4 Day Getaway from Iceland

In three hours we will have leaped from Iceland -the well-known European natural enclave- to Greenland, on the edge of the unexplored Arctic. Two contrasting worlds, especially as the goal for this getaway is to take part in some hiking surrounded by glacier tongues or in a kayak excursion amid icebergs... Meanwhile we will have seen the ruins of the first known Viking settlement in Greenland and sailed a zodiac into the bowels of a massive glacier.

Greenland tours from Iceland

As trip highlights:

  • Admire the Inlandis or Greenland’s Polar Ice Cap
  • Glacier tongues & arctic fauna
  • Greenlandic dinner
  • Viking & Inuit ruins visit
  • Kayak among icebergs (optional excursion)
  • Northern lights since mid August

Day 1. Qassiarsuk (former Brattahlid): Erik the Red was here

Flight from Keflavik (Iceland's international  airport) to Narsarsuaq. Reception and transfer by speed boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, frequently covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk.  Reception at the airport and transfer to the port of Narsarsuaq to cross the Eriksfjord,  usually covered by icebergs, in the direction of Qassiarsuk. After staying at the Leif Eriksson Hostel we have the opportunity to take a walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers. Dinner and overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Greenland tours from Iceland. Viking ruins at Qassiarsuk

Day 2. Hike to the Kiattut Glacier

Zodiac boat transfer to Narsarsuaq and hike  through the Flower Valley, enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation. We will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the ice sheet. This is probably the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Greenlandic dinner with typical inuit  dishes as whale, seal, caribou or  mattak, among others.  Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.Greenland tours from Iceland, Kiattut glacier after Flower Valley hike

Day 3.  Hike to Tasiusaq, the  bay of the icebergs. Optional kayaking excursion

Hiking to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. Then, we may  continue our walk to the idyllic Nunataaq farm, with stunning views of the Eqalorutsit glacier front.

Optional:  Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest spots in southern Greenland (70€ , two participants minimum).

Dinner and overnight stay at the Tasiusaq  Hostel.

Greenland tours from Iceland, Kayaking optional excursion

Day 4. Viking ruins of Brattahlid  and helicopter optional excursion before flight

After the hike  back to Qassiarsuk we have a  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. Afterwards  we cross the Eriksfjord towards Narsarsuaq. After check in at the airport we recommend you visit the Bluie West One museum, former US militay base untouched since the Second World War.

Helicopter optional excursion, south Greenland ice cap

Optional helicopter excursion:  enjoy a unforgettable helicopter flight over viewing the Fjord system and the immense 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: 2.980 DKK (400 €) per person (4 participants minimum). The helicopter trip depends upon availability of air craft. Need to be reserved with some days in advance.

Flight from Narsarsuaq to Iceland (Keflavik  airport) or to Copenhagen.

* Return flight to Copenhagen instead of Iceland: supplement of 170 €

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

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jul 02, 2018Sep 24, 2018From Iceland€1595Available

Physical Condition

The journey is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis. The longest trek takes approximately 5-6 hours walking (with a light-weight bag) on easy terrain. All other excursions are easier, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, on alternate days. Walks are optional. Travellers who wish to stay at the hostel may do so.

Level and technical information for hiking

Trekking

Distance (km)

Duration aprox.(h)

Accumulated heigh (m)

Maximum heigh (m)

Type of terrain

King’s way

9,2

3

200

100

Way

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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