Hiking Exploration | 8 Days | South Greenland
Come along this adventure, that is paired with hiking the South Greenlandic tundra. Combing the landscapes of South Greenland and the favorable activity of the outdoor human, makes for great adventures. This tour is for anyone curious for what spectacular landscapes and unique nature South Greenland has to offer, from the peaky mountain sides reflecting themselves in still waters to the colorful and radiant fields of tundra.
South Greenland, is a world of its own. Greenland is known for its rough and raw climate, but in the South you will find an idyllic setting, unlike any other place. Grassing sheep, stranded white and blue nuanced icebergs and mesmerizing fields in all sort of color is to be explored.
On this tour you will be visiting remote and distant locations, in the form of farming settlements only reached by dirt roads and flowers valley only accessible by walking. These hidden gems are rarely seen by outside visitors, due to their remote locations but as you will be hiking – you will get to experience, explore and examine the mesmerizing landscapes. On your journey into the wild, wonderful and vast Greenlandic nature you will be accompanied by grassing sheep, migrating humpback whales and the White-Tailed eagle.
Untouched nature and unimaginable scenic journeys are ahead of this adventure and is waiting for you to explore. Tie your hiking boots and bring your walking this! Check the booking availability and book your next hiking adventure now!
You set out on your hiking exploration from Keflavik international airport, late afternoon. Here a flight duration of 3 hours, awaits you. Traveling above Greenland, is one of the most memorable and scenic journeys imaginable, as you travel high above the Greenland icecap and confront the mountain tins of the arctic.
After you and your fellow explorers have picked up your luggage and traveling gear, you will head to the Blue Ice Café for a briefing and further information regarding the next days of your 8 day hiking adventure. The rest of the day, is your's to explore.
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 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.
For the next 2 days, you will be accommodated at Narsarsuaq Hostel.
The adventure of the day, will take you and your fellow explorers to the Narsarsuaq glacier. The Narsarsuaq Glacier is a branch of the Greenland ice cap, located only 8 kilometers from Narsarsuaq.
You will venture out of town, through the mesmerizing Flower valley. Surrounded by round shaped mountain tins, lies the small path in between bushes of several herbs and flowers. Another vegetation is seen here, as the rest of the South Greenlandic tundra is dominated by grassing sheep.
Let yourself be mesmerized by the untouched landscape, as you venture into the wild, wonderful and vast South Greenlandic nature. As you have conquered the path of the flower valley, you will descent for ½ hour, for a chance to touch the Greenland Ice cap. You will venture back, the same way you came, as the beauty of the Flower Valley never stops to impress.
You will be transferred by boat across the bay, 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 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.
Wake up in Qassiarsuk and take an optional hike to the sheep farm Tasiusaq. Tasiusaq sheep farm is located with in the deep of Sermilik fjord. You will venture through impressive landscapes of crystal blue lakes and vigorous, wild and vast tundra on a deserted dirt road. The White-tailed eagle, is famous for residing the area and so is white and blue nuanced icebergs in all sizes and shapes. From Tasiusaq, you can follow the sheep track deeper into the veins of Sermilik fjord to Nunataaq. Hit up the local farmer, and ask for a ride back to Qassiarsuk. The hike is about 20 kilometers long.
Today you and your fellow explorers will head south of Qassiarsuk to the remote and distance sheep farm sillisit located by the bay of the Ice fjord.
You will be conquering tractor roads surrounded by overwhelming and unimaginable beauty. The surrounding nature, is almost untouched and only inhabited by arctic wildlife and grassing sheep. Sillisit is the perfect idyll get-away, you will be hosted by a Greenlandic family that will welcome you with their warm hospitality.
From Sillisit you will be transferred by boat to Igaliku.
Igaliku is famous for being Greenlands most beautiful village. In its own bay lies the village, surrounded by sky high mountain tins, with powder white snow resting on their tins and on the resting grounds you will find the most colorful flowers and green grass.
Your adventure starts with you and your fellow explorers hiking the ''Kings Road''. The Kings road is a path of 4 kilometers, that will lead you to Igaliku.
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 never ending nature and sky of Greenland.
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 - in continuance. The permanent exhibition in the church, will give you a deeper understanding of Igalikus 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 winds slip through your hair, and feel the small pebbles lightly touch your cheeks.
- Flights Reykjavík - Narsarsuaq - Reykjavík with taxes
- Farm- and hostel sleeping bag accommodation: 2 nights in Narsarsuaq, 2 nights in Qassiarsuk, 1 night in Sillisit, 2 nights in Igaliku
- Transport of luggage
- Airport/harbour transfers in South Greenland
- Boat transfers as per itinerary
- Self-guided hiking tours
- Hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier
- Qassiarsuk settlement visit
- Hike to the sheep farm Sillisit
- Walk “Kings Road” and Igaliku settlement visit
• No meals included. (Cooking facilities are available at all places)
• Please bring your own sleeping bag or it can be rented along with a sheet for the additional price (to be paid directly).
What to bring
- Please bring your own sleeping bag or it can be rented along with a sheet for the additional price.
- Map - can be purchased in Narsarsuaq.
- Water bottle
- First-aid kit
- Camera equipment: Greenland is a photographer’s paradise and you should ensure to have enough memory cards with you
- Binoculars: to scout for wildlife.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses
- Summer season extras
- Boots/shoes adequate for terrain
- Hiking socks
- Convertible nylon pants/shorts
- Fleece jacket
- Polypropylene underwear (shirt & pants)
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Hooded rain jacket and pants
- Insect repellent
Level: Easy hikes – vehicle/boat supported treks. It is a self-guided tour. No guide, info meeting on arrival at Narsarsuaq airport. Hiking maps of the area can be bought in Greenland.
You can go shopping in Narsarsuaq, Qassiarsuk and Igaliku. There is a restaurant in Igaliku and Narsarsuaq. Dinner at Sillisit sheep farm should be ordered in advance.
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