After a brief, yet invigorating walk through town, enjoy a sampling of traditional Greenlandic dishes and appetizers made with local ingredients such as reindeer and whale.
Your tour starts with a twenty-five minute walk from the pier toward the heart of downtown via an immensely scenic route. Although it's South Greenland's largest city, Qaqortoq is still wonderfully charming as its population is only 3,200. Walking along, you'll see flourishing gardens, historic homes, and numerous stone sculptures created by local artists as an expression of Greenlandic culture.
Still, one of the best ways to delve into the local culture is through its traditional cuisine, which you'll have the opportunity to sample at a local restaurant. Although the menu frequently changes, chances are, you'll be treated to tastings of both Greenlandic and Inuit dishes, which usually feature high-protein meats, a diet that originated as a way to sustain the early settlers through the physically demanding, harsh winters.
Greenlanders have been whaling for 4,000 years, so whale will probably be served either thinly sliced like beef carpaccio or quick-cooked like veal to retain its flavor. Lamb is also popular, as it is usually raised naturally and allowed to freely roam the upland pastures, which are called fells. Other traditional dishes may include dried seal, grilled Arctic char and smoked reindeer. Tasty locally grown crowberries, which look like blueberries, are also used extensively in sauces and desserts. After sampling the most popular Greenlandic and Inuit dishes, you'll walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 30-minutes of moderate walking over mostly flat terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns 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.