Hotel Adventure and Glacier Camp

We are proposing the most inclusive adventure break in Greenland: hotel accommodation except a magic night in a place surrounded by glaciers, exploring the iceberg filled fiords with our adventurous zodiac boats, helicopter flight with some impressive views, close glacier front navigation, visiting the viking ruins of Brattahlid, unique crampon excursion into the inland ice, and, last but not least, kayaking opportunities amongst icebergs.

Iceland and Greenland trip route map

 As trip highlights:

  • Escapade on our RIBs to navigate through an iceberg filled sea facing the Qaleraliq Glacier fronts
  • Singular excursion with crampons, guided through serpentine crevasses, drains and ice caves  
  • Overnight at Qaleraliq Glacier Camp, a domo camp in one of the most magical spots in South Greenland
  • Enjoy an impressive kayak excursion opportunity, surrounded by icebergs
  • Visit to Narsaq city  and several Inuit settlements (Qassiarsuk and Tasiusaq).
  • Witness northern lights (since mid August onwards)
  • Sight local fauna such as eagles, caribou, foxes, arctic hares or seals
  • Visit to Brattahlid viking ruins, the most important archaeological vestiges in Greenland

Day 1. Narsarsuaq airport and Narsaq city: Greenland!

Flight from Keflavik (Iceland's international airport) or from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq. Reception at the airport and meeting information. Speed boat transfer through Tunulliarfik Fjord (Eriksfjord), usually covered by icebergs, to Narsaq city. Narsaq is the third most populated city in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. Our guide will accompany you while visiting the local market, fur shops, hunters harbour, the Greenlandic museum... Time off to walk around the city, where we will discover the beauty of its colourful buildings and the awe-inspiring landscapes. You may enjoy a drink with the local people and discover the modern Inuit’s way of life.

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

Iceland and Greenland tours, Narsaq city

Day 2. Ice hiking and overnight stay at Qaleraliq Camp

During the morning, we will set off for Qaleraliq Camp, navigating with our zodiac boat towards the Inlandis or Greenlandic Ice Cap. We will arrive to a cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy grained beach, which contrasts with a splendorous view of two glacier fronts belonging to Qaleraliq Glacier.

Excursion: Glacier fronts navigation.  After some rest, we will navigate along the glacier fronts admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along their  more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. From there we will begin our 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 outstanding ice formations, which give an incredible, labyrinthine quality to this glacier.

Iceland an Greenland tours, glacier fronts navigation

Excursion: Walk on ice with crampons. An expert mountain guide, a specialist in glacier science, 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 will share knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in South Greenland. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world. You will enjoy one of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland. Picnic lunch on the ice or at camp depending on conditions.

Iceland and Greenland tours, ice hiking

We will be staying at the camp, allowing our senses to delight in the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the serac icefall.  

Dinner at camp.  Accommodation in domo tents.  

Day 3.  Narsaq-Narsarsuaq

Iceland and Greenland tours, Qaleraliq glacier camp

After enjoying breakfast delightfully facing the glaciers and taking some time to explore the camp surroundings, we will set off for Narsaq city. Returning by boat to Narsaq we will be surprised by enormous icebergs falling off from Eqaloruutsit Glacier and floating through the entire Sermilik Fjord. Sometimes they block the access to Narsaq ports.

You will enjoy the fascinating composition of the fiords and the fantastic view of the Inlandis. 

We will stop at Narsaq to visit the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants.

You will have free time to visit the local market, fur shops… and go for a walk or do some shopping, before boarding
the boat again to navigate towards Narsarsuaq.

Excursion: Once in Narsarsuaq, hike to the glacier view point. It takes almost one hour from Narsarsuaq Hotel and it allows great views of the Fiord, the plain of Narsarsuaq and the Kiattut Glacier. Free time to visit and walk around the area.

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

Day 4. Erik the Red’s ruins, 4x4 trip and Optional Kayaking excursion among icebergs

Transfer in RIB through Tunulliarfik Fiord (Eriksfjord), usually heavy with icebergs, to Qassiarsuk. Visit of the church ruins and the settlement of Eric the Red comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, and where Erik the Red settled in 985 AD. Walk through the village of about fifty inhabitants, mostly farmers.

Iceland and Greenland tours, Brattahlid viking reconstructions

Excursion: 4x4 trip to the beautiful Tasiusaq farm where seven people live in notable isolation near Sermilik Fiord. This fiord is almost continuously blocked by ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit Glacier. Picnic lunch at the Tasiusaq Hostel or outdoors if weather permitting.

Optional: Kayaking excursion in “Iceberg Bay”. A two hour sea kayak trip for beginners where we will mix with icebergs and ice in one of the best and safest places in all Greenland.

Iceland and Greenland tours, kayaking excursion among icebergs

Return by boat to Narsarsuaq and accommodation at Narsarsuaq Hotel. Twin/double room with private facilities.

Day 5: Hike in “Flower Valley” before flight

For our last day we reserve the most famous hike in South Greenland, the Flower Valley route. Grandiose sights of Kiattut River and Glacier. You will be delighted by the spectacular view of this flowered valley formed by glacial retreat and consequent glacial sedimentation.

Iceland and Greenland tours, Kiattut glacier sight

Upon our return to Narsarsuaq, we can visit The Bluie West One Museum, former US militay base recommended to be visited as it reflects the town history from ancient times to its special role during the II World War. Enough time for this visit before flight departure.

Flight from Narsarsuaq to Keflavik (Iceland) or Copenhagen.

Dates 2017:

Departures from Keflavik or Copenhagen every Tuesday from the 27th of June to the 5th of September.

Departures from Keflavik every Tuesday from the 12th of September to the 26th of September.

 

N. B. If you don’t have enough time to stay in Greenland, don’t hesitate to ask us for the detailed program of shorter itineraries:

Greenland, Adventure Breaks, Glacier Camp and Ice Walk 4 Days (1995€ from Keflavik)

Departures from Keflavik every Saturday from the 24th of June to the 23rd of September (4 days trip)

 

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 27, 2017Sep 05, 2017From Copenhagen€2595Available
Jun 27, 2017Sep 26, 2017From Iceland€2295Available

Level of trip and physical condition

No special physical condition is necessary, not more than being able to walk at a normal pace for 3-4 hours and have a good attitude for adventure. The adventure break is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis.  

Hike technical information

                  Hiking

Distance (Km.)

Duration approx. (Hrs.)

Accumulated height (Mtr.)

Maximum height (Mtr.)

Type of terrain

            Glacier hike

5

3-4

200

50

ic

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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.

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