Greenland from North to South
Magnificent journey from northern Greenland with giant icebergs in the Disko Bay to southern Greenland with its beautiful fjords, small settlements and green mountains. On the journey you will experience the ice sheet, walks in UNESCO areas, Knud Rasmussen's birthplace, coastal cruise, Inuit ruins, the capital Nuuk, Viking ruins, Greenlandic culture, the village Igaliku and much more.
- START DAY: Thursdays from Copenhagen, Denmark - 13 days | 12 nights
- DEPARTURE DATES IN 2021: June 3, 10, 17 og 24. July 1, 8, 15, 22 og 29. August 5, 12 og 19
- FLIGHTS FROM: Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat / Narsarsuaq – Copenhagen (incl. in the price)
Itinerary: Individual tour | 13 days
Day 1 - Thursday: Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
Departure from Copenhagen at 09.00, arriving in Kangerlussuaq at 09.45 local time. From here you continue with domestic flight to Ilulissat which takes 45 minutes and as you flight approach you will see the icebergs. Upon arrival, Hotel Hvide Falks bus is waiting to transport you to the hotel.
After check in, you get an exciting introduction to Ilulissat – or Jakobshavn, as the city is called in Danish. On a cultural city tour, you will get to know the city and its exciting history. The highlights are the old colonial port, the Zion Church and Knud Rasmussen’s house which we pass along the way.
Day 2 - Friday: Sermermiut trek and Icefiord cruise
This morning, you will go on one of the world’s most beautiful hiking trips to the beautiful Sermermiut valley. The valley has for millennia been inhabited by Inuit tribes, and at the end of the valley is the famous icefiord, which is now protected by UNESCO.
In the evening it’s time for one of the highlights: the midnight tour to the icefiord, where you will experience the midnight sun and see how the rays reflect on the up to 80 meters high icebergs. Hot drinks are served on board before heading back to Ilulissat. The trip lasts about 2 hours.
Day 3 - Saturday: Ilulissat at your own leisure. It is possible to sign up for additional excursions for example:
- Full day excursion to Eqi Sermia.
The Eqi Sermia Glacier is called the "calving glacier" because ice breaks off from it more frequently than other glaciers. The excursion to the Eqi Sermia glacier it gives you the opportunity to get very close to the inland ice and to see the calving phenomenon. At the glacier the boat stops approx 500 metres from it so you can admire the calving.
- Meet the sleddogs. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of up to 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sled, the harness, and the whip and tell about the life as sled dog in Greenland.
- Return shuttle Ilulissat/Ilimanaq. Perfect choice if you are interested in visiting a small greenlandic settlement. Enjoy the voyage through the impressive icebergs and keep your eyes open for whales! Add on - kaffemik, lunch or dinner in Ilimanaq.
- Ilulissat kayaking
Paddle in a kayak and witness the overwhelming beauty of icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefiord.
Day 4 - Sunday: Embark on the coastal boat
The morning is at your own leisure. After 3 days with a lot of great experiences, it is now time to digest the experiences aboard the coastal boat M/S Sarfaq Ittuk, departing at 17.00. You begin the beautiful trip, by sailing out of the bay, and between Ilulissat and Aasiaat there is a good chance of seeing Humpback whales playing in the ocean. In addition to whales there are a myriad of different seabirds. The area has among other things, one of the world’s largest population of terns. Today you will port at Aasiaat between 21:30-22:00.
Day 5 - Monday: Sisimiut, Kangaatsiaq & Maniitsoq
The ship continues south, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery and watch out for whales. After the ship leaves the Disco Bay, the landscape gradually becomes more rough and steep. In Sisimiut, you will notice the towering landmark, Kællingehætten, behind the town, as a fascinating backdrop to the beautiful Greenlandic wooden houses, for which the city is known for. Later the ship will be calling at the city Maniitsoq. The trip through the fiord of eternity reveals some of the most beautiful landscape of Greenland. You pass by high mountains, and there are many birds, as well as bird cliffs nearby. Today’s port visits is at Sisimiut from 09:00 to 11:00, Kangaatsiaq from 17:30 to 17:45 and Maniitsoq from 21:30 to 10:00 p.m. During the period from 1st of June to 30th of August, there will be a "ship"guide on board, to explain about Greenland.
Day 6 - Tuesday: Nuuk – Paamiut
The ship is now south of the Arctic Circle and arrives in Nuuk at 07.00 – and you will have a few hours to explore Nuuk, before the ship leaves at 09.00. Today’s port visit is Qeqertarsuatsiaaq from 16:30 to 16:45 and Paamiut 23:30 to 23:59.
Day 7 - Wednesday: Arrival Qaqortoq (South Greenland)
This is the last day aboard the boat, and you have now reached the South Greenland waters which offers gentle and lush hills. It was here that Erik the Red and the Norse chose to settle in 982.
Arrival in Arsuk between 13:00 to 13:15. At 16.00 the ship will arrive in South Greenland‘s capital, Qaqortoq, where you will stay at Siniffik Inn. The town is Greenland’s largest with 3,000 inhabitants and one of Greenland’s most charming cities, with a rich cultural life. You can among other things, explore the city and study the various motifs carved into the rocks of the culture project “Stone and People”, made by local and Nordic artists.
Day 8 - Thursday: City tour in Qaqortoq
After breakfast at Heidi‘s in Siniffik Inn, there is arranged a city tour of this beautiful city, with its colorful houses and hilly roads. The city has a long and proud history and is also developing rapidly. The afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening we recommend you to try the Greenlandic coffee and be ready for a surprise.
Day 9 - Friday: Qaqortoq at leisure
The day is at leisure and you can go on short or long hikes and visit the South Greenland Secondary Education building. Inside the main hall of the building, one of Greenland’s greatest artists (Aka Hoegh), has painted ” Resurrection ” with Greenland’s nature and animals as the theme.
Day 10: Qaqortoq-Igaliku
After breakfast at 09:00 you will be picked up by boat and sail to the village Igaliku (via Itilleq), which of many are described as the most beautiful village in Greenland. Here you go on a 3 km hike along the King’s Road and from the last hill, you will have the most beautiful view of the village, surrounded by green fields, colorful houses and the blue fiord. This isolated community is home to approx. 40 hospitable locals. Here you will get an intimate first hand experience of the daily life in a Greenlandic village or settlement. Your overnight at the Country Hotel, where all meals are included.
Day 11: Igaliku, the old episcopal residence
This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature. It is also one of the best places to hike – short or long trips. ALWAYS remember to let someone know if you set out on your own. And to notify the same people when you return.
The scattered stone houses are situated on a sheltered, fertile plain, at the bottom of a very blue fiord and surrounded by harsh and barren mountains. There is a very special atmosphere and peace in Igaliku, which you will experience, if you stay more than a day. Igaliku Country Hotel offers everyone the opportunity to experience the atmosphere in a Greenlandic village. The hotel is not a multi-star luxury hotel, but it is very cozy and comfortable, with delicious meals served in the café, so you get a ” multi- star ” experience!
Day 12: Igaliku Qassiarsuk – Narsarsuaq
Just before lunch, you will on a go for about 4 km along the “royal road ” to Itilleq. The road is named after King Frederik the 9th who visited back in 1952. The road was made in connection with his visit. Your luggage will be transported in a tractor. You sail to Qassiarsuk , primarily a place for sheep keepers, where Erik the Red more than 1000 years ago settled and formed ” Bratta “. The reconstructions show exactly how people lived back then. You then continue to Narsarsuaq in the afternoon, where you will be accommodated at Hotel Narsarsuaq.
Day 13: Narsarsuaq – Copenhagen
It’s time to bid farewell to Greenland after 13 wonderful days.
- As the plane to Copenhagen leaves at 15.20, so you have time to sign up for an additional excursion to the active glacier Qooroq.
You sail from Narsarsuaq to the underwater moraine at Qooroq fiord. Here, many of the large icebergs get stuck, and you sail close past them to get through and into the Qooroq fiord. Inside the fiord, it reveals some stunning views of thousands of icebergs, steep rock walls and at the bottom of the fjord the great glacier. The glacier produces about 200,000 tons of ice per day and many of the icebergs have the most beautiful turquoise colors. Inside the Qooroq fjord you stop the engine and drift with the current, to really enjoy the views. The silence is only interrupted by the many icebergs crackling and roaring noises, when they rotate and break into smaller pieces. A sight and experience, that is really hard to beat. During the trip we collect ice, and enjoy a drink with the tinkling sound of a thousand year old air bubbles that burst in the glass. Duration: 2-3 hours.