Explore The Norse Viking Ruins | Private tour | Qaqortoq | South Greenland
Jump aboard our ship, and experience, explore and examine the remains of the Norse Vikings with this two-hour boat tour to the Hvalsey church ruins! This tour is perfect for you, who would like to experience the incredible landscapes of South Greenland, and the interesting history of the Norse Vikings.
The luscious landscapes surrounding Qaqortoq are full of interesting historical sites, and on this tour, you will get to experience the remains of a Viking settlement in Greenland. You will be exploring the area where the Vikings led by Eric The Red, settled when coming to Greenland in the year 985. Eric and his fellow Vikings named the area Austurbygd, which means the Eastern Settlement. On the same grounds, the first Christian church in the country was built in 1300.
Your tour begins at the tourist ponton by Qaqortoq Harbor, here you will be introduced to your captain, who safely will take you through the vast waters of the surrounding fjord. From here a short bot tour into the fjord awaits you! Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of South Greenland, and keep an eye out for the sea creatures, inhabiting the fjord. It is possible to spot seals and whales.
The Hvalsey church ruins are said to be the home of an old Inuit legend. The story goes that Austurbygd was the ground for open war between the Norse chief Ungortoq and the Inuit leader K'aissape. According to the legend, the Inuit people led a huge attack on Hvalsey and burned down the Norsemen inside their houses. However, the chief Ungortoq managed to escape with his family but was caught near Cape Farewell after a long pursuit.
At Austurbygd, you will go ashore and explore the old Norse Viking ruins. Engage yourself in the area's history, examine the 6-meter tall church walls and follow the stone hedge's, surrounding the old churchyard. Hvalsey Church is a standing proof of the Norse Vikings presence in Greenland, and it is said that the Vikings would gather for yearly Christian festivals.
In addition to all the historical sites, you'll get to see, you'll also get to experience the beautiful nature with its bright green, grassy hills in all kinds of different sizes and shapes - some steep and some soft.
Safety is important for the crew on the boat "Odin" and they are experienced in sailing in the area as well. Sailing is a nice and easy way to get to some of the top attractions close to the city. You book the trip and the captain will pick you up on one of two spots on the harbor.
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UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Boat tour from Qaqortoq to Hvalsey church ruins
- 1 to 6 passengers included
- Local captain
- Tea and coffee
- Life jackets
- Heated cabin boat, with seats for all
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom). You may not need all of this on any particular day, but you should have it available. You should always bring a windproof jacket, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Please note that the price is for chartering the whole boat for this excursion. This will include one to six passengers.
- If you are going on an excursion it is highly recommended to bring both a camera and binoculars. It is also advisable to bring warm clothes that are suitable for the weather. It is possible to bring your own food, but save the trouble and order a sandwich or a lunch plate in the booking process.
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