Kayak and trekking in South Greenland,
15 days (2050)
160 km of navigation, among icebergs and
glaciers in complete autonomy. Visit of different glacier
fronts, ascent to the Inland Glacier, polar fauna, Northern
Using soundless kayaks and in total freedom, we will travel
across part of the Arctic, surrounded by a spectacular
setting of icebergs and glaciers.
A genuine expedition, in kayak and on foot, without a
support boat to disturb the harmony of the trip, in total
contact with the magical environment of one of our planet’s
last frontiers: the largest island in the world, Greenland.
On our trip, we will combine travelling the fjords on kayak
with hiking, which will allow us to cross the tundra
and approach the ice cap, Greenland's great inland glacier
that covers more than 80% of the land.
Along the way, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the
wide variety of Arctic fauna, as well as to get to know
different Inuit settlements and the area's most important
There is also a shorter 8 day version of this trip.
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||2019: (Availability updated October 10, 2018)
June 2 - 16 (RKV, CPH)
July 16 - 30 (RKV, CPH)
July 30 - August 13 (RKV, CPH)
August departures with some focus on the Northern Light
August 13 - 27 (RKV, CPH)
August 15 - 29 (CPH)
August 27 - September 10 (RKV)
Within parentheses are possible starting points. RKV =
Reykjavik & CPH = Copenhagen
Groups: 6 to 12
28545 SEK or 2595 € (+ taxes)
31845 SEK or 2895 € (+ taxes)
Helicopter tour last day:
Boat transfer to Qaqortoq: 1475 SEK / 135 €
Qaqortoq – Hvalsoy Church 2000 SEK / 190 €
NB! The above prices are subject for change. Already
booked tours will normaly not change.
| Price includes
||• Flight Reykjavik-Narsarsuaq,
return (or flight from Copenhagen)
• Zodiac trip Narsarsuaq –
Narsaq – Narsarsuaq
• Rental of kayaks and
navigation equipment (see the list provided)
• Meals on a full board
basis (except dinner last day in Narsaq and lunch on
• Accommodation in
Greenland, as stated in the program
• Camping and zodiac boat
do not include
Airport taxes and fees (165 € - 200 €)
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
We strongly advice that you buy a travel insurance
that cover such delays.
Any other aspect not listed in “Price includes”
To book the tour or to contact us for any queries, just send
us an email at
or give us a call at +46-8-55626970
Reykjavik-Narsarsuaq (also possible to fly from
Copenhagen). Arrival in Greenland, reception in the airport. Transfer
to Narsaq by Zodiac; with about 1,700 inhabitants, it is one
of southern Greenland's biggest cities. Introduction and
preparation of equipment. If the conditions are right, the
first tests of navigation will be carried out. Night in
Days 2 to 13
AWe start the journey crossing the great fjord of Narsaq,
sailing among icebergs heading southwest toward Tuttutooq
Island. The landscape is one of low mountains with
waterfalls running into the sea and the constant presence of
seals. We travel parallel to the coast, doing some trekking
and sheltered by the islands until we reach the cabin of
Ujaraq, a local fisherman. Depending on the weather and how
the journey progresses, the guide will decide whether to
circumnavigate Tuttutooq island or take the “shortcut” to
the Qaleraliq fjord: carrying our kayaks over an isthmus for
400 meters and arriving at a point right across from the
fjord that leads directly to the Qaleraliq glaciers, the
Perito Moreno of the Arctic. Nights spent in a tent. Opportunity to observe
Northern Lights in the peacefulness of the night from 2nd
half of August.
Firstly, we cross the wide Kerssuaq fjord, often plagued by
ice and with luck visited by whales. We spend two days
skirting the coast in a northeast direction through an area
relatively unchartered by kayakers, approaching the mouth of
the Torsukattak fjord and its islands until we reach the
Qaleraliq Fjord. Nights spent in a tent.
The next stage is a beautiful 15 km sail along the
cliffs before reaching the three gigantic Qaleraliq
glaciers, the gateway to the 2,500 kilometers of icy plateau
leading to the northern coast of Greenland. It goes without
saying that the spectacle, seen and heard from our silent
kayaks, is awesome… Still surprised by the intermittent roar
of cracking or seracs collapsing into the sea, we set up
camp on a sandy beach. After a break, we trek up to Lake
Tasersuatsiaq, where we have a privileged view point of the
infinite Greenlandic ice cap. We are in caribou, arctic fox
and hare country. Night spent in a tent.
The Ice Cap
After breakfast and dismantling the tents, we sail to
the end of the fjord, disembarking to enter the perpetual
Inlandis ice-sheet. It is about four hours of hiking,
enjoying the sights of the rimayas or large transverse
cracks, as we reach the great moraine (mixture of ice and
sediment) following our guide’s instructions. The return
journey will take us back to our kayaks, where we set camp
for the night. Night spent in a tent.
The easiest and probably the most spectacular day: we travel
by kayak around all the Qaleraliq glacier fronts and might
see some calving of ice drop into the sea. We will set up
the camp on nearby Caribou Island. Night spent in a tent.
Once we backtrack Qaleraliq Fjord, we set sail in a
north-eastern direction, circumnavigating the island of
Akuliaruseq (also called caribou because of their presence
there) to visit the two Naajaat Sermiat glaciers. This is
the day we cover the longest distance but by now our muscles
are up to the challenge! Night spent in a tent.
Today we head towards Qingaarsuup Island, our second last
objective. We camp next to a cabin and have an easy trek up
to get a unique view of Inlandis and much of the route
traveled during the previous days. By now we are already
expert salmon fishermen and gatherers of mushrooms and wild
arctic blueberries (from August), very tasty. Night spent in
Qingaarsuup to Narsaq town
We will cross the Ikersuaq fjord towards Stephensen bay in
the island of Tuttutooq. This was a inuit settlement called
Manitsuarsuk. Ruins of the settlement can be seen. Our
kayaking will continue towards Narsaq or we might be ending
here and be transferred by boat to Narsaq. Accommodation in
Fjords and Glaciers
After leaving Qaleraliq, we will travel into a labyrinthine
system of islands and outcroppings of land. We will visit
several glaciers, some of which can be reached on foot, and
others which we will need the kayak to reach. We will have
the opportunity to trek through unique and wild areas, as
beautiful as they are inaccessible, unknown places that we
will have the exclusive privilege of exploring. Time for
fishing arctic salmon, gathering mushrooms and cranberries.
Day 14 Optional excursion to
Qaqortoq, Capital of South Greenland
Stay in Narsaq. Free time to visit the city, Inuit market,
hunters' harbour, church, leather shop, museum, etc. Option
of a small trek to nearby mountains.
Optional: Excursion to Qaqortoq – Hvalsoy Church and
Upernaviarsuk agricultural centre RIB boat transfer to
Qaqortoq which represents South Greenland capital. It was
founded in 1775, and nowadays has almost 3000 inhabitants.
It’s described as the most charming and attractive town in
Time off to walk around town, where you will discover the
beauty of its colourful buildings, the awe-inspiring
landscapes and some of its thirty different rock sculpture
designs, spread over the town. Explore on your own the
museum, the fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the
church, the only fountain in the country, and have dinner in
one of its restaurants or enjoy a drink with the local
people. Then, we will pursue our sailing from Qaqortoq to
visit the best preserved Norse ruins in Greenland. We sail
past the large island of Arpatsivik, the Norse “Hvalsey” or
Whale Island, and into the fjord with the ancient Norse name
“Hvalseyfjördur”, where the church ruins stand in a quiet
and peaceful setting.
In the afternoon, RIB boat transfer way back to Narsaq.
Night in Narsaq,
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and
visit the local museum.
Optional: Helicopter excursion
Flight Narsarsuaq - Keflavik
The optional excursions need to be booked in advance and are
subject to availability. Please contact us if you are
This trip is done in a true expedition style, with a spirit
of discovery and adventure. The rhythm is relaxed, but
continuous, and the options surrounding us many and varied.
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. For
this reason, 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 in the traveller.
This trip has been planned so that anyone in reasonably good
physical condition can participate; it is recommended that
exercises for strengthening arms and building endurance are
done for at least one month before the trip. The stages
include 3 to 5 hours of rowing (15 to 20 km a day) with
frequent stops and rest periods.
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.
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.
Those participants with prior experience in kayaking may
choose to do the trip in an individual kayak (ask Tasermiut,
South Greenland Expeditions before the trip).
The expedition is carried out
in direct contact with Nature, without any contact with
civilisation from the time we leave Narsaq until our return
to this settlement.
Guide: South Greenland Expeditions
The trip will be accompanied by a veteran kayak guide, who
has got several years' experience guiding kayak expeditions
in hazardous environments.
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.
Hostel - homes
Accommodation in hostel-homes
will be made in a regular house, temporarily prepared to be
used as hostels, with similar services, exclusively for the
members of the group. We will use sleeping bags at night.
Overnight stays at
Hostel - Homes may be
substituted by overnight stays at another local hostel.
Communication and Safety
Main mobile telephone networks can be reached in the cities
and in some parts on the coast. The guide will carry a
satellite phone throughout the entire trip.
At the start of the trip, the guide will share some basic
tips on behaviour, safety and kayak self-rescue.
While travelling in the kayak, each participant will wear a
special suit and a life jacket. The expedition is carried
out in an area of fjords where there are hardly any waves,
and the winds are usually very light. Travelling in the
kayak is only done when the conditions are optimum, and with
few exceptions, along the coast.
If there is an emergency, the guide will call a rescue boat,
which will arrive within 2 to 3 hours –conditions
permitting– to any point of the excursion and carry out an
evacuation to the hostel or hospital in Narsaq if necessary.
Breakfast: Coffee, tea, infusions, cocoa, powdered milk,
biscuits, bread, jam, muesli and cereals.
Packed lunch: Bread, cheese, chorizo, salami, ham, paté,
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
All along the trip we will visit some very good areas to go
fishing, especially for arctic salmon and cod. We do not
provide fishing equipment. We therefore recommend you take
it from your country or buy it at Narsaq.
Mushroom (Boletus Edulis) and blueberry picking is
season dependent, although August is the best month. Mussel
collecting will be easy near some of the camps and Ujarak’s
hut, where there are plenty during the summer months.
We will use topographic maps
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.
Eastern Greenland draughts bring great amounts of ice from
the Arctic Ocean, which, sometimes, block Southern Greenland
from May to mid-June. We may also come across ice that makes
navigation difficult in July, but it is rare. If this
happens we would take an alternative route instead. In
August, the icefield poses no special problems and the sea
in the region is full of icebergs.
Greenland is one of the most expensive countries in the
world. We recommend travellers bring approximately 450 -
1.000 crowns (50 - 130 Euros). You can purchase gifts and
handicrafts at our Narsarsuaq office in Euros (It is not
necessary to get extra crowns)
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
You do not need to have any injections 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
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.
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
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
– 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..
SUPPLIED BY SOUTH GREENLAND EXPEDITIONS FOR THE GROUP
* Camping stoves and cooking accessories, kitchen utensils,…
* First-aid kit
* The boats will be equipped with a radio to be used at
* Mobile phone
* Iridium phone (Global signal)
* SPOT Satellite Messenger
* Very stable single and double kayaks
* 2 replacement paddlest
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED BY SOUTH GREENLAND
• Semi-dry raincoat
• Semi-dry cordura trouser with latex closures
• Spray skirts
• Life jacket
• Paddling gloves
• 2 dry bags
• 1 bilge pump (per kayak)
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT NOT SUPPLIED BY SOUTH GREENLAND
• Fleece hat (or wollen)
• Sun cream (we recommend strong protection against UVA
• 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 book in advance.
• Peak cap (to use with the mosquito net)
• Waterproof jacket
• A pair of light waterproof trousers.
• Fleece jacket
• Fleece vest
• 2 long sleeve thermal shirts (one summer style and one
• 1 short sleeve thermal shirt
• 2 Thermal leggings (one summer style and one winter style)
• Comfortable trousers (to wear during the treks)
• Neoprene gloves (recommended from mid August)
• Fleece gloves
• Waterproof trekking boots
• 4 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
Grönlandsresor first to confirm.
• Mattress pad. You may rent one at Narsarsuaq. Please
contact Grönlandsreso first to confirm.
• Torch (if possible, head torch). If you come in August and
• Cutlery set
• Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable
• Backpack, suitcase or big kit bag.
• Small bag (for one-day trips)
Hiking poles (optional). You may rent one at Narsarsuaq.
Please contact Grönlandsresor first to confirm.
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 boats 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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