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Boat Tour to Hvalsø Church Ruins


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Enjoy a boat ride from Qaqortoq to Hvalseyfjördur and hear the story of what Norse life was life in the Middle Ages.
  • Boat tour to Hvalsø Church ruins

  • Sail past Whale Island.

  • Story of Norse life

The best preserved Norse ruins in Greenland are less than one hour by boat from Qaqortoq. We sail past the large island of Arpatsivik, the Norse ‘Hvalsey’ (Whale Island), and into the fjord with the ancient Norse name ‘Hvalseyfjördur’. Here, the church ruins stand in a quiet and peaceful setting. The story about what Norse life was like here during their 500 years here in the Middle Ages. Why did the Norse disappear? What was the last written evidence of these fascinating people?

Practical information

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing, windproof jacket and flat comfortable shoes/sneakers

  • Walking information: N/A.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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