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Glaciers, Big Walls of the Arctic & Hot Spring.This 15-day tour takes you to the highlights of Greenland’s south. Enjoy the “big walls” of the Arctic in Tasermiut fjord, relax in the unique Uunartoq hot springs, hike and kayaking in the green landscape of the sheltered fjords, visit the picturesque Inuit villages and navigate by zodiac among icebergs to glacier fronts descending from Greenland...

Glaciers, Big Walls of the Arctic & Hot Spring.


This 15-day tour takes you to the highlights of Greenland’s south. Enjoy the “big walls” of the Arctic in Tasermiut fjord, relax in the unique Uunartoq hot springs, hike and kayaking in the green landscape of the sheltered fjords, visit the picturesque Inuit villages and navigate by zodiac among icebergs to glacier fronts descending from Greenland’s Icecap. 


The most complete journey you can do in South Greenland including the best treks and excursion, an unforgettable walk on Greenland’s ice sheet, kayaking among icebergs and the biggest and most beautiful mountains and vertical walls in Greenland - Ketil and Ulamertorssuaq-, the “Patagonia of the Arctic” in Tasermiut fjord, which are considered one of the ten wonders of the whole Arctic.


Speed boats (zodiac-style) navigation among fjords, icebergs, blocks of ice and spectacular glacier fronts, bathe in Uunartoq’s the only hot springs in Greenland relaxing in the breathtaking beauty of the icebergs on the waters and visit the cities of Qaqortoq, Narsaq and Nanortalik and the most picturesque settlements- Tasiusaq, Igaliku and Qassiarsuk - where we will get an insight to 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 represents 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.

Be one with nature in our spectacular wilderness preinstalled camps, right in front of the ice cap and glaciers and under the huge granite walls of Tasermiut.

Watch the magnificent northern lights from mid-August, see caribous, seals, and even whales. Go fishing for arctic salmon and cod or collect mushroom and blueberries.


Join us on an immersion journey to the unexplored secrets of Greenland, one of the last frontiers of the modern world, a journey for adventurous travelers, willing to discover nature in her pure state, and to have the first-hand experience of the effects of global warming.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Local population
    Local population

Your group tour

Day 1: Qaleraliq Galcier camp - Zodiac navigation

Flight Reykjavik or Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq. Welcome reception at the airport. Preparation of equipment and explanation of the journey.

When we are ready, we will set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. We will arrive at a cozy, 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 Domo tents.

Visited:
ReykjavikCopenhagen, Narsarsuaq

Day 2: Ice Cap view - Ascent to the panoramic view of the Inland Ice

Hike 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 a mountain 400 meters high, from which we will have a mesmerizing view of the Tasersuatsiaq Lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. The summit is also a very special viewing point of the Inlandsis, 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. Descent to the camp.

Accommodation in fix Domo tents.

Visited:
Narsarsuaq, Tasersuatsiaq

Day 3: Glacier fronts and excursion on ice

We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, zodiac type, admiring the beauty of their vertical walls, 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, not long ago, but the dramatic progress of climate change divided it in three glacier fronts. From there we will start the ice excursion. An impressive walk 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, Labyrhyntine 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 Domo tents.

Visited:
Narsarsuaq

Day 4: Narsaq

Transfer by boat to Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. In the evening, free time to explore on our own the museum, local handicraft workshop, fish market, the church, and to have dinner at Hotel Narsaq or enjoy a drink with the local people. When we travel by boat, we will look out for whales, we may see them here among the icebergs.

Visited:
Narsaq

Day 5: Saarloq - Uunartoq hot springs

We will sail through the outer skerries direction to the village of Saarloq, a picturesque village almost abandoned where we will make a short stop over to wander around.

In the afternoon we will set off for Uunartoq through the complex system of  fjords  which  somehow  reminds  us  of  Scotland, although here it is surrounded by icebergs. On our way to Uunartoq Island,  we  will  go  past  Alluitsup  Paa,  a  picturesque  settlement and the capital for whales in South Greenland, which will give us the chance to look for whales during the whole trip. In the afternoon, we will have free time to enjoy a relaxing bathe in the Uunartoq warm springs. Southern Greenland’s crystal-clear 38  degree warm springs, discovered by the Norsemen 1,000 years ago, is the only place where the springs are warm enough to bathe in Greenland, a holiday resort for many natives who come from all over the country to camp and bathe in the thermal waters, while icebergs float only 500 metres away in the fjord.. Night at Uunartoq Island.

Accommodation in tents.

Visited:
Saarloq, Uunartoq

Day 6: Tasermiut fjord - Tasiusaq & Kuusuaq River Camp

Transfer to Tasermiut Fjord, a remote breathtaking place on the southern tip of Greenland where not many travelers arrive except for a few climbers.

We will arrive by RIB boat to Tasiusaq, a picturesque inuit village with 80 inhabitants. Tragic historical landmarks which reflect how hard life was in this country decades ago. All the inhabitants of this village starved to death some 140 years ago. It was not until the 1930s that the village was repopulated by descendants and family of the original inhabitants. Spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains.

After visiting the village we will take the boat again to Kuusuaq River Camp.

We will walk in a truly alpine background seing the beautiful landscape around us.

Night and Dinner at Kuusuak River Camp. Accommodation in tents.

Visited:
Tasermiut, Tasiusaq

Day 7: Tasermiut Camp - Big walls and Tasermiut Glacier

Navigation to Tasermiut glacier, along the beautiful and remote fjord of the same name famous for its mountains and challenging rock faces, home to some of the best “big walls” in the world of climbing and considered as one of the ten wonders of the Arctic.


During the journey we will discover three impressive mountains - Ketil, Ulamertorssuaq and Tinitertuup – up to the borders of the glacier, a glacier with a 1.400 metres drop from the plateau to the fjord in barely three kilometres, which turns the glacier into a spectacular, mighty ice waterfall.


Night at the camp under the huge Ulamertorsuaq - one of the largest and steepest walls in the world, exceeding even “Capitan” in Yosemite – This is a place where climbers attempting the big walls in the region usually camp.


Accommodation in tents.

Visited:
Tasermiut

Day 8: Tasermiut fjord - Nalumasortoq hike

Moderate walk on a terrain of medium difficulty up to the base of the amazing Nalumasortoq granite mass, whose extremely smooth twin walls are highly cherished by climbers in South Greenland. From this viewing point we can see the south face of the Ketil and the north face of the Ulamertorssuaq, together with many other unnamed walls. Alpine and glacial landscapes, incredibly beautiful sights. Possibility of fishing and picking mushrooms and blackberries. This camp also offers a fantastic view to the west face of the Ulamertorssuaq as the sun set strokes the rock with the last rays of sun.

Accommodation in tents.

Visited:
Tasermiut

Day 9: Tasermiut fjord - Ulamertorsuaq trek

Trekking up to the base of the Ulamertorssuaq wall, rated the best Arctic "Bigwall" and one of the best ten climbing walls in the whole world. Mountain of unique, singular beauty, astonishing wall and glaciers. The 1843 meters high peak is a popular mountain among climbers because of its challenging West Side, a mighty perpendicular Cliff. Night at the camp.

Accommodation in tents.

Visited:
Tasermiut

Day 10: Nanortalik

RIB boat navigation to Nanortalik, the southernmost town of the country, which has some 2300 inhabitants and is the second most populated town in the South of Greenland. Visit to the Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions, the best museum in the South. Free time in the evening and for dinner. You can visit the town, go shopping, explore the hunters market, go to a restaurant or have a drink in a town “where there are polar bears” – at least that is the meaning of its name, though the chances of meeting one are extremely little – and which still remains isolated by ice for a considerable part of the year. It is possible to join a guided tour of the town and surroundings.

Accommodation in Hostel.

Visited:
Nanortalik

Day 11: Alluitsup Paa - Qaqortoq, South Greenland Capital

Transfer by boat first to Alluitsup Paa. A picturesque small hunting and fishing Inuit village located in front of the open sea. We will walk around and visit.


Continuing later to Qaqortoq, South Greenland capital, founded in 1775, now with almost 3000 inhabitants. They describe it as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland. Time off to take a small excursion around town, where we will discover the beauty of its colourful buildings, the awe-inspiring landscapes and some of its thirty different rock sculpture designs, spread over the town. In the afternoon, explore on our own the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church, the only fountain in the country, and enjoy a drink with the local people.


Accommodation in Hostel.

Visited:
Alluitsup Paa, Qaqortoq

Day 12: Igaliku & Qassiarsuk UNESCO World Heritage - Qoorooq glacier

Navigation to Itilleq, where we will leave the RIB boat and take the Kings’ Way to Igaliku on foot. We will visit Archbishopric Gardar’s ruins, religious capital for the Vikings, 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.


On the way to Qassiarsuk, we will have a sea excursion to Qoorooq fjord and see what probably is the most spectacular glacier in the South of Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. Wonderful sight of ice floating around us.


Arriving to Qassiarsuk, a village of about 40 inhabitants mostly farmers, we will see the statue of famous Norse explorer Leif Erikson overlooking the viking settlement Brattahlid, today known as Qassiarsuk as well as the Tunulliarfik Fjord. He was the first known European to have discovered continental North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus. Leif was the son of Erik the Red, the founder of Brattahlid, the first Norse settlement in Greenland.


Accommodation in Hostel.

Visited:
Igaliku, Qassiarsuk

Day 13: Tasiusaq and Sermilik, the “Bay of Icebergs”

Hike to Tasiusaq farm through the tundra and lakes, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice from icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier.


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.


As we get back, we can also walk around Qassiarsuk, old Brattahlid. This is the place where Eric the Red settled when he started Greenland’s colonisation back in 985. 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 were 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 and Tasiusaq area represent 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 Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuk Hostel.

Visited:
Tasiusaq, Sermilik, Qassiarsuk

Day 14: Flower Valley and Glacier

We will cross to Narsarsuaq on a zodiac boat. Then, we will walk through Flower Valley enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the glacier 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 Greenlandic products.


Accommodation in Hostel.

Visited:
Narsarsuaq

Day 15: Reykjavik / Copenhagen

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 trekking 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 or Copenhagen.

Visited:
Narsarsuaq, ReykjavikCopenhagen

Reykjavik Copenhagen Narsarsuaq Tasersuatsiaq Narsaq Saarloq Uunartoq Tasermiut Tasiusaq Nanortalik Alluitsup Paa Qaqortoq Igaliku Qassiarsuk Sermilik

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Feel free to ask your local agency to privatize the tour if you would like to choose your own departure dates.

Price and dates for group departures

Details of the group

Maximum group size: 12 people
Approx. £2,440 / 15 days
With international flights
2 pax
Price per person from Reykjavik£2,440
Price per person from Copenhagen£2,700

Included in price:

  • Flight Reykjavik /Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq, and return
  • Tasermiut, South Greenland Expeditions’ guide (English Speaking)
  • Transfers in Greenland, as specified on this program
  • Meals on a full board basis (except dinner in towns and last day lunch)
  • Accommodation in Greenland, as stated on this program
  • Entrance to the “Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions”, in Nanortalik
  • Guided visit to Brattahlid reconstructions
  • Ice-walk excursion
  • Camping and RIB boat travel equipment

Not included in price:

  • Airport taxes and Fees (Between 165€-200€)
  • Accommodation, food and transfers in Keflavik or Copenhagen
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional kayak excursion: 85€ (minimum 2 participants)
  • Dinner in the towns of Nanortalik, Qaqortoq and Narsaq
  • Lunch on flight days
  • 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”

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