Highlights of South Greenland | 8 Days
Come along and experience the highlights of South Greenland. On this tour you will be exploring hidden gems and charming towns in between luxuriant hills and ice filled passages circumscribed by the South Greenlandic Nature.
You will be spending four days in urban Greenlandic towns and 4 days in remote and distant villages, only surrounded by endless miles of arctic tundra. The sharp contrasts between the urban exploring and the delightful quietness, warmth and undisturbed paradise of Igaliku and Qassiarsuk villages will provide your need for exploring the very best of South Greenland.
This journey is both for the outdoors man and the urban traveller. You will be exploring, experiencing and examining local gastronomy, history and the arctic tundra.
You will be traveling the Greenlandic seas, from location to location in the company of migrating icebergs and traveling humpback whales. The top of the iceberg, is an exclusive tour to the Qooroq Ice Fjord, where you will view the majestic Greenland icecap - but not before moving between passages filled with mesmerizing ice azures in all sizes and shapes.
The itinerary is described below.
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Today you will depart with the afternoon flight from Keflavik airport. The most scenic journey imaginable awaits you, high above the Greenland icecap with a duration of 3 hours. As you have picked up your luggage you will meet your fellow explorers for the next 8 days. You will from here be transferred to Narsarsuaq harbor, where you will be transported by boat through Erik the Reds fjord to Narsaq.
The boat tour has a duration of 1 hour, but an hour is enough to get a sense of the infinite beauty of Greenland. You will be venturing out on the seas in the company of migrating icebergs and traveling humpback whales.
As you travel along the sea shore, you will find a colorful town by the foot of two mountains, Qaqqarsuaq. The town is Narsaq and holds self sufficing inhabitants with agricultural roots. The agricultural roots, creates a southern atmosphere, resembling the old american west. Horses are idyllic tethered outside the houses, waiting for the true cowboys of Greenland. It is a land to be explored by horse or by feet with adventures waiting for every explorer to experience.
The town is specked with all specialities, that will decorate your inner explorer with adventure and culture.
In Narsaq you will be accommodated for the next 2 days.
Narsaq holds approximately 1600 inhabitants, all sufficing themselves with gardens vegetables, living of the lands of the south. It is in the most vigorous plains in all of Greenland, creating great conditions for farming and agriculture, that is today the main labour of the town.
The day is your's to explore.
Walk in the ancient path of the northerners on an out of town adventure, as ruins of the Landnamsgaard farm is in walking distance from the town’s museum. Narsaq museum, is located in an old colonial building by the old harbor, with its core, telling stories of the modest and harsh living conditions once dominating the life in Narsaq town, in the early colonial period. The museum holds a permanent exhibition regarding the northerners and their settlements around the south. Another permanent exhibition, is a tribute to the beloved poet, painter, politician and priest Henrik Lund. Famous for being inspired by the South Greenlandic beauty, and for passing on a new generation of poetry.
For a spiritual get-away, visit Narsaq church. With its white wooden walls, and reds panels, the church is a must visit. Deeply inspired by the German Morravian missionaries is the church decorations, telling stories of the missionaries travels along the coast.
The backdrop of Narsaq, keep rare earth minerals in the Dyrnæs-Narsaq complex, holding sandstones, granite, lava and tugtupit. The complex holds sheeps and horses, grassing the plains. Explore the backland of narsaq. Go on an action packed ride, on the bumpy roads leading to nearby farms and get handy with the farmers, or a mysterious mine.
Today your depart from Narsaq. A journey of 1 hour into the wild, wonderful and vast greenlandic seas awaits you, enroute to Qaqortoq.
Qaqortoq, regardless winter or summer, is the quintessence of charm.
From the top of the mountain hills, down the small Spanish passages routing through colorful houses to the harbor of charming, colorful and radiant Qaqortoq, will enchant every explorer to fall in love with the city.
The town is famous for its urban, avant-garde and creative city life, as artists and explorers resides the town, creating a south european and relaxing atmosphere, overlaying the beautiful landscape. Qaqortoq is specked with history, as the grounds that the town rests on, was a former trading ground for inuits.
Qaqortoq is to be explored by foot, and when strolling through the colourful town, be attentive of stone carvings, made by the famous South Greenlandic artist Aka Høegh and fellow nordic artists. Explore ancient inuit culture and vanished ages, at the local museum of Qaqortoq. Qaqortoq is yours to explore for the rest of the day.
You wake up to another day in Qaqortoq. If you have not had the chance to explore ancient and vanished ages at Qaqortoq museum, it is time.
The museum holds, an exceptional collection of the traditional Tupilaks, yet with a twist of modernity. The collection is an outstanding interpretation of the ancient inuit spiritual world, displaying the inuits fear of the unknown. If interested in late history, explore the old colonial buildings surrounding the museum. Furthermore the museum focuses on the Norse settlements in South Greenland.
The museum is situated in the center, and has immediate access to the City square. Qaqortoq city square, holds the only and eldest fountain in all of Greenland. Visit a nearby cafe and sit in the shade from the arctic sun, with a cup of something good cold in the summertime.
If you would like an out of town adventure, escape civilization and hike the surrounding mountains. Qaqortoq is heavily vegetated, as the arctic sun is warmer down south. Hike the colorful plains, in the presence of arctic sheep and herbs. If looking for fjord adventure, travel to the small settlements in the fjord, by kayak or on a local passenger boat. The fjord offers adventurous opportunities, the hot springs in Uunartoq, ruins in Hvalsey from the Norse settlers or music in Igaliku. The fjord is your to explore and so is Qaqortoq.
Today you will visit the small village, that is crowned by the Greenlandic people as Greenland's most beautiful settlement.
From Qaqortoq you will be transported by boat to Itilleq. From Itilleq you will walk along a 4 kilometer long path of unimaginable stunning nature, with raw and naked mountain sides and contrasting colorful green plains, in the company of grassing sheep and the White-tailed eagle.
Once you have settled into your accommodation, you have the rest of your day to explore the vigorous lands. Rent a kayak and paddle to the rhythm of the neighboring sea, in the presence of migrating icebergs and playful humpback whales.
If you are not rather strong at sea - hike the surrounding arctic tundra. As you hike through the vast, wild and wonderful nature, you will get a sense of the infinite beauty of the Greenlandic landscapes.
The day is your's to create. Explore Igaliku through culture and nature.
Igaliku holds an impressive collection of history, venture down to the former Episcopal seat, Gardar from the Norse era. Gardar was the episcopal seat from 1100-1400 and the ruins stand well preserved. After have explored the ruins of the Norsemen, head to the church for late colonial history.
Igaliku was established in 1782 by Anders Olsen and his wife Tuperna. The beginning of Igaliku's history was farming and is to this day - still in continuance. The permanent exhibition in the church, will give you a deeper understanding of Igaliku's presence, by learning about its past. Furthermore is Igaliku well-known for its strong characters of summer residents and its mesmerizing surroundings. Take an optional hike of 17 km with the mission of reaching a magnificent view of the Qooroq Icefjord. If interested in a shorter hike, visit the stunning waterfall that beautifully strives down into Tunulliarfik fjord. When arriving at the waterfall let the arctic wind slip through your hair, and feel the small pebbles lightly touch your cheeks.
Return by the King's Road to Itilleq harbour from where the boat will take you to Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid, as the settlement was the Norse Vikings strong hold. You will be experiencing, exploring and examining the well preserved ruins and an open air museum. The Norsemens existence is deeply imprinted in the culture of the inhabitants. The agriculture Erik the Red established, is still in continuance to this day - as agriculture is the main occupation of the town.
Qassiarsuk is also surrounded by splendid and mesmerizing surroundings, that will enchant every explorer to fall in love with the small settlement. Hike the surrounding fields and tundra, and you will get a sense of this infinite beautiful country.
Once you are done with exploring Qassiarsuk, you will travel across the bay to Narsarsuaq. Narsarsuaq is the gate to South Greenland - but it is also much more that just an airport settlement. The settlement is famous for its history and surrounding nature. The settlement is a former military base, used by the Americans during the second world war - traces of the americans are scattered all over the area, from factories to abandoned machines.
But Narsasuaq is definitely also the hikers paradise. Conquer the ''Signalhøjen'', where you will be rewarded with a sublime view of the Greenland Ice cap - the hike has a duration of 1 hour. Let the arctic winds, slip through your hair as you enjoy the unique and rare sight of the majestic ice azure.
You decide how your last afternoon in Greenland is spent!
Check out of your room and leave your luggage behind, today you will be traveling by sea and by air.
Before leaving on the plane, you will visit the mesmerizing ice filled passages of Qooroq ice fjord. This tour will decorate your inner explorer with its white and blue nuanced rays of reflection, sizes and shapes of the icebergs.
As you reach the Qooroq Glacier, the engine of the boat will stop, so you can enjoy the unique and rare sight of the branch of the Greenland ice cap. Take in this rare opportunity and feel the soaring of the calving glacier with in the deep. An ice chilled drink will be served with ice, more than 1,000 years old! When you are done exploring Qooroq, take the rest of the day to explore Narsarsuaq.
Narsarsuaq is surrounded by majestic nature and you can even sea the ice cap of Greenland, if you follow the path to the end of the small village. If interested in history, explore the left behinds from the second world war.
Your evening flight for Iceland, departs from Narsarsuaq and arrives at Keflavik international airport late evening.
- Flights Keflavik-Narsarsuaq-Keflavik with airport taxes
- 2 nights in Narsaq with breakfast
- 2 nights in Qaqortoq with breakfast
- 2 nights in Igaliku with breakfast
- 1 night in Narsarsuaq with breakfast
- Car transfer to/from airport – harbour – accommodation
- All boat and airport transfers in Greenland as per itinerary
- Leaflet with a map in Qassiarsuk and entrance Museum (Brattahlid)
- Guided boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord
- Lunch & Dinner
- Single supplement mandatory if travelling alone
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom). You may not need all of this on any particular day, but you should have it available. You should always bring a windproof jacket, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather) Day Pack
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
|Most airlines allow 20kg of language weight. A 3-layer structure is adequate for this adventure, whereby each has its own specialized purpose: a moisture transfer base layer next to your skin, then one or more adjustable insulating layers, and finally an outer shell to protect you from rain and wind. Flight schedules may change due to unfavourable weather conditions. The price per person is based on double/twin room with shared facilities in Narsaq, Qaqortoq, Narsarsuaq & Igaliku. Notice that the private facility supplement, does not apply in Igaliku. NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.|
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