Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland

Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland
Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland
Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland
Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland
Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland
Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland
Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland

Not many let's their chances of seeing northern lights pass by. Do you? 

Not many let's their chances of seeing Greenland pass by. Do you?

Northern lights are one of the most amazing things the nature can create. And where are one of the best places in the world to see it? That's right - Greenland. 

This tour will aim to see the northern lights. It will take you to the exact same spot as where astronomers go to study the night sky - and the northern lights. Note that this, of course, can't be guaranteed. But note also, that Greenland, and this tour, has a lot more to offer than the beautiful northern lights. 

This tour will also take you to places, placed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It will take you to small villages and towns. It will take you to lakes, valleys and to mountains with perfectly beauitful viewpoints. 

The land, covered by ice being more than 400.000 years old, will also take you to see some of the incredible things the nature can create by beeing cold and snowy. When we can't promise you to see the northern lights with a 100% chance (even though the chances are high) - then we have to promise you something else with a 100% chance. You will definetely get to see the Inland Ice, huge Icebergs and massive glaciers. 

Would you let your chance of seeing this pass by. Really? 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Kayaking, Hiking, Northern Lights, Glacier Watching, Iceberg Watching, Camping, Settlement Visit
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Narsaq, Norse Ruins, UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland, Icecap, Qooroq Icefjord
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : We will send flight information.

You meet us at the departure location.
Reykjavik or Copenhagen
Included:
  • Return flights between Reykjavik Domestic Airport-Narsarsuaq (excl. taxes)

  • Or return flights between Copenhagen-Narsarsuaq (excl. taxes) if you book the supplement for Copenhagen departure

  • English speaking expedition guide

  • Transfers in Greenland according to daily itinerary (according to itinerary)

  • Full board (all meals during tour, except lunch on flight days)

  • Accommodation according to itinerary (tent and hostel)

  • Camping equipment

  • RIB boat travel equipment

  • Tour of Brattahlid ruins

  • Greenlandic farewell dinner

  • Any other aspect not listed as "Included”

  • Accommodation, transfers and food in Reykjavík or Copenhagen

  • Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays.

  • Optional excursions

  • Lunch on flight days

  • Travel insurance

  • Airport taxes and fees (approx. 200€)


What to bring:
  • Good, practical clothes for outdoor activities. Bring layers, so you can regulate according to the temperature

  • Good boots for hiking

  • Wind- and waterproof outer wear

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion

  • Prescription medicine if necessary

  • Mosquito repellent


Good to know:

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy

The treks are quite easy, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, and suitable for most abilities. The excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone physically active and with an adventurous attitude. For the kayak optional excursion, previous experience in kayaking is not required.

The tour will only be confirmed if there are between 6 and 12 participants. Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions.

Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather.

In Greenland the currency used is Danish Kroner (DKK), foreign currency is not widely accepted. It is recommended to bring Danish Kroner. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required.

From mid August, there are chances of seeing northern lights.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Qassiarsuk - Viking Ruins


Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland


Flight from Keflavik (Iceland) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq (south Greenland). Reception at the airport and zodiac boat transfer to Qassiarsuk (former Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland) inscribed in 2017 on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants and guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid, 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 Viking house (spacious but cold) and an Eskimo dwelling (small but warmer), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and it definitely shows us how the Inuit knew how to adapt better to the progressive cooling of the climate. Dinner and overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.


Day 2 - Narsaq town and Qaleraliq glacier camp


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We will set off for Qaleraliq camp navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among icebergs. We will stop at Narsaq to visit the third most populated town in South Greenland (about 1,500 inhabitants). You will have free time to visit the museum, fish market, fur shops… before boarding the boat again to navigate towards the Inlandis. We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. and, obviously, enjoying the absence of light pollution. Lecture about the Northern Lights from a scientific point of view. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.


Day 3 - The Great Ice Cap View


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After breakfast, hiking to the Tasersuatsiaq lake and climb up a mountain 400 metres high, from which we will have the view of the immense Polar Ice Cap and the Nunataks or floating landmarks on the ice sheet. We will have many opportunities to see caribou, polar fox and hare, which are plentiful in the area. In the afternoon we will have time for fishing or pick mushrooms and blueberries. Lecture and discussion on climate change and its effects on the country. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.


Day 4 - Glacier fronts and Ice hiking


Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland


We will navigate along the vertical glacier fronts on a zodiac boat. These glacier fronts extended in only one, but the dramatic progress of climate change divided it in three glacier fronts. From there we will start the Inlandis tongue hiking. An impressive hike using crampons where we will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, and seracs which give an labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge of the excusion to ensure the safety of the group, while he shares with us his knowledge about the characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. Lecture about the Northern Lights from a mythological point of view. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.


Day 5 - Igaliku and Qooroq ice fjord navigation


Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland


Return navigation from Qaleraliq to Qassiarsuk, reaching the pontoon of Itilleq first. Easy hike to cross the Path of the Kings to the idyllic Igaliku, a small inuit settlement where one finds the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese of Viking Greenland. In the afternoon, on our way to Qassiarsuk, we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on… The Endurance! After staying and enjoying a hot shower at the hostel, lecture on the history and evolution of the Greenlandic people through time. Dinner and overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.


Day 6 - Tasiusaq, the kayaking amid icebergs spot


Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland


Hiking to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by icebergs. This is not the only sheep farm of the area and we can continue our walk to reach the idyllic Nunataaq with sights of the Eqaloruutsit glacier. Later, after the picnic, it’s time for action: optional kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest spots in southern Greenland (75€ , minimum 2 participants). Accommodation at the Tasiusaq hostel or hike back to Qassiarsuk and accommodation at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.


Day 7 - Flower Valley hiking and Kiattut glacier


Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland


In the morning we will cross the fjord towards Narsarsuaq area. Then, after a short transfer by car, we will walk through the Flower Valley until we can see the Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the Polar Ice Cap and its nunataks (floating landmarks on the ice sheet). Flower Valley is one of the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Farewell dinner will be made of inuit dishes as whale, seal, caribou, etc. Night at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.


Day 8 - Return to Denmark


Northern Lights Explorer | South Greenland


Once in Narsarsuaq we have time to visit the local museum, the Bluie West One, former US military base untouched since the Second World War. Flight from Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen


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