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Round trip 10 days – Nanortalik

This package showcases the contrast of South Greenland in a perfect combination. It takes you to the southernmost town in Greenland – Nanortalik. Two fully days give you the possibility to experience the majestic mountains so characteristic for this area, together with the charming town and its inhabitants. Additional you visit the colourful town of Qaqortoq, and the arctic farming landscape around Igaliku and Qassiarsuk – now sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Arrivals/Departures in 2019
From Tuesday to Thursday from Denmark
Arrival/departure from Iceland is possible by adding 1 or 2 extra days. Ask for info and prices.
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Accommodation
Accommodation at hotel with private or shared facilities.

Meals
Breakfast included.
Dinner and lunch packets can be ordered at the hotels.

Difficulty
No special requirements on this trip.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Boat transfer to Itilleq, followed by a 4 km hike along the “King’s Road” (named after the Danish King Frederik 9th’s visit in 1952) to Igaliku. Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland! The colourful houses are situated on lush grassland next to a milky-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord the landmark Illerfissalik (Burfjeld) Mountain towers over a rough and desolate landscape. Accommodation in Igaliku for 2 nights.

Day 2
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) for a period of about 300 years (1100-1400) during the Norse era, and the ruins from that time are very impressive. In 1782 Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna established themselves as farmers and that was the beginning of Igaliku’s more recent history. Today, Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland. One optional day hike (17 km) goes to the plateau, which offers a superb view of the Qooroq ice fjord, the stranded icebergs on the underwater moraine at the entrance to the fjord and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. It is the perfect place for a picnic! On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moon stone” (Labradorit). The “waterfall hike” (about 15 km) is another popular day trip. A set of beautiful waterfalls tumble like pearls on a string down towards Tunulliarfik Fjord. This hike can be combined with the summit of Nuuluk Mountain (823 m), which lies south of Igaliku (20-22 km).

Day 3
Boat transfer from Igaliku (Itilleq) to Qaqortoq (duration about 1½ hours).
Accommodation in Qaqortoq for 2 nights.

Day 4
Qaqortoq is the largest town in South Greenland with about 3,300 inhabitants. It is the main centre of education in South Greenland with an upper secondary school, a business school, a vocational school adults and a school for tourism management and guide training. Furthermore, the town has several fair-sized companies such as Great Greenland, with its tannery and sewing facilities for creating beautiful sealskin clothes. The town is well known for the project “Stone and Man”, which consists of more than 30 sculptures that are carved into the granite bedrock by various artists. This permanent exhibition makes a stroll around the city a very special experience. Finally, Greenland’s oldest fountain is situated at the town square next to the harbour. Here you can sit and watch the hunters and fishermen selling the catch of the day at the nearby fish market. From Qaqortoq you can also visit the famous Hvalsey Church on a short excursion. We recommend that you book the tour in advance.

Day 5
Boat transfer from Qaqortoq to Nanortalik (about 2 hours).
Accommodation in Nanortalik for 3 nights.

Day 6 and 7
Greenland’s most southerly town Nanortalik, got its name from the polar bears that drift in with the pack ice from East Greenland every spring. In the old days, many hunters used to move to the outer islands in the spring to hunt hooded seals. Nanortalik is probably the town in South Greenland that has best maintained this tradition and hunting culture is a part of everyday life for many families.

The museum is one of the most exciting in Greenland including several old colonial houses, a collection of kayaks and umiaks (skin boats), an Inuit settlement with sod huts and summer tents and much more. You can take shorter hikes up vantage points or visit the magnificent Tasermiut Fjord on a boat tour. The area is world famous among climbers and mountaineers, but you do not have to be quite that ambitious! It is a great experience just to take a boating trip on the fjord. We recommend that you arrange such a trip in advance.

Day 8
Helicopter transfer (with the scheduled helicopter) to Narsarsuaq (about 35 minutes).
Accommodation in Narsarsuaq for 2 nights.

Day 9
Day trip to Qassiarsuk. The village of Qassiarsuk is situated across the fjord approx. 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 (admission fee is not included), which consists of the replicas of Tjodhilde’s Church and a Norse longhouse. You can also take an enjoyable hike from Qassiarsuk towards Sermilik Fjord on the other side of the peninsula. Halfway there you can enjoy an amazing view over both fjords; Sermilik is usually filled with ice floes. If you follow the gravel road all the way to the end, you will reach the Tasiusaq sheep farm (16 km return).

Day 10
Check out of the room.
Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord. A boat trip among icebergs of all colours, sizes and shapes. When the glacier is in view, the boat engine is stopped, so you can enjoy the absolute silence and a drink chilled with glacier ice – more than 1,000 years old! You can spend the rest of your stay enjoying a cup of coffee at the cosy Blue Ice Café and/or visiting the museum in Narsarsuaq.
Departure Narsarsuaq.

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Prices

Private facilities
Double room: EUR 1,778 / DKK 12,890 per person
Single room: EUR 2,377 / DKK 17,235 per person

Shared facilities
Double room: EUR 1,436 / DKK 10,410 per person
Single room: EUR 1,830 / DKK 13,270 per person

25% discount for children 2-11 years

Price includes

  • All accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Transport of luggage
  • All boat transfers
  • Helicopter Nanortalik – Narsarsuaq*
  • Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord
* Regular flight which in case of bad weather can be rebooked to a boat

Note! Flights to/from Greenland are not included

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Boat transfer to Itilleq. Hike to Igaliku (4 km)
Day 2
Igaliku
Day 3
Boat transfer Itilleq – Qaqortoq
Day 4
Qaqortoq
Day 5
Boat transfer Qaqortoq – Nanortalik
Day 6 and 7
Nanortalik
Day 8
Helicopter Nanortalik – Narsarsuaq
Day 9
Narsarsuaq. Trip to Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid)
Day 10
Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord. Departure Narsarsuaq

Please note! Due to limited capacity at some accommodations the order of the itinerary may change

Read more about

> How to get here
> The accommodation
> Food and Drink
> What to bring
> Destinations in South Greenland
> Hiking descriptions Igaliku
> Hiking descriptions Qassiarsuk