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Qeqertarsuaq is a small island located off the coast of Greenland, in the Baffin Bay. The island is part of the Avannaata municipality and is the largest island in the Upernavik Archipelago. It has an area of approximately 8,000 square kilometers and is home to a population of approximately 1,000 people.

The landscape of Qeqertarsuaq is dominated by mountains and glaciers, with an average elevation of around 500 meters. The climate is cold and arctic, with temperatures ranging from -20°C in winter to 10°C in summer. The island is rich in wildlife, with species such as polar bears, walruses, and narwhals.

The island has a long history of human settlement, with the earliest evidence of human occupation dating back to the 4th century. In the 17th century, the island was visited by Danish explorer, Jens Munk, who named the island “Qeqertarsuaq” meaning “Big Island”.

In the 19th century, the island became a hub for whaling and sealing activities, with many ships stopping there to take on supplies and hunt for whales. In the early 20th century, Qeqertarsuaq was home to a Danish trading post and a small whaling station.

Today, the island is a popular tourist destination, with many visitors coming to explore its stunning landscapes and rich wildlife. The island is also home to a number of historical sites, such as the ruins of the Danish trading post, and the remains of the whaling station.

Qeqertarsuaq is a beautiful and unique island, with a fascinating history and stunning landscapes. It is a great place to visit and explore, and a must-see for any traveler to Greenland.

Excursion tips for a day in Qeqertarsuaq

As a tourist in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy in this beautiful Arctic destination. Here are some of the top things to do in Qeqertarsuaq on a day trip:

1. Visit the Qeqertarsuaq Museum to learn about the history and culture of the area.
2. Take a boat tour around the island to explore the stunning coastal scenery.
3. Visit the local fish market to sample some of the freshest seafood around.
4. Take a hike up to the top of the nearby mountain for stunning views of the island and surrounding area.
5. Go whale watching to spot some of the majestic creatures that inhabit the waters around Qeqertarsuaq.
6. Visit the local botanical garden to explore the unique Arctic flora and fauna.
7. Go kayaking to explore some of the hidden coves and bays around the island.
8. Take a guided tour of the nearby glaciers to learn more about their formation and history.
9. Enjoy a traditional Greenlandic feast at a local restaurant.
10. Take a stroll along the waterfront to admire the stunning views of the Arctic landscape.

Experience Qeqertarsuaq with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Qeqertarsuaq. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Qeqertarsuaq

Qeqertarsuaq in Greenland has a polar climate with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. During the winter months from November to April, temperatures average between -2°C and -12°C with snowfall and strong winds. In the summer months from May to October, temperatures average between 1°C and 10°C with light winds and occasional rain. In general, the climate in Qeqertarsuaq is cold and dry throughout the year, with temperatures rarely rising above 10°C.

Cruise weather for Qeqertarsuaq

Our weather forecast for Qeqertarsuaq helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 4.5 °C
min: 2.4 °C
11.9 m/s
10.1 m/s
85.2 %
13.0 m
86.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 3.5 °C
min: 0.5 °C
11.2 m/s
9.7 m/s
48.1 %
15.0 m
88.5 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 2.5 °C
min: -1 °C
11.9 m/s
10.8 m/s
35.6 %
17.3 m
82.4 %
1,000 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 1.8 °C
min: -2 °C
10.8 m/s
9.0 m/s
79.9 %
15.2 m
90.5 %
1,000 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 2.8 °C
min: 0.6 °C
15.5 m/s
13.3 m/s
99.2 %
13.1 m
90.5 %
996 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 1.5 °C
min: -1.4 °C
11.2 m/s
12.6 m/s
98.9 %
2.1 m
96.8 %
997 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 4.0 °C
min: -4.8 °C
17.3 m/s
15.1 m/s
17.1 %
24.1 m
79.5 %
997 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 4.0 °C
min: 0.8 °C
18.4 m/s
15.8 m/s
56.1 %
24.1 m
73.3 %
996 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 1.9 °C
min: 0.3 °C
11.2 m/s
9.4 m/s
64.6 %
15.2 m
81.5 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 3.2 °C
min: -0.2 °C
10.8 m/s
9.4 m/s
48.0 %
15.3 m
86.1 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 2.1 °C
min: -1.6 °C
12.6 m/s
10.4 m/s
36.0 %
16.0 m
82.3 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 2.9 °C
min: -3.3 °C
12.2 m/s
10.4 m/s
10.3 %
24.1 m
82.8 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 1.7 °C
min: -1.6 °C
11.2 m/s
9.7 m/s
59.7 %
18.7 m
82.4 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 3.2 °C
min: -2.8 °C
13.0 m/s
10.4 m/s
26.4 %
24.1 m
75.8 %
1,015 hPa

Cruises to Qeqertarsuaq

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Scheduled ship calls in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 6th 2024 Tuesday, 6th of Aug. 2024 MS Hamburg 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 7th 2024 Wednesday, 7th of Aug. 2024 MS Artania 12:00 am 11:59 pm
Aug. 12th 2024 Monday, 12th of Aug. 2024 MS Hamburg 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 19th 2024 Monday, 19th of Aug. 2024 MS Hamburg 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 21st 2024 Wednesday, 21st of Aug. 2024 Silver Wind Expedition 07:00 am 01:00 pm
Aug. 27th 2024 Tuesday, 27th of Aug. 2024 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 28th 2024 Wednesday, 28th of Aug. 2024 MS Amera 12:00 am 11:59 pm
Sep. 12th 2024 Thursday, 12th of Sep. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 27th 2024 Friday, 27th of Sep. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 1st 2025 Tuesday, 1st of Apr. 2025 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 2nd 2025 Wednesday, 2nd of Apr. 2025 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 22nd 2025 Tuesday, 22nd of Apr. 2025 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 23rd 2025 Wednesday, 23rd of Apr. 2025 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 23rd 2025 Wednesday, 23rd of Jul. 2025 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 20th 2025 Wednesday, 20th of Aug. 2025 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 2nd 2025 Tuesday, 2nd of Sep. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 5th 2025 Friday, 5th of Sep. 2025 MS Artania 12:00 am 11:59 pm
Sep. 17th 2025 Wednesday, 17th of Sep. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 21st 2026 Tuesday, 21st of Jul. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 22nd 2026 Wednesday, 22nd of Jul. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 2nd 2026 Sunday, 2nd of Aug. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 3rd 2026 Monday, 3rd of Aug. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am

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