Around the Viking settlements - GRL212

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Photo:  Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo:  Josepha Katarina Thomsen

Qassiarsuk

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Qooroq Icefjord

Photo:  Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo:  Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Kings road

Igaliku

Tour type: Self-guided tour visiting different town and villages in South Greenland, including boat excursions and transfer.

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Adult: 216.000

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What's included: Flight between Reykjavík and Narsarsuaq, accommodation, boat transfers and excursions.

Departures: Tuesday and Saturdays. 4 and 5 days version available June - August.

Duration: 4-5 days

Accommodation: Hostels

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Qassiarsuk - Brattahlíð church
    • Visit the magnificent plateau
    • Boat excursion to Qooroq Icefjord

    4-5 Day tour in Greenland - Around the Viking settlements

    Your trip begins with your flight landing from Reykjavik in Narsarsuaq. Here you will stay for two nights. In the afternoon, you can take a walk to the Signal Hill Viewpoint, which is a steep hike to a beautiful hilltop (approx. 1 hour). This is also one of the few places in Greenland with trees this size. On day 3 you will be transferred to Itilleq (Igaliku), with a stop in Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is the village of the reconstruction of Brattahlíð. It is said to be one of the first Christian churches on the North American continent. Not far from the church, you will find a replica of a Norse longhouse. When arriving in Itilleq, you will hike 4 km to Igaliku, where you will stay 2 nights. On your last day you will take a boat transfer back to Narsarsuaq. On your last day, you will take a boat trip to Qooroq Icefjord in the morning and head back to Reykjavik in the evening.

    This tour is self guided. You enjoy the freedom of travelling on you own while we take care of your travel plans. You get arranged transfers and accommodations reserved just for you! Plus, you get a day-to-day itinerary, maps and a detailed road book where we'll throw in some great tips that only our certified professional guides know!

    Included in tour: Flight from Reykjavík to Narsarsuaq and back to Reykjavík, accommodation during trip, boat and car transfer as described, accommodation in hostels, boat excursion to Ice fjord, maps and walking itinerary description.The price depends on the flight rate available on the date concerned.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrival in Narsarsuaq. The local operator will greet you at the airport and give you further information about your trip. In the afternoon, you can take a little hike to the Signal Hill viewpoint (about 1 hour) It’s one of the few places in Greenland with trees that size.
    Accommodation in Narsarsuaq.

    Day 2
    The local operator will take you on a 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
    Boat transfer from Narsarsuaq 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. After a couple of hours you take the boat 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 colorful 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.
    Accommodation in Igaliku for 2 nights.

    Day 4
    Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) for a period of about 300 years (1100-1400) during the Norse era, and the ruins from that time are very impressive. In 1782 Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna established themselves as farmers and that was the beginning of Igaliku’s more recent history. There is a permanent exhibit in the church that tells this particular story. Today, Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland. One optional day hike (17 km) goes to the plateau, which offers a superb view of the Qooroq Ice Fjord, the stranded icebergs on the underwater moraine at the entrance to the fjord and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. It is the perfect place for a picnic! On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moonstone” (labradorite). The “waterfall hike” (about 15 km) is another popular day trip. A set of beautiful waterfalls tumble like pearls on a string down towards Tunulliarfik Fjord. This hike can be combined with the summit of Nuuluk Mountain (823 m), which lies south of Igaliku (20-22 km).

    Day 5
    Boat transfer Itilleq – Narsarsuaq. Boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord (see the description below).
    Departure to Reykjavik or Copenhagen (check-in one hour before your flight).

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