirke
  • Stone & Man in Qaqortoq
  • Hvalsey Church
  • Great Greenland (factory)

More about Qaqortoq, Greenland Points of Interest

  • Vor Frelser Kirke

    Visit the lovely Church of Our Savior, built in 1832. It is the official cathedral of Greenland. In 1995, Greenland native Sofie Petersen became bishop, the second female bishop in Denmark.

  • Stone & Man in Qaqortoq

    Discover 30 different motifs, chiseled into rocks and stones, created by local and Scandinavian artists.

  • Hvalsey Church

    Explore the ruins of the stone church dating back to the Viking period. Nearby lies a farm estate; a wedding celebrated here in 1408 is the last written record of the Viking settlers in Greenland.

  • Great Greenland (factory)

    Known for the production of fine quality animal skins and beautiful coats, tour the factory, learn the intricate assembly process and stroke the soft skins delivered by native Greenlandic hunters.

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A Walk through Qaqortoq

1.5 hours | Qaqortoq | J J U - 3 8 0
  • Stone & Man in Qaqortoq

Lace up your comfortable shoes and embark on a guided walk through Qaqortoq, the most populous town in South Greenland. See all the highlights, accompanied by commentary that vividly brings the town to life. See two historic churches, the oldest fountain in the country, and Stone and Man, a unique cultural art project.

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Hiking Around the Great Lake

5 hours | Qaqortoq | J J U - 4 0 0
  • Vor Frelser Kirke

Explore the great outdoors on a strenuous hike around Qaqortoq's picturesque lake, a recreational spot favored by locals. Your guide is eager to impart all the local lore as you walk through town to the trail head to embark on an adventure through the Arctic terrain, admiring its abundant flora, fauna and magnificent vistas.

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Hvalsey Church Ruins By Boat

2 hours | Qaqortoq | J J U - 5 0 0
  • Hvalsey Church

Cruise through the picturesque fjord to the abandoned Viking village of Hvalsey, site of the Hvalsey Church, one of the best-preserved structures from the Norse era in Greenland. Walk around the haunting ruins whose thick stone walls reach 19-feet-high and admire the views unchanged for millennia.

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Uunartoq Hot Springs

5.5 hours | Qaqortoq | J J U - 2 0 0

Experience tranquility when you sink into Greenland's only swimmable hot spring, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Renew your mind and body as you gaze upon dramatic views and icebergs floating in the fjords beside you. A 1.5-hour boat ride brings you to this uninhabited island.

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