Best Adventure in South Greenland

Hiking, glacier trek, boat around the icecap & more
15 days
Jul - Sep
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Probably the most complete journey you can do in South Greenland including the best treks in the tundra, an unforgettable excursion on Greenland’s ice sheet, and the biggest and most beautiful mountains and granite walls in Greenland - Ketil and Ulamertorssuaq, in Tasermiut fjord, which are considered one of the ten wonders of the whole Arctic. Navigate among fjords, icebergs, blocks of ice and spectacular glacier fronts.  Visit the cities of Narsaq and Nanortalik, the most picturesque settlements - Tasiusaq, Igaliko, Sardloq and Qassiarsuk. Bathe in Uunartoq’s warm springs and relish in the breathtaking beauty of the icebergs on the cold waters of the fjord. Watch the magnificent night skies, see whales, seals and caribou. Go fishing for arctic salmon and cod, pick mussels, mushroom and blueberries. Visit the best Inuit and Viking ruins - Brattahlid and Gardar, meet the local Inuit people and enjoy a journey to the unexplored secrets of Greenland, one of the last frontiers of the modern world.

Day 1 Copenhagen or Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq: Qaleraliq camp
Flight from Reykjavik (or Copenhagen) to Narsarsuaq.
Welcome reception at the airport and preparation of equipment. We then set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs, arriving at a cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of two glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier. We  spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. Accommodation in tents.

Day 2 Ice Cap view
After enjoying breakfast in front of the glaciers, we ascend to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake. After passing the lake, we climb 400 metres up to the mountain top, from which we will have a mesmerising view of the lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. This summit is also a very special viewing point of the inland ice, the immense inland glacier. From here 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. In the afternoon, we return to the Glacier Camp. Accommodation in tents.

Day 3 Glacier fronts and excursion on ice
We navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical walls, ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea.
From there we 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, labyrhyntine quality to this glacier, with the assitance of an expert mountain guide. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world. One of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland. In the afternoon, we return to the Glacier Camp. Accommodation in tents

Day 4 Narsaq Town
Transfer by boat to Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. In the evening, free time to explore on your own the museum, the fur shops, the church, and enjoy a drink with the local people.Accommodation in hostel
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Day 5 Saarloq: Thermal springs in Uunartoq
We will sail today through the outer skerries to the village of Saarloq, a picturesque village where we make a short stop to take a look around. In the afternoon, we set off for Uunartoq, through a complex system of fjords, surrounded by icebergs. On our way to Uunartoq Island, we pass Alluitsup Paa, a pretty settlement and the best spot for whale spotting in South Greenland. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to bathe in the warm springs, the only thermal springs to which access is possible in Greenland, with icebergs floating only 500 metres away in the fjord.  Overnight on Uunartoq Island. Accommodation in tents.

Day 6 Hunters Settlement and Kuusuaq River Camp
Transfer to Tasiusaq, a picturesque village with 80 inhabitants, and historical landmarks which reflect how hard life was in this country decades ago. All the inhabitants of this village starved to death some 140 years ago and it was not until the 1930s that the village was repopulated by near descendants and family of the original inhabitants.
The spectacular scenery here is surrounded by mountains. Then we trek to the mouth of the Kuusuaq River, the most popular salmon river in South Greenland, walking in a truly alpine background to Tasersuaq Lake, along the Saputit path, created by Tasiusaq’s inhabitants to acess Lake Tasersuaq.Overnight and Dinner at Kuusuak River Camp, with accommodation in tents.

Day 7 "Greenlandic Patagonia" Camp
Navigation to Tasermiut glacier, along the fjord of the same name. During the journey we will discover three impressive mountains - Ketil, Ulamertorssuaq and Tinitertuup – up to the borders of the glacier, a glacier with a 1,400 metres drop from the plateau to the fjord in barely three kilometres, which turns the glacier into a spectacular, mighty ice waterfall.
Overnnght at the camp under the huge Ulamertorsuaq - one of the largest and steepest walls in the world, exceeding even “Capitán” in Yosemite – This is a place where climbers attempting the big walls in the region gather. This fjord is known as as one of the ten Arctic wonders. Accommodation in tents.

Day 8 Nalumasortoq
Moderate walk up to the base of the glacier in the amazing granite mass of Nalumasortoq, whose extremely smooth twin walls are highly cherished by climbers in South Greenland.
From this viewing point we see the south face of the Ketil and the north face of the Ulamertorssuaq, together with many other unnamed walls, as well as alpine and glacial landscapes and incredibly beautiful sights. Fishing and picking mussels, mushrooms and blackberries may be possible near the camp, which also offers a fantastic view to the west face of the Ulamertorssuaq as the sun set strikes the rock with the last rays of sun. Accommodation in tents.

Day 9 Ulamertosuaq
Today we trek up to the base of the Ulamertorssuaq wall, rated the best Arctic "Bigwall" and one of the best ten climbing walls in the world and a mountain of unique, singular beauty, astonishing wall and glaciers.
Overnight at the camp with accommodation in tents.

Day 10 Nanortalik
Navigation in RIB boats to Nanortalik, the southernmost town of Greenland, which has some 2,300 inhabitants and is the second most populated town in the south. Visit the Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions, the  museum, and explore the town - go shopping, explore the hunters market, go to a restaurant or have a drink in a town “where there are polar bears” – the meaning of its name –  which still remains isolated by ice for a considerable part of the year. It is possible to join a guided tour of the town and surroundings. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 11 Alluitsup Paa and Qaqortoq
Transfer by boat to Alluitsup Paa, a picturesque small hunting and fishing village located in front of the open sea. We walk around and visit, then continuing later to Qaqortoq, founded in 1775, now with almost 300 souls and one of the most charming villages in Greenland. Time to walk around town, where we will discover the beauty of its colourful buildings, the awe inspiring landscapes and some of 30 different rock sculptures. In the afternoon see the museum, fur shops, traditional kayak club and more. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 12 Igaliko and Qoorooq Ice Fjord
By boat to Itilleq, from where we start the hike on  the Kings’ Way to Igaliko. We visit Archbishopric Gardar’s ruins, the religious capital of the Vikings. On the way to Qassiarsuk, we  visit Qoorooq Fjord and see what probably is the most spectacular glacier in the South of Greenland.
We navigate among the blocks of ice, until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. Enjoy the wonderful sight of ice floating around you! Accommodation in hostel.

Day 13 Tasiusaq and Sermilik, the “Bay of Icebergs”
Walk to Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice from icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. Later we may go fishing arctic salmon or for a walk in the region.
An optional kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay” is offered.On the way back, we can also walk around Qassiarsuk, old Brattahlid, where Eric the Red settled when he started Greenland’s colonisation back in 985. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 14 Flower Valley and Kiattut Glacier
We  cross to Narsarsuaq on a RIB boat, then walk through the Flower Valley, enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the glacier retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation, with an abundance of flowers.
We  walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with a superb panoramic view of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. This is probably the most renowned vista in all Greenland.In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner, with typical Greenlandic products such as  whale, seal, caribou, and mattak. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 15 Farewell Greenland
Transfer by boat to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and visit the local museum, before the return flight from Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik  or Copenhagen.

2017 Departures from Reykjavik: 04  and 15 July, 01 and  17 August; 02 September.

2017 Departures from Copenhagen: 04 July, 01 and 17 August.

Maximum group size 12 persons

Includes: Flight Reykjavik or Copenhagen-Narsarsuaq and return, airport taxes and fees, English speaking guide, transfers in Greenland, as specified on this programme, accommodation in Greenland and meals on a full board basis whilst staying in tents, entrance to the “Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions” in Nanortalik, camping and RIB boat travel equipment

Excludes:  optional kayak excursion, dinner iwhen staying in the towns of Nanortalik, Narsaq and Qaqortoq, lunch on arrival and departure days.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4713.00

Includes: Flight Reykjavik or Copenhagen-Narsarsuaq and return, airport taxes and fees, English speaking guide, transfers in Greenland, as specified on this programme, accommodation in Greenland and meals on a full board basis whilst staying in tents, entrance to the “Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions” in Nanortalik, camping and RIB boat travel equipment. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

 

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