Qassiarsuk used to be the stronghold of the Norsemen, and it was from this location that their culture of farming spread to the rest of South Greenland. The ruins of the settlement are still visible and the reconstruction of Erik the Red's settlement and Tjodhildes Church let you experience these historical buildings in a unique way. We start in front of Qassiarsuk church where you will hear more about the life of the farmers who live here today - but also some of the history of Erik the Red. The statue of his son, Leif Erikson, has been erected on a prominent vantage point in Qassiarsuk, keeping watch over both the past and the present. He is known as the very first man to sail towards the west arriving in North America at a place he called Vinland. A feat of that magnitude is not left unnoticed in South Greenland.
Rather long, but fairly easy
We start heading up the hill and along the gravel road. Although the actual growth of trees is limited to certain protected fjords, the landscape of South Greenland in many ways resembles the fjords of western Norway. At the end of the gravel roads you find sheep farms that give new meaning to the term “remote”. After a good hour of climbing we reach the pass from where we can spot the scenic Tasiusaq Fjord that is very often covered in ice. Sheep and the occasional eagle can be seen, but this hike is mainly about the beauty of the landscape.