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5 days - Independent tour of South Greenland | Hiking | Qooroq Ice Fjord
Experience amazing South Greenland, known as the 'Garden of Greenland". South Greenland lives up to its name as it is truly a green land. Agriculture thrives here with many farms and luxuriant vegetables, in contrast to a barren ice world that covers much of Greenland. Spend your time exploring this region on wonderful day hikes, boat trips beneath South Greenland’s blue icebergs and learn about this region's fascinating history. This 5-day tour also gives you an opportunity to hike to the ice cap from Narsarsuaq (16 km return).
- Day hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier
- Visit the beautiful village of Igaliku
- Boat trips among icebergs
- Day 1
- Arrive into Narsarsuaq, South East Greenland.
- Day 2
- Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland
- Day 3
- Boat transfer from Itilleq (Igaliku) – Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq
- Day 4
- Day hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier
- Day 5
- Boat transfer Itilleq – Narsarsuaq. Departure Narsarsuaq
- Start/End Place
- Narsarsuaq, Greenland tours
- Country Visited
- Greenland tours
- 5 Days
- Boat transfers
- Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord
- Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses - nothing fancy!
- Daily breakfast
- Arrival and departure transfer from airport/harbour
- Boat transfer Narsarsuaq -Qassiarsuk, Qassiarsuk - Igaliku, and Itilleq (Igaliku) - Narsarsuaq
- Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
We can include return flights Keflavik (Reykjavik, Iceland) - Narsarsuaq - Keflavik including taxes with flights only Tuesday and Saturday.
Day 1 - Arrive into Narsarsuaq, South East Greenland.
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.
Day 2 - Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland
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).
Day 3 - Boat transfer from Itilleq (Igaliku) – Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq
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.
AccommodationLocal guesthouse with shared facilities
Day 4 - Day hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier
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
Day 5 - Boat transfer Itilleq – Narsarsuaq. Departure Narsarsuaq
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.
Departure to Reykjavik (check-in one hour before your flight).
All prices listed are per person, twin share.
30 Sep 2023
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