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Welcome to Qassiarsuk, a historical subarctic settlement in southern Greenland with over a thousand years of history. Located at a fjord's end, its fertile hills have attracted Norse settlers and sustained Inuit farming communities for generations.
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Qassiarsuk, located in Southern Greenland, is a small village steeped in history and natural beauty. Formerly known as Brattahlíð, it's where Viking explorer Erik the Red first settled around 985 AD. Today, the village serves as a blend of old and new; ruins of Norse settlements coexist with modern Inuit farming communities. Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Tunulliarfik Fjord, it's a hub for sheep farming, owing to its unusually fertile land in an otherwise harsh, icy landscape. As climate change impacts the region, Qassiarsuk is at the intersection of preserving its rich heritage and adapting its agricultural practices for the future.