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Highlights

  • Discovering the wilderness of South Greenland on a small group guided adventure.
  • Hiking across tundra to admire mountains, lakes and glaciers!
  • The Greenland Ice Sheet, iceberg cruises, a glacier walk and sea kayaking.
  • Late summer offers a great chance to see the magical aurora borealis.
  • Learning about fascinating Inuit culture and history from your expert guide.

Experience the very best of South Greenland on a small group adventure, accompanied by an expert hiking guide. Walk through flower-filled valleys, across tundra and beneath beautiful mountains and lakes, whilst staying in small hotels.

Travel between colourful Inuit towns and villages by boat, take a spectacular helicopter flight, cruise and kayak amongst icebergs and explore the ice sheet on foot. There’s also the chance of seeing the shimmering aurora borealis in late summer!

The tour made it into the Independent Newspaper's travel agenda on its release!


You can read about Nikki's experience in Greenland in 2015 here

Day 1: Flight Reykjavik (or Copenhagen) to Narsarsuaq. Glacier View Point hike

Your Greenland adventure begins in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, at the domestic airport, where you board an Air Iceland* flight to Greenland (3 hrs). 


Landing at Narsarsuaq, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome meeting. Stretch your legs and start exploring straight away, with a two hour hike across the tundra to the Glacier View Point, for great views of the fjord, Narsarsuaq and the glacier itself.


*It is also possible to fly from Copenhagen with Air Greenland, at a supplement.


Walk: 5km, approx. 2 hrs, 150m Ascent, 100m Descent


Overnight: Hotel Narsarsuaq, Narsarsuaq


Day 2: Qassiarsuk & Erik the Red ruins, 4x4 trip to Tasiusaq Farm, Optional Kayak Excursion

Today is packed with adventure and history. Travel by RIB boat past
the icebergs of Tunulliarfik Fjord to Qassiarsuk. Here you’ll find the
church ruins and settlement of Erik the Red at Brattahlid, the ancient
capital of Viking Greenland. Wander through the tiny village of around
50 inhabitants, mostly farmers.


Lunch is at the Leif Eriksson Hostel, so-named after Erik the Red’s
son, who set off from here on the first colonization trip to the
American continent in the year 1000.


In the afternoon, take a 4x4 trip to the beautiful and remote
Tasiusaq farm, next to Sermilik Fjord, which is almost always blocked
with icebergs from the Eqaloruutsit glacier. Picnic at the Tasiusaq Hostel or outdoors if weather permitting.


You can take an optional 2
hour kayaking excursion amongst the ice on this peaceful fjord; one of
the best spots for beginners to take to the water (all necessary
equipment provided). Return to Qassiarsuk and transfer by boat to
Narsarsuaq.


Overnight: Hotel Narsarsuaq, Narsarsuaq


Day 3: Helicopter or boat from Narsarsuaq to Qaqartoq, City tour

Take a helicopter trip (or a boat, this is yet to be confirmed) over South Greenland's stunning fjords and inland ice on an unforgettable 25-30 mins flight. You'll have a bird's eye view of the whole of your South Greenland tour from here.


On arrival, take a guided city tour of Qaqartoq, the capital of South Greenland. Founded in 1775, many consider Qaqartoq to be the most attractive town in the whole of Greenland. Explore independently on foot and take a hike around the surrounding area.


Overnight: Hotel Qaquortoq, Qaqortoq


Day 4: Qaqartoq and Boat Transfer to Narsaq

Today you're free to explore Qaqartoq independently. Alternatively you can take an optional excursion to Hvalsey Church and Upernaviarsuk agricultural centre. (supplement payable locally, pre-booking recommended) or your guide can suggest a hike in the local area.


Qaqartoq's colourful buildings are set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes. You'll also discover some of its thirty different rock sculptures, spread all over the town. Wander around the fascinating little museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church and have dinner in one of its restaurants or enjoy a drink with the local  people.


In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq city, the third most populated town in South Greenland.


Overnight: Hotel Narsaq, Narsaq


Day 5: Qaleraliq Camp, glacier viewing by boat and glacier walk

After breakfast, set off by boat for Qaleraliq camp, located on a beautiful sandy beach at the foot of the inland ice, with stunning views of a trio of glacier fronts.


Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the 10km long front of vertical ice walls as we cruise by RIB boat amongst the icebergs and listen to the crackle and pop of the melting ice.


Next, an expert mountain guide (a specialist in glaciology), will kit everyone out ready for a guided hike on the ice itself. You’ll use crampons to explore the glacier’s crevasses, drains, caves and seracs which give it an incredible, labyrinthine quality.


Enjoy a picnic lunch on the ice or at the camp then transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq. En route you’ll spot enormous icebergs that have calved from the Eqaloruutsit glacier, as they float through the Sermilik Fjord.


Glacier Walk: 5km, approx 2hrs, 100m ascent, 50m descent


Overnight: Hotel Narsaq


Day 6: City of Narsaq and Igaliku

This morning, you will have free time to visit Narsaq’s local market, fur shops, hunters harbour, the Greenlandic museum, shop for mementos of your trip, or go for a walk.


After a stroll around in Narsaq continue to the pontoon of Itilleq, where an easy hike to cross the “Kongevejen” or Path of the Kings begins. The destination is the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. Igaliku, home of the ruins of Gardar (religious capital of Viking Greenland), is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland.


Overnight: Igaliku Country Hotel, twin/double room in hut with shared facilities


Day 7: Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord Excursion

Soak up the spectacular views of Einarsfjord, with its verdant green slopes. Hike back to Itilleq and if you wish take an optional afternoon boat excursion to Qooroq fjord, arguably the most spectacular glacier in the South of Greenland. Cruise amongst densely packed blocks of ice which choke the fjord.  Continue on by zodiac to Narsarsuaq.


Overnight: Hotel Narsarsuaq, Narsarsuaq


Day 8: Flower Valley hike, flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik (or Copenhagen). Onward travel

Your final morning has been saved for the most famous hike in South Greenland, exploring the Flower Valley. Walk up this beautiful valley, along the Kiattut River and towards the glacier. The retreating ice has left rich glacial sedimentation which now nurtures a profusion of delicate flowers.


You can visit the Narsarsuaq Museum, Blue West One, depicting the town’s history from ancient times and specially its role in WWII. Transfer to the airport for your mid- afternoon Air Iceland flight to Reykjavik* (domestic airport).


*It is also possible to fly to Copenhagen with Air Greenland, at a supplement.


Walk: 11km, approx. 5hrs, 200m Ascent, 100m Descent.


Your itinerary: Greenland is the wildest country in the northern hemisphere, infrastructures are almost non-existent and logistics pose enormous challenges. For this reason we may not follow this daily itinerary exactly as planned. It is subject to change in order to adapt the journey to weather conditions, sea conditions, or technical and organisational difficulties, and it therefore requires flexibility from the group participants.

Accommodation

7 Nights accommodation in Greenland is included in your trip. 6 nights are in small 3 and 4 star hotels in twin/double rooms with private bathroom, 1 night is at a country hotel in a twin/double bedded hut with shared bathroom facilities.


We carefully select small friendly and authentic hotels that offer great value, food and a warm Greenlandic welcome. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary, however due to availability alternatives may be used, which will be at least of an equal standard to those usually used.  


You can add extra nights before and after your time in Greenland in Reykjavik.  It is strongly recommended that you allow for one night at the start, and two at the end of your stay. Iceland itself is a remarkable country, with volcanoes, geysirs and glaciers —please contact us for details or you are of course free to book accommodation in Reykjavik independently.



 

 

 




Hotel Narsarsuaq - Greenland

The hotel offers a bar, coffee shop, restaurant, bank and souvenir shop. Rooms have private bathrooms. The restaurant offers a varied buffet, as well as traditional Greenlandic fare, including delicious salmon and lamb.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Qaqortoq - Greenland

Perched on a hill overlooking the harbour, Hotel Qaqortoq offers comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. There is a Greenlandic restaurant and a cosy small lounge.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Narsaq - Greenland

Hotel Narsaq offers rooms with private bathroom, TV, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a restaurant and bar where you can relax in the evening.


 

 

 

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo travellers and is ideal as you are travelling within a group. A single supplement is payable.


Meals

7 Breakfasts, 2 lunches (days 2 & 5), 1 dinner (day 6) are included. Packed lunches are often available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can buy lunch (and dinner) at the small towns and villages; your guide will assist you. Allow about EUR40-45 per night for dinner. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


You should be aware that hunting of seals and whales is commonplace in Greenland; it is an intrinsic part of the Greenlandic people’s heritage, and you will see these meats on the menu throughout your time here. You will find furs and pelts on sale in the shops; generally all parts of the animal are used, much as we use cattle and sheep in the Western world.  

Availability

This tour is available to start on the 8th August 2017 and 22nd August 2017.  This is a superb time for autumn colour and later in the summer (mid-August onwards) also offers a great chance of of seeing the northern lights. Please note that departures are subject to a minimum of 4 participants, so please check with us that minimum numbers have been reached to operate the tour, before making any further travel arrangements.


Flexibility

This itinerary is a unique journey, designed in conjunction with our local expedition partners South Greenland. Greenland is the wildest country in the northern hemisphere, infrastructures are almost non-existent and logistics pose enormous challenges. For this reason we may not follow this daily itinerary exactly as planned. It is subject to change in order to adapt the journey to weather conditions, sea conditions, or technical and organisational difficulties, and it therefore requires flexibility from the group participants. Some activities may be cancelled because of weather and or ice conditions; as the  locals say, “the weather is Boss in Greenland”. Itinerary is provisional for 2017, however we do expect it to operate as shown.


Meals

7 Breakfasts, 2 lunches (days 2 & 5), 1 dinner (day 6) are included. Packed lunches are often available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can buy lunch (and dinner) at the small towns and villages; your guide will assist you. Allow about EUR40-45 per night for dinner. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


You should be aware that hunting of seals and whales is commonplace in Greenland; it is an intrinsic part of the Greenlandic people’s heritage, and you will see these meats on the menu throughout your time here. You will find furs and pelts on sale in the shops; generally all parts of the animal are used, much as we use cattle and sheep in the Western world.  


Experience & Fitness

This tour is graded easy to moderate; it is suitable for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis. If needed, the walk to Igaliku (day 6) can be arranged in situ as a car transfer (additional cost of 75DKK per person, one way, payable locally).  It is however recommended that you enjoy a good level of fitness and undertake some preparation before your trip, as  this will allow you to make the most of the excursions and activities in Greenland.  


Your Guide

This is a guided trip, accompanied by an English-speaking guide from our local expedition partner. A great guide will bring their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to make a good trip even better. They will share their personal insight into the people, culture and landscape of Greenland with you. In addition, on the glacier hike your guide will be an expert in glacial science. Please note that one or different guides may be in charge of the group during the adventure tour. 


RIB Boat & Helicopter Transfers

Many transfers will be by water, in a RIB -Rigid Inflatable Boat. This is an open boat which is fast, flexible and very safe. A special polar jacket is provided for your comfort.  RIB boats enable us to reach areas that are difficult to access via any other type of craft—allowing for a dynamic, versatile and adventurous itinerary without compromising safety.


Optional Excursions

We recommend pre-booking the following excursions as appropriate (payment is made locally).


  • Optional excursion (Day 4): Excursion to Hvalsoy Church and Upernaviarsuk agricultural centre, supplement of approx. EUR80 per person, minimum 4 participants.
  • Optional excursion (Day 2): Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay” a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and best kayaking spots in the whole of Greenland. Approx. EUR70 per person, payable locally, minimum 2 participants.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take on your South Greenland Adventure. This includes warm and waterproof gear, good walking boots, hats and gloves and lots of other useful bits and bobs.  A polar jacket and life vest will be provided for you local (to borrow) - these are to be worn on the RIB boat transfers.


Getting to Reykjavik

By Air:


Return flights between Reykjavik (KEF) and Narsarsuaq (UAK) with Air Iceland are included in your arrangements (and the tour price) Flights are provisionally as follows : KEF-UAK departs 16:45/arrives 17:30, UAK-KEF departs 18:15/arrives 22:45 (3hrs each way).


Alternatively, you can pay a supplement and fly from Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Narsarsuaq (UAK) and vice-versa with Air Greenland. Flights are provisionally as follows (based on 2016 timetables): CPH-UAK departs 11:20/arrives 12:10 (duration 4h50), UAK-CPH departs 15:20/arrives 23:50 (duration 4h30).


All times shown are local.


Several airlines fly into Iceland’s main International Airport (closest to Reykjavik) which is Keflavik International (KEF); including Icelandair, and low-cost carrier Wow Air. From the UK you can also fly on low-cost airline easyJet.


To get from Keflavik Airport to downtown Reykjavik take a shuttle bus (which you can pre-book, often via the famous Blue Lagoon); FlyBus and Airport Express


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Various images © Mads Pihl, David Trood, Visit Greenland 

Getting to Reykjavik

By Air:


Return flights between Reykjavik (KEF) and
Narsarsuaq (UAK) with Air Iceland are included in your arrangements (and
the tour price) Flights are provisionally as follows : KEF-UAK departs
16:45/arrives 17:30, UAK-KEF departs 18:15/arrives 22:45 (3hrs each
way).


Alternatively, you can pay a supplement and fly from Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Narsarsuaq (UAK) and vice-versa with Air Greenland. Flights
are provisionally as follows (based on 2016 timetables): CPH-UAK departs 11:20/arrives 12:10
(duration 4h50), UAK-CPH departs 15:20/arrives 23:50 (duration 4h30).


All times shown are local.


Several airlines fly into Iceland’s main International Airport (closest to Reykjavik) which is Keflavik International (KEF); including Icelandair, and low-cost carrier Wow Air. From the UK you can also fly on low-cost airline easyJet.


To get from Keflavik Airport to downtown Reykjavik take a shuttle bus (which you can pre-book, often via the famous Blue Lagoon); FlyBus and Airport Express


You can add extra nights before or after your time in Greenland in Reykjavik. It is recommended that you allow for one night at the start and two at the end of your stay (allowing for any travel delays due to weather or otherwise, which can happen with Greenland). Iceland itself is a remarkable country, with volcanoes, geysirs and glaciers - please contact us for details or you are of course free to book accommodation in Reykjavik independently.


 

Included

  • Return flights from Iceland (or Copenhagen at a supplement) to Greenland
  • Transfers and excursions as per itinerary
  • Helicopter flight Narsarsuaq-Qaqortoq
  • 6 Nights in 3 & 4 star hotels in twin/double rooms with private bathroom
  • 1 Night in a hut in twin/double rooms with shared bathrooms
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • 2 Lunches
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Loan of a polar jacket and life vest (worn on the RIB boat transfers)

Excluded

  • Supplement for flights from Copenhagen
  • Accommodation, food and transfers in Reykjavik or Copenhagen
  • All (6) Dinners (excl day 6 when this is included)
  • Lunches (excl days 2 & 5 when this is included)
  • Optional excursions on days 2 & 4: Hvalsey and Upernaviarsuk, Kayaking (it is recommend you book these in advance; however they are payable locally)
  • Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties due to ice conditions) or flight or boat delays
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before, or after the trip in Reykjavik or elsewhere in Iceland
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Optional excursion (Day 2): Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay” a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and best kayaking spots in the whole of Greenland. EUR70 per person, payable locally, minimum 2 participants.
  • Optional excursion (Day 4): Excursion to Hvalsey Church and Upernaviarsuk agricultural centre, supplement of EUR80 per person, payable locally, minimum 4 participants

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as spaces on this tour are very limited and similar trips for 2015 and 2016 sold out quickly.  There is a maximum of 12 participants per trip. However you should note that this trip operates with a minimum of 4 participants, so please check with us first, that the numbers have been reached, before you make any travel plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded easy to moderate; it is suitable for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis. If needed, the walk to Igaliku (day 6) can be arranged in situ as a car transfer (additional cost of 75DKK per person, one way, payable locally).  It is however recommended that you enjoy a good level of fitness and undertake some preparation before your trip, as  this will allow you to make the most of the excursions and activities in Greenland. 

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack. You will be loaned a polar jacket, which will keep your warm and dry on the boat transfers.

What about accommodation in Reykjavik?

You can add extra nights before and after your time in Greenland in Reykjavik.  It is recommended that you allow for one night at the start, and two at the end of your stay. Iceland itself is a remarkable country, with volcanoes, geysirs and glaciers —please contact us for details or you are of course free to book accommodation in Reykjavik independently. 

How does it work with flights into Greenland?

Flights with Air Iceland between Iceland (Keflavik Airport), and Greenland (Narsarsuaq) are included in the price of your tour.  However should you wish to fly from Denmark (Copenhagen) to Greenland (Narsarsuaq) with Air Greenland, then you may do so at a supplement, which is shown here on our website, or contact us for details.

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