A group of travelers having lunch in front of the Sven Havsteen Mikkelsen artwork in Qassiarsuk. By Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland
We love naming our settlements with sounds and letter combinations that give most people who speak other languages a tough challenge to pronounce. However, Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid – the place where Erik the Red settled with his wife Tjodhilde and from where Leif Erikson set out on an expedition towards the west and discovered America, or Vinland, more than 1,000 years ago.
On the Hurtigruten cruise, ‘The Vinland Saga Adventure‘, famous ruins in Garðar are also visited, which was once Greenland’s religious centre.
Few places in Greenland, like in Ittoqqortoormiit, formerly known as Scoresbysund, has time seemed to stand still as it does right here. The town is located by the approach to the world’s biggest fjord system and slightly more to the north, we have the world’s largest national park.
The town’s less than 500 inhabitants enjoy having visitors as the place is isolated, in terms of sailing, from the rest of the world for up to nine months of the year due to pack ice and drift ice from the Greenland Sea and Denmark Strait. Keep an eye out for polar bears on their way in and out of the fjord. The chances of seeing them there are better than in most other populated places in Greenland.
The cruise ship Europa anchored outside Ittoqqortoormiit in East Greenland. By Frank Petersen – VIsit Greenland
And so the list is complete and your planning can begin! Remember that you can fly to Greenland and begin your cruise there, typically from Kangerlussuaq, or sail there – most often from either Reykjavik in Iceland or from St. John’s Canada on Newfoundland.