Greenland is one of the less travelled places on earth, as a seafarer, getting here was a milestone to my nonstop hounding of places. Arriving in the quaint port town of Qaqortoq, the ship dropped anchor at a safe distance away from the town’s small pier and near enough for the ship’s tenders to ferry passengers and crew to the shore. It really was a rare chance for me to visit this part of the world as the ship doesn’t come up here more often, so I was so keen about getting off from the ship, be somewhere ashore and explore the town on foot before the ship would sail again. Well, everything went as planned.
Qaqortoq is just a little town but it is the largest in the southern part of Greenland. With fewer than 4000 inhabitants, locals must have known each other. There’s no hop on / hop off tour buses here, so basically, I was left with only one option and that was to walk. Anyway, it was just a small place and I don’t have to go too far to see what there was to see.
With colourful houses and government buildings dotting Qaqortoq’s hillsides, even with dull skies hovering above, Qaqortoq remained colourful, a striking contrast from the icy glaciers and fjords we passed by earlier. Walking around the town, I arrived in a small square, the site of Greenland’s oldest fountain the Mindebronden. Situated in the middle of Qaqortoq’s tiny square, Mindebronden is a popular picnic and gathering spot for tourists and locals alike.
Close to the fountain is Qaqortoq’s oldest church and the Qaqortoq Museum where exhibits of Greenlandic handicrafts and arts are on display. The museum is also worth dropping by especially for those who want to learn something about the life of the Greenlandic Inuit, the indigenous people of Greenland. They are also referred to as Eskimo in general.
Looking forward to experience Greenland? Several cruise vessels sail to this part of the world but not all year round. I don’t know when will be my next shot to visit Greenland again, so I considered myself lucky enough to have visited the place, explored the town on foot and experience its charming stillness even for just once.