Qaqortoq City Walk, Tasting & Tannery
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Set off from the pier on a guided walk through the town of Qaqortoq. You will pass the museum and the town's famous fountain en route to the Old Town area.
Watch for the church and for local shops selling everything from household items to reindeer skins and hand-made souvenirs. You'll also see Qaqortoq's school. As you walk, your guide will tell you all about life in the Arctic. You'll gain some insights into the life and times of the largest village in South Greenland with an impressive 3,500 inhabitants.
Visit a local restaurant for a taste of Greenlandic food specialties and a beverage. Your guide will explain the significance of the food and how Greenlanders eat at home.
Next, head to the Great Greenland Factory. This world-famous tannery is located in Qaqortoq and specializes in producing garments and accessories from the skin of Greenlandic animals. This practice may seem to be at odds with western culture, but in Greenland the local people and their ancestors have sustainably made warm clothing and shoes from Arctic animals for thousands of years. The tannery lies just a short distance from the pier.
Return to the ship. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.
Wear sturdy, non-skid walking shoes. The level of guide experience varies in Qaqortoq due 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. All of the sights you'll see on tour are accessible on foot from the tender pier, but your guide offers perspectives that you may not be aware of if you explore on your own.