A small river in rural Greenland
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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