6 days exploring South Greenland incl. Tasermiut Fjord, UNESCO sights and Uunartoq hot spring
Join us on a sailing expedition through the captivating region of South Greenland characterised by fjords few have seen and an uncanny number of tiny islands that are mostly uninhabited but blessed with nature's own surprises.
We will explore the very land that earned Greenland it’s name when Vikings arrived in the 10th century in hopes of establishing a new life. Their remaining ruins are so special that in 2017 UNESCO honoured them with the status of World Heritage Site. While soaking up old Viking history as well as modern Greenlandic culture we will slowly sail among the vast fjordscape and along the stunning coastline dotted with farms. It is these very farms that also bring an authentic and delicious touch on our plates onboard with their fresh and organic produce.
Arrival & embarkment - Sailing from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq, by way of Qooroq Glacier
Sailing from Qaqortoq via Qaqortukulooq/Hvalsey ruins to Uunartoq hot spring
Sailing from Uunartoq hot springs to Tasermiut Fjord
Sailing from Tasermiut Fjord to Narsaq
Sailing from Narsaq to Narsarsuaq, by way of Itilleq/Igaliku and Qassiarsuk
Narsarsuaq - disembarkment & departure
Prices and dates
Price per person in EUR:
|Cabin type:||Price per person|
|shared quadruple cabin||2540|
|private double cabin||3400|
June 21, 2018 – June 26, 2018 (available)
June 28, 2018 – July 03, 2018 (available)
July 05, 2018 – July 10, 2018 (available)
July 12, 2018 – July 17, 2018 (available)
July 19, 2018 – July 24, 2018 (available)
July 26, 2018 – July 31, 2018 (available)
August 02, 2018 – August 07, 2018 (available)
August 09, 2018 – August 14, 2018 (available)
August 16, 2018 – August 21, 2018 (available)
August 23, 2018 – August 28, 2018 (available)
August 30, 2018 – September 04, 2018 (available)
September 06, 2018 – September 11, 2018 (available)
September 13, 2018 – September 18, 2018 (available)
September 20, 2018 – September 25, 2018 (available)
- ship costs
- services of guide and crew
- all meals (most provided onboard with a few provided in town) with wine provided in moderation at dinner
Price does not include:
- international flights
- accommodation in Narsarsuaq is arriving with Air Iceland Connect
- personal clothing and equipment
- personal insurance
- any costs incurred through missed or delayed flights
warm and waterproof outdoor clothing. Please request equipment list.
The ship - Nakuak’:
To restore some of her history the owners have paid homage to the old days and gave the ship her original name back, Nakuak’, which means raw, brute strength and is written in the old Greenlandic way. Nakuak’ is a 67-foot oak vessel built in 1969 specifically for sailing in Greenland. In the course of fifty years she has been used for search and rescue missions, tug assignments and commercial diving projects.
And now, expedition sailing with travellers. The Maritime Authority approved the ship to sail with 12 overnight passengers, granting a renewed sailing permit valid until 2022. You enter Nakuak’ through a starboard entry on the main deck that leads directly to the dining mess, with two large tables perfect for family-style dining, and the galley further aft. The one guest head on board with both shower and toilet is also located on the main deck. A centrally-located stairway in the mess leads to the lower deck which is home to all guest cabins. There are a total of four guest cabins on the lower deck, all with teak finishes and in-cabin sinks, closets and radiator heating.
Outside you may spread across the main deck as well as the level 1 and level 2 decks, accessible by permanent ladder, to watch for whales and enjoy the crisp air and landscape (blankets, chairs or seat cushions provided).
- Sermeq Cabin: port side, has four single berths and is offered as a shared quadruple cabin for 4 persons.
- Sikorsuit Cabin: starboard side, has four single berths and is offered as a shared quadruple cabin for 4 persons.
- Aputsiaq Cabin: port side, has two single berths and is offered as a private double cabin for 2 persons.
- Iluliaq Cabin: starboard side, has two single berths and is offered as a private double cabin for 2 persons.
Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Narsarsuaq via Reykjavík/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 830 EUR per person can be added to your package.
Day 1: Sailing from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq, by way of Qooroq Glacier
We embark our 67-foot oak vessel Nakuak’ at noon in Narsarsuaq Harbour. The first day starts off with smooth and steady sailing, allowing to meet each other and settle in after travelling far and wide to reach Greenland. We sail away from Narsarsuaq and out Tunulliarfik Fjord, enjoying lunch in front of Qooroq Glacier which fills up the fjord with tons of shimmering icebergs. Sailing further out of the fjord we will catch sight of individual farms that dot both the northern and southern coastlines before arriving at Qaqortoq Harbour for anchoring overnight. Night on board at Nakuak’.
Day 2: Sailing from Qaqortoq via Hvalsey ruins to Uunartoq hot springs
We start the day with a guided walk through Qaqortoq. A lot of creative souls come out of South Greenland’s largest town, so the walk is designed to go past the various stone artworks, the Great Greenland Furhouse and other workshops. We continue towards Qaqortukulooq / Hvalsey ruins, which are just a short sail in the fjord from Qaqortoq. In 2017 Qaqortukulooq was honoured with being granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We go for a guided walk around the old Viking church from the 1300s, by far one of the best preserved ruins in the area, and enjoy our picnic lunch around the ruins and coastline. Departing towards Uunartoq we sail through a number of close passages where the small Greenlandic islands seem to be just an arm’s length away. We arrive at Uunartoq hot springs for anchoring overnight. This place is a wonderfully minimalistic natural wellness zone and one of the very few natural hot springs in Greenland. Here we can enjoy the long summer night and the peacefulness of being far from everything with an idyllic soak in the hot spring. Night on board at Nakuak’.
Day 3: Sailing from Uunartoq hot springs to Tasermiut Fjord
Today we reach the southernmost point on our expedition, one of Greenland’s most beautiful coordinates. With a lot of sea to cover, we pull anchor early and get underway by sailing around the eastern side of Uunartoq island and then southward, weaving through island after island that were once home to a handful of small settlements and even old copper and gold mines, but which are now uninhabited. Once we pass the town of Nanortalik, the southernmost in all of Greenland, we make a noticeable directional change eastward. That’s when you know we are entering the famed Tasermiut Fjord. We arrive to what is unofficially known as Tasermiut forest, where we set anchor until tomorrow. The chef serves a beautiful board lunch before we go on shore for an active afternoon out in the forest and beyond. We hike through the Tasermiut forest and over toward Tasersuaq lake that sits just beyond the ridge with a gorgeous view in toward the high mountains. We will walk along the lake’s edge a bit to enjoy the peacefulness of the water or even go for an oh-so-refreshing swim. The cold water shocks the system in a most revitalising way. The rest of the evening is at leisure to bond and play games or get some rest. Night on board at Nakuak’.
Day 4: Sailing from Tasermiut Fjord to Narsaq
Every sailing expedition has that one long day at sea - so this is the day for catching up on the daily journal entries you swore you would write. Waving goodbye to the Tasermiut forest we head back out to the mouth of the fjord. In some places we retrace our route and point out familiar landmarks while in others we steer toward the open sea and take a more westerly course. In the evening we reach Narsaq harbour where we dock and get the chance to see if our legs still work on land. On our guided walk through Narsaq we have a very specific goal in mind – dinner and a cold, locally-brewed beer from QajaQ Brewery. On this rare occasion where we eat in town, you get the chance to meet other travellers and locals and share stories from the expedition so far. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. Night on board at Nakuak’.
Day 5: Sailing from Narsaq to Narsarsuaq, by way of Igaliku and Qassiarsuk
We depart Narsaq and continue in the Tunulliarfik fjord, hugging the southern coast en route to a small bay called Itilleq. On shore in Itilleq we will go on a 5 km hike through Greenland’s farm country crossing to the settlement of Igaliku. Igaliku was originally called Gardar when the Vikings established it in the 12th century. After a long period of desertion, the farm was reestablished by Greenlanders in the late 1700s as Igaliku and has been inhabited ever since. In 2017, the combination of Viking and Greenlandic history deemed it UNESCO World Heritage-worthy. We will have a picnic lunch and time to spread out and enjoy the very countryside that gave Greenland its name. After a short guided walk through Igaliku we take the easy way back to Itilleq on four-wheels. Hopping from one Viking heritage site to the next, we sail to the other side of the fjord and go deeper yet – to the settlement of Qassiarsuk. This is where Erik the Red himself established the Brattahlid farm upon his arrival to Greenland over 1000 years ago. In the late evening, we sail the final few miles across the fjord to Narsarsuaq where we will anchor overnight to be positioned and ready for disembarkment in the morning. Night on board at Nakuak’.
Day 6: Narsarsuaq - disembarkment & departure
We spend the last few hours together exploring the settlement of Narsarsuaq including a stop at the museum and the arboretum - Narsarsuaq’s miniature forest - where there are over 110 different species of tree growing. We will be back in time at Nakuak’ for the final disembarkment an farewells.
All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Greenland Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.