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Igaliku is in southern Greenland.
Igaliku - quite surprisingly considering its country and latitude - is, of all things, a farming village! Like Nunataaq, fields surround the buildings in the village.
Igaliku is hard to reach, as it is almost completely isolated. The only town on the same peninsula is Qaqortoq, nearly 30 miles (50 km) away over high, rocky mountains. The end of the peninsula is dominated by glaciers, and one could get to Igaliku from Narsarsuaq by crossing the freezing Greenland waters or crossing a glacier.
- is located on the eastern edge of Igaliku.
Everything in the village itself is within walking distance. However, the road across the peninsula is nearly 4 km, and continues nearly 2 more km.
Garðar Cathedral RuinsFirst built in 1126, only the foundation remains of this cathedral.
Village & fieldsThe village is surrounded by fields and gentle mountain slopes. In the east of the village is a small bay and marina.
Mountain passOut of the village, a twisty road goes up the eastern face of a cliff near Igaliku. At the top of the cliff is a pass, and a gradual slope leading to more fields on the far side of the peninsula.
Hiking and exploration
Across the peninsulaaddress: King's RoadKing's Road is a 5-km dirt road which goes across a peninsula and then goes along the west coast of the peninsula to a small bay.
Up a canyonThe first few kilometers of the dirt road follow a fjord. The last couple of kilometers go into a canyon and eventually reach a lake.
Igaliku is a small town, with a small supermarket, open a few hours everyday.
At the Igaliku Country Hotel you can order breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Igaliku café. For lunch you just show up, but for breakfast and dinner it is a good idea to book in advance to make sure to get a seat. The hotel is most busy in july and august.
Go to the Igaliku Café for coffee and other drinks.
At Igaliku there are some choices of accommodation:
- You can camp in tent everywhere outside of the village. This has no cost, but you won't have access to toilets or showers.
- Igaliku youth hostel
- Igaliku Country hotel
- Fully equipped vacation houses available for rent.
From 2019 there is 4G in the village. You can also get wifi at the Igaliku Café for a small fee.
Qaqortoq, main town in southern Greenland
Narsarsuaq, small town with an airport - in southern Greenland