Grönland »
Färöarna »
Island »
Jan Mayen »
Norge »
Svalbard »
Antarktis »
Alaska »
Företag- och gruppresor »
 
Fakta & restips »
Böcker & kartor »
Försäkringar »
Boka en resa »
Om oss »
Kontakt »
Nyhetsbrev »
In English »
Jobba hos oss »
  Karta över Grönland

Grönlandsresor AB
Rastaholms Allé 27
178 90 Ekerö
SVERIGE

tel 08-556 269 70


Följ oss på Facebook

 

 

 


Hämta Acrobat Reader

   
 
       

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.

This tour 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.
Read more here!

 Dates (2052)
  2018: (Availability updated Nov 09, 2016)
16 - 23 June (Only from KEF)
26 June - 3 July (From CPH and from KEF)
3 - 10 July (From CPH and from KEF)
10 - 17 July (From CPH and from KEF)
17 - 24 July (From CPH and from KEF)
24 - 31 July (From CPH and from KEF)
31 July - 7 August (From CPH and from KEF)
7 - 14 August (From CPH and from KEF)
14 - 21 August (From CPH and from KEF)
21 - 30 August (From CPH and from KEF)
28 August - 4 September (Only from Keflavik)
4 - 11 September (Only from Keflavik)

CPH = Copenhagen, KEF = Keflavik

Groups: 4 to 12
 

 Price
  From Keflavik
20 950 SEK / 2095 € (+ taxes)

From Copenhagen
23 950 SEK or 2395 € (+ taxes)

NB! The above prices are subject for change. Already booked tours will normaly not change.
 

 Price includes
  Flight Keflavik - Narsarsuaq r/t
or Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq r/t
Tasermiut, South Greenland Expeditions guide (English speaking)
Transfers in Greenland, as stated in the program
Meals on a full board basis (except dinner last day in Narsaq and lunch on departure day), as stated in the program
Accommodation in Greenland, as stated in the program
Rental of kayaks and navigation equipment (see the list provided)
Camping and zodiac boat travel equipment
 
 Price do not include
  Airport taxes and fees (~€200 from Keflavik and ~€200 from Copenhagen (subject for change))
Travel insurance
Last day dinner in Narsaq and lunch on departure day
Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties due to ice conditions) or flight or boat delays. We strongly advice that you buy a travel insurance that cover such delays.
Any other aspect not listed in “What it’s included”
 

To book the tour or to contact us for any queries, just send us an email at info@gronlandsresor.se
or give us a call at +46-8-55626970

Program
Day 1: Narsarsuaq
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 locations.

When we start the crossing to Nuulussuaq peninsula through we get the first views of the ice cap. Once we arrive to Nulussuaq, we will install our camp and have a spot which was one of the Viking settlements in South Greenland.

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 icebergs.

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 settlements.

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 and Nuulussuaq.

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 Glacier.

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 magical silence.

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 unique experience.

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 fronts.

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 by.

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 Greenland.

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.

Day 8
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and visit the local museum.
Flight Narsarsuaq - Keflavik or Copenhagen
.

NOTE: 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Guide
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.

Physical Condition
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 storage containers.

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).

Camps
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 group arrives.

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 our arrival. 

Hostels
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.

Food
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 cod,…

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…

Northern Lights
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 clear.

Fishing and Fruit picking
The rivers, lakes and even the fjords in the area surrounding Tasiusaq and Qassiarsuk are very good spots for fishing.

Weather
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.  

Vaccine
You do not need to have any vaccinations for Greenland

Language
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 people.

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.

The country

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 uninhabited.

Transport
Roads are almost non-existent, except in towns. The most common means of transport are therefore boats, planes, helicopters and dog sledges.

 
 
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

Camping equipment
Tents
Camping stoves and cooking accessories, kitchen utensils,…
Fuel
First-aid kit

Communication
The boats will be equipped with a radio to be used at sea.
Mobile phone
Delorme Satellite Messenger

Orientation and weather conditions
GPS
Compass
Maps

Travelling materials
Very stable double kayaks
2 replacement paddles
 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

Kayaking clothing
Semi-dry raincoat
Semi-dry cordura trousers
Spray skirts
Life jacket
Paddling mittens
Rubber boots

Travelling materials
Dry bags
Paddle
1 bilge pump (per kayak)
 

RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT NOT PROVIDED BY TASERMIUT

Head
Fleece hat (or wollen)
Sunglasses
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)

Body
Waterproof jacket
A pair of light waterproof trousers
Fleece jacket
Fleece vest
Thin Fleece pullover
3 short sleeve thermal shirt
Thermal leggings
Comfortable trousers (to wear during the treks) 

Hands
Neoprene gloves (recommended from mid August) Fleece gloves 

Feet
Waterproof trekking boots
3 pairs of socks
Flip-flops or similar footwear (useful at the hostel, but not essential)

Camping equipment
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 onwards.
Plate
Cup
Cutlery set
Water Bottle
Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable products)

Bags
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)

Others
Trekking Poles (not essential but recommended)

Note:
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.

Terms & conditions
Read the T&C here

Resevillkor
Läs resevillkoren här »

   
 

 


Planerad rutt
Klicka för större version