| - September 1998. no. 3
"Toward year 1000 the norsemen and kalaallit, inuit, go on a dangerous and unsafe voyage. However, unlike Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky, we no longer can find a green promised land. We have make it on our own".
There is no better way of saying it. The qoute is taken from Mayor Henrik Lund´s speech in Qaqortoq during the Icelandic premier David Oddsson´s official visit here in Greenland. The quote expresses the numorous tasks we have to take in preparation of the new kind of tourism, and on the celebrations in year 2000.
Agreement between Iceland and Greenland
a. Cooperation on PR-campaigneon Vikingship Ìslendingurs voyage in American Scandinavian Foundation´s new rooms in New York during the September-October in year 2000. The culmination of the campaign will be Leifur Eiríksson´s day the 9th of October. For that occation it is also a plan on extensive presentation of these two countries during the voyage, especially with emphazes on tourism.
b. Preparation of educational and multimedia material for children about Viking era.
c. Issuing of the special Leifur Eiríksson stamp in Greenland and in Iceland on Leifur Eiríksson day the 9th of October year 2000.
Although cooperation will happen "only" on these issues, there is a lot other things that Iceland and Greenland will cooperate on informally, there also is a close cooperation between Iceland and Canada.
|Greenlandic premier Jonathan Motzfeldt (left)
and Icelandic premier David Oddsson.
The visit of the Icelandic committee Landafundanefnd in South-Greeland
The four members of the Icelandic committee visited South-Greenland from the 8th to 11th of July to prepare the content of the agreement, and to see the ruins and conditions for themselves. Although the weather and the icepacks interfered occasionally, the visit has to be accounted as a succes. I like to thank the tourism offices for their effort before and during the visit, I also like to thank the two municilipalities Narsaq and Qaqortoq for their hospitality during the visit.
Journalists on PR-tour.
The trip started with a helicopter tour to Nanortalik, which was the first place that was visited. Afterwards, the trip was supposed to continue to Aappilattoq, where the journalists would spend the night and join in a dance party in the village. Then, the journalists should have walked to Tasermiut/Qinngua. Unfortunately there was so much fog that the helicopter could not fly. Since the icepack had gone back, which was unusual, it was necessary to "escape" northwards to Goldmine Bay, Uunartoq and to an excellent lunch in Alluitsup Paa Seaside Whale Hotel. The lunch was entirely of Greenlandic food. Afterwards the trip was more traditional, they visited norse ruins, toured the towns and spend one night in Outfitter Jørgine Frederiksen´s camp in Tasiusaq. A warm gratetute to all participants during that press tour.
West Nordic Travel Mart
A visit to Frederikssund and Middle Age Center
Middle Age center in Lolland was not less interesting. For great joy for students, tourist and others, there is workshops and other facilities exactly like the ones in the middle ages. They have 90.000 guests a year! The place is so authentic that one start to think the time has gone back. It could be interesting to have similar workshops here with themes on Center for Inuit, Center for Norsemen etc. Similar workshops are about to be established in Narsaq. There are many possibilities in this form for living museum work, and in both places the local population is deeply involved. However, it takes great effort for the people that are involved in the work, it also requires a lot of economic and human resources. On the other hand, it also creates a high rate of employment during the summer, but also during the rest of the year. It was wonderful visiting the center, the visits also gives a desire to start something similar here in our country.
During the upcoming mini-seminar in October, the ideas will be presented to the local population in South Greenlandic towns and villages.
Benedikte Thorsteinsson, project director.