Qaqortoq, Greenland

The ship arrived at 4:00 am and we were able to tender ashore as early as 7:00 am.  At that hour on a Sunday, the place was very quiet though the tourism office and related craft shop was open for business.  Qaqortoq is on an island on the south side of Greenland.  Though bitter cold in winter, today was very pleasant in the sun though you did need a jacket. The town was established by a Norwegian merchant in 1775.  The name means “stark white site” which is more meaningful in winter than in summer. The town seems very wealthy, though it could also be heavily subsidized by Denmark.  The housing looks new and appears to be hooked up to a central steam heating plant. There are quite a few stores of various kinds, restaurants, a hotel and a lot of marine and fishing industries along the harbour. I asked a local person if the indigenous inhabitants, such as he was, were related to the Innu and he said no, they were more like the Eskimos, a name which they are happy to use. Along with the local craft people, one man was selling reindeer meat. A photo of the meat and photos of the town, the only fountain in Greenland and a few people I spoke to are below.  We have seen whales around the ship but I have no photos of them.  Our next stop is St. Anthony, NL.


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One Response to Qaqortoq, Greenland

  1. daviddapaget says:

    Everything/everyone looks remarkably prosperous.

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