Uunartoq Hot Springs in Greenland

Lars Alfredson
Sun 16 Jul 2023 12:09
Direct from board. Sunday the 16th

“Yesterday we motoring all day.
Made some quick stops for lunch and a walk about in a small village, Alluitsup Paa (AP)
Goal for Saturday was the little island, east of AP, Qerrortuut.
This little island has got some warm hot springs, suitable for a bath. When anchored up, we were not the only one paying a visit to the island. All kind of vessels came, of the boats jumped old,young,babies...
Turned out that Saturdays are swimming days.
Decided to wait for Sunday morning before making the bath.

Urban, Lars and Thomas went ashore with the dinghy. Jonas and Dan staying onboard, weather not very nice.
Today it's raining and we will continue south to Nanortalik.
Need to get wifi for proper weather and ice information. Our satellite connection has been poor last couple of days. If ice permits we will leave Greenland in less of a week.”


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About the springs:

Uunartoq Hot Springs in Greenland
Kaushik Patowary
Hot springs are abundant in South Greenland, but the island of Uunartoq is home to the only hot springs in the country that are warm enough to bathe in. Uunartoq island is located in the Kujalleq municipality in southern Greenland, close to the settlement of Alluitsup Paa. The island lies halfway between Qaqortoq and Nanortalik and can be reached on a daytrip by boats from each of these two towns. Scattered around the island are a number of pools fed by hot water springs bubbling up from the ground below that keep the water temperature a balmy 34-38 degrees even during the freezing winter. What’s unique about Uunartoq is that the hot springs are in a completely natural environment in the middle of a grassy field. There are no tarmac bus car parks, no spa complexes with expensive additional products and nor is it overrun. The only structures fashioned by the hand of man are a gangway and two modest sheds in which to change. The ruins of a nunnery stand nearby. Pieces of icebergs drift offshore, and many whales frequent these waters.