Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland. This is the oldest sheep farming settlement in Greenland and arriving here you will see tall mountains with peaks covered by snow during summer, lush valleys with flowers and sheep. The sandstone houses are very distinct from the wooden houses in Greenland, and there is a stunning view to the Igaliku fjord. Experience the tranquillity and peace of the settlement and be taken back into history.
The ruins of Garðar
Christianity was introduced to Greenland at the turn of the last millennium, and Greenland got its first bishop in 1124. The impressive episcopal residence Garðar was established shortly after in Igaliku. A cathedral was built, and this was the biggest of all the churches in Greenland in the Middle Ages. For many years, the bishop’s palace was a focal point for the Norsemen and visitors from Iceland and Norway. The ruins of the cathedral and the bishop's palace have been renovated during recent years and today make up an attractive relic of the Viking period. Today only the top of the foundations of the church and the bishop's palace can be seen, but they have been renovated during recent years and make a striking relic of the Viking period.
Igaliku's 27 inhabitants are very fond of their community and are looking forward to showing you todays Igaliku, as well as the fascinating past.