Explore South Greenland

Overview

South Greenland is a land of majestic mountains and green pastures where sheep farms directly border  the ice fjords, and it´s incredible Norse settlement history intersects with modern Greenlandic fishing and hunting communities.

Fresh vegetables and natural hot springs on a remote island, big wall climbing, and fjord kayaking abound in South Greenland. 

 

Dirt roads and hiking trails between farming communities, and a great band of sea ice flowing straight down from the northern seas are all unique South Greenlandic elements.

All this is tied together by a distinct South Greenlandic culture with strong ties to the history of the North Atlantic and a sense of sharing stories and welcoming guests.

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.

Meals:

Breakfast included.

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.

Difficulty
No special requirements on this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
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 .

Price and dates

Price includes:
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.

Private facilities
Double room: EUR 571 
Single room: EUR 789 

Shared facilities
Double room: EUR 437 
Single room: EUR 551 

25% discount for children 2-11 years

Arrivals/departures in 2017
From Wednesday to Saturday
From Saturday to Tuesday

Note the flights are not included but can be booked through Northern Explorer

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