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Saqqaq means 'the sunny side’, and this is no coincidence because the small West Greenland settlement is situated on the south side of the Nuussuaq peninsula in Disko Bay around 100 km north of Ilulissat. Today the settlement’s most important sources of income are tourism and fishing for Greenland halibut. You may be fortunate to experience not only the chance to get close to the traditional life of a hunter, but also how the community works together to catch beluga whales.
The area contains many archaeological finds originating from the Saqqaq culture – named after the area in which they lived – dating back to the period between 2500 BC and 800 BC. The Saqqaq culture, incidentally, is the culture that has lived in Greenland the longest.
Experiences in Saqqaq
Make sure you’ve got good walking boots because the area is wet bog and has uneven terrain with lots of rocks. Take the ascent to ‘Livets Top’ mountain, which, as the name suggests, may make you feel on top of the world with its fantastic views! The area as a whole has good hiking routes to Inuit graves and the remains of old peat houses. You can also walk along the coast and take in great views of icebergs and Saqqaq’s hinterland with its lakes, rivers and the local glacier.
No saqqaq without hannibal
It’s almost impossible to tell the story of Saqqaq without mentioning its legendary inhabitant Hannibal Fencker, who had both his house and homemade bitter named after him. He was known for his garden and his greenhouses – the most northerly in the world. Here he grew a wide range of different species of flowers. He and his wife Amalie even managed to get sub-tropical plants such as dates and lemons to grow in their greenhouses. He used herbs in cooking and in his bitter, whose ingredients include the top shoots of marsh Labrador and the leaves of Arctic alpenrose.
Experiences in Saqqaq
Welcome to the experiences of the other world. Go exploring for new exciting experiences right here.
Meet the Greenlanders on their home turf. Hospitable Greenlanders bid you welcome to their home. Accept an irresistible offer of a kaffemik and good stories.
The Icefjord near Ilulissat is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. If you’ve ever been there, you’ll fully understand why.
Kayaking in Greenland is for experienced rowers who enjoy the silent movement in waters with white mountains as a backdrop.
Do rods, spinners and fish in all shapes and sizes have you hooked? Fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed at any time of the year by people who love the challenge of rivers and lakes.
Did you miss the sun last summer? Then let us tempt you with the sun in the sky round the clock.
Embark, disembark, head ashore, then embark once more! But never miss out on the chance to take a sailing trip through the magnificent landscape that’s sure to sweep you off your feet.
It’s a short distance from towns and settlements to open expanses with lakes, fells and the sea. Remember your map and compass or let yourself be guided by an experienced pathfinder.
Means 'the sunny side'
The Saqqaq culture is named after the settlement
Founded in 1755 under the name Ritenbenk
'Qivitoq' was filmed here
Approx. 170 inhabitants
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