Qeqertarsuaq - Greenland

Qeqertarsuaq is a port and a town on the southern tip of Qeqertarsuatsiaq (Disko Island), an island on the west coast of Greenland. Qeqertarsuaq means 'large island' and is by far the largest of the islands along the Greenland coast. The town was founded by whaler Svend Sandgreen in 1773 and whaling has been of great importance to the town over the past two centuries. Hunting and fishing are still the primary occupations for the island's inhabitants. Around 1,000 of these inhabitants live in the main town and more than 50 in the Kangerluk settlement, a few hours by boat to the north-west. This is where researchers found a 'galloping' glacier in 1999 that moves up to 100 meters a day. Close to the town the Lyngmarksbr├Žen (The Lyngmark Glacier) can be reached on a few hours' walk. The glacier covers almost 10 km. As something quite unique in Greenland, it is possible to ride a dog sled at Qeqertarsuaq under the midnight sun in summer. It takes place on the inland ice at a height of around 800m in the hills behind the town. Wander to the top of the hills where your efforts are rewarded by a fantastic view of Disko Bay and the gigantic icebergs at Ilulissat almost 100 km away. The following 6 cruises call at Qeqertarsuaq. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.