Bike + Hike + Kayak

In this active tour we are going to use a very quiet means of transport: hiking shoes, kayak paddles and mountain bike pedals, to shorten the distances between the fjords of southern Greenland without disturbing the wilderness with any engine noise: bird’s eye view of the glaciers in the mountains of Mellem (hiking), partly submerged icebergs in the Sermilik fjord (kayaking) and a tour through the farms of the Eriksfjord (“Greenland mountain biking”)… Are you ready?

mountain bike, kayak and hiking in greenland, route map

As trip Highlights:

  • Active trip in untamed nature combining tent & hostel nights.
  • Scott 2013 Mountain Bikes
  • Double Prijon kayaks, highly stable
  • Admire the Inlandis or Greenland’s Polar Ice Cap.
  • Sighting of local fauna (seals, peregrine falcon, sea eagles)
  • Greenlandic farewell dinner.
  • Viking & Inuit ruins visit.
  • Glacier fronts sighting boat excursion.
  • View of the huge Eqalorutsit glacier
  • Fishing for salmon and cod
  • Northern lights since mid August

Day 1: Narsarsuaq and Qassiarsuk Viking Greenland

Flight Keflavik (international airport) – Narsarsuaq. Reception in the airport and transfer in RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk.

Walk around Qassiarsuk, of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland. This is the place where Eric the Red settled when he started Greenland’s colonisation back in 985.

Cultural visit: Brattahlid reconstructions: Guided visit to the original ruins from Erik the Red, and a replica of the original chapel and longhouse.

 

 

Greenland bike multiadventure, kayaking among icebergs

Day 2: Biking to Qassiarsuk.

After been ferried to the other side of the big river besides Narsarsuaq,  you will start biking around the Eriksfjord direction Qinngua, not far from the coastline, but with continuous up and down hill rides as the tractor trail is irregular and the coast is rugged.

Tasermiut will provide routes’ maps and all necessary equipment in order to ensure a self reliable mountain bike expedition.

The group will be in permanent contact with our logistical team based in Qassiarsuk. This is a challenging mountain bike tour consisting to arrive to the final destination of the whole tour, by your own.

You pass an artificial forest and reach finally the farm of Qinngua, where you will have to cross a big river, if possible by yourselves; and if it’s too big, so with support from neighbouring farmers. You will continue toward Qassiarsuk along different farms and terrains, in order to reach our destination in the afternoon.

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Greenland bike multiadventure, camp

Day 3. Cycle to Ineruuralik and Sillisit

You will start cycling toward the farm of Ineruuralik situated in a beautiful place beside the fiord and continuing towards the farm of Issormiut and Sillisit, with spectacular views of the fiord usually covered by icebergs, and also the Illerfissaliq mountain.

Night in Hostel in Sillisit.

Greenland bike multiadventure

Day 4. Kangerdlua and way back to Qassiarsuk

Sillisit is the last farm to be linked in the Tunulliarfik Fjord, and from there you will cycle across the Narsaq peninsula to Kangerdlua farm. This is one of the remotest farms in the area situated in the ice full Sermilik Fjord.  After visiting the farm, you will cycle back to Sillisit.

From Sillisit you will cycle back towards Ineruuralik through the same way you came.

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Greenland bike multiadventure, viking ruins

Day 5. Flower Valley and Glacier

Transfer in RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Narsarsuaq.

Preparation of materials and start of the trek in the nearby Narsarsuaq mountains.

Ascent to Mellem Camp, travelling through lakes and rivers, towards Flower Valley. We will carry on with our hike through Flower Valley with spectacular views of an enormous valley created by the withdrawal of and subsequent sedimentation from the glacier, where there are abundant flowers. This is quite possibly the most famous excursion in all of Greenland.

We will go all the way from the famous Kiattut Glacier, with unbeatable panoramic views of the ice.

We will carry on with the hike among tundra and lakes, toward the Mellem cabin, where we will set up camp.

Accommodation in tents at Mellem’s Camp.

greenland bike multiadventure, Qooroq glacier

Day 6. Ice Cap View point and Ice Break in Qooroq Glacier

Trek to the scenic overlook of Qooroq. We will continue our expedition with the trek until the scenic overlook point of the Mellem Landet with impressive views of the ice cap, Qooroq Glacier, and a view of Mountains and Nunataks.. Impressive views of the glacier, one of the most active in southern Greenland. We will get right on top of the glacier, so we can observe its entire extent as it drops to the sea.

Spectacular vision of ice breaking to the sea.

Night in tents in Mellem’s Camp.

Day 7. Descent To Narsarsuaq through the Tundra.

In the way back to Narsarsuaq and from a height of less than 1,000 metres, we can observe one of the most privileged panoramas in the south of Greenland. Walking in the Tundra and surrounded by green mountains and valleys dotted with lakes and rivers, we find ourselves in a setting of Inland Ice's incredible mass of ice at our back (Qooroq and Kiattuut Glaciers) and fjords in front of us.

We will carry on with the hike surrounded by hills and lakes, until we get to a balcony where Narsarsuaq can be seen. And go down to it.

Transfer in RIB boat way back to Qassiarsuk

Special dinner with typical Greenlandic products, whale, seal, caribou, mattak…

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

greenland bike multiadventure

Day 8. Qooroq Ice Fjord boat excursion

We will get a RIB boat excursion to visit the Qooroq Ice Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland can be found. We will navigate to the area where iceberg density makes it impossible to carry on. This is without doubt one of Greenland's best images.

Transfer way back to Qassiarsuk

Free time to discover the area by your own.

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Greenland multiadventure Kangerlua farm

Day 9. Tasiusaq Bay

Trekking to Tasiusaq farm where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier.

Preparation of kayak materials, and contact with our new means of transport. Instructional session on the kayak, basic safety tips. Night at Tasiusaq Hostel.

Preparation of kayak materials, and contact with our new means of transport. Instructional session on the kayak, basic safety tips.

First day of kayaking in the specially protected area of Tasiussaq and Nunataaq farm.

Night at Tasiusaq Hostel.

Day 10. Navigation among icebergs

Travelling by kayak through the foothills of Nordre Sermilik Fjord, which is always filled with icebergs of indescribable colours and textures, coming from Eqaloruutsit Glacier. This is an area in which the kayak is the only possible vehicle at this time of the year, due to the ice which blocks access to the rest of the boats.

At the end of the first kayak day, the camp will be set up on the shores of the fjord. A short hike through the tundra, until we arrive at the point where we can admire the impressive Eqaloruutsit glacier. Night spent in a tent.

Accommodation in tents

Greenland bike multiadventure, hiking

Day 11. Navigation among ice.

Kayak in the mouth of the fiord among lots of ice, spectacular views and navigation with icebergs. Depending of ice possibilities to get close to the area of Kangerdlua, all year round blocked by ice. Return to Tasiusaq farm in the afternoon.

Possibility to go fishing in the fjord.

Night at Tasiusaq Hostel.

Day 12. Flight Narsarsuaq – Keflavik

Preparation of equipment. Transfer to Narsarsuaq.

Free time for shopping, sightseeing, or visiting Narsarsuaq Museum Blue West which reflects the town’s history etc.

Check-in and Flight Narsarsuaq – Keflavik

 

Prices:

2,295 €  from Keflavik, Iceland  (round-trip ticket included)

June departures: special discount 100 € off

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Active trip

Active trip, physically challenging, but suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, who doesn’t mind sleeping in a tent and goes hiking and biking on a regular basis. As for the kayak, as we will be sailing in an area of calm water and due to the stability of our double kayaks, previous experience in kayaking is not required (although is recommended).

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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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