Narsarsuaq, Greenland

The Blue Icebergs of Narsarsuaq Greenland originating from the Qooroq Glacier

Introduction to Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Just outside of Narsarsuaq is Signal Hill, offering panoramic views of the fjord and the icebergs which can occasionally be seen floating past. Inland is the stunning Narsarsuaq Glacier which grows out of the ice sheet of Greenland's interior.

Based around its international airport - a former US Military Airbase - Narsarsuaq is one of Greenland’s most popular and busiest tourist destinations. Home to diverse wildlife, vast fjords and incredible glaciers, there is so much to see, do and discover in Narsarsuaq.

The most popular attraction is the stunning Narsarsuaq Glacier, an impressive frozen formation that grows out of Greenland’s sheet ice. The inland ice - where the Glacier is located - is where the best views are to be had. The ice is within walking distance and is reached via the picturesque Flower Valley.

During your time here, be sure to take a trip to Signal Hill, a hill just outside the town. From the top you will discover amazing panoramic views of the Fjord below and if you're lucky, will be able to spot icebergs as they float by.

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Erik�s The Reds Village, Narsarsuaq, Greenland

ERIK THE RED'S VILLAGE (TOUR A)

  • Marvel at the fjord scenery as it unfolds before you
  • Immerse yourself in the story of Erik the Red
  • Explore the reconstructed Viking farmstead
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Step back in time and surround yourself in this magical setting that oozes with history and stunning views.

Erik the Red was originally from Norway, but his father was banished and took the family to live in Iceland. Perhaps ‘like father like son’, flame-haired Erik was later charged with murder and banished from Iceland. He sailed to the land he named Greenland.

Travelling by boat, cross Erik’s Fjord to the village of Qassiarsuk, situated on the very spot of Brattahlid – the farm founded by Erik the Red more than 1,000 years ago. Walk through the settlement, and you visit the Viking ruins. The traditional Viking farmstead was reconstructed, and opened to visitors in 2000. Your Viking odyssey ends as you return by boat to Narsarsuaq.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a walk of approximately one and a half miles each way to the ruins and reconstruction of Brattahlid. At the site the walking will be over rough, uneven and sometimes steep ground with unpaved paths and grass, so sturdy shoes or boots should be worn. Therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects so repellent is advisable. The fjord crossing takes approximately 20 minutes in each direction, depending on the boat used - do not forget to dress warmly. Please note that if there is ice in the fjord and the ship’s tender boats cannot be used for the crossing, this tour could be cancelled at short notice. If this is the case a full refund would be given, but we could not guarantee an alternative tour would be available.


Helicopter Flight, Narsarsuaq, Greenland

HELICOPTER FLIGHT (TOUR D)

• Admire the awe-inspiring views that Narsarsuaq has to offer
• A truly amazing experience to fly over Greenland’s glaciers, blue fjords and lush valleys
• An unforgettable tour - not to be missed

 

Activity Tour
Price£275.00 - £300.00
DurationApproximately 20 minutes flying
LimitationMin/Max 4 per flight
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

“An amazing sight!”, “An experience I will remember for the rest of my life!”, “Absolutely beautiful landscape!”  - if you have not uttered one of these sentences at the end of your call into Narsarsuaq, it may be that you have not taken this terrific helicopter flight!

On this exhilarating excursion you will have a great view, weather permitting, over the inland ice and several glaciers. These will include the Qooqqut glacier – an amazing sight! Before heading back to Narsarsuaq you will also fly over Lake Motzfeldt.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON
 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that not all participants will be seated next to a window, although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view (the helicopter can take up to four passengers). Please note that although there is not a maximum weight allowance, passengers are not permitted to take up more than one seat. There will be steps into the helicopter, which participants must manage unaided. A limited commentary may be given. Transfer to and from the airport is included. This tour is subject to last minute cancellation – depending upon weather conditions, and the fact that the helicopter used may be needed elsewhere if an emergency situation arises.


Hike on the Ridge, Narsarsuaq, Greenland

HIKING ON THE RIDGE (TOUR C)

  • Take the opportunity to be at one with nature
  • Embark on an approximate three and a half mile hike
  • Relish the feeling of complete peace and solitude
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Offering great views with rich flora and fauna, hiking on the ridge is one way to experience what Narsarsuaq has to offer you. Due to this part of Greenland not being home to grazing sheep, the shrubs and trees grow freely and present a completely natural landscape.

A minibus will take you the short distance from the pier to the end of the gravel road, in the Hospital Valley. During World War II, the Americans built a hospital here, with 250 beds – today only a lone chimney remains. As you commence your hike, observe the impressive Narsasuaq River, with melting water from the ice cap running into the fjord. Your guide will give you an insight into the ice cap, the local glacier, and life in Narsasuaq. You may even spot a white-tailed eagle soaring overhead. You will retrace your path on the return hike.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The hike covers approximately three and a half miles (six kilometres) with an overall climb of around 152 metres. You will walk on mainly gravel roads and paths – some steep inclines may be encountered. Sturdy footwear with a good grip should be worn. Dress warmly in layers that you can add or remove as necessary. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects so repellent is advisable. A drink will be served at a viewpoint on the hike – you may also wish to bring a bottle of water. We are unable to guarantee the sightings of any wildlife.


NARSARSUAQ INFORMATION

Tours in Greenland have limited capacity and are therefore likely to fill up very quickly; early booking is recommended in order to guarantee availability. This is due to the limited facilities and transport available. It should be noted that the standard of guides available may not be comparable to those elsewhere in Northern Europe.

As there are no coaches for transport in this port, tours are by foot unless otherwise stated in the description. Therefore they may not be suitable for all guests – please check the tour description and walking information before booking.

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As there are no coaches for transport in this port, tours are by foot unless otherwise stated in the description. Therefore they may not be suitable for all guests – please check the tour description and walking information before booking.

Is this tour right for you?

As there are no coaches for transport in this port, tours are by foot unless otherwise stated in the description. Therefore they may not be suitable for all guests – please check the tour description and walking information before booking. 


Qoroq Ice Fjord, Narsarsuaq, Greenland

QOOROQ ICE FJORD (TOUR B)

  • Be bewitched by one of Greenland’s natural wonders
  • Marvel at the amazing icebergs
  • Enjoy the tranquil waters of this stunning setting

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE SEVERAL DEPARTURES LISTED FOR THIS TOUR, PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY ON ALL LISTED DEPARTURES (E.G. UAK/B1, UAK/B2) BEFORE REQUESTING THAT YOUR DETAILS ARE ADDED TO A WAITLIST. 

Boat Tour
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 1¼ to 2½ hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Set sail for one of the most memorable journeys you will experience during your cruise – have your camera to hand to capture magnificent views and breathtaking photo opportunities.

Greenland’s inland icecap produces 250 million tonnes of icebergs every summer. Their final journey begins when they break off from glaciers. One of these glaciers is the Qooroq Glacier near Narsarsuaq.

Cruising between icebergs, and sailing into the fjord, you will spot the glacier in the distance. Stopping at the mouth of Qoroq Ice Fjord, you will see many large pieces of ice grounded on the submerged moraine. Cruise between these amazing pieces of nature’s own art, providing you with numerous opportunities for taking unique and memorable photographs.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2017 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that you cannot get close to the glacier, as icebergs are packed for several miles in front of it. The duration of this tour will be dependent on the speed of the boats used, but the time spent viewing the icebergs will be the same. A degree of mobility is required for getting on and off the boat. Boats used will carry between 6 and 20 passengers; they may not be covered and will probably not have toilet facilities. Guests may be required to stand on deck to get the best view of the ice. Waterproof and warm clothing is recommended, in layers. Please note that during our call the tide will change, therefore the gangplanks to reach the floating platforms, where the boats are located, can be quite steep. The handrails will be roped. Therefore this tour is not recommended for wheelchair users unless they can negotiate the steep gangplank.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMINGS AND CAPACITIES OF THE VESSELS FOR THIS TOUR HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED, AND SO DEPARTURE CODES REMAIN SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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