Experience the ultimate highlights of South Greenland and Arctic nature on this holiday that combines the 3 main settlements of Narsarsuaq, Qaqortoq and Narsaq. Explore the Golden Triangle of South Greenland and learn about Greenlandic history, marvel at the large variety of nature and witness everyday life in both modern towns as well as traditional hunter’s villages. This tour offers the perfect combination of history, Arctic nature and Inuit culture.
Fly from Keflavik to Narsarsuaq and transfer to your hotel for the night. After checking-in have dinner and then meet your guide who will talk you through the itinerary for the week - Greenland’s weather is changeable so the itinerary may shift around but your guide will explain how everything will work during your stay. Greenlanders are hospitable and used to making allowances for the weather so whilst you will see everything the order may change from the original plan—please be prepared for a bit of flexibility in the itinerary. (D)
After breakfast head to the harbour and step aboard your boat to journey through Eric’s Fjord to Narsaq where you will be met and taken to you hotel. After checking in, your local guide will take you on a walk through the town– the town’s name translates as “the Plain” and fills the end of the Narsaq Peninsula and is dotted with 10th century Norse ruins and its deep water harbour means that the town became a major trading centre. (B)
Greenland is home to one of the largest ice caps in the world. After breakfast you head by boat across the ice-filled Bredefjord system to the northwest of Narsaq towards the twin glaciers where you will go ashore for a packed lunch. Continue on to another fjord with cliffs which are home to several species of sea birds and also a large waterfall, before returning to Narsaq for the night. Other excursions are available—ask a Regent specialist for the various options. (B,L)
After a farewell coffee with your local guide return to Narsarsuaq Airport by helicopter! Flying in low altitude over the magnificent Arctic landscape, this is a memorable way to end your trip! Please note that if the helicopter is not available then this transfer will be by boat. Cruise through the ice-filled fjord system, giving you ample opportunity to marvel at the Arctic landscape and perhaps take a few more pictures of the icebergs floating by. Back in Narsarsuaq perhaps make use of a free day to hike or travel by boat to the inland ice cap, or to kayak among the turquoise icebergs. Norse ruins from the 10th to the 15th centuries dot the hills surrounding Narsarsuaq and an excursion by boat across Erik’s Fjord to Brattahlið to visit the ruins of Erik the Red’s Viking settlement is highly recommended. It’s also possible to take a boat tour to Igaliku, a beautiful village where the ruins of the Vikings’ cathedral and the Bishop’s farm can be found. (B)
Have a free day in Narsarsuaq exploring the settlement. There are a number of optional excursions to choose from such as guided hikes, visits to Viking ruins or boat trips to see the icebergs which have calved off from the Qooroq Glacier. (B)
After breakfast transfer by boat to Qaqortoq. On arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Meet with a local guide for brief welcome meeting and guided walking tour of settlement. (B)
Day free to explore at leisure or book optional excursions - our favourite is a visit to the hot springs of Uunartoq - take the boat through the Arctic waters before arriving at the springs where you will have time to have lunch and relax in the hot springs with views over the fjord. Afterwards return to Qaqortog for the evening. (B)
This holiday is available on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 18 June - 20 August.