UNESCO 5 days package | South Greenland
See one of the more charming sides of Greenland, South Greenland. A big part of South Greenland was recently accepted on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which presents a unique history of farming in the Arctic that begins with Norse settlement in Greenland in the 900s. On this package, you’ll have a great opportunity to see 3 of the UNESCO sites: Hvalsey, where you can see the best preserved Norse church - Igaliku, which is a beautiful family friendly sheep farmer village - and Qassiarsuk, which is an ideal area to hike.
You will also be staying in Qaqortoq which is the biggest city in South Greenland. Qaqortoq is full of life with traditions, culture, and history and the city is decorated with the permanent art exhibition “Stone and Man” consisting of more than 30 sculptures all over town. The artworks were created by 18 Nordic artists, and the artworks were made directly from the cliffs and bedrocks, permanent indeed! While here you can visit Great Greenland, which is a place where sealskin is made into fine mittens or bags for men and women. In the center of the town you’ll find the one and only fountain in the whole country, right nearby the local museum which has an exciting collection of tupilaks original kayaks and other things.
During this 5 day trip, you’ll get to experience the charming southern part of Greenland. Once you've landed in Narsarsuaq you’ll be sailing to Qaqortoq (2 hours), amongst icebergs and possibly even whales and seals. The day after you’ve arrived in Qaqortoq you’ll get to see the first of the UNESCO sites, the church ruin in Hvalsey. Your exploration has just begun and over the next few days you’ll be out and discovering more Norse ruins in the prettiest landscapes, including a tour to the famous Qooroq Icefjord.
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Arrival in Narsarsuaq & hiking to Igaliku
Upon arrival in Narsarsuaq, you’ll be picked up and driven to the harbor.
You will start your half-day adventure to the oldest Norse farm, Qassiarsuk, where the outlaw, Eric the Red built his farm (which he named Brattahlid) when he settled in Greenland as the first Norseman.
You’ll find a open-air-museum of the well-preserved farm (admission fee not included), Brattahlid. There are about 40 inhabitants in Qassiarsuk and is right on the opposite side of the fjord to Narsarsuaq. The village is well known for its annual marathon named: Leif den Lykkelige (Leif the happy) Marathon, which also is also a well-known name from the Norsemen.
After your trip to Qassiarsuk, you will be transferred by boat and sail to Itilleq, where you’re going hiking on “Kings Road”, it’s about 4 km to one of the most beautiful sheep farming villages of Greenland, Igaliku. It is an easy walk on the gravel road, your luggage will be transferred for you by car so you just need your backpack with water, an extra layer of clothes and a camera!
The village is right on the opposite side of the iconic Illerfissalik mountain and is more or less surrounded by mountains, which makes this area a bit warmer in the summer - that’s why it has the name Igaliku which means “the place like a pot” in Greenlandic.
Day in Igaliku
You can go on two wonderful day hikes:
Lake and Plateau hike- it is one of the most popular day hikes. It is 17km hike where you go to the viewpoint over the Tunulliarfik fjord and Qooroq glacier.
The waterfall hike - it is another 17 km hike across some sheep farms to the river and waterfalls.
Qooqqut fjord tour & arriving at Qaqortoq
After breakfast, we will pack the bags and head to new adventures!
In the beginning, we will go on a 2-hour Qooqqut fjord tour among the icebergs. You will enjoy amazing views of the Qooqqut ice fjord. This two hours tour will let us sail as close as possible to the glacier and get a perfect shot! You will have time to be outside and enjoy a hot drink.
After the tour, we will head to the biggest city in South Greenland- Qaqortoq. You will spend the last two nights here.
Today you’ll be heading on a boat trip to Hvalsey from Qaqortoq, it only takes about 30 min.
For you to arrive at your first UNESCO site. The Hvalsey church ruin is 6 meters tall and is the most well-preserved Norse church in Greenland. Hvalsey is called Qaqortukulooq in Greenlandic, which means “the big white” or “the very white one” because the church was painted white when it was in use. When you’ve learned more about the story of the church you’ll have time to walk around in the silence and beauty of nature.
When you’ve sailed back to Qaqortoq there’s time for a walk, you could go see the fish/meat market, where the fishermen and hunters sell their catch of the day. The market is in the center, where there are cafées and the fountain. If you have the time, you can go for a walk to see the “Stone and Man” sculptures all over town.
- All accommodations - 4 nights with shared facilities (2 nights in Qaqortoq, 1 night in Igaliku and 1 night in Narsarsuaq )
- Half-day boat trip to Hvalsey church
- Boat trip to Igaliku
- Boat trip to Qassiarsuk
- 2 hours boat tour to the Icefjord
- Airport transfer including luggage
- All boat transfers
- If traveling alone, you must choose the single-room supplement when booking this tour.
- Personal travel Insurance
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)
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- This itinerary is based on flights from Iceland to Narsarsuaq and then back to Iceland. This is however just an option, you can also fly from Copenhagen.
- The price of the tour is based on a double room with shared facilities, you can choose to upgrade during the booking process. The order of the itinerary is subject to change according to weather and limited capacity.
- It is important to bring cash in the form of Danish Krona to Greenland. While credit cards are accepted in larger locations (eg hotels, and supermarkets), they may not be accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency is often not accepted.
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