Igaliku is a versatile, family-oriented, open-air destination with Norse ruins, modern agriculture, sheep farms, and many hiking opportunities.
A SETTLEMENT FULL OF PERSONALITIES
For some reason the settlement Igaliku attracts people known for their strong personalities. Either they founded an Episcopal residence, like the Norsemen did on the farm Gardar in 1124, or they decided to move to the area and re-found it centuries after it was last abandoned, like the Norwegian man Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife, Tuperna, did in 1783.
According to anecdotes, actress and singer Marlene Dietrich also visited Igaliku during World War II, when she was staying at the nearby American airbase at Narsarsuaq, entertaining the troops. Today the little sheep farming settlement has just 27 residents who stay all year. The well-known Greenlandic artist, Aka Høegh, has a summer cabin in Igaliku and the settlement is also home to Christian Egede, who often can be found sitting outside his house entertaining with his accordion.
You will probably understand why Igaliku draws so many people when you, for the very first time, hike over the road called Kongevejen from the marina at Itilleq, or when you arrive through the fjord by boat from Qaqortoq.
The oldest sheep farming settlement in Greenland boasts tall mountains with peaks covered by snow during summer, rolling valleys lush with flowers, sheep and tall grass. A collection of sandstone houses, so different from the very distinctive wooden houses in Greenland, draw a portrait of a settlement with an ancient history, and a dynamic modern day narrative.