Land of Erik the Red | South Greenland
Come along this adventure to the land of Erik The Red! This adventure is for anyone interested in the hidden arctic gems, searching for vanished ages within Greenland, from the ice filled passages to the ancient Norse ruins!
South Greenland is famous for its fruitful arctic tundra, blue and white nuanced ice azures and norse history, that you will get to experience, explore and examine in the wild, wonderful and vast South Greenland.
Erik The Red was declared lawless in both Norway and Iceland, therefore his crimes lead him to Greenland. From here Erik The Red created Brattahlid – the bishopric and lured around 4000 norsemen to Greenland, due to the enchanting name he gave the country. Today marks of their existence are visible and Erik The Red still haunts the surrounding fjord, as his name lives on.
You are going to travel through the Qooroq Icefjord to a branch of the Greenland ice cap. The wonders of the arctic will drain you emotionally with its beauty, as you travel through the the bodies of frozen waters. Furthermore you will be exploring vanished ages!
Erik The Reds fjord, is famous for being one of the most beautiful and charming places in all of Greenland, and the journey to destinations are worth the trip itself.
The itinerary is described below.
Pull on your warmest hat and tie your hiking boots on this mesmerizing South Greenlandic adventure! Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Choose a date’’ above.
- Available: Jun. - Sep.
- Duration: 4 days
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Culture, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Iceberg Watching
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
In Greenland you will find historical traces from the Norsemen who led by Eric the Red came to the country around year 985. In South Greenland you will find many well kept ruins, some are now a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kujataa.
Greenland is an exquisite scenery, a place where the forces of nature dominates with its unfenced wilderness. Between the enormous distances and variety of contrasts, you will always be surrounded by enchanting landscapes diverging themselves from the rest of the world, but in particular there are places classified as the world’s wonders The Ilulissat Ice Fjord and Kujaata.
Ilulissat Kangia | Ilulissat Icefjord
Ilulissat Icefjord has been protected since 2004, for its distinguished beauty for future generations to protect, preserve and enjoy, a natural heritage that is both an irreplaceable source of life and inspiration. The distinguished beauty is recognized to be the many calving icebergs originating from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.
The world’s wonder is situated 69 degrees north on the west coast of Greenland. Ilulissat Icefjord, starts from Disko Bay all the way to the Sermerq Kujalleq glacier connected to The Greenland Ice Cap.
The World Heritage area shields 4,024 KM2 of land, where you also will be able to experience mountains more than 500 meters high, glacial lake and newly ice-free zones.
Kujataa | South Greenland
Kujataa is a distinguished proof of human settlements, where distinguished farming traditions have been made and modified to challenging and fragile climate between the Labrador Sea and the Greenland icecap.
In this region the Norsemen and Inuit have practiced farming and sea mammal hunting, and passed on a culture of Agriculture for generation for preserve, enjoy and protect.
There are several UNESCO Heritage sides spread around the Kujataa region.
Departure time : Afternoon departure
Keflavík International Airport
Flights Keflavik-Narsarsuaq-Keflavik with airport taxes
Airport and boat transfers in Greenland as per itinerary
Double/twin room with shared facilities
Guided boat trip to to Qooroq Ice fjord
What to bring:
Good hiking shoes
Clothes; Insulating layer
Water- & windproof Garments
Gloves & warm caps
Summer season extras
Good to know:
Please note: Schedules may change in case of unfavourable weather conditions.
Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
Day 1 - Arrival in Narsarsuaq
Today your adventure starts with departing from Keflavik International Airport, where a 3 hour flight is ahead of you. Feel the excitement and find your inner explorer as you set out into the clear Icelandic sky. The journey from Keflavik to Narsarsuaq is always mesmerizing, as you venture high above the fruitful arctic tundra and the ice filled fjords.
When arriving in Narsarsuaq, you will stay overnight.
Narsarsuaq is a former military base, and today an airport settlement. Situated in the Erik The Reds fjord, Narsarsuaq is the gate to South Greenland. With Narsarsuaq as your first destination, you are set for the adventure. Today you and your fellow explorers will hike ''The big plain'', that is the meaning of the name Narsarsuaq.
There is easy access to the Greenland ice sheet, as it is only 6 kilometers away from the settlement. Furthermore traces of the second world war are scattered across the area, explore abandoned factories and get an insight to the involvement of Greenland in the second world war. If not interested in history, explore the beautiful surroundings. Narsarsuaq has its own forrest, planted by the inhabitants of the settlement. The arctic forrest is to be explored by you, in the presence of arctic hares, foxes and eagles.
Day 2 - Daytrip to Qassiarsuk
Your adventure starts with sailing across the bay, to Qassiarsuk. It is a small journey to the charming village, but the beauty of the tour, will leave you longing for more of the South Greenlandic Nature.
Centuries of sheep farming and agriculture both by the norsemen and the Greenlandic people, is to be explored.
The village Qassiarsuk was established by Erik the red and became the Norsemen's stronghold, Brattahlíð. The establishment of agriculture and sheep farming, is still in continuance today.
Qassiarsuk holds an open air museum, that is the reconstruction of Erik The Reds Farm and Thjodhild's church. Explore the reconstruction, hike the surrounding area and chat with a local.
Day 3 - Daytrip to Igaliku
Igaliku is known, as the most beautiful settlement in all of Greenland. At the bottom of its very own fjord, lies the charming village surrounded by sky high mountain tins, fruitful arctic tundra and passing icebergs.
When going a shore you will be enchanted by the beautiful surroundings. Your adventure starts by hiking the Kings road, that will lead to Igaliku. Sky high mountain tins with powder white snow resting at their peaks, colorful flowers and grassing sheep, is to be taken in on this breathtaking excursion.
The settlement is a popular vacation destination for the Greenlandic people, as the stunning surroundings provide balm for the soul, and so does the wonderful people of the settlement. Rent a kayak and paddle to the rhythm of the ocean or search for vanished ages!
Day 4 - Departure day
Today your adventure ends, but not before exploring Qooroq ice fjord. Store your luggage at the hotel, before setting out on your adventure. You will be sailing on a guided tour, in the presence of majestic icebergs with the mission of reaching a branch of the Greenland ice cap. When traveling Qooroq ice fjord, you are moving between chunks of ice, that will provide you with your need of adrenaline rushes. Stand on deck and let the arctic winds slip through your finger tips, as you enjoy your last moments in Greenland.
You will depart with an evening flight for Keflavik international airport.