South Greenland 5 days – easy going

Narsarsuaq, Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid), Igaliku (Gardar) & Qooroq Ice Fiord

South Greenland is famous for its Norse history and blue icebergs, and you can easily reach both from the airport in Narsarsuaq. Explore the historic site of Brattahlid, where the Viking Eric the Red settled, and discover why he named it Greenland! Take a day trip to Igaliku – the most beautiful village in Greenland! And enjoy an unforgettable boat ride into the Qooroq Ice Fjord, where 200,000 tons of ice calves from the glacier front every day. In addition to the 4-day tour, this package gives you an opportunity to hike to the ice cap from Narsarsuaq (16 km return).


Prices: 25% discount for children 2-11 years
Private facilities
Double room: EUR 680 / DKK 4,930 per person
Single room: EUR 983 / DKK 7,130 per person
Shared facilities
Double room: EUR 501 / DKK 3,630 per person
Single room: EUR 652 / DKK 4,730 per person
Duration: 5 days & 4 nights
Departures: From Tuesday to Saturday from Iceland
Travel by: Airplane
Flight: From Reykjavik or Copenhagen (flights not included)
Accommodation: at hotel with private or shared facilities.
Excursions: Igaliku (Gardar), Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid), Boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord
Included: All accommodation incl. breakfast, Transport of luggage, All boat transfers, excursions, guide service, all taxes, 24 hours emergency service.
Note: Due to limited capacity at some overnight accommodations, the order of the itinerary may change.


Day 1

Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Info at our office at the Blue Ice Café. In the afternoon you can take a little hike to the Signal Hill viewpoint (about 1 hour). From the top you can admire an impressive view of the glacier.

Day 2

Day hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier, which is a part of the ice cap and located only 8 km from Narsarsuaq. The hike takes you through the Flower Valley before the trail winds up a 300 m ascent to a plateau that rewards you a magnificent view of the glacier. From here you walk for about half an hour downhill to the glacier, where you can touch the ice. The way back to Narsarsuaq follows the same route.

Day 3

Day trip to Qassiarsuk. The village of Qassiarsuk is situated across the fjord approx. 15 minutes by boat from Narsarsuaq. Today sheep farmers cultivate exactly the same land that the Viking Eric the Red chose for his settlement more than 1,000 years ago. Take a stroll through the village, which beautifully combines ancient history and modern living, and visit the Brattahlid open-air museum (admission fee is not included), which consists of the replicas of Tjodhilde’s Church and a Norse longhouse. You can also take an enjoyable hike from Qassiarsuk towards Sermilik Fjord on the other side of the peninsula. Halfway there you can enjoy an amazing view over both fjords; Sermilik is usually filled with ice floes. If you follow the gravel road all the way to the end, you will reach the Tasiusaq sheep farm (16 km return).

Day 4

Day trip to Igaliku. The trip goes through Erik’s Fjord to Itilleq – the harbour that serves the settlement of Igaliku. You now have a short walk (4 km) on the King’s Road (named after the Danish King’s visit in 1952) to the small historic settlement of Igaliku, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland. From the highest point on the road, you overlook the colourful houses, the green hills and the milky-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord towers Illerfissalik Mountain with its snow-covered peak piercing the clear blue sky. Igaliku was the Episcopal seat during the Norse period and the ruins from that time are very impressive. Today the town thrives from sheep farming. There is a school, a church and a shop. You can enjoy lunch made with local products at the café in the Country Hotel. The return journey is by boat to Narsarsuaq in the late afternoon/evening.

Day 5

Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord. A boat trip among icebergs of all colours, sizes and shapes. When the glacier is in view, the boat engine is stopped, 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 your stay enjoying a cup of coffee at the cosy Blue Ice Café and/or visiting the museum in Narsarsuaq.

Departure Narsarsuaq.


Accommodation

  • in Narsarsuaq for 4 nights.

Accommodation at hotel with private or shared facilities.

Breakfast included. Dinner and lunch packets can be ordered at the hotels.

Due to limited capacity at some overnight accommodations, the order of the itinerary may change.