South Greenland 5 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 views of the Qooroq Ice Fjord. The same fjord as you will experience close-up on an unforgettable boat ride among the icebergs. In addition to the tour “South Greenland 4 days”, this 5-day tour gives you an opportunity to hike to the ice cap from Narsarsuaq (16 km return).
Arrivals/departures in 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday 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. There are good hiking possibilities around Igaliku and Narsarsuaq.
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. 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 “moonstone” (labradorite). 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. You can 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). Late afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq.
Accommodation in Narsarsuaq for 2 nights.
Day hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier, which is a part of the ice cap and located only 8 km from Narsarsuaq. The hike takes you through the Flower Valley before the trail winds up a 300 m ascent to a plateau that rewards you a magnificent view of the glacier. From here you walk for about half an hour downhill to the glacier, where you can touch the ice. The way back to Narsarsuaq follows the same route.
In the morning we take you on a boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord. This is 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 1000 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.
Double room: EUR 703 / DKK 5,100 per person
Single room: EUR 968 / DKK 7,020 per person
Double room: EUR 554 / DKK 4,020 per person
Single room: EUR 734 / DKK 5,320 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
Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Itilleq. Hike to Igaliku (4 km)
Igaliku. Optional hike to the plateau (17 km)
Boat transfer Itilleq – Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq
Narsarsuaq. Optional hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier (16 km)
Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord.
Please note! Due to limited capacity at some overnight accommodations, the order of the itinerary may change.