UNESCO Sites of the South - GRL212

Photo:  Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo:  Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

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

Kings road

Igaliku

Tour type: Self-guided discovery tour visiting different UNESCO sites in South Greenland, including boat excursions.

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Adult: 225.000

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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 (or hotel where possible)

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Qassiarsuk and Igaliku Norse Ruins
    • Glaciers, Icefjords and Icebergs

    4-5 Day tour in Greenland - Unesco sites of South Greenland

    Explore the historical landmarks and stunning nature in South Greenland’s newly classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lush green farming pastures that lay in stark contrast to floating blue icebergs and a calving glacier, are sights that the famous Norse Viking Erik the Red would have encountered when he settled there centuries ago. Old Norse ruins in Brattahlid (Qassiarsuk) & Gardar (Igaliku) exist alongside modern Greenlandic communities and give you the chance to envision what life was like for early settlers. A culturally and historically enriching 4 or 5-day tour that takes you on a journey from ancient to modern times.

    See detailed itinerary below.

    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.

    Note: To complete the visits of all of the UNESCO sites of South Greenland you can add a trip to the Hvalsey ruin one of the days. There is though a minimum of 5 people for this addition to run, but if you are interested, let us know and we can look into it and organise it for you.

    Thanks for your interest in this tour! However, we need to verify flight availability on your selected dates. Please indicate your preferred dates below and we'll contact you with verification within 48 hours.

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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, the first UNESCO site you will visit during this tour. 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, the second UNESCO site. 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).

    It is possible to arrange to go to see the third UNESCO site this day, the Hvalsey church ruin. If you would like that, then contact us and we will do our best to organise this for you (it needs 5 people though for this addition/day tour to run).

    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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