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- New tour 2020
5 days - Small group tour with Blue Ice and Uunartoq hot spring experiences
Join our exclusive 50 Degrees North small group tour to South Greenland. With a group of up to 12 travellers, enjoy exclusive and private guided tours, a Blue Ice camp hike or Qooroq Icefjord boat tour, a private Qassiarsuk UNESCO site visit as well as kayaking in Tasiusaq and soaking in the Uunartoq hot springs. Experience the midnight sun in June or the long days of August and September, the unique wildlife of the high arctic, and memorable, authentic experiences with local Greenlanders.
This tour will have a two night stay at Hotel Qaqortoq and two nights at the Igaliku Country Hotel. These include very local and authentic dining experiences, including a dinner with young local sheepfarmers and another dinner in a private home in Qaqortoq (with UNESCO Heritage Manager Alibak Hard and his wife Nanna Høegh, who is a judge).
Enjoy the company of your expert tour guide, the radiant Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu, who has unparallelled knowledge about Greenland, her home country.
Fly in and out of Reykjavik, Iceland.
This tour connects with the 6-day Greenland Ilulissat Small Group tour.
- Day 1
- Arrival in Narsarsuaq & Igaliku
- Day 2
- Blue Ice experience, boat ride & glacier viewing
- Day 3
- Qassiarsuk, Tasiusaq & Qaqortoq - Kayaking, UNESCO sites and boat trips
- Day 4
- Soak in the hotsprings at Uunartoq, visit the Hvalsey church ruin and dine in a private home in Qaqortoq.
- Day 5
- Departure from Narsarsuaq to Iceland
- Start/End Place
- Narsarsuaq, Greenland
- Country Visited
- 5 Days
- Group Size
- 8 - 12
- Group tour suitable for singles & couples with an adventure component
Private group transfers
- 1 night in cabins by Igaliku Country Hotel (private facilities)
- 3 nights at Hotel Qaqortoq - 4 stars
- Blue Ice Camp hike and Qooroq Icefjord boat tour
- Qassiarsuk UNESCO site visit
- Kayaking in Tasiusaq
- Uunartoq /hot spring tour & visit to Hvalsey Church ruin
- Guided tour of Qaqortoq
- Breakfast buffet all days
- Lunch or lunch packages all days
- Dinner with young sheep farmer couple in Tasiusaq
- Dinner in a private home in Qaqortoq (with UNESCO Heritage Manager Alibak Hard and his wife Nanna Høegh, who is a judge)
- Dinner all days
- All transfers
- Experienced local Greenlandic Tour Leader
- 50 Degrees North exclusive group (maximum 12 fellow travellers)
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrival in Narsarsuaq & Igaliku
Arrival in Narsarsuaq and transfer by boat from Narsarsuaq to Itilleq. To get to Igaliku, you have the chance to hike between green fields and grazing sheep or to do the same tour by car. Check in at Igaliku Country Hotel (the cabins).
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) for a period of about 300 years (1100-1400) during the Norse era, and the ruins from that time are very impressive. In 1782 Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna established themselves as farmers and that was the beginning of Igaliku’s more recent history. There is a permanent exhibit in the church that tells this particular story. We will visit this UNESCO site during our stay (Garðar, the Norse bishop’s farm – the largest in all of Greenland – the Cathedral, and surrounding tenant farms).
Dinner at Igaliku Country Hotel.
Day 2 - Blue Ice experience, boat ride & glacier viewing
Breakfast at Igaliku Country Hotel before hiking from Igaliku to the plateau and Blue Ice Camp with a view to Qooroq Icefjord (10 km in easy terrain, max elevation in 266 meters). Boat pick up at Blue Ice Camp and transfer back to Itilleq/ Igaliku.This boat trip will move between icebergs of all colours, sizes and shapes. When the glacier is in view, the boat engine is stopped, so you can enjoy the absolute silence and a drink chilled with glacier ice – more than 1,000 years old! If you are not in a physical condition to hike 10 km, you can do the shorter hike to Itilleq where we came from yesterday (or use the transfer service by car).
Pick up from Itilleq and boat tour to Qooroq Icefjord, where you will meet the rest of the group.
Boat transfer to Qaqortoq, transfer by car and check in at Hotel Qaqortoq. Dinner at Hotel Qaqortoq.
Day 3 - Qassiarsuk, Tasiusaq & Qaqortoq - Kayaking, UNESCO sites and boat trips
Breakfast at Hotel Qaqortoq and transfer by boat to Qassiarsuk. We will then visit another part of the UNESCO World Heritage and the replication of Erik the Red’s farm as well as his wife’s church before transferring by car to Tasiusaq.
After lunch, we will go kayaking in the sheltered fjord among icebergs or if you would prefer, you can do the 7 km hike on a dirt road to Tasiusaq. Transfer by car back to Qassiarsuk and transfer by boat to Qaqortoq.
Dinner with young sheep farmer couple in Tasiusaq.
Transfer by car back to Qassiarsuk and transfer by boat to Qaqortoq.
Day 4 - Soak in the hotsprings at Uunartoq, visit the Hvalsey church ruin and dine in a private home in Qaqortoq.
Breakfast at Hotel Qaqortoq and then depart for a day tour by boat to Uunartoq - the natural hot springs. These crystal-clear 38 degree warm springs were discovered by the Norsemen 1,000 years ago. We will boat out to the uninhabited island between Alluitsup Paa and Nanortalik in South Greenland where there are three of these naturally heated springs which run together to a small stone-dammed pool. Bring your celebratory drink!!
Surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs, you can lie in the warm water and enjoy the almost surrealistically beautiful natural surroundings.
On the way back to Qaqortoq, we will visit Hvalsey Church ruin before having dinner in a private home in Qaqortoq, with UNESCO Heritage Manager Alibak Hard and his wife Nanna Høegh, who is a judge.
Day 5 - Departure from Narsarsuaq to Iceland
Breakfast at Hotel Qaqortoq before transfer by boat to Narsarsuaq and check-in for your midday flight back to Iceland.
All prices listed are per person, twin share. September departure is one day longer to connect with local flights.
20 Jun 2020
20 Jun 2020
15 Aug 2020
15 Aug 2020
12 Sep 2020
12 Sep 2020
Sila means “weather” or “state of mind” in Greenlandic. Both elements play important roles when traveling in Greenland, which to many is like traveling for the first time or unlike anywhere else that they have ever been. Greenland is one of the only places on Earth, where you still can’t control Mother Nature - if she is in rage, storms will prevent you from flying or going on the tour you had planned. But when she calms down you will be rewarded with a magnificent, raw, wild and beautiful nature and the Midnight Sun and icebergs huge as houses. Then you feel small and in awe of what this world is also like.
Your escort for this tour is local guide, Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu.
"I lived in Narsaq and Qaqortoq as a young person, but Igaliku is the place in South Greenland I hold dearest to my heart. For the past 8 years I have been spending part of my Summer vacation is this little paradise with my husband and two daughters - most of the time in a house with no water and electricity. I love the contrasts of South Greenland - the lush, green fields and even small woods and sheep grassing. When you hike to a mountain peak, you can see the glaciers, the icebergs and blue fjords as a contrast to the green mountains. I love picking berries, arctic thyme and try to catch arctic char by hand or just relax and enjoy the more mild weather you find there. The tour to the hot springs in Uunartoq is a highlight - on the boat tour to get to this remote place, I have often spotted seals on the ice in the fjords."
Please note, due to flight availability, the September departure is one day longer - from September 7th to Saturday 12th 2020. There will be an extra guided day in Qaqortoq.
Alternative arrangements can be made for those not wanting to participate in certain activities. These can be decided on during your tour.