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Qaqortoq, Greenland

Qaqortoq is in Southern Greenland.

Qaqortoq is Southern Greenland’s largest town, with about 3,000 inhabitants. The main industry in the town is fishing, but there are also administrative and education centers in Qaqortoq. There are also some natural hot springs near Qaqortoq that are open for visitors to take a dip in, the water is nearly 38 degrees.

Climate

Qaqortoq has a maritime-influenced polar climate with cold, snowy winters and cool summers. The southern tip of Greenland does not experience permafrost. The cold waters of the Labrador Basin ensure that summer stays below the tree line in spite of it being below the 61st parallel. Winters are much milder than at much lower coastal parallels in continental North America due to the marine effect. Therefore, the seasonal variation in the climate is very small for a location so far north.

Tourism

Tourism is a significant contributor... Read more

Qaqortoq, Greenland

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Qaqortoq is in Southern Greenland.

Qaqortoq is Southern Greenland’s largest town, with about 3,000 inhabitants. The main industry in the town is fishing, but there are also administrative and education centers in Qaqortoq. There are also some natural hot springs near Qaqortoq that are open for visitors to take a dip in, the water is nearly 38 degrees.

Climate

Qaqortoq has a maritime-influenced polar climate with cold, snowy winters and cool summers. The southern tip of Greenland does not experience permafrost. The cold waters of the Labrador Basin ensure that summer stays below the tree line in spite of it being below the 61st parallel. Winters are much milder than at much lower coastal parallels in continental North America due to the marine effect. Therefore, the seasonal variation in the climate is very small for a location so far north.

Tourism

Tourism is a significant contributor to the economy of the town. The Qaqortoq Tourist Service – Greenland Sagalands – is the tourist office. Roughly two-thirds of all tourists (65.5%) are from Denmark. There are several facilities offering accommodations, including the Qaqortoq Hostel. The Qaqortoq Museum offers services in English, Danish, and Kalaallisut. The Great Greenland Furhouse is also a popular tourist attraction. Tourists are offered year-round activities such as kayaking, guided hiking, whale-watching, cross-country skiing, and boating. In recent years, Qaqortoq has experienced a decline in tourist revenue, with an average of 1,700 tourists annually staying in the town overnight, very much due to the lack of an airport close to the town. The Qaqortoq Stadium is the first artificial grass football stadium in Greenland. The Danish Crown Princely family visited the town as part of an official tour of Greenland in summer 2014.

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Qaqortoq, Greenland: Port Information


Cruise passengers are carried ashore by the tenders. One will find a nice souvenir shop and tourist office right next to a pier. 

Get around Qaqortoq, Greenland


The town is perfect for walking to get around because everything is fairly centrally located. Skis and snowmobiles make it easier to get around during the winter months.

What to see in Qaqortoq, Greenland


Colonial Town

Qaqortoq is a beautiful colonial town. You can explore it on foot. While walking through the quaint squares, you will find Greenland’s oldest fountain. There is also a sculpture park called “Stone and Man” where art is carved into the rock.

Qaqortoq Museum

The main focus of the exhibitions at the Qaqortoq Museum is Norsemen history, and exhibits include harpoons, kayaks, and traditional blubber bags.

  • Qaqortoq Museum

    , Torvevej B-29, P.O. Box 154, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 10 80 (geny@qaqortoq.gl). M-F 10-16, Sat 13-16.
  • Church of Our Savior

    , Skolevej 103, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 20 41 (palasi.na@greennet.gl). Local wooden church, guests are welcome.  
  • Qaqortoq Tourist Info (c/o Greenland Sagalands), Vatikanbakken B 68, P.O. Box 128, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 24 44 (info@qaqtourist.gl). Operated by Greenland Sagalands, provides information about the area, including maps as well as advice for tourist traveling in the area.  

What to do in Qaqortoq, Greenland


Hot Springs

Swimming in the hot springs is quite an adventure, the water is a balmy 38 degrees and the air temperature is usually around 10. The hot springs are located on the island of Uunartoq near Qaqortoq, tours and transportation to the hot springs can be arranged with the local tourist offices.

  • Greenland Sagalands, Vatikanbakken B 68, P.O. Box 128, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 24 44 (info@qaqtourist.gl). Offer many different types of tours on land and on the water. Including whale watching, fishing, stone tours, and Greenlandic lectures. Price varies greatly because trips are custom organized to suit needs.

What to eat and drink in Qaqortoq, Greenland


Eat

  • Nanoq Steakhouse, Anders Olsens Vej B1254, P.O. Box 509, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 22 82 (jim@hotel-qaqortoq.gl). Offers views of the town and nearby harbor. Mainly Greenlandic ingredients are used in preparing the dishes. Also has a large room suitable for receptions with up to 100 people.
  • Cafe Mikisoq, Anders Olsens Vej B1254, P.O. Box 509, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 22 82 (jim@hotel-qaqortoq.gl). M-Th 12-14 & 17-23, F-Sat 12-24, Sun 12-23. Offers traditional Greenlandic coffees and Greenlandic draft beers. Good place to experience Greenlandic coffee culture.
  • Lal'laati Corner (Coffee Restaurant Bar), Torvet (Across from Qaqortoq Museum), ☎ +299 64 32 22. Restaurant, along with alcoholic drinks served.
  • Burgermania, 278 b, Vatikanbakken (Eastern side of downtown), ☎ +299 64 11 00. American food.
  • In Box (A Little Thai Corner), Torvet (Near ferry stop), ☎ +299 53 24 49.

Drink

  • Jaaraatooq Shop, Jaaraatooq, ☎ +299 49 37 82. Coffee shop

Shopping in Qaqortoq, Greenland


  • Qaqortoq Souvenir Shop, Vatikanbakken B 68, P.O. Box 128, 3920 Qaqortoq, Greenland, ☎ (+299) 64 24 44 (info@qaqtourist.gl). Sells mainly handcrafted artisan pieces made out of traditional Greenlandic materials, like reindeer antlers.
  • Tamat Fine Clothings, 205, Vatikanbakken, ☎ +299 64 25 76.
  • Brugseni, Anders Olsensvej, ☎ +299 64 22 85. Main grocery store in town. 
  • Pisiffik Elia, Sanatorievej. Grocery store. 

Safety in Qaqortoq, Greenland


The town is quite safe. However, you should always use your common sense just like anywhere else in the world.

Language spoken in Qaqortoq, Greenland


Greenlandic is the official language. Danish is widely spoken. Other languages include Norwegian, Swedish, English, etc. 

LOCAL TIME

5:59 pm
June 25, 2019
America/Godthab

CURRENT WEATHER

16.12 °C / 61.016 °F
broken clouds
Wed

4.7 °C/40 °F
heavy intensity rain
Thu

7.52 °C/46 °F
overcast clouds
Fri

6.55 °C/44 °F
broken clouds
Sat

3.41 °C/38 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

DKK

1 USD = 0 DKK
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1 GBP = 0 DKK
1 AUD = 0 DKK
1 CAD = 0 DKK

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