See one of the more charming sides of Greenland, South Greenland. A big part of South Greenland was recently accepted on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which presents a unique history of farming in the Arctic that begins with Norse settlement in Greenland in the 900s. On this package, you’ll have a great opportunity to see 3 of the UNESCO sites: Hvalsey, where you can see the best preserved Norse church - Igaliku, which is a beautiful family friendly sheep farmer village - and Qassiarsuk, which is an ideal area to hike.
You will also be staying in Qaqortoq which is the biggest city in South Greenland. Qaqortoq is full of life with traditions, culture, and history and the city is decorated with the permanent art exhibition “Stone and Man” consisting of more than 30 sculptures all over town. The artworks were created by 18 Nordic artists, and the artworks were made directly from the cliffs and bedrocks, permanent indeed! While here you can visit Great Greenland, which is a place where sealskin is made into fine mittens or bags for men and women. In the center of the town you’ll find the one and only fountain in the whole country, right nearby the local museum which has an exciting collection of tupilaks original kayaks and other things.
During this 5 day trip, you’ll get to experience the charming southern part of Greenland. Once you've landed in Narsarsuaq you’ll be sailing to Qaqortoq (2 hours), amongst icebergs and possibly even whales and seals. The day after you’ve arrived in Qaqortoq you’ll get to see the first of the UNESCO sites, the church ruin in Hvalsey. Your exploration has just begun and over the next few days you’ll be out and discovering more Norse ruins in the prettiest landscapes, including a tour to the famous Qooroq Icefjord.
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Arrival in Narsarsuaq is followed by a small 2-hour boat trip amongst icebergs and possibly even whales and seals, to the biggest city in South Greenland, Qaqortoq.
Today you’ll be heading on a boat trip to Hvalsey from Qaqortoq, it only takes about 30 min. For you to arrive at your first UNESCO site. The Hvalsey church ruin is 6 meters tall and is the most well preserved Norse church in Greenland. Hvalsey is called Qaqortukulooq in Greenlandic, which means “the big white” or “the very white one” because the church was painted white when it was in use. When you’ve learned more about the story of the church you’ll have time to walk around in the silence and beauty of nature.
When you’ve sailed back to Qaqortoq there’s time for a walk, you could go see the fish/meat market, where the fishermen and hunters sell their catch of the day. The market is in the center, where there are cafées and the fountain. If you have the time, you can go for a walk to see the “Stone and Man” sculptures all over town.
You’ll be picked up by boat and sail to Itilleq, where you’re going hiking on “Kings Road”, it’s about 4 km to one of the most beautiful sheep farming villages of Greenland, Igaliku. The village is right in the opposite side of the iconic Illerfissalik mountain and is more or less surrounded by mountains, which makes this area a bit warmer in the summer - that’s why it has the name Igaliku which means “the place like a pot” in Greenlandic. Here you’ll find special Norse ruins, the Norse bishopric was here and the Norse called their farm Gardar, this farm was the biggest of all, in Greenland.
Today you’ll go on a trip to visit the oldest Norse farm, Qassiarsuk, where the outlaw, Eric the Red built his farm (which he named Brattahlid) when he settled in Greenland as the first Norseman. You’ll find an open-air-museum of the well-preserved farm (admission fee not included), Brattahlid. There are about 40 inhabitants in Qassiarsuk and is right on opposite side of the fjord to Narsarsuaq. The village is well known for its annual marathon named: Leif den Lykkelige (Leif the happy) Marathon, which also is also a well-known name from the Norsemen.
The last boat trip gives you an extraordinary tour among icebergs that nature itself has shaped in all sizes and forms. The Qooroq glacier pushes more than 200.000 tons of ice every day, and the ice is more than a 1000 years old. The ice wanders in the fjord while it’s shaped into beautiful ice sculptures. During the tour, the captain will stop the engine so you can enjoy a drink with crystal clear ice straight from the water with the glacier as a view.
After the tour you will sail back to Narsarsuaq, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in Blue Ice Café and/or take a quick visit at the local museum of Narsarsuaq before your departure.
The prices stated are for 2018 and will soon be updated, there will be a slight increase in price, even if you buy it now, a payment request will be sent for the difference between this and the upcoming new price.
This itinerary is based on flights from Iceland to Narsarsuaq and then back to Iceland. This is however just an option, you can also fly from Copenhagen. But this always starts on Tuesdays and leaves on Saturdays.
The price of the tour is based on a double room with shared facilities, you can choose to upgrade during the booking process.
The order of the itinerary is subject to change according to weather and limited capacity.