Qaqortoq, Greenland

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Greenland is typically associated with wilderness rather than civilisation, although if you do happen to be looking for culture when visiting the island you'll find it in Qaqortoq. With a population of around 3,000, it's Greenland's largest settlement, and is a fantastic place to head to if you want to learn more about the local history and heritage, while also experiencing its amazing natural scenery.

Perhaps the best place to start is at the Qaqortoq Museum, which contains exhibitions that provide a stunning insight into how life has evolved in Greenland. Artefacts such as harpoons, kayaks and a range of other fascinating items can be seen here, while the town's artistic heritage is best expressed by the many interesting sculptures found in the Stone and Man Sculpture Park.

Once you've finished learning about the local culture, you'll want to start exploring the landscape itself, and the most interesting natural phenomenon you'll come across are the Uunartoq hot springs. Heated by underground thermal vents, the water in these natural pools reaches a toasty 38 degrees C, so don't forget to pack your bathing suit!


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