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JJU5KEF: Qaqortoq; Sculpture and Ice / 5 days
Departures from Keflavik

NEW for 2017! Qaqortoq is the ideal base for exploring everything Greenland has to offer; azure blue fjords with sculptural icebergs, nearby glaciers and Viking ruins. The town itself has a growing cultural scene, which you will have time to explore.

South Greenland

South Greenland is often overlooked by visitors travelling to Greenland - and it is a real shame. The area has so many Arctic experiences to offer: From iceberg-filled fjords to dramatic glaciers, not to mention archaeological remains from the Inuit and Viking settlers.

Narsarsuaq

Narsarsuaq is the gateway to South Greenland. Meaning ‘great plain’ in Greenlandic, it is today the site of a small international airport.
Formerly a US airbase, it is now a small settlement largely preoccupied working for the local tourism industry – primarily at the hotel and the airport. The area is offering a huge diversity of experiences; from iceberg cruises to hikes in a nearby valley or to the Inland Ice Cap. The area around Narsarsuaq is also 'Viking Country' and there are numerous ancient remains from these first Europeans on the American continent.

Qaqortoq

Qaqortoq is the biggest town in South Greenland with approx. 3200 inhabitants. The area around Qaqortoq has been inhabited since prehistoric times, but the present-day town was only founded in 1774 and christened Julianehaab after the Danish queen Juliane Marie. The town became a major center for the saddle-back seal trade and today remains the home of the Great Greenland sealskin tannery.

Qaqortoq is the ideal base for exploring everything Greenland has to offer; the town itself has a thriving cultural scene, first made popular by the local artist Aka Høgh who in the 1990s led the Stone & Man project, designed to transform the town into an open air art gallery. Eighteen artists from all over Scandinavia carved 24 sculptures into the rock faces and boulders in the town. Today there are over 40 sculptures in the town, all part of the Stone & Man exhibit.

Other cultural highlights include the original blacksmith’s shop, built in 1804 which is now the town’s museum and the oldest standing building at the historical colonial harbour which was shipped to Greenland as a flat pack in 1797 and then reassembled where it stands today.

Qaqortoq offers a choice of daily excursions to points of interest in the local area including Viking ruins such as Hvalsey Church ruin, which is mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. Explore the natural wonder that is the hot springs of Uunartoq not to mention the amazing icebergs and glaciers found nearby.

 

Day 1

Evening arrival with Air Iceland flight from Keflavik Airport. Your Arctic Adventure guide will be waiting for you in the airport and 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. Guided walk of Narsarsuaq before transfer to the pier and by boat to Qaqortoq, where an Arctic Adventure guide will be waiting. After check-in there will be an information meeting followed by a guided walk around the town.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Your Arctic Adventure guide will be able to recommend optional excursions in the area.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for optional excursions.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Tonight you will fly back to Keflavik - but first you will travel to Narsarsuaq Airport by helicopter! Flying in low altitude over the magnificent Arctic landscape, this is a memorable way to end your trip!

NB! on certain days, if there is no helicopter service, the transfer Qaqortoq-Narsarsuaq will be by boat!

Depending on the time of your helicopter transfer, there may be time to join a short optional excursion from Narsarsuaq to the Qooroq Glacier, or to the remains of Eric the Red's Farm. Please check with your Arctic Adventure guide if this is possible.

Included meals: Breakfast

Route map

Departures

  • 2017: Guaranteed departures from Keflavik Airport every:
  • Tuesday from 20 June to 26 August
  • Saturday from 29 July to 26 August

Included

  • Return flights from Keflavik incl. all taxes
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • Arctic Adventure Destination Guides
  • Guided tour of Narsarsuaq
  • Guided city walk of Qaqortoq
  • Welcome and farewell meeting with your guide
  • 2 dinners

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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