Greenland's Wonders

Visit the glacier tongues of Qaleraliq, the Perito Moreno of the Arctic, tundra and glacier hikes, touch the Inlandis or Greenland polar ice cap, kayaking amid icebergs, Inuit populations, viking ruins... Thanks to an agile speed boat transportation system that connects our base in Qassiarsuk with our fixed camps 60 miles away, it is possible to overcome the absence of infraestructures in the last unspoilt nature that is South Greenland. Eight intense days of adventure and exploration to remember for a lifetime.Greenland Wonders trip map

As trip highlights:

  • Navigate in a sea filled with icebergs, travelling around the glaciers in adventurous RIB boats: observe the bluish ice and admire the beauty of the Inlandis or Greenland's polar ice cap.  
  • Staying in the Qaleraliq Glacier Camp located right next to an incredible glacier tongue, where we will be witness to the thunderous roar of seracs, or blocks of ice, breaking away. Most likely a non recurring experience.
  • An exclusive excursion with crampons, guided through sinuous crevasses, drains and ice caves in one of the oldest ice fields in the planet. A truly singular trip in Greenland, only comparable to that one of Patagonia’s Perito Moreno.
  • Witnessing northern lights, “The dance of the sky”, from one of the world’s most special regions, since mid August onwards.
  • Visiting of some Greenlandic settlements, such as Qassiarsuk, Igaliku and Narsaq.
  • Kayaking among icebergs optional excursion
  • Visiting the viking ruins of Gardar and Brattahlid, the most important archaeological treasures in South Greenland.  
  • Having primary experience of climate change’s incessant progress in Southern Greenland.

Day 1. Viking Greenland

Flight from Keflavik (Iceland's international airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq airport in South Greenland. Reception and zodiac boat transfer to Qassiarsuk (former Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland). Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants and guided tour of the viking ruins of Brattahlid, 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.

Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.  

Day 2. Narsaq town and Qaleraliq Glacier Camp

We will set off for Qaleraliq camp, our base beside the greenlandic ice cap, navigating along the Tunulliarfik fjord among icebergs. Halfway we will stop at Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland with about 1,500 inhabitants. Free time to visit the museum, the fish market or the fur shops before boarding the boat again to navigate towards the Inlandis. We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs.

Overnight stay in four bedded rooms of Domo "loft".

Narsaq town, south Greenland

Day 3. Greenland Polar Ice Cap View

Ascent by foot through a remarkable desert-like sand valley which will lead us to a surprisingly different landscape, that of the green and thick tundra. After passing the lake, we will climb a 400 metre high mountain, from which we will have a mesmerising view of the Tasersuatsiaq lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. The summit is also a very special viewing point of the Inlandis, the immense inland glacier. From there you can gaze upon the infinite ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. We may pick mushrooms and blueberries (from mid August), and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the area.

Overnight stay in four bedded rooms of Domo "loft".

polar ice cap view

Day 4. Glacier Fronts and Ice Excursion

We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous and varied icebergs as we approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. From there we will start the ice excursion. An impressive hike using crampons (organised to be suitable for all travellers) on one of the oldest ice masses on the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, seracs and other ice formations which give an incredible quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide will be in charge to make sure we are provided with the appropriate equipment and to ensure the safety of the group during the trip. He/she will share with us their knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world. Grandiose sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland.  

Overnight stay in four bedded rooms of Domo "loft"

Greenland South Adventure, ice hiking

Day 5. Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord

Navigation from Qaleraliq to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik fjord. Easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by not quite 40 people where one finds the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Igaliku is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland. On our way back by boat to Qassiarsuk we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in Southern Greenland can be found, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on: with no doubt, one of Greenland's best sceneries.  

Accommodation stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 6. Tasiusaq bay, the Kayaking among Icebergs spot

Easy and nice hike to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. This is not the only sheep farm of the area and we can continue our walk to reach the idyllic Nunataaq. Then, after the picnic, it’s time for action: optional kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest spots in southern Greenland (70€ per person, minimum 2 participants).

Accommodation at the Tasiusaq Hostel or hike back to Qassiarsuk and accommodation at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 7. Flower Valley hike and Kiattut Glacier

We will cross to Narsarsuaq on our zodiac boat. Then, we will walk through Flower Valley enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation. We will walk until we reach a view of Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with a superb panoramic view of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. Back to Qassiarsuk, farewell dinner with typical Inuit dishes as whale, seal, caribou, mattak, etc.

Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 8. Helicopter optional excursion before go home

Once in Narsarsuaq we have time to walk around in the area or visit the Bluie West One museum, frozen in time since the Second World War. Also it is possible to enjoy a unforgettable helicopter flight over viewing the South Greenland’s fjord system surrounded by the polar ice cap. This is a 32 minutes flight with a 30 minutes ground stop on a fantastic and unique view point, very close to the ice cap. Price: 400 € per person (minimum 4 participants). The helicopter trip depends upon availability of air craft. Need to be reserved with some days in advance.

Flight Narsarsuaq-Keflavik (Iceland international airport) or Copenhaguen.

 

 

Prices:

2,095 €  from Keflavik, Iceland  (round-trip ticket included)

2,395 €  from Copenhagen, Denmark  (round-trip ticket included)

June departures: special discount 100 € off

Send a enquiry  to check available dates in 2018 for this trip

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 16, 2018Sep 22, 2018From Iceland€2095Available
Jul 03, 2018Aug 28, 2018From Copenhagen€2395Available

Physical Condition

The journey is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, who doesn’t mind sleeping in a tent or sharing accommodation and who goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis. The longest trek takes approximately 5-6 walking hours (with a light-weight bag) on easy terrain. All other excursions are easier, approximately 3 or 4 walking hours, on alternate days. Walks are optional. Travellers who wish to stay at the camp or the hostel may do so. If you are not sure if you are fit enough for the journey, please contact our staff for further information and advice.

Level and technical information for hiking

The journey is an adventure in spectacular scenery, surrounded by an atmosphere of exploration and discovery of this wild country, in sometimes difficult conditions, which requires a special type of attitude. Nevertheless, the hikes are quite easy, and suitable for most abilities. The ice excursion with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone physically active and with an adventurous attitude.

Trekking

Distance (km)

Duration aprox.(h)

Accumulated altitude(m)

Maximum altitude (m)

Type of terrain

 

 

Tasersuatsiaq Lake

15

5

500

410

Sand/Tundra

King’s Way

9,2

3

200

100

Path

Tasiusaq

13,2

4,5

375

200

Path

Flower Valley

13,8

6,5

550

300

Path/Rock

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Our commitments

Environmental sustainability. We believe in a responsible tourism with unspoilt nature of Greenland, so all our trips are planned to have the least possible impact on the environment.

Safety. All our guides are expert about Greenland and know when either it is or it is not convinient to carry out an activity. Our safety records are unmatchable.

Local population. Our Inuit Climate Change Patrol   ensures the maintanance of Inuit traditions by involving local people in utilization of a sustainable tourism.

Inuit Windsled 

To collaborate in the deepest knowledge of the most unfamiliar places on the planet and do so without affecting ecosystems. This is the philosophy that marks the Inuit Windsled Project, the only totally ecological vehicle designed for research in Polar lands.

Based on the ancient knowledge of the Inuit peoples, the Windsled developers have managed to create a means of transportation that combines tradition with modern means through kites that harness aeolian energy.

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Inuit Climate Change Patrol;

In Thule today sled dogs are still used and the inhabitants go in search of their livelihood in cloth-lined kayaks, but we are witnessing the last generation of true Inuit hunters. Most of these people are between 45 and 60 years old and the next generation aren’t continuing in these traditions… Are we witnessing  the last dynasty of the Kings of Thule?  

This fear is the germ of the Inuit Climate Change Patrol, current project led by Ramon Larramendi (founder of Greenland.net)

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