Stone carving, Qaqortoq, South Greenland
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South Greenland Explorer

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  • Price

    From £1715

  • Duration

    6 nights

  • Departures

    Jun - Aug

This holiday, taking in Narsarsuaq and Qaqortoq, is the perfect option for those who enjoy hiking amongst extraordinary and unique scenery, as well as being able to learn about how some of the most isolated people in the world have not just lived, but thrived, over many hundreds of years on the edge of Earth's largest island. Travelling via Iceland, there is also the chance to explore Reykjavik.

Greenland is often thought of as a desolate and remote ice sheet stranded in the North Atlantic, only accessible to the hardiest of explorers, but between late June and early September, flights are regular, temperatures can get surprisingly warm and this ancient land bursts almost unfathomably in to life.

Highlights

  • the remarkable multi coloured landscape of the south with its bright blooms of wild flowers, alongside a bounty of juicy berries
  • a spectacular background of sparkling white icebergs
  • explore the unique and rugged sceneryon foot
  • get a glimpse into the lives of native Greenlandersin some of the world's most isolated communities

Travelling via Reykjavik in Iceland, spend time in South Greenland's primary international gateway, Narsarsuaq as well as Qaqortoq, the region's biggest town.

Day 1 Reykjavik fly from London to Keflavik and transfer to Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik where you overnight on a breakfast basis.

Day 2 Reykjavik-Narsarsuaq-Qaqortoq take a short taxi ride to Reykjavik City Airport (payable locally) for a spectacularly scenic flight to Narsarsuaq, the gateway to southern Greenland (flight takes approximately 3 hours, a light snack will be provided on board).

Upon arrival at Narsarsuaq Airport meet your local contact and transfer by minibus to the pier. From here travel by boat through Eric's Fjord (often decorated by icebergs carved by nature into all manner of shapes and sizes), to Qaqortoq. Here you will travel, by minibus or jeep, the short distance from the harbour to the hotel where you will check in for 3 nights on a breakfast basis. Shortly afterwards you will be invited for a quick welcome meeting and a guided village walk.

Day 3 Qaqortoq today you are free to explore your surroundings or take part in one of the many optional excursions available, including;

  • A hike around Storesøen - A beautiful fresh water lake surrounded by rolling hills and waterfalls.
  • A visit to Hvalsey Church Ruin, the best preserved building in the region from the Norse era.
  • A trip to and swim in the hot springs of Uunartoq. Unlike places like Iceland, hot springs in Greenland are not a result of volcanic activity, but are instead created by friction deep in the Earth's crust.
  • A boat excursion to an inland ice cap. Taking a closer look at the incredible features that so dominate Greenland's landscape.
  • Coffee with the locals.

Please note that all excursions are subject to pack ice and weather conditions and may require minimum numbers to operate. For these reasons we are not able to pre-book them before you travel. All activities must be booked and paid for locally.

Day 4 Qaqortoq another day at leisure to relax or take part in some optional excursions.

Day 5 Narsarsuaq after breakfast at the hotel, travel by boat from Qaqortoq pier back through Eric's Fjord to Narsarsuaq. Here you will check in to Hotel Narsarsuaq for an overnight stay on a breakfast basis, before embarking on a short guided village walk.
Hotel Narsarsuaq is a modern hotel located within walking distance of the airport and pier. With its 93 comfortable rooms it is the perfect base from which to explore one of Greenland's most historic regions.

After returning to the hotel you are free to relax or enjoy one of the optional activities available including visits to; Eric the Red's viking ruins, the village of Igaliku and Qooroq ice fjord.
Again all excursions will be subject to pack ice and weather conditions and will need to be booked and paid for locally.

Day 6 Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik late in the morning transfer to Narsarsuaq Airport for your afternoon flight to Reykjavik City Airport. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to Hotel Cabin, where you will stay for one night on a breakfast basis.

Day 7 Reykjavik-Keflavik-UK after breakfast transfer (possibly via the famous Blue Lagoon - at additional cost) to Keflavik Airport for your flight back to the UK.

2014 Departures
30 June - 25 August: every Monday

Prices in £ per person from
Twin £1,715
Single £2,000

Price includes scheduled return flights between Reykjavik City Airport and Narsarsuaq; return transfers from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik; 2 nights in Reykjavik on bed and breakfast basis, return transfers from Narsarsuaq Airport to Qaqoroq; 3 nights at Hotel Qaqortoq on breakfast basis; 1 night at Hotel Narsarsuaq; airport taxes.

Prices exclude return flights between UK and Iceland, transfers between your accommodation in Reykjavik and Reykjavik City Airport.

Airfares between UK and Iceland are quoted separately to ensure you the best price and are not included in prices below. find out more »
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