Exclusive Hotel Adventure

A week of action and discovery of the South Greenland treasures but resting in hotel: in just a few days you will be delighted with first-hand knowledge of Inuit culture and the history of the Vikings’ first settlers, also enjoying "some" activities that help to better feel the pristine nature of the Arctic:excursion with crampons over the perpetual ice, kayaking among icebergs, boat tranfers amid huge icebergs... Much more than a week sleeping in some of the most cosy hotels in Greenland!

Hotels in Greenland route map

As trip highlights:

  • Navigation in a sea abundant in icebergs, travelling around the glaciers on a speed boat.
  • Excursion with crampons, guided through serpentine crevasses, drains and ice caves in one of the most ancient ice fields on the planet. A truly exclusive trip to Greenland, only comparable to that in Patagonia’s Perito Moreno.
  • Cultural exchange with locals.
  • Visit of Narsaq and Qaqortoq towns and several Inuit settlements (Qassiarsuk, Igaliku and Tasiusaq).  
  • Witness the northern lights, “The Dance of the Sky”, in one of the world’s most particular areas. From mid August onwards.
  • The opportunity of taking an impressive kayak excursion surrounded by icebergs.
  • Gain first-hand experience of the terrible progress of climate change in Southern Greenland.
  • Sight  local fauna such as eagles, caribou, foxes and arctic hares or whales and seals when the itinerary takes us to the sea.
  • Visit of Gardar and Brattahlid ruins an reconstructions, the most significant archaeological treasures in South Greenland.

 

Day 1: Narsarsuaq and glacier view

Flight from Keflavik (Iceland's international  airport) or Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland. Reception at the airport and transfer to the Hotel for check-in and briefing. Time to visit and walk around the area.

Excursion: Hike to the Glacier View Point, approximately one hour from Narsarsuaq Hotel. Great views of the Tunulliarfik fjord icebergs and the Kiattuut Glacier.

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

hotels in greenland iceberg at narsarsuaq

Day 2: The Viking Greenland and optional kayaking amid icebergs excursion

Boat transfer from Narsarsuaq 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.

Hotels in Greenland trip, Qassiarsuk viking reconstructions

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 ice from icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. Pic nic at the Tasiusaq Hostel or outdoors if weather permitting.

Optional Excursion: Kayak 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.

Hotels in Greenland trip, kayaking excursion at Tasiusaq

Day 3: Narsarsuaq – Qaqortoq

Transfer from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq through the complex system of fjords and among numerous icebergs, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls.

A guided City Tour in Qaqortoq, the South Greenland capital, was founded in 1775, and nowadays has almost 3.230  inhabitants. It’s described as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland.

We will discover the beauty of its colourful buildings, the awe-inspiring landscapes and some of its thirty different rock sculpture designs, spread over the town. As well as the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church, the only fountain in the country, and have dinner in one of its restaurants or enjoy a drink with the local people.

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

hotels in greenland qaqortoq umiak

Day 4: Qaqortoq, capital of South Greenland and boat transfer to Narsaq

Time off to walk around this charming town and explore on your own a city which is considered a sub-arctic Riviera.

Or you can join one of our two wonderful optional excursions.

Optional Excursions:

-Excursion to Hvalsoy Church

“Hvalsoy” or Whale Island, with the ancient Norse name “Hvalseyfjördur”.

Hvalsoy Church was probably built in the 14th century but is the best preserved of the churches in Greenland from that period.

People gathered here from far and wide to attend Christian festivals throughout the year

The fells and the fjord which surround the church have not changed at all over the centuries.

-Hot springs in Uunartoq

You will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing bath in the Uunartoq warm springs (the only thermal springs to which access is possible in Greenland), used as a pool is a “holiday resort” for many natives who come from all over the country to camp and bathe in the thermal springs.

This is an experience in touch with nature in such a unique place enjoying a warming bath while icebergs float only a few meters away in the fjord.

In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq city, the third most populated town in South Greenland. Accommodation at Hotel Narsaq. Twin/Double room with private facilities.

Day 5: Qaleraliq Glacier Camp and excursion on ice

In the morning we will set off towards Qaleraliq camp, our base right next to the polar ice cap. It is a domo tents camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues.

Hotels in Greenland, Qaleraliq glacier fronts camp

After some rest we will start the navigation along the vertical glacier fronts, admiring the beauty of their ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. Now it’s time to action: a impressive trek using crampons on the ice cap, exploring its crevasses, drains, caves, and seracs. An expert mountain guide will be in charge of the excusion to ensure the safety of the group, while he shares with us his knowledge about the characteristics of the glaciers in southern Greenland. Picnic lunch in the ice or at the camp, depending on weather conditions.

In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq. We will be surprised by enormous icebergs falling off from the Eqaloruutsit glacier and floating throw all the Sermilik Fjord. Sometimes, they are blocking the access to the harbors of Narsaq.

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

Hotels in Grenland trip, ice hiking

Day 6: City of Narsaq and the idyllic Igaliku

Narsaq, with about 1500 inhabitants, is the third most populated town in South Greenland. During the morning you will have free time to visit the local market, fur shops, hunters harbour or the Greenlandic museum. After stroll around in Narsaq we will navigate to the pontoon of Itilleq, where an easy hike to cross the “Kongevejen” or Path of the Kings begins. Our destination is the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. Igaliku, home of the ruins of Gardar (religious capital of Viking Greenland), is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland.

Accommodation and dinner (included) at Igaliku Country Hotel. Twin/Double room with shared facilities.

Hotels in Greenland trip, night at Sillisit farm

Day 7:  Excursions to Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord

The green hills of Igaliku as well as the spectacular views of Einarsfjord provides a warm relax to the traveler in a quiet environment before the hike back to Itilleq’s pontoon.

Excursion: Sea route to Qooroq Ice Fjord, the most active glacier in southern Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. You can’t imagine the sight of huge icebergs floating chaotically around us!

From Qooroq we will continue the navigation to Narsarsuaq. Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq. Twin/double room with private facilities.

Hotels in Greenland trip, Qooroq glacier

Day 8:  Hike to the Flower Valley before flight

We reserve the morning for the most famous hike in south Greenland, the Flower Valley. A spectacular hike with sights of the Kiattut river and glacier. Afterwards we can visit The Narsarsuaq Museum Bluie West One. This visit is strongly recommended as the reflection of the town history from ancient times and, more specifically, its role in the Second World War. There will be sufficient time before flight departure.  

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

Prices:

2,795 €  from Keflavik, Iceland  (round-trip ticket included)

3,095 €  from Copenhagen, Denmark  (round-trip ticket included)

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 27, 2017Jul 04, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Jun 27, 2017Jul 04, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Jul 04, 2017Jul 11, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Jul 04, 2017Jul 11, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Jul 11, 2017Jul 18, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Jul 11, 2017Jul 18, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Jul 18, 2017Jul 25, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Jul 18, 2017Jul 25, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Jul 25, 2017Aug 01, 2017From Iceland€2795Fully booked
Jul 25, 2017Aug 01, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Fully booked
Aug 01, 2017Aug 08, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Aug 01, 2017Aug 08, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Aug 08, 2017Aug 15, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Aug 08, 2017Aug 15, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Aug 15, 2017Aug 22, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Aug 15, 2017Aug 22, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Aug 22, 2017Aug 29, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Aug 22, 2017Aug 29, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available
Aug 29, 2017Sep 05, 2017From Iceland€2795Available
Aug 29, 2017Sep 05, 2017From Copenhagen€3095Available

Physical condition

The journey is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis, not needing a very special physical condition to participate. The walk to Igaliku could be arranged in situ as a car transfer (with an additional cost of 75 DKK per person, one way trip).  

The ice hike with crampons is suitable for anyone with an adventurous attitude. For the kayak optional excursion, previous experience in kayaking is not required.

Level and technical information

Trekking

Distance (km)

Duration aprox. (h)

Accumulated height (m)

Maximum height (m)

Type of terrain

Glacier Trek

5

3

100

50

Ice

Glacier View Narsarsuaq

5

2

150

100

Tundra

King’s Way (return)

11,2

3

200

100

Path

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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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