SOUTH GREENLAND GRAND ADVENTURE - 8 days

from EUR 2995

South Greenland Grand Adventure includes one week of travel and exploration that will help us to intensively know both sides of Greenland. On the one hand Greenland's amazing nature: huge glacier fronts, sailing among icebergs and hiking on a glacier tongue which is millions of years old; secondly, its people and traditions: towns like Narsaq or Qaqortoq and idyllic villages as Igaliku or Qassiarsuk with its viking ruins. We travel by boat and zodiacs.

Tour Code: GJ-SGR-1
  • Tour Availability: Selected days
  • Seasons: June to September
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

Igaliku - Village in South Greenland.jpgSouth Greenland Grand Adventure includes one week of travel and exploration that will help us to intensively know both sides of Greenland. On the one hand Greenland's amazing nature: huge glacier fronts, sailing among icebergs and hiking on a glacier tongue which is millions of years old; secondly, its people and traditions: towns like Narsaq or Qaqortoq and idyllic villages as Igaliku or Qassiarsuk with its viking ruins. In a country where infrastructures are almost non-existent, our system that combines boat trips and zodiacs makes it happen. Group Travel: 4 to 12 people groups (plus guide)

Trip Highlights

  • Glacier hike with crampons
  • Admire the Greenland’s Inland Icecap
  • Inuit settlements & Viking ruins (Qassiarsuk and Igaliku)
  • Boat transfers among icebergs
  • 4x4 excursion to Tasiusaq farm
  • Narsaq & Qaqortoq towns
  • Glacier fronts & arctic fauna
  • Several walks and hikes
  • Northern lights after mid-August
  • Kayak optional excursion
Tour Code: GJ-SGR-1

Day 1: Narsarsuaq and view point

Flight from Keflavik International airport in Iceland or from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq, South Greenland. Reception at the airport and transfer to Hotel Narsarsuaq for check-in and information meeting. Hike to the Glacier View Point, around one hour from the hotel. Great views of the Tunulliarfik fjord, the plain of Narsarsuaq and the Kiattuut Glacier.
Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq. Twin/double room with private facilities.

Day 2: Qassiarsuk, the Viking Greenland and Tasiusaq, the iceberg bay

Transfer in RIB boat through the Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk. Visit of the church ruins and the settlement of Eric the Red comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, and where Erik the Red settled in 985. Walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers.

In the afternoon, 4×4 trip to the beautiful Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to the Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by icebergs coming from the Eqaloruutsit glacier. Picnic at Tasiusaq farm.

Optional Excursion: Kayak Excursion in the "iceberg bay", a 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and nicest places in Greenland.

Way back to Qassiarsuk and boat transfer to Narsarsuaq. Accommodation at Hotel Narsarsuaq (twin/double room with private facilities).

Day 3: Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq, capital of Southern Greenland

Transfer by zodiac boat from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq through the complex system of fjords and among numerous icebergs, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls. A guided city tours in Qaqortoq, the capital of South Greenland, which was founded in 1775 and nowadays has almost 3300 inhabitants. It's described as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland. We will discover the beauty of its colorful buildings, the awe-inspiring landscapes and some of its thirty different rock sculpture designs, spread over the town. We visit the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church and the only fountain in the country.  

Accommodation at Hotel Qaqortoq. Double room with private facilities.

Day 4: Qaqortoq and boat transfer to Narsaq

Time for leisure to walk around this charming town and explore on your own a city which is considered a sub-arctic Riviera or you can join one of our two wonderful optional excursions:

Optional Excursions:

* Hvalsoy or Whale Island is the location of a church that was probably built in the 14th century and is the best preserved church in Greenland from the period. People gathered there from far and wide to attend Christian festivals throughout the year. The fells and the fjord which surround the church have not changed at all over the centuries and are very scenic.

* Hot springs in Uunartoq: We will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing bath in the Uunartoq warm springs which are the only accessible thermal springs in Greenland, used as a pool and "holiday resort" for many natives who come from all over the country to camp and bathe in the thermal springs. This is an experience in touch with nature in such a unique place enjoying a warm bath while icebergs float only a few meters away in the fjord. 

In the afternoon transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. You will have free-time to visit the local market, fur shops, hunters harbour and the Greenlandic folk museum or go for a walk to do some shopping.

Accommodation at Hotel Narsaq. Twin/Double room with private facilities.

Day 5: Qaleraliq Camp and Excursion on Ice – Narsaq

In the morning we set off for Qaleraliq camp, towards the Inland Icecap. We will arrive to a cozy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues.

We navigate on a RIB boat along the glacier fronts, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along their 10 kilometers descent to the sea. The glacier fronts extended in only one, but the dramatic progress of climate change divided it into three glacier fronts. From there we start the glacier hike. An impressive trek using crampons takes us on one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet. We explore its crevasses, drains, caves, seracs and other ice formations, which give an incredible labyrinthine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide and glacier specialist will be in be in charge of the excursion to ensure the right equipment and the safety of the group, while he shares with us his knowledge about the characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both for first-timers and more experienced glacier hikers. This is one of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all of Greenland. Picnic lunch on the ice or at the camp depending on conditions.

In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq. We will be surprised by enormous icebergs falling off from the Eqaloruutsit glacier and floating through the Sermilik Fjord. Sometimes, they are blocking the access to Narsaq ports.

Accommodation at Hotel Narsaq. Twin/Double room with private facilities.

Day 6: City of Narsaq and Igaliku (Gardar)

In the morning we have time off to walk around the city and discover the beauty of its colorful buildings. Surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscapes, you can enjoy a drink with the local people and discover the modern Inuit's way of life. After that we will navigate by zodiac boat to Itilleq. Once we disembark from the boat, we will start and easy hike across the "Kongevejen", or Path of the Kings. Our destination will be the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. This place is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland, and where we can discover the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland.

Accommodation at Igaliku Country Hotel. Twin/Double room with shared facilities.

Day 7: Excursions in Igaliku and boat excursion to Qooroq Ice Fjord
In the morning, we can enjoy the spectacular views of Einarsfjord, a surprising fjord which is one of the few in Greenland that can't impress visitors with big icebergs. However, green hills provide guests a warm relax in a quiet environment. Hike back to Itilleq where we embark in the RIB boat and start a sea excursion to Qooroq fjord. This is probably the most spectacular glacier in the South of Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. Wonderful sight of ice floating around us. We will continue the navigation on our zodiac boat, to Narsarsuaq. Car transfer to Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Free time to visit by your own the Narsarsuaq Museum Blue West One. It is recommended as it reflects the town history from ancient times and specially its role in the Second World War.

Overnight at Hotel Narsarsuaq, in rooms with private facilities.

Day 8: The Flower Valley Hike... then flight home

We reserve the morning for the most famous hike in South Greenland, the Flower Valley. A spectacular hike with sights of the Kiattut river and glacier. You will enjoy the spectacular view of this valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty of flowers. Trekking way back to Narsarsuaq. Free time to visit and walk around in the area. 

Flight Narsarsuaq-Keflavik international airport in Iceland or Copenhagen.


IMPORTANT: 
This itinerary is a unique journey, designed and organised by the company South Greenland Expeditions. It keeps the adventure and discovery ingredients present in all our journeys. The route can be done as it is explained above or in reverse order. The order of the activities may not be exactly as planned in this outline. Greenland is the wildest country in the northern hemisphere, infrastructures are almost non-existent and logistics pose enormous challenges. That is the reason why we may not follow this daily itinerary exactly as planned. It is subject to change in order to adapt the journey to weather conditions, sea conditions, or technical and organisational difficulties, and it therefore requires flexibility from the traveler. Some activities may be cancelled because of weather or ice conditions as locals say "the weather is the boss in Greenland".

Tour Code: GJ-SGR-1

Time Difference: Please note that there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.

Airport Transfer in Reykjavik: not included

Airport Transfer in Greenland: are included

Currency and credit cards: Important to bring Danish Krona to Greenland. Foreign currency is not everywhere accepted. Credit cards are accepted only at few locations. i.e. at the hotels and larger stores. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required.

Guide-Coordinator:

The trip will be coordinated by an English-speaking guide from our local partner in South Greenland. All Excursions are guided. The guide’s job is to point the group in the right direction, to ensure all travelers’ safety and to solve any possible problems that may arise along the itinerary, making changes or adjustments if necessary. Note that one or different guides can be in charge of the group during the adventure tour.


Physical Condition:

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy / The journey is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis, not needing a very special physical condition to participate. The walk to Igaliku could be arranged in situ as a car transfer (additional cost 75 DKK per person, one way). The excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone with an adventurous attitude. For the kayak optional excursion, previous experience in kayaking is not required. Recommended minimum age: 12 years


Level and technical information:

Trekking 
Distance 
(km)
 
Duration 
aprox. (h) 
Accumulated 
height (m) 
Maximum 
height (m)
 
Type of 
terrain
 
Glacier Trek  3 3-4 220 150 Moraine and Ice
Glacier View Narsarsuaq  150  100  Tundra 
King’s way (return)  11,2  200  100  Way 
Flower Valley 11 5 200 100 Path/Rock

ACCOMMODATION:

Hotel Narsarsuaq 
This is a simple but well-equipped hotel in southern Greenland. It offers a bar, coffee shop, restaurant, bank, souvenir shop, etc. The rooms have private facilities, television, telephone, minibar, etc. The restaurant offers a varied buffet, in addition to all of the traditional products from Greenland, such as salmon, seal, whale and lamb. Lodging is in a double room with shower/wc. The price includes breakfast. 

Hotel Narsaq 
Breakfast and dinner are served daily in the hotel restaurant. Guests can enjoy drinks at the hotel bar in the evenings. All rooms have a TV, minibar and safe. There is also everything you need to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee in your room. Hotel rooms are cleaned daily. Lodging is in a double room with shower/wc. The price includes breakfast. Accommodation in Hotel Narsaq could be changed to another hotel with similar services and characteristics. 

Hotel Qaqortoq 
Hotel Qaqortoq offers comfortable accommodation with an authentic Greenlandic atmosphere that is warm and inviting. There are works of art made by local artists throughout the hotel. Perched on a hill overlooking the harbour, Hotel Qaqortoq is an oasis of calm in this bustling town, a "home away from home" and the perfect place to meet with locals and have drinks and a relaxed dinner. The hotel restaurant serves primarily Greenlandic meat and fish. Mikisoq, a cozy small lounge, offers everything from lunch to Italian coffees and cocktails. Lodging is in a double room with shower/wc. The price includes breakfast.  Accommodation in Hotel Qaqortoq could be changed to another hotel with similar services and characteristics. 

Igaliko Country Hotel 
The country hotel has 8 double rooms with comfortable beds. There are separate showers and toilets in the corridor and a dining room with a beautiful view over the village. Additionally, there are 6 cabins. There are separate showers and toilets in a service cabin close to the other cabins. Everything is newly renovated, and staying here a night or two gives you an extraordinary experience of peace and tranquility. 


Communication:

Most mobile phones can be used in towns and many areas of the coast. Camps will have Iridium satellite phone and radio. RIB boats have special radio systems. 

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Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB boat) Navigation:

The navigation will be done in a RIB-boat a Rigid Inflatable Boat, The Adventure boat by definition or Zodiac type. The RIB boat is an open boat fast flexible and very safe. A special coat is provided for navigation. The RIB Boat allows the traveler to feel the elements and be one with them. RIB boats enable to reach areas that are difficult to access on any other type of boats. This type of boats allows us to be more dynamic, versatile and to enjoy adventure, without compromising safety. 
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Board/Food included:

- Breakfast everyday 
- Picnic on the excursion to Qaleraliq glacier and Tasiusaq Farm
- Dinner in Igaliku 
Note: Dinners at hotels are not included in the price but could be arranged directly at the hotel.
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Northern Lights:

The northern lights are one of the most wonderful of nature’s phenomena on our planet, a beautiful, delightful display of movement and light against the dark polar skies on clear, calm nights. It is usually possible to witness the aurora in winter. Late summer, however, especially from mid August, is the best time of the year to observe it in Southern Greenland, which is famous for offering some of the best places to view this spectacular natural display. In July, there is more sunlight and therefore Northern Lights is not so easily seen. 

Fishing and Fruit picking:

Narsarsuaq and Qassiarsuk are very good areas to go fishing, especially for arctic salmon and cod. We do not provide fishing equipment. Therefore, we recommend you bring it from your country or buy it at Qassiarsuk. A fishing licence is required.

Weather:

Weather in Greenland is very changeable. It is usually pleasant, but it is essential that you bring appropriate clothes for rainy weather. Temperatures are often more than 15ºC in July, and between 5ºC and 10ºC in August. Mid-August nights are sometimes cold. In September, temperatures are usually between 5ºC to 8ºC during the day and may reach minus 5ºC at night. 

Cancellations:

Excursions can be cancelled because of bad weather or ice conditions. The local tour company will try to offer an alternative excursion if available. Or move the planned excursion to other day in order to do the full program. In case it becomes impossible, no refund will be applicable.
Tour Code: GJ-SGR-1

2017 Travel Dates from/to Reykjavik

from/to Keflavik, Iceland and Copenhagen, Denmark
June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017
June 20th-27th   July 4th-11th August 1st-8th September 5th-12th    
June 27th-July 4th   July 11th-18th  August 10th-17th
July 18th-25th August 15th-22nd
July 25th-August 1st (sold out)    August 24th-31st
August 29th-September 5th   

Flight Schedule:

Keflavik airport 17:25 - Narsarsuaq 18:10 / Narsarsuaq 18:55 - Keflavik airport 23:25
Schedules are subject to change.

17.06.-04.07.17: Tuesday, Saturday / 06.07.-05.09.17: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday / 01.08.-31.08.17: Wednesday / 09.09.-30.09.17: Tuesday, Saturday

Group Size: 4 to 12 people

Tour Code: GJ-SGR-1

2017 Prices - with departures from 20.06.-05.09.2017:

Price per person in Double room standard from/to Keflavík airport in Iceland
EUR 2,995 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 355   ...... DKK 22,400 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,645
Price per person in Double room standard from/to Copenhagen airport in Denmark
EUR 3,295 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 355   DKK 24,600 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,645

*Depending on availability flight supplements up to EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply

This tour is not available rest of the year due to flights. 


What it’s included:

  • Flight Keflavik/Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq & return and airport taxes
  • Transfers from the airport and hotel to the harbour, in Narsarsuaq
  • Accommodation in hotels, in twin/double rooms, including breakfast
  • Accommodation in hut or in twin/double rooms at Igaliku Country Hotel, including breakfast and dinner
  • South Greenland Expeditions guide (English speaking)
  • Boat transfers and excursions in South Greenland, as detailed in this program
  • 4×4 trip to Tasiusaq
  • Picnic at Qaleraliq Glacier and Tasiusaq Farm
  • RIB boat travel equipment
  • City tour in Qaqortoq
  • Guided visit to Brattahlid reconstructions

 What it’s not included:

  • Accommodation, food and transfers in Keflavik or Copenhagen
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned in “What is included”
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions: Kayak excursion for 70€ (minimum 2 participants) / Uunartoq Thermal Springs for 170€ (minimum 6 participants) and Hvalsey for 80€ (minimum 4 participants)
  • Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties due to ice conditions) or flight or boat delays
  • Any other aspect not listed in “What is included”


Registration date: Up to 60 days before the journey’s departure date. 
Registration after that date: Depending on flight availability. 
Reservation: 40% deposit of the total price / Rest payment 60 days prior tour start
Optional Excursions: It is recommended to book in advance before arrival to Greenland. Price for optional excursions are subject to change
Important:

Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from Greenland.

Bookings to be sent to email: gjtravel@gjtravel.is
All bookings are on request. We need full names of all travelers to Greenland, nationality and travel dates to/from Greenland. After we receive your reservation by email, you will get a short reconfirmation from us that we will work on your booking. The final confirmation will be sent within 2-4 working days after booking receipt. Unfortunately for Greenland packages there is no instant availability system and online booking & payment system. Payment is due latest 8 weeks prior to arrival; we accept international bank transfer or payment by Visa or MasterCard. Vouchers and detailed itinerary will be sent after receipt of final payment. We provide you also with many practical information in regards to your stay in Greenland and how to prepare for a trip to Greenland.

Cancellation policy for Greenland

  • 72 hours after booking and up to 8 weeks prior to departure: Changes (of ANY kind) will cost 10% of the tour package price. Cancellation will cost 40% of tour package price. In order to finalize a booking and issue the flight ticket, a deposit of 40 % of total tour package per person is required within 1 week of a South Greenland booking confirmation. Rest payment is due 8 weeks prior tour start.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled on day of departure or in case of no show there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price (no refund at all).
Tour Code: GJ-SGR-1