Just look at the two places Greenland proudly calls UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Unlike other popular worldly destinations – that often sell themselves with gorgeous photos void of humans but deliver a completely different reality – when you visit Greenland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you get what you saw in the images. Wide and silent landscapes that make you feel small.
KUJATAA NORSE AND INUIT FARMING (SOUTH GREENLAND)
Kujataa (pronounced koo-ya-TAH) is Greenland’s newest pride and joy, making the list in late 2017. It is one massive region of fjord and green hills, and it covers five different spots where Vikings established farms back in the 10th – 14th centuries. They have all been revived by Greenlanders as preserved ruins but also as fully-functioning settlements and farms.
Why it is perfect for outdoorswomen and men: The relatively close proximity of several of the sites (about 30 km from each other) gives great multi-day camping & hiking opportunities. Blue Ice Explorer provides start and end boat transfers for a few self-guided hiking routes, but be warned that the terrain is challenging and only for experienced trekkers. Blue Ice Explorer also offer a series of boat tours to connect the sites – an easier alternative than hiking.
A tidbit of wisdom: The Norse and Inuit each had their own names for the same sites. Here, the Greenlandic name comes first.
Qassiarsuk = Brattahlid
Qaqortukulooq (and the nearby agricultural research station Upernaviarsuk) = Hvalsey
Sissarluttoq = Eastern Settlement
Tasikuluulik = Vatnahverfi
Igaliku = Gardar
How to get there: Air Greenland offers direct international flights from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq in summer, as well as direct domestic flights from Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk and Paamiut to Narsarsuaq year round. Air Iceland Connect offers direct international flights from Keflavik to Narsarsuaq in summer.