Kayak Adventure in South Greenland

A fully guided kayak adventure
8 days
Jun - Sep
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This is a genuine sea expedition where you have the opportunity to kayak through icebergs, away from civilization for a week. Enjoy the excitement of exploring several fjords by kayak, discovering a  labyrinthine system of islands and outcroppings of land, followed by a spectacular walk onto the mysterious ice cap. Travel with a real sense of total freedom, immersed in the magical environment of one of our planet’s last frontiers and wilderness. The tour can be taken from Copenhagen or from Reykjavik.

Day 1 Reykjavik or Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq - Narsaq
Make your own way to the airport for your flight from Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. On arrival meet your guide in the airport, then transfer to the harbour and travel by zodiac boat to Narsaq, one of southern Greenland’s biggest towns. Then there is a safety briefing, an introduction and the preparation of your kayaking equipment, before time at leisure. Overnight in hostel.

Day 2 Narsaq  - Nuulussuaq Peninsula
Transport by zodiac boat from Narsaq to Qingaarsup island, where we start the kayak expedition.  We follow the coast along the ice covered fjord, among the icebergs coming from Eqalorutsit glacier. This area is full of ringed seals, and there is usually a great density of ice. We start the crossing to Nuulussuaq peninsula, where we get the first views of the Inlandis, the polar inland ice cap. Once we arrive in Nulussuaq, we set up camp at a former Viking settlement area. Overnight in tents.

Day 3 Naajaat Sermiat and First Glacier Front
This morning we will travel into a labyrinthic system of islands and outcropping lands, with different views of the ice cap and several glaciers, in a unique and wild area. We will paddle through a setting of low-slung islands with waterfalls, alongside leafy tundra which contrasts with the blue and white of the icebergs. This magical landscape attracted the Vikings to establish settlements in several coastal areas. We explore  Maniitsup Tunua fjord, surrounded by the peninsulas of Maniitsop, Niaqornap Nunaa and Nuulussuaq. Here we are just in front of the ice cap, camping not far away from Naajaat Sermiat Glacier front, so we can really marvel at the unbelievable views of one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet. Overnight in tents.

Day 4 Qaleraliq Glacier and Hike to Tasersuatsiaq Lake
Today, we paddle around Akuliaruseq island (also named Caribou island)  as we approach the coast. Travelling along Qaleraliq fjord, we arrive at Qaleraliq glacier with its three glacier tongues nearly 10 km wide. We camp at a sandy beach, and if weather conditions and time allow, we ascend to a  viewing point for a wonderful vista of the infinite Inlandis. We might also see caribou feeding on the salts from the fjord. At night, lie in bed and listen to the thundering sound of the seracs breaking away from the ice! Overnight in tents.

Day 5 Glacier Walk
We start by paddling for about 4 kilometres to the end of the fjord. Then we hike over the glacier and discover a  small part of its immensity, among the rimes (crevasses), large cracks and drains.  Enjoying a short trek on this, one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet,  is a truly unique experience. Then back to the kayaks and continue paddling along the glacier fronts, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls, and the numerous icebergs along the more than 10 kilometre descent to the sea. Overnight in tents.

Day 6 Ikersuaq Fjord
Today we start back towards Qingaarsuup Nunaa island, kayaking through Ikerssuaq fjord. This is an area where the chances of seeing whales are greatest. Huge icebergs can be found in the fjord, coming from Eqalorusit and Qorooq fjords. Sometimes you can also see Greenlandic seals in these waters. Overnight in tents.

Day 7 Qingaarsuup and Narsaq
Depending on conditions in the fjord we may go directly to Qingaarsuup, or we may cross Stephensen Havn, a protected bay with waters full of icebergs. This was an former Inuit settlement and the ruins of the settlement can be seen. Hunting was the principal activity of Greenlandic settlers here, and inhabitants were sometimes surprised by the arrival of polar bears coming over the big icebergs coming from the eastern coast! Then continue towards Narsaq. Here you can enjoy the sights of the town including the inuit market, the hunter's harbour, the church, the various local handicraft workshops and the museum.  Overnight in hostel.

Day 8 Narsaq - Narsarsuaq - Reykjavik (Keflavik) or Copenhagen
Transfer by boat from Narsaq to Narsarsuaq, where time permitting you can visit the Museum Bluie West One, which played an important role in the Second World War. Then take the return flight from Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or to Copenhagen. On arrival at the Copenhagen or Keflavik International airport, your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018 : 16* and 26 June; 03, 10, 17, 24 and 31 July;  07, 14, 21 and 28 August; 04* September

* these 2 departures are from Keflavik Airport, Iceland ONLY

Includes: Flight Reykjavik or Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq & return, English speaking expedition guide, RIB boat trip Narsarsuaq - Narsaq - Narsarsuaq; use of kayaks and all navigation equipment; meals on a full board basis (except dinner Day 7 in Narsaq); accommodation in hostel and tents as stated on this programme; camping and RIB boat travel equipment.

Excludes: Day 7 dinner in Narsaq, lunch on arrival and departure days.

A 15 day kayak adventure is also available - please ask us

Group size 4 - 12 persons. The kayaks are double kayaks taking 2 persons each Since the kayaking is done in an area of calm water and because of the stability of the double kayaks, previous experience in kayaking is not required, although it is recommended. Good overall physical condition is required, as well as a willingness to participate in camp life.  This route shown on this itineary can be modified or reversed, depending on ice conditions, weather forecasts for the week or the average pace of the group. As locals say “The weather is Boss in Greenland”. Paddling time should be from 3 to 5 hours per day, over a distance of 15-20km per day. The route is done in a true expedition style, with a spirit of discovery and adventure. The rhythm is relaxed, but continuous, and the options surrounding us many and varied.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4320.00

The price shown here is for this tour per person from Keflavik Airport, Iceland

Includes: Flight Keflavik – Narsarsuaq & return, English speaking expedition guide, RIB boat trip Narsarsuaq - Narsaq - Narsarsuaq; use of kayaks and all navigation equipment; meals on a full board basis (except dinner Day 7 in Narsaq); accommodation in hostel and tents as stated on this programme; camping and RIB boat travel equipment.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4878.00

The price shown here is for this tour per person from Copenhagen 

Includes: Flight Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq & return, English speaking expedition guide, RIB boat trip Narsarsuaq - Narsaq - Narsarsuaq; use of kayaks and all navigation equipment; meals on a full board basis (except dinner Day 7 in Narsaq); accommodation in hostel and tents as stated on this programme; camping and RIB boat travel equipment.