Qaqortoq

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Introduction

Qaqortoq is the largest city in Southern Greenland, with a population of more than 3,000. Nearly half of those along the southern coastline of Greenland live here. Although the temperature can get into the seventies (Fahrenheit) in summer, Qaqortoq generally has cool summers and cold winters.

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Sights and Activities

Qaqortoq Museum, B 29 3920, Torvevej.

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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.
  • Greenland Adventure Race - Southern Greenland’s most outstanding scenery provides the backdrop for this grueling September race sometimes compared to Hawaii’s Ironman triathlon. The five day Greenlandic version starts with 20 kilometres of running and rappelling across a glacier and frozen water, followed by a 50 kilometre long mountain bike trek. The third leg is the 42 kilometre long marathon through 1,000 metre tall mountain passes before reaching Narsaq. Competitors must then kayak and carry their boats across the fjords of Qaqortoq before making a 30 kilometre run to the finish line. Both same-sex and opposite-sex teams can participate in this epic race.

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Getting There

There is a ferry stop in Qaqortoq, which is served by regular boat from Narsarsuaq.

The heliport is on the southeast of the town, and there are regular flights from Narsarsuaq and Narsaq.

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Getting Around

Qaqortoq's roads are narrow and twisty. Many of them are paved, however, unlike many towns in the Arctic north.

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Eat

In Box (A Little Thai Corner), Torvet (Near ferry stop), ☏ +299 53 24 49.
Café Nanoq, Anders Olsensvej B-1254, ☏ +299 642282. Café / Restaurant / Bar.
Café Heidi-mut, Aaninngivit, ☏ +299 382133. Restaurant / Bar / Café.

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Drink

Jaaraatooq Shop, Jaaraatooq, ☏ +299 49 37 82. Coffee shop.
Rockhouse, Augo Lyngesvej B-278. Biggest pub in town.
Hinnarissuasik, Augo Lyngesvej 278. Bar/Pub with pool table and darts.

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Sleep

Siniffik Inn, B-242, Aaninngivit, ☏ +299 64 27 28.
Hotel Qaqortoq, Anders Olsensvej B-1254.

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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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