Vikings and Wonders of South Greenland

from £2700
excluding flights *
9 nights Jun-Sep

Overview

As if Greenland's majestic fjords and mighty glaciers weren’t reason enough to explore the world's largest island, the southern tip of this spectacular destination is also big on history and culture. Verdant valleys lured Viking settlers here over a thousand years ago – you’ll visit remarkable archaeological sites on this holiday, as well as gaining an insight into modern-day life in Greenland. There’s also an opportunity for hikes and boat trips to witness the spellbinding Greenland Icecap.

Highlights

  • Learn about Viking settlers on a guided tour of Brattahlid, Erik the Red’s farm
  • Take a boat trip through iceberg-filled fjords to reach giant glaciers flowing from the Greenland Icecap (optional)
  • Enjoy a guided walk around Narsarsuaq, learning about daily life
  • Choose from other optional activities, such as hiking through the Flower Valley or taking a dip in Greenland’s only hot spring
  • Discover the mesmerising sculptures of the Stone & Man open-air gallery
  • Spend a night in Iceland either side of your Greenland adventure

What's Included

  • Return flights from Iceland to Greenland
  • 9 nights accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • Welcome dinner
  • Guided tour to Brattahlid by boat
  • Guided tour of Narsarsuaq village
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Full description

South Greenland’s cultural and natural wonders

Meaning ‘Great Plain’ in Greenlandic, Narsarsuaq is the gateway to South Greenland. Upon arrival, you will be met by a guide who will help you plan activities during your stay. Included in your holiday is a cultural tour of the town and a day-trip to Brattahlid – the site of the first Viking settlement in Greenland – while optional excursions range from hikes in flower-filled valleys and sea kayaking amongst icebergs to an unforgettable day-trip to the inland icecap.

In the footsteps of Eric the Red

Having been exiled from Iceland, Erik the Red returned with news of a ‘green land’ that he had discovered in the west. He convinced enough people to join him on a return voyage, stepping ashore in 985 at what is now the sheep farming community of Qassiarsuk. In recognition of its Viking history, the Kujaata farming area near Narsarsuaq received world heritage status in 2017. At Eric the Red’s farm you will find the remains of the first Christian church to be built on the American continent, as well as a reconstruction of both the chapel and a Norse longhouse.

Exploring a land of ice and rock

From Narsaq, the second base on your holiday, you can take a thrilling boat trip to Bredefjord fjord system, weaving between icebergs to reach the towering ice-fronts of several glaciers that flow from the Greenland Icecap. Qaqortoq, meanwhile, has a thriving cultural scene, immortalised in its fascinating open-air Stone & Man sculpture trail. For a longer walk, Narsarsuaq is the starting point for the easy trail through the Flower Valley, which culminates in panoramic views of the Kiattut glacier and the Greenland ice sheet beyond. All of these activities are optional and can be prebooked or arranged locally.

Extend your holiday in Iceland

With just a two- to three-hour flight separating them, Greenland and Iceland are natural partners. This holiday includes a night in the capital Reykjavik before and after your Greenland adventure. However, if you would like to extend your time in Iceland, our Travel Specialists can easily add extra days to your itinerary – perhaps exploring the waterfalls and black-sand beaches of the South Coast, or heading out west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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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.

Departures Duration Twin Price (pp) Single Price
Monday and Friday 18 Jun 2019 - 17 Sep 2019 9 nights £2700 £3534

What's Included

  • Flights between Reykjavik and Narsarsuaq
  • 9 nights accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • Welcome dinner
  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Guided tour to Brattahlid by boat
  • Welcome meeting and guided tour of Narsarsuaq village
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
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Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Iceland

Transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik.

day 2: fly from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq

Transfer from your Hotel to Reykjavík Airport (payable locally) for your flight to Narsarsuaq. Upon arrival at Narsarsuaq Airport transfer to your hotel for check in and a welcome meeting. Later enjoy a guided tour of Narsarsuaq. This evening dinner is included at your hotel.

Day 3: daytrip to Brattahlid from Narsarsuaq

Cross Erik's Fjord by boat and go ashore at the sheep breeding settlement Qassiarsuk, situated on the very spot where Erik the Red settled in 985 AD and named his farm "Brattahlið". Visit the ruins of Erik's farm and Thorhildur's church; the first Christian church on the American continent.

Day 4: Narsaq

Transfer to Narsaq. On arrival explore Narsaq, which offers most modern amenities from several schools, a hospital, an internet café and the recently opened Greenland Brewhouse – the first brewery in Greenland.

Day 5: day at leisure in Narsaq

Several optional excursions area available (pre-bookable) such as a daytrip to the Inland Icecap sailing through waters filled with icy sculptures before landing in front of the Twin Glaciers offering you the opportunity to walk right up to the glacier front and touch the ice! (Please note: All excursions are subject to pack ice and weather conditions and may require minimum numbers to operate.)

Day 6: Qaqortoq

Morning at leisure in Narsaq before transferring to Qaqortoq in the early afternoon. Qaqortoq is the ideal base for exploring everything Greenland has to offer; the town itself has a thriving cultural scene, first made popular by the local artist Aka Hoegh who in the 1990s led the Stone & Man project, designed to transform the town into an open-air art gallery. Eighteen artists from all over Scandinavia carved 24 sculptures into the rock faces and boulders in the town. Today there are over 40 sculptures in the town, all part of the Stone & Man exhibit.

day 7: day at leisure in Qaqortoq

Day at leisure in Qaqortoq for optional excursions.

Day 8: Narsarsuaq

After breakfast return to Narsarsuaq by boat. This afternoon perhaps hike to the Glacier View Point, around one hour from the hotel for great views of the Tunulliarfik fjord icebergs and the Kiattuut Glacier, or the Flower Valley. A spectacular hike of around 5 hours 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.

Day 9: morning at leisure and then depart Narsarsuaq

Spend the morning at leisure, why not 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 for your flight to Reykjavík Domestic Airport. Upon arrival in Reykjavík, take a taxi (payable locally) to your hotel.

Day 10: depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik airport and fly home

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 Narsaq

Greenland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

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

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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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Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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