6 Best Things to See and Do on Your Trip to Greenland

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3. Qaqortoq

As the largest town in southern Greenland, Qaqortoq is surely worth the visit. The Qaqortoq area has been occupied for about 4,300 years. Many cultures have called this area home, including the pre-historic Saqqaq people as well as the Norse during the 10th century, the Thule in the 12th century and the Danish in the 18th century.

Folks who absolutely need peace and quiet will enjoy this small town of about 3,300 residents. Qaqortoq offers some unique architectural structures, including the fountain in the town square. Built in 1927, the Qaqortoq fountain is the only existing fountain in Greenland.

The Qaqortoq museum is one of the top museums on the continent. Located in the town’s original blacksmith shop that was built in the early 1800s, the museum boasts a fairly extensive collection of artifacts from the Dorset, Thule and Norse cultures as well as artworks from some of Greenland’s more famous artists.

Outdoor types will enjoy trekking down the hiking trails located through and around the town. You can also spend a day whale watching or exploring the nearby glaciers and fjords.

Qaqortoq is only a short distance from one of the best preserved Norse ruins called Hvalsey Church. Built in the 14th century, Hvalsey Church was the first Christian church on the continent. The last written record of the Norse culture in Greenland was a wedding held at this church in 1408.

Qaqortoq Greenland

4. Glaciers / Icebergs

Having the opportunity to view an iceberg or glacier up close is a unique experience that everyone should have. These massive natural pieces of art are breathtakingly beautiful. Greenland boasts several amazing icebergs for tourists to view. North Greenland is home to several larger icebergs while South Greenland has smaller but equally as beautiful glacier-filled sites for tourists to visit. A trip to Greenland is not complete until you’ve viewed at least one of these amazing icebergs.

Greenland Iceberg
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