Grand Tour of South Greenland

Narsaq, Qaqortoq and Narsarsuaq
8 days
July and August
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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 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. Then on to Qaqortoq, a small town with a thriving cultural scene, and the site of the unique Stone & Man sculptural project. Qaqortoq offers visits to the viking ruins of Hvalsey Church, the wonderful hot springs of Unartoq, and the amazing icebergs and glaciers found nearby.

Finally, visit 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.

Day 1 Copenhagen or Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq - Narsaq
Make your own way to Reykjavik or Copenhagen airport, for your flight to Narsarsuaq. On arrival, meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the pier, to continue by boat through Eric's Fjord to Narsaq. On the way your guide will introduce the region to you. After check-in at the hotel, time at leisure. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

Days 2 and 3 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

Day 4: Narsaq - Qaqortoq
This morning transfer from your hotel to the pier, then continue by boat to Qaqortoq. Qaqortoq is the biggest town in South Greenland with a population of just over 3000. Situated near the big lake "Storesøen" with rising mountains as a backdrop, Qaqortoq is where many students come to study, and therefore the town is full of life for most of the year. Old colonial houses show the history of the town, with splendid views over the open sea. A town of contrasts! On arrrival, enjoy a guided walk of the town and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 5 Qaqortoq: Day at Leisure
Today there is time for you to explore Qaqortoq or to take one of the great  guided optional excursions offered in Qaqortoq as follows:

By Boat to the Inland Ice Cap: Travel by boat to the fantastic Inland Ice Cap and the Twin Glaciers. Weather permitting, we go ashore very close to the glaciers. From this point you have the chance to see the Ice Cap from below, and feel the massive power of nature. The tour includes lunch.

Hvalsey Fjord & Church Ruins
Today enjoy a guided tour into the beautiful Hvalsey Fjord around Arpatsivik Island to Hvalsey, where we visit the old Norse ruins as well as the church ruin, dating from the Norse period. A wedding in the church in 1408 is the last written evidence that we have from the Norse settlement in Greenland. Light refreshments are included. 

Hot Springs of Uunartoq: Visit the hot springs in Uunartoq on an amazing boat trip through Arctic waters, before arriving at the hot springs. Your 1-1.5 hours stop here gives you time to enjoy the hot pools and the contrast of icebergs floating by in the fjord. 4.5hrs

Coffee Mik: Come join a local family for a cup of coffee. The Greenlanders are famous for welcoming visitors into their homes, inviting everyone over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The latest gossip is shared and it will also be possible to see the national costume and learn about life so very isolated from the rest of the world. 1hr   

Hike Around Storesøen: Hike around the big lake "Storesøen" located right outside the town. Enjoy the beautiful Greenlandic natural environment, on this 12km hike, while enjoying the view of the nature and the outskirts of town. 4.5hrs

Day 6 Qaqortoq to Narsarsuaq
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer by helicopter from Qaqortoq back to Narsarsuaq.(Please note you may travel back to Narsarsauq by boat if the weather is not favourable). Transfer to the hotel for check in, followed by a welcome meeting and a short tour of the town.

Day 7 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

Dinner at the hotel tonight.

Day 8: Narsarsuaq - Copenhagen or Reykajvik
Time at leisure before your flight back to Copenhagen or Reykajvik. On arrival at the airport your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018:  from Copenhagen or Reykajvik 03 July, 17 July, 31 July, 14 August and 28 August

PLEASE NOTE: This tour requires a minimum of 4 persons to guarantee a departure. Please contact us for up-to-date booking status.

Includes: return economy class flights, boat and helicopter transfers in Greenland, airport transfers in Greenland, 7 nights accommodation with private facilties and daily breakfast, 2 dinners, local destination guides in Narsaq, Qaqortoq and Narsarsuaq, guided town walks in Narsarsuaq and Qaqortoq.

Excludes: optional excursions, airport transfers in Reykjavik or 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. Flights to Greenland may depart from / return to Reykjavik Domestic Airport or Keflavik International Airport

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5565.00
Single AUD$ 6539.00

Includes: return economy class flights, boat and helicopter transfers in Greenland, airport transfers in Greenland, 7 nights accommodation with private facilties and daily breakfast, 2 dinners, local destination guides in Narsaq, Qaqortoq and Narsarsuaq, guided town walks in Narsarsuaq and Qaqortoq.

The price shown is for Reykjavik departures. All prices are 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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