Ice, Fjords and Viking Trails - GRL214

Our Ice, fjord and Viking trails tour invites you to explore the ice, fjords and lands that the first western men on this land came to explore around the year 1000. We will take you on a town walk to introduce you to Narsaq and its inhabitants, have coffee and cake at a local families house, visit the folk and stone museum and perhaps have a local beer at the warm and cosy harbor pub. One of the full days is dedicated to the blue ice and dramatic glaciers - a must for all Greenland trips. On the second day excursion we will visit beautiful Greenlandic farm-steds where the Nordic ruins are well preserved.

Narsaq
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Narsaq

Landing in Narsarsuaq airport, Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Landing in Narsarsuaq airport, Greenland

Hiking in the flora in Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Hiking in the flora in Greenland

Blue Ice
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Blue Ice

Sailing along the glacier with the Arctic wind in you hair
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Sailing along the glacier with the Arctic wind in you hair

Amazing Glaciers
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Amazing Glaciers

Birds Eye view of the Glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Birds Eye view of the Glacier

Cruising among the icebergs
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Cruising among the icebergs

The boat is the family car in Greenland - here on board the boat
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

The boat is the family car in Greenland - here on board the boat

Humback Whale in Greenland fjords
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Humback Whale in Greenland fjords

Waterfall and rainbow in the Greenlandic Fjords
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Waterfall and rainbow in the Greenlandic Fjords

Glacier Selfie
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Glacier Selfie

up close to the Glacier in Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

up close to the Glacier in Greenland

Glacier and Ice as far as the eyes can reach
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Glacier and Ice as far as the eyes can reach

Looking over the icebergs in the fjord
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Looking over the icebergs in the fjord

Greenlanders and their catch of the day
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Greenlanders and their catch of the day

Local ingredients for the meals
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Local ingredients for the meals

Sunset over the icebergs in the Greenlandic fjords
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Sunset over the icebergs in the Greenlandic fjords

Brattahlíð reconstructed viking church of Thjodhildur Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Brattahlíð reconstructed viking church of Thjodhildur Greenland

Sculpture and memorial of Erik the Red who found Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Sculpture and memorial of Erik the Red who found Greenland

Inside the reconstructed longhouse of Erik the Red in Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Inside the reconstructed longhouse of Erik the Red in Greenland

Wildlife, eagle flying over the fjords in Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Wildlife, eagle flying over the fjords in Greenland

Igaligu is Greenlandic but was called Garðar in the Viking language
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Igaligu is Greenlandic but was called Garðar in the Viking language

hikers in beautiful landscapes, icebergs and fjords reflected
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

hikers in beautiful landscapes, icebergs and fjords reflected

Ancient Viking ruins
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Ancient Viking ruins

Beautiful house in Garðar Igaligu Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Beautiful house in Garðar Igaligu Greenland

Sheep, the locals in Igaligu... at least two of them
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Sheep, the locals in Igaligu... at least two of them

museum in Narsaq Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

museum in Narsaq Greenland

kaffimik, the Greenlandic way of getting together and celebrating
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

kaffimik, the Greenlandic way of getting together and celebrating

Skål in a local beer in Narsaq, Greenland
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Skål in a local beer in Narsaq, Greenland

Late night walk in the midnight sun by the icebergs
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Late night walk in the midnight sun by the icebergs

Tour type: 4 day sightseeing adventure

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 194600

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What's included: Excursions according to itinerary, transfers, accommodation in double occupancy and full board.

Departures: Saturdays (4 days) or Tuesdays (5 days) in June, July, August and September

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Accommodation: Hotel

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at Narsarsuaq airport

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Immerse in glaciers and blue ice
    • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage relating the Norse Vikings and Inuit farmers
    • Unspoiled nature as far as your eyes can reach

    Our Ice, fjords and Viking trails tour invites you to explore the ice, fjords and lands that the first western men on this land came to explore around the year 1000.

    You will spend 4 days in Greenland. You will be staying at a cosy little, arctic hotel in Narsaq, and from there take two full day excursions on a small boat. We will take you on a town walk to introduce you to Narsaq and its inhabitants, have coffee and cake at a local families house, visit the folk and stone museum and perhaps have a local beer at the warm and cosy harbour pub. One of the full days is dedicated to the blue ice and dramatic glaciers - a must for all Greenland trips. On the second day excursion we will visit beautiful Greenlandic farm-steds where the Nordic ruins are well preserved.

    If you enjoy hiking, we suggest staying for 5 days, because we have a beautiful hike suggestion for you in the neigbouring mountains. And if extra boat tours is what you would prefer, there are a few more gems to explore.   

    Included: Boat shuttles between Narsarsuaq and Narsaq, excursions according to itinerary, accommodation in Hotel in double room, full board.

    Not included: Flights from Reykjavík - Narsarsuaq- Reykjavík (can be added on the first and last day of the tour).

     

    4 Days tour price: 1.390 EUR

    5 Days tour price: 1.590 EUR

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 -  Arrival in Greenland

    The flights to Narsarsuaq depart late morning from Reykjavík. You fly over the tip of the Greenland Icecap and land at the airport, originally built by the US Army in 1942.  Narsarsuaq is located 100 km inside a fjord, just 6 km from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Here your tour officially begins and you are picked up on a boat and then cruise between the icebergs towards Narsaq - your home for the tour.At arrival to Narsaq, welcome meeting in the hotel restaurant.
    Sailing: 1 hours

    Day 2 - Qaleralik icefjord 

    After a good breakfast we put on our warm jackets and set out on a jaw-dropping boat ride. We begin our day in Qaleralik icefjord where the ice is luminescent blue. We park the boat in front of the glacier tongue and take in the power of nature. From there we sail to the next fjord and step on land on Akulliit Nunaat peninsula - “the land in the middle” where we can walk all the way to the ice and touch the glacier crawling down from the Greenland Icecap. As we find our way back we explore a beautiful waterfall in Kangerlua fjord and look for wildlife such as eagles and whales, or the more tame ones, reindeer and sheep.
    Duration: 8 hours, sailing: 5 hours.

     

    Day 3 - Brattahlið and Garðar

    Again we head out on a boat after breakfast. Our first stop is Brattahlíð as the Vikings named it, or Qassiarsuk as the Greenlanders now call it. Qassiarsuk is a small farmers settlement that honors the viking history and has made a replica of Erik the Red’s long house and Tjodhilde’s church, originally built more than 1000 years ago. Once we have explored the houses we head over to Igaliku or Garðar, as it was called in the viking era. We take the scenic route and ask the boat to drop us off on the other side of the hill and walk over to Igaliku. This little settlement is tucked in the bottom of a long fjord, with rugged landscapes on all sides and icebergs floating around in the calm waters. Here we find more ruins in a wonderful little artist community, that has a little Riviera feeling to it. We sail back to Narsaq  in the late afternoon.
    Duration: 8 hours, sailing: 2-3 hours

    Day 4 - Return to Iceland

    Take in the last Arctic breaths, as it is time to leave. You will get a ride to the airport in Narsarsuaq, where we get on our flight back to Reykjavík.
    Sailing: 2 hours

    Optional extra day
    day 4 on the 5 day version

    There is no guided tour today so you can sleep a little longer and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Greenlandic town’s life. Our suggestion for the day would be to walk up to hike up to Kvanefjeld mountain (Kuannersuit). The hike is wonderful and you get a feeling that you are alone in the world. However, the mountain is famous for something different, as there was an uranium mine for a while and there is serious debate still on weather or not the mine should be reopened.

    NOTE  This tour is semi-guided, meaning there will be a host waiting for you in Narsarsuaq, who will pick you up at the airport and take you to Narsaq by boat, brief you on the program of the tour and make sure that you know where to be for the different excursions and guided walks.

    The itinerary can be subject to shift in order of the excursions. The content of the tour will remain the same.

     

  • Equipment List

    Adventure Greenland

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred
    • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic
    • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material
    • Hiking pants
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic
    • Socks – two or three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic
    • Puffy jacket / down or synthetic – for the boat ride 

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
    • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case
    • Towel – A light weight and packable one
    • Sunglasses and sun protection
    • Water bottle - 05. - 1 L. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Protection against flies (mosquitos); such at nets, repellents, etc.

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s)
    • Pen knife
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
    • Slippers for indoor use
    • Earplugs
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact booking@greenland.is

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