The largest town in South Greenland gives you art, culture, Norse history, boat tours, hot springs, kayaking and hiking trips.
IS THERE A RIVIERA IN GREENLAND?
Qaqortoq rises quite steeply over the fjord system around the city, and on hot summer days you may be tricked into thinking that there is a sub-arctic Riviera, a special Greenlandic version with icebergs in the bay and frolicking whales in the fjord, instead of sandy beaches, palm trees and over-population.
Qaqortoq is best seen on foot, which does say something about the size of our towns considering Qaqortoq is the largest in Southern Greenland.
Several tours to nearby hill tops open up a view to the surrounding mountain areas and to the pack ice at sea, drifting down the east coast of Greenland towards the Atlantic Ocean. The hike around the water supply, Lake Tasersuaq, will take you from the center of the city out into the mountains in a matter of minutes, and if you really wish to explore the city’s backcountry, the five-day hike to the Norsemen’s old Episcopal residence and the sheep farming settlement of Igaliku, is an obvious choice.
ADVENTURES IN THE WILDERNESS AROUND QAQORTOQ
Qaqortoq is well-connected with the surrounding South Greenlandic landscape that is full of adventure opportunities, and especially, when out on a boat the region really seems to open up.
The fjords around the city are popular kayaking destinations, small passenger boats will take you to the church ruin at Hvalsey, to Narsaq, to Igaliku and to the hot springs at Uunartoq.
We only recommend the trip to the hot springs if you are strong-willed, because once you experience the 38 degree Celsius warm water in this bathtub made by nature, you will find it very difficult to see why one should be doing anything else in life.