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UNESCO sites 5 days

In 2017 five core areas in South Greenland were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. They represent a unique landscape and arctic farming history, 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. In addition to the “UNESCO sites 4 days” tour, this package includes an unforgettable boat ride into the Qooroq Ice Fjord on the last day.

Arrivals/departures in 2018
From Tuesday to Saturday from Iceland
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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. Info at the airport and boat transfer to Qaqortoq (duration about 2 hours). Accommodation in Qaqortoq for 2 nights.

Day 2
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. On a verdant meadow, gently sloping to the south, roughly half an hour by boat from Qaqortoq, lie the ruins of the former Viking church of Hvalsey and a Norse farm. The church ruins with their high, thick stone walls are the best-preserved structure from the Norse era in Greenland. The walls are up to 6 metres high and 1.5 metres thick. 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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
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. Late afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq.
Accommodation in Narsarsuaq for 1 night.

Day 5
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 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.
Departure Narsarsuaq.

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Prices

Private facilities
Double room: EUR 937 / DKK 6,795 per person
Single room: EUR 1,210 / DKK 8,775 per person

Shared facilities
Double room: EUR 777 / DKK 5,635 per person
Single room: EUR 1,065 / DKK 7,720 per person

25% discount for children 2-11 years

Price includes

  • All accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Transport of luggage
  • All boat transfers
  • Boat trip to Hvalsey Church
  • Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord

Note! Flights are not included

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Boat transfer to Qaqortoq (2 hours)
Day 2
Qaqortoq. Boat trip to Hvalsey Church (2-3 hours)
Day 3
Boat transfer Qaqortoq – Itilleq (Igaliku)
Day 4
Boat transfer Itilleq – Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq
Day 5
Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord. Departure Narsarsuaq

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

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