Getting to know southern Greenland means going beyond the Arctic frontier into the home of the Inuit people, where elements of traditional lifestyle and the ongoing battle between humans and nature’s hostile environment remains. Southern Greenland offers a sea covered in icebergs, the awe-inspiring beauty of glaciers overflowing into the tranquillity of the fjords, leafy tundra and colourful settlements. On this tour we walk and hike, staying in hostels and camps. We navigate through the fjords among blue-tinged icebergs and alongside spectacular glacier tongues, see the glaciers of the inland ice cap, and much more.
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Day 1 Viking Greenland
Flight from Reykjavik (Keflavik airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. Reception in the airport and transfer in RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk. Walk through the village of about 100 inhabitants, mostly farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, where Eric the Red settled in 985 at the start of the colonisation of the land.Visit the original ruins from Erik the Red, and the Brattahlid reconstructions a replica of the original chapel and longhouse. Accommodation in Hostel.
Day 2 Narsaq and Qaleraliq Glacier Camp
Set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. Stop at Narsaq to visit the 3rd biggest town in South Greenland, with about 1700 inhabitants. Free time to visit the local market, fur shops and more and go for a walk or do some shopping, before boarding the boat again to navigate towards the Inland Ice. We arrive at our cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of two glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier. Enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. Accommodation in shared tents.
Day 3 Ice Cap View
Ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake and panoramic view of the inland ice then on through a unique desert-like sand valley which will lead us to a surprisingly different landscape, that of the green and thick tundra. Then climb up a mountain 400 metres high, from which we will have a mesmerising view of the lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. The summit is also a very special viewing point of the Inlandis, the immense inland glacier. From there you can gaze upon the infinite ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. We may pick mushrooms and blueberries, and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the area. Accommodation in tents.
Day 4 Glacier Fronts and Excursion on Ice.
We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach along the more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. From there we will start the ice excursion, an impressive trek using crampons (organised to be suitable for all travellers) on one of the oldest masses of ice in the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, seracs, and other ice formations, which give an incredible, labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge to make sure we are provided with the appropriate equipment, and to ensure the safety of the group during the trip, while he shares with us his knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. Accommodation in tents.
Day 5 Igaliko and Qooroq Ice Fjord
Navigation from Qaleraliq to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik fjord. Easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliko, a small Eskimo settlement inhabited by less than 40 people, which is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in the whole Greenland, with the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. After lunch in Igaliko, return in the afternoon to Itilleq, and then to Qassiarsuk. On our way to Qassiarsuk we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland can be found, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on, and which is without doubt one of Greenland's best images. Accommodation in Hostel.
Day 6 Tasiusaq, the “Iceberg Bay”
Walk to Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. We will continue our walk to Nunataaq Farm, a Viking Settlement where we can discover some ruins. Continue on for impressive views of Tasiusaq Bay and the numerous icebergs covering it and the lakes hidden in the tundra, on the way back to Tasiusaq Farm. Later we can perhaps go fishing for arctic salmon or for a walk in the region. Optional: Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay” -a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and best place in the whole Greenland. Accommodation in Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuk Hostel
Day 7 Flower Valley and Glacier
We will cross to Narsarsuaq on our adventurous RIB boats. Then we walk through Flower Valley enjoying the view of a valley formed due to the glacial retreat with abundant flowers. We will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic views of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. Farewell dinner with typical Inuit products such as whale, seal, caribou, and mattak. Accommodation in Hostel
Day 8 Farewell Greenland
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and visit the local museum before the return flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik (Keflavik airport) or Copenhagen. If time and weather allows you can also take an optional helicopter sightseeing flight.
Departures from Keflavik (Iceland) 2017: June 17 and 24; July 01, 11, 18 and 25; August 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29; September 05, 09, 12, 16, 19 and 23.
Departures from Copenhagen 2017: July 11, 18 and 25; August 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29.
Maximum 12 persons
Includes: return flights Copenhagen or Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport )-Narsarsuaq; airport taxes and fees, English speaking guide, transfers in Greenland; meals on a full board basis (except lunch on arrival and departure days), 7 nights accommodation in Greenland- 3 nights in tents and 4 nights in hostels; camping and RIB boat travel equipment, Brattahlid reconstructions visit, Greenlandic farewell dinner.
Excludes: optional excursions, any unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays.
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Includes: return flights Copenhagen or Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) - Narsarsuaq; airport taxes and fees; English speaking guide; transfers in Greenland; meals on a full board basis (except lunch on arrival and departure days); 7 nights accommodation in Greenland- 3 nights in tents and 4 nights in hostels; camping and RIB boat travel equipment; Brattahlid reconstructions visit; Greenlandic farewell dinner.
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