Day trips with Blue Ice

Our day trips can all be booked at Blue Ice Café in Narsarsuaq during the summer. At the café we have a notice board with all our planned trips for the following week. However, it is a good idea to contact us in advance by email with your requests and bookings. You can read about the different tours below. Rates for the 2017 season.

Tours from Narsaq or Qaqortoq must be booked in advance.

> Days trips from Narsarsuaq

> Day trips from Narsaq

> Day trips from Qaqortoq

Please note that all activities in Greenland are highly dependent upon the weather. We reserve the right to change the tour schedule. Please read our Terms & Conditions.

Day trips from Narsarsuaq

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Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord

We sail from Narsarsuaq to the underwater moraine at the mouth of the Qooroq Ice Fjord. Many icebergs run aground here, forcing us to weave our way among these colossal pieces of ice until we reach the fjord, where we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of thousands of icebergs, sheer cliff faces and an enormous glacier. The glacier calves about 200,000 tons of ice at day into the fjord. Many of these icebergs have a rich turquoise colour. In the fjord, we have time to enjoy the panorama, turn off the engine and drift quietly with the current. The absolute silence is only interrupted by the sound of the distant icebergs as they break free from the glacier front and come crashing down into the fjord. On the trip, we gather ice for our cocktails and listen to the popping sounds as countless, tiny thousand-year-old compressed air bubbles escape from the ice cubes in our glasses.

Duration: 1½-3 hours
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Price includes: Sailing and refreshment with ice – more than 1000 years old!
Price per person: EUR 76 / DKK 550

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Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid)

The village of Qassiarsuk is situated across the fjord, 15 minutes by boat from Narsarsuaq. Today, sheep farmers cultivate exactly the same land that the Viking Eric the Red chose for his settlement more than 1,000 years ago. Take a stroll through the village, which beautifully combines ancient history and modern living, and visit the Brattahlid open-air museum, which consists of the replicas of Tjodhilde’s Church and a Norse longhouse (admission fee is not included).

You can also hike on your own from Qassiarsuk along the gravel road towards Sermilik Fjord. Halfway there, weather permitting, you will enjoy an amazing view of both fjords; Sermilik is usually filled with ice floes and the scenic landscape is dotted with small, blue lakes. If you follow the road all the way, it ends up at the Tasiusaq sheep farm (16 km return).

Duration: From 3 hours to one day
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Price includes: Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Qassiarsuk (return). Leaflet with a map.
Price per person: EUR 48 / DKK 350

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Igaliku (Gardar)

The trip goes through Erik’s Fjord to Itilleq – the harbour that serves the settlement of Igaliku. You now have a short walk (4 km) on the King’s Road (named after the Danish King’s visit in 1952) to the small historic settlement of Igaliku, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland. From the highest point on the road, you overlook the colourful houses, the green hills and the milky-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord towers Illerfissalik Mountain with its snow-covered peak piercing the clear blue sky. Igaliku was the Episcopal seat during the Norse period and the ruins from that time are very impressive. Today the town thrives from sheep farming. There is a school, a church and a shop.

You can enjoy lunch made with local products at the café in the Country Hotel. The return journey is by boat to Narsarsuaq in the late afternoon/evening.

Duration: 1 day
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip. Bring good walking shoes.
Price includes: Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Itilleq (return). Walk from Itilleq to Igaliku. Supplement for car transfer. Leaflet with a map.
Price per person: EUR 97 / DKK 700
Transfer by car Itilleq – Igaliku (per tour)(1-4 persons): EUR 35 / DKK 250

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Hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier

A short drive takes us up to Hospital Valley, from where we walk through the picturesque Flower Valley and up to Narsarsuaq Glacier. The first kilometres of the hike are quite easy. We pass small streams and may even catch a glimpse of sea eagles hovering overhead. To get a view of the gigantic mass of ice, we have to climb about 300 m to a plateau. The ascent is not dangerous but you may find it a bit strenuous. We have lunch at the plateau with a magnificent view of the glacier. After the lunch, you can continue all the way down to the edge of the glacier. As we get closer, we discover that what appeared from a distance to be an uneven surface is in reality an entire landscape of ice, with high ridges and deep crevasses. You may be surprised to find small, colourful flowers growing close to the edge of the ice.

Duration: 1 day
Requirements of participants: Good physical condition is necessary on this trip. It includes more demanding walking, occasionally over difficult terrain, with some steep climbs and descents. Bring good hiking boots.
Group size: 4 – 12 participants
Price includes: Transport to the Hospital Valley (return). Lunch packet and guide
Price per person: EUR 55 / DKK 400

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Helicopter trip

A fantastic helicopter excursion that gives you a bird’s eye view of glaciers, the ice cap, crystal clear fjords and spectacular valleys. The small helicopter is perfect for reconnaissance, making it ideal to admire the landscape and take photos. In fact, the aircraft is normally used by the Narsarsuaq Ice Patrol to fly up and down the coast and survey ice conditions that could threaten shipping.
Please note that there are two different tours available: Tour 1 – an airborne sightseeing tour; Tour 2 – a flight excursion that includes a ground stop.
On Tour 1 you pass over three different glaciers; one calves into a fjord (Qooroq Ice Fjord), another into a lake (Lake Motzfeldt) and the last one terminates in a valley and sends out an enormous quantities of meltwater to produce a large river (Narsarsuaq River). We fly high to give you a feeling for the immense expanse of the ice cap and we fly close to – and nearly touch – the sharp, ice-blue peaks and deep crevasses of the glaciers.
On Tour 2 we land near an active glacier. If you are lucky, you will be able to see icebergs break off the glacier and plunge down into the fjord just beneath you!

Duration: Tour 1: about 30 minutes. Tour 2: about 1 hour
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Group size: Min. 5 participants
Price includes: Tour 1: 20-minute flight. Tour 2: 30-minute flight, 30-minute ground stop.
Flight type: AS 350 (5 passengers)
Price per person: Tour 1: EUR 255 / DKK 1,850. Tour 2: EUR 379 / DKK 2,750

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Blue Ice Camp

Blue Ice Camp is an idyllic place to stay one or two nights. You can put up your tent on Narsarsuk – “the tiny plateau” – and admire the silently drifting icebergs in the Qooroq Ice Fjord right before your eyes. During the day at low tide, you can walk among the stranded icebergs on the beach, look for “moonstones” (labradorite) on the plateau, take a day hike to the village of Igaliku or climb to the summit of Illerfissalik (1,752 m). Blue Ice Camp is the perfect spot to experience the quiet grandeur of this awe-inspiring landscape.

We have built a small cabin here, which is firmly fastened to the ground. This serves as emergency shelter in case of a storm and has kitchen facilities such as a stove, pots, pans, plates etc. The cabin is free for the general public to use.

Duration: 1 to several days
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip. There is no guide joining this trip. Disembarkation at Blue Ice Camp is done with a zodiac.
Group size: Min. 2 participants
Price includes: Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Narsarsuk (return)
Price per person: EUR 110 / DKK 800

Day trips from Narsaq

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Boat trip to the ice cap (Twin Glacier)

We cross the wide Ikerssuaq Fjord and make our way among drifting icebergs to reach what the locals call the Twin Glacier. This is an amazing spot where you can go ashore and literally touch the ice cap! It is also one of the places where you can actually see on recently exposed rocks that the glaciers have receded over the past few decades! In the 1980’s the Twin Glacier was still calving copious amounts of ice into the fjord. Today, the ice breaks off on land! However, it is a beautiful place and you feel particularly small standing next to this giant mass of ice!
On the return trip we pass by bird cliffs and a scenic waterfall.

Duration: About 4 hours
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Group size: Min. 4 participants
Price includes: Boat tour and about 1 hour on land
Price per person: EUR 124 / DKK 900

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Evening iceberg safari

Narsaq is the perfect setting for iceberg safaris. Two extremely active glaciers in Sermilik Fjord send countless icebergs on a journey toward the sea, and many of them pass by Narsaq. The trip is a photo opp where you get every opportunity to get up close and personal with the icebergs: see, hear, feel and taste them!

Duration: About 1 hour
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Group size: Min. 4 participants
Price includes: Sailing
Price per person: EUR 69 / DKK 500

Day trips from Qaqortoq

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Hvalsey Church

Hvalsey Church ruin is located in the inner part of Hvalsey Fjord, on a lush green meadow, only 30 minutes by boat from Qaqortoq. According to the sagas, it was Eric the Red’s cousin Thorkell Farserk who took possession of the land at Hvalsey. Thorkell was one of the men who came with Eric to Greenland in the year 985 and he probably died as a heathen himself. However, Christianity arrived in Greenland around the year 1000 and soon thereafter the Norse started to build churches at many locations throughout South Greenland. The present church ruin at Hvalsey dates from a later period and is thought to have been built during the 14th century. It is one of the most well-preserved medieval ruins in South Greenland, with thick walls up to 6 m high.

On the tour, you will have plenty of time to walk around the historic site and explore the ruins and the peaceful countryside before returning to the bustling town Qaqortoq.

Duration: About 2½ hours
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Group size: Min. 4 participants
Price includes: Boat transfer and about 1 hour on shore. Leaflet with a map
Price per person: EUR 83 / DKK 600

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Boat trip to the ice cap (Twin Glacier)

We cross the wide Ikerssuaq Fjord and make our way among drifting icebergs to reach what the locals call the Twin Glacier. This is an amazing spot where you can go ashore and literally touch the ice cap! It is also one of the places where you can actually see on recently exposed rocks that the glaciers have receded over the past few decades! In the 1980’s the Twin Glacier was still calving copious amounts of ice into the fjord. Today, the ice breaks off on land! However, it is a beautiful place and you feel particularly small standing next to this giant mass of ice!
On the return trip we pass by bird cliffs and a scenic waterfall.

Duration: About 4½ hours
Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip
Group size: Min. 4 participants
Price includes: Boat tour and about 1 hour on land
Price per person: EUR 166 / DKK 1,200