Qaqortoq has three large supermarkets – Pisiffik, Brugseni and Akiki – as well as several smaller convenience stores.
To buy souvenirs, visit Greenland Sagalands where they have an extensive selection. You can also purchase sealskin products directly from the Great Greenland showroom on the other side of the harbour, skin care products from locally-owned InuaCare, or buy directly from locals who set up stalls outside Sagalands whenever cruise ships are in Qaqortoq. The museum and the Hotel Qaqortoq also have a small selection, and you never know what you might find at Jaaraartooq Café Shop near the heliport.
For outdoor adventures, it is best to bring as much of your own gear with you to Greenland. It is possible to purchase limited, basic camping supplies at Sissami by the bridge or you can rent equipment from the Blue Ice Café in Narsarsuaq.
Cradled between rolling steep hills dotted with brightly coloured houses, Qaqortoq is a melting pot of art, culture, Norse history and outdoor adventure. Featuring sculptures by some of Greenland and Scandinavia’s most famous artists, Qaqortoq’s compact colonial heart is centred around the country’s oldest fountain and is the perfect place to enjoy cultural demonstrations and join locals in watching daily life unfold.
Extend your visit in Qaqortoq to include the unbroken silence of the Greenland ice sheet, the ghosts of the Viking-built Hvalsey Church ruin, and the restorative waters of the Uunartoq hot spring in an exploration of South Greenland’s farming belt.
Qaqortoq is a very walkable town with most attractions clustered around the harbour and main square. However, if your accommodation is located up one of the town’s impressive hills, there are also taxis to help you get around.
For excursions in the area, the most common way to get around is with a boat, helicopter (all year) or on foot (summer), and with a snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes (winter, if you have your own equipment).