Introduction to South Greenland 4 days

Short tour of the highlights of the South
4 days
June- Sep
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Enjoy a tour of the highlights of South Greenland, with 2 nights in comfortable hotels and 1 magical night in a wilderness camp at Qaleraliq Camp, surrounded by glaciers…a short but intense experience of the beauty and drama of south Greenland. Explore some of the largest glacier fronts in the area in zodiac and speed boats, take a helicopter flight* with stunning views of the Polar Cap, and a unique ice walk on a glacier forming part of the extraordinary Inlandis or Greenlandic polar ice cap.

If you would like to do a similar short tour without the overnight at the Glacier Camp, please enquire.

Day 1 Reykjavik or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq
Flight from Keflavik International Airport or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. Meet your guide at the airport and after an information briefing and introduction, transfer by boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord (Eriksfjord), usually covered by icebergs, to Narsaq city, the third most populated city in South Greenland. Your guide will accompany you as you visit the local fish market, the fur shops or the Greenlandic museum. Then some time to walk around the city, and discover the beauty of its colourful buildings and awe-inspiring landscapes. Here you will get a glimpse into the local people, and the modern Inuit’s way of life. Accommodation at Hotel Narsaq.

Day 2 Narsarsuaq - Ice Walk & Overnight Glacier Camp
This morning we set off for the the glacier base basecamp, navigating in a zodiac boat from Narsarsuaq towards the ice cap. We arrive at the magical and isolated basecamp, set on a sandy beach, with spectacular views of the Qaleraliq glacier tongues. After a short rest we continue by boat, navigating along the glacier fronts, and admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs, on the more than 10 kilometre descent to the sea.  Then we start the ice excursion, an exciting hike using crampons to walk on one of the oldest masses of ice on 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 and specialist in Glacier Science, will be in charge to ensure the safety of all during the trip. After the ice walk, enjoy a picnic lunch. Time then to relax before dinner at the camp, and overnight in a 4 bed basic but warm and comfortable Domo tents. In this remote and astonishing place, enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from the seracs.

                                           

The Qaleraliq camp is located 150 metres from the landing point; you will need to take your own luggage from here to your tent. We recommend you take just a small, light bag for the night and leave your main bag in the boat, from where it will be taken to the hotel in Narsaq the next day. The camp is designed as a totally clean and no impact camp. It has a dining room area with tables and chairs where dinner and breakfast are served and you are asked to wash your  own dishes and glasses. There is no electricity. Accommodation is in a Domo tent with 4 bunk beds and supplied sleeping bags. Shared bucket style toilets are 50 metres away.

Day 3 Return to Narsarsuaq
After enjoying breakfast in front of the glaciers there is time for a short exploration of the area surrounding the camp, before the return journey to Narsaq. On the way we will see enormous icebergs falling off  the Eqaloruutsit Glacier into the water. Then enjoy an impressive helicopter* trip back to Narsarsuaq, flying over the fjord system of South Greenland, with amazing views of the fascinating composition of the Fjords and the Inland Ice. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and time at leisure. In the late afternoon, join an easy hike to Glacier View Point, around one hour from the hotel, for wonderful views of the Tunulliarfik fjord icebergs and the Kiattuut Glacier. Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq. * If the weather is inclement this trip will be done by boat.

Day 4  Hike to Flower Valley - Narsarsuaq and Farewell Greenland
Morning hike to the Flower Valley - soak up the spectacular views over the Kiattut river and glacier.  The valley, formed due to the retreat and consequent glacial sedimentation, is now home to an abundance of flowers.  Return hike and then some free time - maybe visit the Narsarsuaq Museum Blue West One, which reflects the town's history from ancient times, particularly during World War II. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Departures 2017: June 24; July 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29; August 05, 12, 19, and 26th; Sep 02, 09, 16 and 23.

Includes: return flights from Keflavik, Iceland to Narsarsuaq, Greenland; airport transfers in Greenland; helicopter flight Narsaq – Narsarsuaq; 2 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast; 1 nights accommodation and dinner at the Qaleraliq Glacier Camp; local expedition guides; boat transfers and excursions as detailed in the programme, picnic lunch in Qaleraliq; RIB boat travel equipment.

Maximum group size 12 persons.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3483.00
Single AUD$ 3820.00

Includes: Return flights Keflavik, Iceland to Narsarsuaq, Greenland; airport transfers in Greenland; helicopter flight Narsaq – Narsarsuaq; 2 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast; 1 nights accommodation and dinner at the Qaleraliq Glacier Camp; local expedition guides; boat transfers and excursions as detailed in the programme, picnic lunch in Qaleraliq; RIB boat travel equipment.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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