Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland

Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland

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! 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Kayaking, Hiking, Glacier Views, Iceberg Views, Camping, Wildlife Observation, Settlement Visit
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Narsaq, Narsarsuaq, Qooroq Icefjord
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00, We will send flight information.

Reykjavik or Copenhagen

Check in opens two hours prior to the flight. Make sure to be at the airport in time and check in at least one hour before departure.

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

  • 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: 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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Boat transfer to Narsaq town, our kayaking base


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Days 2 to 13. Kayaking journey


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Stay in Narsaq or optional excursion to Qaqortoq


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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 - Transfer to Narsarsuaq airport. Helicopter optional excursion.


Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland


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.


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