The rocky tundra in Qaqortoq, Greenland
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Cruise to Qaqortoq, Greenland

With 3,229 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is a large town for Greenlandic standards. Stroll around the historical buildings in this colorful colonial town, formerly known as Julianeha. Cruise to Greenland to admire the open-air sculpture gallery Stone and Man, and check out the spouting whale fountain. Then, visit the quaint Qaqortoq Museum, housed in the town's oldest building. Kayak among the fjords around the city, or hike along the nearby mountain-rimmed Lake Tasersuaq. Later, soak your stress away in the delightful hot springs, bubbling at a perfect 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the island of Uunartoq.
National Language Greenlandic, English, Danish
Currency Accepted Danish Krone (DKK)

Things To Do in Qaqortoq

A small river in rural Greenland

Take Your Bath Outside

A small river in rural Greenland

A small river in rural Greenland

Take Your Bath Outside

Take a boat to the nearby uninhabited island of Uunartoq (Greenlandic for "very hot island"). In the middle of the grassy fields, you'll find wonderful hot springs, surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs. With a water temperature of around 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, they are perfect for bathing.

The ruins of a Norse building in Greenland

Norse Knowledge

The ruins of a Norse building in Greenland

The ruins of a Norse building in Greenland

Norse Knowledge

Visit the Qaqortoq Museum, housed in a tar-blackened building dating back to 1804. Check out the blue room, the red room, the collection of talismans and the peat hut. For more Nordic history, check out the Norse ruins at Hvalsey Church.

A face carved in stone
A face carved in stone

Art, On The Rocks

Explore the intriguing sculpture park Stone and Man near the museum. Greenlandic artist Aka Hoegh launched the project in the mid-1990s with artists from all of the Nordic countries. There are now around 40 sculptures and carvings, also in other parts of town.

A roasted fillet of halibut and potato puree in a white bowl
A roasted fillet of halibut and potato puree in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Dine in at of the atmospheric eateries with tasteful art and wooden floors at the old town square. Greenlandic food is based on marine mammal meat, game, birds and halibut. There are a handful of forward-thinking restaurants dishing out modern takes on the traditional fare. Cruises to Greenland allow you to sample musk-ox filet poached in juniper berry juice, mustard-baked halibut or smoked breast of auk, a local sea bird, marinated in honey.

An assortment of handcrafted jewelry
An assortment of handcrafted jewelry

Shopping

Head to the Qaqortoq Souvenir Shop, right next to the jetty, run by the Greenland Sagalands tour operator and tourist information center. Browse the typical Greenlandic handicrafts like artwork, jewelry, musk ox knitwear or a tupilaq, a carved figure to protect against enemies.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 At the Tourist Office, you can get free town maps, buy hiking maps and use the internet.
2 The Danish Krone (DKK) is the official currency of Greenland. Major credit cards are accepted.

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