Day trip to Saqqaq settlement

  • Insight into 4500 years of cultural history

    Day trip to Saqqaq settlement

Day trip to Saqqaq settlement

With lunch from Hotel Arctic

We go on a cultural-historical trip to an area that gives an insight into both village life, social development and beautiful nature. The village of Saqqaq ("Sunny Side") is located approximately 100 km north of Ilulissat on the south side of the Nuussuaq peninsula, facing the 20 km wide strait between Disko Island and the Nuussuaq peninsula.

The settlement was founded in 1755, but its history goes back thousands of years. This is where archaeologists found the first tools from the Saqqaq culture. The settlement has also given its name to the culture that has inhabited Greenland for the longest uninterrupted period from 2500 – BC. to 800 BC The Saqqaq people managed to adapt to the area and survive by catching and fishing animals.

We go ashore in the village to see and hear about the many historical places. We experience daily life and talk to local fishermen and trappers, who can tell both about daily life in the village, fishing for halibut and the stories connected to the area. You are invited to kaffemik, which is a special Greenlandic tradition, where families open their homes when there is something to celebrate.

On the way to and from Saqqaq, we sail past the former settlement of Ritenbenk, which has not been inhabited since 1960.

For lunch we enjoy food brought from Hotel Arctic's renowned kitchen.

Duration approx. 6-8 hours

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Price: DKK 2,675.00 / person

There must be a minimum of 8 participants for the tour to take place.

Meeting place: Tourist ponton on the north side of the harbour – at Halibut Greenland. We meet 10 min. before departure.

Remember to bring warm outerwear that can be cold on the water, regardless of the sun's rays. Remember sunscreen, sunglasses and camera.

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