UNESCO Sites of the South - GRL212

Explore Greenland and the Viking Settlements

Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Qassiarsuk
Photo: Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Igaliku
Photo: Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Qassiarsuk
Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen

Qassiarsuk

Qooroq Icefjord
Photo: Mads Pihl

Qooroq Icefjord

Narsarsuaq
Photo: Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Narsarsuaq
Photo: Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Igaliku
Photo: Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Igaliku
Photo: Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Qassiarsuk
Photo: Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Narsarsuaq
Photo: Mads Pihl

Narsarsuaq

Igaliku
Photo: Mads Pihl

Igaliku

Qassiarsuk
Photo: Mads Pihl

Qassiarsuk

Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Kings road
Photo: Mads Pihl

Kings road

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

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Adult: 263000

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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, boat excursion to Hvalsey church ruin, maps and walking itinerary description.The price depends on the flight rate available on the date concerned.

    Note: There is aminimum of 2 person to confirm the Hvalsey Church ruin trip on day 2.


    If you have more questions, please check our FAQs. If you do not find the answer please contact us: booking@greenland.is

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrival in Narsarsuaq. The local operator will greet you at the airport and take you to the harbour where you will take the boat to Qaqortoq. The sailing is around 2 hours. Night in hostel or hotel in Qaqortoq.

    Day 2
    Qaqortoq, also known as South Greenland's pearl, is the biggest town in the region with over 3.000 inhabitants. Qaqortoq is also home to Great Greenland, the tannery that process sealskin. We reccommend a visit. The Stone and Man open-air art exhibition can be found all around the town, a stroll through the town is therefore highly recommended to see these stone sculptures. In the old square you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while exploring Greenland's oldest fountain along with the activity of the kalaalimineerniarfik, a local market for frehs caught fish, seal and whale. Just a stone throw away from the old square you can also find the museum. 
    Just 35 minutes boatride away from Qaqortoq is the famous Norse ruin, Hvalsey church, standing as the best preserved ruin from the Norse era in Greenland. You will take a boat from Qaqortoq to Hvalsey. You will have time to walk around this historic landscape, explore and imagine from the ruins, the life of the Norse several centuries ago. Night in hostel or hotel in Qaqortoq.

    Day 3
    Ready for another fascinating UNESCO site? You will take a boat transfer from Qaqortoq 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 colourful houses are situated on lush farming land next to a green-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord the landmark Illerfissalik Mountain towers over a rough and desolate landscape.
    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. 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!

    Accommodation in Igaliku for 1 night.

    Day 4

    Today you will visit another fascinating historically Norse landscape that is also a UNESCO site. You will take a boat transfer from Itilleq 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. Late afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq. The transfer takes only 15 minutes. 
    Accommodation in Narsarsuaq for 1 night.

    Day 5

    You can't miss out on what Greenland is well-known for, Ice!. You will take a boat trip to the Qooroq Ice Fjord. 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 1000 years old! You can spend the rest of your stay visiting the museum in Narsarsuaq or maybe there is time for a short hike up to Signal hill. 
    Departure to Reykjavik (check-in 90 minutes before your flight).

  • Map

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