We are offering visitors the opportunity to visit the beautiful and fascinating town of Qasigiannguit (formerly known as ‘Christianshab’).
The town has a rich history and was founded in 1734 by Poul Egede, son of Hans Egede, the founder of Nuuk (the capital of Greenland) 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 Ilulissat Icefjord, which in 2004 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the south side of the fjord, we pass the settlement of Ilimanaq (formerly known as ‘Claushavn), which was named by Dutch whalers who hunted whales in the area in the 1600s. About eighty-five people live in the settlement, which also includes a beautiful little church more than one-hundred years old and a small school for just over ten children aged between seven and thirteen.
We continue our voyage towards Qasigiannguit through waters frequented by different species of whales, the world’s largest animals. This area was more densely populated in the past, evidenced by the numerous traces of former settlements along the coast. At around midday we eat lunch, and perhaps on board, as scenic coastline and icebergs pass by. All in all, this is 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).
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 a multitude of birdlife. We arrive back in Ilulissat in the late afternoon.
Please note there is a minimum of eight persons required for the activity to go ahead.