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Iceland and Greenland: a three-hour flight from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq, with an unbeatable view from the air of Kap Farvel and the huge Polar ice-sheet, separates Europe from the unexplored Arctic… Are you going to miss this opportunity?
The treks are quite easy, approximately 3 or 4 hours walking, and suitable for most abilities. For the kayak optional excursion, previous experience in kayaking is not required.
Three-hour flight from Reyjkavik (Iceland’s domestic airport) to Narsarsuaq (Greenland) with views of Kap Farvel and the southern Greenland sea ice … we are now in the Arctic! Reception at the airport and transfer to the port of Narsarsuaq to cross the Eriksfjord, usually covered by icebergs, in the direction of Qassiarsuk. After staying at the Leif Eriksson Hostel we have the opportunity to take a walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers.
Cultural visit: Brattahlid reconstructions. Guided visit to the original ruins from Erik the Red, and a replica of the original chapel and longhouse.
This Norse and Greenlandic core farming area were in 2017 inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the title: Kujataa Greenland: A Norse and Inuit farming landscape on the Edge of the Ice Cap. Qassiarsuk area represent the most comprehensive and rich example of both Norse and Greenlandic farming histories and contains ruins of large cattle-based Norse farms and their numerous satellite sites including, not least, Erik the Red’s Brattahlid. It was also here that Otto Frederiksen in 1924 established the first sheep farm after Igaliku, founding today’s settlement of Qassiarsuk.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Zodiac boat transfer to Narsarsuaq and hike through the Flower Valley, enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation. We will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the ice sheet. This is probably the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Greenlandic dinner with typical inuit dishes.
Overnight stay at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Hiking to Tasiusaq farms, next to Sermilik fjord which is almost always blocked by the icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. Then, we may continue our walk to the idyllic Nunataaq farm, with stunning views of the Eqalorutsit glacier front.
Optional: Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”, a 2 hour kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs in one of the safest and nicest spots in southern Greenland (85€ , two participants minimum).
Dinner and overnight stay at the Tasiusaq Hostel.
In the morning, hiking way back to Qassiarsuk.
Start of an icebergs Safari:
We will get a boat excursion the Qooroq Ice Fjord, and be surprised by small and enormous icebergs floating in the water. We will navigate among impressive and abundant white and blue-tinged blocks of ice.
Surrounded by green leafy tundra and rocky-mountains; you became part of Greenland remarkable wild nature and enjoy the colour contrast of this Polar landscape.
Qooroq is one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland. It offers one of Greenland’s best images with spectacular views either from the fiord or green mountains and valleys.
Afterwards we cross the Eriksfjord towards Narsarsuaq. After check in at the airport we recommend you visit the Bluie West One museum, former US militay base untouched since the Second World War.
Flight from Narsarsuaq to Iceland (Reykjavik domestic airport).
1,595 € from Reykjavik ( Hostel based)
1,795 € from Reykjavik( Hotel based)
Departure from/to Reykjavik
* Send a enquiry to check available dates for this trip.
Registration date: Up to 45 days before the journey’s departure date.
Registration after that date: Depending on flight availability.
Reservation: 40% deposit of the total price, excluding airport taxes.
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* It’s recommended to confirm Optional Excursions in advance before arrival to Greenland.