South Greenland

Farm buildings of Upernaviarsuk agricultural station near Qaqortoq

Day trip to Upernaviarsuk – South Greenland

Upernaviarsuk Research Station is an experimental farm and school, and an important component of the Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas of South Greenland. They have managed to grow everything from root vegetables to iceberg lettuce to strawberries here, despite the sub-arctic climate. Read more about this Government initiative to expand the range of produce that […]

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UNESCO Heritage Listed Hvalsey Church near Qaqortoq - South Greenland

Day trip to Hvalsey Church – South Greenland

The best-preserved Viking (Norse) ruin in Greenland, Hvalsey Church is a must-see for visitors to the southern part of the island. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of Kujataa (5 areas of South Greenland protected for their evidence of sub-arctic farming practices spanning several centuries), it is a wonderful half-day trip from

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Approaching Arsuk settlement in South Greenland

Sarfaq Ittuk – Day 2 – Sailing along the south-west coast

I woke up to grey skies, low clouds, and a not insignificant ocean swell. Fortunately, it takes quite a lot to make me seasick! Arsuk with Sarfaq Ittuk Our first port for the day was the small settlement of Arsuk – population 77 (1 Jul 2019). Our scheduled docking time here was 15 minutes, and

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Hiking Greenland – Narsarsuaq Glacier

The weather in Greenland can be a little like the weather in Melbourne.  In other words, quite unpredictable.  When I set out on the Narsarsuaq Glacier hike (green trail in the map below) at 8:30am, it was very overcast and starting to spit with rain.  By the time I was ready for the return journey

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The river leading from the Glacier and the Glacier itself in background as seen from the viewpoint of the Ridge Hike near Narsarsuaq, South Greenland

Hiking Greenland – Narsarsuaq Ridge

My transfer from Qassiarsuk to Narsarsuaq didn’t leave until 2pm, which meant that I didn’t really have time to do much of a hike at either place, despite the glorious weather!   Fortunately, the Ridge Hike (yellow in the map below) from Narsarsuaq is a relatively short route up to a view of the Narsarsuaq Glacier (Kiattuut Sermiat),

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Sheep and the Qorlortup Itinnera valley near Qassiarsuk, South Greenland

Hiking Greenland – Qassiarsuk – Qorlortup Itinnera – Tasiusaq

I wasn’t greeted with the best weather I’ve had in South Greenland today, but decided to head out to do the Qassiarsuk – Qorlortup Itinnera – Tasiusaq – Qassiarsuk loop hike (yellow, followed by upper red in the below). I had to pass all the way through Qassiarsuk to reach the start of the hike, and that included

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Small icebergs fill the fjord near Tasiusaq. View while hiking from Sillisit to Qassiarsuk via Nunataaq in South Greenland

Hiking Greenland – Sillisit to Qassiarsuk

Another beautiful day in South Greenland 😊  So much so – it was very, very hard for me to leave my perch on the front deck of the Sillisit Hostel for the hike over to Qassiarsuk! The most common way to hike between the two places is via the dirt road that basically follows the fjord (solid

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