Hiking in South Greenland
Tour ID: GS35
Level: Easy hikes - vehicle/boat supported treks. No guide, info meeting on arrival at Narsarsuaq airport
The trip includes all of the hiking highlights of the Narsarsuaq area. Furthermore, you get to experience first-hand the daily life of the Greenlanders who live in isolated farms and settlements in South Greenland. Within one week, you visit and stay at sheep farms and in two different villages. These are ideal starting points for a wide range of hiking trips, with stunning views of glaciers, green mountainsides and ice-filled fjords.
- Easy hiking in South Greenland
- Sillisit farm
- Qassiarsuk village and the old settlement of Erik the Red
- Fantastic views of Qooroq Ice fjord
- Hike to the foot of the glacier
Tuesdays and Saturdays: 17 June - end September
Thursdays: 6 July - 5 September
Wednesdays: 1 - 31 August
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price per person from: EUR 2.075
Sleeping bag accomodation in farms and hostel
Please bring your own sleeping bag or it can be rented along with a sheet for the additional price of EUR 28 (to be paid directly)
No meals included
Easy to moderate
- Flights Reykjavík - Narsarsuaq - Reykjavík with taxes
- Farm- and hostel sleeping bag accommodation: 2 nights in Narsarsuaq, 2 nights in Qassiarsuk, 1 night in Sillisit, 2 nights in Igaliku
- Transport of luggage
- Airport/harbour transfers in South Greenland
- Boat transfers as per itinerary
Discount may apply on some departure dates, depending on lower airfare availability.
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17:25 Depature of flight Reykjavík (Keflavik Intl) - Narsarsuaq, arriving 18:10 (local time, flight duration 3 hrs 15 min)
Check-in time is at least 2 hours before flight departure from Keflavik international airport.
After arrival at Narsarsuaq airport, info meeting at the Blue Ice Café.
In the afternoon you can make the short hike to the viewpoint "Signalhøjen" (about one hour). From the top you have an impressive view of the glacier.
Accommodation at Narsarsuaq Hostel for two nights.
Day hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier a part of the ice cap only 8 km from Narsarsuaq. The hike goes through the Flower Valley before a 300 m ascend to a plateau gives you a magnificent view of the glacier. From here follows ½ hour walk down to touch the ice! The hike goes the same way back.
Boat transfer to Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid, the place where Erik the Red settled in year 982. The ruins from the Norse period are well preserved, and the museum of a long house and little church can be visited (not included). Today, the 50 residents are mainly sheep farmers, but the village also has a school, a church and a shop.
Accommodation in hostel for two nights.
You can make a day hike to the sheep farm Tasiusaq located at the Sermilik fjord. It is a relative easy hike by a tractor road through an impressive landscape spotted with small, blue lakes. There are good chances to see the White-tailed Eagle hover above your head. From Tasiusaq you can take the sheep track leading to the neighbour farm Nunataaq. It is a stunning hike along the innermost part of a fjord, which is often filled with small ice bergs. From Nunataaq you can take another tractor road leading back to Qassiarsuk. The round trip is about 20 km in total.
Hike to the sheep farm Sillisit, located south of Qassiarsuk in front of the ice fjord. The hike is on a tractor road (about 14 km) and your luggage will be transported by car/boat. Sillisit is a perfect idyll combined with overwhelming nature and added hospitality from a Greenlandic family. Staying one night at the farm gives you an unforgetable experience.
Accommodation at Sillisit farm for one night. It is possible to buy a local dinner at the farm (not included and must be ordered in advance).
Boat transfer from Sillisit to Itilleq, the disembarking point for the village Igaliku. You walk the 4 km at the "Kings Road" (named after the Danish King Frederik 9th's visit in 1952) to Igaliku. Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland! The colourful houses are situated in a green bay with luscious grassland. On the other side of the fjord towers the landmark Illerfissalik (Burfjeld) in a rough and desolate landscape.
Accommodation at Gardar Hostel for two nights.
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) for a period of about 300 years (1100-1400) during the Norse era, 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 Igaliku’s more recent history. There is a permanent exhibit in the church that tells this particular story. Today, Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland.
One optional day hike (17 km) goes to the plateau, which offers a superb view of the Qooroq Ice Fjord, the stranded icebergs on the underwater moraine at the entrance to the fjord and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. It is the perfect place for a picnic! On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moonstone” (labradorite). The “waterfall hike” (about 15 km) is another popular day trip. A set of beautiful waterfalls tumble like pearls on a string down towards Tunulliarfik Fjord. This hike can be combined with the summit of Nuuluk Mountain (823 m), which lies south of Igaliku (20-22 km).
Hike by the King's Road back to Itilleq and transfer to Narsarsuaq.
18:55 the flight for Iceland departs from Narsarsuaq, arriving at Keflavik international airport 23:25.
Hiking maps of the area can be bought in Narsarsuaq
In the area around Narsarsuaq the weather is normally stable with summer temperatures around 15-20°C. In this area there are suitable routes for beginners as well as experienced hikers: some routes are easy and others more demanding. Some make use of gravel roads or tractor tracks. Some are marked while others are unmarked.
No meals included. Cooking facilities are available at all places. You can go shopping in Narsarsuaq, Qassiarsuk and Igaliku. There is a restaurant in Igaliku and Narsarsuaq. Dinner at Sillisit sheep farm should be ordered in advance.
Note: Flight schedules may change due to unfavorable weather or ice conditions.