Disko Island is huge – about 9,300 square miles in area - but it has just one town, Qeqertarsuaq, population about 1,000. That means plenty of space for everyone! Qeqertarsuaq’s former name, Godhavn, means “good harbor” and is an indication of its role as a safe harbor in the past. Whale hunting has played a big part in the history here – and a whale is still depicted in the coat of arms. The town was the centre for European whaling in Greenland in the 1700s and 1800s.
Qeqertarsuaq is beautifully situated with fantastic views of glaciers atop inland basaltic mountains and waterfalls tumbling down them. The town´s colourful houses perfectly contrast the huge rock mountains. The sea lies just in front of Qeqertarsuaq and is a favorite foraging spot for humpback whales in summer. We may spot the whales from both the ship and land during our stay on the island.
Enjoy this walk through a very beautiful town!