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8 Days – Wonders of Southern Greenland

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On this tour you will experience real arctic wilderness, which to this day is home to local Inuits, who still stay true to their traditions of hunting and fishing.

Tunulliarfik Fiord

Tunulliarfik fjorden

Here you will witness the contrasts between a vulnerable environment and its weatherhardened nature of ice and fiords, where it is hard not to be humbled by its magnificance. Southern Greenland offers a sea of icebergs and an aweinspiring variety of glaciers that solmenly floats out and into the fiords. Landscapes of intense green, tundra and colorful settlements add character to the tour, which will inspire the most adventurous of our guests.

On our route we will navigate through a system of fiords surrounded by blue icebergs and spectacular glacierfronts emptying its overflow of ice into the waters. We will overnight in our camp right beside glaciers,  and walk up onto the glacier itself, and experience the nature of an inland glacier, with its crevasses and glacier tongues. We will hike through tundra and glacier valleys and spot herds of raindeer and marine fauna.

When nature permits we will fish for Salmon and Cod in the cystal clear waters or collect mushrooms and cranberries.

Travelfacts


Name: Wonders of Southern Greenland
Lenght: 8 days
Type: Hiking with overnights in tent/hostel
Departures and prices 2014:*

  • 03-10 June
  • 10-17 June
  • 17-24 June
  • 24 June – 01 July
  • 28 June – 05 July
  • 05-12 July
  • 12-19 July
  • 19-26 July
  • 26 July – 02 August
  • 02-09 August
  • 09-16 August
  • 16-23 August
  • 23-30 August
  • 30 August – 06 September
  • 06-13 September
  • 13-20 September
  • 20-27 September

Price from DKK. 14.865,- from Reykjavik (Addon from Copenhagen DKK. 2.325,-).

Itinerary – Greenland

Day 1: Brattahlid
Flight from Reykjavik – Narsarsuaq (or Copenhagen).
We will pick you up at the airport and you will be transportet by motorboat through the Tunulliarfik Fiord to Qassiarsuk. The Fiord will normally be full of Icebergs. We will vist the ruins from when Erik the Red called this place his home. Brattahlid was the capital of the Viking Greenland, where Erik the Red settled in 985, at the beginning of the Viking Colonisation of Greenland. We will hike through town, which today holds about 100 inhabitants, mostly farmers. At night we stay at Leif Eriksson Hostel in Qassiasuk where we will also have our dinner.

Day 2: Qaleralik Camp
We will set our course towards the Qaleraliq Camp, whereto we will navigate through icebergs in the Tunulliarfik fiord. We stop in Narsaq, to visit the third most populated city in Southern Greenland, with about 1700 inhabitants. You will have time to visit the local market, furshops or just walk about town before we embark again, and leave for the Ice Cap. Upon arrival we will reach a spellbinding little camp, residing on a stretch of sand, which lies with spectacular views over the two fronts of the Qaleraliq Glacier. Here we will spend the night, so that our senses can soak up the setting and the roar of the Serac Icefall.

Day 3: The Ice Cap
We will hike up to the great lake of Tasersuatsiaq with a panoramic view over the Ice Cap. We continue from here on foot through a desertlike valley, which leads us to a very different landscape of a green and thick tundra. With the lake now behind us, we will climb the 400m hill, from where we will have a wonderful view over the lake, one of the biggest in this part of Greenland. From here we also have great views into the vastness of the Ice Cap, and further in the distance the Arctic Sea where “Nunatakker” stands as floating symbols of the Inland Ice. We will try and find blue berries and mushrooms, while trying to spot reindeer which roams these parts in great herds. Back to camp.

Day 4: Glacier Frontier Tour to the Ice Cap
Today we navigate along the glacierfront in our Zodiac boat, and admire the vertical walls of sheer ice. Sailing past countless icebergs on their voyage toward the sea, 10 miles out. After the boatvoyage, we will start an adventurous expedition into a kingdom of ice. With steigeisen on our feet, we will now walk up onto the ICe Cap itself, and explore the many crevasses, passes, icevalleys, caves, streams and all the vivid formations on this; one of the oldest masses of ice in the world.

An expert guide, with a specialty in Glacier Science, makes sure we have the nessesary equipment, and also that we stay safe during the hike. On the trip he will share with us some of the secrets of the ice, and invite us into a world that scientist are still trying to understand. A unique and very special experience, that is bound to surprise first time travellers as well as experienced travellers in the Arctic. It doesnt get much better than this in Greenland!.

Day 5: Igaliku
Navigation from Qaleralik to Itilleq via the Tunulliarfik Fiord. A small hike along the Kings Road, to the idyllic settlement of Iglaliko, with about 40 inhabitants. This settlement is one of the most picturesque of the whole Southern Greenland, where you will also find the ruins of Gardar, that functioned as the archdiocese and religious capital in the time of the Vikings.

After lunch in Iglaliko we will return to Itilleq, and hereonafter to Qassiarsuk. On our way to Qassiarsuk, we vitist the Qooroq Fiord, which holds one of the most active Glaciers in Southern Greenland. We will navigate through the area, until the compactness of the ice makes any further sailing impossible. Dinner and overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 6: Tasiusaq and Sermilik
We will hike to the farm of Tasiusaq where 7 people live in remarkeble isolation at the Sermilik Fiord, which is almost always blocked by ice from the Eqaloruutsit Glacier. Later we will try and catch some Arctic Salmon, and do a hike in the area. Later in the afternoon its possible to take a Kayaktrip for those who wants more adventure. Overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 7: “Blomsterdalen” – The Valley of Flowers
We will traverse the fiord to Narsasuaq in boat, from where we will hike through the Valley of Flowers, and enjoy the great views over the valley, created by the withdrawel of Ice, making room for a manifold of flowers, which gives name to the valley.

We continue untill we are able to see the Kiattut Glacier and the landscape around it, with its spectacular panoramic view over the Ice Cap and its “Nunatakker”. Finally we will invite you to a farewell dinner where we will try whale, seal, reindeer and perhabs even “mattak”. Overnight at Leif Eriksson Hostel.

Day 8 Return Voyage
Boattrip in Zodiac Qassiarsuk-Narsarsuaq. Leisure time to visit Narsarsuaq, flight Narsarsuaq-Reykjavik (or Copenhagen)

*Price includes:


  • FLights Reykjavik – Narsarsuaq
  • Guide (English)
  • Transfers in Greenland Zodiac ekspeditionboats
  • Full pension incl. Greenlandic farewell dinner
  • all nights in Greenland
  • Camping & Zodiac boat gear

Not included

  • Taxes (Reykjavik ca. DKK 900,-/Copenhagen ca. DKK 1.395,-)
  • Addon for direct flights from Copenhagen to Greenland and back DKK. 2.325,00
  • Extra expenses

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7 Days – Arctic Paradise – Summer

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Our bestselling tour in winter, has now been made available in summer! On this tour the Dogsledging, which is somewhat more difficult in the summermonths, has been changed to a wonderful boat voyage to the kelving glacier EQI. Everything has been arranged and selected to give you the best of the Arctic in seven days!

Eqi Gletsjer

Eqi Glacier

At the Polar Circle in Greenland lies the old American Base “Søndre Strømfjord”. Today the base has been handed over to the Greenlandish people, and is called Kangerlussuaq, which also gives name to the system of fiords that lies just a few miles outside of town.

The area around the base has magnificent wild arctic wilderness, with the Ice Cap only about 30 miles away. With its more than 10.000 Musk ox roaming about freely, this is one of the best spots in Greenland to watch wildlife. Raindeer, polar fox and hare are also commonly seen.

Experience Ilulissat (Jacobshavn) with its 100m high icebergs, kelving glaciers and the spectacular town right next to the UNESCO protected Kangia Icefiord. Here you will find that the old hunter lifestyle still lives on. In Ilulissat you will stay in the newly renovated Hotel Hvide Falk (White Falcon), and have five amazing days, you will be hard pressed to forget. Here you will find plenty of excursions.

Travel Facts


Tour: Arctic Paradise Summer
Lenght: 7 days
Dates: Middle of June to mid September
Departures og prices:*

  • Price pr. person DKK. 18.980,-
  • Addon for single room DKK. 2.300,-
  • Children under 12 years DKK. 11.800,-

Itinerary


Day 1 Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – The Ice Cap
Departure from Copenhagen at 09:00, and arrival in Kangerlussuaq at 09:40, local time.

In Kangerlussuaq you will stay at the local hostal Old Camp, and upon arrival there will be a briefing about the place and the activities.

At 1pm we are heading out to the Ice Cap, which lies about 30 miles (40km) from Kangerlussuaq. We use small local busses to drive the rugged way, through beautiful landscapes, formed by the extending and retreating Ice Cap. This is actually where the ice stopped after the last Iceage, during which the Ice Cap covered most of northern Europe. The round shapes of the mountains, really shows the true force of the ice.

If conditions permit, we will be able to walk up upon the Icecap itself.

Underway there will be rich opportunities to spot wildlife.

Day 2: Day off – Optional Activities
After breakfast at the hostel, you can choose to relax and walk around the area, or go for one of our extra options.

Wilderness hike along the shores of Lake Fergusson
We will hike out into the wild along the Lake, and look for Musk Ox. For lunch we make a fire, and cook snow hare over open fire.
Price: DKK. 750

Kayaktrip on Lake Tasersuatsiaq (7-9 hours)
We will leave for Tasersuatsiaq and go on a fantastic kayak trip into the blue wates. Plenty of opportunities to see Musk Ox and Inuit ruins on the way. Lunch over open fire.
Price: DKK 900

Day 3: Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat / Citytour
Breakfast at the hostel, and afterwards we fly to Ilulissat. Even at the inflight over the ice fiords, will you be able to spot floating Icebergs far into the horizon. We will pick you up and take you to your hotel, that lies at the very edge of Disko Bay.

Today we will take you on a historical walk through town, where you will get a solid introduction to Ilulissat. We will walk past the old colonial harbour, “brættet” where the local fishermen sell their daily catch, the house of Arctic Explorer Knud Rasmussena dn the Zion Church.

Day 4. Ilulissat – Sermermiut Hike & Icefiord Cruise
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk.

The first part of day offers one of the most beautiful hikes you will ever experience. Sure there are harder treks out there, with formidable views, but nothing quite like this. Towering Icebergs floating by as we walk into the valley of Sermermiut. Not too long ago several Inuit settlements called this their home, and its still possible to see some of their household remains. We will walk to the Kangia Icefiord, which came under UNESCO protection in 2004, a spectacular site. It is said that it was an Iceberg from this very glacierfront that sank the Titanic. 10% of the entire Ice spill that happens in Greenland, exits through this narrow straight and very few glaciers in the world produce more or bigger Icebergs than this place.

In the evening we will sail out and meet the Icebergs on an Icefiord Cruise. To sail among the giant Icebergs, gives a whole other perspective to the massiveness of these giant bodies of ice. It gets cold out on the ocean, so bring warm clothes, hat and gloves too.

Day 5: Cruise to EQI
Breakfast Hotel Hvide Falk. Today is another day to write home about!

Few places in Greenland are as pretty as the Glacier of EQI, the Kelving Glacier. It lies about 70km outside of Ilulissat, and we will go there by boat. On the boat we are able to sail up to the very edge of the glacier, and, if we are lucky, experience the breaking off of ice. The noise it makes when old ice cracks off and drops into the sea is a sight to behold.

Program for the EQI trip:
07.00am Departure from Ilulissat in a comfortable boat, with good space. There will be tea and coffee on the way and its possible to buy beer and soda. We will also offer a small serving of bread after departure. During the voyage, the guide will tell us about the settlements that we pass.

11.30am A solid lunch will be served. And during aprox. 1½ hour we will stay in fron of the Glacier, and cross our fingers that we will see a good show of ice breaking off.

02.00pm Arrival at Port Victor, which is the Harbour at Ice Camp Eqi. Those who are staying the night, will get off here. (It is possible to stay, and switch one night from Ilulissat to the Eqi Ice Camp for the added price of DKK 995,-)

02:15pm Journey back to Ilulissat. We are taking the same route home, and coffee and cake is served on the boat. We will be back in Ilulissat at around 07:00pm. Look out for seals and whales on the way!

Day 6. Ilulissat – Day off
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is on your own, and we recommend a visit to the local art museum or the Knud Rasmussen Museum. You will have plenty of time to hike around town, and check out the many smaller shops, some of which sell local handicrafts.

Day 7 Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk. Early flight from Ilulissat takes us to Kangerlussuaq, from where we fly back to Copenhagen where we will arrive at 08:00pm

Local guides:
On all the excrusions, boattrips etc. we use the good and experienced local guides, captains etc..
Breakfast in Old Camp. Today you will go to the ice cap in special 4×4 vans. You will drive through beautiful landscapes with good chances of spotting wild life on the way. If weather and conditions allows us we will arrive to the ice cap 660 meter above sea level and do a walk on the very ice. We will have a beautiful view over the ice cap which is more than 3 km thick at the summit!

Old Camp Hostel
Is located 2 km outside the airport and is nested between Mount Hassel and the fiord Kangerlussuaq. Old Camp consists of 4 houses and has a reception, kitchen for the guests and shared facilities. There are common area where you can meet the other guests and enjoy your evenings. All rooms are double rooms.

Hotel Hvide Falk in Ilulissat
Older hotel in the city center with nice view over the Disko Bay. All rooms are with private facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and is the very central located in Ilulissat. There is only 5 minutes walk to the town square and other restaurants.

*Price inkludes:

  • Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat t/r
  • All taxes
  • 2 nights at Old Camp, incl. breakfast (Kangerlussuaq) – shared facilities.
  • 4 nights at Hotel Hvide Falk, incl. breakfast (Ilulissat)
  • Briefing upon arrival
  • Jeep to Inland Ice Cap (Kangerlussuaq)
  • Icefiord cruise to Ilulissat Icefiord
  • City Sight Seeing (Ilulissat)
  • Walk to Sermermiut (view to Icefiord – Ilulissat)
  • Daycruise to the Kelving Glacier of EQI

Price does not include:

  • Mandatory fee for Danish Travel Fund, and administration dkk 100,-
  • Insurances
  • Meals, besides breakfast
  • Optinal excursion like Eqi overnight stay DKK 995
  • Single surcharge of DKK 1.900 (EUR 255)

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Travel to Greenland

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Welcome to Arctic Friend your travel specialist in Greenland. We are a passionate team with more than 20 years of experience in Greenland and the arctic! We are located in The Arctic House in Copenhagen which for more than 250 years has been the center for all traffic to Greenland and even to this day you feel the special arctic atmosphere in the old warehouse.

Denmark is the gateway to Greenland and why not start your arctic journey in Copenhagen? We offer start packages where you can join our historical arctic walk or you can kayak the canals of the city, before heading north.

We offer all kinds of trips to Greenland summer and winter. From dogsledge trips under the northern light, kayak trips, trekking, comfortable round trips from south to north till staying in huts overlooking calving glaciers. All our trips are made to give you true and authentic experiences and the felling of travelling with a friend, an Arctic Friend!

Northernlights over Greenland

Northernlights over Greenland

In recent years the Arctic and especially Greenland has opened up to the world, and has become more accessable. There is an increasing chatter about the consequences of Global Warming, and an increasing number of guests want to see what it is all about. What they discover is a prestine world of ice and wonder, that is still largely untouched by mass turism. So if you are looking for authentic adventures, Greenland is the place! All our tours are available to anyone, and they all include English speaking guides! We offer trips to Greenland winter and summer, and on all our trips you will feel our passion for Greenland and together with our expert team in Greenland, we guarantee you the time of your life. On the right you will find some videos in English and some pictures of our destinations. You are always welcome to write or call us, if you have questions!

Selected Tours to Greenland

 

Northern Lights, Greenland,

5 Days – Ice & Northern Lights (Winter)
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7 Dage – The Arctic Paradise 2014

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7 Days – Arctic Paradise Summer

7 Days – Arctic Paradise (Summer)   DKK 18.980,-

8 Dage – Arctic Highlights

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 8 Days – Wonders of Southern Greenland

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