Qoornoq is an abandoned fishing village in the Sermersooq municipality. The area was known to have been inhabited by the ancient pre-Inuit, Paleo-Eskimo people of the Saqqaq culture as far back as 2200 BC. It still contains archaeological ruins of ancient Inuit and Norse buildings. The site was excavated in 1952 and the remains of an old Norse farm and ancient tools were discovered. The outside walls of the farm are double hatched and contain several Inuit houses. The village was abandoned in 1972.



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Sermersooq, Greenland
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Founded: 2200 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greenland


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Ellen Nørbjerg (5 years ago)
Vi var der på en flot solskinsdag så alt var bare så smukt
Ellen Nørbjerg (5 years ago)
We were there on a beautiful sunny day so everything was just so beautiful ? We were also allowed to look inside the church.
Lars Wenstrup (5 years ago)
Tourplanen, og tourguiden, omtalte Qoornoq som en forladt bygd, og jeg havde nok forventet at møde nogle gamle forladte hytter, der var efterladt til naturen. Men sådan er Qoornoq ikke. I stedet er bygden blevet et sted for "sommerhytter". Der er ingen fastboende, men flere nyere og tilsyneladende moderne hytter. Da vi ankom med udflugtsbåden var der ingen anløbsbro, så vi blev sat i land på en klippe. Ud over de nyere hytter rummede "bygden" også en af de tre stenkirker, der er opført i gammel tid i Grønland. Denne havde netop rundet 100 år, og den var smukt restaureret og vedligeholdt, og stod fuldstændig brugsklar. I stykke fra hytterne var der noget, der så ud som forladte fabriks- eller produktionsbygninger, men vi var ikke tæt på dem. Stedet ligger naturmæssigt fantastisk, så jeg kan godt forstå, at nogen gerne vil have en sommerhytte her.
Lars Wenstrup (5 years ago)
The tour plan, and the tour guide, referred to Qoornoq as an abandoned village, and I probably expected to meet some old abandoned cabins left for nature. But Qoornoq is not like that. Instead, the village has become a place for "summer cabins". There are no permanent residents, but several newer and apparently modern cabins. When we arrived with the excursion boat there was no jetty so we were put ashore on a cliff. In addition to the newer cabins, the "village" also contains one of the three stone churches that have been built in old time in Greenland. This one had just turned 100, and it was beautifully restored and maintained, and was completely ready for use. Away from the cabins, there was something that looked like abandoned factory or production buildings, but we weren't close to them. The place is naturally stunning so I can understand that anyone would like a summer cabin here.
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