Check out one of the most charming places in Greenland! South Greenland is particularly known for its fantastic and colorful nature and for its past as a former Norse settlement. South Greenland is not only a charming place but also the perfect place to hike among the amazing mountains and waterfalls with an atmosphere that’s full of memories from the Norseman era. You will start from Narsarsuaq, which is actually in the center of the must-see places and attractions. The airport is in the middle of the nature with a view towards the sea and tall mountains on the opposite site.
You’ll visit the actual place where the word Greenland was used for the first time in history by the notorious viking, Eric the Red. In spite of his temper and rough image he fell in love with Greenland and built his farm which he named Brattahlid, and hence the story of the Norse era began. Today the sheep farmers live in exactly the same places and the village of Brattahlid is now known as Qassiarsuk.
There are many small villages in Greenland and its been told that Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages you’ll find on the entire coast of Greenland. You’ll be staying overnight in Igaliku with opportunities to go hiking to the waterfall or hike to the top of the 823 m high mountain.
Ine of the hundreds og fjords in Greenland you’ll find the unique Qooroq Icefjord that’ll give you an exceptional experience among icebergs shaped in all sizes and forms by nature. The Qooroq glacier calves off more than 200.000 tonnes of ice a’day, and crystal clear ice can be taken straight from the sea to cool your drink.
This package is perfect for the nature-lover wishing to go on hikes in the great Greenlandic nature. Check out if the dates fit your calendar by clicking on the “choose a date” and start planning your visit to South Greenland.
After checking in and getting information at the Blue Ice Cafés office, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to go on a hike to the top of the Signal Hill viewpoint. From the top, you can enjoy the view towards the impressive ice sheet.
Today you’ll go to Qassiarsuk by boat which is just across the fjord from Narsarsuaq. The village Qassiarsuk doesn’t live on fishing like most of Northern Greenland does, but lives by sheep farming. Around 40 people live their lives in the village and have their own school, shop, and church. The village is also known by its past as a former Norse settlement, it’s the place where the Viking, Eric the Red, settled with his people and named the place Brattahlid. The well preserved Brattahlid is today known as an open-air museum (entrance fee to the hut not included) that you’re free to visit.
After visiting the museum you’re going on another tour with the boat, this time to Itilleq. Itilleq harbor connects to the village Igaliku - which is 4 km away. You’ll walk 4 km from Itilleq to Igaliku through the Kings’ Road (named after the visit of the Danish king in 1952). When you’re on the highest point of Igaliku you can take a seat and admire the view over the whole village and the gorgeous mountain landscape on the other side of the village. You’ll spend the night here.
Igaliku was a very important place for the Norse people, it was of course here the Episcopal seat was. The Norse people called the farm Gardar and their village worked as a Episcopal seat for over 300 years. The ruins here are more than a 1000 years old and very impressive to see, but you’ll get to hear a lot more about when you’re here!
Igaliku is in the bottom of the Igaliku fjord and is surrounded by great mountains and beautiful landscape which is on the other side of the fjord. In the summer its’ a bit warmer because of its surroundings, and funnily enough Igaliku means “The place like Pot” in Greenlandic. The area is surrounded by opportunities to hike, so put on your outdoor clothes and fill your backpack with packed lunch and snacks - you’re going on a 17 km long hike where you can enjoy your lunch with a view towards Qooroq Icefjord. The other opportunities are a popular hiking route to the waterfall which is 15 km away from the village or a tour to the top of a 823 m high mountain Nuulluk (20-22 km away from the village).
Today you’re going back to Narsarsuaq, but before you reach Narsarsuaq you’ll of course have to see more icebergs.
On the way to Narsarsuaq from Itilleq you’ll sail through Qooroq icefjord, where you meet big and small icebergs that are shaped into fantastic ice sculptures slowly drifting along with the tide. The crystal clear ice can be taken straight from the sea to cool your drink, while the captain turns the engine off you can enjoy your drink in silence, view an incredible view to the glacier that calves more than 200.000 tonnes of ice on a single day.
Before your flight departs you’ll have time to have a cup of coffee or to visit the local museum of Narsarsuaq
This tour is for the more active and adventurous who love to wander in wide open spaces.
The itinerary is subject to change according to weather.