South Greenland 4 days – active
The famous blue icebergs of South Greenland and the charming village of Igaliku are just some of the highlights of this trip. The village of Igaliku is situated in one of the most luxuriant and idyllic parts of Greenland. Staying in Igaliku gives you an opportunity to take a day hike to a nearby plateau, which offers outstanding views of the Qooroq Ice Fjord. The next day, you can experience the same fjord close-up on an unforgettable boat ride among the icebergs.
Arrivals/departures in 2020
From Saturday to Tuesday from Iceland
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Accommodation at hotel with private or shared facilities.
Dinner and lunch packets can be ordered at the hotels.
No special requirements on this trip.
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Boat transfer to Itilleq, followed by a 4 km hike along a picturesque unpaved country road to Igaliku, 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.
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).
Boat transfer from Itilleq to Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid, the place where Eric the Red settled in 982. The Norse ruins are well preserved and the open-air museum (Brattahlid) can be visited on your own (admission fee is not included). The approx. 40 inhabitants earn their livelihoods from sheep farming, but the village also has a school, a shop and a church. In the afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq and boat tour to the Qooroq Ice Fjord – a 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 1000 years old!
Accommodation in Narsarsuaq for 1 night.
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.
Double room: EUR 588 / DKK 4,260 per person
Single room: EUR 775 / DKK 5,620 per person
Double room: EUR 486 / DKK 3,520 per person
Single room: EUR 623 / DKK 4,520 per person
25% discount for children 2-11 years
- All accommodation incl. breakfast
- Transport of luggage
- All boat transfers
- Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord
Note! Flights are not included
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Itilleq. Hike to Igaliku (4 km)
Boat transfer Itilleq – Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq. Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord
Please note! Due to limited capacity at some overnight accommodations, the order of the itinerary may change.