Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking | South Greenland

Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland
Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland

"Life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven 

Well said, Simon. And where does your next trip goes to? If you are considering going to Greenland. This tour is a great way to get to explore a part of the world's biggest Island.

With no more than 56.000 people - is Greenland the least populated place on earth. What does that say about Greenland? That you can go to so many, many places where you'll be in the middle of nowhere - far away from everything. This will give you the ultimate nature experience. Isn't that what we all dream of?

The keyword of this tour is without a doubt: Tasermiut Fjord. 

Tasermiut Fjord is 70 km long and considered as one of the ten wonders of the Arctic by Lonely Planet. You will be paddling through the southwestern part of Greenland to reach the "big walls", Icebergs and sandy beaches.

You will start and end this tour in small villages. This will give you a clearer idea and understanding of the Greenlandic people. The days in between will be well spent in the pure nature. This will give you a clearer idea of what nature is able to create, and why this country is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. 

In 15 days we promise to show you all the gems in the southwestern part of Greenland. 

 

Go kayaking and exploring in the world's oldest ice-masses. Go travel this beautiful, wide world. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Dec.
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Kayaking, Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing, Glacier Views, Iceberg Views, Camping, Settlement Visit
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Norse Ruins, Narsarsuaq, Qooroq Icefjord
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : We will send flight information.

Reykavik 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

  • Helicopter flight between Qaqortoq-Narsarsuaq

  • English speaking expedition guide

  • Transfers in Greenland according to daily itinerary

  • Accommodation according to itinerary (tent and hostel)

  • Full board (all meals during tour, except dinner last day and lunch on flight days)

  • Brattahlid reconstructions cultural visit

  • 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.

  • Lunch on flight days and dinner last day

  • 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: Moderate

Since the Tasermiut fjord is very sheltered and has beaches all along its shores, embarkations and landings will be particularly easy at all times. This, together with the stability of our double kayaks, makes previous experience in kayaking not essential, although desirable. However, skilled kayakers who know how to eskimo roll may choose to use a single kayak on this trip. From a physical point of view, the Exploration of the Tasermiut Fjord combines kayaking with fairly intense trekking, requiring some physical fitness or at least having a habit of countryside hiking to really enjoy the trip.

The tour will only be confirmed if there are between 6 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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Narsaq town


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq (Greenland) with views of the sea ice and the glacier tongues of the southern tip of Greenland… We are now in the Arctic! Reception at the airport of Narsarsuaq and one-hour high-powered zodiac trip through a breathtaking landscape of canyons and icebergs before reaching Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland with about 1500 inhabitants. This town is really lovely, apart from being stocked with everything (second last chance to do some last minute shopping), and well worth a good stroll around.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Kayak Hostel.


Day 2 - Qaqortoq and Nanortalik


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Boat transfer from Narsaq to Qaqortoq, the South Greenland capital. Qaqortoq, founded in 1775 and nowadays with almost 3000 inhabitants, is described as the most charming and attractive town in Greenland. After stroll around in Qaqortoq (where you should not miss a visit to the genuine “Qajaq”club) we keep on sailing to the picturesque and isolated Nanortalik, the southernmost city of Greenland of about 2300 inhabitants. The route between Qaqortoq and Nanortalik is a magical maze of islands, peninsulas and isthmuses of which only experienced sailors knows the way. It takes about three hours with a refueling stop midway in the small, unspoilt whaling village of Alliutsup Paa.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hostel in Nanortalik.


Day 3 - Days 3 to 6. Kuusuaq and lake Tasersuaq


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


After doing a final check of all the material, we leave Nanortalik by zodiac boat and head towards the small picturesque village of Tasiusaq and the farms of Saputit and Nuugaarssuk, before reaching our camp by the river Kuusuaq, barely 700 meters long but known to be the best salmon river in the area. The camp is facing one of the few conifer plantations in Greenland. Our goal now is to explore the Quingua forest, the only indigenous forest in Greenland. This is a small set of dwarf birch (do not expect the jungle!) boxed in by 1,400 meters cliffs at the end of Lake Tasersuaq, which is about ten km long. To reach the freshwater we have to carry the kayaks for five hundred meters… it’s worth the effort!


Day 4 - Days 3 to 6. Kuusuaq and lake Tasersuaq


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


After doing a final check of all the material, we leave Nanortalik by zodiac boat and head towards the small picturesque village of Tasiusaq and the farms of Saputit and Nuugaarssuk, before reaching our camp by the river Kuusuaq, barely 700 meters long but known to be the best salmon river in the area. The camp is facing one of the few conifer plantations in Greenland. Our goal now is to explore the Quingua forest, the only indigenous forest in Greenland. This is a small set of dwarf birch (do not expect the jungle!) boxed in by 1,400 meters cliffs at the end of Lake Tasersuaq, which is about ten km long. To reach the freshwater we have to carry the kayaks for five hundred meters… it’s worth the effort!


Day 5 - Days 3 to 6. Kuusuaq and lake Tasersuaq


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


After doing a final check of all the material, we leave Nanortalik by zodiac boat and head towards the small picturesque village of Tasiusaq and the farms of Saputit and Nuugaarssuk, before reaching our camp by the river Kuusuaq, barely 700 meters long but known to be the best salmon river in the area. The camp is facing one of the few conifer plantations in Greenland. Our goal now is to explore the Quingua forest, the only indigenous forest in Greenland. This is a small set of dwarf birch (do not expect the jungle!) boxed in by 1,400 meters cliffs at the end of Lake Tasersuaq, which is about ten km long. To reach the freshwater we have to carry the kayaks for five hundred meters… it’s worth the effort!


Day 6 - Days 3 to 6. Kuusuaq and lake Tasersuaq


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


After doing a final check of all the material, we leave Nanortalik by zodiac boat and head towards the small picturesque village of Tasiusaq and the farms of Saputit and Nuugaarssuk, before reaching our camp by the river Kuusuaq, barely 700 meters long but known to be the best salmon river in the area. The camp is facing one of the few conifer plantations in Greenland. Our goal now is to explore the Quingua forest, the only indigenous forest in Greenland. This is a small set of dwarf birch (do not expect the jungle!) boxed in by 1,400 meters cliffs at the end of Lake Tasersuaq, which is about ten km long. To reach the freshwater we have to carry the kayaks for five hundred meters… it’s worth the effort!


Day 7 - Days 7 to 11. On course to the Big Walls


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Back in the fjord we begin the exploration of Tasermiut itself. From here, the routes are flexible and the stages depend on the strength of the group and, of course, the weather. We start paddling along the eastern shore with its generous sandy beaches, towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland: the Ulamertorsuaq (1830 meters, the Arctic version of El Capitan in Yosemite), the Nalumasortoq (2054 meters, is shaped like an open book in which two pages are 900 meters tall and with overhanging wall sections) and, finally, the huge granite pyramid of the Ketil (2,010 meters).

To reach the base of these walls the treks are easy, about two hours long, and along the shore of the fjord we see ruins of Viking settlements, particularly striking being the Klosterdalen Monastery, at the mouth of the river that runs under the Ketil.

At the bottom of the fjord another awesome sight from the kayak awaits us: the Tasermiut glacier, descending 1400 meters in just three km… it’s a hanging glacier! We now begin our return journey to Nanortalik (about 80 km as the crow flies) from the eastern shore of the fjord, again we are in an alpine landscape with a rest stop and a trek to the base of the Napasorsuaq (1,590 meters). Throughout the trip, apart from fish, we have enjoyed mussels, mushrooms and blueberries found throughout the Tasermiut fjord: an excellent complement to dinner!


Day 8 - Days 7 to 11. On course to the Big Walls


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Back in the fjord we begin the exploration of Tasermiut itself. From here, the routes are flexible and the stages depend on the strength of the group and, of course, the weather. We start paddling along the eastern shore with its generous sandy beaches, towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland: the Ulamertorsuaq (1830 meters, the Arctic version of El Capitan in Yosemite), the Nalumasortoq (2054 meters, is shaped like an open book in which two pages are 900 meters tall and with overhanging wall sections) and, finally, the huge granite pyramid of the Ketil (2,010 meters).

To reach the base of these walls the treks are easy, about two hours long, and along the shore of the fjord we see ruins of Viking settlements, particularly striking being the Klosterdalen Monastery, at the mouth of the river that runs under the Ketil.

At the bottom of the fjord another awesome sight from the kayak awaits us: the Tasermiut glacier, descending 1400 meters in just three km… it’s a hanging glacier! We now begin our return journey to Nanortalik (about 80 km as the crow flies) from the eastern shore of the fjord, again we are in an alpine landscape with a rest stop and a trek to the base of the Napasorsuaq (1,590 meters). Throughout the trip, apart from fish, we have enjoyed mussels, mushrooms and blueberries found throughout the Tasermiut fjord: an excellent complement to dinner!


Day 9 - Days 7 to 11. On course to the Big Walls


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Back in the fjord we begin the exploration of Tasermiut itself. From here, the routes are flexible and the stages depend on the strength of the group and, of course, the weather. We start paddling along the eastern shore with its generous sandy beaches, towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland: the Ulamertorsuaq (1830 meters, the Arctic version of El Capitan in Yosemite), the Nalumasortoq (2054 meters, is shaped like an open book in which two pages are 900 meters tall and with overhanging wall sections) and, finally, the huge granite pyramid of the Ketil (2,010 meters).

To reach the base of these walls the treks are easy, about two hours long, and along the shore of the fjord we see ruins of Viking settlements, particularly striking being the Klosterdalen Monastery, at the mouth of the river that runs under the Ketil.

At the bottom of the fjord another awesome sight from the kayak awaits us: the Tasermiut glacier, descending 1400 meters in just three km… it’s a hanging glacier! We now begin our return journey to Nanortalik (about 80 km as the crow flies) from the eastern shore of the fjord, again we are in an alpine landscape with a rest stop and a trek to the base of the Napasorsuaq (1,590 meters). Throughout the trip, apart from fish, we have enjoyed mussels, mushrooms and blueberries found throughout the Tasermiut fjord: an excellent complement to dinner!


Day 10 - Days 7 to 11. On course to the Big Walls


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Back in the fjord we begin the exploration of Tasermiut itself. From here, the routes are flexible and the stages depend on the strength of the group and, of course, the weather. We start paddling along the eastern shore with its generous sandy beaches, towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland: the Ulamertorsuaq (1830 meters, the Arctic version of El Capitan in Yosemite), the Nalumasortoq (2054 meters, is shaped like an open book in which two pages are 900 meters tall and with overhanging wall sections) and, finally, the huge granite pyramid of the Ketil (2,010 meters).

To reach the base of these walls the treks are easy, about two hours long, and along the shore of the fjord we see ruins of Viking settlements, particularly striking being the Klosterdalen Monastery, at the mouth of the river that runs under the Ketil.

At the bottom of the fjord another awesome sight from the kayak awaits us: the Tasermiut glacier, descending 1400 meters in just three km… it’s a hanging glacier! We now begin our return journey to Nanortalik (about 80 km as the crow flies) from the eastern shore of the fjord, again we are in an alpine landscape with a rest stop and a trek to the base of the Napasorsuaq (1,590 meters). Throughout the trip, apart from fish, we have enjoyed mussels, mushrooms and blueberries found throughout the Tasermiut fjord: an excellent complement to dinner!


Day 11 - Days 7 to 11. On course to the Big Walls


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Back in the fjord we begin the exploration of Tasermiut itself. From here, the routes are flexible and the stages depend on the strength of the group and, of course, the weather. We start paddling along the eastern shore with its generous sandy beaches, towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland: the Ulamertorsuaq (1830 meters, the Arctic version of El Capitan in Yosemite), the Nalumasortoq (2054 meters, is shaped like an open book in which two pages are 900 meters tall and with overhanging wall sections) and, finally, the huge granite pyramid of the Ketil (2,010 meters).

To reach the base of these walls the treks are easy, about two hours long, and along the shore of the fjord we see ruins of Viking settlements, particularly striking being the Klosterdalen Monastery, at the mouth of the river that runs under the Ketil.

At the bottom of the fjord another awesome sight from the kayak awaits us: the Tasermiut glacier, descending 1400 meters in just three km… it’s a hanging glacier! We now begin our return journey to Nanortalik (about 80 km as the crow flies) from the eastern shore of the fjord, again we are in an alpine landscape with a rest stop and a trek to the base of the Napasorsuaq (1,590 meters). Throughout the trip, apart from fish, we have enjoyed mussels, mushrooms and blueberries found throughout the Tasermiut fjord: an excellent complement to dinner!


Day 12 - Arrival in Tasiusaq-Nanortalik


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Either by our own means (rowing) or by previous arrangement with the boat via the Iridium (satellite phone) we make Tasiusaq and then, boat transfer to Nanortalik.

Besides strolling around and enjoying the colorful houses or shopping, we absolutely recommend visiting the Museum of Inuit culture, the most comprehensive in Greenland, with all kinds of ancient tools, house reconstructions, clothes, a traditional kayak section and exhibits on the traditional myths and legends of the Inuit culture… There isn’t enough time to see everything! Dinner tonight, usually in a restaurant in Nanortalik, is not included in the trip. Anyway, it’s possible to cook in the hostel.

Overnight stay at the hostel in Nanortalik.


Day 13 - Uunartoq hot springs and Qaqortoq


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Transfer by boat to Uunartoq island, where we enjoy a long and relaxing soak in the hot springs, with an amazing view of icebergs floating in the fjord. Then, we will pursue our navigation in order to get to Qaqortoq.

Overnight stay at the hostel in Qaqortoq.


Day 14 - Helicopter flight and hike to Tasiusaq Bay


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


After enjoying the views of the vast Inlandis and the whole system of fjords seen from the helicopter (regular line from Qaqortoq to Narsarsuaq) we reach the airport and get the small village of Qassiarsuk by boat. From there we start hiking towards Tasiusaq, populated by only three families who live on their farms throughout the year. It takes about two and a half hours at a comfortable pace through a unique environment, with a way up to a hill from which we see the Sermilik fjord filled with icebergs from the Eqalorutsit glacier.

Optional: kayaking excursion among icebergs.

Overnight stay at the Tasiusaq Hostel.


Day 15 - Viking Greenland before flight


Tasermiut Fjord Kayaking  | South Greenland


Trekking way back to Qassairsuk, where we will do the visit of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid. In two hours we will hear the story of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland to this small settlement in 985, why it is called “green land” or why they established here the first Christian church in the Americas. Especially interesting is the reconstruction of a viking house (spacious but cold) and an Inuit dwelling (small but cozy), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and clearly shows how the Inuit were better adapted to widespread worsening weather conditions.


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