Bike and hike and kayaking in South
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”)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
30th June – 11th of July
07th – 18th of July
14th – 25th of July
21st July – 1st of August
28th July – 08th of 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
Special tours for the Northern Lights
1st – 12th of September
8th – 19th of September
Groups: 4 to 12
28545 SEK / 2595 € (+ taxes)
Depending on available booking classes on the flights,
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
South Greenland Expeditions guide (English speaking)
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
Greenlandic typical products
Cultural visit to Brahtalid ruins
Qooroq Ice Fjord boat excursion
Accommodation in Greenland, as stated in the program
kayaks and navigation equipment (see the list provided)
RIB boat travel equipment
do not include
Airport taxes and fees (~€200 from Reykjavik.
dinner in Narsaq and lunch on
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.
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
or give us a call at +46-8-55626970
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
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
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
Night in tents in Mellem’s Camp
Day 7: Descent to Narsarsuaq through the Tundra.
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
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
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.
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.
and dinner with the inuit family in Sillisit Hostel
Day 11 Biking
From Sillisit you will cycle back to Qassiarsuk towards the
farm of Ineruuralik situated in a beautiful place beside the
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
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
Flight Narsarsuaq – Reykjavik
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.
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.
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
during the expedition stay.
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.
of hours of activity is 4-7 hours per day.
treks, each participant will carry their own equipment in
their backpack (minimum capacity 60 litters.
equipment such as tents, cookers, etc., will be found in the
camps, in waterproof storage containers.
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
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.
two-person kayaks, those in better shape will be paired with
those who are a little less fit, so that the group can be
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dinner at the hostels can be prepared with local fish and
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
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
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
The rivers, lakes and even the fjords in the area
surrounding Tasiusaq and Qassiarsuk are very good spots for
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.
You do not need to have any vaccinations 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
too, with various levels of fluency, especially young
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
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
Roads are almost non-existent, except in towns. The most
common means of transport are therefore boats, planes,
helicopters and dog sledges.
Camping stoves and cooking accessories, kitchen utensils,…
The boats will be equipped with a radio to be used at sea.
Orientation and weather conditions
Very stable double kayaks
1 Bilge pump
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED
Semi-dry cordura trousers
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 Narsarsuaq.
Please confirm first with Tasermiut).
Peak cap (to use with the mosquito net)
A pair of light waterproof trousers
Thin Fleece pullover
3 short sleeve thermal shirt
Comfortable trousers (to wear during the treks)
Neoprene gloves (recommended from mid August)
Waterproof trekking boots
3 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
Tasermiut first to confirm.
Torch (if possible, head torch). If you come in August and
Toilet bag and accessories (please bring biodegradable
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)
Trekking Poles (not essential but recommended)
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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