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Eric the Red visited Greenland for the first time in AD 982. Your visit today includes much of the scenery that he would have seen a thousand years ago.
Board a boat at the Qaqortoq marina and motor across the fjord the surrounds the town.
Your destination is the church in Hvalsø, built in AD 1300. Hvalsø was the last place in Greenland to be inhabited by the Norse. When the Medieval Warming Period came to an end, the Vikings returned to Norway. Evidence of their time here remains in the physical form of stone ruins, and in written form in the magnificent Sagas. You will have an oppertunity to visit the church independantly, which was the site of the last Viking wedding in Greenland. It is still one of the best-preserved churches in all of Greenland. Take the time to sit close to the walls and imagine Arctic life back in the 14th century, when Greenland really was green.
As you return to Qaqortoq, scour the shoreline for the ruins of old farms. Questions? Your boat captain has all the answers.
This tour is not guided, your visit to the sites will be independant and at your leisure. Wear sturdy, non-skid walking shoes. The level of guide experience varies in Qaqortoq due to the remoteness of its location. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of the charm here, and you are trading breadth of experience for authentic interaction. Please bring your spirit of adventure and bear with any language difficulties your guide may encounter and with any operational surprises that may crop up. There are no restrooms available on tour.