Arctic Yearbook 2014
Contrary to the organised package tours the tourist expenditures were retained locally for the benefit
of the local population, and despite the shortness of the “good” season this was an important source
of additional and most of all, secure revenue.
Accessibility to the area was not a problem thanks to the vicinity of the international airport of
Narsarsuaq. Bringing the tourists to the settlements was not a problem either. Farmers provided the
transport from the harbour to the cabin by a tractor and local outfitters managed the local boat
This beneficial form of regional development declined during the 1990s, when other forms of
tourism based on ice and sledge activities were privileged by the National Tourism Board of
Greenland.18 Nowadays some of the farmers who took over the farms from their parents or
deliberately chose to become farmers are looking for new ideas to increase the revenues and the
quality of life. The most concrete alternative is represented by the production of vegetables, and,
again, by tourism.
Many of the