Tour itinerary can be seen below.
Upon arrival in the morning we’ll take the boat transfer from Narsarsuaq to Itilleq, followed by a 4 km hike along a picturesque unpaved country road to Igaliku; one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland! The colourful houses are situated on lush grassland next to a milky-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord the landmark Illerfissalik (Burfjeld) Mountain towers over a rough and desolate landscape.
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) for a period of around 300 years (1100-1400) during the Norse era and the ruins from that time are very impressive. Today, Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland.
We will stay in Igaliku for 2 nights.
Today there are 2 options for day hikes. Hike 1 is around 17 km and goes to the plateau, which offers a superb view of the Qooroq Ice Fjord. There you can find stranded icebergs on the underwater moraine at the entrance to the fjord, and the enormous glacier at the head of the fjord. It is the perfect place for a picnic! On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moonstone” (labradorite).
Hike 2 is around 15 km and will go see a set of beautiful waterfalls that tumble down towards Tunulliarfik Fjord. This hike can also be combined with the summit of Nuuluk Mountain (823m), which lies south of Igaliku (20-22 km).
We’ll take a final boat transfer from Itilleq back to Narsarsuaq. In the afternoon we will take a short hike to the Signal Hill viewpoint (around 1 hour). From the top you can admire an impressive view of the glacier.
Stay in Narsarsuaq for 3 nights.
Today will be a full day’s hike to Narsarsuaq Glacier; which is a part of the ice cap and located only 8 km from Narsarsuaq. The hike will take us through the Flower Valley before the trail winds up a 300m ascent to a plateau that rewards you with a magnificent view of the glacier. From here you walk for around 30 minutes downhill to the glacier, where you can touch the ice.
We’ll follow the same route back to Narsarsuaq to stay overnight.
Today we will take a boat transfer from Narsarsuaq to Qassiarsuk. Qassiarsuk is also known as Brattahlid, which is where Eric the Red settled in 982. The Norse ruins are well preserved and in your free time you’ll have the opportunity to visit the open-air museum.
When we arrive we will take a day hike to the Tasiusaq sheep farm located on Sermilik Fjord. It is a relatively easy hike along a gravel road, overlooking an impressive landscape dotted with small, blue lakes. There is a good chance that you can catch a glimpse of whitetailed eagles soaring overhead.
From Tasiusaq we will follow the sheep track to the neighbouring Nunataaq farm. It is a stunning hike along the Tasiusaq inlet, which is often filled with small ice floes.
From Nunataaq we will take another gravel road back to Qassiarsuk before embarking on the boat back to Narsarsuaq. The round trip is around 20km in total.
We will again take the boat transfer from Narsarsuaq to Qassiarsuk but today we will hike to the Sillisit sheep farm. The hike is along a gravel road (around 15 km) and your luggage will be transported by car/boat.
Sillisit is beautifully located across from the Qooroq Ice Fjord. It is an idyllic spot for our next 2 nights’ stay as it combines a stunning wilderness backdrop with the warm hospitality of a Greenlandic farm family, to provide an unforgettable experience.
It’s possible to buy a local dinner at the farm (must be ordered in advance).
There are several hiking possibilities for us around Sillisit. If the weather is good, we can hike to the top of Naajat (around 590 m). There is a fantastic view from the summit and we can follow sheep tracks most of the way.
An alternative tour will be for us to take the gravel road across the peninsula to Sermilik Fjord to visit Kangerlua sheep farm (around 9 km). This is also a spectacular hike and Sermilik Fjord is often filled with icebergs from several active glaciers.
Sillisit is the perfect place to relax and let the impressions from the previous days settle in or have a walk around the farm to chat with the family living there.
We’ll take a final boat transfer from Sillisit back to Narsarsuaq. You can spend the rest of your stay enjoying a cup of coffee at the cosy Blue Ice Café and/or visiting the museum in Narsarsuaq.
Departure any time from Narsarsuaq.
Difficulty: The hikes between the hostels/farms aren’t too difficult and follow gravel roads; the longest is around 15km. Your luggage is transported by car or boat.
Please note: Due to limited capacity at some accommodation the order of the itinerary may change.
Whilst a single supplement is available for the two nights you will stay at a hotel, it has limited spaces.
For the farm and hostel, you can bring your own sleeping bag or rent one with sheet for £25 (please advise us in advance if you want to hire a sleeping bag).