Hike along the paths hugging the shoreline of Qaqortoq's placid Great Lake, following a guide eager to describe the distinctive sub-arctic flora and fauna in detail.
Begin your hike right from the 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 3,200. The name means "The White," a reference to the icy glaciers and fjords around the city. In fact, water is a dominant theme throughout Qaqortoq. It's even represented on the city's coat of arms, which features a blue-and-white background, the blue being symbolic of the river that flows through town.
Leaving the town behind, you'll trek toward Lake Tasersquaq, also known as the Great Lake. This serene blue expanse of water framed by rugged mountains is also the source of Qaqortoq's drinking water. Following your guide, you'll make your way along the lake's picturesque shoreline, learning about the unusual sub-arctic flora and fauna found here. Feel free to ask questions, as your guide is well informed.
Thanks to the mild summer climate and generous rainfall, the area is quite fertile. You may see sheep lazily grazing on the green grassy fells or upland meadows, crowberries ripening on low bushes, and the red-petal Niviarsiaq, the national flower of Greenland. Be sure to look skyward for the majestic White-tailed Eagle, which can often be seen soaring over the Great Lake, ready to swoop down and pluck a fish out of the water.
After a hike around the lake of approximately 90-minutes, you'll head back to town and the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking over mostly uneven and natural terrain that includes some inclines. Total distance covered is approximately 3 miles. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a windbreaker or light jacket; sunglasses; sun cap; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended.