Discover South Greenland

Narsarsuaq and Narsaq
6 days
Jun - Sep
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South Greenland is an area offering many Arctic experiences, from iceberg-filled fjords to dramatic glaciers,  archaeological remains from the Inuit and Viking settlers, and unique access to the pristine countryside. This tour takes you to Narsarsuaq, meaning ‘great plain’ in Greenlandic. Formerly a US airbase, it is now a small settlement with a huge diversity of experiences from iceberg cruises, to easy hikes in a nearby valley or perhaps a trek to the Inland Ice Cap. The area around Narsarsuaq is also Viking country and there are numerous ancient remains from these early settlers. Then visit Narsaq, on the the shore of Tunulliarfik Fjord, where people have lived for thousands of years, and remains of the old Norse settlements can be found.

Day 1 Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq 
Make your own way to Copenhagen airport, for your flight to Narsarsuaq. On arrival, meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Welcome meeting followed by a guided walk around Narsarsuaq. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

Day 2 Narsarsuaq: Day at Leisure
Today there is time for you to explore Narsarsuaq or to take one of the great guided optional excursions offered in Narsarsuaq as follows:

Qooroq Ice Fjord and Glacier: The Greenland Ice Cap produces 250 millions tonnes of ice every year, when icebergs break off the glaciers. Close to Narsarsuaq, the Qooroq Glacier fills the fjord with beautiful icebergs. We cruise between these icebergs and go as close to the calving glacier as possible. Here, we turn off the engine to enjoy a silence only disturbed by the creaking of the ice. Light refreshments are included.

Viking Ruins of Erik the Red:  We cross Erik's Fjord by boat and go ashore at the sheep breeding settlement of Qassiarsuk, situated on the very spot where Erik the Red settled in 985 AD and named his farm "Brattahlið". We visit the ruins of Erik's farm and Thorhildur's church, the first Christian church on the continent.

Tasiusaq & Kayaking: Transfer in RIB boats from Narsarsuaq to Qassiarsuk. Visit the Viking ruins here, followed by 4WD trip to Tasiusaq, where 7 people live in almost complete isolation near Sermilik Fjord. Lunch in Tasiusaq is included, then there’s free time to explore. In the afternoon, enjoy a 2 hour sea kayak excursion in the Iceberg Bay, paddling among icebergs in one of the safest places in Greenland (suitable for beginners). 8hrs 

The Village of Igaliku: Transfer by boat through the ice-filled Eric's Fjord to Itilleq, where we go ashore next to some of the biggest agricultural fields in South Greenland. Walk for 3 km (transport can be arranged at a surcharge) to Igaliku - a beautiful village where ruins of the Vikings' Cathedral and the Bishop's farm are situated. After lunch, we walk through the village back to Itilleq, then go by boat back to Narsarsuaq. 8hrs

Short Hike to the Ridge: By bus to the beginning of the ridge, for a great variety of flowers and plants. Then hike to the top for an amazing view over Flower Valley, the river, fjord and Narsarsuaq Glacier. 3hrs

Hike to the Ice Cap: Suitable for those who can walk at least 6km in mountain terrain. By bus as far as the road goes, then continue by foot through the Flower Valley, where colourful sub-arctic flora may be seen. Lunch at the top of a 300m high mountain, with a fantastic view over the glacier and Ice Cap. For participants in good physical shape, it may be possible to walk down and touch the Ice Cap. 8hrs

Day 3 Narsarsuaq - Narsaq
Today transfer to the pier, to travel by boat through Eric's Fjord to Narsaq. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After check-in, a welcome meeting, followed by a guided walk around the town. 

Days 4 and 5 Narsaq: Days at Leisure
Today and tomorrow there is time for you to explore Narsaq or to take one of the great  guided optional excursions offered in Narsaq as follows:

Easy Hike to The Dyrnæs Peninsula: A leisurely hike with highlights including a visit to a non-excavated Viking ruin with remains from the Inuit people, and beautiful Arctic scenery. This hike is easy to moderate.3hrs

Boat Trip to the Inland Ice Cap: By boat across the ice-filled Bredefjord to a fjord system northwest of Narsaq leading up to the impressive Twin Glaciers, where we go ashore on a small rock emerging from the glacier front. Here we will enjoy our packed lunch before continuing into another fjord with bird's cliffs and a big waterfall. 4hrs

Hike to Kvanefjeld: We drive to the end of the road before beginning a slightly demanding hike to the mountain Kvanefjeldet, which is famous for its great variety of minerals. Explore the area and discovery the rich diversity of flora and fauna. Your guide will tell you about the history of this area. 5.5hrs

On Day 5 dinner at the hotel is included.

Day 6: Narsaq - Narsarsuaq - Copenhagen
Today transfer by helicopter from Narsaq back to Narsarsuaq (please note you may travel back to Narsarsauq by boat if the weather is not favourable). Then take the return flight back to Copenhagen. On arrival at  Copenhagen airport, your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018:  from Copenhagen every Thursday from mid - June to early September

Includes: return flights Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq, boat and helicopter transfers in Greenland, airport transfers in Greenland, 5 nights accommodation with private facilties and daily breakfast, 2 dinners, local destination guides in Narsaq and Narsarsuaq, guided town walks in Narsarsuaq and Narsaq.

Excludes: optional excursions, airport transfers in Copenhagen 

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland- if this class has sold out, the final price may increase, depending on the availability and cost of other classes at the time of booking.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5398.00
Single AUD$ 6094.00

Includes: return flights Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq, boat and helicopter transfers in Greenland, airport transfers in Greenland, 5 nights accommodation with private facilties and daily breakfast, 2 dinners, local destination guides in Narsaq and Narsarsuaq, guided town walks in Narsarsuaq and Narsaq.

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland- if this class has sold out, the final price may increase, depending on the availability and cost of other classes at the time of booking.

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