About Qaqortoq

As you sail into the remote port of Qaqortoq, you'll be greeted by the sight of the spectacular rocky mountains whose distinctive peaks carve a jagged path into the skyline. Lying at their feet is the pretty harbour with its colourful wooden houses.

Spend time soaking up the breathtaking scenery or head to the colonial part of town to enjoy a snapshot of Greenland's history in the Town Musuem, which is in the town's oldest building. Located in the town square, next to the fountain, you will discover how the settlement was founded in 1775 and learn about the fascinating Inuit culture.

As you further explore the idyllic, green town you may also wish to visit the striking Saviour's Church and view the curious "Stone and Man" carvings, which transform the town into a big sculpture park. And if you are inspired by these unusual works of art, you may wish to browse the large selection of Greenlandic arts and crafts on offer.

Due to a limited infrastructure, no shore excursions operate in this port.


Shore excursions in Qaqortoq

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Hvalsey Church Ruins

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Duration: 2 hours

Enjoy a leisurely boat trip to Greenland’s best preserved Hvalsey Church Norse ruins - a UNESCO world heritage Site.

From Qaqortoq harbour, you‘ll take a leisurely cruise for approximately 30 minutes to reach the Hvalsey Church ruins.

Once ashore, you'll walk around these historical ruins from the time of the Vikings and learn how Christianity spread its influence throughout Europe and eventually reached remote Greenland, where it established itself in the country in 1000 AD. Hvalsey Church was built in the 14th century and is one of the best preserved churches in Greenland from that period.

After your visit, you'll head back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. Capacity is very limited on this tour, book early to avoid disappointment. There is approximately 45 minutes walking uphill on uneven and grassy terrain. Please wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. There are inclined gangways on the boat and a few steps to negotiate to access the toilets. The deck of the boat can get wet with sea spray, so please take care when moving around as it may be slippery. If you are prone to seasickness please take the necessary precautions. The boats usually take a maximum of 12 passengers. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.