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After ten years building up and running Ipiutaq as a guest farm, we have decided to venture towards new horizons and change life:
The property Ipiutaq and all assets of the firm Ipiutaq guest farm are for sale today and can be taken over from autumn 2017.
|General overview from the fjord...||... from the mountain...||... from the sky|
| Overview to the West|| Overview to the West|| Overview to the West|
Ipiutaq guest farm is a traditional sheep farm that, from 2005, has been renovated, developed, modernized and run as a guest farm by a French-Greenlandic family. Since 2007, guests have enjoyed exploring the amazing surroundings, hiking and fishing while staying at the charming and cosy guesthouse.
| Overview to the East|| Overview to the East|| Overview to the East|
A combination of sheep farming and agro-tourism with arctic char fishing in amazing surroundings
Today, the property is used in combination, for sheep farming with a flock of 300 sheep and for tourist activities including a guesthouse accommodating 6-8 people and a sport fishing concession on Ilua river and lake, one of the best places for arctic char fishing in South Greenland.
The farm, owned and operated by the family Devisme-Poulsen for more than ten years, includes a lot of improvements and is in very good conditions of maintenance.
|Ipiutaq in Greenland|
Ipiutaq in South Greenland
Ipiutaq guest farm is located in South Greenland, on the Narsaq peninsula, one of the more rich grazing areas in the region, along the beautiful and scenic Tunulliarfik fjord, the “waterway route” of South Greenland, connecting Narsarsuaq international airport to the main towns Narsaq and Qaqortoq.
|Tunulliarfik fjord, to Narsarsuaq...||... "waterway route"...||... of South Greenland|
Ipiutaq is situated alongshore, 40 minutes by boat (30 km) from the airport in Narsarsuaq, Qassiarsuk and Igaliku historical villages dating back to the time of Viking settlements, and 30 minutes by boat (25 km) from the town of Narsaq (1500 people). The farm is not connected by road to other inhabited places, but it is possible to hike in summertime and drive on ice when the fjord is frozen in wintertime.
|Tunulliarfik fjord, "delivery ship"||Tunulliarfik fjord...||... by car in wintertime|
The area is growing in popularity for agro-tourism due to its history with sheep-farming, its amazing nature for hiking tours and the number of high quality fishing spots for arctic char, especially on the clear water river Ilua under concession and connected to the farm.
|Sheep farming...||... agro-tourism...||... and arctic char fishing|
|Magnificent fjord...||... and rocky beaches...||... on the fjord side|
|Fields on the fjord side, spring||Fields on the fjord side, summer||Fields on the fjord side, autumn|
Ipiutaq guest farm´s surroundings offer a large diversity of landscapes: from views on the magnificent fjord with snow-covered mountain peaks in the background, through rocky beaches and fields on the fjord side of the farm where the buildings are settled, to steppes, green pastures, clear streams and pools with waterfalls in the fertile valley Ilua with 3 km of river and 2,5 km of lake flowing out to the other side of the fjord.
|Steppes towards the valley Ilua||Green pastures in the fertile valley||Clear streams, pools and waterfalls|
|Dream surroundings,||... for an isolated place...||... open to the world|
Ipiutaq guest farm started as a dream in 2002. From that time, we have always believed that it would be possible to develop this very isolated place to show how Greenland can be open to the world and other cultures, through its own natural and cultural resources.
|Personal welcome outside...||... and inside...||... in sumptuous surroundings|
Based on agro-tourism with sport fishing, the general concept of Ipiutaq guest farm is to welcome guests from all over the world in a remote place, sharing with them another culture and unique way of life through farming activities, personal welcome and gourmet cuisine with local products, in sumptuous and unique surroundings of Greenlandic nature.
|Gourmet cuisine...||... with local products...||... and greenlandic wild plants|
The location and background of Ipiutaq guest farm offer a very good opportunity to continue the management and development of tourist and agricultural activities in the same spirit, with a personal and new touch.
"Ipiutaq guest farm is known as a place where rare combination of excellent gastronomy, comfort and wild Greenlandic nature is absolutely unique, highly addictive and completely unforgettable" in The Arctic Settlers, Greenland Today n.1, November 2007.
|General overview of the property Ipiutaq and Ilua valley|
The property Ipiutaq and all assets of the firm Ipiutaq guest farm include:
A sheepfold in a strong-structured wooden building with a steel plate roof (320 m2, 1987) connected to a round arch hall (new roller door, 2016) as storehouse for fodder and workshop (230 m2, 2011). The sheepfold includes new plastic modular slatted floors built in 2016.
|Sheepfold and storehouse||Main entrance of the building||Inside the storehouse|
|Inside the sheepfold||New plastic modular slatted floors||Feeding place in the sheepfold|
A flock of sheep counting approximately 300 ewes and 8 rams (all of Greenlandic breed, born between 2009 and 2016), including all breeding data on an Icelandic breeding software online (“Fjarvis”).
Ipiutaq guest farm received the Prize for the best breeding work in 2012, from the Agricultural Advisory Service of Greenland, the reason of this prize was the priority given to the breeding work as new started sheep farmers.
Ipiutaq guest farm was the farm that, in 2011, had the higher average of slaughterweight among all farmers in Greenland, with 18,5 kg per lamb.
Ipiutaq guest farm received 2 times from the Young farmers Association, the Prize for the best meat quality in the flock according to the EUROP classification, with more EUR in the carcases conformation class (67,58 % in 2012 and of 45,03 % in 2015).
|A flock of Greenlandic sheep...||... entering the sheepfold||Lambs back after summertime|
|"Aqqu", our oldest ram||Lambing time...||... at Ipiutaq guest farm|
9,25 ha of fields with a combination of perennial and annual crops (average farm in Greenland is approximately 20-25 ha).
1750 meters of drains and 2600 meters of fences for fields.
|Ipiutaq guest farm, fields|
|Ipiutaq guest farm, fences...||... building of a drain||... and harvest time|
A sorting place for sheep and lambs, used in autumn, when gathering sheep and lambs for slaughtering before winter.
|Sorting place for sheep and lambs...||... comming back from mountains...||... in the autumn|
Three allotments for development of the farm:
one allotment on “open land Ipiutaq” for agricultural activities and allowing tourist activities, including buildings, fields, drains, ways and windmill,
one allotment for the way (dirt road) connecting the fjord side and the valley,
one allotment on the valley for agricultural activities including one field of 1,77 ha and a huge potential area (over 40 ha) for development of new fields around the river and lake.
|General overview with allotments||General overview on the fjord side|
A licence on a common grazing area allotment for sheep (170 km2 between Narsaq and Qassiarsuk) shared with 6 other farms, the more fertile grazing area of South Greenland.
|Common grazing area for sheep, shared with six other farms in the Narsaq peninsula and Qassiarsuk|
All necessary machineries and tools: tractor Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 120, backloader JCB 4CN, disc harrow (cover crop), Kverneland multigrab bucket, Kongskilde spring-tooth harrow, Fiona seeding machine, Globus stone rake, roller, Kuhn 66 hay cutter, Kuhn rotor rake, Claas round baler, McHale bale wrapper, fertilizer spreader, tipper trailer, manure spreader, transportable 12 kW diesel generator, welting machine, air compressor, ladder and all main necessary tools for work in the farm.
|Backloader, tractor and tipper trailer||Tractor and spring-tooth harrow||Tractor and multigrab bucket|
|Disc harrow||Stone rake|
Round baler and bale wrapper
Transport vehicles: speed open boat Bayliner (1990) with 140 HP outboard engine Suzuki (2006) and snowmobile Arctic Cat Crossfire 700 (2006).
|Tractor Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 120||Snowmobile Arctic Cat Crossfire 700|
Speed open boat, outboard engine
|General overview of the farm and equipment on the fjord side|
A charming wooden cottage guesthouse, located near the fjord that can accommodate up to 6-8 persons (57 m2, 4 rooms). Originally from 1965, the house is newly renovated in 2013-2014 with a steel plate roof, new insulation and all modern comfort, such as heating system, bathroom and toilets.
|Cottage guesthouse near the fjord||Guesthouse: living room|
View from the guesthouse
|Guesthouse: double bedroom...||... kitchen and dinning place|
A fishing concession from the Government of Greenland for sport fishing of Arctic Char on the clear water river and lake Ilua, in the valley located at 40 minutes hiking from the farm (6 km2).
|Fishing concession in Ilua valley||Fishing concession in Ilua valley|
Arctic char fishing in Ilua valley
|River Ilua||River Ilua|
Lake in Ilua valley
|Clear pool on Ilua river||Waterfall on Ilua river|
Arctic char in Ilua river
10 years of marketing the guest farm worldwide, based on a well listed and very clear website (English/French), a number of articles in the national and international press, radio and video programs, and a complete advertising on greenland.com, official tourist site of Greenland. See here and there.
An allotment allowing development of tourist activities on “open land Ipiutaq”.
A water-supply system including a reservoir of raining water (6000 to 8000 litres) located above the fields, with 2 meters underground insulated and warm-cabled pipes connected to dwelling house and guesthouse, a pump and an extra water-tank of 1000 litres in the dwelling house.
An electric supply system consisting of a diesel powered 12 kW generator (Lister Petter) integrated with 5 solar panels, a windmill (20 Amps per 40 knots) and 10 batteries 230 AmpH.
A modern three chambers septic tank with a fully biological wastewater treatment system (capacity: 4000 litres/8 inhabitants) built in 2008, connected to the dwelling house and the guesthouse.
|Water reservoir under construction||Solar panels on the dwelling house|
Windmill and dwelling house
2500 meters of dirt roads connecting the main places of the farm: buildings, fields, “harbour” and beaches in the fjord side, connected to the valley with fishing concession and fields.
|Dirt road on the way to the fjord||Dirt road between houses|
Dirt road in wintertime
|Dirt road to the "harbour"||Dirt road on the way to Ilua valley|
Dirt road on the way from Ilua valley
The wooden “classical Greenlandic house” (80 m2, 4 rooms, 2000) can be used as private house with potential bed & breakfast facilities. The house is well maintained, with all comfort, new windows (2012) and a renovated kitchen (2014).
|Garden outside the dwelling house...||... in wintertime...|
... and in summertime
|Dwelling house...||... kitchen...|
... and living room
|Views from...||... the kitchen...|
... and from the living room
A unique location and landscape with strong identity and charm close to international airport.
A lot of improvements with modern equipment and a very good maintenance.
One of the best places for arctic char fishing with a fishing concession on clear water river.
An excellent potential for further agricultural and tourist development, available for one or two families.
|photo: Joshua Portway|
The price for the property Ipiutaq and all assets of the firm Ipiutaq guest farm, including agricultural and tourist activities, is 3.485.000 DKK (approx. 468.480 EUR).
Depending on the citizenship, legal status in the country and profession of the buyer, there are some possibilities of financial support and loans from the Government of Greenland, and possibilities to take over the current loans and debts as well (from ESU and INI loans), which would make the cash payment cheaper.
If you are interested and if you have any question for further information about the sale (list of assets´values, loans, financial support...), you are very welcome to contact us either by e-mail or by phone.
Please, come back soon or contact us to download this presentation in a pdf format here.
As geography and weather conditions in Greenland can limit the access in wintertime and because farms in Greenland are more visible in summertime, we can arrange a visit of the place for interested parties as soon as it is requested, best before late summer/autumn 2016.
We are of course willing to help if arranging a trip to South Greenland is needed to visit the place.
You can also read an article about it in the Greenlandic national press here
Agathe Devisme & Kalista Poulsen - Ipiutaq guest farm
Box 163 - 3921 Narsaq - Greenland
+299199222 / firstname.lastname@example.org (if this address does not work, please, use: email@example.com)