Summer in Nuuk & South Greenland

This 11 day journey begins in Nuuk, the modern capital of Greenland, where we will stay for two days. Then, we continue with the flight to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland, where a more adventurous trip is waiting for us with activities such as ice hiking, boat transfers among icebergs, kayaking, nights in a glacier camp or hikes to small towns formerly inhabited by the vikings. 

summer trips in greenland, route map

As trip highlights:

  • Discover the Norse history at Nuuk, capital of Greenland.
  • Cultural exchange with the local inuit during the “Kaffemik” in Nuuk.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Visiting the ruins of Gardar and Brattahlid, the most important archaeological treasures in Greenland.

Day 1. Arrival in Nuuk, capital of Greenland.

Flight from Keflavik (Iceland) or from Copenhagen to Nuuk. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in and guided visit to the National Costume Workshop before enjoy a "kaffemik". 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.

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, capital of Greenland

Day 2. Discovering by yourself Nuuk area and surrounding mountains. Optional excursions.

Although Nuuk represents the biggest city in Greenland, there are different hiking trails that you can do easily 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.

Nuuk museum, Greenland summer trips

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 3. Flight to South Greenland and visit of the main vestiges of the viking period 

Flight from Nuuk to Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland. Reception at the airport by our English speaking guide and transfer to the harbor to cross the Eriksfjord in the direction of Qassiarsuk. Once settled in our hostel we are going to start the guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid (present day Qassiarsuk), 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.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Qassiarsuk viking period ruins. Greenland summer trips.

Day 4:  Hike to Ineruuralik and Sillisit farms

You will start the first hiking in South Greenland toward the farm of Ineruuralik situated in a beautiful place beside the fiord and continuing towards the farms of Issormiut and Sillisit. The scenery along this trail, with horses and sheep grazing with icebergs in the background and rocky walls, where at any time it seems that we will meet with Eric the Red, is unforgettable. From there we can climb to a height of 420 meters from where we can see across to the majestic mountain of Illerfissalik on the other side of the fjord, above the mouth of the Qooroq glacier. At over 1700 meters, the Vikings climbed its peak laden with branches for a fire to lead the boats to Brattahlid (present-day Qassiarsuk).

Dinner and overnight stay at the Sillisit Hostel.

Eriksfjord in south Greenland.

Day 5. Narsaq town and Qaleraliq Glacier Camp

We will set off for Qaleraliq camp, our base beside the greenlandic ice cap, navigating along the Tunulliarfik fjord among icebergs. Halfway we will stop at Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland with about 1,500 inhabitants. Free time to visit the museum, the fish market or the fur shops before boarding the boat again to navigate towards the Inlandis. We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs.

Overnight stay in four bedded rooms of Domo "loft".

Narsaq town, south Greenland

Day 6. Greenland Polar Ice Cap View

Ascent by foot through a remarkable desert-like sand valley which will lead us to a surprisingly different landscape, that of the green and thick tundra. After passing the lake, we will climb a 400 metre high mountain, from which we will have a mesmerising view of the Tasersuatsiaq lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. The summit is also a very special viewing point of the Inlandis, the immense inland glacier. From there you can gaze upon the infinite ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. We may pick mushrooms and blueberries (from mid August), and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the area.

Overnight stay in four bedded rooms of Domo "loft".

Ice cap view next to Qaleraliq, summer trip in Greenland

Day 7. Glacier Fronts and Ice Excursion

We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous and varied icebergs as we approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. From there we will start the 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 ice formations which give an incredible quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide 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/she will share with us their knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world. Grandiose sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland.  

Overnight stay in four bedded rooms of Domo "loft"

Greenland South Adventure, ice hiking

Day 8. Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord

Navigation from Qaleraliq to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik fjord. Easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by not quite 40 people where one finds the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Igaliku is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland. On our way back by boat to Qassiarsuk we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in Southern Greenland can be found, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on: with no doubt, one of Greenland's best sceneries.  

Accommodation stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Next to the Qooroq fjord. Summer trip in Greenland

Day 9. Tasiusaq bay, the Kayaking among Icebergs spot

Easy and nice hike to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. This is not the only sheep farm of the area and we can continue our walk to reach the idyllic Nunataaq. Then, after the picnic, it’s time for action: optional kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest spots in southern Greenland (70€ per person, minimum 2 participants).

Accommodation at the Tasiusaq Hostel or hike back to Qassiarsuk and accommodation at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 10. Flower Valley hike and Kiattut Glacier

We will cross to Narsarsuaq on our zodiac boat. Then, we will walk through Flower Valley enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation. We will walk until we reach a view of Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with a superb panoramic view of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. Back to Qassiarsuk, farewell dinner with typical Inuit dishes as whale, seal, caribou, mattak, etc.

Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Flower valley excursion and Kiattut glacier view, summer trip in Greenland

Day 11. Helicopter optional excursion before go home

Once in Narsarsuaq we have time to walk around in the area or visit the Bluie West One museum, frozen in time since the Second World War. Also it is possible to enjoy a unforgettable helicopter flight over viewing the South Greenland’s fjord system surrounded by the 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: 400 € per person (minimum 4 participants). The helicopter trip depends upon availability of air craft. Need to be reserved with some days in advance.

Flight Narsarsuaq-Keflavik (Iceland's international airport).

Discount: 200 € off for the first two June departures

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 15, 2016Jun 25, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jun 15, 2016Jun 25, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Jun 22, 2016Jul 02, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jun 22, 2016Jul 02, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Jun 29, 2016Jul 09, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jun 29, 2016Jul 09, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Jul 06, 2016Jul 16, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jul 06, 2016Jul 16, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Jul 13, 2016Jul 23, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jul 13, 2016Jul 23, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Jul 20, 2016Jul 30, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jul 20, 2016Jul 30, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Jul 27, 2016Aug 06, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Jul 27, 2016Aug 06, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Aug 03, 2016Aug 13, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Aug 03, 2016Aug 13, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Aug 10, 2016Aug 20, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Aug 10, 2016Aug 20, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Aug 17, 2016Aug 27, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Aug 17, 2016Aug 27, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Aug 24, 2016Sep 03, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Aug 24, 2016Sep 03, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Aug 24, 2016Sep 03, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Aug 31, 2016Sep 10, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Aug 31, 2016Sep 10, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Sep 07, 2016Sep 17, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Sep 07, 2016Sep 17, 2016From Iceland€3595Available
Sep 14, 2016Sep 24, 2016From Copenhagen€3495Available
Sep 14, 2016Sep 24, 2016From Iceland€3595Available

The journey is physically challenging but it is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, who doesn’t mind sleeping in a tent, share accommodation 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 – maximum accumulate high: 600 metres. All other excursions are easier, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, on alternate days. Walks are optional. Travellers who wish to stay at the camp or the hostel may do so. If you are not sure if you are fit enough for the journey, please contact our staff for further information and advice.

Self-guided trekking length in Nuuk, depend in your plan and weather conditions.

Level and technical information about the hikes

The journey is an adventure in spectacular scenery, surrounded by an atmosphere of exploration and discovery of this wild country, in sometimes difficult conditions, which requires a special type attitude. Nevertheless, the treks are quite easy, and suitable for most abilities. The excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone physically active and with an adventurous attitude.

Trekking

Distance (km)

Duration aprox.(h)

Accumulated heigh (m)

Maximum heigh (m)

Type of terrain

 

 

Tasersuatsiaq Lake

15

5

500

410

Sand/Tundra

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

Glacier Trek

5

3,5-4,5

200

50

Ice

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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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