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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.

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Photo credit: Greenland.com

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