South Greenland Combo Trek - GRL90

Try bathing in a hot springs next to clear blue icebergs and learn about Norse Viking history now surrounded by charming Inuit villages in the South of Greenland, a recent addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Photo: Visit Greenland - Mads Pihl
Photo: Visit Greenland - Mads Pihl

Tour type: Combined trekking tour with camping, hostel and farm-stay accommodation

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Adult: 668000

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What's included: Guide, boat transfers, luggage transport, accommodation, food.

Departures: July to August 2019

Duration: 15 days

Group size: 5-14 participants

Language: English

Walking per day: 2-8 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • New UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    • Bathing in a hot springs next to Deep Blue Icebergs
    • Norse Viking History and Charming Inuit Villages

    South Greenland is not only known for its Unesco classified nordic ruins from the viking era, but also for its stunning mountains and deep fjords. We will hike in Tasermiut fjord and traverse the newly added UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kujataa, a sub-arctic farmland that was home to a Norse and Inuit settlement. In between hiking, we will experience two extremes of nature, blue ice and glaciers and hot water to bathe in, as we will rest at the Uunartoq hot springs where we will take a dip while we enjoy the view of the icebergs. And because a Greenland visit is not complete without knowing how a contemporary Greenlandic town or village feels like, we spend  a day in and around Nanortalik and Narsaq.

    Included: Guides, breakfast (14), lunch (14), dinner (14). Accommodation: Sleeping bag accommodation in hostel/farm (7), hostel (3), camping (4). Transportation: Boat transfers and luggage transfers. 

    Not included: Flights to/from Narsarsuaq (can be added on the first and last day of the tour),  personal equipment, insurance and expenses.

    Accommodation in Reykjavík can be added before and/or after tour.

    Private groups & tailor-made tours
    Create the ultimate Greenlandic adventure for your group. You can choose to make one of our pre-existing intineraries a private tour or our travel experts can help you design a completely customized adventure from scratch to meet your group’s wants and needs. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will ensure that your group has a fun and unique experience during your time in Greenland. Please send your group’s size, preferred dates and desired activities to booking@greenland.is. We look forward to helping you create an adventure of a lifetime.

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

  • Tour Itinerary

    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. You have the rest of the evening 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:Igaliku (Garðar)

    We start the day by shopping for our food for the next days in the local shop of Narsarsuaq before we leave with the boat for Igaliku. We have a short boat transfer over to Itilleq. From there, we walk along the coast to the north and  take a path that ends 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 a unique appearance. We will spend the next night in a local hostel here in Igaliku.
    Walking: 6-7 hours

    D3: Igaliku - Qassiarsuk aka Brattahlíð - a sheep farming settlement

    We walk along the road the same way we came yesterday to Itilleq where we will board the boat transfer to Qassiarsuk. It is a nice boat trip crossing the fjord. Qassiarsuk is the place where Erik the Red settled centuries ago. Back then, he named the place Brattahlíð, which means "the steep slope". We will visit Eiríksstaðir, Erik’s 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. As we walk along small lakes we might see some jumping fish and numerous sheep of various colors grazing the hills. Once we come over the hill, a fantastic view of 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. In the evening, we arrive at the sheep farm where we will stay for two nights.
    Walking: 2-3 hours.

    D4: Tasiusaq

    In the area of Tasiusaq, the grass fields reach down to the edge of the water and icebergs from the Ice Cap drift by in the fjord on their way towards the ocean. Today, we will go for a hike along the Tasiusaq Fjord to a viewpoint that is not a high peak but still has stunning views of glacier tongues in the distance and icebergs in front of us in the fjord. We enjoy the spectacular scenery before walking back along the fjord where huge icebergs might roll on the tidal waters or may even be stranded after washing up on the shore.
    Walking: 7-8 hours.

    D5: Tasiusaq - Sillisit

    We start today’s 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.

    D6: Sillisit - Naajat Mountain - Sillisit

    Hiking along Mt. Naajat (770m) is our prime objective for the day! We will pass 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. With numerous icebergs gracefully floating in the fjords, this is a sight that hikers from all over flock to this area to see!
    Walking: 5-6 hours

    D7: Qaleralik Icefjord

    Our hike today starts early but it is the shortest route to Itilleq (about one hour). There, we board a boat to go to Qaleralik Icefjord where glacier calve blue icebergs into the ocean.We cruise along glaciers and in between icebergs in this fantastic natural paradise. We make a short stop in the town of Narsaq before heading to Narsarsuaq for our last night.
    Walking:1 hour

    Day 8: Narsarsuaq

    We pack our bags today, but before leaving Greenland 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. First, we hike through the Flower valley before taking a steep 300 meters ascent up to a hill. There, we will get a great view over the glacier. In just half an hour we reach our destination and can put our hands on the biggest glacier in the world!
    When we arrive back in Narsarsuaq, it is time to say farewell to those who leave to Iceland, and welcome those who will join the second part of the trek. The evening is free to explore town. We spend the night at a hostel in Narsarsuaq.
    Walking: 5-6 hours

    D9: Uunartoq, hot springs – Tasermiut fjord

    We start the day by stocking up for the next day’s adventure in the local shop, Pilersuisoq before we leave with the boat for Uunartoq, the hot springs and then our ultimate stop, Tasermiut fjord. We sail through the deep fjord of Tunulliarfik and sail further south to reach Uunartoq island. In Uunartoq you can enjoy the hot spring with the view of anchored icebergs in the background along with the historic landscape where Inuit and Norse Vikings once lived. We continue south, passing Nanortalik town where we change boats, and onwards to Tasermiut fjord. In this picturesque fjord we put up our camp at the foot of the mighty Ulamatorsuaq mountain. Its huge big wall of granite stretches are more than 1000 m with its top at almost 1900m over the fjord. Truly the arctic Patagonia.

    Sailing: Aprox 5 hours

    D10: Inside the valley

    Full day walk into the big wall paradise of vertical peaks. We hike into the high valley on the south East of the Ulamatorsuaq. Vertical granite peaks tower over the valley on both sides and at the high end of it yet another majestic mountain closes the valley, forming a half circle. A life time experience! We stay at the same camp.

    Walking: Aprox 7 hours

    D11: From Ulamatorsuaq to Klosterdalen.

    This might be the most challanging parts of the hike, but thankfully they do not last very long. We hike along the coast to get over to the Klosterdal, the valley of the monastery. We walk East along the rocky coast, sometimes through thick birch and willow bushes. When we get to our destsination, it is time to put up our camp which will be at the foot of the enormous Ketil mountain, a mountain with even larger vertical granite wall and spires than we have seen before. At the foot of this mountain, Nordic settlers built a monastery about 1000 years ago and the ruins can still be seen.  

    Walking: Aprox 7 hours 

    D12: Ketil mountain

    We hike into the Klosterdal valley today, at the foot of the 2000 m high Ketil mountain. The views and scenary are breath-taking. This is where you get the towering granite walls. After this great day of hiking, we do not have to spend energy on camping this time, as we stay at the same camp, so we will have a 'hyggelig' evening (cosy, in the very Danish way). 

    Walking: Aprox 6-7 hours

    D13: Tasermiut – Nanortalik

    After a good breakfast, we pack up our camp and get ready to sail back to the mouth of Tasermiut fjord where we find Nanortalik. Nanortalik is small town and it was founded in 1797 on a small island. It has approximately 1.300 inhabitants. Nanortalik means “the place with polar bears”,Because polar bears are known to arrive occasionally with the drift ice from East Greenland. Don't get your hopes up, nor panic. This is very unlikely these days. We will explore Nanortalik and take a hike in its surroundings, with insight in the town and culture that has strong ties to East Greenland. No camping tonight, we spend the night in hostel.

    Walking: 3-4 hours
    Sailing: I,5 hours

    D14: Nanortalik – Narsaq

    Today we sail further north, from Nanortalik to Narsaq. Notice the landscape changing from dramatic vertical mountains to green farming landscapes. South Greenland is so diverse. Narsaq is the youngest town in Greenland, known for being an agricultural town. Actually, the farmer here study farming in Icland, so the ties to Iceland remain long after the Viking era. But Narsaq also has mineral deposits that attract rock pickers and people with interest in geology. We will take a walk through Narsaq and explore the interesting things it offers. Again we spend the night in a hostel.  

    Walking: Aprox 4 hours
    Sailing: 3 hours

    D15: Narsaq – Narsarsuaq

    This is our last morning in South Greenland. Enjoy the piece and quiet before our boat to Narsarsuaq picks us up. We take the scenic route as we have plenty of time before our afternoon flight back to Iceland. 

    Note: The itinerary can change due to accommodation availability in Greenland.

  • Equipment List

    Trekking Tours in Greenland

    - Equipment list for Trekking Tours / Assisted Treks in Greenland

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with ankle support. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket or an Anorak with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory on all our tours. 
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  
    • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. 
    • Walking pole(s).
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient treks in huts/hostels – for camping tours we recommend a 3 or 4 season sleeping bag. The last few summers have been cold.
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Swimsuit
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
    • A box/container for your daily lunchs 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut/tent. 
    • Change of clothes for wearing in the hut/camp.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Earplugs 
    • Protection against flies (mosquito's); such at nets, repellants, etc.

    Optional gear:

    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    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. 
Gear transport in Greenland happens on boats with limited capacity – both in volume and weight – pleas limit your personal equipment to 15kg and pack it in a soft duffel bag or comparable.

    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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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    27.07 - 10.08 2019 Available English/French Select

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