Ice, Big Walls & Hot Spring | South Greenland Explorer

No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
15 days
Difficulty
Easy
Language
English
Available
Jul. - Aug.

Wanna visit the land, that's covered with ice by 80%? Wanna visit the land that has made it to UNESCO's world heritage list? Wanna visit the land, that everyone wants to visit, but not everyone gets to? Go visit this land - it's worth every penny!

By doing this 15-day tour you will ensure not to waste your time while traveling Greenland. We promise you, you will be seeing a lot of South Greenland's hidden gems. 

You will be trekking, hiking and climbing to reach viewpoints overlooking glaciers, mountains, and icebergs. 

You will be leaving the land ground to be kayaking and sailing out on the deep, blue water among the nature of ice and icebergs. 

You will be visiting towns and villages that will give you an insight in the Greenlandic everyday life, culture, and traditions. 

You will be bathing in hot springs, humpback whales and icebergs are floating around 500 meters away from you. 

Get the most out of your holiday - and do yourself a favor: join on this tour. Greenland is waiting for you!

Included

Return flights between Reykyavik 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
Full board (all meals during tour, except dinner in towns and lunch on last day)
Accommodation according to daily itinerary
Entrance to the “Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions” in Nanortalik
Brattahalid reconstructions
Camping equipment
RIB boat travel equipment

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Kayaking & SUP
Hiking
Greenlandic Culture
Fishing
Glacier Views
City Tour
Iceberg Views
Camping
Wildlife Observation
Settlement Visit

Attractions

Narsaq
Qaqortoq
Uunartoq Hot Springs
Narsarsuaq
UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland
Qooroq Icefjord

Daily itinerary

Day 1
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Once in South Greenland… Qaleraliq glacier camp

Flight from Keflavik (Iceland’s international airport) to Narsarsuaq (also possible to fly from Copenhagen). Welcome reception at the airport. Preparation of equipment and explanation of the journey. When we are ready, we will set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.

Day 2
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South Greenland Ice Cap view

In the morning we will have many opportunities to see caribou, which are plentiful in the area. After breakfast, hiking to the Tasersuatsiaq lake and climb up a mountain 400 metres high, from which we will have the view of the immense Polar Ice Cap and the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. In the afternoon we will have time for fishing or pick mushrooms and blueberries (from mid august). Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.

Day 3
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Glacier fronts and Ice hiking

We will navigate along the vertical glacier fronts on a zodiac boat. These glacier fronts extended in only one, but the dramatic progress of climate change divided it in three glacier fronts. From there we will start the Inlandis tongue hiking. An impressive trek using crampons where we will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, and seracs which give an labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge of the excusion to ensure the safety of the group, while he shares with us his knowledge about the characteristics of the glaciers in South Greenland. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.

Day 4
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Narsaq town

Zodiac boat transfer among the huge icebergs coming from the Eqaloruutsit glacier to Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland with about 1,500 inhabitants. Once settled in our “Kayak Hostel”, free time to stroll around in the city to see the museum, the inuit market, the church or the leather shop, among others. In the evening we may have dinner in one of its restaurants or enjoy a drink with the local people. Accommodation at the Kayak Hostel.

Day 5
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Saarloq. Hot springs in Uunartoq

We will sail through the outer skerries direction to the village of Saarloq, a picturesque village almost abandoned where we will make a short stop over to wander around. In the afternoon we will set off for Uunartoq through the complex system of fjords which somehow reminds us of Scotland, although here it is surrounded by icebergs. On our way to Uunartoq Island, we will go past Alluitsup Paa, a painteresque settlement and the capital for whales in South Greenland, which will give us the chance to look for whales during the whole trip. In the afternoon, we will have free time to enjoy a relaxing bathe in the warm springs (the only thermal springs to which access is possible in Greenland), a “holiday resort” for many natives who come from all over the country to camp and bathe in the thermal springs, while icebergs float only 500 metres away in the fjord. Night at Uunartoq Island. Accommodation in tents.

Day 6
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Hunters Settlement and Kuusuaq River Camp

Transfer to Tasiusaq, a picturesque village with 80 inhabitants, and tragic historical landmarks which reflect how hard life was in this country decades ago. All the inhabitants of this village starved to death some 140 years ago. It was not until the 1930s that the village was repopulated by descendants and family of the original inhabitants. Spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains. Day trek to the mouth of Kuusuaq River, the most popular Salmon River in South Greenland. Walk in a truly alpine background to Tasersuaq Lake, through Saputit path, created by Tasiusaq’s inhabitants to go fishing in Lake Tasersuaq. Night and Dinner at Kuusuak River Camp. Accommodation in tents.

Day 7
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Tasermiut Camp in the “greenlandic Patagonia”

Navigation along the Tasermiut fjord towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland: the Ulamertorsuaq (1,830 meters, the Arctic version of El Capitan in Yosemite), the Nalumasortoq (2,054 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). At the bottom of the fjord another awesome sight awaits us: the Tasermiut glacier, descending 1,400 meters high in just three km long… it’s a hanging glacier! Accommodation in tents at the Tasermiut camp.

Day 8
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Nalumasortoq

Moderate walk on a terrain of medium difficulty up to the base of the amazing granite mass of Nalumasortoq, whose extremely smooth twin walls are highly cherished by climbers from all around the world. From this viewing point we can see the south face of the Ketil and the north face of the Ulamertorssuaq. In the evening we have time for fishing and picking mussels. The camp also offers a fantastic view to the west face of the Ulamertorssuaq as the sun set strokes the rock with the last rays of sun. Accommodation in tents.

Day 9
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Ulamertosuaq

Trekking up to the base of the Ulamertorssuaq wall, rated the best Arctic “Bigwall” and one of the best ten climbing walls in the whole world. Mountain of unique, singular beauty. Night at the camp. Accommodation in tents.

Day 10
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Nanortalik

Navigation back to the picturesque Nanortalik, the southernmost town of the country, which has some 2,300 inhabitants. Visit to the Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions, probably the best museum in the whole country. Free time to visit the town, go shopping, explore the hunters market or have a drink in a town “where there are polar bears” –at least that is the meaning of its name–. Hostel accommodation.

Day 11
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Alluitsup Paa and Qaqortoq, capital of South Greenland

Transfer by boat to Alluitsup Paa, a small hunting and fishing village located in front to the open sea. Continuing later to Qaqortoq, capital of South Greenland founded in 1775 and now with almost 3.000 inhabitants. They describe it as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland. Time to take a stroll around the city, while you enjoy the beauty of its colourful buildings and the awe-inspiring landscapes. Explore on your own the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church or the only fountain in the whole country. Hostel accommodation.

Day 12
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Igaliku & Qassiarsuk UNESCO World Heritage. Qoorooq glacier

Our first goal is the pontoon of Itilleq, where an easy hike to cross the Path of the Kings begins. Our destination is the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. Igaliku, home of the ruins of Gardar (religious capital of Viking Greenland), is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland. The area is recently declared part of the Unesco World Heritage List.

In the afternoon, on our way to Qassiarsuk, we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on… one of Greenland’s unforgettables. Night at the Leif Eriksson Hostel in Qassiarsuk.

Day 13
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Tasiusaq, the kayaking among icebergs spot

Hiking to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. After lunch, we could go fishing arctic salmon or for a walk in the region.

Optional: Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest spots in southern Greenland (70€ , minimum 2 participants).

As we get back to Qassiarsuk, old Brattahlid, guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid, learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. Of particular interest are the reconstructions of a Viking house (spacious but cold) and an inuit dwelling (small but warmer), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and it definitely shows us how the Inuit knew how to adapt better to the progressive cooling of the climate.

This Norse and Greenlandic core farming area were in 2017 inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the title Kujataa Greenland: A Norse and Inuit farming landscape on the Edge of the Ice Cap.

Accommodation at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 14
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Flower Valley and Kiattut glacier

In the morning we will cross the fjord towards Narsarsuaq area. Then, after a short transfer by car, we will walk through Flower Valley until we can see the Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the Polar Ice Cap and its Nunataks (floating landmarks on the ice sheet). Flower Valley is one of the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Farewell dinner will be greenlandic dinner with traditional Inuit products: fish, whale, seal, caribou, etc. Night at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 15
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Flight to Keflavik or Copenhagen

Transfer by boat to Narsarsuaq, where we can visit The Bluie West One Museum, former US militay base frozen in time since the Second World War. Time is enough to do that just before flight departure.

Flight from Narsarsuaq to Keflavik (Iceland’s international airport) or to Copenhagen.

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
Prescription medicine if necessary

Good to know

The hikes are quite easy, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, and suitable for most abilities. The excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone physically active and with an adventurous attitude.

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.

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