The legendary viking chieftain, Eric the Red came to southern Greenland from Iceland around the year 982. It is widely accepted that he named the region Greenland to encourage other settlers to follow him. This morning we landed at the last known area inhabited by Norse Vikings in Greenland. Hvalsø.
The incredible stone structures of the church and meeting hall at Hvalsø date back to 1300. The last official record in the community was of a wedding that took place in 1408. The second last record was also about l'amour. It was not a happy event. A young man by the name of Kolgrim was convicted of sleeping with another man's wife. The young lady's name was Steinum. She was the daughter of the local lawman Ravn. Kolgrim was accused and convicted of using sorcery to seduce Steinum. He was subsequently burned at the stake. Poor Steinum. It wasn't long before she went mad. She died soon after.
It is a short boat ride from Hvalsø to our next stop at the town of Qaqortoq, the fourth largest community in Greenland (population 3,306).