South Greenland Explorer

Excursions, walks & hikes with comfortable hotel accommodation
8 days
Jun - August
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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: GlacierView Point Walk

 Make your own way to the airport for your flight from Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in and an information meeting about the coming days.  In the afternoon, enjoy a short hike to the Glacier View Point, around one hour from the hotel, for magnificent views of the Fjord, the plain of Narsarsuaq and the Glacier. 2 nights at Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Day 2 Viking Ruins of Eric the Red at Qassiarsuk & Optional Sea Kayaking

Today start with a transfer by boat 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, to establish 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 pioneers lived. 

After this cultural visit, it’s time for some action, with a 4WD trip to beautiful Tasiusaq farm, where 7 people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by ice from the many icebergs coming from the Eqaloruutsit glacier. After a picnic lunch, you can join an optional kayak excursion in the Iceberg Bay. This is a 2 hour sea kayaking trip,  paddling amongst the icebergs, in one of the safest and most inspiring places in Greenland, and is suitable for everyone including beginners. Then we return by 4WD to Qassiarsuk, and then by boat to Narsarsuaq. 2nd overnight at Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Day 3  Narsarsuaq – Qaqortoq

Boat transfer from Narsarsuaq through a complex fjord system and past numerous icebergs to Qaqortoq. The capital of South Greenland was founded in 1775 and nowadays has almost 3000 inhabitants, and 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. Overnight at Hotel Qaqortoq.

Day 4 Qaqortoq: Free time, optional Hvalsey Church visit or optional visit to Uunartoq Hot Springs, then transfer to Narsaq

This morning there is time to further explore Qaqortoq on your own. 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 to join a great optional excursion to the Hvalsey Church Ruins; built in the 14th Century, Hvalsey 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 join 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, the fur shops, the old hunters harbour, and the Greenlandic Museum. 2 nights in Narsaq at Hotel Narsaq.

Day 5  Narsaq: Qaleraliq Camp and Excursion on Ice

Today we set off by zodiac to the basecamp at Qaleraliq, set right next to the polar ice, on a sandy beach. Enjoy the contrasts and spectacular views from the camp of the 3 glacier tongues visible here. After a brief stop at the camp we continue by boat, navigating along the glacier fronts, and admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and the numerous icebergs.  We then start our fantastic ice excursion, an impressive trek on one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, and other ice formations, whilst an expert mountain guide will look after us, making sure everyone is safe and sound and enjoying themsleves. 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 - Igaliku (Gardar)

Your morning is free to relax or further explore in and around the city. In the afternoon we 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 about 40 people. This town is famous for it's beauty and for the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Overnight at Igaliku Country Hotel.

Day 7  Igaliku - Narsarsuaq: Beautiful Landscapes and Qooroq Ice Fjord

This morning enjoy the spectacular sorrounding views of Einarsfjord, with green hills and small lakes. In the afternoon, we hike back to Itilleq and then travel by zodiac to the Qooroq fjord, to see one of the most impressive glaciers in the south. Then we continue 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 - here we can soak up the spectacular views over the Kiattut river and glacier; the valley was formed by the glacier's retreat and consequent glacial sedimentation, and is now home to an abundance of flowers.  Then after hking back, there is some free time before we transfer to the airport - perhaps visit the Narsarsuaq Museum Blue West One, which reflects the town's history from past times, particularly during World War II. Then take the return flight to either Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport) or Copenhagen. On arrival there, your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018 Reykjavik or Copenhagen 27 June; 04,11, 18, 25 July; 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29 August

Maximum group size: 12 persons

Includes: Return flights from Reykajvik (Keflavik Airport, Iceland) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq including 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, and guided visit to Brattahlid.

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

Please note the  order of the itinerary may change due to weather and other conditions

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5046.00
Single AUD$ 5634.00

The prices shown here are for this tour with departures from Keflavik Airport, Iceland

Includes: Return flights from Reykajvik (Keflavik Airport, Iceland) to Narsarsuaq including 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, and guided visit to Brattahlid.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5543.00
Single AUD$ 6131.00

The prices shown here are for this tour with departures from Copenhagen

Includes: Return flights from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq including 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, and guided visit to Brattahlid.