The island of Disko is large – about 15,000 square kilometres. But there is only one town, Qeqertarsuaq. It has about 1,000 inhabitants, so there is plenty of space for everyone. The former name Godhavn, literally “good harbour”, indicates that it has served as a safe haven for a long time. Whale hunting is part of the history, and in the 1700s and 1800s the town was the centre for European whaling in Greenland. A whale can still be spotted in the coat of arms.
Humpback whales may appear
Qeqertarsuaq is beautifully located with a great view of the glaciers from top of the Basalt Mountains, with waterfalls splashing down the mountainsides. The sea, just in front of Qeqertarsuaq, is a favourite foraging spot for the humpback whales in the summer. We may spot the whales, from the ship as well as from land during our stay on the island. The colourful Greenlandic houses perfectly contrast the huge basalt mountains outside town. Enjoy an interesting walk with a local guide and learn about the town itself, its ancient and recent history and its inhabitants.