Vikings and Wonders of South Greenland

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  • Aug-Sep
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Vikings and Wonders of South Greenland

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  • 9 nights
  • Aug-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Visit Brattahlid, the settlement of Erik the Red

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Stay in the quaint town of Narsaq

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Discover Narsarsuaq with its glaciers and viking ruins

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See the sculptures of Qaqortoq, part of the Stone & Man exhibit

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Enjoy optional excursions such as boat trips and hikes

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Spend a night in Reykjavik either side of your Greenland adventure

Why this trip...

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Off-the-beaten-track

This holiday showcases places and experiences away from the usual tourist routes

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Culture

Experience local culture and heritage as part of this holiday

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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.

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 Erik 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 pre-booked or arranged locally.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive in Iceland

Fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer through the dramatic lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Reykjavik and your hotel for an overnight stay.

Fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer through the dramatic lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Reykjavik and your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq

Transfer from your hotel to Reykjavik Airport (payable locally) for your flight to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland. Upon arrival at Narsarsuaq Airport transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. Join a welcome meeting and later enjoy a guided tour of the town. This evening dinner is included at your hotel.

Transfer from your hotel to Reykjavik Airport (payable locally) for your flight to Narsarsuaq in South Greenland. Upon arrival at Narsarsuaq Airport transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. Join a welcome meeting and later enjoy a guided tour of the town. This evening dinner is included at your hotel.

Hotel Narsarsuaq

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Day 3 day trip to Brattahlid

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.

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 Narsarsuaq - Narsaq

Transfer to Narsaq and check-in to your hotel for two nights. On arrival explore the town, which offers most modern amenities from several schools, a hospital, an internet café and the recently opened Greenland Brewhouse – the first brewery in Greenland.

Transfer to Narsaq and check-in to your hotel for two nights. On arrival explore the town, which offers most modern amenities from several schools, a hospital, an internet café and the recently opened Greenland Brewhouse – the first brewery in Greenland.

Hotel Narsaq

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Day 5 at leisure in Narsaq

Several optional excursions area available (pre-bookable) such as a day trip 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 that all excursions are subject to pack ice and weather conditions and may require minimum numbers to operate.

Several optional excursions area available (pre-bookable) such as a day trip 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 that all excursions are subject to pack ice and weather conditions and may require minimum numbers to operate.

Day 6 Narsaq - Qaqortoq

Morning at leisure in Narsaq before transferring to Qaqortoq in the early afternoon for a two-night stay. The largest town in South Greenland, 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. In the evening, dinner is included at your hotel

Morning at leisure in Narsaq before transferring to Qaqortoq in the early afternoon for a two-night stay. The largest town in South Greenland, 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. In the evening, dinner is included at your hotel

Hotel Qaqortoq

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Day 7 at leisure in Qaqortoq

Enjoy a day of leisure in Qaqortoq choosing from a range of optional excursions.

Enjoy a day of leisure in Qaqortoq choosing from a range of optional excursions.

Day 8 Qaqortoq - 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. Overnight at Hotel 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. Overnight at Hotel Narsarsuaq.

Day 9 Narsarsuaq - Reykjavik

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 Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Upon arrival, take a taxi (payable locally) to your hotel.

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 Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Upon arrival, take a taxi (payable locally) to your hotel.

Day 10 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik airport and fly home

Transfer to Keflavik airport and fly home

Extend your Holiday

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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.

Excursions

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

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Prices and Departures

Price from £3391 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights from Iceland to Greenland
  • 9 nights accommodation with private facilities
  • All breakfasts and welcome dinner
  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Guided tour to Brattahlid by boat
  • Welcome meeting and guided tour of Narsarsuaq village
  • Guided tour and dinner in Qaqortoq
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on staying in a room with private facilities

Departures Duration Twin Price Single Price
Mondays 10 Aug 2020 - 07 Sep 2020 9 nights £3,391 £4,118

Flights

Prices above include flights between Iceland and Greenland only. Airfares to Iceland start from around £250 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.

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