Uncover South Greenland

The beautiful South with overnight in stunning glacier camp
5 days
Jun - Sep
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This tour combines fabulous sightseeing in South Greenland with a night spent in the magical wilderness of Qaleraliq Camp, surrounded by glaciers. Enjoy the most complete easy adventure break in Greenland, exploring some of the largest glacier fronts in Zodiac/RIB boats, taking a unique hike on the glacier, kayaking opportunities among icebergs and more…With the exception of the night in the glacier camp, all nights are spent in comfortable hotels.

The tour departs from either Iceland (from Keflavik Airport) or from Copenhagen and returns to Keflavik only.

If you prefer not to stay overnight in the Glacier Camp, take a look at our Icebergs & Glaciers tour, which has hotel only accommodation.

Day 1 Iceland or Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Narsaq                                                                                     
Make your own way to the airport for the flight from Iceland (Keflavik Airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. Reception at the airport then transfer by RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord to Narsaq, and check-in. Free time to visit and walk around the area - visit the local market, hunter's harbour, the local museum and the handicraft shops. Overnight at Hotel Narsaq.

Day 2 Narsaq - Qaleraliq Glacier Camp & Ice Hike
In the morning, we set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating in RIB boats towards the Inland Ice. We will arrive at the cosy camp, set on a sandy beach, with a spectacular view of two glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier. We then navigate along the glacier fronts by boat, admiring the beauty of the vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach along the more than 10 kilometre descent to the sea.

From there, we start the exciting ice excursion, an impressive hike using crampons (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, a specialist in Glacier Science, will be with us at all times to make sure we are provided with the appropriate equipment, and to ensure the safety of all. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world- truly one of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland.

During the day enjoy a picnic lunch on the ice, or at the camp, depending on weather conditions. Then we return to Qaleraliq Camp, to enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from the seracs. Overnight and dinner in shared domo tents. 

                             

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 Ice Cap Views and transfer to Narsaq
After enjoying breakfast in front of the glaciers, we walk up through a unique, desert-like sandy valley, leading to a surprisingly different landscape, of green and thick tundra. 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 by boat to Narsaq and along the way, see the enormous icebergs that fall off from the Eqaloruutsit Glacier and float through the Sermilik Fjord. Overnight at Hotel Narsaq.

Day 4 Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord
This morning we navigate from Qaleraliq to Itilleq, via the Tunulliarfik fjord. Then we take an easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or the Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by less than 40 people, and famous for being the most beautiful settlement in the whole of Greenland, and where the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland, are located.

After lunch in Igaliku, we return in the afternoon to Itilleq, and then continue by boat back to Narsarsuaq. On our way, we visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland can be found, and navigate to an  area of immense iceberg density. Overnight at Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Day 5 Qassiarsuk, Erik the Red Ruins,  Tasiusaq, Narsarsuaq- Iceland departure
Transfer by RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord (Eriksfjord) to Qassiarsuk. Visit the church ruins and the settlement of Eric the Red comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, where Erik the Red settled in 985, and the place from where Leif Eriksson (Eric the Red’s son) started out on the first colonization trip to the American continent, in the year 1000. Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers.

Then enjoy a 4WD trip to the beautiful Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation near to Sermilik fjord. This fjord is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. You can also join an optional easy 2 hour kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, kayaking among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and best place in the whole of Greenland (please note a minimum of 2 persons is required to operate this excursion).  We then return by 4WD to Qassiarsuk then then by boat to Narsarsuaq.

Back in Narsarsuaq you can visit Narsarsuaq Museum Blue West One, which reflects the town's history from ancient times, and specially its role in the Second World War. Then take the flight from Narsarsuaq to Keflavik Airport, Iceland, and end of arrangements.

Departures 2018: 26 June; 03, 10, 17 and 24 July; 07, 14, 21 and 28 August; 04, 11, 18, and 25 September

Includes: flight Keflavik Airport, Iceland or Copenhagen- Narsarsuaq; flight Narsarsaq - Keflavik; airport taxes and fees; airport transfers in Greenland; 3 nights accommodation in hotels in standard twin / double rooms with private facilities; 1 nights accommodation and dinner in Qaleraliq Camp in tents; daily breakfast; picnic lunches at Qaleraliq Camp and at Tasiusaq; services of English speaking guide; boat transfers and excursions as detailed in this programme.

Excludes:  optional kayak excursion.

Maximum 12 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4878.00
Single AUD$ 5392.00

The prices shown here are for this tour with departure from and return to Keflavik Airport, Iceland

Includes: flight Keflavik Airport, Iceland - Narsarsuaq; flight Narsarsaq - Keflavik; airport taxes and fees; airport transfers in Greenland; 3 nights accommodation in hotels in standard twin / double rooms with private facilities; 1 nights accommodation and dinner in Qaleraliq Camp in tents; daily breakfast; picnic lunches at Qaleraliq Camp and at Tasiusaq; services of English speaking guide; boat transfers and excursions as detailed in this programme.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5231.00
Single AUD$ 5743.00

The prices shown here are for this tour with departure from Copenhagen return to Keflavik Airport, Iceland

Includes: flight Copenhagen- Narsarsuaq; flight Narsarsaq - Keflavik (return to Iceland); airport taxes and fees; airport transfers in Greenland; 3 nights accommodation in hotels in standard twin / double rooms with private facilities; 1 nights accommodation and dinner in Qaleraliq Camp in tents; daily breakfast; picnic lunches at Qaleraliq Camp and at Tasiusaq; services of English speaking guide; boat transfers and excursions as detailed in this programme.

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