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.
5 DAYS FROM EUR 597 / DKK 4.330
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).
Accommodation at hotel with private or shared facilities.
Dinner and lunch packets can be ordered at the hotels.
The hike between Itilleq and Igaliku is 4 km on a gravel road.
The hike to Narsarsuaq glacier is a long hiking roundtrip (16 km) and includes a challenging ascent. You can choose easy hiking options in Narsarsuaq as an alternative.
All our package tours are self-guided. This means that you are not a part of a bigger group with a tour leader to guide you around.
We will send you very detailed information about the tour before you arrive in Greenland.
You can start this tour every day of the week and are free to choose your own pace and what to see and do each day. Just let us know which date/flight you will arrive with and we will book the tour for you as desired.
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.
Please note! Due to limited capacity at some overnight accommodations, the order of the itinerary may change.
Double room: EUR 749 / DKK 5,430 per person
Single room: EUR 1,032 / DKK 7,480 per person
Double room: EUR 597 / DKK 4,330 per person
Single room: EUR 797 / DKK 5,780 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
- Shuttle service in Narsarsuaq in connection with included boat transfers
Tour guide (this tour is self-guided)
Travel and cancellation insurance
We can always add more days to this tour if you wish to extend your visit. Just let us know when you request the tour.
On the links below, you can find more information about travelling in South Greenland.
> How to get here
> The accommodation
> Food and Drink
> What to bring
> Destinations in South Greenland
> Day tours from Narsaq
> Hiking descriptions Narsarsuaq
> Hiking descriptions Qassiarsuk
> Hiking descriptions Igaliku