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Will’s Travels: Qaqortoq, Greenland

September 22, 2010

Next in our travels, we went to Qaqortoq, Greenland – the village formerly known as Julianehab.  While Greenland is not what I’d call “green” now (I understand it was warmer and more suited to agriculture centuries ago), it has a certain beauty of its own.  Perhaps these pictures will show a little of this:

These are two street scenes from Qaqortoq, and here is a view of the Greenland ice cap.  That ice cap covering most of Greenland is huge; I had seen glaciers before but this dwarfs them.  It actually is as thick as the mountains it covers:

and here is a view of the mountains behind Qaqortoq, along with a photograph of the amazing sun over the North Atlantic:

Highlight of this part of the trip?  Hearing the hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” sung in Greenlander (the Inuit dialect now the official language of Greenland) at this Lutheran church, built in 1832:

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