Kayaking and trekking in South Greenland, 8 days (2052)
The perfect combination in the south of Greenland. 8 days in
the southernmost part of the world's largest island, in
complete contact with nature, combining trekking with
kayaking, surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape of
blue-tinged icebergs and tundra.
use the kayaks as the main transportation combined with
hiking to tundra and ice cap. We paddle along glacier
fronts, between islands and fjords. We hope to meet seals,
seabirds, eagles and caribous and maybe a fox or two. Are we
lucky we might also encounter some whales.
There is also a longer 15
day version of this tour.
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Flight Keflavik or Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq. Reception in the
airport. Transfer to Narsaq by RIB boat; with about 1,500
inhabitants, it is one of southern Greenland's biggest cities.
Introduction and preparation of equipment. Night in hostel.
Day 2: Qingaarsuup Nunaa Island
Transport by zodiac boat to Qingaarsup island, where we
will start the kayak expedition. We will follow the coast
along the ice covered fiord among the icebergs coming from
Eqalorutsit glacier. In this area, full of ringed seals,
there is usually a greater density of ice, slowing down the
kayak and sometimes even blocking access at certain
When we start the crossing to Nuulussuaq peninsula through
we get the first views of the Inlandis, the polar cap. Once
we arrive to Nulussuaq, we will install our camp and have a
spot which was one of the Viking settlements in South
Night in tents.
Day 3: Naajaat sermiat
We will paddle through a
setting of low-slung islands, with waterfalls and alongside
leafy tundra which contrasts with the blue and white of the
Several islands and peninsulas are separating the ice cap
from Ikersuaq fjord. This magical landscape attracted the
Vikings to establish settlements in several coastal areas.
And of course we will camp in one of these former Viking
Kayaking among blue icebergs provides us a special feeling
of the Arctic nature. We will sail in Maniitsup Tunua fjord,
surrounded by the peninsulas of Maniitsop, Niaqornap Nunaa
We are just in front of the ice cap, camping not so far away
from Naajaat Sermiat glacier front. This is time to allow
our senses to enjoy the unbelievable views of one of the
oldest masses of ice on the planet.
This is not the only area that will surprise you. The next
step will be special when we get closer to Qaleraliq
Night in tents.
Day 4: Qaleraliq fjord
Today, we are sailing around Akuliaruseq Island (Caribou
Island) which may allow us to admire this fauna approaching
the coast or include the glacier front.
Sailing along Qaleraliq fjord, we will arrive to Qaleraliq
glacier with its three glacier tongues nearly 10 km wide,
probably the most spectacular glacial scenery in south
Greenland. We will camp on a sandy beach.
If weather conditions and time allow it, we will ascent to
the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake. Ascent by foot through
a unique desert-like sand valley which will lead us to a
surprisingly different landscape, that of the green and
thick tundra., observing (if we are lucky) the caribou
feeding on salts from the fjord, and at night, enjoying the
thundering sound of the seracs breaking away in the area's
Night in tentsl
Day 5: Ice Trek
We will paddle direct to the ice. And right in the spot
where the rare ski expeditions crossing the ice cap
south-north use to start, We will go into the glacier and
cover just a small part of its immensity, among the rimes
(crevasses), large cracks and drains. Enjoying a short
trekking on one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet. A
Back on the kayaks we will continue the navigation along the
glacier fronts, admiring the beauty of their vertical walls,
ice walls and numerous icebergs as we approach them along
its more than 10 kilometres descent to the sea. These
glacier fronts used to be a solid one, but the dramatic
progress of climate change divided it in three glacier
We will install our camp in Caribou Island. During the
night, we will hear the thunder roar of ice cracking and
fall from the glacier.
Night in tents
Days 6: Ikerssuaq Fjord
We will start the way back to Qingaarsuup Nunaa Island,
kayaking through Ikerssuaq Fjord. This is an area where the
chances of seeing whales are greatest.
Big icebergs use to decorate Ikerssuaq Fjord. These are
enormous ice blocks coming from Eqalorusit and Qorooq
Fjords. Maybe a Greenlandic seals will come up in your way
or you will find it resting on a an ice sheet you passing
Nights in tents.
Day 7: Narsaq
Depending of the conditions in the fjord we will go to
Qingaarsuup or cross Ikerssuaq with direction Stephensen Havn which
is a protected bay among a sea full of icebergs. This was an
ideal settlement that the Inuits established during hundreds
of years and it’s called Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the
settlement can be seen.
Catching seals, hunting foxes, birds, sharks and fish were
the principal activities of Greenlandic settlers in this
emplacement, up to 18th century. Inhabitants were sometimes
surprised by the arrival of polar bears “sailing” over the
big icebergs coming from the eastern coast.
Its easy to be impressed by the Inuit history and to
discover one of the former Inuit settlements in South
Our sailing will continue towards Narsaq or we end it at
Qingaarsup and get a transfer the last part. Free time to visit
the city, inuit market, hunters' harbour, church, leather
shop, museum, etc.
Night in hostel.
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and
visit the local museum.
Flight Narsarsuaq - Keflavik or Copenhagen.
This itinerary is a unique journey, designed and organised
by Tasermiut, South Greenland Expeditions. It keeps the
adventure and discovery ingredients present in all our
journeys. The route can be done as it is explained above or
in reverse order. The order of the activities may not be
exactly as planned in this outline. Greenland is the wildest
country in the northern hemisphere, infrastructures are
almost non-existent and logistics pose enormous challenges.
That is the reason why we may not follow this daily
itinerary exactly as planned. It is subject to change in
order to adapt the journey to the weather conditions, sea
conditions, or technical and organisational difficulties,
and it therefore requires flexibility by the traveller.
The Guide’s job is to point the group in the right
direction, to ensure all travellers’ safety and to solve any
possible problems that may arise along the itinerary, making
changes or adjustments if necessary. Activities such as
setting up the tents in the camp or taking them down, making
lunch or other shared activities will be everybody’s
responsibility, including the guide’s.
This trip, considered as “active”, is physically challenging
but it is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who
enjoys the outdoors, who doesn´t mind sleeping in a tent and
goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis.
During the treks, each participant will carry their own
equipment in their backpack. Common equipment such as tents,
cookers, etc., will be found in the camps, in waterproof
It is not absolutely necessary to have had prior experience
in a kayak in order to participate in our trip, because the
kayaks are stable, wide and safe, although if you haven't
got any experience, we do recommend that you take a course
and practise all you can before the trip. Travelling in
these kayaks is not technically difficult, and is only done
when conditions are favourable.
In the two-person kayaks, those in better shape will be
paired with those who are a little less fit, so that the
group can be balanced. The trip is not recommended only for
those with serious back problems, due to the difficulties
that can result from carrying the kayaks from the beach to
the water and back.
We recommend that those who are in doubt about their
physical abilities take a weekend kayak trip (ask Tasermiut,
South Greenland Expeditions).
Mellem Camp is located in the highlands of Narsarsuaq
Mountains, and can only be reached on foot or by helicopter.
It has a comfortable kitchen-dining hut which is supplied
with cooker and utensils, and tents for sleeping. It is a
pre-installed camp which will have to be set up when the
The first night after arrival will be spent in tents which
we will find in storage on our way.
Tasiusaq Camp is located along the shores of Sermilik Fjord,
inland from Tasiusaq Bay. The dining tent is a reproduction
of a traditional Inuit summer lodge. Igloo-type tents are
provided for sleeping. The camp will be pre-installed upon
At Qassiarsuk we will spend the night at the Leif Eriksson
Hostel, located next to the notable, Viking marine monument.
It is a clean and cosy hostel, with a spacious terrace
overlooking the fjord, different rooms, with shared toilets
and showers. We will use sleeping bags at night. Overnight
stays at the Leif Eriksson Hostel may be
substituted by overnight stays at another local hostel.
Communication and Safety
Main mobile telephone networks can be reached in villages
and in some parts of the coast.
At the start of the trip, the guide will share some basic
tips on behaviour, safety and kayak self-rescue.
While travelling by kayak, each participant will wear a
special suit and a life jacket. The expedition is carried
out in an area of protected fjords where there are hardly
any waves, and winds are usually very light. Travelling by
kayak is only done when conditions are optimum, and, with
few exceptions, along the coast.
In the middle of the journey, we will enjoy a special Eskimo
dinner that will include local products available: cooked
and dried seal meat and fat, stewed whale meat, raw whale
meat, caribou meat, smoked halibut, dried anmmassat and
During the day trips we will follow a more practical diet:
Breakfast: Coffee, tea, infusions, cocoa, powdered milk,
biscuits, bread, jam, muesli and cereals.
Packed lunch: Bread, cheese, chorizo, salami, ham, foie-gras,
chocolate, nuts, biscuits, soup, hot tea…
Dinner: Meals cooked at the camp. Rice, pasta, fish, mashed
potatoes and meat, sausages, bacon, chorizo, tuna, squid…
The northern lights are one of the most wonderful of
nature’s phenomena on our planet, a beautiful, delightful
display of movement and light against the dark polar skies
on clear, calm nights.
It is usually possible to witness the aurora in winter. Late
summer, however, especially in September, is the best time
of the year to watch it in Southern Greenland, which is
famous for offering some of the best places to view this
spectacular natural display. In July, there is more sunlight
and therefore it is not so easy to see it, but in August it
can be seen more often, and from September onwards, the
aurora can be seen almost every day when the skies are
Fishing and Fruit picking
The rivers, lakes and even the fjords in the area
surrounding Tasiusaq and Qassiarsuk are very good spots for
Weather in Greenland is very changeable. It is usually
pleasant, but it is essential that you bring appropriate
clothes for rainy weather. Temperatures are often more than
15ºC in July and between 5 º C and 10 º C in August.
Mid-August nights are sometimes very cold. In September,
temperatures are usually between 5ºC to 8ºC during the day
and may reach minus 5ºC at night.
State of the Ice
Tasiusaq area gets large
quantities of ice in the form of icebergs, which come from
the nearby glaciers. The saturation of ice in this area can
even end up impeding navigation in certain spots (although
this is not common). If this happens, the route will be
changed as a result.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THE TRAVELLER
Passport and visa regulations
You must have a valid passport which expires no less than
three months after your stay in Greenland. A visa is not
necessary unless you come from a country where a visa is
required to enter Denmark. Ask us what the specific
requirements from your country are.
You do not need to have any vaccinations for Greenland
Kalaallisut, the Western Greenlandic language, is the main
language in Greenland. It is spoken by 40.000 people, which
makes it the most important Inuit language in the world.
Inuhumiutut is also spoken in the North, and Tunumiutut in
the West Coast. Most people in Greenland speak some Danish,
which is the second official language. Many speak English
too, with various levels of fluency, especially young
Greenlandic has an agglutinating structure. It belongs to
the Inuit-Aleut family of languages, and it is spoken by
people in different areas, from the Aleutian Islands up to
the west coast in Greenland. It is of Asian origin, as is
the Inuit race.
Greenland is one of the most singular countries in the
world: A huge island that holds a glacier measuring two
million square kilometres in size, surrounded by a coastal
mountainous belt, bathed by a sea which due to its Arctic
climate remains frozen most of the year.
Some 57.000 inhabitants, mostly Inuit depending on fishing,
hunting and farming, live on the coast. Greenland is now
semi-independent from Denmark, the colonising country. The
most populated area is the west coast, where Nuuk – the
capital of the country, with 15.000 inhabitants – is
located. Northern and Eastern Greenland are almost
Roads are almost non-existent, except in towns. The most
common means of transport are therefore boats, planes,
helicopters and dog sledges.
Camping stoves and cooking accessories, kitchen utensils,…
The boats will be equipped with a radio to be used at sea.
Orientation and weather conditions
Very stable double kayaks
2 replacement paddles
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED
Semi-dry cordura trousers
1 bilge pump (per kayak)
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
PROVIDED BY TASERMIUT
Fleece hat (or wollen)
Sun cream (we recommend strong protection against UVA rays)
Lip balm (with sun block)
Mosquito head net (recommended
if you come before mid August. It may be possible to
purchase it at Narsarsuaq.
Please confirm first with Tasermiut).
Peak cap (to use with the mosquito net)
A pair of light waterproof trousers
Thin Fleece pullover
3 short sleeve thermal shirt
Comfortable trousers (to wear during the treks)
Neoprene gloves (recommended from mid August)•
Waterproof trekking boots
3 pairs of socks
Flip-flops or similar footwear (useful at the hostel, but
Sleeping bag (if possible, synthetic and suitable for
-10ºC). You may rent one at Narsarsuaq. Please contact
Tasermiut first to confirm.
Mattress pad. You may rent one at Narsarsuaq. Please contact
Tasermiut first to confirm.
Torch (if possible, head torch). If you come in August and
Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable
Large, comfortable backpack (where all equipment to be
transported on the trip must fit). Suitcases or
travelling bags may not be used. Remember that you
don’t need to carry all your luggage for the whole trip!
Small bag (for one-day trips)
Trekking Poles (not essential but recommended)
This is not an exhaustive list. Please add toiletries,
towel, travelling clothes, personal medication, and any
other item you may need. When packing, please be aware of
the limitations as far as space on kayaks and on your own
backpack is concerned, and keep in mind your own comfort.
Try to carry as less weight as possible in a bag as small as
possible. We will emphasize recommendations for luggage at
the beginning of the journey.
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