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, Sight Seeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Photography
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
South Greenland’s gates from the rest of the world. A unique place with easy access to plenty adventures. A place to experience the Greenland Ice cap, Glaciers, Norse ruins and sub arctic agriculture.
History & Background
Narsarsuaq is one of the few international airports in Greenland, with its 120 inhabitants. Because of the international airport the place is buzzing with life in the summer time. Throughout the year, many foreign visitors pass by enroute to one of the many South Greenlandic destinations. The international airport is the former US airbase Bluie West 1, and today you will find remains of the americans scattered along Narsarsuaq.
Narsarsuaq means ‘’The big plain’’ and is located at the bottom of Erik the Reds Fjord, on a huge flat plain made by glacier moraines and meltwater from the Icecap. Historically Narsarsuaq has only existed since 1941.
Nature & Surroundings
If arriving by plane to Narsarsuaq, you have probably already had a sneak peak of the area - when starting the descent over the vast white of the Greenlandic Ice Cap. Closing in above the soft rounded luscious mountain hills you get a view of the airport then turning over the fjord, just before approaching the runway. The location is perfect for new adventures with plenty of options in winter and summer. Narsarsuaq is the outdoor persons paradise, as there are great opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, sailing, kayaking, fishing and settlement visits.
Erik The Red’s Fjord | UNESCO
Due to its richly flowering subarctic vegetion, Tunnulliarfik fjord has been inhabited by the Thule-eskimos and the Norse vikings. Today the remains of their existence are scattered across the fjord, and from Narsarsuaq you have easy access to visit the now UNESCO World heritage sites. Enroute to the several destinations you will be surrounded by luscious green mountains sides and migrating icebergs.
Greenland Ice Cap
Only 9 kilometers from the airport lies one of the great wonders of this winterland - the Greenland Ice Cap. The destination of your wildest fantasy can be reach on foot or by car. This vast sheet of ice covers most of Greenland’s surface, a quiet place, which just has been there for a thousands of years. However the Ice Cap is very alive in constant change and movement. If you listen carefully you might hear the crackling sounds of the ice moving.
From Narsarsuaq you can arrange different hikes to the Ice Cap.
What to see & what to do in Narsarsuaq
Greenland Ice cap
UNESCO World Heritage sites
Farm visit | Inneruulalik
Horseback riding | Inneruulalik
Mountainbiking, kayaking & trekking
2nd World War history
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 the body from cold
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.