Hvalsey Church Ruins, Qaqortoq

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Join an organized tour of Hvalsey Church Ruins, the best-preserved example of Norse architecture in the whole country. Built in the beginning of the 13th century from granite stones, this small but significant landmark connects the modern world with the distant past. It holds only about 35 people, but the walls rise very high, as do the doors and windows. The site holds historical interest, as the last text in Greenlandic Norse was found here, a wedding document. Before you visit Qaqortoq, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Outstanding Norse survival. In a lonely and remote area of the world stands the remains of the Norse settlement. The church building is impressive and still remains as the indigenous Inuit did not.....  more
    Outstanding Norse survival. In a lonely and remote area of the world stands the remains of the Norse settlement. The church building is impressive and still remains as the indigenous Inuit did not.....  more »
  • A short boat ride takes you to this very peaceful place with some simple ruins. Good photographic opportunities. Our visit was at the end of July and the midges were man eaters, even through... 
    A short boat ride takes you to this very peaceful place with some simple ruins. Good photographic opportunities. Our visit was at the end of July and the midges were man eaters, even through...  more »
  • Great trip out to this location, extremely friendly guide with a good knowledge of the history. The trip included a visit to a research farm which added to the day. 
    Great trip out to this location, extremely friendly guide with a good knowledge of the history. The trip included a visit to a research farm which added to the day.  more »
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  • WOW! This is so very impressive. Hvalsey Church is in a perfect surroundings that gives one the feel of life 1,000 years ago. This is a great standing structure from the Norse.
  • Never been here. But, would love to go there. This place has something. I can feel by seeing only the street view.
  • Beautiful place, surrounded by green hills and tall mountains. The old church is remarkably well preserved, considering that it's been built on the 900s. Walking around we see many other ruins, other buildings that thousand years ago made part of a great farming community.
  • Very nice historic place. There is a information sign in front of the first ruin but it is not possible to read it anymore. Be sure to go with a guide or bring your own information of the layout of the ruins in order to enjoy your visit! If time allows, the bay in front of the ruins might offer possibilities for a short dip in the Greenlandic water!

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