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B6CPH: South Greenland Explorer / 6 days
Departures from Copenhagen

A great introduction to South Greenland. Experience the biggest town in South Greenland: Qaqortoq which will welcome you with its street art - carved into the mountain sides and cosy atmosphere. Then travel to Narsarsuaq which is teeming with adventures; from hikes to the Inland Ice Cap to remains from both the Inuit and Viking settlers that once lived in the area.

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 which is 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 Unartoq not to mention the amazing icebergs and glaciers found nearby.

Thursday

Air Greenland morning flight from Copenhagen Airport to Narsarsuaq. Your Arctic Adventure guide will be waiting for you in the airport and will assist with the transfer to the hotel. After check-in, an information meeting will be held, followed by a guided walk around Narsarsuaq.

Celebrate your arrival in Greenland with dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Included meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for optional excursions

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 
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the pier and by boat to Qaqortoq where an Arctic Adventure guide will be waiting for you. Transfer to the hotel for check-in followed by an information meeting. In the afternoon your guide will take you on a city walk of the town. 

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

Sunday and Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. Days at leisure in Qaqortoq. Your Arctic Adventure guide will recommend optional excursions in the area.

Included meals: Breakfast (and dinner Monday night)
Accommodation: Hotel Qaqortoq

Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Farewell coffee with your guide before you return 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!

Air Greenland midday flight from Narsarsuaq to Copenhagen Airport.

Included meals: Breakfast

Route map

Departures

  • 2017: Guaranteed departures from Copenhagen every Thursday from mid-June to early September

Included

  • Return flights incl. all taxes
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation with private facilties and breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • Arctic Adventure destination guides
  • Narsarsuaq guided walk
  • Qaqortoq guided city walk
  • Welcome and farewell meeting with your guide

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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