The island of Disko is large – about 9,300 square miles. But there is only one town, Qeqertarsuaq, which only has about 1,000 inhabitants –so there is plenty of space for everyone! Qeqertarsuaq’s former name, Godhavn, means ‘good harbor’ and indicates that in the past it served as a safe harbor. Whale hunting has been part of the history here – and you still find the whale in the coat of arms. The town was the center for European whaling in Greenland in the 1700s and 1800s. Qeqertarsuaq is beautifully located with a fantastic view of the glaciers on top of the Basalt Mountains, and the waterfalls tumbling down the mountains. The sea, just in front of Qeqertarsuaq, is a favorite foraging spot for the humpback whales in the summer and we may spot the whales from the ship as well as from the land during our stay on the island. The colorful Greenlandic houses contrast with the huge basalt mountains outside of town perfectly. Enjoy an interesting walk with a local guide, who tells you about the town itself, its ancient and recent history, and its inhabitants.