Explore Greenland The Largest island in the world also and one of the roughest. Mostly covered with the largest glacier of the world and extreme mountains Greenland is also home to the greatest predator how walks the earth the polar bear .
Narsarsuaq and Igaliku 4 days.
This trip gives you a short and intensive experience of South Greenland - the land of contrast. The scenery is impressive, mountains, glaciers and icebergs-but it is also incredibly green ! After a visit to South Greenland then you can understand why Eric the Red gave it the name Greenland. You will visit the historical site Gardar, which was the Bishop’s residence during the Norse era. Today there isvery charming village (Igaliku) situated in one of the most luxuriant and idyllic parts of Greenland! Furthermore, you visit the historic site Brattahlid and go on a boat trip among the famous turquoise icebergs at the Qooroq Ice Fjord.
In Igaliku you can order dinner and lunch or lunch packet at Igaliku Country Hotel. In Narsarsuaq there is a restaurant and a cafeteria at the hotel, and café which serves light meals. There are grocery stores in Narsarsuaq and Igaliku.
No special requirements on this trip.
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Info meeting in a café at the airport. Afterwards Boat transfer to Itilleq and hike the 4 km along the "Kings Road" (named after the Danish King Frederik 9th's visit in 1952) to Igaliku. The hike is easy but if you like to you can also get a ride in the car which is transporting your luggage. Igaliku is definatly one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland! The colourful houses are situated in a green bay with luscious grassland. On the other side of the fjord towers the landmark Illerfissalik (Burfjeld) in a rough and desolate landscape.
Accommodation at Igaliku Country Hotel for two nights.
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) during the Norse period, and the ruins from that time are very impressive. In the year 1782 Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna established themselves as farmers, and that was the beginning of Igaliku's more recent history. The small museum in the church, is worth visiting. Today the village thrives mainly from sheep farming. We recommend an optional day hike (15-20 km) that goes to the plateau, from where there is a great view of the Qooroq Ice fjord, the stranded ice bergs on the moraine and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. You can´t imagine a more perfect place for a picnic! If you are lucky then you could find minerals and stones, for instance the shining "moon stone" (Labradorit) The route is clearly marked.
Boat transfer from Itilleq to Qassiarsuk or Brattahlid, the place where Erik the Red settled in 982. A reconstruction of the viking farm can be visited on your own (entrance is included). Late afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq.
Accommodation Hotel Narsarsuaq for one night.
Check out from the room. Luggage can be left at the hotel.
Guided boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord. An amazing boat trip among icebergs of all colours, sizes and shapes. When the glacier is in view, the boat engine is turned off, so you can enjoy the absolute silence and a drink chilled with glacier ice - more than 1000 years old! You can spend the rest of the day visiting the museum in Narsassuaq which is interesting because of the role that the airport played in the WWII and the cold war era.
Departure to Reykjavik .
Dates and Price
2 nights in Igaliku incl. breakfast
1 night in Narsarsuaq incl. breakfast
Car transfer to/from airport – harbour – hotel
Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Itilleq, Itilleq – Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq.
Leaflet with a map in Qassiarsuk and entrance Museum (Brattahlid)
Guided boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord
Flights to and from Reykjavik.
€ 1375 per person (double room, private facilities, cabin with shared shared facilities in Igaliku
€ 1537 per person (single room, private facilities, cabin with shared facilities in Igaliku
€ 1310 per person (double room, shared facilities)
€ 2115 per person (single room, shared facilities)
Did you know that Kalaalit Nunaat-The Land of the People as it is called in Greenlandic has a size of 2.2.million sq.km. of which eighty percent is covered with ice, the inland ice is up to 3 km thick and about 10% of the fresh water on the earth is in Greenland? Colossial icebergs in fantasic shapes of white and blue float on the blue sea. But the glaciers are retreating, global warming is leaving its mark. But Greenland is not all ice, it is also green with beautiful wild flowers, long fjords and high mountains.
Greenland has also wild nature with animals like seals, whales, polar bears, snow hares, moskusoxes and reindeers. There are many isolated communities with wooden houses painted in all colours of the rainbow, very different from the modern capital Nuuk. Not only is the climate changing, so is also the society, but the cultural roots are strong and a live. The culture of seal hunters and fishermen with respect for traditions and bleliefs are leaving clear traces in the culture of today in all areas. Never the less is the Greenlandic society also a modern , thriving ever changing society. Greenland is truly a world of its one which does not leave the visitor untouched.