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Bike and hike and kayaking in South Greenland, 12 days (2056)

In this active tour we are going to use a very quiet means of transport: hiking shoes, kayak paddles and mountain bike pedals, to shorten the distances between the fjords of southern Greenland without disturbing the wilderness with any engine noise: bird’s eye view of the glaciers in the mountains of Mellem (hiking), partly submerged icebergs in the Sermilik fjord (kayaking) and a tour through the farms of the Eriksfjord (“Greenland mountain biking”)

The perfect combination in the south of Greenland 12 days in the southernmost part of the world's largest island, in complete contact with nature, combining trekking, mountain bike with kayaking, surrounded by an aweinspiring landscape of bluetinged icebergs and tundra.

The expedition will start by 3 days in a kayak trip among the icebergs in Tasiusaq Bay, an area filled with ice experimenting this traditional and typical Greenlandic means of transport. Back to Qassiarsuk, we will get a RIB boat transfer to Narsarsuaq and our expedition will continue with a 3 days hike into the untamed and untouched Land of Mellem Land. Enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the inland ice cap, the mountain and fjord system of southern Greenland.

Before this, we will have visited the ancient Viking ruins at Brattahlid. Along the way we will get an insight to the story of the Norse settlers. Over the past 1000 years, Inuit and Viking cultures have shaped the people and land of South Greenland. The Qassiarsuk area in the region represent the most comprehensive and rich example of Norse and Greenlandic farming culture. This unique heritage has been recently recognised and inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Navigate with RIB-Boat to the ice filled Qooroq Fjord. When the nights are clear, we can enjoy the light-filled dance of the Northern Lights (from August and later).

The expedition will finish by a self guided mountain bikes ride through the tractor trails that link the different farms which cover all the area. Tasermiut will provide routes maps and all necessary equipment in order to ensure a self reliable mountain bike expedition. The group will be in permanent contact with our logistical team based in Qassiarsuk.

 Dates (2056)
  2020:

July:
30th June – 11th of July
07th – 18th of July
14th – 25th of July
21st July – 1st of August
28th July – 08th of August

August:
From 4th to 15th of August

Special tours for the Northern Lights
From 11th to 22nd of August
From 18th to 29th of August

September:
Special tours for the Northern Lights
1st – 12th of September
8th – 19th of September

Groups: 4 to 12
 

 Price
  From Reykjavik
From 28545 SEK / 2595 € (+ taxes)
Depending on available booking  classes on the flights,

From Copenhagen
On request (will probably mean 3 extra days in Greenland)

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

 Price includes
  Flight Reykjavik - 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 flight days), as stated in the program
Dinner with Greenlandic typical products
• Cultural visit to Brahtalid ruins
• Qooroq Ice Fjord boat excursion
Accommodation in Greenland, as stated in the program
Rental of bikes and kayaks and navigation equipment (see the list provided)
Camping and RIB boat travel equipment
 
 Price do not include
  Airport taxes and fees (~€200 from Reykjavik.
Travel insurance
Last day dinner in Narsaq and lunch on flight days
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 - Qassiarsuk
Flight Reykjavik – Narsarsuaq. Reception in the airport and transfer in RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Qassiarsuk.

Walk around Qassiarsuk, of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers, comprising the old Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland. This is the place where Eric the Red settled when he started Greenland’s colonisation back in 985. Cultural visit Brattahlid reconstructions: Guided visit to the original ruins from Erik the Red, and a replica of the original chapel and longhouse.

This Norse and Greenlandic core farming area were in 2017 inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the title: Kujataa Greenland: A Norse and Inuit farming landscape on the Edge of the Ice Cap. Qassiarsuk area represent the most comprehensive and rich example of both Norse and Greenlandic farming histories and contains ruins of large cattle-based Norse farms and their numerous satellite sites including, not least, Erik the Red’s Brattahlid. It was also here that Otto Frederiksen in 1924 established the first sheep farm after Igaliku, founding today’s settlement of Qassiarsuk.

Accommodation in Hostel in Qassiarsuk or Tasiusaq.

Day 2: Tasiusaq
Trekking to Tasiusaq farm where seven people live in notable isolation next to Sermilik fjord, which is almost always blocked by the ice and icebergs coming from Eqaloruutsit glacier.

Preparation of kayak materials, and contact with our new means of transport. Instructional session on the kayak, basic safety tips. First day of kayaking in the specially protected area of Tasiussaq and Nunataaq farm.

Night in tents.

Day 3: Kayaking among icebergs. Eqaloruutsit glacier views
Travelling by kayak through the foothills of Nordre Sermilik Fjord, which is always filled with icebergs of indescribable colours and textures, coming from Eqaloruutsit Glacier. This is an area in which the kayak is the only possible vehicle at this time of the year, due to the ice which blocks access to the rest of the boats.

At the end of the first kayak day, the camp will be set up on the shores of the fjord. A short hike through the tundra, until we arrive at the point where we can admire the impressive Eqaloruutsit glacier.

Night spent in a tent.

Day 4: Navigation among ice
Kayak in the mouth of the fiord among lots of ice, spectacular views and navigation with icebergs. Depending of ice possibilities to get close to the area of Kangerdlua, all year round blocked by ice. Return to Tasiusaq farm in the afternoon. Possibility to go fishing in the fjord.

Night at Tasiusaq or Qassiarsuk Hostel.

Day 5: Flower Valley and Glacier
Transfer in RIB boat through Tunulliarfik Fjord, usually covered by icebergs, to Narsarsuaq. Preparation of materials and start of the trek in the nearby Narsarsuaq mountains.

Ascent to Mellem Camp, travelling through lakes and rivers, towards Flower Valley. We will carry on with our hike through Flower Valley with spectacular views of an enormous valley created by the withdrawal of and subsequent sedimentation from the glacier, where there are abundant flowers. This is quite possibly the most famous excursion in all of South Greenland. We will go all the way from the famous Kiattut Glacier, with unbeatable panoramic views of the ice. We will carry on with the hike among tundra and lakes, toward the Mellem cabin, where we will set up camp.

Accommodation in tents at Mellem’s Camp

Days 6: Ice Cap View point and Ice Break in Qooroq Glacier
Trek to the scenic overlook of Qooroq. We will continue our expedition with the trek until the scenic overlook point of the Mellem Landet with impressive views of the ice cap, Qooroq Glacier, and a view of Mountains and Nunataks.. Impressive views of the glacier, one of the most active in southern Greenland. We will get right on top of the glacier, so we can observe its calving as it drops iceblocks to the sea.

Night in tents in Mellem’s Camp

Day 7: Descent to Narsarsuaq through the Tundra.
O
n the way back to Narsarsuaq and from a height of less than 1,000 metres, we can observe one of the most privileged panoramas in the south of Greenland. Walking in the Tundra and surrounded by green mountains and valleys dotted with lakes and rivers, we find ourselves in a setting of the Inland Ice cap's incredible mass of ice at our back (Qooroq and Kiattuut Glaciers) and fjords in front of us.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Qooroq Ice Fjord, where one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland can be found. We will navigate on zodiac boat to the area where iceberg density makes it impossible to carry on. This is without doubt one of Greenland's best images: wonderful sight of ice floating around us.

Transfer in RIB boat back to Qassiarsuk

Special dinner with typical Greenlandic products.

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 8 Cycling from Qassiarsuk to Quingua
In the morning you will start biking around the Eriksfjord direction Qinngua, not far from the coastline.

Tasermiut will provide routes’ maps and all necessary equipment in order to ensure a self reliable mountain bike expedition.

The group will be in permanent contact with our logistical team based in Qassiarsuk. This is a challenging mountain bike tour consisting to arrive to the final destination of the whole tour, by your own.

Once you reach Quingua you will continue back toward Qassiarsuk along different farms and terrains, in order to reach our destination in the afternoon.

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 9 Igaliku UNESCO Site
Navigation from Qassiarsuq to Itilleq with the bikes in the boat. Easy and wonderfull route to cross the Kongevejen, or Path of the Kings, to the idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit 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, the Norse bishop’s farm – the largest in all of Greenland- and the setting of Anders Olsen’s farm, the unique architecture of the Igaliku stone houses. The area is recently declared part of the Unesco World Heritage List.

If we have time we can go to a view point to see the Qooroq Fjord one of the most active glaciers in southern Greenland, and which is without doubt one of Greenland's best images. After eating in Igaliku we return in the afternoon to Itilleq, and from there transfer by RIB boat to Sillisit.

Accomodation in Sillisit Farm.

Day 10 Cycle Route Sillisit - Kangerdlua
Sillisit is the last farm to be linked in the Tunulliarfik Fjord, and from there you will cycle across the Narsaq peninsula to Kangerdlua farm. Kangerdlua farm is one of the remotest farms in the area situated in the Sermilik Fjord from here you will have a spectacular view of the fjord always full of icebergs coming from the Eqalorutsit glacier. You will go between small gorges, lakes and meadows.

This is an area for falcon watchers, and is very impressive and with some rough terrain. There we visit the farm at Kangerlua, the most isolated of the area. From Kangerdlua you will cycle back towards Ineruuralik through the same way you came.

Accommodation and dinner with the inuit family in Sillisit Hostel

Day 11 Biking to Qassiarsuk
From Sillisit you will cycle back to Qassiarsuk towards the farm of Ineruuralik situated in a beautiful place beside the fiord.

The scenery along this stretch, with horses and sheep grazing with icebergs in the background and rocky walls, where at any time it seems that we will meet with Eric the Red, is unforgettable.

Accommodation in the Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 12 Flight Narsarsuaq – Reykjavík
Preparation of equipment. Transfer to Narsarsuaq.

Free time for shopping, sightseeing, or visiting Narsarsuaq Museum Bluie West that reflects the history of the creation of the village of Narsarsuaq from the past and especially its role played in the Second World War

Check-in and Flight Narsarsuaq – Reykjavik

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.

Note that the mountain bike steps are self-guided. However, our logistical team will show you the itinerary in the maps that will be provided for you.

* It is possible that different guides will be in charge of the group
during the expedition stay.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
This trip, considered as “active”, and 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.

The number of hours of activity is 4-7 hours per day.

During the treks, each participant will carry their own equipment in their backpack (minimum capacity 60 litters.

Common equipment such as tents, cookers, etc., will be found in the camps, in waterproof storage containers.

In the bicycle part. Luggage will be transported by car or boat to the daily destination, therefore just needing to transport day trip equipment. Mountain bikes will be equipped by saddlebags.

Difficulty
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, is mandatory 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 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.

For the Mountain bike part some experience is needed, as the route is hard because of constants steep up and down hills. The daily distance goes from 15 to 25 km per day.

We recommend that those who are in doubt about their physical abilities take a weekend kayak trip as a test.

Recommended minimum age
We recommend children are at least 15 years old in order to take part in the excursions.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Camps
Mellem Camp is located in the highlands of Narsarsuaq Mountains, and can only be reached on foot or by helicopter. It has a small 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.

Tents and equipment together with most of the food will be supplied in the camp.

Tasiusaq Camp is located along the shores of Sermilik Fjord, inland from Tasiusaq Bay. 

Hostels
At Qassiarsuk we will spend the night at the Leif Eriksson Hostel, located next to the notable, Viking marine monument. It is a cosy hostel, with a pacious 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.

Tasiussaq Hostel is beautifully located in a farm inhabited by 7 people. Lodge in quadruple rooms, shared facilities. Toilet is of "bucket type". Cosy common place and terrace with spectacular views. We will use sleeping bags at nights.

Sillisit farm is situated in the farm with the same name, and has also same standards.

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
We will enjoy a special Inuit dinner that will include local products available: seal meat and 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, ham, chocolate, nuts, biscuits, soup, hot tea...
Dinner: Meals cooked at the camp will be prepared by the guide in collaboration with the group (Rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, sausages...

Dinner at the hostels can be prepared with local fish and meat,
pork, vegetables

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.

Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB boat)
The navigation will be done in a RIB boat a Rigid Inflatable Boat (Zodiac Type), The Adventure boat by definition. The RIB boat is an open boat fast flexible and very safe. A special coat is provided for navigation. The RIB Boat allows the traveller to feel the elements and be one with them. RIB boats enable 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.

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
Replacement paddles
1 Bilge pump
 

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
 

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 Grönlandsresor 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.

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