Hiking, glacier trek, RIB boat navigation around the ice cap and the Tasermiut Mountains “The Patagonia of the arctic”.
Day One. Qaleraliq camp.
Flight Keflavik International Airport – Narsarsuaq (also possible to fly from Copenhagen). Welcome reception at the airport. Preparation of equipment and explanation of the journey. When we are ready, we will set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. We will arrive to a cosy, enchanting camp set on a sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of three glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier. We will spend the night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the unbelievable views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs. Accommodation in fix Domo tents.
Day Two. Ice Cap view
. Ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake and panoramic view of the Inland Ice. Ascent on 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 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 Inlandis, 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. Descent to the camp. Accommodation in fix Domo tents.
Day Three. Glacier fronts and excursion on ice
. We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical walls, ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along their more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. These glacier fronts extended in only one. But the dramatic progress of climate change divided it in three glacier fronts. 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, labyrhyntine quality to this glacier. An expert mountain guide 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, while he shares 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. One of the most impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all Greenland. Accommodation in fix Domo tents.
Day Four. Narsaq
. Transfer by boat to Narsaq, the third most populated town in South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. In the evening, free time to explore on our own the museum, local handicraft workshop, fish market, the church, and to have dinner at Hotel Narsaq or enjoy a drink with the local people. When we travel by boat, we will look out for whales, we may see them here. Accommodation in Hostel.
Day Five. Saarloq
. Thermal springs in Uunartoq
. We will sail through the outer skerries direction to the village of Saarloq, a picturesque village almost abandoned where we will make a short stop over to wander around. In the afternoon we will set off for Uunartoq through the complex system of fjords which somehow reminds us of Scotland, although here it is surrounded by icebergs. On our way to Uunartoq Island, we will go past Alluitsup Paa, a painteresque settlement and the capital for whales in South Greenland, which will give us the chance to look for whales during the whole trip. In the afternoon, we will have free time to enjoy a relaxing bathe in the warm springs (the only thermal springs to which access is possible in Greenland), a holiday resort for many natives who come from all over the country to camp and bathe in the thermal springs, while icebergs float only 500 metres away in the fjord. Night at Uunartoq Island. Accommodation in tents.
Day Six. Hunters Settlement and Kuusuaq River Camp
. Transfer to Tasiusaq, a picturesque village with 80 inhabitants, and tragic historical landmarks which reflect how hard life was in this country decades ago. All the inhabitants of this village starved to death some 140 years ago. It was not until the 1930s that the village was repopulated by descendants and family of the original inhabitants. Spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains. Day trek to the mouth of Kuusuaq River, the most popular Salmon River in South Greenland. Walk in a truly alpine background to Tasersuaq Lake, through Saputit path, created by Tasiusaq’s inhabitants to go fishing in Lake Tasersuaq. Night and Dinner at Kuusuak River Camp. Accommodation in tents.
Day Seven. Tasermiut Camp
. Navigation to Tasermiut glacier, along the fjord of the same name. During the journey we will discover three impressive mountains - Ketil, Ulamertorssuaq and Tinitertuup – up to the borders of the glacier, a glacier with a 1.400 metres drop from the plateau to the fjord in barely three kilometres, which turns the glacier into a spectacular, mighty ice waterfall. Night at the camp under the huge Ulamertorsuaq - one of the largest and steepest walls in the world, exceeding even “Capitán” in Yosemite – This is a place where climbers attempting the big walls in the region usually camp. This fjord is highlighted as one of the ten Arctic wonders. Accommodation in tents.
Day Eight. Nalumasortoq
. Moderate walk on a terrain of medium difficulty up to the base of the glacier in the amazing granite mass of Nalumasortoq, whose extremely smooth twin walls are highly cherished by climbers in South Greenland. From this viewing point we can see the south face of the Ketil and the north face of the Ulamertorssuaq, together with many other unnamed walls. Alpine and glacial landscapes, incredibly beautiful sights. Fishing and picking mussels, mushrooms and blackberries. This camp also offers a fantastic view to the west face of the Ulamertorssuaq as the sun set strokes the rock with the last rays of sun. Accommodation in tents.
Day Nine. Ulamertosuaq
. Trekking up to the base of the Ulamertorssuaq wall, rated the best Arctic "Bigwall" and one of the best ten climbing walls in the whole world. Mountain of unique, singular beauty, astonishing wall and glaciers. Night at the camp in the tents.
Day Ten. Nanortalik
. Navigation in RIB boats to Nanortalik, the southernmost town of the country, which has some 2300 inhabitants and is the second most populated town in the South of Greenland. Visit to the Museum of Inuit Culture and Traditions, the best museum in the South. Free time in the evening and for dinner. You can visit the town, go shopping, explore the hunters market, go to a restaurant or have a drink in a town “where there are polar bears” – at least that is the meaning of its name, though the chances of meeting one are extremely little – and which still remains isolated by ice for a considerable part of the year. It is possible to join a guided tour of the town and surroundings. Accommodation in Hostel.
Day Elleven. Alluitsup Paa. Qaqortoq, South Greenland Capital.
Transfer by boat first to Alluitsup Paa. A picturesque small hunting and fishing village located in front to the open sea. We will walk around and visit. Continuing later to Qaqortoq, South Greenland capital, founded in 1775, now with almost 3000 inhabitants. They describe it as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland. Time off to take a small excursion around town, where we will discover the beauty of its colourful buildings, the awe-inspiring landscapes and some of its thirty different rock sculpture designs, spread over the town. In the afternoon, explore on our own the museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church, the only fountain in the country, and enjoy a drink with the local people. Accommodation in Hostel.
Day Twelve. Igaliku and Qoorooq glacier
. Navigation to Itilleq, where we will leave the RIB boat and take the Kings’ Way to Igaliku on foot. We will visit Archbishopric Gardar’s ruins, religious capital for the Vikings. On the way to Qassiarsuk, we will have a sea excursion to Qoorooq fjord and see what probably is 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. Qassiarsuk is a village of about 40 inhabitants, mostly farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland. Accommodation in Hostel.
Day Thirteen. Tasiusaq and Sermilik, the “Bay of Icebergs”
. Walk to Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice from icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier. Later we could go fishing arctic salmon or for a walk in the region.
: Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”. A 2 hour sea kayaking trip for beginners among icebergs and ice in one of the safest and best place in the whole Greenland. As we get back, we can also walk around Qassiarsuk, old Brattahlid. This is the place where Eric the Red settled when he started Greenland’s colonisation back in 985. Accommodation in Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuk Hostel.
Day Fourteen. Flower Valley and Glacier.
We will cross to Narsarsuaq on a zodiac boat. Then, we will walk through Flower Valley enjoying the spectacular view of a valley formed due to the glacier retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty of flowers. We will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of the ice sheet and its Nunataks. This is probably the most renowned excursion in all Greenland. Farewell dinner
with typical Greenlandic products, whale, seal, caribou, mattak…
Accommodation in Hostel.
Day Fifteen. Keflavik /Copenhagen.
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and visit the local museum. Flight Narsarsuaq – Keflavik (international airport) or Copenhagen.