The great adventure in South Greenland,
15 days (2053)
Probably the most complete journey you can
do in South Greenland including the best treks in the
tundra, an unforgettable excursion on Greenland’s ice sheet,
and the biggest and most beautiful mountains and granite
walls in Greenland - Ketil and Ulamertorssuaq, in Tasermiut
fjord, which are considered one of the ten wonders of the
Navigate among fjords, icebergs, blocks of ice
and spectacular glacier fronts. Visit the cities of Narsaq
and Nanortalik - the most picturesque settlements - Tasiusaq,
Igaliko and Qassiarsuk. Bathe in Uunartoq’s warm springs and
relish in the breathtaking beauty of the icebergs on the
cold waters of the fjord.
Watch the magnificent northern lights, see whales, seals and
caribou. Go fishing for arctic salmon and cod, pick mussels,
mushroom and blueberries. Visit the best Eskimo and Viking
ruins - Brattahlid and Gardar. Meet the local Inuit people.
Join us on an immersion journey to the unexplored secrets of
Greenland, one of the last frontiers of the modern world, a
journey for adventurous travellers, willing to discover
nature in her pure state, and to have first-hand experience
of the effects of global warming.
There is also a shorter 8 day version of this trip.
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1: Qaleraliq camp
(international airport) – Narsarsuaq (also
possible to fly from Copenhagen). Welcome reception at
the airport. Preparation of equipment and explanation of the
journey. When we are ready, we will set off for Qaleraliq
camp, navigating along Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous
icebergs. We will arrive to a cosy, enchanting camp set on a
sandy beach, which contrasts with a spectacular view of two
glacier fronts from Qaleraliq’s glacier. We will spend the
night at the camp, allowing our senses to enjoy the unbelievable
views and the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs.
Accommodation in quad bed tents with
Day 2: Tasersuatsiaq Lake
Ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake and panoramic
view of the Inland Ice.
Ascent on foot through a unique desert-like sand valley which
will lead us to a surprisingly different landscape, that of the
green and thick tundra. After passing the lake, we will climb a
mountain 400 metres high, from which we will have a mesmerising
view of the lake, one of the largest in Southern Greenland. The
summit is also a very special viewing point of the Inlandis, the
immense inland glacier. From there you can gaze upon the
infinite ice sheet up to the north coast of the island and
towards the Arctic Ocean, and see the Nunataks, floating
landmarks on the ice sheet. We may pick mushrooms and
blueberries, and look for caribou, which are plentiful in the
area. Descent to the camp. Accommodation in tents
Day 3: Glacier fronts and excursion on ice
We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a zodiac boat,
admiring the beauty of their vertical walls, ice walls and
numerous icebergs as we approach them along their more than
10 kilometres descent to the sea. From there we will start
the ice excursion. An impressive trek using crampons
(organised to be suitable for all travellers) on one of the
oldest masses of ice in the planet. We will explore its
crevasses, drains, caves, seracs, and other ice formations on
An expert mountain guide
will be in charge to make sure we are provided with the
appropriate equipment, and to ensure the safety of the group
during the trip, while he shares with us his knowledge about
the special characteristics of the glaciers in the South of
Greenland. A unique experience, exciting and original,
surprising both first-time comers and those used to the
peculiarities of the glacier world. One of the most
impressive sights and one of the best excursions in all
Accommodation in tents
Transfer by boat to Narsaq, the third most populated town in
South Greenland, with about 1500 inhabitants. In the
evening, free time to explore on our own the museum, the fur
shops, the church, and to have dinner in one of its
restaurants or enjoy a drink with the local people. When we
travel by boat, we will look out for whales, we may see them
Accommodation in Hostel.
Day 5: Thermal springs in Uunartoq
We will sail through the outer skerries direction to the
village of Saarloq, a picturesque village almost abandoned
where we will make a short stop over to wander around.
In the afternoon we will set off for Uunartoq through the
complex system of fjords which somehow reminds us of
Scotland, although here it is surrounded by icebergs. On our
way to Uunartoq Island, we will go past Alluitsup Paa, a
painteresque settlement and the capital for whales in South
Greenland, which will give us the chance to look for whales
during the whole trip. In the afternoon, we will have free
time to enjoy a relaxing bathe in the warm springs (the only
thermal springs to which access is possible in Greenland), a
holiday resort for many natives who come from all over the
country to camp and bathe in the thermal springs, while
icebergs float only 500 metres away in the fjord. Night at
Accommodation in tents
Hunters Settlement and Kuusuaq River Camp
Transfer to Tasiusaq, a picturesque village with 80
inhabitants, and tragic historical landmarks which reflect
how hard life was in this country decades ago. All the
inhabitants of this village starved to death some 140 years
ago. It was not until the 1930s that the village was
repopulated by descendants and family of the original
inhabitants. Spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains.
Day trek to the mouth of Kuusuaq River, the most popular
Salmon River in South Greenland. Walk in a truly alpine
background to Tasersuaq Lake, through Saputit path, created
by Tasiusaq’s inhabitants to go fishing in Lake Tasersuaq.
Night and Dinner at Kuusuak River Camp. Accommodation in
Day 7: Tasermiut Camp
Navigation across to Tasermiut glacier, along the
fjord of the same name. Along the journey we will discover
three impressive mountains - Ketil, Ulamertorssuaq and
Tinitertuup – up to the borders of the glacier, a
glacier with a 1.400 metres drop from the plateau to the
fjord in barely three kilometres, which turns the glacier
into a spectacular, mighty ice waterfall. Night at
the camp under the huge Ulamertorsuaq - one of the
largest and steepest walls in the world, exceeding even
“Capitán” in Yosemite - a place where climbers
attempting the big walls in the region usually camp. This
fjord is highlighted as one of the ten Arctic wonders.
Accommodation in tents.
Day 8: Nalumasortoq
Moderate walk on a terrain of medium difficulty up to the
base of the glacier in the amazing granite mass of
whose extremely smooth twin walls are highly cherished by
climbers in South Greenland. From this viewing point we can
see the south face of the Ketil and the north face of the
Ulamertorssuaq, together with many other unnamed walls.
Alpine and glacial landscapes, incredibly beautiful
sights. Fishing and picking mussels, mushrooms and
blackberries. Night at the Ulamertorssuaq camp. This camp
also offers a fantastic view to the west face of the
Ulamertorssuaq as the sun set strokes the rock with the last
rays of sun. Accommodation in tents.
Day 9: Ulamertorssuaq
Trekking up to the base of the Ulamertorssuaq wall, rated
the best Arctic
"Bigwall" and one of the best ten climbing walls in
the whole world. Mountain of unique, singular beauty,
astonishing wall and glaciers. Night at the camp.
Accommodation in tents.
Navigation in zodiac boats to Nanortalik, the
southernmost town of the country, which has some 2300
inhabitants and is the second most populated town in the
South of Greenland. Visit to the Museum of Inuit Culture
and Traditions, the best museum in the South. Free time
in the evening and for dinner. You can visit the town, go
shopping, explore the hunters market, go to a restaurant or
have a drink in a town “where there are polar bears”
– at least that is the meaning of its name, though the
chances of meeting one are extremely little – and which
still remains isolated by ice for a considerable part of the
year. It is possible to join a guided tour of the town and
Accommodation in Home-Hostel.
Day 11: Alluitsup Paa and Qaqortoq
Transfer by boat first to Alluitsup Paa. A
picturesque small hunting and fishing village located in
front to the open sea. We will walk around and visit.
Continuing later to Qaqortoq, South Greenland capital,
founded in 1775, now with almost 3000 inhabitants. They
describe it as the most charming and attractive town in all
Greenland. Time off to take a small excursion around town,
where we 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. In the afternoon, explore on our own the museum, the
fur shops, the traditional kayak club, the church, the only
fountain in the country, and enjoy a drink with the local
Accommodation in hostel.
Day 12: Igaliko and Qoorooq glacier (UNESCO Sites)
Navigation in zodiac boat to Itilleq, where we will leave
the zodiac and take the Kings’ Way to Igaliko on
foot. We will visit Archbishopric Gardar’s ruins, religious
capital for the Vikings. On the way to Qassiarsuk, we will
have a sea excursion to Qoorooq fjord and see what
probable is the most spectacular glacier in the South of
Greenland. We will navigate among blocks of ice until
the density of ice is such that we can no longer continue.
Wonderful sight of ice floating around us. Accommodation in
Day 13: Tasiusaq and Sermilik
Walk to Tasiusaq farm, where seven people live in notable
isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost
always blocked by the ice from icebergs coming from
Eqaloruutsit glacier. Later we could go arctic salmon
fishing or for a walk in the region.
Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”
As we get back, we can also walk around Qassiarsuk, old
Brattahlid. It is here that Eric the Red settled when he
started Greenland’s colonisation back in 985.
Brattahlid reconstructions. Guided visit
to the original ruins from Erik the Red, and a replica of
the original chapel and longhouse.
Now included in the UNESCO World Heritage.
Accommodation in Hostel.
As we get back, we can also walk around Qassiarsuk, old
Brattahlid. It is here that Eric the Red settled when he started
Greenland’s colonisation back in 985. We will visit the original
ruins from Erik the Red, and a replica of the original chapel.
Night at the Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 14: Flower Valley
We will cross to Narsarsuaq on a motorboat. Then, we
will walk through Flower Valley enjoying the
spectacular view of a valley formed due to the glacier
retreat and the consequent glacial sedimentation with plenty
of flowers. We will walk until we can see Kiattut glacier
and the landscape around it, with superb panoramic view of
the ice sheet and its Nunataks. This is probably the most
renowned excursion in all Greenland. Farewell dinner,
with typical Greenlandic products, whale, seal, caribou,
mattak… Accommodation in Hostel.
Day 15: Narsarsuaq
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and
visit the local museum.
(international airport) or Copenhagen.
This itinerary is a unique journey. 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 in the traveller.
An English speaking guide will be with you throughout the
journey and you may also be accompanied by one or more
additional guides for specific stages of the journey. 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 us putting 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.
The journey 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, share accommodation and
goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis. The longest trek
takes approximately 5-6 hours walking (with a light-weight
bag) on easy terrain – maximum accumulate high: 600 metres.
All other excursions are easier, approximately 3 or 4 hours
walking, on alternate days. Walks are optional. Travellers
who wish to stay at the camp or the hostel may do so. If you
are not sure if you are fit enough for the journey, please
contact our staff for further information and advice.
Level and technical information in the trekking
The journey is an adventure in a spectacular scenery,
surrounded by an atmosphere of exploration and discovery of
this wild country, in sometimes difficult conditions, which
requires a special type attitude. Nevertheless, the treks
are quite easy, and suitable for most abilities. The
excursion on ice with crampons will be guided by a mountain
guide and is also suitable for anyone physically active and
with an adventurous attitude.
||Duration aprox (h)
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||Type of terrain
||Morraine and ice
*Some excursions – for example, Flower Valley – allow
shorter distance options.
Qaleraliq fjord camp is located in one of the most
spectacular and beautiful regions of South Greenland. It has
a big dining room-kitchen area, cosy, with gas cooker,
kitchen utensils, tables and chairs.
The camp at Tasermiut fjord will have a dining room -
kitchen tent and two man tents to sleep. The big tent will
have a gas cooker, kitchen utensils, tables and
Hostels and homes
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.
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.
Most phones can be used in towns and many areas of the
coast. Camps will have Iridium satellite phone and radio.
Boats have special radio systems.
Almost all navigation will be done using speed boats, of the
zodiac type, in order to make the best possible use of time,
which is essential in a journey like this, and to reach
areas that are difficult to access on any other type of
boats. This type of boats allows us to be more dynamic,
versatile and to enjoy adventure, without compromising
safety. For some stages of the journey we may combine zodiac
boats with other means of transport. All boats used during
the journey are registered, approved and comply with all
Danish Marine safety measures.
The journey will finish with a special Eskimo dinner that
will include local products available: cooked and dried seal
meat and fat, stewed whale meet, raw whale meet, caribou
meat, smoked fletan, 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 (no precooked dishes).
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
Tasersuatsiaq lake, Tunulliarfik fjord and Qassiarsuk are
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
Mushroom (Boletus Edulis) and blueberry picking is
season dependent, although August is usually the best month.
Mussel collecting will be easy near Tasermiut camp, where
there are plenty during the summer months.
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 5ºC and 10ºC 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 cut off 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 won´t be able to navigate to Nanortalik, so we
would take an alternative route instead. In August, the ice
field poses no special problems and the sea in the region is
full of icebergs.
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 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 East 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.
Greenland is one of the most solitary 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.
57.000 inhabitants, mostl 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 in the north dog sledges.
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE GROUPS
Camping stoves and cooking accessories, kitchen utensils,…
The boats will be equipped with a radio to be used at sea.
Iridium phone (at Camps)
SPOT Satellite Messenger
Orientation and weather conditions
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION
Life jacket (to be worn on the zodiac boat)
PVC kit bag, where you must fit all your luggage for the
trip, (capacity: 90 litres). You can leave what you don’t
need for the trip in Narsarsuaq, we will keep your bag safe
until your return.
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION
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 in Narsarsuaq.
Please confirm first with your agency
Peak cap (to use with the mosquito net)
A pair of light waterproof trousers
Light/Midweight fleece or jumper
Thermal underwear (3 shirts)
Comfortable trousers (to wear during the treks)
Waterproof trekking boots
Gaiters (useful, but not essential)
Rain boots (useful, but not essential)
4 pairs of socks
Flip-flops or similar footwear (useful at the hostel, but
Sleeping bag (if possible for -10ºC). You may rent one in
Narsarsuaq. Please contact your Agency first to confirm.
Mattress pad. You may rent one in Narsarsuaq. Please
contact your Agency first to confirm.
Torch (if possible, head torch). If you come in August and
Light water bottle
Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable
Backpack, suitcase or big kit bag (remember that you will
leave it in Narsarsuaq with your extra equipment, until the
end of the trip)
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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