Qeqertarsuaq lies on the southern island of the same name, which means "the big island". The island is also known as Disko and it has some characteristic, snow-covered basalt cliffs, which are markedly different to the mountains on the mainland. Glaciers dominate Qeqertarsuaq, but there are also hot springs, as well as lush hillsides and valleys. Many of Greenland's plants are found here and every summer in the sea off the town, numerous playful humpback whales can be seen, while the bowhead whale is seen in early spring.
The town was founded by whaler Svend Sandgreen in 1773. Whaling has been very important ever since for Qeqertarsuaq, also known as Godhavn in Danish. Hunting and fishing are still the main occupations of the island's inhabitants, of whom nearly 900 live in Qeqertarsuaq and about 40 in the settlement of Kangerluk, a few hours sailing north-west. It's around here in 1999 that researchers discovered a "galloping" glacier that moves up to 100 metres a day.
Facts about Qeqertarsuaq
Population: 873 in the town and 35 inhabitants spread out in the area's only settlement.
The dog's rhythmic breathing glides over the surface of the snow. Take off on a dogsled into the midnight sun's play of colours - in mid July.
How to get there:
Depending on the season, there are weekly connections from Ilulissat by Air Greenland's helicopter and ships from Disko Line, but there are also flights and sailing routes to and from Aasiaat. Moreover, a number of cruise ships call at Qeqertarsuaq during the summer months. Contact your local travel agency in plenty of time before departure for more information.
How to get around:
The best way to discover Qeqertarsuaq is on foot. Local sailing in Disko Bay takes place in the summer with Disko Line's ships. In winter you can discover the town and its surroundings on dogsled, snowmobile or on skis.
Where to sleep:
There is both a hotel and a hostel in town and you can also put up a tent in the mountains or on the campsite in Qeqertarsuaq. Another option is to stay privately.