South & Nuuk Exclusive Adventure

The journey begins in South Greenland in a slightly more adventurous way, with activities such as ice hiking, kayaking among icebergs, helicopter flight or visiting small towns formerly inhabited by the Vikings. Then, we continue with the flight to Nuuk, the modern capital of Greenland, where we will stay for three days.

Greenland tour map. South Greenland and Nuuk

As trip highlights:

  • Navigation in a sea filled with icebergs, traveling around the glaciers fronts on a speed boat.
  • A unique excursion with crampons, guided through labyrinthine crevasses  in one of the oldest ice fields in the planet.  
  • Visiting the towns of Narsaq, Qaqortoq and Nuuk.
  • Witnessing the northern lights, or “Dance of the Sky”, from one of the world’s most special areas (since mid august onwards).
  • Sighting of local fauna such as eagles, caribou, foxes and arctic hares, or whales and seals when the journey takes us to the sea.
  • Opportunity to enjoy an impressive kayak excursion, surrounded by icebergs.
  • Helicopter trip (regular flight), with an unforgettable overview of the Fiord's system and the Inland Ice Cap.
  • Cultural exchange with locals: visit inuit settlements and share their traditional way of life.
  • Visiting the ruins of Gardar and Brattahlid, the most important archaeological treasures in Greenland.
  • Discover the Norse history at Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.

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: Helicopter flight Narsarsuaq – Qaqortoq

Impressive helicopter trip (regular line) from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq over the fjord system of South Greenland. Whatever the route, a helicopter trip in South Greenland is a really unforgettable experience. You will be able to see from above what will be your whole tour, enjoying the fascinating composition of the fjords and the fantastic view of the Inlandis (the polar ice cap). Guided City Tour in Qaqortoq, the South Greenland capital, described as the most charming town in all Greenland.

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

Hotels in Greenland, helicopter trip to Qaqortoq

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

Qaqortoq was founded in 1775 and nowadays has almost 3,000 inhabitants. Time to take a stroll around the city, while you enjoy the beauty of its colourful buildings and the awe-inspiring landscapes. Explore on your own the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church or the only fountain in the country.

Optional: Excursion to Hvalsoy Church and Upernaviarsuk Agricultural Centre (80€ per person, minimum 4 participants).

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.

hotels in greenland qaqortoq umiak

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 to Nuuk

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, US military base frozen in time since the Second World War. There will be enough time before flight departure to Nuuk.

Arrival to Nuuk airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Nuuk city centre is very dynamic. There are plenty of shops and restaurants. Also  you can visit and bathe in the only swimming pool in Greenland: Malik Nuuk Swimming. This is the most beautiful swimming pool in all of the Nordic countries, with panoramic views to the fiord and surrounding mountains. Accommodation at Hotel. Small apartment with private facilities.

Nuuk, the modern capital of Greenland

Day 9: National Costume Workshop and Kaffemik in Nuuk

This visit will take almost 2 hours 30 min. Together with the guide, you will walk down to the workshop where the Greenlandic National Costume are made. From here, you will walk towards the home of a local family for a "Kaffemik" where coffee, tea and homemade cake will be offered.

Although Nuuk represents the biggest city in Greenland, there are different hiking trails that you can do perfectly by yourself. Just close to the airport area there are two famous hiking routes that allow you to discover the beautiful and natural landscape. The routes are called “Lille Malene” and “Stort Malene”. You only need to buy a trekking map in which you will see the details of the itineraries.

There are also different optional excursions that could be hired:

Fjordsafari 4 hours. The boat tour sails in the fiord of Nuuk, where you will get a chance to view the colorful houses from seaside. The captain and the guide actively hold a look out for whales and maybe with the help of the passengers, you might spot some of this big mammals. 

Duration: 4 hours (approx.) Price: 650 DKK (90€)

Boat tour to the Icefiord (lunch included). A Targa boat takes us to Kangersuneq/Icefiord through Qoornoq passage. After about two hours boat tour, we get  the mound of Kangersuneq/Icefiord, where we have the view of Narsap Sermia glacier. After the lunch we will continue to Qoornoq, an abandoned settlement. In Qoornoq you can walk around and get a feeling of how life was here in the past.

Duration: 7 hours (approx.)  Price: 1500 DKK (205€)

Accommodation at Hotel. Small apartment with private facilities.

Day 10: Flight Nuuk – Reykjavik / Copenhagen

Transfer from the hotel to Nuuk airport. Flight from Nuuk to Reykjavik or Copenhagen.

June, July and August 2017

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From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 06, 2017Aug 29, 2017From Copenhagen€4275Available
Jun 13, 2017Aug 29, 2017From Iceland€4150Available

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.

Weather in Greenland is very changeable. It is usually pleasant, but it is essential that you bring appropriate outdoor clothes for cold and rainy weather as well as  waterproof hiking boots.

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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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