In the deep fiords of Southern Greenland, UNESCO has newly appointed the old farming landscape as a World Heritage Site. Norse Vikings from Iceland settled shortly before the year 1,000 and created farming in this remote area. After the Vikings left the area around 1450, it was on its own until farming started again in the beginning of 20th Century. On this trip we visit three of the most beautifull sheep farms and villages where Vikings as well as Greenlanders have subsisted off the land with hunting and farming. We also have a couple of days in Qaqortoq – the main town in Southern Greenland with 3,200 inhabitants. Extend the tour by two days to spend more time in Tasiusaq and Igaliku, to relax and get more in touch with life in the settlements.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Arrival in Narsarsuaq where you will be transported to the small harbor. A boat takes you to Qassiarsuk or Brattalid, the place where Eric the Red settled in the year 986. Here are the remains of Eriks old farm and a reconstruction of the farm and church – the first in the western hemisphere. From Qassiarsuk to the sheap farm at Tasiusaq. Your luggage will be transported in car while you walk along the dirt road for 2 to 4 hours or can also get a lift in the car, but the walk is fantastic. The road takes you through the green hills separating two fiords. And the first glimse of Tasiusaq where the fiord is filled with icebergs is amazing. Accomodation in private room at Sermilik Hostel where Aviaja and Klaus are your host couple. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with the best local organic products is included.
Enjoy the day walking in the hills or fishing in the fiord (fishing license needed). There is also the possibility to rent kayaks (single og double) for and hour or two sailing between icebergs. The ultimate Greenland experience. Even though there is no midnight sun in Southern Greenland the nights are still are so light, that you can read outdoor at 1 am. In the evening coffee at the host couple where they will tell about living Tasiusaq and Greenland.
Late morning walk back to the village Qassiarsuk where you have time to see the old Norse ruins an extra time or have a cup of coffee at the hostel and coffe shop. In the afternoon the boat takes you to Itilleq passing the Ice fiord Qooroq along the way. From Itilleq a one to two hour walk along a dirt road takes you over the hill and to the next fiord where the settlement Igalilu is found. The luggage is taken by car which also can have a couple of passengers if needed. In Igaliku you will be accommodated at Igaliku By gde hotel in huts for two people wih private toilet and bath. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.
Igaliku is a small sheep breading village which in the Viking area was the home to the bishop of Greenland. The ruins of the cathedral from around the year 1150 can still be seen today. From Igaliku there are many hiking possibilities the best may be along the small river in the bottom of the fiord and up to a beautifull lake. Others might try to walk to the top of one of several mountains in the area.
Fishing gear can also be rented.
Around midday you walk back to Itilleq for the boat to Qaqortoq. The boat ride takes about 2 hours stopping by the town of Narsaq underway. In Qaqortoq you will be accommodated at Hotel Qaqortoq in the center of town. Only breakfast is included while in Qaqortoq and there are several places to dine. Take a walk in town with many colorfull houses.
Today you go on a boat tour to Hvalsey – the best preserved ruin from the Viking age. The last that was ever heard of the Vikings in Greenland was from a wedding here in 1408. After this tour which will take 2 to 3 hours there is also time for a hike in the Qaqortoq areaaround the neighbouring lake. You can also choose to visit to the tannery Great Greenland, or visit a local family for coffee, cakes and stories about living in Greenland.
Still some time to enjoy Qaqortoq before the boat ride back to Narsarsuaq. Narsarsuaq was built as a military base during World War II but serves today only civilian purposes. There are several good hiking opportunities around Narsarsuaq of different length and difficulty.
Your last day in Greenland starts with a 1½ or 3 hour boat tour to the glacier Qooqoq. The tour takes you past lots of ice to a point where you can see the glacier at quite close range. At noon its time to leave Greenland. The boat tour to Qooqoq will make sure that you are back in good time for the flight.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|Price per person between June and September (8 - 10 days)||£1,680|
|Price per person between June and September (8 days)||£2,120|