Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland

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Reykjavik or Copenhagen
Duration:
8 days
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Demanding
Available:
Jun. - Sep.

Take one week out of the calendar to go to Greenland and explore its pure, magical nature. Come hide from the civilization for one whole week on this kayaking and ice trekking expedition!

On this 8-day tour you will be spending most of your time in a kayak, paddling through the southern part of Greenland. You will be paddling through, pass and among icebergs, Ice, glaciers, mountains, minor islands, waterfalls, tundras and much more. The odds of seeing seals, humpback whales, northern lights, ice falling off an iceberg are highly likely on this tour, as you'll be in the middle of it (nature) the whole time. 

Don't you worry. There'll also be time to be a little civilized so you can get to see and get an idea of the Greenlandic culture. Saving the best for last we'll be visiting a town at the end of the tour. You will get time to explore the town and to get a feeling of a small, unique Greenlandic town.  So, if you like kayaking. If you love sleeping in tents, on sandy beaches, under the stars and under the northern lights. If you like paddling through the pure nature and hiking on glaciers. If you'd always dreamed about catching your first fish. What else is there to think about? This tour is perfect for you. 

Why visit Greenland? Lonely Planet must have ranked it the #9 country to see for a reason. Book your wilderness adventure today, by pressing ' Choose a date' above!

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 (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

Attractions

Narsaq
Narsarsuaq
Qooroq Icefjord

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 1

Flight from Copenhagen to Southern Greenland

The first day of your exhilarating kayaking and ice-trekking adventure in South Greenland.

You will be welcomed at the reception at Narsarsuaq airport by our English speaking guide and transfer by boat to the city of Narsaq. Narsaq is located approx. 45 kilometres from Narsarsuaq.

You will be spending the night at the “Kayak Hostel”. During the day, you have time to get kitted out with clothing and navigation accessories. Your guide will do a short introduction to equipment.

Day 2
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 2

Nuulussuaq peninsula

Your second day in Greenland brings you to sea!

Transport by zodiac boat to Qingaarsup island, where we will start the kayak expedition. We will follow the coast along the ice-covered fiord among the icebergs coming from Eqalorutsit glacier. In this area, that is full of ringed seals, there is usually a greater density of ice, that slows down the kayaking and sometimes even blocking access at certain locations. When we start the crossing to Nuulussuaq peninsula through we get the first views of the Greenland Icecap. Once we arrive at Nulussuaq, we will set up camp.

The area is known to be one of the few Viking settlements in South Greenland. We will be spending the night in tents.

Day 3
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 3

Naajaat Sermiat, first Glacier Front

The third day of this adventure, bring you to the glacier branch, Naajaat Sermiat by kayak.

We will paddle through a set of islands, with waterfalls and alongside luscious tundra which contrasts with the blue sea and white icebergs.

Kayaking among icebergs provides us with a special feeling of Arctic Nature. We will sail in Maniitsup Tunua fjord, surrounded by the peninsulas of Maniitsop, Niaqornap Nunaa and Nuulussuaq.

We'll be spending the night not far away from Naajaat Sermiat Glacier Font. The view of the Icecap enables us to enjoy the unbelievable views of one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet. Night in tents.

Day 4
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 4

Qaleraliq glacier fronts sight

The fourth day of this exhilarating adventure includes two highlights: Qaleraliq Glacier and a hike to Tasersuatsiaq lake.

First off we will be sailing around Akuliaruseq island (also named Caribou island). Enroute we can admire the incredible landscape of flora and fauna. Next up we will be sailing along Qaleraliq fjord. In Qaleraliq, we will stop at the Qaleraliq glacier and its three glacier tongues that are nearly 10 km wide.

We will camp on a sandy beach near the glacier and, if weather conditions and time allow it, we will ascent to the plateau of Tasersuatsiaq lake. From here we will be able to see the infinite Inlandis or the inland ice sheet of Greenland.

Night in tents.

Day 5
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 5

Glacier hiking

Highlights of the 5th day are glacier trekking on Qaleraliq Glacier, iceberg and Caribou Island.

After breakfast, we'll paddle for about 4 kilometres, to the end of the Qaleraliq fjord. From here we will hike to the Qalleraliq glacier. We’ll cross the glacier by trekking to enjoy views of the steep crevasses of ice and drains. A unique opportunity to cross one of the worlds oldest glaciers.

The tour will continue by kayak the glacier fronts of the three glacier tounges of Qaleraliq to admire the beauty of vertical ice walls. We will continue further out to sea, for about 10 kilometres to follow the many voyaging icebergs of Qaleraliq.

We will install our camp on Caribou Island. Night in tents.

Day 6
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 6

Ikersuaq Fjord

Your 6th day in Greenland brings you to Qingaarsuup Island and Ikersuaq fjord

There are about 15 miles from Qaleraliq to Qingaarsuup Island. En route, we will kayak through the large Ikersuaq Fjord, where we will sail in between the Iceberg, originating from the Eqalorutsit and Qorooq glacier. The chances for seeing whales and seals are especially high, as they are common visitors of the area.

Night in tents.

Day 7
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland - day 7

Qingaarsuup, Narsaq town

Your last day of kayaking brings you back to Narsaq, but first, we will stop by Qinngarsuup Island.

If the ice conditions do not allow us sailing directly to Qinngarsuup Island, we will cross Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay and the island of Tuttutooq. Tuttutooaq is a former Inuit settlement called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen.

Dependent on the length of the route, our kayaking will continue towards Narsaq, or we might transfer by boat to Narsaq. In Narsaq you have free time to stroll around the city

Your last night will be spend in the Kayak Hostel.

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

Flight to Reykjavik or Copenhagen

Boat transfer to Narsarsuaq, where we can visit the Bluie West One Museum, former US military base dating back to the Second World War.

During the booking process, you can book an optional excursion to Qooroaq Icefjord by boat

Qooroq is one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland. We will by boat, sail in between the icebergs, for as long as safety allows. You can’t imagine the sight of huge icebergs floating chaotically around us!

Flight back to Iceland or 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 & net
Fleece or wollen hat
Peak cap ( to use with the mosquito net)
A pair of light waterproof torusers
Fleece jacket & light/midweight fleece or jumper
Thermal underwear ( 3 t-shirts)
Thermal leggins
Comfortable trousers ( to wear during the treks)
Polar Buff
Neoprene gloves
Fleece gloves
Waterproof - GoreTex gloves
Waterproof - GoreTex Treeking high boots
4 pairs of socks
Flip-flops, crocs or similar footwear
Sleeping bag ( If possible for -10 celcius)
Mattress pad
Head torch
Light water bottle

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 it 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 4 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 travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or canceled 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, a PIN-code is required.

From mid August, there are chances of seeing northern lights

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