Kayak & Ice Hike | 8 Days | South Greenland
Take one week out of the calendar to go to Greenland and explore its pure, magical nature. Come hide from the civilization for one whole week on this kayaking and ice trekking expedition!
On this 8-day tour, you will be spending most of your time in a kayak, paddling through the southern part of Greenland. You will be paddling through, pass and among icebergs, Ice, glaciers, mountains, minor islands, waterfalls, tundras and much more. The odds of seeing seals, humpback whales, northern lights, ice falling off an iceberg are highly likely on this tour, as you'll be in the middle of it (nature) the whole time.
Don't you worry? There'll also be time to be a little civilized so you can get to see and get an idea of the Greenlandic culture. Saving the best for last we'll be visiting a town at the end of the tour. You will get time to explore the town and to get a feeling of a small, unique Greenlandic town. So, if you like kayaking. If you love sleeping in tents, on sandy beaches, under the stars and under the northern lights. If you like paddling through the pure nature and hiking on glaciers. If you'd always dreamed about catching your first fish. What else is there to think about? This tour is perfect for you who wish to disappear into the wild.
Why visit Greenland? Lonely Planet must have ranked it the #9 country to see for a reason.
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
The first day of this exhilarating kayaking and ice-trekking expedition brings you to Narsarsuaq, South Greenland. Upon arrival in Narsarsuaq, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide at the airport reception. From Narsarsuaq a 45-kilometres boat tour to Narsaq town awaits you.
In Narsaq you will stay overnight, and before heading to bed your guide will give you an introduction to the equipment you will be needing on your second day for kayaking.
Your second day of this expedition brings you to sea, both by zodiac and kayak.
We set off from Narsaq Harbour by zodiac and travel to Qingaarsup Island, from where we will start our kayak expedition to the Nuulussuaq peninsula.
You will be paddling along the fjord-coast in the company of your guide, navigating between icebergs. This area is known for voyaging icebergs, that originates from the Eqalorutsit Glacier - at times, we have experienced that there are so much ice, we have to slow down the paddling and change route, due to Icebergs blocking our way.
Once we reach the Nuulussuaq Peninsula, we set up camp. From the campsite, you will be able to see the Greenland Ice Sheet – an impressively rewarding view, after a day of hard work. The evening can be spent fishing for Arctic salmon, gathering mushrooms and different berries.
We kayak to the glacier branch, Naajaat Sermiat.
En route, we will paddle through a set of islands, with waterfalls and luscious tundra, contrasting the blue sea and white icebergs. While you paddle to navigate around the icebergs in the most pristine fjord sceneries.
We will enter the Maniitsup Tunua Fjord, and pass the peninsulas of Maniitsup, Niaqornap Nunaa and Nuulussuaq. We’ll be spending the night not far away from Naajaat Sermiat Glacier Font. The view of the Icecap will motivate you to explore even more of the Greenlandic wilderness.
Night in tents.
We set out from camp in kayaks, and sail around Akuliaruseq Island (Caribou Island). While sailing we can enjoy sights of flora and fauna. We will navigate along the Qaleraliaq Fjord to arrive by our campsite at the Qaleraliaq glacier.
We camp on a small sandy beach, from where you can overlook the impressively large glacier brink of Qaleraliaq. If weather, as well as our energy, allow, we will do a hike to a nearby viewpoint from where you can overlook the scenic landscape and spot caribou.
By night, settle into your tent, and enjoy the dramatic, but beautiful sounds of ice calving.
We paddle four kilometres to the place from where your glacier trek will start.
Once you are equipped with crampons, your mountaineer-skilled guide will help you ascend onto the ice. Your time on the ice will be spent exploring the crevasses of ice and drains, all while your knowledgeable guide tells you all about the characteristics of the Ice Sheet and his/her experiences with glaciers.
After an exhilarating expeditionary hike on the Inland tounge, we continue the tour by kayak to the different glaciers in Qaleraliaq fjord. We won’t trek onto the glacier branches, but just sit in our kayaks and admire the beauty of the glacier brinks. Seeing the glacier brinks from seaside gives a unique perspective – gaze upon the magnificent size and admire the azure of ice descending into the surrounding mountain landscape.
We travel out to sea and paddle among the icebergs, that originate from the Qaleraliaq glacier tounges. We expect to reach Caribou Island, where we will stay overnight in tents.
The fjord landscapes you will paddle through during this 8-days are always changing – no fjord is the same, but every fjord provides you with incredible views of Greenland’s spectacular nature. If you are looking to disappear into the wilderness, this is the tour for you.
On your 6th day, we stop by Qingaarsuup Island and enter Ikersuaq Fjord.
We’ll do a 15-mile paddle from Qaleraliaq to Qingaarsup. Through the large Ikersuaq Fjord. The fjord is famous for housing the travelling calved Icebergs of Eqalorutsit and Qorooq glacier, and seals and whales are no strangers in these waters.
We set up camp by the end of the day.
We return to our start destination, Narsaq. The route of the 7th day is dependent on the ice. We might cross the Ikerusaq Fjord and paddle to Stephensen bay to visit Tuttutoq Island. Why we choose to visit this exact island to visit, is due to the ruins of a former Inuit settlement. It's quite interesting to picture the settlement in its surroundings. If we have paddled for long, we can either continue to Narsaq by kayak or get picked up by zodiac boat, this all depends on the ice and current.
In Narsaq you have the time to explore on your own. You will be accommodated at the Kayak Hostel.
- Return flights between Reykjavik 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 the daily itinerary (between Narsaq and Narsarsuaq)
- Full board (all meals during tour, except lunch on flight days)
- Accommodation according to the itinerary (tent and hostel)
- Kayak and equipment rental
- Camping equipment
- RIB boat travel equipment
- Airport taxes and fees (approx. 200€)
- Travel insurance
- Last day dinner in Narsaq and lunch on flight days
- Optional excursion
- Accommodation, transfers and food in Reykjavík or Copenhagen
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays.
- Any other aspect not listed as "Included”
What to bring
- Fleece hat (or wollen)
- Sun cream (we recommend strong protection against UVA rays)
- Lip balm (with sun block)
- Mosquito head net (highly recommended if you come before mid August). It’s possible to purchase it at the Leif Eriksson Hostel
- Peak cap (to use with the mosquito net)
- Waterproof jacket
- A pair of light waterproof trousers
- Fleece jacket
- Rain cape
- Fleece jacket
- Light/Midweight fleece or jumper
- Thermal underwear (3 t-shirts)
- Thermal leggings
- Comfortable trousers (to wear during the trek)
- Polar buff
- Neoprene gloves
- Fleece gloves
- Waterproof – Gore Tex gloves
- Waterproof – Gore Tex trekking high boots 4 pairs of socks
- Flip-flops, crocs shoes or similar footwear (mandatory to be used at the hostel)
- Sleeping bag (if possible for -10oC). You may rent one at the Leif Eriksson Hostel. Please contact us to confirm.
- Mattress pad. You may rent one at Narsarsuaq. Please contact us to confirm.
- Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable products)
- Cutlery set for picnics
- Torch (if possible, head torch).
- Light water bottle
- Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable products)
- Backpack, suitcase or big kit bag (remember that you will leave it in Narsaq with your extra equipment, until the end of the trip)
- Small bag (for one-day trips)
- 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 it 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 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 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, a PIN-code is required.
- From mid-August, there are chances of seeing northern lights.
- Itinerary can be changed.
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