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The Essential Guide to Qarqortoq, Greenland

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Located near Cape Thorvaldsen, the town of Qaqortoq is the most populous town in southern Greenland. The area has a rich history, as it has been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times. You can still see traces of Thule and Norse cultures throughout the region, starting with the ruins of the 14th-century Hvalsey Church at the nearby Hvalsey Fjord.

The town of Qaqortoq is home to the oldest fountain in Greenland; completed in 1932, it depicts whales spouting water out of their blowholes. Most of the city’s main attractions, including restaurants and the Qaqortoq Museum, are located on or close to the main square.

Nearby sites of interest include Uunartoq Hot Springs—the only heated outdoor spa in Greenland—as well as Lake Tasersuaq and the permanent art installation Stone and Man, a series of 40 stone carvings by contemporary Nordic artists that is embedded into the landscape in and around Qaqortoq.

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Located on an uninhabited island near Qaqortoq, the Uunartoq Hot Springs is the country's only naturally heated outdoor spa. These waters have been a destination for locals and travelers alike for over 1,000 years—legend has it that Leif Eriksson...
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Most cities can't boast of having their own lake, so nature lovers are sure to enjoy hiking around Qaqortoq’s main water supply, Lake Tasersuaq. It's just a short walk from the city center; once you arrive, you can hit the trails around the...
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Torvevej, Julianehåb, Greenland
Stone and Man, a permanent outdoor art installation launched in the 1990s, features the stone carvings of 40 different artists. Conceived by Greenlandic artist Aka Høegh, the installation includes 40 works located around the city by creators...
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Torvevej, Julianehåb, Greenland
The Qaqortoq Museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Qaqortoq, a former blacksmith's workshop from the early 1800s near the main square. The museum's exhibits are dedicated to the Paleo-Eskimo Dorset, Thule and Norse cultures. You can...
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For the past millennium, the southern region of Greenland has beckoned explorers to its surprisingly fertile shores. Starting around the year 1000 C.E., Norse people began to settle here, followed not long after by Christian missionaries. Located...
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Vatikanbakken, Julianehåb, Greenland
Located adjacent to the pier where cruise ships dock is the office and souvenir shop of Greenland Sagalands. A tour company that offers boat excursions, guided tours and special events, Greenland Sagalands also sells works by area artists and...
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Havnevej, Julianehåb, Greenland

If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, consider visiting the boutique at Great Greenland. A local tannery that has focused on clothing made from the hides of seals, reindeer and musk ox for nearly 40 years, Great Greenland sells through...