UNESCO sites 4 days
In 2017 five core areas in South Greenland were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. They represent a unique landscape and fascinating history of farming in the Arctic, dating from the Norse settlement to the present-day Greenlandic sheep farmers. On this tour, you can visit Hvalsey, Igaliku and Qassiarsuk – 3 of the UNESCO sites – together with South Greenland’s colourful town Qaqortoq.
Arrivals/Departures in 2019
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 and boat transfer 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. Late afternoon boat transfer to Qaqortoq (duration about 2 hours). Accommodation in Qaqortoq for 2 nights.
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 a visit to the famous Hvalsey Church is included. Hvalsey Church ruin is located on a lush green meadow, only 30 minutes by boat from Qaqortoq. 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 Qaqortoq.
Boat transfer from Qaqortoq 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 1 night.
Boat transfer from Itilleq to Narsarsuaq. 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 to Reykjavik or Copenhagen (check-in one hour before your flight).
Double room: EUR 774 / DKK 5,615 per person
Single room: EUR 972 / DKK 7,045 per person
Double room: EUR 659 / DKK 4,780 per person
Single room: EUR 840 / DKK 6,090 per person
25% discount for children 2-11 years
- All accommodation incl. breakfast
- Transport of luggage
- All boat transfers
- Boat trip to Hvalsey Church
Note! Flights are not included
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Qassiarsuk – Qaqortoq
Qaqortoq. Boat trip to Hvalsey Church (2-3 hours)
Boat transfer Qaqortoq – Itilleq (Igaliku)
Boat transfer Itilleq – Narsarsuaq. Departure Narsarsuaq
Please note! Due to limited capacity at some overnight accommodations, the order of the itinerary may change.