Visit Greenland's only agricultural research farm to discover how crops and plants manage to thrive in South Greenland's sub-arctic climate and short growing season.
It's a short walk along the pier to your awaiting tour boat that will carry you across the channel, past Whale Island and on to the Upernaviarsuk Agricultural Station. The only such station in Greenland, this government-owned experimental farm conducts research to determine what livestock, crops, plants and trees can thrive in the region's sub-arctic environment. The results may surprise you.
Various types of perennial grasses for the production of hay and silage are grown, as are grains, barley and oats. Experiments are conducted on ornamental bushes and trees to determine which species are best suited for private and public gardens. A wide variety of vegetables, ranging from tomatoes to Chinese cabbage, are closely monitored and cultivated. Some of the plants are exposed to the elements; others are grown in greenhouses. The research station also delves into animal husbandry, especially with regard to sheep, which are vital to South Greenland's economy.
During this tour, you'll discover all sorts of fascinating information about the challenges of farming in a sub-arctic climate. Despite the demands, farms have been on this very site since the Middle Ages. The ruins of a Viking farm are still here, along with the ruins of a farm from the 1780s. You may also see aspiring young farmers receiving instruction in the agricultural school. After your visit, you'll retrace your route and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing over mostly uneven and natural terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests who experience motion sickness may wish to take precautionary measures. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a windbreaker or light jacket; sunglasses; sun cap; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.