Qassiarsuk to Tasiusaq

Did I mention that there can be a lot of bugs in Greenland? Narsarsuaq in particular has a bad reputation, especially when the temperature rises, as it had been doing over the past days without a lot of wind. Today we packed and sailed across the fjord to Qassiarsuk (Brattahlíð) Erik the Red’s estate in the Eastern Settlement, and the sheep-farming capital of South Greenland. Apparently the bugs do not enjoy laying their eggs in water that has been polluted by sheep, and the theory seems to ring true; there are no bugs is Qassiarsuk.

After settling in at the bright yellow Leif Eriksson Hostel, we head down to the pier and do our groceries at the Pilersuisoq (the government-run grocery store) – this one has two types of fresh bread made daily! Then a walk to the next fjord to the West gives us a sense of the pastoral nature of the landscape here. It is a lot more green on this side of the fjord when compared to Narsarsuaq.

Black flies all over the view camera
Black flies all over the view camera
Qassiarsuk is on the right, Tasiusaq on the left
Qassiarsuk is on the right, Tasiusaq on the left
Typical landscape of this region - gently rolling terrain with lots of tarns
Typical landscape of this region – gently rolling terrain with lots of tarns
Stranded ice along Tasiusaq Fjord makes for good drinking water en route
Stranded ice along Tasiusaq Fjord makes for good drinking water en route – and is nice in whisky too!
View of Tasiusaq from the hills going back to Qassiarsuk
View of Tasiusaq from the hills going back to Qassiarsuk
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