South and West Greenland | 6 Days
Come along this spectacular exploration of South- and West Greenland. The adventure is paired with sailing the arctic seas from location to location and suits both the urban traveller and the outdoor person. This tour is for you, looking for an arctic introduction and a need for satisfying your curiosity of Greenland – from daily life to the spectacular nature.
Your journey starts in Iceland, where you will be departing from. Here a 6-day adventure of nature and city discovering awaits you. The flight to Greenland is one of the most scenic journeys imaginable, as you will travel high above the Greenland Ice Cap and the arctic mountain tins.
The discovery of the urban cities and the remote villages will create a sharp contrast between the paces and tempos, furthermore the diverse culture that you will get to experience on first hand. Culture, nature and history are to be explored on this West- and South Greenlandic expedition. On your days off, you plan what you would like to experience, explore and examine in wonderful, wild and vast Greenland.
The itinerary is described below.
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The South- and West Greenland explorations start in Reykjavik Domestic Airport.
You will be departing with the flight to Nuuk and the most scenic journey imaginable awaits you, as you will travel high above the Greenland icecap and the arctic mountain tins.
Upon arrival in Nuuk, you will be transferred to your hotel. Once you are settled in, the adventure continues. You will be joining a cultural city walk, taking you through Nuuk's cultural and historical sites.
You will have the morning and afternoon for yourself to explore. Explore what you did not get to explore yesterday, and go on an optional fjord tour. Nuuk tours can be found on the front page. Go on a fiord safari, and experience the very best Nuuk fjord has to offer - from humpback whales to towering mountain tins and breathtaking nature.
You will be departing from Nuuk 14:30, with the ferry Sarfaq Ittuk. You will be sailing south along the coastline, and on your journey down south, you will be travelling in the presence of migrating icebergs and travelling humpback whales. The ferry will home you and your fellow explorers for the night.
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery en route to Qaqortoq. You will be travelling among vast mountains, along with untouched and remote nature. The whole day will be spent at sea, but shortstops will be made in Paamiut, Arsuk and Narsaq, before arriving in colourful, charming and radiant Qaqortoq.
You will be arriving in Qaqortoq at midnight, but luckily the midnight sun dominates the sky - so take advantage and explore the lovely town. Qaqortoq, regardless of winter or summer, is the quintessence of charm. From the top of the mountain hills, down the small Spanish passages routing through colourful houses to the harbour of charming, colourful and radiant Qaqortoq. The small capital of the south 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 reside in 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 units.
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
Today you will depart from Qaqortoq at 09:00 Am. You will be traveling in between luxuriant vigorous plains and peaky mountain tops. Let the arctic winds slip through your hair, as you venture towards delight of quite-ness, warmth and balming nature.
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 colourful flowers and green grass.
Your adventure starts with you and your fellow explorers hiking the ''Kings Road''. The King's road is a path of 4 kilometres, 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 neighbouring 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.
You will be staying in the Igaliku Country Hotel for 2 nights. You will be sleeping in a cabin with shared facilities.
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 having 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 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 winds slip through your hair, and feel the small pebbles lightly touch your cheeks.
The day is yours to create.
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 stronghold. You will be experiencing, exploring and examining the well-preserved ruins and an open-air museum. The Norsemen's 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 fjord to Narsarsuaq. Narsarsuaq is the gate to South Greenland - but it is also much more than 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 hiker's paradise. Conquer the ''Signalhøjen'', where you will be rewarded with a sublime view of the Greenland Icecap - 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! You and your fellow explorers will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Iceland 18:55, the flight departs from Narsarsuaq and arrives in Keflavik international airport at 23:25.
• Flights Reykjavík-Nuuk/Narsarsuaq-Keflavík, with airport taxes
• Airport and harbour transfers in Greenland
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with private facilities, with breakfast
• 2 nights in country hotel in double room/cabin without private facilities, with breakfast
• Ferry transport Ilulissat-Qaqortoq with with 1 night in double cabin with private facilities on board the ferry
• Boat transfer Qaqortoq-Itilleq-Qassiarsuk-Narsarsuaq
• Admission fee to Brattahlid open-air museum
|• Meals on board Sarfaq Ittuk (can be ordered and purchased on the spot)
• Flybus airport shuttle in Iceland
• Optional tours
What to bring
|• Camera equipment: Greenland is a photographer’s paradise and you should ensure to have enough memory cards with you.
• Binoculars: to scout for wildlife.
• Moisture Transportable Clothing
• Insulating Clothing
• Wind and Waterproof Outdoor Clothing
• Hat & Gloves
• Good Walking Shoes/Boots
• Sun Glasses
• Sun lotion
• Summer Season Extras
|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. Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand. Please note: although during summer months the weather in Greenland is relatively stable there is always a possibility of delayed flights due to unfavourable weather conditions. NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.|