South and West Greenland Adventure

7-day tour to Greenlad, with the best of south and Nuuk, travelling north along the coastline by ferry

South and West Greenland

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Qaqortoq

Tour ID: GS39

Tour duration:
Option A: 8 days/7 nights
Option B: 6 days/5 nights

Experience the magic of Greenland, visiting the historical sights and nature of South Greenland, the wonderous world of icebergs and the smallest capital in the world Nuuk in West Greenland or add the magic world of Ilulissat.

Highlights

  • Ilulissat, famed for its icebergs
  • Nuuk, the smallest capital
  • The colourful town of Qaqortoq
  • Igaliku
  • Brattahlid open-air museum, the settlement of Erik the Red
  • Coastal cruise with Sarfaq Ittuq ferry
  • Views of glaciers and icebergs
  • Views of colourful Inuit settlements
  • Arctic nature

Departures: Summer 2018

Option A: 8 days with start in Ilulissat

Price per person from: EUR 4.100
Price includes:
- Flights Reykjavík-Ilulissat/Narsarsuaq-Keflavík, with airport taxes
- Airport and harbour transfers in Greenland
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with private facilities, with breakfast
- 2 nights in country hotel in double room/cabin without private facilities, with breakfast
- Ferry transport Ilulissat-Qaqortoq with with 3 nights in double cabin with private facilities on board the ferry
- Boat transfer Qaqortoq-Itilleq-Qassiarsuk-Narsarsuaq
- Admission fee to Brattahlid open-air museum

Not included: meals on board Sarfaq Ittuk, can be ordered and purchased on the spot


Option B: 6 days with start in Nuuk

Price per person from: EUR 3.500
Price includes:
- Flights Reykjavík-Nuuk/Narsarsuaq-Keflavík, with airport taxes
- Airport and harbour transfers in Greenland
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with private facilities, with breakfast
- 2 nights in country hotel in double room/cabin without private facilities, with breakfast
- Ferry transport Ilulissat-Qaqortoq with with 1 night in double cabin with private facilities on board the ferry
- Boat transfer Qaqortoq-Itilleq-Qassiarsuk-Narsarsuaq
- Admission fee to Brattahlid open-air museum

Not included: meals on board Sarfaq Ittuk, can be ordered and purchased on the spot


Accommodation with shared facilities in Qaqortoq and Nuuk is also possible upon request. It is possible to add more nights in Ilulissat or Nuuk at the beginning of the tour. Ask for price, schedules and availability.

Discount may apply on some departure dates, depending on lower airfare availability.

See also our Terms & Conditions.

Itinerary - Option A: 8 days with start in Ilulissat:

Day 1, Saturday : REYKJAVIK - ILULISSAT    
Flight Reykjavík - Narsarsuaq departs at 10:10 from the domestic airport (Reykjavik city), check-in 1 hour prior to the flight departure. Arrival in Ilulissat at 11:30 (local times). Transfer to the hotel and cultural city walk in the afternoon. Accommodation in Ilulissat.    

Day 2, Sunday:  ILULISSAT    
Free time in the morning and early afternoon.     
Possibility for an optional tour such as hike to the old settlement Sermermiut in the Icefiord. On the tour you learn about the Inuit life and traditions before Europeans came to Greenland. 2-hour easy hike.    
In the afternoon board the Sarfaq Ittuq ferry for a cruise along the coast all the way to South Greenland. The word Sarfaq means current - in this case ocean current. Ittuk sounding more like - I’duk – a sound associated with how the old sailing boat engines sounded - a soothing sound. The word it is thought to give a certain comfort when you are at sea. Ferry departure at 17:00. Overnight on board  the ferry.

Day 3, Monday : AT SEA    
Today we spend at sea and can enjoy fantastic views of icebergs and the wild Greenlandic landscapes. The ferry will make short stops at the villages of Sisimiut, Kangaamiut and Maniitsoq with colourful wooden houses dotted on the rocky slopes by the coast. Overnight on board the ferry.

Day 4, Tuesday : NUUK, AT SEA    
Early in the morning we arrive in Nuuk the capital of Greenland and the oldest established city in Greenland, founded in 1728 by the missionary Hans Egede. Free time to explore the city on your own or possibility for an optional short sightseeing tour.     
At 14:30 the ferry departs Nuuk sailing further south along the coast. Overnight on board the ferry.    

Day 5, Wednesday : AT SEA, QAQORTOQ    
We spend the entire day at sea and enjoy the scenery. Along the way short stops are made at the settlements of Paamiut, Arsuk and Narsaq before we reach the colourful town of Qaqortoq, arrival at midnight. Here it is time to disembark. Overnight in Qaqortoq.     

Day 6, Thursday: QAQORTOQ - IGALIKU    
Qaqortoq ("The White") is the biggest town in South Greenland with 3500 inhabitants. Qaqortoq is the education centre for South Greenland with a grammar school, a high school. Furthermore, the town has several fair-sized companies such as The Great Greenland Tannery and sewing factory which pride themselves in producing very fine, beautiful sealskin clothes. Dotted around the town, visitors can see sculptures from the famous project "Stone & Man"; different artists from Greenland   created sculptures which have been placed throughout the town for everyone to enjoy. Greenland's oldest fountain is situated in the town square next to the harbour.    
Departure from Qaqortoq by boat is at 09:00 am, in August there is also possibility for afternoon departure at 14:00 which gives you an opportunity to explore the town. The boat will take you to Itilleq harbour from where the luggage will be transported by car, whilst you can enjoy the 4-km easy hike along the "King's Road" (named after the Danish King, Frederik 9th, after he visited the area in 1952). Your destination is the beautiful village Igaliku also known as Gardar. The colourful houses are nestled by a sweeping bay and during the summer months luscious green grassland frames the crystal blue water to the shore. Across the fjord opposite the village towers the impressive Mt. Illerfissalik.    
Accommodation at Igaliku Country Hotel for 2 nights. Cabin with shared facilities.

Day 7, Friday: IGALIKU    
Free day in Igaliku.     
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) during the Norse period, and the ruins from that time are very impressive. In 1782 Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna established themselves as farmers and that was the beginning of Igalikus newer history. There is a small museum in the church, which is worth visiting. Today the village thrives on sheep farming. An optional day hike (15-20 km) goes to the Plateau, from where there is a superb view of the Qooroq Ice fjord, the stranded icebergs on the moraine and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. On the way back, you can be lucky to find minerals and stones, for instance the shining "moon stone" (Labradorit).

Day 8, Saturday: IGALIKU – QASSIARSUK - NARSARSUAQ    
Morning departure from Igaliku by the King‘s Road to the harbour at Itilleq to join a boat transfer to Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid, the place where Eric the Red settled in 982. The Norse ruins are well preserved and the open-air museum (Brattahlid) can be visited on your own (admission is included). The approx. 40 inhabitants earn their livelihoods from sheep farming, but the village also has a school, a shop and a church. Afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Iceland 18:55 the flight departs from Narsarsuaq, arriving at Keflavik international airport 23:25.
 

Itinerary - option B: 6 days with start in Nuuk:
 
Day 1, Monday : REYKJAVÍK - NUUK
11:30 departure of flight to Nuuk from Reykjavik domestic airport. Check-in 1 hour before the flight departure. Arrival in Nuuk at 12:50 (local times). Afternoon free to explore the city or possibility for an optional tour.
 
Day 2, Tuesday : NUUK, AT SEA
Free time in Nuuk in the morning with possibility for a short optional tour or opportunity for individual exploring of the city before boarding the Sarfaq Ittuk ferry which departs at 14:30, sailing south along the coastline. Overnight on board the ferry.
 
Day 3 - 6, Wednesday - Saturday: The remaining days follow the same itinerary as option A, ending with flight from Narsarsuaq to Keflavík INTL airport in Iceland.
 
National Day in Greenland is on the 21st June, on this day Greenlandic people gather together and celebrate the day. Some will wear national costume, town processions will be held and public celebrations of singing and dancing are very common.

Nights in Iceland can be added before or after Greenland: the departure to Ilulissat and Nuuk is from the domestic airport in Reykjavik city. Flybus airport shuttle (not included in the price) operates in connection with all international flights, departure is approx. 35-40 min. after each arrival. Drive into the city takes approx. 40-50 min. Drop off at Reykjavik domestic airport is available upon request.
in 2017 the flights from Narsarsuaq are operated only via Keflavik international airport.

 

Please note: although during summer months the weather in Greenland is relatively stable there is always a possibility of delayed flights due to unfavourable weather conditions.

 

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