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Qaqortoq Greenland Cruise Port

Location:

As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore. The tender ride is short.

A well assorted Souvenir Shop and Tourist Office is located right next to the pier, and is open all hours during cruise visit.

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Sightseeing:

With its almost 3,000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is South Greenland's largest town and perhaps one of the most charming and attractive towns in the whole of Greenland. The town has a pleasant center with a small square containing Greenland's oldest fountain. There are also strikingly beautiful colonial buildings dating back to 1775 when the town was founded. The primary industries in the town are fishing, service and administration, and as the center of education for South Greenland, Qaqortoq's streets are characterised by the many students living here.

The culture project ‘Stone and Man' can be seen as an open invitation to explore the town to find the 30 different motifs that are chiselled into rocks and stones by local and Scandinavian artists. Vor Frelser Kirke (the Church of Our Saviour) from 1832 and the town's two museums are also well worth a visit. One of the town's most important places of work – Great Greenland Fur house – is often open to visitors. Short hikes around the town are also possible, for example around the big lake.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

The fjords around the city are popular kayaking destinations, small passenger boats will take you to the church ruin at Hvalsey, to Narsaq, to Igaliku and to the hot springs at Uunartoq.

In Greenland there are no roads connecting the towns, so all transport takes place by plane or by ship. The Arctic climate, which at times can be extreme, places great demands on safety during transport, demands which Greenland's transport companies satisfy in full. When travelling over shorter distances outside the towns the local population use their own boats, dogsleds or snowmobiles.

Nearby Places:

From Qaqortoq you can visit settlements by boat, for example Eqalugaarsuit or the Norse Episcopal residence at Igaliku. A few hours by boat northeast of the town you will find Greenland's best-preserved Norse ruin, Hvalsey Church, and further south there are hot springs on the island of Uunartoq. The tourist office in Qaqortoq also offers sports fishing trips, kayak sailing, overnight stays at sheep-holding stations and many other excursions.

Shopping and Food:

Souvenirs from Greenland are unique, handmade works of art the like of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Each product is shaped and designed by a Greenlandic artist, who manages to follow tradition and custom, whilst at the same time creating unique works incorporating his or her own ideas and skills. As a visitor, you will have plenty of opportunity to find precisely what you are looking for.

Currency:

Credit cards can be used at many hotels, restaurants and shops, but it is recommended that you bring a small amount of Danish kroner with you to Greenland, as some ATMs may not be in service at the weekend.

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Communication:

As a visitor to Greenland you will find that you understand absolutely nothing when Greenlandic is spoken – or ‘kalaallisut', as it is called, which actually means ‘the Greenlanders' language'.

Danish is more or less the second language. English less so.

Internet and e-mail – take your laptop with you Hotspots have been established in most major hotels so that you can access the Internet. There are Internet cafés in a number of the bigger towns and at several tourist offices it is also possible to check your web mail.

The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800

Opening Hours and Holidays:

In the major towns supermarkets are typically open on weekdays from 10:00 – 17:30, on Fridays until 18:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. In many towns, however, there are corner shops and grocer's shops that have longer opening hours and which are also open on Sundays.

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