Information about Narsaq
On a flat tableland, lies a colorful town at the foot of two mountains, Qaqqarsuaq. The town’s name is Narsaq, with a self sufficing people with agricultural roots. The agricultural roots, creates a southern atmosphere, resembling the old American west. Horses are idyllic tethered outside the houses, waiting for the true cowboys of Greenland. It is a land to be explored by horse or by feet with adventures waiting for every explorer to experience.
The town is specked with all specialities, that will decorate your inner explorer with adventure and culture.
The Town’s Background
Narsaq holds approximately 1600 inhabitants, all sufficing themselves with gardens vegetables, living of the lands of the south. With the most vigorous plains in all of Greenland, there are great conditions for farming and agriculture. The great conditions has caused the main labour of the town to be farming and agriculture.
Ancient traces of the norsemen are spread across the south, but Narsaq in particular is favored. The lands Narsaq was founded on, kept a secret of its own till the 1960’s, when the people of Narsaq found old ruins of a farm, supposedly belonging to the famous Erik The red, before settling in Brattalid. Erik The Red, is still alive, as his name lives on in the surrounding fjord of Narsaq.
Walk in the ancient path of the norsemen on an out of town adventure, as ruins of the Landnamsgaard farm is in walking distance from the town’s museum. Narsaq museum, is located in an old colonial building by the old harbor, with its core, telling stories of the modest and harsh living conditions once dominating the life in Narsaq town, in the early colonial period. The museum holds a permanent exhibition regarding the norse men and their settlements around the south. Another permanent exhibition, is a tribute to the beloved poet, painter, politician and priest Henrik Lund. Famous for being inspired by the South Greenlandic beauty, and for passing on a new generation of poetry.
For a spiritual get-away, visit Narsaq church. With its white wooden walls and reds panels, the church is a must to visit. Deeply inspired by the German Morravian missionaries is the church decorations, telling stories of the missionaries adventures along the coast.
The grounds, the town was founded on, was not the only to keep secrets from its people. The backdrop of Narsaq, keep rare earth minerals in the Dyrnæs-Narsaq complex, holding sandstones, granite, lava and tugtupit. Furthermore the complex holds sheep and horses, grassing the plains. Explore the backland of narsaq. Go on an action packed ride, on the bumpy roads leading to nearby farms and get handy with the farmers or explore the mysterious mine.
Explore with Tastebuds, Eyes & Feelings
The local fish market is worth a visit, as it is a great insight to Greenlandic Gastronomy with fish in all sizes and shapes. Befriend a local, and visit for an evening feast with greenlandic commodities, and get a taste on the tounge of Greenland.
Hike into the enchanting boondocks of Narsaq, and explore untouched valleys, in the presence of traveling icebergs, boisterous waterfalls and arctic wildlife. An adored route is to the nearby village Qassiarsuk, keeping sheep and ancient ruins from the norsemen's stronghold.
It is a unique journey to the remote village, as the possibilities for experiencing Greenlandic nature are endless. Fish for arctic char enroute, climb the mountain sides and explore the untouched tundra. For a sight of the creatures of the sea, travel by boat in the surrounding fjords. Erik The Red’s fjord, holds a sea of endless adventures, from an international airport to the small sheep holding settlements.
Narsaq will astonish every explorer with its taste of history, nature and kind-hearted people. It is the perfect destination for an authentic and once in a lifetime experience.
What to do & what to see
- Horseback riding
- Farming & agriculture
- Uunartoq hot springs
- Boat tours
- Norse artefacts & ruins
- Narsaq church
- Narsaq Museum
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