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Introduction

Qassiarsuk (Old Norse: Brattahlid) is a settlement in Southern Greenland. This village is the place Erik the Red once had his settlement. Several small stone huts and other traces of the Norse settlements can be seen in the area. In Qassiarsuk a church and a longhouse have been reconstructed to give visitors an understanding of life in those days.

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Sights and Activities

If you talk with the people in the cafeteria, you can get a guided tour to the reconstruction of Thorhilda's church and a typical longhouse from the same period. You also see the typical dressings of the period, and maybe get to hear some Icelandic, the modern language most closely related to old nordic. It is also possible just to see the reconstructions on your own.

An original Inuit house can also be found in the village.

If you are into geology, you might keep an eye out for crystals in the area. As you walk along the roads look for faults and you may discover beautiful minerals in between the layers of rock.

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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

By Boat

The tourist office in Narsarsuaq arranges trips every day, but it is also possible to hitch a ride with a fisherman.

By Land

Narsaq is situated 50 km by dirt road to the south. It should be possible to walk the road, and experience hikers can cross the countryside.
It is also possible to be shipped across the Narsarsuaq river from Narsarsuaq, and to walk along the dirt road.

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Eat

The cafeteria is worth recommenting. It's situated in a pale yellow building with a view over the fjord, and if you've been hiking for days, the daily hot meal is wonderful.

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Sleep

The village has two small hostels:

Illunnguujuk vandrehjem.
The Leif Eriksson Hostel.

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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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