Hiking route Qaqortoq – Igaliku
The hiking route Qaqortoq – Igaliku is one of the classic multi-day hikes in South Greenland (3-4 days). The peninsula is dominated by the long, serrated hilltop (1200 m.a.s.l.) called Killavaat (Redekammen in Danish), which you are able to see from almost any place at the peninsula. There are quite a few ways of doing the trip between Qaqortoq and Igaliko, but the one described in the following is relatively easy walked. You do not get higher than about 445 meters, and the terrain is not as steep as on the route between Qassiarsuk and Narsaq. However, there are no cabins or sheep farms along the way, so you must carry a tent and supplies for the whole trip.
Besides the beautiful scenery and views of fjords with drifting icebergs, you will also pass by several reminiscences from the Norse period. Igaliku is well known as the bishop’s residence and shows fine ruins from this period. Hvalsey Church ruin is probably the best-preserved Norse ruin in South Greenland and finally you have the opportunity to visit Sissarluttoq. This large group of ruins is not nearly as well-known as the other two, but actually one of the most impressive places, which are mapped in the eastern settlement, with no fewer than 42 ruins!
The hiking route Qaqortoq – Hvalsø – Igaliku is partly marked with cairns.
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Qaqortoq – Igaliku. Red route (under construction)