Getting to know southern Greenland means going beyond the Arctic frontier: a world which until now has been the home of the Inuit people, and which still holds on to the flavor of their traditional lifestyle.
Southern Greenland offers the traveler the impact of a sea covered in icebergs and the awe-inspiring beauty of the glaciers overflowing into the tranquillity of the fjords. The landscape, with its intense green colors and leafy tundra and its colorful settlements, also provides character to this trip that makes the Arctic reachable for any adventure-minded traveler.
On our route, we will be able to navigate through the fjords among blue-tinged icebergs and alongside spectacular glacier tongues. We will sleep in a camp located in a privileged setting, right next to a glacier.
We will also have the opportunity to visit one of Inlandis's glaciers, and cover a small part of its immensity or enjoy an impressive kayak excursion among icebergs. We will be able to take spectacular treks through the tundra and in the glacier valleys, see herds of caribou and marine fauna, fish for Arctic salmon and codfish, gather mushrooms and cranberries.
Along the way, we will get an insight into the story of the Norse settlers. Over the past 1000 years, Inuit and Viking cultures have shaped the people and land of South Greenland. The Qassiarsuk and Igaliku area in the region represent the most comprehensive and rich examples of Norse and Greenlandic farming culture.
This unique heritage has been recently recognized and inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.See more
Flight Reykjavik (Domestic Airport) – Narsarsuaq.
It’s also possible to get to Narsarsuaq from Copenhagen, depending on the departure date. Reception in the airport and transfer in RIBboat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk. Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly
farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, and where Eric the Red settled in 985 at the start of the colonization
of the barbarian peoples.
Cultural visit: Brattahlid reconstructions. Guided visit to the original ruins from Erik the Red, and a replica of the original chapel and
longhouse. This Norse and Greenlandic core farming area where in 2017 inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the title
Kujataa Greenland: A Norse and Inuit farming landscape on the Edge of the Ice Cap.
Qassiarsuk area represents the most comprehensive and rich example of both Norse and Greenlandic farming histories and contains
ruins of large cattle-based Norse farms and their numerous satellite sites including, not least, Erik the Red’s Brattahlid. It was also here
that Otto Frederiksen in 1924 established the first sheep farm after Igaliku, founding today’s settlement of Qassiarsuk.
Accommodation in Hostel.
We will set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. We will stop at Narsaq to visit the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants.
You will have free time to visit the local market, fur shops… and go for a walk or do some shopping, before boarding the boat again to
navigate towards the Indlandis.
We will arrive to a cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier fronts from
Qaleraliq’s glacier. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of
the icefall from seracs.
Accommodation in fix tents.
Ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake and panoramic view of the Inlandis. Ascent by foot through a unique desert-like sand valley which will lead us to a surprisingly different landscape, that of the green and thick tundra. After passing the lake, we will climb up a mountain 400 meters high, from which we will have a mesmerizing view of the lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland.
The summit is also a very special viewing point of the Indlandis, the immense inland glacier. From there you can gaze upon the infinite
ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet.
We may pick mushrooms and blueberries, and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the area.
Accommodation in fix tents.
We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we
approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea.
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 ice excursion. An impressive trek using crampons (organised to be suitable for all travellers) on one of the oldest masses of ice in the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, seracs, and other ice formations, which give an incredible,
labyrinthine quality to this glacier.
An expert mountain guide will be in charge to make sure we are provided with the appropriate equipment, and to ensure the safety of
the group during the trip, while he shares with us his knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland.
A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world. One of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland.
Accommodation in fix tents.
Navigation from Qaleraliq to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik fjord.
Easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by not quite 40 people,
which is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in the whole Greenland, and where one finds: the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland, the Norse bishop’s farm – the largest in all of Greenland- and the setting of Anders Olsen’s farm, the unique architecture of the Igaliku stone houses. The area is recently declared part of the Unesco World Heritage List.
After eating in Igaliku, return in the afternoon to Itilleq, and then to Qassiarsuk.
On our way to Qassiarsuk, we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland can be found, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on, and which is without doubt one of Greenland's best images.
Walk to Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord,
which is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier.
This is not the only sheep farm of the area. We will continue our walk to Nunataaq Farm. It
was a Viking Settlement where we can discover some ruins.
We will make a visit of the area, and go on excursions with impressive views of Tasiusaq Bay
and the numerous icebergs covering it! We will discover lakes hidden in the tundra.
Way back to Tasiusaq Farm.
Later we can go fishing arctic salmon or for a walk in the region.
Optional: Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”
A 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and
best place in the whole Greenland.
Accommodation in Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuk Hostel.
We will cross to Narsarsuaq on our zodiac boat. Then, we will walk through Flower Valley enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty of flowers.
We will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. This is probably the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Farewell dinner, with typical local Inuit products.
Accommodation in Hostel.
Transfer to Narsarsuaq.
Time to walk around in the area and visit the local museum Bluie West that reflects the history
of the creation of the village of Narsarsuaq from the past and especially its role played in the
Second World War, or you can ascend to the "View Point", an easy hike of approximately one
hour, starting near the Hotel, from where you will have views of the fjord, the Narsarsuaq
plain and the Kiattut glacier.
Flight Narsarsuaq – Reykjavik (domestic airport) or Copenhagen.
Feel free to ask your local agency to privatize the tour if you would like to choose your own departure dates.
|Price per person from Reykjavik||£1,850|
|Price per person from Copenhagen||£2,110|