3 Day Getaway from Iceland

We propose a short but full of adventure break in Greenland that will help us to intensively know both sides of Greenland. On the one hand his last nature: navigation close to some of the largest glacier fronts in South Greenland, the opportunity of taking an impressive kayak excursion surrounded by icebergs, the Flower Valley hike and the great Kiattut glacier view... Secondly, its people and traditions when visiting the idyllic village of Qassiarsuk and its viking ruins.

Greenland travel, 3 day gateway route map

As trip highlights:

  • Navigation in a sea abundant in icebergs, travelling around the glaciers on a speed boat.
  • Visit some inuit settlements like Qassiarsuk or Tasiusaq
  • The opportunity of taking an impressive kayak excursion surrounded by icebergs
  • Sample some of the Greenlandic dishes taking lunch at the Leif Eriksson Hostel
  • Visit of Brattahlid viking ruins, one of the most significant archaeological treasures in South Greenland
  • Witness the northern lights in one of the world’s most particular areas. From mid August onwards
  • Walk to the Flower Valley to see the huge Kiattut glacier tongue
  • The Bluie West One museum in Narsarsuak

Day 1. Narsarsuaq and Qooroq Ice Fjord

Flight Keflavik (Iceland's international airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq (south Greenland). Reception at the airport and transfer to the Hotel for check-in and briefing. Afterwards, speed boat excursion to the Qooroq Ice 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, and which is, with no doubt, one of Greenland's best sceneries.

Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq. Twin/double room with private facilities.

Greenland travel, Qooroq ice fjord navigation

Day 2: Viking ruins of Brattahlid and 4x4 excursion to Tasiusaq, the kayaking among icebergs spot

Speed boat transfer from Narsarsuaq to the small Qassiarsuk (former Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland). Walk through the village 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.

Greenland travel, Viking ruins at Qassiarsuk, former Brattahlid

After the cultural visit it’s time to action: 4×4 trip to the beautiful Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. Picnic lunch at the Tasiusaq Hostel or outdoors if weather permitting.

Optional Excursion: Kayaking Excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest places in Greenland. Way back to Qassiarsuk and boat transfer to Narsarsuaq.

Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq. Twin/double room with private facilities.

Greenland travel. optional kayak excursion at the icebergs bay, Tasiusaq

Day 3. Hike to the Flower Valley. Helicopter optional excursion.

We reserve the morning for the Flower Valley, the most famous trek in south Greenland. A spectacular route with sights of the Kiattut river and glacier. You will enjoy the spectacular view of this valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty of flowers.

Afterwards, we can visit the Bluie West One Narsarsuaq museum, former US militay base frozen in time since the World War. This visit is strongly recommended as the reflection of the town history from ancient times.

Greenland travel, Flower Valley hiking and the Kiattut glacier

Optional:  Helicopter excursion. Wherever you flight, a helicopter trip in South Greenland is an unforgettable experience. Over viewing the Fjord system, the polar ice cap, Icebergs as tiny clouds and green hills and lakes all around. This is a 32 minutes flight with a 30 minutes ground stop on a fantastic and unique view point, very close to the Inlandis. Group: minimum 4 people. Price: 400 € per person. The helicopter trip depends entirely upon availability of the aircraft. Need to be reserved some days in advance.

Greenland travel helicopter optional excursion

Flight from Narsarsuaq to Keflavik (Iceland).

For open jaw flights Copenhagen/Greenland/Iceland: supplement of 170 €

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 30, 2016Jul 02, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Jul 07, 2016Jul 09, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Jul 14, 2016Jul 16, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Jul 21, 2016Jul 23, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Jul 28, 2016Jul 30, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Aug 04, 2016Aug 06, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Aug 11, 2016Aug 13, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Aug 18, 2016Aug 20, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Aug 25, 2016Aug 27, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Sep 01, 2016Sep 03, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Sep 08, 2016Sep 10, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Sep 15, 2016Sep 17, 2016From Iceland€1495Available
Sep 22, 2016Aug 24, 2016From Iceland€1495Available

The journey is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.  No special physical condition is necessary more than be able to walk at a normal pace for 3 hours.

For the kayak optional excursion, previous experience in kayaking is not required.

Level and technical information for hiking

Trekking

Distance (km)

Duration aprox.(h)

Accumulated heigh (m)

Maximum heigh (m)

Type of terrain

 

         

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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