There is room for everyone in the great outdoors of South Greenland. Whether you come for the challenge of rugged mountain peaks, cultural interest for norse and inuit history, special interest in glaciology, hunt or fish or simply to enjoy the stillness and magnificent scenery - South Greenland has it all.
South Greenland has subarctic climate, with mild winters and warm summers. Valleys and hillsides literally burst into bloom during the summer months, while the fjords are filled with green, blue and white icebergs in virtually every shade and nuance. Glaciers and the icecap can be experienced on excursions by boat. Nature is right at your doorstep. Drink crystal clear water from rivers and streams. Select your own hiking route through the trackless wilderness. Stay on a sheep farm with a Greenlandic family, or enjoy the comfort and service in one of the many hotels and hostels in the region. Welcome the the southern Arctic, a region with blue ice, lush meadows, majestic wilderness, and warm-hearted people.
was build as an American military base and airport. Today, parts of the base are converted into a museum, whilst the landing-area is still the centre for all flights to and from South Greenland, as well as for helicopter transport in the South Greenland area.
Surrounded by mountains and glaciers
Narsarsuaq lies picturesquely at the end of Tunugliafik - or Erik's Fjord, surrounded by green hills and mountains. A hike through Hospitalsdalen and Blomsterdalen, brings visitors, within a few hours, close to the ice-cap. It's a magnificent sight - this barren world, whose tongues of ice work their way towards the fjord. But the mild climate in South Greenland makes the experience that much more special - the route during the summer passes through lush valleys with green mountain slopes. So, the contrast is striking, as one stands in an ocean of flowers - and regards the ice which stretches as far as the eye can see.
Activities from Narsarsuaq
10 minutes by boat from Narsarsuaq, across the fjord, lies the settlement of Qassiarsuk, where the ruins of Erik the Red's Brattahlid can be found. A reconstruction of Erik the Red's long-house and Tjodhildes Church bring life to the ruins of the Norse houses. Today, Qassiarsuk is a charming settlement, whose inhabitants live principally as sheep-farmers. There are magnificent hiking trips from Qassiarsuk to remote sheep farms offering bed and breakfast.
A little further south lies the sttlement of Igaliko. The tour-boat drops anchor in Itteleq, from where there is approximately 2 km to walk to the settlement. Igaliko/Gardar was Greenland's first Episcopate.
The contrasts in the area around Narsaq are beyond description, with the sheep-farmers' fertile cultivated meadows rolling down to at the edge of turquoise-green fjords full of icebergs in the most fantastic formations. Narsaq is South Greenland's centre of sheep-farming. In the local museum you will get a fine introduction to the gradual development through centuries, which has brought Greenland from a hunting culture to its present-day status as part of the global society.
Activities around Narsaq
Narsaq offes good conditions for anglers. Surrounded by magnificent scenery you can catch trout after trout. Fishing license can be required at the Post Office. The mountains around Narsaq have attracted geologists for decades. The world-renowned Ilimmaasaq igneous intrusion contains nearly 200 different minerals, of which the pink semi-precious stone Tuttupit is known all over the world.
The trip to Kvanefjeldet with its old uranium mine goes through the Dyrnæs Valley, where sheep graze happily on the hillsides. At the bottom of the valley, one can just make out the Ilimmaasaq glacier, which lies pressed between two mountaintops. In the opposite direction, you can see the fjord where icebergs float lazily by. During the summer months, the area is a play of colours. Purple willow-herb, yellow buttercups, green grasses, and ice in nuances from white to turquoise catch the eye wherever you look.
Narsaq is popularly known as "The Pearl of South Greenland" - and not without reason. During an excursion to the ice-cap, you sail at close quarters to the icebergs. Go ashore on a point of land from which the ice-cap has receded, and here it is possible to get close enough to touch the ice.