Hvalsey, Igaliku, Qassiarsuk & Qaqortoq
In 2017 five core areas in South Greenland were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. They represent a unique landscape and fascinating history of farming in the Arctic, dating from the Norse settlement to the present-day Greenlandic sheep farmers. On this tour, you can visit Hvalsey, Igaliku and Qassiarsuk – 3 of the UNESCO sites – together with South Greenland’s colourful town Qaqortoq.
Prices: 25% discount for children 2-11 years
Double room: EUR 747 / DKK 5,415 per person
Single room: EUR 944 / DKK 6,845 per person
Double room: EUR 632 / DKK 4,580 per person
Single room: EUR 812 / DKK 5,890 per person
Duration: 4 days & 3 nights
Departures: From Saturday to Tuesday from Iceland
Travel by: Airplane
Flight: From Reykjavik or Copenhagen (flights not included)
Accommodation: at hotel with private or shared facilities.
Excursions: Boat trip to Hvalsey Church, Igaliku (Gardar), Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid)
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.
Arrival in Narsarsuaq. Info at the airport and boat transfer to Qaqortoq (duration about 2 hours).
Qaqortoq is the largest town in South Greenland with about 3,300 inhabitants. It is the main centre of education in South Greenland with an upper secondary school, a business school, a vocational school adults and a school for tourism management and guide training. Furthermore, the town has several fair-sized companies such as Great Greenland, with its tannery and sewing facilities for creating beautiful sealskin clothes. The town is well known for the project “Stone and Man”, which consists of more than 30 sculptures that are carved into the granite bedrock by various artists. This permanent exhibition makes a stroll around the city a very special experience. Finally, Greenland’s oldest fountain is situated at the town square next to the harbour. Here you can sit and watch the hunters and fishermen selling the catch of the day at the nearby fish market.
From Qaqortoq a visit to the famous Hvalsey Church is included. On a verdant meadow, gently sloping to the south, roughly half an hour by boat from Qaqortoq, lie the ruins of the former Viking church of Hvalsey and a Norse farm. The church ruins with their high, thick stone walls are the best-preserved structure from the Norse era in Greenland. The walls are up to 6 metres high and 1.5 metres thick. On the tour, you will have plenty of time to walk around the historic site and explore the ruins and the peaceful countryside before returning to Qaqortoq.
Boat transfer from Qaqortoq to Itilleq, followed by a 4 km hike along the “King’s Road” (named after the Danish King Frederik 9th’s visit in 1952) to Igaliku. Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland! The colourful houses are situated on lush grassland next to a milky-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord the landmark Illerfissalik (Burfjeld) Mountain towers over a rough and desolate landscape.
Boat transfer from Itilleq to Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid, the place where Eric the Red settled in 982. The Norse ruins are well preserved and the open-air museum (Brattahlid) can be visited on your own (admission fee is not included). The approx. 40 inhabitants earn their livelihoods from sheep farming, but the village also has a school, a shop and a church. Late afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq.
- in Qaqortoq for 2 nights.
- in Igaliku for 1 night.
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.