Qasigiannguit (originally “Christianshåb”) was founded in 1734 by Poul Egede, son of Hans Egede (founder of Nuuk and the “Apostle of Greenland). The history of this town and its surroundings is fascinating, both the history found in the archives and the town’s oral history passed down over the generations. This is also the location of the oldest house in Greenland: Poul Egede’s house, which is now part of Qasigiannguit Museum. On the voyage to Qasigiannguit, we pass the enormous icebergs at the mouth of the Icefjord. On the south side of the fjord, we pass the settlement of Ilimanaq (formerly “Claushavn”, named by Dutch whalers who hunted whales in the area in the 1600s). About 85 people live in the settlement, which also includes a beautiful little church more than 100 years old and a small school for 12 children, aged 7 to 13. We continue our voyage towards Qasigiannguit through waters frequented by whales. This area was more densely populated in the past, evidenced by the numerous traces of former settlements along the coast. We eat lunch when time allows, and perhaps on board, as scenic coastline and icebergs pass by. All in all, an experience for a privileged few. In Qasigiannguit, the museum is the setting for impressive archaeological finds from digs on the island of Qeqertasussuk, south of Qasigiannguit, once a settlement of the Saqqaq Culture (2,500–800 BC Permafrost has kept the organic material from that time well preserved and enabled further research into the Saqqaq Culture, among other things. A recent analysis resulted in a tuft of hair found in the layers of a kitchen midden, providing new knowledge about the first human beings to inhabit Greenland. These pioneering research results were made by Eske Willerslev, a world-renowned Danish DNA researcher. After an interesting day around Qasigiannguit, we head back to Ilulissat. Along the way, we once again have the best opportunities imaginable to experience whales, seals and birdlife – if the animals feel like showing up, that is. We arrive back in Ilulissat in late afternoon. | Period June–September | Bring outdoor clothes Every Sunday. 09:00, mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Pr. adult / Maximum 12 participants | Departure approx. 09:00 | Duration approx. 8 hours