22 Jan South Greenland Adventure – Greenland – 7 Nights
Day 1: Narsarsuaq and View Point
Arrive at Narsarsuaq International Airport, South Greenland. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and information meeting. Hike to the Glacier View Point, approximately one hour from the hotel. Enjoy great views of the Tunulliarfik Fjord Icebergs and the Kiattuut Glacier.
Day 2: Helicopter flight to Qaqortoq
Impressive helicopter trip (scheduled flight) from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq, over the fjord system of South Greenland. Whatever the route, a helicopter trip in South Greenland is a real unforgettable experience. You will be able to see from above what will be your whole tour, enjoying the fascinating composition of the fjords and the fantastic view of the Inlandis (the Greenlandic ice cap). Enjoy the guided city tour in Qaqortoq. Check in to your hotel in Qaqortoq.
Day 3: Qaqortoq, capital of southern Greenland
Qaqortoq was founded in 1775, and nowadays has almost 3000 inhabitants. It’s described as the most charming town in all Greenland. Enjoy your time at leisure to walk around town, where we will discover the beauty of its colourful buildings and the awe-inspiring landscapes. You can choose to explore the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church, the only fountain in the country, and have dinner in one of its restaurants. Enjoy an optional excursion to Hvalsoy Church and Upernaviarsuk Agricultural Center or visit the Uunartoq Island Thermal Springs.
Day 4: Qaleraliq Camp and Excursion on Ice – Narsaq
Set off for Qaleraliq camp, towards the Inlandis. We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues. These glacier fronts extended into only one, but the dramatic progress of climate change divided it in three glacier fronts. After the navigation along the vertical glacier fronts we will start the Inlandis tongue hiking. An impressive trek using crampons where we will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, and seracs which give a labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge of the excursion to ensure the safety of the group, while he shares with us his knowledge about the characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. Picnic lunch in the ice or at the camp depending on conditions.
In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq. We will be surprised by enormous icebergs falling off from the Eqaloruutsit glacier and floating through the Sermilik Fjord. Sometimes they are blocking the access to Narsaq ports. Check in to your accommodation in Narsaq.
Day 5: City of Narsaq and Sillisit guest farm
Narsaq is the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 people. During the morning, you will have free time to visit the museum, fur shops, hunters harbour or the fish market. Afterwards, we will navigate to Sillisit farm. This Greenlandic guesthouse and farm is set on an idyllic spot, surrounded by lakes and green hills. It’s provided with impressive views of icebergs floating on the fjord creating a warm relaxed atmosphere in a quiet environment. The family running the guesthouse will welcome us and we will have the possibility to know a bit more about the Inuit way of life of the people living here all year around.
Enjoy an escorted hike through the mountains and lakes around the farm. From this idyllic mountains we can enjoy the spectacular views of Ilissumatarfik, the highest mountain in the area, with an altitude of 1,716 m. Vikings used to climb to the summit of this mountain, loaded with huge bundles of firewood to light a great fire to serve as a lighthouse for ships sailing from Europe and wanted to reach Brattahlid, the capital of Greenland Viking world. Enjoy dinner at the guest farm.
Day 6: Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord Excursion
Excursion: Speed boat transfer to Itilleq. Easy hike to cross the “Kongevejen”, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. This town is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland, and where the visitor can discover the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland.
Excursion: Hike back to Itilleq and we will have a sea excursion to Qooroq fjord and see what probably is the most spectacular glacier in southern Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. You can’t imagine the sight of huge icebergs floating around us! We will continue the navigation on our zodiac boat, to Narsarsuaq where you can check into your hotel.
Day 7: Qassiarsuk, Brattahlid when Eric the Red, and Tasiusaq, the Kayaking bay
Excursion: Transfer in RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk. Visit of the church ruins and the settlement of Eric the Red comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, and where Erik the Red settled in 985. Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers.
Enjoy lunch at another privilegiate place, the Leif Eriksson Hostel terraza in front of the fjord (if weather permits) and 4×4 trip to the beautiful Tasiusaq bay. Choose to enjoy an optional Kayak Excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest places in Greenland. Head back to Qassiarsuk and boat transfer to your hotel in Narsarsuaq.
Day 8: The Flower Valley Hike… then flight home
We reserve the morning for the most famous hike in south Greenland, the Flower Valley. A spectacular hike with sights of the Kiattut river and glacier. You will enjoy the spectacular view of this valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty of flowers. Trekking way back to Narsarsuaq, where we can visit the Bluie West One Museum (frozen in time since the Second World War). After the tour transfer to Narsarsuaq International Airport for your flight back home.