Wonders of Greenland, 8 days
* You can combine this trip with a 4 day kayaking trip
Enjoy our glacier camp and experience a unique glacier hike using crampons; visit the most picturesque towns and villages of South Greenland like Igaliku, Narsaq or Qassiarsuk, former Brattahlid when the vikings arrived to Greenland. You’ll explore this remote and unspoilt landscape on foot and also navigating by speed boat in a sea filled with icebergs… An active and unforgettable week in the land of the inuit
Wonders of Greenland. Travel Diary
Day 1. Qassiarsuk, former Brattahlid
Flight from Keflavik (Iceland’s international airport) or from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland. Reception at the airport and zodiac boat transfer to Qassiarsuk (former Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland). Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants and guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid, learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. Of particular interest are the reconstructions of a Viking house (spacious but cold) and an inuit dwelling (small but warmer), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and it definitely shows us how the Inuit knew how to adapt better to the progressive cooling of the climate. Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 2. Narsaq city and Qaleraliq glacier camp
We will set off for Qaleraliq camp, our base near the polar ice-sheet, navigating along the Tunulliarfik fjord among icebergs. Halfway we’ll make a stop in Narsaq to visit the third most populated town in South Greenland. Free time to visit the museum or the local fish market before boarding the boat again to navigate towards the Inlandis. We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.
Day 3. Sighting the Inlandis
In the morning we will have many opportunities to see caribou, which are plentiful in the area. After breakfast, hiking to the Tasersuatsiaq lake and climb up a mountain 400 metres high, from which we will have the view of the immense Polar Ice Cap and the “nunataks”, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. In the afternoon we will have time for fishing or pick mushrooms and blueberries (from mid august). Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.
Day 4. Glacier fronts navigation and hike with crampons
We will navigate along the vertical glacier fronts on a zodiac boat. These glacier fronts extended in only one, but the dramatic progress of climate change divided it in three glacier fronts. From there we will start the Inlandis tongue hiking. An impressive trek using crampons where we will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, and seracs which give an labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge of the excusion 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. Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.
Day 5. Viking Igaliku and Icefjord navigation
Return navigation from Qaleraliq to Qassiarsuk, reaching Itilleq first. Easy hike to cross the Path of the Kings to the idyllic Igaliku, a small inuit settlement where one finds the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese of Viking Greenland. In the afternoon, on our way to Qassiarsuk, we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on… one of Greenland’s unforgettables. Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 6. Kayaking among icebergs
Hiking to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. This is not the only sheep farm of the area and we can continue our walk to reach the idyllic Nunataaq. Then, after the picnic, it’s time for action: optional kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest spots in southern Greenland (75€ , minimum 2 participants). Accommodation at the Tasiusaq hostel or hike back to Qassiarsuk and accommodation at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 7. Hiking until the Kiattut glacier
In the morning we will cross the fjord towards Narsarsuaq area. Then, after a short transfer by car, we will walk through Flower Valley until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the Polar Ice Cap and its nunataks (floating landmarks on the ice sheet). Flower Valley is one of the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Farewell dinner will be greenlandic dinner with traditional Inuit products: fish, whale, seal, caribou, etc. Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 8. Helicopter optional excursion before flight back home
Boat transfer to Narsarsuaq, where we have time to walk around in the area or visit the Bluie West One museum. It’s about a former US militay base frozen in time since the world war. Also it is possible to enjoy a unforgettable helicopter flight over viewing the South Greenland’s fjord system surrounded by the polar ice cap. This is a 32 minutes flight with a 30 minutes ground stop on a fantastic and unique view point, very close to the ice cap. Price: 2.980 DKK (400 €) per person (minimum 4 participants). The helicopter trip depends upon availability of air craft. Need to be reserved with some days in advance.
Flight Narsarsuaq-Keflavik (Iceland’s international airport) or Copenhaguen.
Summer Dates 2017
A trip of 8 days and 7 nights in Greenland
From 17th to 24th of June (From Keflavik ) Special departure Greenlandic National Day
From 24th of June to 01st of July (From Keflavik )
From 01st to 08th of July (From Keflavik)
From 11th to 18th of July (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 18th to 25th of July (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 25th of July to 01st of August (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 01st to 08th of August (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 08th to 15th of August (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 15th to 22nd of August (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 22nd to 29th of August (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 29th of August to 05th of September (From Copenhagen and Keflavik)
From 05th to 12th of September (From Keflavik)
From 09th to 16th of September (From Keflavik)
From 12th to 19th of September (From Keflavik)
From 16th to 23th of September (From Keflavik)
From 23th to 30th of September(From Keflavik)
- From Iceland
- From Copenhagen
- Flight Keflavik/Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq. Return.
- Guide (English speaking)
- Transfers in Greenland, as specified on this program
- Meals on a full board basis
- Kaffemik with a inuit family
- Accommodation in Greenland, as specified on this program
- Camping and RIB boat travel equipment
- Brattahlid reconstructions
- Greenlandic farewell dinner
- Airport taxes and Fees (approx. 165-200 € from Keflavik and 200 € from Copenhagen)
- Travel insurance
- Lunch on flight days
- Accommodation, transfers and food in Keflavik or Copenhagen
- 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
- Any other aspect not listed in “What is included”
Physical level required
Easy: the hikes are quite easy, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, and suitable for most abilities. The excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone physically active and with an adventurous attitude. For the kayak optional excursion, previous experience in kayaking is not required.
If you want to know more details of the trip (passenger information, payment method, recommendations, equipment, etc.) please ask for the Trip Details.