5 Day Kayaking Getaways
There is no better way to feel the Arctic inside that paddling in a small and silent kayak on a sea full of icebergs, some of them huge! Furthermore we shall know the Viking Greenland and enjoy some hiking while our backpacks are transported by jeep… All this, just three hours far from Iceland.
As trip Highlights:
- The safest place in Greenland for kayaking among icebergs
- Active days in untamed nature combining tent & hostel nights
- Double Prijon kayaks, highly stable
- View of the great Eqalorutsit front glacier
- Seals, peregrine falcon, eagles
- Viking & Inuit ruins visit
- Northern lights since mid August
Day 1. Hike to Tasiusaq, the Bay of the Icebergs
Three-hour flight from Keflavik (Iceland’s international airport) to Narsarsuaq (Greenland) with views of Kap Farvel and the southern Greenland sea ice… The Arctic! Reception at the airport and transfer to the port of Narsarsuaq to cross the Eriksfjord in the direction of Qassiarsuk. We start hiking with our guide towards Tasiusaq, populated by only three families who live on their farms throughout the year. It takes about two and a half hours at a comfortable pace through a unique environment, with a way up to a hill from which we see the Sermilik fjord (our kayak route) filled with icebergs from the Eqalorutsit glacier. Backpacks are transported by jeep. Near the shore of the small bay of Tasiusaq is the Yurt (of Mongolian origin) with the kayak equipment. After a break to eat and rest, we select waterproof clothing and navigation accessories and make first contact with the water. Our guide will teach you the basics of sailing, emphasizing the safety standards. Dinner and overnight stay at the Tasiusaq Hostel.
Day 2. Kayaking expedition
Always attentive to the guide, paddling among small blocks of ice or giant icebergs is an unforgettable experience. The only noise heard from our kayaks is the sound of the ice floes, with occasional glimpses of a seal’s head as it suddenly breaks the surface. The route, from the north shore to the south of the fjord, depends on the ice. We stop for lunch at a small island or on the coast if the group wants to… there’s no rush, our goal is about ten km west along the Sermilik Fjord, to reach an isthmus where we set up camp. From there, we will take a short walk to the other side of the isthmus to admire the stunning view of the Eqalorutsit glacier: Now I understand why there were so many icebergs! Back at camp, there will be time before dinner to do some fishing or simply enjoy a cup of tea in this privileged environment. Camping overnight.
Day 3. View of the Eqalorutsit glacier
Breakfast and, depending on how we see the passage through the ice, we paddle around the western cape of the fjord to get a view of the Eqalorutsit glacier from our kayaks; another option is to heading south to get close to the area of Kangerlua, a farm all year round blocked by ice with landscapes of indescribable beauty. We have lunch during one of the stops before heading off in the direction of Tasiusaq. Dinner and overnight stay at the Tasiusaq Hostel.
Day 4. Visit of the Viking ruins in Qassiarsuk
In the morning we head off hiking to Qassiarsuk while our backpacks are transported by jeep. After a hot shower we have a guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid (present day Qassiarsuk), learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. Of particular interest are the reconstructions of a viking house (spacious but cold) and an inuit dwelling (small but warmer), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and it definitely shows us how the Inuit knew how to adapt better to the progressive cooling of the climate.
Boat transfer way back to Narsarsuaq, where we recommend you to visit the Museum of the American Base (the Bluie West One), frozen in time since the Second World War.
Flight from Narsarsuaq to Iceland (Keflavik International Airport) or to Copenhagen.
1,795 € from Keflavik, Iceland (round-trip ticket included)
2,095 € from Copenhagen, Denmark (round-trip ticket included)
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Like all other sea kayaking trips in Greenland, this is a fairly active trip for which some level of physical fitness is necessary, or have the habit of hiking in the countryside. As for the kayak, as we will be sailing in an area of calm water and due to the stability of our double kayaks, previous experience in kayaking is not required (although is recommended).
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