13 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk
The trip starts in South Greenland where you will spend four days exploring the beautiful green nature and the beautiful blue icebergs. You will then sail on board the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’ from Narsaq to the famous Disko Bay.
Travelling on board the coastal ship with the locals and stopping in small settlements on the way, gives you a great insight into the life of the people in Greenland. You will sail for more than 1200km along the coast before arriving the the famous Disko Bay. You will stay spend five days in Ilulissat, the city of icebergs, where you can explore the area, enjoy the amazing view and go on exciting day tours.
Arrival in Narsarsuaq
Narsarsuaq - Igaliku
Day at leisure in Igaliku
Igaliku - Narsaq
Visit of Narsaq - Embarkation on board the Coastal ship
Sailing: Stops in Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat
Sailing: Stop in Nuuk
Sailing: Stops in Maniitsoq and Sisimiut
Sailing: Stop in Aasiaat - Arrival in Ilulissat
Days at leisure in Ilulissat
End of the trip in Ilulissat
Prices and dates
Price per person:
|1 June to 31 August:||Dormitory||Double||Single|
|Couchette & hostel||1575 (two travellers) 1800 (single traveller)||-||-|
|Cabin & acc. w. private facilities||-||2895||4365|
|1 September to 30 September:||Dormitory||Double||Single|
|Couchette & hostel||1405 (two travellers) 1625 (single traveller)||-||-|
|Cabin & acc. w. private facilities||-||2490||3670|
Saturdays, June 01, 2018 – September 30, 2018 (available)
- 1 night in Narsarsuaq
- 2 nights in Igaliku
- 1 night in Narsaq
- boat transfers Narsarsuaq - Itilleq - Narsaq
- sailing on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Narsaq to Ilulissat
- 4 nights in Ilulissat
Ilulissat: Boat Tour Eqi (Jun-Sep, 11h, 320€)
We leave Ilulissat early in the morning and sail north in the direction of Eqi Glacier. Very few places in Greenland are as breathtaking as Eqi. On the way we will sail around the most impressive icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere. We will sail close the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines for about an hour, enjoy some lunch as well as the breathtaking view of the calving glacier. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.
Ilulissat: Evening iceberg sailing (Jun-Sep, 2.5h, 95€)
On a 2,5 hour boat trip you will sail among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 45km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. Remember to bring warm clothes.
Ilulissat: Evening kayaking (Jun- 15 Sep, 3h, 220€)
In the evening, you go for an impressive kayaking trip among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay. The activity consists in kayaking along the coast of Ilulissat, from where you can see big icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord. You experience this breathtaking scenery in the most natural and traditional way. Just you and your kayak, paddling as Inuits used to so and some still do. Nonetheless all the safety measures are included: the best equipment in the market (clothing that enables you to swim in freezing waters and the most safe and stable kayaks) and if that were not enough, our kayak instructors have the highest qualifications and lots of experience kayaking in Arctic regions (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).
Ilulissat: Sermermiut Hike (Jan-Dec, 2h, 48€)
It is a big day today. You came here to see glaciers and icebergs. And you do not mean the small ones, you mean the massive ones. Well, we promise - this is what you are going to see. Standing in front of the enormous Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel small and humble. An endless amount of ice pushing down from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq towards the sea, where ice is calving constantly creating those majestic icebergs floating in Disko Bay. Here, at the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site, we also stop at Sermermiut, an abandoned Inuit settlement, which had been used by Saqqaq, Early Dorset and Thule cultures. Our guide will give you insights of the Inuit culture and will answer your questions.
Oqaatsut: Inuit Village & Kayaking (Jun-15 Sep, 7h, 399€)
In the morning you will be transferred by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. Here we will go kayaking in Disko Bay. Before we start, you will get a short introduction to kayaking and then we will practice a bit just off the coast of Oqaatsut. We then head towards the icebergs. We will paddle among the icebergs in the bay and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding us. We will have some refreshment in Oqaatsut before we take the boat back to Ilulissat (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).
Oqaatsut: Meeting the Inuit - a cultural experience (Jun-15 Sep, 7h, 265€)
We leave from the harbour in Ilulissat by boat heading north towards Oqaatsut, a small Inuit village where 37 people live all year round. Once in the settlement our guide will show you around Oqaatsut and tell you about the old and modern life of the Inuit and how these two worlds are merging. With the assistance of the locals we introduce you to some of their traditions. The tradition introduced is dependent on the season. These activities include learning how to cook and smoke fish, how to cut and dry it for storage, collecting wild plants and flowers to make tea, feeding the sled dogs with their musher, repairing a fishing net or building a sled. Our local English speaking guide will translate and help you to engage in a conversation with the locals.
We conclude this cultural experience with a visit to an Inuit family and a traditional lunch made with local ingredients. After a lovely meal, we sail back to Ilulissat
Ilulissat: Boat tour Ilimanaq (Jun-Sep, 5h, 185€)
You will sail from Ilulissat to the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the great Kangia Icefjord. The view of the fjord is absolutely stunning. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq and learn how people live in such a remote part of the world. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.
Bring with you:
Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing.
Couchette & hostel: In Narsarsuaq, Igaliku & Narsaq, nights in hostel in dormitory / sleeping bag accommodation with kitchen facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette / sleeping bag accommodation, in Ilulissat in hostel in double room / sleeping bag accommodation with shared facilities and shared kitchen.
Cabin & acc. with private facilities: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in hotel with breakfast in room with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with shared facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a private cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 3 local star hotel in standard room with private facilities and breakfast included. Note that there is no accommodation in Igaliku with private facilities, so we offer you to stay in a cosy cottage with an amazing view on the fjord and the settlement.
The ship Sarfaq Ittuk
The vessel was built in 1992 and modernised and lengthened in the winter of 1999/2000. It is now 73 meters long and 11 meters wide. With her engine of 2000 hp the vessels steams at a speed of 13 knots. The crew counts 22 people. The vessel has café, stern saloon with panorama windows, playroom and a hospital clinic to be used in case of injuries and emergency situations onboard. The vessel's capacity is 239 passengers. The overnight accommodation facilities are distributed on 104 cabin beds with private bath and toilet, and 135 couchettes. The couchettes are without private facilities and have access to lockable cabinet showers in communal areas. 'Det Norske Veritas' has classified the vessel for sailing in icy waters.
Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Narsarsuaq via Reykjavík/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 950 EUR per person can be added to your package.
Day 1: Arrival in Narsarsuaq
Today you arrive in Narsarsuaq, the gateway to South Greenland. Planes usually land late afternoon or in the evening here, so use the rest of the day to take a quick stroll around the few houses. Here you will also stay for tonight before your big adventure is about to begin tomorrow.
Day 2: Narsarsuaq - Itilleq - Igaliku
You will leave Narsarsuaq and sail south in the Tunulliarfik fjord to the small port of Itilleq. From there you will go on an easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, the path of the kings, to the the small settlement of Igaliku. At Igaliku you will find the ruins Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Night in Igaliku.
Day 3: Day at leisure in Igaliku
You will have the day at leisure in the Igaliku area. You can go on a very nice hike up to the plateau over Igaliku, where you have an amazing view on the Qooroq fjord and the icebergs. Night in Igaliku.
Day 4: Igaliku - Boat transfer Ittileq - Narsaq
You will hike along the Kongevejen back from Igaliku to Itilleq. From there you will sail south to Narsaq which is the most important town in South Greenland, ideally located between two fjords. Narsaq offers the perfect setting for iceberg cruising, as a very active glacier in Bredefjord sends numerous icebergs towards the sea passing by Narsaq. The town is very beautiful with colourful houses, a fantastic museum with a fine exhibition of kayaks, traditional clothing and the history of the town. Night in Narsaq.
Day 5: Visit of Narsaq - coastal ship departure
You will have the day at leisure in Narsaq. In the evening you will leave Narsaq on board the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’.
Day 6: Sailing: Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat
Today you will be northbound on the ocean along the west coast. Now that we are out of the fjord the chances of seeing whales increase and much of the time, will be spent on the lookout for these giants of the sea. We will have short stops at the settlements of Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat. Night on board.
Day 7: Sailing: Nuuk
Today, we will stop in Nuuk and will have the day to explore the capital of Greenland. You can take a walk around town, visit the National Museum (and see the mummies found in the north of Greenland) and take a walk at the hold harbour and visit the the culture center, Katuaq.
Day 8: Sailing: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut
The further north we sail, the higher and steeper the mountains are. Today, we will pass the Arctic Circle before arriving in Sisimiut, which is the most northern town in Greenland to be free of ice all the year around. Night on board.
Day 9: Sailing: Aasiaat - Ilulissat
Today, you will arrive in the famous Disko Bay. After a short stop in Aasiaat, we will continue to sail north towards Ilulissat, the town of the icebergs. Shortly before we arrive in Ilulissat, we will pass by the impressive Icefjord, Kangia, filled with enormous icebergs. You will have the afternoon at leisure in Ilulissat to visit the town and enjoy the amazing view of the icebergs. Night in Ilulissat.
Day 10-12: Days at leisure in Ilulissat
You will have 3 days to discover the famous Disko Bay. You can explore the beautiful area and enjoy the view of the the incredible icebergs. You can also book great excursions on the spot. Nights in Ilulissat.
Day 13: End of the trip in Ilulissat
Today your trip ends in Ilulissat after unforgettable days in the Arctic.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, thus we cannot guarantee that you will see them during your trip. However, if you are traveling in Greenland from end of August to end of March, chances are good that you will be able to observe them, but best deep in the winter (from mid November to mid March). If you travel in April it is unlikely to see the Northern Lights as days are already to bright.
Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk
|4 May - 28 September||Day||Arrival||Departure|
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