My “taxi” across the fjord from Narsarsuaq to Qassiarsuk
View of the fjord from the Frederiksen sheep farm (my home for two nights)
Otto Frederiksen Credited as the first sheep breeder in Greenland, Otto settled Qassiarsuk in 1924. His descendants still run the sheep farm where I stayed for two nights.
Frederiksen Sheep Farm
Qassiarsuk – Population 40
Ruins of Brattahlið – Norse settlement of Erik the Red Erik the Red, a Viking outlawed from Iceland, settled Greenland in circa 982.
Ruins of church, built c. 1300
Reconstruction of Ϸjóðhildur’s Church
Ϸjóðhildur, the wife of Erik the Red, eagerly converted to Christianity when their son Leif Eriksson returned in 1000 on orders of the Norwegian king to convert Greenland. Erik the Red refused to convert and continued to follow the Norse gods. Ϸjóðhildur retaliated by refusing Erik the marriage bed. Ϸjóðhildur’s chapel was the first church built in Greenland. This reconstruction was built as part of the 1000-year anniversary of Brattahlið. Victor peeks inside
Reconstruction of a Viking longhouse, part of the 1000-year anniversary celebration.
Victor “plays” the hearth cooking pot
View of Qassiarsuk from Brattahlið
View of reconstructions from ruins of a milking cot
Grassy foundations of Erik the Red’s longhouse (archaeologists think…)
A Norse stable – notice the entrance on the left
View of medieval Norse church ruins from hill (and yes, that is a sleeping man, circa modern era)
Grassy horseshoe foundations of Ϸjóðhildur’s Church
Statue of Leif Eriksson
Day Hike to Tasiusaq & Nunataaq
Sheep farm Tasiusaq
Red dots mark the way…until you lose the next one; a good map and compass critical!
In sight of the Greenland Ice Cap
Unloading supplies at Nunataaq sheep farm
Grass harvesting for winter feed at Frederiksen sheep farm
Ruleek and HenrikFrederiksen as I always saw them - hard at work