Grand Tour of Greenland

Independent
From Narsarsuaq to Nuuk & magical Ilulissat
8 days
Jun - Aug
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With departures from Copenhagen or Reykjavik, discover a variety of wild nature in beautiful South Greenland, as well as learn about the fascinating Viking history.

Start in fjordside Narsarsuaq, where people have lived for thousands of years. The town's name even suggests an Arctic forest covered the large plain. With the first visitors taking stories back home, of verdant nature in a deep fjord, it is thought that the name Greenland originated here. 

Then to Nuuk, the country's capital and a town full of contrasts. Old cultures and Arctic nature combines, while high quality art and craft works cab be found. The National Museum houses a wonderful collection of artifacts and exhibits related to archaeology, history, art and handicrafts, plus the world famous Qilakitsoq Mummies. 

Finally, llulissat, town of the Icebergs, with dramatic views of the World Heritage Listed site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

Day 1 Copenhagen or Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq
Make your own way to the airport for your flight to Greenland. On arrival, meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, a welcome meeting is followed by a guided walk around the settlement. A Welcome Dinner will be held this evening, at your hotel.

Day 2 Viking Ruins and Qooroq Glacier Cruise Greenland Ice Cap
Your guided tour this morning takes you to the Viking ruins. Cross Erik’s Fjord by boat and disembark at Qassiarsuk sheep breeding settlement; the exact spot where Erik the Red settled in 985AD and named his farm Brattahlið. We visit the farm ruins and as Thorhildur's church, the first Christian church on the American continent. This afternoon, you will see the Greenland Ice Cap which produces 250 million tonnes of icebergs per year, that break off the glaciers. Close to Narsarsuaq, Qooroq Glacier fills up the fjord with beautiful icebergs. Your guided cruise takes you as close to the calving glacier as possible, before the Captain turns off the engine to enjoy the silence. The only sound is the creaking ice. Light refreshments included.

Day 3 Day At Leisure for Optional Excursions
Today can be spent relaxing or you may like to do one of the following optional excursions:

Guided excursion to Igaliku Village (8hrs) – Travel by boat through ice-filled Erik's Fjord to Itilleq, then we start on our 3km walk to Igaliku. This beautiful old village has the ruins of a Viking Cathedral and Bishop's farm. After lunch, we walk back through the village to Itilleq and once again by boat, we return to Narsarsuaq.
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Guided hike to the Ice Cap (8hrs) - We journey by bus as far as the road takes us, then walk through Flower Valley with its colourful, sub-arctic flora. Lunch is enjoyed, 300m up the mountain with great views over the glacier and Ice Cap. For participants in good physical shape, it will be possible to walk down and touch the Ice Cap. (This hike is for those who can walk at least 6km in mountain terrain).

Day 4 Fly Narsarsuaq-Nuuk
Greenland’s small capital is a charming town with traditional, brightly coloured houses. Transfer to your hotel for check-in, then enjoy a tour including the harbour areas, Our Saviours Church built in 1894 and Parliament. Also visit the National Museum where our guide shows us the famous Qilakitsoq mummies, Greenland’s national costume and the qajaq. The remainder of the day is at leisure, for you to further explore at your own pace.

Day 5 Fly Nuuk-Ilulissat
Transfer to the airport for your flight from Nuuk to Ilulissat, where you will meet your guide. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and an information meeting. Afterwards, your guide will take you on a walk so you can become acquainted with the town of Ilulissat (Greenlandic for icebergs). This wonderful town with 4600 inhabitants is situated 200km north of the Polar Circle and is one of the world’s best spots for seeing gigantic, naturally sculpted icebergs, as they break off rugged glaciers and start their final journey towards the open sea. Time at leisure to enjoy your surroundings. Tonight, you will enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel. Ulo Restaurant specialises in the freshest produce, with local staples including seaweed, musk ox, Greenland halibut and Greenlandic herbs.

Day 6 Sermermiut Walk to the Icebergs and Sunset Cruise Amongst the Icebergs.
Start today with a guided walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut (3hrs). Travel by bus as far as possible, then walk from the old helicopter base along a stable wooden boardwalk, down to UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord. At Sermermiut, traces from the three old Inuit cultures can still be seen. This fertile valley is the perfect place to enjoy Greenlandic flora as well as fantastic icebergs. Light refreshments are included.

Enjoy some time at leisure until your evening cruise amongst the icebergs (2.5hrs). The Midnight Sun’s warm reds, yellow and oranges are all reflected on the gigantic icebergs and create a sight well worth seeing. You will cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late drink on the real ‘rocks’. Your cruise includes light refreshments.

Day 7 Day At Leisure for Optional Excursions
Today can be spent relaxing or you may like to do one of the following optional excursions:

Home Visit: Come join a local family for a cup of coffee. The Greenlanders are famous for welcoming visitors into their homes, inviting everyone over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The latest gossip is shared, and it will also be possible to see the national costume and learn about life so very isolated from the rest of the world. 1.5hrs duration.

Cruise to Eqi Glacier & Rodebay: This excursion combines a visit to the tiny settlement of Rodebay with a cruise in front of the 5 km wide Eqi glacier. The Eqi Glacier is very active so we hope for the unique sight of an iceberg “delivery”! This area is also an excellent place for spotting whales and hopefully the gentle giants of the sea will put in an appearance. Lunch or dinner included. 7hrs duration.

Fishing Tour: Sail to the fishing spot of the day, most probably near Bredebugt of the mouth of the Ililissat Ice Fjord. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while waiting for a chance to catch cod, halibut, redfish & catfish. Packed lunch included. 3hrs duration.

Visit the Greenlandic Huskies: Ilulissat is a dog sledding area in winter and the dogs in town are very happy to have summer visitors! Join in the feeding of a family of dogs; their owner will demonstrate the sledding equipment and tell you all about the lives of the sled dogs in Greenland. 1-1.5hrs duration..

Ilimanaq & Whale Safari: Visit the picturesque settlement of Ilimanaq combines with a whale safari cruise in Disko Bay to - humpback whales come to the Disko Bay to feed on capelin, a small herring-like fish. As they are a protected species, the whales are very trusting and can often be seen at very close range (sightings not guaranteed). A packed lunch is included. 6hrs duration.

Hike the Cecily Trail: Discover the different Arctic plants and beautiful icebergs floating in the Disko Bay on this guided full-day hike along the coast. Your guide tells you about the Cecily trail, named after an annual run from Rodebay to Ilulissat, used both by locals and for dog sledding in winter. Packed lunch included. Please note you have to be in good physical shape to participate in this medium level hike. 7-8hrs duration.

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at your hotel.

Day 8 Ilulissat – Reykjavik or Copenhagen
Ime for a good bye coffee with your guide at the hotel and the opportunity to talk about the great days you have just experienced, before transfer to the airport, for the flight Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen or Ilulissat-Reykjavik.

2019 departures:
8 days from Reykjavik every Tuesday from 26 June to 21 August
8 days from Copenhagen every Tuesday from mid-June until late August

Includes: flights as shown; airport transfers in Greenland; 7 hotel nights including breakfast; welcome + farewell meetings; guided walks in Narsarsuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat; 3 hotel dinners (Days 1, 5, 7); cruise and walk to the Viking ruins (3hrs), Qooroq Glacier  cruise to Inland Ice cap (4-5hrs); walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut (3hrs) and Sunset Icebergs Cruise (2.5hrs).

Excludes: Optional excursions, transfers in Reykjavik or Copenhagen.

Notes: Optional excursions in Greenland must be pre-booked.

For a similar tour, take a look at our cruise of the coast by local ferry in our Greenland from the Sea tour.

Please note: 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$ 9007.00
Single AUD$ 9582.00

Includes: flights as shown; airport transfers in Greenland; 7 hotel nights including breakfast; welcome + farewell meetings; guided walks in Narsarsuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat; 3 hotel dinners (Days 1, 5, 7); cruise and walk to the Viking ruins (3hrs), Qooroq Glacier  cruise to Inland Ice cap (4-5hrs); walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut (3hrs) and Sunset Icebergs Cruise (2.5hrs).

The prices shown here are for departures from Reykjavik.

Please note the 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.  

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 9381.00
Single AUD$ 9956.00

Includes: flights as shown; airport transfers in Greenland; 7 hotel nights including breakfast; welcome + farewell meetings; guided walks in Narsarsuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat; 3 hotel dinners (Days 1, 5, 7); cruise and walk to the Viking ruins (3hrs), Qooroq Glacier  cruise to Inland Ice cap (4-5hrs); walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut (3hrs) and Sunset Icebergs Cruise (2.5hrs).

The prices shown here are for departures from Copenhagen.

Please note the 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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