Adventure in South Greenland,
8 days (2054)
On this tour in the
beautiful South Greenland; an area full of history and
fantastic nature. We use zodiacs to reach different areas
were we will do day tour trekking from our camps. We put on
crampons when our knowledgeable glacier guide leads us up on
to the ice cap. Come with us to a trekking adventure in the
Getting to know southern Greenland means going
beyond the Arctic frontier: a world which until now has been
the home of the Inuit people, and which still holds on to
the flavour of their traditional lifestyle and of the battle
by human beings to adapt to a hostile environment marked by
ice and a harsh climate.
Southern Greenland offers the traveller the
impact of a sea covered in icebergs and the awe-inspiring
beauty of the glaciers overflowing into the tranquillity of
the fjords. The landscape, with its intense green colours
and leafy tundra and its colourful settlements, also
provides character to this trip that makes the Arctic
reachable for any adventure-minded traveller.
On our route, we will be able to navigate
through the fjords among blue-tinged icebergs and alongside
spectacular glacier tongues. We will sleep in a camp located
in a privileged setting, right next to a glacier. We will
also have the opportunity to visit one of Greenland Icecap
glaciers, and cover a small part of its immensity, among its
rimayas (crevasses), large cracks and drains.
We will also be able to take
spectacular treks through the tundra and in the glacier
valleys, see herds of caribou and marine fauna, fish for
Arctic salmon and codfish, or gather mushrooms and
There is also a longer 15 day version of this trip.
Read more here!
2019: (Availability updated October 29, 2018)
June 25 -
July 2 (RKV)
July 2 - 9 (RKV & CPH)
July 9 - 16 (RKV & CPH)
16 - 23 (RKV & CPH)
23 - 30 (RKV & CPH)
July 30 - August 6 (RKV & CPH)
August 6 - 13 (RKV & CPH)
13 - 20 (Northern light special) (RKV & CPH)
20 - 27 (Northern light special) (RKV & CPH)
27 - September 3 (Northern light special) (RKV & CPH)
September 3 - 10 (Northern light special) (RKV)
September 10 - 17 (Northern light special) (RKV)
September 14 - 21 (Northern light special) (RKV)
17 - 24 (Northern light special) (RKV)
21 - 28 (Northern light special) (RKV)
RKV = Start och sut i Reykjavik
CPH = Start och slut i Köpenhamn
Min / max deltagare: 4 / 12
26 800 SEK / 2495 € + flight tax
June departures: 22 600 SEK / 2095 € + flight tax
Other dates: 23 600 SEK or 2195 € + flight tax
| Price includes
• Flight Reykjavik - Narsarsuaq
(supplement for flight from Copenhagen)
• Guide (English speaking)
• Transfers in Greenland,
as specified in this program
• Meals on a full board basis except lunch last
• Accommodation in Greenland, as stated
• Camping and RIB boat travel equipment
do not include
||• Airport taxes and Fees (€145 from
Reykjavik / €200 from
Accommodation, food and transfers in Reykjavik
Travel insurance (mandatory)
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 “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
– Narsarsuaq (also possible to fly from Copenhagen).
Reception in the airport and transfer in motorboat through
Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk.
Walk through the village of about 100 inhabitants, mostly
farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking
Greenland, and where Eric the Red settled in 985 at the start of
the colonisation of the Viking peoples.
Accommodation in Hostel
Narsaq and Qaleraliq Glacier Camp
We will set off for Qaleraliq camp, navigating along
Tunulliarfik fjord among numerous icebergs. We will stop at
Narsaq to visit the third most populated town in South
Greenland, with about 1700 inhabitants. You will have free
time to visit the local market, fur shops… and go for a walk
or do some shopping, before boarding the boat again to
navigate towards the Inlandis. 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 tents
Ice Cap View
Ascent to the base of Tasersuatsiaq great lake and panoramic
view of the icecap.
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. After passing the lake,
we will climb up 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 ice cap, 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, as landmarks on the ice sheet.
We may pick mushrooms and blueberries, and look for caribou,
which are plentiful in the area. Accommodation in tents
Glacier fronts and excursion on ice.
We will navigate along the glacier fronts on a zodiac boat,
admiring the beauty of their vertical 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, which give
an incredible, labyrhyntine quality to this glacier.
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 Greenland. Accommodation in tents
Igaliko and Qooroq Ice Fjord
Navigation from Qaleraliq to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik
fjord. Easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or Path of the
Kings, to the idyllic Igaliko, a small settlement
inhabited by not quite 40 people, which is famous for being
the most beautiful settlement in the whole Greenland, and
where one finds the ruins of Gardar, the archdiocese and
religious capital of Viking Greenland.
After eating in Igaliko, return in the afternoon to Itilleq,
and then to Qassiarsuk. On our way to Qassiarsuk, we will
visit the Qooroq Fjord, where one of the most active
glaciers in southern Greenland can be found. Navigating
among the iceberg can sometimes be tricky because the amount
of them. Accommodation at Leif Eriksson Hostel with dinner
Tasiusaq, the “Iceberg’s Bay”
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 can go arctic salmon fishing or for a walk
in the region. Optional:
Kayak excursion in the “Iceberg Bay”. Accommodation
at Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Flower Valley and Glacier
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 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
Farewell dinner, with typical Greenlandic products, whale, seal,
caribou, mattak… Accommodation at Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Transfer to Narsarsuaq. Time to walk around in the area and
Flight Narsarsuaq -
Reykjavik 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)
||Max height (m)
||Type of terrain
*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.
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.
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.
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.
The journey will finish with a special local food 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 (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
Qassiarsuk. Mushroom (Boletus Edulis) and blueberry picking
is season dependent, although August is usually the best
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 from Narsaq to
Qaleraliq, 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.
GROUP EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY TASERMIUT
Camping stoves and cooking accessories, kitchen utensils,…
The boats will be equipped with a radio to be used at sea.
Iridium phone (Global signal), at camps
SPOT Satellite Messenger
Orientation and weather conditions
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED
Polar jacket (to be worn on the zodiac boat)
Life jacket (to be worn on the zodiac boat)
Crampons and safety equipment for glacier trekking
PVC kit bag, where you must fit all your luggage needed for
the days at the camp, (capacity: 90 litres). You can
leave what you don’t need in Qassiarsuk, we will keep
your bag until your return.
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 the
Leif Eriksson Hostel. Please confirm first with Tasermiut.
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 (recommended, but not essential)
3 pairs of socks
Flip-flops or similar footwear (useful at the hostel, but
Sleeping bag (if possible for
-10ºC). You may rent
one at the Leif Eriksson Hostel. Please contact
Grönlandsresor 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 Qassiarsuk with your extra equipment, while you
are in the camp)
Small bag (for one-day excursions)
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.
Terms and conditions
Read the T&C here
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