South Greenland Explorer

Excursions, walks & hikes with comfortable hotel accommodation
8 days
Jun - Sep
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A week of exploration and adventure in South Greenland. Enjoy the sight of huge glacier fronts, sail among icebergs, hike on a glacier tongue millions of years old, visit the small cities and villages of Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Igaliko and Qassiarsuk, and explore Viking ruins. Learn about the history of Greenland's first settlers and see beautiful valleys, impressive glaciers and waters dotted with blue tinged ice. Find yourself in a new world, just waiting to be discovered, where roads are the exception and where nature is almost untouched.

Each day offers walks and hikes in majestic landscapes, while each night is spent in comfortable hotels.

Maximum group size: 12 persons 

Day 1 Copenhagen or Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq and Glacier

 Make your own way to the airport for your flight from Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. Reception at the airport with your guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in and information meeting.  In the afternoon a short hike to the Glacier View Point, around one hour from the hotel,ds for magnificent views of the Fjord, the plain of Narsarsuaq and the Glacier. Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq.
 

Day 2 Viking ruins of Qassiarsuk and Optional Sea Kayaking among icebergs

Boat transfer from Narsarsuaq to Qassiarsuk (the former Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland). Here we walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants and see the Viking ruins, learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. Of particular interest are the reconstructions of a spacious Viking house and an Inuit dwelling, which transport us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these peoples lived. 

After this cultural visit it’s time for some action with a 4WD trip to the beautiful Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, almost always blocked by ice from the many icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. After a picnic lunch you can take an optional kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay. This is a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners, paddling amongst the icebergs in one of the safest and most inspiring places in Greenland. Then return by 4WD to Qassiarsuk, and then by boat to Narsarsuaq. 2nd  overnight at Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Day 3  Narsarsuaq – Qaqortoq

Boat transfer from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq, through the complex fjord system and past numerous icebergs, to Qaqortoq. The capital of South Greenland was founded in 1775 and nowadays has almost 3000 inhabitants. It is often described as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland. Enjoy a guided tour of the town then time at leisure. Accommodation at Hotel Qaqortoq.

Day 4 Qaqortoq, capital of South Greenland, and boat transfer to Narsaq

This morning explore Qaqortoq on your own, and discover the beauty of the town’s colourful buildings and awe-inspiring landscapes. Visit the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church, and the only fountain in the country. Or choose a great optional excursion to the Hvalsey Church Ruins; built in the 14th Century, Hvalsoy is the best preserved church of its age in Greenland and this area of fells and fjords has recently been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage SiteOr take an optional visit to the hot springs of Uunartoq Island, a place to really enjoy a warm bath in thermal waters, while icebergs float by!

In the afternoon, transfer by boat to Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants.  Time to visit the local market, fur shops, hunters harbour, the Greenlandic Museum. Accommodation at Hotel Narsaq for 2 nights.

Day 5  Narsaq: Qaleraliq Camp and Excursion on Ice

Set off by zodiac for Qaleraliq camp, to the basecamp, set right next to the polar ice on a sandy beach. Enjoy the contrasts and spectacular views from the camp, of 3 glacier tongues.  After a brief stop we continue, navigating along the glacier fronts, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs. From there, we start the ice excursion, an impressive trek using crampons on one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, and other ice formations. An expert mountain guide will make sure all participants are provided with the appropriate equipment and ensure the safety of the all during the trip and sharing knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. This is a truly unique experience and one of the best excursions in all Greenland. After a picnic lunch we return by zodiac to Narsaq, along the way passing through the Sermilik Fjord where we can witness giant icebergs calving off the Eqaloruutsit Glacier and beginning their journey out to sea. 2nd night at Hotel Narsaq.

Day 6  Narsaq and Igaliku (Gardar)

Your morning is free to relax or further explore in and around the city. In the afternoon continue by boat to Itilleq. From here we take an easy hike across the “Kongevejen”, or the Path of the Kings. Our destination is the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. This town is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland, and here we can discover the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Accommodation at Igaliku Country Hotel.

Day 7  Igaliku Landscape and boat excursion to Qooroq Ice Fjord

This morning enjoy the spectatular views of Einarsfjord, the green hills and small lakes.In the afternoon, we hike back to Itilleq and travel by zodiac to Qooroq fjord, to see one of the most impressive glaciers in the South of Greenland. Then continue on by boat back to Narsarsuaq, for overnight at Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Day 8  Hike to Flower Valley; Flight  Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik or Copenhagen 

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 past times, particularly during World War II. Return flight to either Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or Copenhagen. On arrival there your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018 Reykjavik or Copenhagen 26 June; 03,10, 17, 24 and 31 July; 07, 14, 21 and 28 August

Maximum group size: 12 persons

Includes: Return flights from Reykajvik (Keflavik  Airport, Iceland) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq incl. airport taxes and fees; airport transfers in Greenland; zodiac and other transfers and transport in Greenland, 7 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with private facilities; daily breakfast; services of an English-speaking guide; excursions being 4WD trip to Tasiusaq, picnic lunch in Qaleraliq Glacier and Tasiusaq, zodiac travel equipment, Qaqortoq city tour, guided visit to Brattahlid.

Excludes: optional excursions - sea kayak excursion, visit to Hvalsey Church ruins or Uunartoq Hot Springs.

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Includes: Flight Reykjavík (Keflavik) or Copenhagen -Narsarsuaq and return, Airport taxes and fees, airport transfers in Greenland, zodiac and other transfers and transport in Greenland, accommodation 7 nights in hotels in double rooms with private facilities including breakfast, services of English speaking guide excursions as detailed in this programme being 4x4 trip to Tasiusaq, picnic lunch in Qaleraliq Glacier and Tasiusaq, zodiac travel equipment, Qaqortoq city tour, guided visit to Brattahlid.