Kayak & Ice Hike | 15 Days | South Greenland
Let's go kayaking 170 km through Greenlands most beautiful nature. Let's go climbing to some of Greenlands highest glacier peaks. Let's combine these two things and make an adventure. Greenland is the world's biggest Island and what better way to be exploring this than by doing 15-day kayaking and ice trekking tour?
You will be followed by a guide who'll show you the prettiest and the must-see-places of South Greenland. The guide who will accompany you on this tour will fill you in on everything to make sure that returning from this holiday, have not only given you an adventure of a lifetime and great photos, but also a big knowledge of the world's biggest Island.
Some nights will be spent in tents, this higher your chances of seeing the northern lights. What would be more perfect?
So what will I get to see?
Icebergs, giant glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, fjords, The Inland Ice, museums, villages and towns, green hills, you might see seals and whales and much, much more.
Are you ready to pack your hiking boots? Are you ready to paddle through the southern part of Greenland? Let's go!
Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place on this kayaking exploration of South Greenland by clicking on Book Now.
Kayaking & SUP
You’ll land at Narsarsuaq Airport, arriving from either Reykjavik Domestic Airport or Copenhagen Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at the airport reception.
From Narsarsuaq you will transfer by Zodiac boat through the spectacular fjord landscape of northern Tunulliarfik Fjord, to Narsaq town. Once having dropped off your luggage at the local hostel, you and the group can get kitted with kayaks, paddles, clothing and navigation accessories.
If time, wind, weather and energy allow, a short introduction on how to use the rudder most effectively on water, can take place. Settle into the time zone at the hostel or take advantage of the midnight sun by exploring Narsaq on your own in the evening.
Your grand paddling voyage through South Greenland begins. For the next 13 days, you will be paddling through 170 kilometres of South Greenland’s most unspoiled nature sites. Your journey starts off by crossing Tunulliarfik fjord, sailing across the fjord from Narsaq, towards Tuttutooq Island. While paddling, you can enjoy the views of rugged vegetated mountains, waterfalls, seals and voyaging icebergs.
You’ll paddle along the coast while being sheltered from the current and wind behind a set of islands. Your guide will try to keep you and the group on water, but in some places, you have to trek with the kayaks. Expect to do a midway stop at a local fisherman’s cabin. The route of the day is dependent on wind, weather and the overall strength of the group. The guide will decide whether you will continue around Tuttutooq Island or if the route should be shortened, by taking a shortcut that will bring you closer to Qaleraliq Fjord.
Nights will be spent in tents.
Today you wake up in the Greenlandic wilderness. Your third day in Greenland takes you through Ikersuaq Fjord, a place known for being filled with icebergs and often visited by whales – but rarely visited by kayaks. You will be paddling your way around a scenery of white nuanced iceberg, contrasting the dark blue sea. Admire the unspoiled raw nature of rugged mountains and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arctic. We paddle northeast for approximately two days with the mission of reaching Torsukattak fjord, from where we will enter Qaleraliaq Fjord for our glacier trek.
Night in tents.
The journey continues northeast through Ikersuaq to Toruskattak Fjord. The Greenlandic nature will never stop to amaze. Cruising through the uninhabited fjords, in the only presence of wildlife, in the most astonishing nature in the world, is an experience every explorer should not be without.
Nights in tents.
Torsukattak Fjord Exploration
Today you will be starting the journey through Torsukattak Fjord, with the mission of reaching Qaleraliq Fjord, where we set up camp for the night. Torsukattak is famous for its towering mountains with sharp peaks reaching the clouds. It is the land of the explorer, an area rarely visited.
Night in tents.
The Fjord Of Glaciers
You’ll enter Qaleraliq Fjord and do a 15-kilometre paddle, along the beautiful cliffs rising above the shoreline of the fjord. Somewhere along the day, your 6th day in Greenland should bring you to the Qaleraliq Glaciers. The Qaleraliq Glaciers are all glacier branches connected to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Once these glaciers were one complete glacier with a large glacier brink, but due to global warming, the glacier melted into three different parts.
You will be approaching these giants of ice by kayak – silently sliding through the water towards one of the world’s most amazing spectacles both for the eyes and ears. We set up camp across from the glaciers on a sandy beach. While staying on the shores of Qaleraliq Fjord, you can enjoy the dramatic, but the beautiful roar of ice retracting from the glacier.
Once we are settled in, you will accompany your guide for a hike to the Tasersuatsiaq lake, from where you can overlook the Greenland Ice sheet. Besides the incredible view of glaciers, there are good chances of spotting wildlife, such as Polar foxes/Arctic foxes, caribou and Arctic hares.
Night in tents.
We hope you have spent the night listening to the seracs of ice breaking off the glacier. The morning will be spent enjoying breakfast, dismantling the tents and setting off for the Greenland Ice Sheet by kayak.
We paddle toward the end of Qaleraliq Fjord, from where we start our journey on the Ice. For four hours you will be wandering upon the Greenland Ice sheet to explore the great moraine and enjoy the sights of the nunataks and seracs. You will be in the capable hands of a skilled professional mountaineer guide.
We return to our kayaks and set up camp. Nights in tents.
Waking up next to the Greenland Ice Sheet
On your 8th day, we’ll take it easy. We paddle by kayak around the Qaleraliq Glaciers and set up camp on Caribou Island. On Caribou Island, you can relax your arms and enjoy the pristine nature.
Night in tents.
You will be heading northeast, paddling around the caribou inhabited island Akuliaruseq, with the mission of visiting the Naajaat Sermiat Glaciers. This will be the day with most kayaking, but you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Naajaat Sermiat Glaciers.
Nights in tents.
Your 10th day through this kayaking voyage through South Greenlandic fjord continues. The route of the day is dependent on how the tour is progressing.
Your 12th day brings you to Qingaarsup Island. On the island, we’ll set up camp, next to a cabin. We’ll do an easy trek to a viewpoint, from where we can see the Greenland Ice sheet and the routes we have covered over the last days. For dinner we enjoy whatever mother nature has produced in our surroundings: maybe wild caught salmon, blueberries and mushrooms?
Night in tents.
Returning to civilization
You will be returning to civilization. We cross Ikersuaq Fjord and return to the island of Tuttuttooq near Stephensen Bay. On the island, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the ruins of the former Inuit Settlement, Manitsuarsuk.
Depending on how the journey is progressing we’ll either kayak from Tututtoq to Narsaq or transfer by zodiac boat.
Nights in the hostel.
Exploring Narsaq Or Visting Qaqortoq & Hvalsey Church
Now you have time to recover and rest from the last 13 days of kayaking. You can choose to stay in Narsaq to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature of the town, or you can visit the capital of South Greenland, Qaqortoq, and the Norse-Viking Ruins of Hvalsey Church on an optional excursion.
For the optional excursion, you transfer by boat from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq.
In Qaqortoq, we recommend that you follow the stone carving made by the talented Greenlandic artist Aka Høegh and other Nordic artists, explore between the colourful houses on the hilly landscape, stop by the museum and the kayak club.
The tour continues by boat to the Hvalsey Church ruins, that are some of the best-preserved Norse-Viking ruins in all of Greenland. En route, we will pass several islands, both Arpatsiviik, Hvalsey/ Whale island and venture through the Hvalseyfjördur, where the church is located.
It is said that the church was built around 1300, and was one of the first Christian churches on the North American continent.
We return to Narsaq in the afternoon. Night in hostel.
You will be transferred by boat to Narsarsuaq, from where your flight departs. In Narsarsuaq we will have time to explore the area or visit the Bluie West One Museum, a former American military base from the Second World War.
Not many know the story of Greenland’s involvement in the second world war, or the presence of the Americans in Greenland during this period – it is quite interesting to delve into this unknown history of Greenland’s involvement in the 2nd WW.
- Fully guided Multi-day kayaking tour through 170 km of unspoiled nature
- Flights Reykjavik- Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik
- Airport taxes
- Glacier trekking Greenland ice sheet
- English-speaking expedition guide
- Transfers in Greenland according to the daily itinerary
- Full board (all meals during the tour, except lunch on flight days)
- Accommodation according to the itinerary (tent and shared room at hostel with shared facilities)
- Visiting Narsaq
- Visiting Inuit settlements and Viking sites
- Kayak and equipment rental (Dry suit, spray skirts, life jacket, paddling mittens rubber boats 2 dry bags (35 and 47 l, pump)
- Camping equipment (Tents, camping and cooking accessories, first aid kid)
- RIB boat safety equipment
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- Lunch on flight days
- Optional excursions
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays.
- Accommodation, transfers and food in Reykjavík or Copenhagen
- Last day dinner
- Any other aspect not listed as "Included”
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
- Water bottle
- Full list of essentials to pack will be sent upon booking
- PLEASE NOTE: The listed itinerary is not the exact itinerary - the itinerary can vary and be altered and changed.
- ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active. Since we will be sailing in an area of calm water and because of the stability of our double kayaks, previous experience in kayaking is not required (although is recommended). However, given that this trip is more sports-based than other expeditions, good overall physical condition is required as well as being aware of the effort involved.
- 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 travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled 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, PIN-code is required.
- From mid-August, there are chances of seeing northern lights. We recommend you confirm Optional Excursions at the time of booking.
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