Wonders of Greenland | South Greenland

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Tour Type
Vacation Package
Duration
8 days
Difficulty
Easy
Start town
Reykjavik
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Explore the wonders of South Greenland on this 8-day voyage through Erik The Red’s Fjord. On your trip, you’ll see all the main attractions of South Greenland, from the UNESCO World Heritages of Qassiarsuk and Igaliku to parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Tunulliarfik Icefjords.

This incredible 8-day voyage covers all the main attractions of Erik The Reds Fjord, starting with an unforgettable day in the footsteps of the Norse-Vikings in the small agricultural community, Qassiarsuk. The second day sends you off to sea and into the wilderness, where you’ll sail to our camp, right across from the Qaleraliq Glacier. Here you’ll spend 3 days in the wide-open spaces of nature to glacier trek, travel along glacial walls, hike among mountains and enjoy the silence of the unspoiled tundra landscape, only broken by the sounds of nature. On your 5th day, you’ll travel through Erik The Red’s Fjord to visit one of Greenland’s most renowned settlements, Igaliku and navigate around the icebergs of Qooroq Icefjord, before returning to Qassiarsuk. The 6th day sends you off on a hike along the farmers dirt roads to the bay of icebergs in the Tasiusaq farmland. The last two days of your voyage to the wonders of South Greenland brings you to Narsarsuaq by boat. In Narsarsuaq you will hike through the Flower Valley with the mission of reaching a viewpoint, from where you can overlook the Greenland Ice sheet. On your last day, we bid you farewell from Narsarsuaq, before you depart for your flight to either Reykjavik (Iceland) or Copenhagen (Denmark).

This tour is the ideal trip for the adventurous traveller, who’d rather explore than plan. We will see to all the planning of transfer, destinations, accommodation and gear, while you enjoy the wide-open spaces of nature.

Altogether, the trip is a perfect combination of amazing nature experiences mixed with rich cultural and historical inputs. Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place by clicking on Book Now.

 

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Activities

Boat Tour

Camping

Glacier Hiking

Glacier Views

Iceberg Views

Settlement Visit

Attractions

Igaliku

Qassiarsuk

Qooroq Icefjord

Day 1

In the footsteps of the Norse-Viking

You’ll arrive by flight from Copenhagen Airport (Denmark) or Reykjavik Domestic Airport (Iceland to Narsarsuaq, South Greenland.  On your flight to the Arctic, if the sky is clear, you can enjoy a birds-eye-view of the Arctic Ocean, the Denmark Strait and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Arriving in Narsarsuaq, you will be met by your guide at the airport reception.  Immediately after picking up your luggage, the journey of uncovering the wonders of South Greenland brings you to sea by Zodiac Boat. You will be travelling across Tunlliarfik Fjord ( Erik The Red’s Fjord) to the former Norse-Viking capital, Qassiarsuk.  After having settled into Leif Eriksson Hostel, you will be heading out on a guided tour of the open-air museum. The museum is known for its impressive recreation of an old Norse-Viking house and an Inuit summer dwelling – both displaying tales of the modest living conditions of the past.

Due to its rich history of Norse-Viking settlements, agriculture and impressive landscapes, parts of the Tunulliarfik Fjord were inaugurated as UNESCO World Heritages – here among them are Qassiarsuk and Igaliku, that you will be visiting on this 8-day voyage through South Greenland.

In the evening, we recommend that you take advantage of the bright light of the midnight sun, and stroll through the little town, with only 50 inhabitants.

Overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 2

 

Glacier Ahead!

The journey progresses, and your second day in Greenland takes you to the north of Tunulliarfik. We’ll set the course towards our camp by the Qaleraliaq Glacier but do a midway stop in the third largest town of South Greenland, Narsaq.

Your stay in Narsaq is at your own leisure, you have the time to visit the museum, fish market and other local shops before we head to our last destination of the day.

While sailing through the different fjords of South Greenland, you can enjoy fjord sceneries of icebergs, waterfalls, towering and rugged mountain.  It quite extraordinary to experience the open spaces of nature, not inhabited or disturbed by civilization– you will sense the infinite size of the Greenlandic nature, and that you truly are in the elements of nature – a place where the forces of nature are dominant.

Sailing through Qaleraliq Fjord approaching the Qaleraliq Glaciers is a trip worth in itself. Arriving at the camp, you will be surprised to see that you will be sleeping just across from an Ice Cap, in dome-shaped tents.

Day 3

Waking up in the Arctic wilderness

You will be waking up to the amazing view of a glacier – it is hard to imagine anything better to wake up to. While hanging around camp, you will also be enjoying the dramatic and beautiful sound of seracs falling from the glacier and the ice retract – a great roar and soar!

The area does not only host you and you travel-companions, but it is also the home to herds of caribou, that you have great chances of spotting in the surrounding area. After breakfast, it is time for hiking. Tie your hiking boots for this 400 meters ascend to Tasersuatsiaq lake accompanied by your guide. From the summit, you will have a panoramic overview of the surrounding fjord system and the Ice Cap and the nunataks peeking through the glacial landscape.

In the afternoon there will be time to enjoy different activities around the camp. Fish on the shores of the camp’s beach, or look for mushrooms and pick berries on the tundra. It is also recommended that you relax, and enjoy the spectacular view of glacier brink rising in front of the camp.

Day 4

Glacier trekking on the Greenland Ice Sheet

Your 4th day in Greenland brings you on top of a glacier-branch of the Greenland Ice Sheet. From camp, we will travel by zodiac to one of the three glacier tounges in Qaleraliq Fjord. While sailing along the glacier walls, through the unspoiled fjord sceneries, you can see the impact of climate change. The three glacier tongues, that you see used to be one, but as the ice has retracted, the glacier brink was divided into three.

We’ll go to shore and get equipped with crampons to safely navigate around the ice. You skilled mountaineer guide will instruct you on how to move about the ice, before heading onto the big azure of ice. On the ice you will be exploring crevasses, drains, caves and seracs, while you guide tell you all about his knowledge of glaciers and the Greenland Ice Cap.

By the end of the afternoon, we head back to camp and rest.

Day 5

UNESCO World Heritage Igaliku & Qooroq Icefjord

On your 5th day in Greenland, we once again move base to Qassiarsuk. But before heading back, we will travel south to the idyllic and charming UNESCO World Heritage, Igaliku.

Igaliku is renowned as Greenland’s most beautiful settlement. The spectacular scenery of towering mountains with snow on the tins and often sapphire blue sea circumscribing the green farm landscape with houses dotted across is to be explored this afternoon. The settlement is not only favoured by the Inuit’s, but also the Norse Viking that established their bishop seat, Gardar, there, during the 12th century. Traces of the Norse-Vikings presence in Igaliku are to this day visible. You can explore the stone foundations of the bishop seat and other stone made remains.

To get to Igaliku, we first travel by boat to the docking station, Itilleq. From Itilleq, you will be hiking for 4 kilometres on a dirt road called, Kings Road (Kongevejen). The hike is easily conquered and has a duration of approx. 45 minutes. A beautiful hike, that is just an appetizer of the beautiful landscape you will see in Igaliku.

While heading to Qassiarsuk, we will stop by the Qooroq Icefjord to enjoy the sight of icebergs, originating from one of South Greenland’s most active glaciers. It is quite an extraordinary experience to navigate the ice-filled waters of the fjord. The density of ice will make it impossible for the boat to travel further into the fjord!

By now, you might have missed a proper shower and real bed to sleep in. Take the time to relax, before your hike tomorrow. Night at Leif Eriksson’s Hostel.

Day 6

Hiking to the bay of icebergs, Tasiusaq.

Day 6th of you uncovering the wonders of South Greenland brings you to Tasiusaq Farm. After breakfast, you will accompany your guide on a hike to Tasiusaq farmland. You will hike along the farmer’s dirt roads, and en route, you can enjoy the impressive surrounding of vegetated tundra, grassing sheep and voyaging icebergs.

In Tasiusaq, we can hike further into the farmland and visit the idyllic Nunataaq farm. We do a picnic while overlooking the unspoiled surroundings. It is possible to do an optional kayak tour around the icebergs of Tasiusaq Bay for an additional fee.

Depending on the strength of the group and weather, we either stay the night in Tasiusaq or head back to Qassiarsuk and stay at Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 7

Flower Valley and Kiattut glacier

Your 7th day in Greenland includes visits to the highlights: Flower Valley and the Kiattut Glacier.

We travel by boat, across the fjord, to Narsarsuaq. In Narsarsuaq, we’ll do a short transfer by car and get dropped off to start our hike towards Flower Valley. Flower valley is known for its immense beauty of arctic flowers and plants dotted across the tundra. The purple colours of the harebell pop up from the orange and green-leafed tundra of crowberries and reed. There are also edible plants in the form of crowberries, Arctic thyme and angelica. Surrounding you, are rugged mountains and a pathway that will lead you to the Kiattut Glacier. We’ll stand on a plateau, from where you can overlook the immense glacier branch.

We return to the Norse-Viking capital by the afternoon. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner at Leif Eriksson Hostel with local commodities such as fish, whale, seal, caribou and its likes.

Day 8

We bid you farewell!  Return to Demark or Iceland.

For the last time (for now), we travel across the fjord. This time with your luggage and memories you have collected over the last 8 days. In Narsarsuaq, we will do a short walk around the area and visit the museum, Bluie West One, that holds the stories of Greenland’s involvement in the second world war, how Narsarsuaq came to be and why the Americans established a military base here. If you haven’t already said your goodbye’s to the Greenlandic nature, it is also possible to do a one hour hike to a viewpoint from where you can overlook the fjord, Narsarsuaq and the glacier, Kiattut.

You return to either Reykjavik, Iceland or Copenhagen, Denmark.

Included

  • Return flight: Reykjavik Domestic Airport – Narsarsuaq (excl. taxes).
    • If you wish to depart from Copenhagen, please select the supplement in the booking process
  • English speaking expedition guide
  • Transfers in Greenland according to the daily itinerary
  • Accommodation according to the daily itinerary
  • Full board (all meals during the tour)
  • Guided visit to Brattahlid in Qassiarsuk
  • Camping equipment
  • Equipment for the glacier hike
  • Greenlandic farewell dinner

Not included

  • Airport taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • 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

What to bring

  • Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), an insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and an 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.
  • Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
  • A warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Optional: binoculars
  • Prescription medicine if necessary

Additional Information

  • The hikes are quite easy, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, and suitable for most abilities. The excursion on ice with crampons will be led by a mountain guide and is suitable for anyone who is physically active and has an adventurous attitude. The optional kayaking tour does not require previous kayaking experience.
  • From mid-August there is the chance of seeing northern lights.
  • The tour will only be confirmed if there are between 4 and 12 participants.
  • If traveling alone, you must choose the single room supplement when booking this tour.
  • Depending on the availability of flights to Greenland, a flight supplement may apply.
  • Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. We therefore strongly recommend that you do not book onward international flights directly after your trip to Greenland. Give yourself at least one extra day to make an international connection. We also recommend purchasing travel insurance that will cover any expenses should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather.
  • The airlines that fly to Greenland only allow 20 kg of checked-in baggage. If you go over this limit, there is a fee (often strictly enforced) for the extra weight.
  • It is important to bring cash in the form of Danish Krona to Greenland. While credit cards are accepted in larger locations (eg hotels, supermarkets), they may not be accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency is often not accepted.
  • There is a 4-hour time difference between Denmark and West Greenland. There is a 3-hour time difference between Iceland and West Greenland in the winter and a 2-hour time difference in the summer.

Our customers are the foundation of Guide to Greenland so we make great efforts to provide you with the best possible service.

We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry.  We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.

BOOK EARLY
The earlier you book your trip, the better the prices will be, and the more likely you will be able to book the tour you want for the dates/times you want.

Package tours can be sold out more than half a year in advance (note that Guide to Greenland does not include international flights in packages, except where indicated from Iceland or Denmark).  Day trips may sell out closer to your arrival date, but for popular destinations, certain dates/times can also sell out months in advance. We recommend that you secure all of your experiences by booking them well in advance of your trip.

CANCELLATIONS
All cancellations must be made via e-mail.

Although Guide to Greenland is committed to ensuring the best protection and service for our customers in the event of a cancellation, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees. This is in accordance with Greenland travel industry business practices. Details can be found in our general cancellation policy

Note: Due to COVID-19, a temporary cancellation policy applies. You can find it in the footer of the website under the "Terms & Conditions".

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Description

Explore the wonders of South Greenland on this 8-day voyage through Erik The Red’s Fjord. On your trip, you’ll see all the main attractions of South Greenland, from the UNESCO World Heritages of Qassiarsuk and Igaliku to parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Tunulliarfik Icefjords.

This incredible 8-day voyage covers all the main attractions of Erik The Reds Fjord, starting with an unforgettable day in the footsteps of the Norse-Vikings in the small agricultural community, Qassiarsuk. The second day sends you off to sea and into the wilderness, where you’ll sail to our camp, right across from the Qaleraliq Glacier. Here you’ll spend 3 days in the wide-open spaces of nature to glacier trek, travel along glacial walls, hike among mountains and enjoy the silence of the unspoiled tundra landscape, only broken by the sounds of nature. On your 5th day, you’ll travel through Erik The Red’s Fjord to visit one of Greenland’s most renowned settlements, Igaliku and navigate around the icebergs of Qooroq Icefjord, before returning to Qassiarsuk. The 6th day sends you off on a hike along the farmers dirt roads to the bay of icebergs in the Tasiusaq farmland. The last two days of your voyage to the wonders of South Greenland brings you to Narsarsuaq by boat. In Narsarsuaq you will hike through the Flower Valley with the mission of reaching a viewpoint, from where you can overlook the Greenland Ice sheet. On your last day, we bid you farewell from Narsarsuaq, before you depart for your flight to either Reykjavik (Iceland) or Copenhagen (Denmark).

This tour is the ideal trip for the adventurous traveller, who’d rather explore than plan. We will see to all the planning of transfer, destinations, accommodation and gear, while you enjoy the wide-open spaces of nature.

Altogether, the trip is a perfect combination of amazing nature experiences mixed with rich cultural and historical inputs. Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place by clicking on Book Now.

 

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