DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
Day 1: Brattahlid
Flight from Reykjavik – Narsarsuaq (or Copenhagen).
We will pick you up at the airport and you will be transportet by motorboat through the Tunulliarfik fiord to Qassiarsuk. The fiord will normally be full of icebergs. We will vist the ruins from when Erik the Red called this place his home. Brattahlid was the capital of the Viking Greenland, where Erik the Red settled in 985, at the beginning of the Viking Colonisation of Greenland. We will hike through town, which today holds about 100 inhabitants, mostly farmers. At night we stay at Leif Eriksson Hostel in Qassiasuk, where we will also have our dinner.
Day 2: Qaleralik Camp
We will set our course towards the Qaleraliq Camp, where to we will navigate through icebergs in the Tunulliarfik fiord. We stop in Narsaq, to visit the third most populated city in Southern Greenland, with its about 1500 inhabitants. You will have time to visit the local market, fur shops or just walk about town before we embark again and leave for the ice cap. Upon arrival we will reach a spellbinding little camp, residing on a stretch of sand, which lies with spectacular views over the three fronts of the Qaleraliq Glacier. Here we will spend the night, so that our senses can soak up the setting and the roar of the Serac Icefall.
Day 3: The Ice Cap
We will hike up to the great lake of Tasersuatsiaq with a panoramic view over the ice cap. We continue from here on foot through a desertlike valley, which leads us to a very different landscape of a green and thick tundra. With the lake now behind us, we will climb the 400m hill, from where we will have a wonderful view over the lake, one of the biggest in this part of Greenland. From here we also have great views into the vastness of the ice cap, and further in the distance the Arctic Sea where “Nunatakker” stands as floating symbols of the inland ice. We will try and find blue berries and mushrooms, while trying to spot reindeer which roams these parts in great herds. Back to camp.
Day 4: Glacier Frontier Tour to the Ice Cap
Today we navigate along the glacier front in our Zodiac boat, and admire the vertical walls of sheer ice. Sailing past countless icebergs on their voyage toward the sea, 10 miles out. After the boat voyage, we will start an adventurous expedition into a kingdom of ice. With steigeisen on our feet, we will now walk up onto the ice cap itself, and explore the many crevasses, passes, ice valleys, caves, streams and all the vivid formations on this; one of the oldest masses of ice in the world.
An expert guide, with a specialty in Glacier Science, makes sure we have the necessary equipment, and also that we stay safe during the hike. On the trip he will share with us some of the secrets of the ice, and invite us into a world that scientist are still trying to understand. A unique and very special experience, that is bound to surprise first time travellers as well as experienced travellers in the Arctic. It doesn’t get much better than this in Greenland!
Day 5: Igaliku
Navigation from Qaleralik to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik Fiord. A small hike along the Kings Road, to the idyllic settlement of Igaliku, with about 40 inhabitants. This settlement is one of the most picturesque of the whole Southern Greenland, where you will also find the ruins of Gardar, that functioned as the archdiocese and religious capital in the time of the vikings. Just recently this site has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
After lunch in Igaliku we will return to Itilleq, and here after to Qassiarsuk. On our way to Qassiarsuk, we visit the Qooroq Fiord, which holds one of the most active Glaciers in Southern Greenland. We will navigate through the area, until the compactness of the ice makes any further sailing impossible. Dinner and overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 6: Tasiusaq and Sermilik
We will hike to the farm of Tasiusaq where 7 people live in remarkable isolation at the Sermilik Fjord, which is almost always blocked by ice from the Eqaloruutsit glacier. Later we will try and catch some Arctic salmon, and do a hike in the area. Later in the afternoon its possible to take a Kayak trip for those who wants more adventure (optional kayak tour 85EUR min. 2 people) Overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 7: “Blomsterdalen” – The Valley of Flowers
We will traverse the fiord to Narsasuaq in boat, from where we will hike through the Valley of Flowers, and enjoy the great views over the valley, created by the withdrawal of ice, making room for a manifold of flowers, which gives name to the valley.
We continue until we are able to see the Kiattut glacier and the landscape around it, with its spectacular panoramic view over the Ice Cap and its “Nunatakker”. Finally we will invite you to a farewell dinner where we will try whale, seal, reindeer and perhaps even “mattak – the skin from the whale”. Overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.
Day 8: Return Voyage
Boattrip in Zodiac Qassiarsuk-Narsarsuaq. Leisure time to visit Narsarsuaq, flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik (or Copenhagen)