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The Grand Greenland Tour from South to North

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category With tour leader
  • Departure from Reykjavik
  • Duration 14 days
  • Price pr. person from 5.540 EUR
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The Grand Greenland Tour from South to North

On this 14-day journey you will experience the incredible contrasts in the Greenlandic nature and the different living conditions in the south and north, in settlements and towns. Hiking trips in overwhelming silence and untouched nature. Green mountains and turquoise icebergs. Warm flower valleys and cold glaciers.

We set out in green southern Greenland with a few days' stay in a small and very beautiful sheep farming settlement paying visits to historical sites like Erik the Red's settlement and the Gardar bishopric.

The next experience on the tour is a 2-day trip on board the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk, sailing along Greenland's spectacular west coast. During the boat trip, there is ample opportunity to look for seals and whales and enjoy life at sea, either behind the vessel's panoramic windows or in a sheltered corner on deck. We will sail to Nuuk, Greenland's capital and commercial centre where we will spend the day exploring the exciting cultural experiences Nuuk has to offer.

We will continue northward to the icy paradise Ilulissat, which is famous for its gigantic icebergs and the incredible Ice Fjord. During winter, the dogsled is used daily – the town is therefore dominated by dogsleds and thousands of dogs longing for the first snowfall.

The amazing Eqi – the calving glacier – is our next stop. We will stay in the cozy cabins of Glacier Lodge Eqi with a direct view of the calving glacier front. The fantastic scenery provides for shorter or longer hikes, where the silence is intense. Back in Ilulissat, the last two days will be the perfect ending to a breath-taking journey full of contrasts, uncrowded wilderness and a glimpse of the Greenlanders’ unique cultural perspective on life.  

 

"I have had the experience of my life! We really came around much of Greenland - saw icebergs and learned to walk in the mountains. Everybody in the group was happy and satisfied. " K. Løhndorf, Participant at "The grand tour of Greenland from south to north"
The Grand Greenland Tour from South to North

Itinerary

This is truly an ‘all inclusive’ trip – both in terms of geographical reach and value for money. A multitude of trips are included and your tour guide will happily share his knowledge about Greenland throughout the whole trip. Pack your bags and expect to return back home with a new set of memories and great experiences for a life time.

  • Day 1 Flight Reykjavik (Iceland) to Narsarsuaq (Greenland)

    From Reykjavik (Keflavik International Airport)we will fly with Air Iceland to Narsarsuaq, which is beautifully situated in South Greenland’s oasis of rough mountains, blooming plains, icy fjords, glaciers, ruins - and a highly developed agriculture.

    In Narsarsuaq, we will stay at Hotel Narsarsuaq, which is located with the immense nature right outside the door. After check-in and the welcome dinner, those who are still standing and up for a good walk can go along on a hiking trip towards the Signal Hill. There is a breath-taking view of the airport area, Bratthalid, and the Ice Cap. For those who don't want to go all the way to the top, the view is still beautiful.

     

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    info Narsarsuaq is beautifully situated in South Greenland’s oasis of rough mountains, blooming plains, icy fjords, glaciers, ruins and a highly developed agriculture.
  • Day 2 Boat trip to Qassiarsuk and Itilleq. Hiking trip to Igaliku

    Today we go on some great excursions.

    Qassiarsuk/Brattahlid

    In the morning, we transfer by boat to Qassiarsuk located at the bottom of Tunuliarfik, at the exact place where Erik the Red settled when he discovered the green land in 985. We will visit the properly restored ruins of Erik the Red's settlement, Brattahlid, and see reconstructions of his longhouse and his wife Thorhild’s church. Both reconstructions were built in 2000 to mark the 1000-year anniversary of Leif Ericsson's discovery of America and the introduction of Christianity in Greenland.

    On the guided tour, you will get great insight into life in South Greenland 1000 years ago. There will be plenty of time to experience Qassiarsuk. We suggest that you enjoy your lunch in the small café Brattahlid.

    Igaliku/Gardar

    In a smaller boat, we continue out into the beautiful Qooroq Fjord to the landing site Itilleq from where we will walk for one hour to Igaliku, the old King's Road (after Danish King Frederik the 9th’s visit in 1952). Igaliku is a beautiful sheep farming settlement at the bottom of the Igaliku Fjord, surrounded by a lush, green landscape and steep, bare hills in the background. Here, the Norsemen established their Gardar bishopric.

    The remnants of the small cathedral are now visible between the colourful houses and vegetable gardens. Today, approx. 40 people live in Igaliku, primarily from sheep farming. We will spend 2 nights in the country hotel with a perfect view to the azure fjord.  

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    info In Qassiarsuk we visit the exact place where Erik the Red settled when he discovered the green land in 985. We will also visit the properly restored ruins of Erik the Red's settlement, Brattahlid, and see reconstructions of his longhouse and his wife Thorhild’s church.
  • Day 3 Full-day hiking trip around Igaliku

    The wonderful area invites us to do a guided hiking trip north of Igaliku to a fantastic vantage point with a view of the Qooroq glacier and the icecap in the back ground. The Qooroq glacier produces no less than 200,000 tons of ice every 24 hours! On the way we pass a small lake where there are excellent opportunities to find moonstones. It is also possible to do a lot of other hiking trips – for example to the roaring waterfalls or Nuluk hill.

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    info The Qooroq glacier produces no less than 200,000 tons of ice every 24 hours!
  • Day 4 Boat transfer to Qaqortoq - guided tour of the town

    Today, we will be sailing to Qaqortoq – a wonderful trip through fantastic scenery with icebergs, cliffs and maybe sea eagles and seals. We will pass Hvalsø – a beautifully situated church ruin with a view of the fjord Qaqortup Ima.

    Qaqortoq

    We arrive at Qaqortoq early in the afternoon and will be staying at Hotel Qaqortoq. From the hotel there is a nice view over the harbour, and inside the hotel you can study fine pieces of artwork made by local artists.

    After check-in at the hotel, we will take a walk around the town. The picturesque town is located in a pot between the Qaqortoq Fjord and the great lake Tasersuaq. The town is characterised by colourful houses, gardens with flowers and herbs, a fountain from the 1930s and the modern stone sculpture project Stone and Man carved directly into the cliffs.    

     

     

     

     

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    info On our way to Qaqortoq we will pass Hvalsø – a beautifully situated church ruin with a view of the fjord Qaqortup Ima.
  • Day 5 Explore Qaqortoq on your own

    Today it is time to experience Qaqortoq on your own and there is plenty to see and do. At the tourist office, you can get a map of the sculptures scattered around in the town. Take a walk over the river and visit the open fish and meat market and the cozy museum, which is also the oldest house in town, built in 1804.

    Optional excursion

    Another option is visiting the wonderful hot springs Uunartoq. The lakes are situated on an island approx. 50 kilometres south of Qaqortoq near the settlement Alluitsup-Paa. It is a great experience to enjoy the warm water surrounded by huge mountains and floating icebergs. During the 2.5-hour boat trip, there is a good chance that you will get to see whales frolicking in the water.  

     

     

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    info There are lots of things to do on this 'day off' in Qaqortoq.
  • Day 6 At sea with coastal vessel

    Early in the morning we will board the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk. You can now relax, enjoy the views of the coastline from the first row and perhaps spot whales and seals. From the deck, you have a perfect view of the amazing coastline with its remote areas, hilly landscapes, icebergs in different sizes and colours and the reflection from the sun. The eased speed of the vessel makes you forget all about the time and allows you to reflect on life for a bit.  

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    info The eased speed of the vessel makes you forget all about the time and allows you to reflect on life for a bit.
  • Day 7 Nuuk, tour of the town, accommodation

    We arrive in Nuuk where we will be staying at the 4-star Hotel Hans Egede, which has the most stunning harbour views in the town. The hotel is located very centrally in Nuuk, and you might want to explore the nearby area a little on your own. With traffic lights, buses and lots of cars, it seems to be a busy town, but the wonderful scenery and the endless horizon automatically put town life in another perspective. As in all other towns in Greenland, you live in close harmony with nature but with plenty of inspiration from modern life. 

     

     

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    info As in all other towns in Greenland, you live in close harmony with nature in Nuuk but with plenty of inspiration from modern life.
  • Day 8 Explore Nuuk, visit to the museum, hiking trip

    With its approx. 15,000 inhabitants, Nuuk is a metropolis in comparison with other towns in Greenland. The construction industry thrives, as many new houses are being built, and the trade and restaurant life is lively. 

     
    You should consider paying a visit to the Katuaq cultural centre, the open market (brættet), the old town and colonial port and the national museum where the famous mummies from Uummannaq are exhibited. Nuuk’s art museum is also worth a visit – the permanent exhibition includes many paintings by renowned painter Emanuel A. Petersen (1894-1948). 

    Town walk and possibly hiking

    Your guide will arrange a guided tour of the town, including visits to the museums for those who are interested. For hiking enthusiasts, an afternoon hiking trip around the beautiful mountain Lille Malene can be arranged.

    The hike is approx. 8-10 kilometres long and requires good/normal physical condition and that you are accustomed to do hiking in fairly rough terrain. In return you will experience a pristine, quiet wilderness with streams and rivers that trickle with fresh, cold water surrounded by mountains and overlooking the beautiful Nuuk Fjord. There are also good shopping opportunities and lots of cozy cafés. 

     

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    info In Nuuk you should consider paying a visit to the Katuaq cultural centre.
  • Day 9 Flight to Ilulissat

    We fly from Nuuk to Ilulissat where we will be staying at Hotel Arctic that offers a delightful view of the fjord.

    Town walk

    In the afternoon, we will go on a guided tour where the guide will introduce you to modern life in contrast to the traditional hunting life that is still thriving in the town.

    Sermermiut

    Today's program also offers a hike to the former Sermermiut settlement located beautifully at the mouth of the Ice Fjord. Due to its excellent fishing conditions, this has been the preferred settlement in the area for several thousand years. The last residents did not move from Sermermiut to Jakobshavn until the 1850s when the colony of Jakobshavn had existed for more than 100 years. It is a beautiful walk along the fjord with a view of icebergs of all shapes and sizes.  

     

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    info The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is guaranteed to captivate you with its magical icebergs in thousands of shapes and shades.
  • Day 10 Boat trip to Eqi, accommodation in cabins

    Today, we will sail northward, to Eqi, the calving glacier. Look out for seals and whales. As we reach Eqi, the boat sails close to the impressive glacier front, where you may be lucky enough to witness small calvings.

    Glacier Lodge Eqi

    Afterwards we go ashore at Glacier Lodge Eqi, located in the middle of nature with beautiful direct views of the glacier. We will spend the following 2 nights in small cozy one-room wooden cabins for one or two persons (no bunk beds and no sleeping bags).

    The standard cabins have no running water or sewerage facilities. This is part of the concept! The cabins are equipped with a gas stove for heating and candles as a light source. All meals are served in Café Victor.

    Your guide organises hiking trips in the area, including trips to the lagoon and the moraine, which offers a spectacular view of the Eqi glacier. The area provides numerous hiking opportunities, and it is up to you to decide whether to join a hiking trip or meditate amid the harsh, desolate and beautiful landscape - perhaps out on the cabin’s terrace. 

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    info Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.
  • Day 11 Full-day hiking trip in Eqi - lagoon - Ice Cap

    From the cabins, we take a walk around the small lagoon, located south of the glacier, and cross the river on an easy transition and proceed up the great moraine where we can look down into the huge cracks of the glacier. From this position, you are able to see a large part of the tall glacier front – rising up to 80 metres in some places – and both see and hear mighty calvings. A wonderful trip in the middle of the wild paradise.  

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    info During your stay at Eqi it is possible to go for a short hike to the lagoon and glacier or a longer hike to the Ice Cap where you can experience cracks in the ice edge, glacial wells and the dynamic moraine landscape.
  • Day 12 By boat back to Ilulissat - accommodation

    The morning is at your own disposal. At noon, we will sail back to Ilulissat with arrival late in the afternoon. Enjoy the passing scenery while looking out for whales. Fin whales, humpback whales and various other whales are often spotted in this area. In Ilulissat, Hotel Arctic welcomes you once again.  

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    info Enjoy the last morning at Eqi before the boat takes you back to Ilulissat.
  • Day 13 Exploring Ilulissat on your own

    Enjoy Ilulissat at your own pace! Go for a hike in the mountains, inhale the atmosphere of the town – either on your own or on organised excursions.

    Sailing on the Icefjord (optional)

    Our local excursion office, World of Greenland, at the heart of Ilulissat, offers a wide range of excursions: A boat trip on the fjord during the day or in the evening under the dazing midnight sun is a wonderful experience. The most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, Kangia, is located only approx. 60 kilometres from Ilulissat where it produces some of the world's largest icebergs.

    You will have to be on a boat in order to get a true impression of the size of these giants of ice. It is often also possible to book a helicopter ride to Kangia – an absolutely breath-taking experience. It is also possible to pay a visit to one of the nearby settlements on a boat trip, which offers unique insight into the everyday life in small, isolated communities. 

     

     

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    info The most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, Kangia, is located only approx. 60 kilometres from Ilulissat where it produces some of the world's largest icebergs.
  • Day 14 Flight Ilulissat-Reykjavik

    It is time to say goodbye to Greenland. We fly from Ilulissat to Reykjavik (Reykjavik Domestic Aiport).

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    info Gazing across the Ice Fjord never gets tiresome. Take it all in for one last time today, before travelling back home.

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
16-06-2018 Double room 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
16-06-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 5.810 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
16-06-2018 Single room 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
16-06-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
23-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
23-06-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi Guaranteed departure 5.810 EUR 1 Room Book tour
23-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
23-06-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi Guaranteed departure 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
30-06-2018 Double room 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
30-06-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 5.810 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
30-06-2018 Single room 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
30-06-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-07-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi Guaranteed departure 5.810 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
07-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 6.755 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-07-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi Guaranteed departure 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
14-07-2018 Double room 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
14-07-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 5.810 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
14-07-2018 Single room 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
14-07-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
21-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
21-07-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi Guaranteed departure 5.810 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
21-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
21-07-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi Guaranteed departure 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
28-07-2018 Double room 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
28-07-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 5.810 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
28-07-2018 Single room 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
28-07-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
04-08-2018 Double room 5.540 EUR 1 Room Book tour
04-08-2018 Double room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 5.810 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
04-08-2018 Single room 6.755 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
04-08-2018 Single room Superior PLUS, and Comfort hut in Eqi 7.430 EUR 1 Room Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Flight schedule (local times):
Keflavik International Airport 17.25 - Narsarsuaq 18.10 / Ilulissat 12.15 - Reykjavik Domestic Aiport 18.25. Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.
Minimum of 8 and maximum 12 participants

Guide language:
English/Danish speaking tour guides on departures: 23/6, 21/7
Danish/German speaking guides on departures: 16/6, 30/6, 14/7, 28/7
English/German speaking guides on departures: 7/7, 4/8

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Flight Keflavik International Airport (Reykjavik) - Narsarsuaq
    Flight Nuuk – Ilulissat
    Flight Ilulissat – Reykjavik Domestic Aiport
    Boat Narsarsuaq – Qassiarsuk – Itilleq
    Boat Igaliku – Qaqortoq
    Coastal ship Qaqortoq – Nuuk in cabin with private facilities
    Return boat Ilulissat - Glacier Lodge Eqi
    All transfers

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    1 night at Hotel Narsarsuaq
    2 nights at Igaliku Country Hotel (shared toilet/shower)
    2 nights at Hotel Qaqortoq
    2 nights at Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk
    3 nights at Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat
    2 nights in Glacier Lodge Eqi in private hut
    1 night at the coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk in cabin

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

    Welcome dinner in Narsarsuaq
    Fullboard in Igaliku
    Fullboard at coastal ship
    Fullboard in Glacier Lodge Eqi
    Breakfast all days
    Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic

  • andet
    Other

    Hikes with tour guide
    All taxes

Not included

Travel Insurance

 

Practical information

Guide language:
English/Danish: 23/6, 21/7
English/German: 7/7, 4/8
Danish/German: 16/6, 30/6, 14/7, 28/7

Excursions
All hiking excursions are included. If you wish to buy more, for example a helicopter excursion, you can do that while in Greenland. Your tour guide will help you.

Accomodation in Reykjavik
If you want to add night(s) in Reykjavik and/or connecting flights, please write a comment in the booking flow.

Flight schedule (local times):
Keflavik International Airport 5.25 p.m - Narsarsuaq 6.10 p.m / Ilulissat 12.15 p.m - Reykjavik Domestic Aiport 06.25 p.m.
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Luggage allowance:
20 kg of checked baggage
6 kg of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 35 x 23 cm).

Guaranteed
departure
On selected departures
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