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Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland

Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland

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 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 high likely on this tour, as you'll be in the middle of it (the 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. Whatelse 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. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Kayaking & SUP, Hiking, Glacier Views, Iceberg Views, Camping, Wildlife Observation
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Narsaq, Narsarsuaq, Qooroq Icefjord
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : We will send flight information.

Reykjavik or Copenhagen
You meet us at the departure location.
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

  • Any other aspect not listed as "Included”

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

  • Accommodation, transfers and food in Reykjavík or Copenhagen

  • Optional excursion

  • Last day dinner in Narsaq and 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 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 a 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



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Flight from Copenhagen to Southern Greenland


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


Reception at the Narsarsuaq airport by our English speaking guide and boat transfer to the city of Narsaq. Once settled in our “Kayak Hostel” off we go to our supply store to get kitted out with clothing and navigation accessories. Night in the hostel.


Day 2 - Nuulussuaq peninsula


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


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, full of ringed seals, there is usually a greater density of ice, slowing down the kayak and sometimes even blocking access at certain locations. When we start the crossing to Nuulussuaq peninsula through we get the first views of the Inlandis, the polar cap. Once we arrive to Nulussuaq, we will install our camp and have a spot which was one of the Viking settlements in South Greenland. Night in tents.


Day 3 - Naajaat Sermiat, first Glacier Front


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


We will paddle through a setting of low-slung islands, with waterfalls and alongside leafy tundra which contrasts with the blue and white of the icebergs. Kayaking among ice provides us a special feeling of Arctic Nature. We will sail in Maniitsup Tunua fjord, surrounded by the peninsulas of Maniitsop, Niaqornap Nunaa and Nuulussuaq. We are just in front of the ice cap, camping no so far away from Naajaat Sermiat Glacier Font. This is time to allow our senses to enjoy the unbelievable views of one of the oldest masses of ice in the planet. Night in tents.


Day 4 - Qaleraliq glacier fronts sight


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


Today, we are sailing around Akuliaruseq island (also named Caribou island) which may allow us to admire this fauna approaching the coast or include the glacier front. Sailing along Qaleraliq fjord, we will arrive to Qaleraliq glacier with its three glacier tongues nearly 10 km wide. We will camp in a sandy beach and, if weather conditions and time allow it, we will ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq lake and his privileged vista of the infinite Inlandis or the inland ice sheet of Greenland. At night, enjoying the thundering sound of the seracs breaking away in the area’s magical silence. Night in tents.


Day 5 - Glacier hiking


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


After breakfast we paddle for about 4 kilometers until the end of the fjord. Then, the hike is going to be a easy climb along the last ice tongue, enjoying the sights of the rimayas (transverse cracks) as we approach the moraine that leads to the immense icy plateau to the north of the island. Back on the kayaks we will continue the navigation along the glacier fronts, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls. We will install our camp in Caribou island. Night in tents.


Day 6 - Ikersuaq Fjord


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


We are about 15 miles from Qingaarsuup Island, where we are heading to today. After going around Maniitsoq Island we take a new route to the large Ikersuaq fjord, facing again the huge icebergs and ice arcs of the Eqalorutsit glacier. Seals, of course, but this is also an area where the chances of seeing whales are greatest. Night in tents.


Day 7 - Qingaarsuup, Narsaq town


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


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. Free time to stroll around in the city to see the museum, the inuit market, the church or the leather shop among others. Night in the Kayak Hostel.


Day 8 - Flight to Reykjavik or Copenhagen


Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland


Boat transfer to Narsarsuaq, where we can visit the Bluie West One Museum, former US military base frozen in time since the Second World War.

Qooroq Ice Fjord optional excursion: Sea route to Qooroq Ice Fjord, the most active glacier in southern Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. You can’t imagine the sight of huge icebergs floating chaotically around us! (76 € per person, 6 participants minimum).

Flight Narsarsuaq-Copenhagen.


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