Grand Tour of Greenland

Escorted
Grand journey through West Greenland
14 Days
Jun - Aug
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Explore the best of West Greenland on this grand escorted tour, which takes you from Narsarsuaq north to Ilulissat. Experience the incredible contrasts between south and north, the astonishing landscape and the beauties of nature, exploring the countryside, settlements and towns. Your tour arrangements include flights to and from Reykjavik, visits to the historical sites of Erik the Red's settlement and the Gardar Bishopric, a short voyage on board the coastal ferry sailing along Greenland's spectacular west coast, Qooroq Glacier, Qaqortoq Fjord, the capital Nuuk, Ilulissat Ice Fjord, the amazing calving glacier Eqi and more!

Day 1 Reykjavik – Narsarsuaq 
Make your own way to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your flight to Narsarsuaq. On arrival in Narsarsuaq, check in at your hotel.  Narsarsuaq sits on Tunulliarfik Fjord next to a deep valley that points directly toward the Inland Ice Cap. Time at leisure. After dinner, you might like to join a guided hike towards Signal Hill, for a breath-taking view of the airport area, Bratthalid, and the Ice Sheet. Remember it does not get dark until very late, thanks to the Midnight Sun! Welcome dinner and overnight in Narsarsuaq.

Day 2 Narsarsuaq - Qassiarsuk - Qooroq Fjord -Igaliku: Viking Ruins of Eric the Red
In the morning, transfer by boat to Qassiarsuk, located at the bottom of Tunuliarfik, and the place where Erik the Red settled when he discovered "the green land" in 985 AD. Visit the restored ruins of Erik's settlement, Brattahlid, and see reconstructions of the original longhouse and church, for an insight into life in Greenland so long ago.

This afternoon continue into beautiful Qooroq Fjord to Itilleq - from here it is a 1 hour easy walk to Igaliku, along the old King's Road. Igaliku is a beautiful, small farming settlement at the bottom of the Igaliku Fjord, surrounded by a lush, green landscape, with steep, bare hills in the background. Here, Norsemen established the Gardar Bishopric and the remnants of the small cathedral are still visible between the colourful houses. 2 nights in Igaliku.  

Day 3 Hiking Around Igaliku Qooroq Glacier
The wonderful area around Igaliku is perfect for hiking - Igaliku is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today, where in the past, farmers created a very special Arctic agricultural area. Enjoy a guided hike from Igaliku north to a fantastic vantage point, with a view of the Qooroq Glacier and the Ice Cap in the back ground. The Qooroq Glacier produces no less than 200,000 tonnes of ice every 24 hours! On the way, pass a small lake where there are excellent opportunities to find moonstones. 2nd overnight in Igaliku.

Day 4 Igaliku - Qaqortoq
Today we sail to Qaqortoq through fantastic scenery with icebergs, cliffs and maybe a glimpse of sea eagles and seals. We pass Hvalsey, a beautifully situated church ruin with a view of the fjord Qaqortup Ima, to arrive at Qaqortoq early in the afternoon. After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a guided walk around the town, picturesquely located  between the Qaqortoq Fjord and the great Lake Tasersuaq. The town is characterised by colourful houses, gardens with flowers and herbs, a fountain from the 1930s and the modern stone sculpture project Stone and Man, carved directly into the cliffs. Overnight in Qaqortoq.   

Day 5 Qaqortoq Day at Leisure then Board the Ferry   
Today experience Qaqortoq on your own - explore the sculptures scattered around town, take a walk over the river and visit the fish and meat markets, and the museum, which is also the oldest house in town, built in 1804. In the late afternoon we board  the coastal ferry where you can relax onboard and enjoy the view of coastline while looking for whales and seals. Overnight on board.

Day 6 At Sea: Cruising toward Nuuk
Relax on board and enjoy the views - from the deck, you have a perfect view of the amazing coastline with its remote areas, hilly landscapes, icebergs in different sizes and colours, and the reflection from the sun. 2nd overnight on board.

Day 7 Arrive in Nuuk
We arrive in Nuuk today and disembark, then time at leisure. The smallest and northernmost capital in the world awaits you. This fascinating town of contrasts will offer you a glimpse of old Greenlandic culture and beautiful Arctic nature, whilst providing the convenience of a small, modern city with good restaurants, great shopping and comfort.  Approximately 16,000 people live in Nuuk and the town is situated in a beautiful fjord system, where in summer whales come in close and can be seen from the shore.

Enjoy a guided city tour which will include the Greenland National Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of artifacts and exhibits related to Greenland's archaeology, history, art, and handicrafts, and the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. We also visit the beautiful cultural house Katuaq with a facade shaped and inspired by the famed Northern Lights. Then walk through the old town to the statue of Hans Egede which overlooks the old colonial harbour, with the fjord and the mountains in the background.  Afternoon at leisure and overnight in Nuuk.  

Day 8 Nuuk: Day at Leisure and Optional Boat Trip with Fishing
Morning at leisure. Nuuk has an excellent art museum, where the permanent exhibition contains many paintings by the famous Greenland painter Emanuel A. Petersen (1894-1948).

In the afternoon ask your tour leader about joining a hiking trip around the beautiful mountain Lille Malene; here you will experience a pristine, quiet wilderness with streams and rivers that trickle with fresh, cold water, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the beautiful Nuuk Fjord. (The hike is approximately  8-10 kilometres long and requires good physical condition as it does cover some fairly rough terrain). 2nd overnight in Nuuk.

Or take an optional boat trip to Qooqqut where you will sail through the vast fjord system behind Nuuk, the second largest fjord system in the world. In the Qooqqut Fjord, we stop the engine and try to catch our lunch! Later we go back to the boat and return to Nuuk, where we arrive at around 9:00 pm.

Day 9 Nuuk - Ilulissat : Guided Town Walk & Walk to Sermermiut
Today we take the short flight from Nuuk to Ilulissat; on arrival check in at the hotel and time at leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the town; your guide will introduce you to a place where modern and traditional life meet and show you the old part of town, with buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, as well as the busy fishing harbour, the old church and the museum.

Later join a guided light hike to Sermermiut; Sermermiut means "the glacier dwellers," and for more than 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures inhabited this fertile valley, about 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Ilulissat, where you can enjoy the wildflowers as well as the view of the fantastic icebergs. The hike is an easy one along a boardwalk and path.  Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 10 Ilulissat - Ilimanaq
We depart in the morning from Ilulissat and travel by boat towards Ilimanaq, which is located 15 kilometres south of Ilulissat. In summer, the area is home to a great number of humpback whales. We stay at the Ilimanaq Lodge in one of Greenland’s smallest villages, formerly known by the Danish name of Claushavn, with approximately 50 residents. The village houses display bright colours, and you can see sled dogs, dogsleds, and skin kayaks that all reveal how life is lived here, as it has been for many years in Greenland. Enjoy a tour of the Ilimanaq village and get an insight into the village history and the many interesting buildings.

Later join a guided hike to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord and an old burial site. The excursion begins with a stop at a spectacular viewpoint, one of the hilltops north of the village. You can look across Disko Bay and see the large icebergs in the Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Along the way, we look for traces of early immigration, the so-called Thule culture, and we explore one of the many hidden burial sites. Then marvel at the large icebergs in Ilulissat Ice Fjord from another hilltop - in clear weather, you can see the edge of the Ice Sheet 65 kilometres away. Overnight in Ilimanaq.

Day 11 Ilimanaq Day at Leisure 
Today relax at the Lodge or join an optional full day guided hike to visit the glacier at the top of the Tasiusaq Fjord. Using off-road vehicles and a boat trip on the fjord, you will experience the spectacular nature of the area around the Sarqardliup Glacier – part of Greenland’s enormous inland ice sheet. 2nd overnight in Ilimanaq.  

Day 12 Ilimanaq - Eqi Glacier
Today we sail northwards from Ilimanaq to the Eqi Glacier, looking out for seals and whales. As we reach Eqi, the boat sails close to the impressive glacier front, where you may be lucky enough to witness small calvings. Afterward, we go ashore at the Glacier Lodge Eqi, located in the middle of nature with beautiful direct views of the glacier. We will spend the night in small and cozy private wooden cabins - the cabins have no running water, electricity or sanitary facilities, and have a gas stove for heating and candles as a light source. 

Your guide will offer you a choice of hiking trips in the area, including trips to the lagoon and the moraine, which offers a spectacular view of the Eqi Glacier. Join a hiking trip or meditate amid the harsh, desolate and beautiful landscape – perhaps out on the cabin’s terrace.

Day 13 Eqi Glacier- Ilulissat: Day at Leisure
Return by boat to Ilulissat and there enjoy the town at your own pace - go for a hike in the mountains, and enjoy the atmosphere of the town and the dazzling midnight sun. Farewell dinner and overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 14 lulissat – Reykjavik
Transfer to the airport for the flight from Ilulissat to Reykjavik Domestic Airport. On arrival at the airport your tour arrangements end.

2020 departures: 27 June; 04, 11 and 25 July; 08 August

Includes: 1 night at Hotel Narsarsuaq (with private facilities), 2 nights at Igaliku Country Hotel (with shared facilities), 1 night at Hotel Qaqortoq (with private facilities), 2 nights at Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk (with private facilities), 2 nights at Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat (with private facilities), 2 nights in Ilimanaq Lodge in private cabin; 1 night at Glacier Lodge Eqi in private cabin, 2 nights on coastal ferry in private cabin with full board, breakfast daily, welcome dinner in Narsarsuaq, full board in Igaliku Country Hotel +  on ferry + in Ilimanaq Lodge + in Glacier Lodge Eqi, 1 dinner in Nuuk, 1 dinner at Hotel Arctic, guided hikes as mentioned in the itinerary, boat travel as mentioned in the itinerary; transfers in Greenland, flights Reykjavik Domestic Airport – Narsarsuaq, Nuuk – Ilulissat, Ilulissat – Reykjavik Domestic Airport.

Excludes: beverages with dinners and on board ferry; optional excursions.

Maximum group size: maximum 11 persons

Tour costs are based upon a certain package price class on the included flights. If this class has sold out, the final price may be higher and will depend upon the availability of other classes at the time of booking.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 12591.00
Single AUD$ 14487.00

Includes: 1 night at Hotel Narsarsuaq (with private facilities), 2 nights at Igaliku Country Hotel (with shared facilities), 1 night at Hotel Qaqortoq (with private facilities), 2 nights at Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk (with private facilities), 2 nights at Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat (with private facilities), 2 nights in Ilimanaq Lodge in private cabin; 1 night at Glacier Lodge Eqi in private cabin, 2 nights on coastal ferry in private cabin, breakfast daily, welcome dinner in Narsarsuaq, full board in Igaliku Country Hotel +  on ferry + in Ilimanaq Lodge + in Glacier Lodge Eqi, 1 dinner in Nuuk, 1 dinner at Hotel Arctic, guided hikes as mentioned in the itinerary, boat travel as mentioned in the itinerary; transfers in Greenland, flights Reykjavik Domestic Airport – Narsarsuaq, Nuuk – Ilulissat, Ilulissat – Reykjavik Domestic Airport.

Tour costs are based upon a certain package price class on the included flights. If this class has sold out, the final price may be higher and will depend upon the availability of other classes at the time of booking.