Land of Erik the Red | Igaliku & Narsarsuaq | South Greenland
Come along this adventure to the land of Erik The Red! This adventure is for anyone interested in the hidden arctic gems, searching for vanished ages within Greenland, from the ice-filled passages to the ancient Norse ruins!
South Greenland is famous for its fruitful arctic tundra, blue and white nuanced ice azures and Norse history, that you will get to experience, explore and examine in the wild, wonderful and vast South Greenland.
Erik The Red was declared lawless in both Norway and Iceland, therefore his crimes lead him to Greenland. From here Erik The Red created Brattahlid – the bishopric and lured around 4000 Norsemen to Greenland, due to the enchanting name he gave the country. Today marks of their existence are visible and Erik The Red still haunts the surrounding fjord, as his name lives on.
You are going to travel through the Qooroq Icefjord to a branch of the Greenland ice cap. The wonders of the arctic will drain you emotionally with its beauty, as you travel through the the bodies of frozen waters. Furthermore, you will be exploring vanished ages!
Erik The Reds fjord, is famous for being one of the most beautiful and charming places in all of Greenland, and the journey to destinations are worth the trip itself.
Pull on your warmest hat and tie your hiking boots on this mesmerizing South Greenlandic adventure! Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Book Now’’ above.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today your adventure starts with departing from Keflavik International Airport, where a 3 hour flight is ahead of you. Feel the excitement and find your inner explorer as you set out into the clear Icelandic sky. The journey from Keflavik to Narsarsuaq is always mesmerizing, as you venture high above the fruitful arctic tundra and the ice filled fjords.
When arriving in Narsarsuaq, you will stay overnight.
Narsarsuaq is a former military base, and today an airport settlement. Situated in the Erik The Reds fjord, Narsarsuaq is the gate to South Greenland. With Narsarsuaq as your first destination, you are set for the adventure. Today you and your fellow explorers will hike ''The big plain'', that is the meaning of the name Narsarsuaq.
There is easy access to the Greenland ice sheet, as it is only 6 kilometers away from the settlement. Furthermore traces of the second world war are scattered across the area, explore abandoned factories and get an insight to the involvement of Greenland in the second world war. If not interested in history, explore the beautiful surroundings. Narsarsuaq has its own forrest, planted by the inhabitants of the settlement. The arctic forrest is to be explored by you, in the presence of arctic hares, foxes and eagles.
Your adventure starts with sailing across the bay, to Qassiarsuk. It is a small journey to the charming village, but the beauty of the tour, will leave you longing for more of the South Greenlandic Nature.
Centuries of sheep farming and agriculture both by the norsemen and the Greenlandic people, is to be explored.
The village Qassiarsuk was established by Erik the red and became the Norsemen's stronghold, Brattahlíð. The establishment of agriculture and sheep farming, is still in continuance today.
Qassiarsuk holds an open air museum, that is the reconstruction of Erik The Reds Farm and Thjodhild's church. Explore the reconstruction, hike the surrounding area and chat with a local.
Igaliku is known, as the most beautiful settlement in all of Greenland. At the bottom of its very own fjord, lies the charming village surrounded by sky high mountain tins, fruitful arctic tundra and passing icebergs.
When going a shore you will be enchanted by the beautiful surroundings. Your adventure starts by hiking the Kings road, that will lead to Igaliku. Sky high mountain tins with powder white snow resting at their peaks, colorful flowers and grassing sheep, is to be taken in on this breathtaking excursion.
The settlement is a popular vacation destination for the Greenlandic people, as the stunning surroundings provide balm for the soul, and so does the wonderful people of the settlement. Rent a kayak and paddle to the rhythm of the ocean or search for vanished ages!
Today your adventure ends, but not before exploring Qooroq ice fjord. Store your luggage at the hotel, before setting out on your adventure. You will be sailing on a guided tour, in the presence of majestic icebergs with the mission of reaching a branch of the Greenland ice cap. When traveling Qooroq ice fjord, you are moving between chunks of ice, that will provide you with your need of adrenaline rushes. Stand on deck and let the arctic winds slip through your finger tips, as you enjoy your last moments in Greenland.
You will depart with an evening flight for Keflavik international airport.
- Flights Keflavik-Narsarsuaq-Keflavik with airport taxes
- Airport and boat transfers in Greenland as per itinerary
- 3 nights in Hotel Narsarsuaq Double/twin room with private facilities
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Guided boat trip to Qooroq Ice fjord
- Guided bot trip to Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid)- a historical open-air museum
- Guided boat trip and easy 6km hike to Igaliku (Gardar)
- Single supplement (Mandatory if traveling alone)
- Travel Insurance (recommended)
- Optional activities – can be added on request
- Any services that not listed under ‘Included’
- Flights supplement (if any)
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 and gloves, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Camera and spare batteries
- Please note: Schedules may change in case of unfavourable weather conditions. Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand. NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
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