Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland with distinctive sandstone houses. You will see tall mountains with peaks covered by snow in the summer months, and lush valleys with grazing sheep. In fact, Igaliku is the oldest sheep farming settlement in the country. Enjoy the stunning view to the Igaliku fjord, experience the tranquility and peace of the settlement and learn about its fascinating history.
During the Norse period, from 1000- 1500 AD, Igaliku was known as Gardar and was the main seat of the church. Christianity was introduced to Greenland at the turn of the last millennium, and Greenland was granted its first bishop in 1124. The impressive episcopal residence Garðar was established shortly afterwards in Igaliku. A cathedral was built, and was the biggest church in Greenland in the Middle Ages. For many years, the bishop’s palace was a focal point for the Norsemen and visitors from Iceland and Norway. The ruins of the cathedral and the bishop's palace have been renovated during recent years and today make up an attractive relic of the Viking period. Those ruins have been preserved and protected, and ware well worth a visit.