Get an up-close view of charming Qaqortoq by walking around the town center, a historic area graced by colonial homes, government buildings and dozens of curious rock sculptures.
Begin your guided walking tour right from the tender pier and enjoy the scenery as Qaqortoq unfolds before you. Although it's South Greenland's largest city, Qaqortoq is still wonderfully charming as its population is only about 3,200. The name means "The White," a reference to the icy glaciers and fjords around the city. Nevertheless, during the time of your visit, the surrounding land will be a blanket of green, and the town's flower and vegetable gardens should be flourishing.
Walking through town, you'll notice numerous stone sculptures, some of them large and freestanding, others carved right into the bedrock. They're part of a project called Stone and Man, primarily created by local artists as an expression of the South Greenland culture and history, which dates back to 2,500 BCE, when the Paleo-Eskimo Saqqaq people lived here. It wasn't until 1775 though that Qaqortoq was founded, around an area where the oldest fountain in Greenland now stands in a small square.
Other landmarks of historical interest are Qaqortoq's oldest church and an Inuit sod house that was a typical Greenlandic dwelling in the first half of the 20th century. You'll also have the opportunity to see the local fish market, where freshly caught fish are displayed side by side with seal and whale meat.
Following your guided tour, you can walk back to the pier, or stay behind and further enjoy the town at your leisure.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. There are some inclines and steps to negotiate. 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. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a windbreaker or light jacket; sunglasses; sun cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. If there is a church service taking place at the church, you may not be able to enter and no photos will be allowed. Entrance into the main museum building is optional and there is an additional charge of 20 Danish Krone.