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We are going to experience a short but impressive journey, using our adventure glacier camp to sleep next to the Greenlandic Polar Ice Cap for three nights before getting back to civilization. After this intense time in the isolated Arctic, we will enjoy the locations of Igaliku and Qassiarsuk, ancient Viking Greenland settlements and, today, idyllic villages inhabited by a few families of farmers. This unique heritage has been recently recognised and inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The hikes are quite easy, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, and suitable for most abilities. The excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain guide, and is also suitable for anyone physically active and with an adventurous attitude.
Flight from Reykjavík (Iceland’sdomestic airport) . Reception in the airport and transfer by zodiac boat to the Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among icebergs. We will stop at Narsaq to visit the third most populated town in South Greenland.
You will have free time to visit the museum, the fish market or the fur shops before boarding again to navigate towards the ice cap.
We will arrive to our camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier tongues.
We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs.
Accommodation in 4 bedded basic but comfortable rooms of Domo “loft”.
In the morning, we will set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating with our RIB boats towards the Inland Ice. We will arrive to a cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of two glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier.
Note that you should only bring with you the clothing and equipment that you will need for the 1 night stay at the camp. The rest of your luggage should be left at Narsaq.
Once we arrive, we will set off for the ice:
Glacier fronts and excursion on ice
We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a zodiac boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. From there we will start the ice excursion. An impressive trek using crampons (organised to be suitable for all travellers) on one of the oldest masses of ice in the planet. We will explore its crevasses, drains, caves, seracs, and other ice formations, which give an incredible, labyrinthine quality to this glacier.
An expert mountain guide, a specialist in Glacier Science, will be in charge to make sure we are provided with the appropriate equipment, and to ensure the safety of the group during the trip. He will share with us his knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. A unique experience, exciting and original, surprising both first-time comers and those used to the peculiarities of the glacier world. You will enjoy one of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland.
Picnic lunch in the ice or at the camp depending conditions.
Return to Qaleraliq Camp. We will stay at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. A magic place combining a sandy beach with the surrounding glaciers.
A place to admire and experience the pure Greenlandic wilderness at its best.
Dinner at the camp. Accommodation in domo tents.
Ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake and panoramic view of the Inlandis.
After enjoying breakfast in front of the glaciers we will ascent by foot through a unique desert-like sand valley which will lead us to a surprisingly different landscape, that of the green and thick tundra. After passing the lake, we will climb up a mountain 400 metres high, from which we will have a mesmerising view of the lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. The summit is also a very special viewing point of the Inlandice, the immense inland glacier. From there you can gaze upon the infinite ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating landmarks on the ice sheet. We may pick mushrooms and blueberries, and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the area.
Dinner at the camp.
Accommodation in domo tents.
Return navigation from Qaleraliq to Qassiarsuk, reaching the pontoon of Itilleq first. Easy hike to cross the Path of the Kings to the idyllic Igaliku, a small inuit settlement where one finds the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese of Viking Greenland. In the afternoon, on our way to Qassiarsuk, we will visit the Qooroq Fjord, one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland, navigating to the area where iceberg density will make it impossible to carry on… one of Greenland’s unforgettables. Farewell dinner will be a chance to try the dishes of the inuit tradition as whale, seal, caribou, mattak, etc.
Accommodation at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
In the morning, we have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Viking ruins of Qassiarsuk (Brattahlid on the Viking era), learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. Of particular interest are the reconstructions of a viking house (spacious but cold) and an inuito dwelling (small but warmer), transporting us back in time to the harsh conditions in which these people lived and it definitely shows us how the Inuit knew how to adapt better to the progressive cooling of the climate. Boat transfer to Narsarsuaq and time to visit the local museum, The Bluie West One, former US militay base untouched since the Second World War.
Flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik (Iceland’s domestic airport).
2,095 € from/to Reykjavik (Iceland)
Departures from Reykjavik
From 13th to 17th of July
From 20th to 24th of July
From 27th to 31st of July
From 03rd to 07th of August
Special Northern Lights
From 10th to 14th of August
From 17th to 21st of August
From 24th to 28th of August
Special Northern Lights
From 31st of August to 04th of September
From 07th to 11th of September
From 14th to 18th of September
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