Note: The itinerary can change due to accommodation availability in Greenland
D1: Arrival to Narsarsuaq - the Gateway to South Greenland
Arrival in Narsarsuaq in the late afternoon/early evening. Narsarsuaq is located 100 km inside a fjord, just 6 km from the Greenland Ice Sheet. We check in at the hostel and have a nice dinner with the group. The rest of the evening is free to spend as you like, maybe go for a small walk in the village or just enjoy the nice and quiet pace of Narsarsuaq at the hostel. Accommodation at a hostel.
D2: Qassiarsuk aka Brattahlíð - a sheep farming settlement
We start the day by shopping our food for the next days in the local shop of Narsarsuaq before we leave with the boat for Qassiarsuk. It is short, but nice boat trip crossing the fjord. Qassiarsuk is the place where Erik the Red settled down. He back then named the place Brattahlíð, which means "the steep slope". We will have a look at Eiríksstaðir, Eriks homestead, the church of Thjodhildur, a reconstructed church dating back to the early settlement and the statue of Leif Eriksson. After having explored the most important of all the Norsemen landmarks in South Greenland, we start our hike towards a charming sheep farm in Tasiusaq - along small lakes where we can look for some jumping fish and numerous sheep of various colors are grazing the hills. Once we come over the hill a fantastic view to the Breiðafjörður fjord is waiting. The route takes us along ancient sheep trails where we can get a glimpse of the road constructions of the first settlers. We arrive at the sheep farm where we will stay for two nights.
Walking: 2-3 hours.
In the area of Tasiusaq the grass fields reach down to the edge of the water, in fjords where icebergs from the Ice Cap drift by on their way towards the ocean. Today we will go for a hike along the Tasiusaq Fjord to a viewpoint that might not be a high peak but from where we get stunning views towards the glacier tongues in the distance and the icebergs just in front of us in the fjord. We enjoy the spectacular scenery before walking back along the fjord where huge icebergs roll on the tidal waters or may even simply be stranded.
Walking: 7-8 hours.
D4: Tasiusaq - Sillisit
We start todays hike by passing the neighboring farm in Nunataaq after a few kilometers. It is a stunning hike along the innermost part of a fjord. Then we head back over to Eiríksfjörður fjord on the east coast of the peninsula. This is a day of easy walking, along picturesque lakes on the heath, where the arctic vegetation is simply at its best. In this area there is a good chance of seeing the white tailed eagle flying above. We arrive at the little hamlet of Sillisit where we stay two nights at a farm.
Walking: 6-7 hours.
D5: Sillisit - Naajat Mountain - Sillisit
Hiking along Mt. Naajat (770m) is our prime objective for the day! Passing sheep and small lakes surrounded by cotton grass on the way. If we're lucky, we might even spot some wild rabbits. While walking along the mountain we can enjoy magnificent views of glaciers and mountains that surround us at every step and with the numerous icebergs gracefully floating in the fjords this is a sight that is worth a good hiking tour!
Walking: 5-6 hours
D6: Sillisit - Narsaq
This morning we board a boat that will take us to Narsaq, which is the youngest town in Greenland, founded as late as in 1959, but it has some of the oldest Norse ruins in the area. Narsaq today has a population of 1.598 inhabitants. We will go for a walk in the town and maybe stop by the town museum for a visit. The history of the Norsemen is on display at the museum, and a local rock picker has created his own exhibit about minerals and rocks, including the rare mineral, Tugtupit which so far has only been found in very few places worldwide.
We will also go for a hike to a nice view point behind the town to get some nice views over the mountains and fjords surrounding Narsaq.
Walking: 3-5 hours.
Today we will go explore the valley and mountains north(-east) of Narsaq. From there we will get a beautiful view over the Sermilik Fjord with all its blue ice and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the fascinating contrast between the green river valleys with the colorful arctic flowers and the raw mountains and ice-filled fjords during the day.
The mountains in this area contains coveted minerals and attracts many rock pickers
and others who have an interest in geology. Narsaq is also known for being a popular
place among hikers and you will know why when you experience it for yourself. Walking: 6-8 hours.
D8 Qaqortoq - Hvalsey - Igaliku (Garðar)
We hop aboard a local boat, that will take us to the capital of South Greenland, Qaqortoq, that is supposedly the most beautiful town in the whole of Greenland and the home town of the Stone & Man project, designed to transform the town into an open air art gallery. We take some time to explore the quaint little town centre before we continue to Hvalsey where the most famous ruins from the medieval times are located – the church of Hvalsey or what remains of it. The Einarsfjord is narrow with high and pointy peaks on either shore. We spend ample time to explore the ruins and its surroundings. This will be an easy day with a lot of opportunity to enjoy the magnificent surroundings. We end the day in Garðar or Igaliku, a renowned settlement in the medieval times. It is nicely situated in a green and lush area in the bottom of the Einarsfjord, with the majestic peak Illerfissalik towering across the fjord. The houses are built with red sandstone which gives the village an unique appearance. We visit the excavations of the bishop´s see. We will spend the 2 next nights in a local hostel here.
D9: Lake 90 and Qooqqut fjord
Today we explore the magnificent surroundings north of Igaliku. We follow the river from Lake 90 and hike up to the plateau that lies at 200 meters. The views over the Qooqqut fjord are breathtaking. The outlet glacier at the bottom of the fjord calves into the sea and feeds the fjord with an endless number of icebergs that float around. Having enjoyed this spectacular scene we head back to the hostel at Igaliku.
Walking: 6-7 hrs.
D10: Boat to Narsarsuaq via Qooroq Icefjord
In the morning the boat will be waiting for us to take us back to Narsarsuaq. We sail north the Eiríksfjörður fjord and can reflect on our trails of the preceding days and ponder what became of the settlers of yore. A must see before we go back to Narsarsuaq is the Qooroq Icefjord. 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 1,000 years old!
We will arrive in Narsarsuaq in the afternoon and head to the hostel. The rest of the day is free and in the evening it is only appropriate to sample the local cuisine at the Hotel´s buffet for those of us who are adventurous or tired of the trail food.
Day 11: Kuussuup Sermia Glacier
Today we hike to the outlet glacier at the bottom of the valley. Here is a chance to get onto the Greenland Ice cap or as close to it as possible, standing at the foot of this biggest glacier on earth! The hike takes you first through the Flower valley before a steep 300 meters ascent up to a hill, where we will get a great view over the glacier. In just half an hour we reach the glacier itself and can put our hands on the biggest glacier in the world! We take the same path back to our little hostel where we stay another night.
Walking: 6-7 hours
Day 12: Narsarsuaq-Reykjavík
We pack our bags today but before leaving Greenland we have some time to visit the local museum. The museum has an interesting collection of pictures and objects from the period when Narsarsuaq was an American air base as well as a good exhibition about the Nordic settlers who inhabited South Greenland during the Middle Age. You can also enjoy the morning on the veranda of the Hostel reflecting on the last day´s adventure and impressions. We go to the airport in the late afternoon for our flight back to Reykjavík (Keflavik International Airport) where we arrive late in the evening.