Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland

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No booking fees
Duration
15 days
Difficulty
Hard
Language
English
Available
Jul. - Aug.

Let's go kayaking 170 km through Greenlands most beautiful nature. Let's go climbing to some of Greenlands highest peaks. Let's combine these two things and make an adventure. 

Greenland is the world's biggest Island and what better way to be exploring this than by doing a 15-day tour? 

You will be followed by a guide who'll show you the prettiest and the must-see-places in the southern part of Greenland. He/she'll fill you in on everything to make sure that returning from this holiday, have not only given you an adventure of a lifetime and great photos, but also a big knowledge of the world's biggest Island. 

Some nights will be spent in tents, this higher your chances of seeing the northern lights. What would be more perfect? 

So what will I get to see? 

Icebergs, giant glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, fjords, The Inland Ice, museums, villages and towns, green hills, you might see seals and whales and much, much more. 

Are you ready to pack your hiking boats? Are you ready to paddle through the southern part of Greenland? Let's go! 

Included

Return flights between Reykjavik-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 (between Narsaq and Narsarsuaq)
Full board (all meals during tour, except lunch on flight days)
Accommodation according to itinerary (tent and hostel)
Kayak and equipment rental
Camping equipment
RIB boat travel equipment

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Kayaking & SUP
Hiking
Glacier Views
Iceberg Views
Camping
Wildlife Observation
Settlement Visit

Attractions

Narsaq
Qaqortoq
Norse Ruins
Narsarsuaq
Qooroq Icefjord

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 1

Boat transfer to Narsaq town, our kayaking base

Welcome at the airport by our english speaking guide and transfer by zodiac boat to the city of Narsaq. Once settled in our hostel off we go to our supply store to get kitted out with kayaks, paddles, clothing and navigation accessories. If conditions permit, we make first contact with water to get familiar with the use of the rudder. Dinner and overnight stay at the Kayak Hostel.

Day 2
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 2

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

We start the journey crossing the great fjord of Narsaq, sailing among icebergs heading southwest toward Tuttutooq Island. The landscape is one of low mountains with waterfalls running into the sea and the constant presence of seals. We travel parallel to the coast, doing some trekking and sheltered by the islands until we reach the cabin of Ujaraq, a local fisherman. Depending on the weather and how the journey progresses, the guide will decide whether to circumnavigate Tuttutooq island or take the “shortcut” to the Qaleraliq fjord: carrying our kayaks over an isthmus for 400 meters and arriving at a point right across from the fjord that leads directly to the Qaleraliq glaciers, the Perito Moreno of the Arctic. Nights spent in a tent.

Day 3
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 3

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

Torsukattak fjord zone

Firstly, we cross the wide Kerssuaq fjord, often plagued by ice and with luck visited by whales. We spend two days skirting the coast in a northeast direction through an area relatively unchartered by kayakers, approaching the mouth of the Torsukattak fjord and its islands until we reach the Qaleraliq Fjord. Nights spent in a tent.

Day 4
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 4

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

Towards Qaleraliq glacier

The next stage is a beautiful 15 km sail along the cliffs before reaching the three gigantic Qaleraliq glaciers, the gateway to the 2,500 kilometers of icy plateau leading to the northern coast of Greenland. It goes without saying that the spectacle, seen and heard from our silent kayaks, is awesome… Still surprised by the intermittent roar of cracking or seracs collapsing into the sea, we set up camp on a sandy beach. After a break, we trek up to Lake Tasersuatsiaq, where we have a privileged view point of the infinite Inlandis or Greenlandic ice cap. We are in caribou, arctic fox and hare country. Night spent in a tent.

Day 5
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 5

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

The Ice

After breakfast and dismantling the tents, we sail to the end of the fjord, disembarking to enter the perpetual Inlandis ice-sheet. It is about four hours of hiking, enjoying the sights of the rimayas or large transverse cracks, as we reach the great moraine (mixture of ice and sediment) following our guide’s instructions. The return journey will take us back to our kayaks, where we set camp for the night. Night spent in a tent.

Day 6
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 6

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

Glacier Fronts

The easiest and probably the most spectacular day: we travel by kayak around all the Qaleraliq glaciers to set up camp on nearby Caribou Island. Night spent in a tent.

Day 7
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 7

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

Sermiat Naajaat Glacier

Once we backtrack Qaleraliq Fjord, we set sail in a north-eastern direction, circumnavigating the island of Akuliaruseq (also called caribou because of their presence there) to visit the two Naajaat Sermiat glaciers. This is the day we cover the most ground but by now our muscles are up to the challenge! Night spent in a tent.

Day 8
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 8

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

Qingaarsuup Island

Today we head towards Qingaarsuup Island, our second last objective. We camp next to a cabin and have an easy trek up to get a unique view of Inlandis and much of the route traveled during the previous days. By now we are already expert salmon fishermen and gatherers of mushrooms and wild blueberries (from August), tasty and rich in vitamin C. Night spent in a tent.

Day 9
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 9

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

From Qingaarsuup to Narsaq town

We will cross the Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay in the island of Tuttutooq. This was a inuit settlement called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen. Our kayaking will continue towards Narsaq or we might be ending here and be transferred by boat to Narsaq. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 10
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 10

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

From Qingaarsuup to Narsaq town

We will cross the Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay in the island of Tuttutooq. This was a inuit settlement called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen. Our kayaking will continue towards Narsaq or we might be ending here and be transferred by boat to Narsaq. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 11
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 11

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

From Qingaarsuup to Narsaq town

We will cross the Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay in the island of Tuttutooq. This was a inuit settlement called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen. Our kayaking will continue towards Narsaq or we might be ending here and be transferred by boat to Narsaq. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 12
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 12

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

From Qingaarsuup to Narsaq town

We will cross the Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay in the island of Tuttutooq. This was a inuit settlement called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen. Our kayaking will continue towards Narsaq or we might be ending here and be transferred by boat to Narsaq. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 13
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 13

Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey

From Qingaarsuup to Narsaq town

We will cross the Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay in the island of Tuttutooq. This was a inuit settlement called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen. Our kayaking will continue towards Narsaq or we might be ending here and be transferred by boat to Narsaq. Accommodation in hostel.

Day 14
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 14

Stay in Narsaq or optional excursion to Qaqortoq

Free time to visit Narsaq town: the museum, the inuit market, the church or the leather shop. Option of a small hike to nearby mountains.

Optional: Excursion to Qaqortoq town (125 €) and the norse ruins of Hvalsey Church (180 €)

Boat transfer to Qaqortoq, described as the most charming town in all Greenland. Time to take a stroll around the city, while you enjoy the beauty of its colourful buildings and the awe-inspiring landscapes. Explore on your own the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church or the only fountain in the country. Then, we will pursue our sailing from Qaqortoq to visit the best preserved norse ruins in Greenland. We sail past the large island of Arpatsivik, the norse “Hvalsey” or Whale Island, and into the Hvalseyfjördur, where the church ruins stand in a quiet and peaceful setting. In the afternoon, boat transfer way back to Narsaq.

Accommodation at the Kayak Hostel in Narsaq.

Day 15
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland - day 15

Transfer to Narsarsuaq airport. Helicopter optional excursion.

Boat transfer from Narsaq to Narsarsuaq, where we have time to walk around in the area or visit the Bluie West One museum, US militay base frozen in time since the Second World War. Also it is possible to enjoy a unforgettable helicopter flight over viewing the South Greenland’s fjord system surrounded by the polar ice cap. This is a 32 minutes flight with a 30 minutes ground stop on a fantastic and unique view point, very close to the ice cap. Price: 2.980 DKK (400 €) per person (minimum 4 participants). The helicopter trip depends upon availability of air craft. Need to be reserved with some days in advance.

Flight Narsarsuaq-Copenhagen.

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: Active.

Since we will be sailing in an area of calm water and because of the stability of our double kayaks, previous experience in kayaking is not required (although is recommended). However, given that this trip is more sports based than other expeditions, good overall physical condition is required as well as being aware of the effort involved.

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.

We recommend you confirm Optional Excursions at the time of booking.

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