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E3KEF: Narsarsuaq; Nature and History / 3 days
Departures from Keflavik

Historic sites from the Viking Age, the Inland Ice Cap, fertile mountains with sheep farms, deep blue fjords with multi-coloured icebergs and calving glaciers all around – and all of this within short range of your hotel. Welcome to Narsarsuaq.

South Greenland

Delve into the fascinating history of the Vikings and visit the very spot where the Norse colonisation of North America began more than 1000 years ago. Sail in the deep blue fjords and enjoy the sight of blue and white icebergs or go for a walk in the area - one of the tracks leads all the way to the Inland Ice Cap!

Narsarsuaq

Narsarsuaq is the gateway to South Greenland. Meaning ‘great plain’ in Greenlandic it is today the site of a small international airport and a small settlement which is largely preoccupied working for the local tourism industry.

The area is offering a huge diversity of experiences from iceberg cruises, to easy hikes in a nearby valley or perhaps a full-day trek to the Inland Ice Cap.

The area around Narsarsuaq is also Viking Country, and there are numerous ancient remains from these first Europeans on this part of the American continent. Erik the Red was the Viking who settled in Greenland and gave the huge island its name. Remains of his farm Brattahlid can be found across Erik’s Fjord from Narsarsuaq which is also the site of the first Christian church built on the North American continent. Other evidence of Viking settlements are easily accessible in the area e.g. the ruins of the Viking Cathedral and Bishop’s Farm in the nearby village of Igaliku.

No visit to Greenland is complete without seeing a glacier up close, and in Narsarsuaq you can do just that in two different ways; by foot or, if you prefer to relax, by boat. Cruise among the icebergs to the fjord of Qooroq where the glacier of the same name is found. We go as close as we safely can and enjoy sights and sounds of the ‘newborn’ icebergs.
For a real Arctic adventure – join us for a full day hike to a melting glacier in the area behind Narsarsuaq; there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local flora and fauna, do a bit of mountaineering, and as a reward – see and touch the glacier which is directly connect to the Inland Ice Cap.

Day 1

Evening arrival with Air Iceland flight from Keflavik Airport. Your Arctic Adventure guide will be waiting for you in the airport and will assist with the transfer to the hotel. After check-in, dinner will be served followed by an information meeting.

Included meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the morning with a guided tour of Narsarsuaq to get your bearings. During your stay there will be a range of optional excursions available in Narsarsuaq.

We would recommend going on an Iceberg Safari to the Qooroq Glacier to experience Arctic nature up close. And don't forget that this was the area where Eric the Red first settled - a visit to the remains of his farm Brattahlid is a must!

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Your flight back to Keflavik departs in the early evening, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the area even more.

Included meals: Breakfast

Route map

Departures

  • 2017: Guaranteed departures from Keflavik every:
  • Tuesday from 04 July to 29 August
  • Thursday from 06 July to 31 August

Included

  • Return flights from Keflavik incl. all taxes
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • Arctic Adventure Destination Guide
  • Guided tour of Narsarsuaq
  • Welcome and farewell meeting with your guide(s)
  • 2 dinners

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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