Hiking in South Greenland

from £3023
excluding flights *
9 nights Jun-Sep

Overview

Over 80% of the world’s largest island is covered in permanent ice, but summer in South Greenland reveals a hiker’s paradise of verdant valleys, flower-speckled tundra and iceberg-filled fjords. On this invigorating 10-day escorted holiday, you’ll enjoy extraordinary day hikes, including the iconic Flower Valley trail, a glacier walk and the Kongevejen ‘Path of the Kings’. The three-centre trip also includes a tour of the Viking ruins of Eric the Red’s farm at Brattahlid.

Highlights

  • Hike the Flower Valley to Kiattut Glacier
  • Ride a RIB to Qaleraliq Glacier for an ice hike
  • Hike the ‘Kongevejen’ Path of the Kings to Igaliku
  • Explore the Icefjord of Qooroq by boat
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid
  • Take a 4WD trip to remote Tasiusaq farm (and optional kayaking)
  • Stay in four different towns: Narsarsuaq, Qaqortoq, Igaliku and Narsaq

What's Included

  • Flight from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq return
  • Transfers in Greenland
  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • 1 night accommodation in rooms with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 picnic lunches and 1 evening meal
  • 4x4 trip to Tasiusaq
  • Boat transfers
  • City tour in Qaqortoq
  • Guided visit to Brattahlid
  • Transfers from Keflavik to Reykjavik, return
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Full description

The Flower Valley

South Greenland offers keen walkers a great variety of trails and on this escorted holiday you’ll experience some of the best. From your first base, Narsarsuaq, the Flower Valley trail winds through a colourful mosaic of Arctic flora. As well as gentians, harebells and saxifrages, you might also glimpse wildlife such as Arctic hare and peregrine falcon. The trail climbs 400m to a viewpoint overlooking the Kiattut glacier and the Greenland ice sheet beyond.

Hiking on ice and cruising among icebergs

Narsaq, your second base, is the starting point for an unforgettable day exploring the glaciers of Bredefjord fjord system. You’ll travel by RIB among icebergs and along the front of three enormous glaciers, cliffs of blue ice rising sheer above you. On one of them – Qaleraliq – you will then be led by an expert guide into a frozen world of crevasses, ice caves and seracs, using crampons to tackle an amazing glacier hike.

Path of the Kings and Viking ruins

Another boat trip from Narsaq takes you along Tunulliarfik Fjord for an easy 11km hike on the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to Igaliku. Inhabited by less than 50 people, this tiny Inuit settlement is not only renowned for its idyllic setting, but is also the site of the ruins of Gardar, the religious capital of Viking Greenland. After exploring the green valleys around Igaliku and taking a boat trip to visit Qooroq Icefjord, you’ll visit another key Viking site – Brattahlid – where Eric the Red settled in the year 985. The church ruins and reconstructed longhouse vividly conjure life from the Viking days.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £100 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

Start End Twin Price (pp) Single Price
24 Jun 19 03 Jul 19 £3023 £3490
01 Jul 19 10 Jul 19 £3023 £3490
08 Jul 19 15 Jul 19 £3023 £3490
15 Jul 19 22 Jul 19 £3023 £3490
22 Jul 19 29 Jul 19 £3023 £3490
29 Jul 19 05 Aug 19 £3023 £3490
05 Aug 19 12 Aug 19 £3023 £3490
12 Aug 19 19 Aug 19 £3023 £3490
19 Aug 19 26 Aug 19 £3023 £3490
26 Aug 19 04 Sep 19 £3023 £3490
02 Sep 19 11 Sep 19 £3023 £3490

What's Included

  • Flight from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq return
  • Transfers in Greenland
  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • 1 night accommodation in rooms with shared facilities
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 picnic lunches and 1 evening meal
  • 4x4 trip to Tasiusaq
  • Boat transfers
  • City tour in Qaqortoq
  • Guided visit to Brattahlid
  • Transfers from Keflavik to Reykjavik, return
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Iceland

Transfer to Reykjavik for overnight stay.

Day 2: Fly to Narsarsuaq and hike to view point

Make your own way to Reykjavik City Airport and fly to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland. On arrival in Narsarsuaq you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check-in and an information meeting about the trip. Set off on a hike to the Glacier View Point (3 miles, approx 2 hours), for great views of the Tunulliarfik fjord icebergs and the Kiattuut Glacier.

Day 3: The Flower Valley hike and Qaqortoq, capital of South Greenland

We reserve the morning for the most famous hike in the area, the Flower Valley (7 miles, approx 5 hours). 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 of the glacier and the resulting glacial sedimentation. Transfer from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq the capital of South Greenland. On arrival take a guided city tour. Later on there is free time to have dinner in one of the restaurants or enjoy a drink with the local people.

Day 4: Qaqortoq and boat transfer to Narsaq

This morning there is time to independently explore Qaqortoq or join an optional excursion to Hvalsoy Church (payable locally). In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq city, the third most populated town in South Greenland.

Day 5: Qaleraliq glacier camp and ice hike

In the morning set off for Qaleraliq camp towards Greenland’s ice cap. Following our arrival at the camp with its spectacular views of three glacier fronts we will set off on an excursion on the glacier. We navigate along the glacier fronts on a RIB boat, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls and icebergs to the starting point for our ice trek (2 miles, approx 3-4 hours) with an expert mountain guide explore its crevasses, drains, seracs, and other ice formations, which give an incredible, labyrinthine quality to this glacier and learn about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of Greenland. Picnic lunch in the ice or at the camp depending on conditions. In the afternoon, transfer by zodiac boat to Narsaq. Watch for the enormous icebergs falling off from the Eqaloruutsit Glacier and floating through the Sermilik Fjord.

Day 6: City of Narsaq and the idyllic Igaliku

Narsaq, with about 1,500 inhabitantsis, is the third most populated town in South Greenland. During the morning you will have free time to visit the museum, fur shops or the fish market. After strolling around Narsaq we will navigate to the pontoon of Itilleq, where an easy hike to cross the “Kongevejen” or Path of the Kings begins (7 miles, approx 3 hours). Our destination is the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit settlement inhabited by no more than 40 people. Igaliku, home of the ruins of Gardar (religious capital of Viking Greenland), is famous for being the most beautiful settlement in Greenland.

Day 7: Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord excursion

Leave the green hills of Igaliku with its spectacular views of Einarsfjord and hike back to Itilleq’s pontoon. We take the sea route to Qooroq Ice Fjord, the most active glacier in southern Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue. From Qooroq we will continue on to Narsarsuaq.

Day 8: Viking ruins of Qassiarsuk and Kayaking among icebergs

Transfer by RIB Boat through Tunulliarfik to Qassiarsuk (former Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland). Enjoy a walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants and guided tour of the Viking ruins of Brattahlid, learning the history of the arrival of Eric the Red from Iceland at this small settlement in 985. After the cultural visit it’s time for action: a 4×4 trip to the beautiful 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. Picnic at the Tasiusaq farm or outdoors if weather permitting followed by an optional Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay” (payable locally). Return by jeep to Qassiarsuk and RIB boat transfer to Narsarsuaq.

Day 9: Free time in Narsarsuaq and fly to Reykjavik

Free time to walk around in the area and visit the local museum which tells the story of Blue West One, the creation of the village of Narsarsuaq and the role it played in the second world war. Check in at Narsarsuaq airport for your flight to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik make your own way to your hotel by taxi (payable locally).

Day 10 - Depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik for your return flight to the UK.

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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Hotel Narsarsuaq

Greenland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

In the heart of South Greenland's natural attractions, the 93-room Hotel Narsarsuaq is in an inviting area of the country which acts as a crucial hub for much of south Greenland.

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Hotel Qaqortoq

Greenland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Perched on a hill overlooking the harbour, Hotel Qaqortoq offers 4-star comfort in each of its 17 rooms.

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Hotel Narsaq

Greenland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

A small hotel located in the scenic fishing village of Narsaq.

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Igaliku Country Hotel

Greenland

Grade: Simple

Type: Hotel

Cosy and comfortable accommodation in Igaliku

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