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Introduction

Igaliku is in Southern Greenland. Igaliku - quite surprisingly considering its country and latitude - is, of all things, a farming village! Like Nunataaq, fields surround the buildings in the village.

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Sights and Activities

Garðar Cathedral Ruins (Garðar Domkirke). First built in 1126, only the foundation remains of this cathedral.
Village & fields. The village is surrounded by fields and gentle mountain slopes. In the east of the village is a small bay and marina.
Mountain pass (Peninsula) (Follow main road west out of Igaliku). Out of the village, a twisty road goes up the eastern face of a cliff near Igaliku. At the top of the cliff is a pass, and a gradual slope leading to more fields on the far side of the peninsula.

Hiking and exploration

Across the peninsula, King's Road (Follow King's Road west). King's Road is a 5-km dirt road which goes across a peninsula and then goes along the west coast of the peninsula to a small bay.
Up a canyon (Follow main road north for about 5 km). The first few kilometers of the dirt road follow a fjord. The last couple of kilometers go into a canyon and eventually reach a lake.

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Events and Festivals

  • The National Day of Greenland is held on the 21st of June each year - the lightest day of the year - as a celebration of Greenland's traditions and cultural heritage. People often dress in national costumes to mark the occasion.
  • Return of the Sun - January’s return of the sun after several weeks or months of constant darkness is a major cause for celebration in Greenland. Although the exact day varies throughout the country, each local community celebrates the occasion with plenty of coffee, sweets, music, and special family togetherness.

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Getting There

Igaliku is hard to reach, as it is almost completely isolated. The only town on the same peninsula is Qaqortoq, nearly 30 miles (50 km) away over high, rocky mountains. The end of the peninsula is dominated by glaciers, and one could get to Igaliku from Narsarsuaq by crossing the freezing Greenland waters or crossing a glacier.

Igaliku Marina is located on the eastern edge of Igaliku.

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Getting Around

Everything in the village itself is within walking distance. However, the road across the peninsula is nearly 4 km, and continues nearly 2 more km.

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Eat

At the Igaliku Country Hotel you can order breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Igaliku café. For lunch you just show up, but for breakfast and dinner it is a good idea to book in advance to make sure to get a seat. The hotel is most busy in July and August.

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Drink

Go to the Igaliku Café for coffee and other drinks.

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Sleep

At Igaliku there are some choices of accommodation:

You can camp in tent everywhere outside of the village. This has no cost, but you won't have access to toilets or showers.
Igaliku youth hostel
Igaliku Country hotel
Fully equipped vacation houses available for rent.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Thanks to undersea fiber optic cable links to Europe and broadband satellite, Greenland is well connected with 93% of the population having internet access. Your hotel or hosts (if staying in a guesthouse or private home) will likely have wifi or an internet connected PC, and all settlements have an internet cafe or some location with public wifi. Ask around if you need help finding it.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code for Greenland is 299.

Tele Greenland is the only telephone and internet provider. Mobile phones have coverage in all larger villages, including 3G internet access. The mobile phone system in Greenland is GSM 900/1800, and with the exception of one or two settlements the system covers all the inhabited areas of Greenland. Note that roaming charges are international (as Greenland is outside the EU), and much higher than someone from EU would pay inside EU.

Post

Post Greenland is the company responsible for postal service in Greenland. It has reliable services, but as you might imagine, it takes a while for your letter or postcard to arrive. Post offices can be found in all major communities in Greenland. Business hours are typically Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. Mail from Greenland takes about four to five days to reach Europe.

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