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From Vikings to Icebergs

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Experience the history and heritage of incredible Greenland

This incredible journey showcases the striking contrasts of Greenland, from the fertile green landscapes and Norse Viking history in the south to the ice-filled fjords and rich Greenlandic culture on the west coast. With overnight stays in three towns—Narsarsuaq, Nuuk, and Ilulissat—you’ll get a taste of the local way of life along with free time to enjoy optional adventures such as hiking, kayaking, helicopter tours and iceberg cruises.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Best Seller, Hiking, Icebergs, Inuit culture, Midnight sun

Season

Jun - Sep

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Highlights A selection of the many incredible things you can see and do in Greenland.

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your arctic adventure.

  • Day 1: Arrival to Narsarsuaq from Iceland

    Head to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland for your 3-hour flight to Narsarsuaq Airport in Greenland, where you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your hotel in town. After settling in, the afternoon is free for you to join an optional excursion, such as a boat tour in the Qooroq Icefjord, sea kayaking, hiking or mountain biking through the scenic “Flower Valley” to the ice sheet 9 km from town.

    Spend the night in Narsarsuaq.

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  • Day 2:  Norse Ruins & Scenic Nature Hike

    Want to follow in the footsteps of Vikings? Today we recommend taking a boat ride to the tiny village of Qassiarsuk (optional; not included). Here you can enjoy a self-guided tour around the village and Norse sites, including a replica of the first Christian church on the North American continent and Brattahlíð, the 10th century remains of the estate founded by famous Viking explorer Erik the Red.

    Another good idea in Qassiarsuk is a walk along the gravel road towards Tasiusaq—a route with amazing views over Sermilik fjord, which is typically filled with calved ice in the summer. (Optional; 16 km round-trip). A day trip to Qassiarsuk can take anywhere from three hours to a full day depending on your interests, and the timetable for the boat ride back is flexible.

    Spend another night at Narsarsuaq.

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  • Day 3:  Nuuk - Smallest Capital in the World

    You have the morning to sleep in or to do some last minute sightseeing. Then in the afternoon, you will board your flight to your next stop, the small and friendly capital city of Nuuk. After arriving and settling in at your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

    For a good overview of Greenlandic history and culture, spend some time at the National Museum, which houses a large collection of relics such as kayaks, umiaks and ceremonial costumes. The Nuuk Art Museum also contains many traditional artworks. For a taste of more modern culture and art, head to the Katuaq cultural centre, which is also a great place for a coffee break.

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  • Day 4: Free Time for Nature & Culture

    Since much of Greenland’s culture is rooted in nature, why not take a small break from the city? This day is free for you to enjoy your own adventures, such as a sailing tour through the Kangeq fjord to the Island of Hope, a city sightseeing tour, a boat safari focused on nature and wildlife or even a helicopter trip over the Inland Ice Cap.

    Excursions like these can be booked locally from your hotel or in advance with your travel consultant. 

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  • Day 5: Icebergs Under the Midnight Sun in Ilulissat

    Start the day with a flight to the charming Arctic village of Ilulissat, a town known for its stunning scenery. After being transferred to your accommodation, you have some free time to explore your surroundings or just relax and enjoy the views.

    Then in the evening, you will set out for an exciting sailing tour in the majestic Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that awes visitors with its maze of giant icebergs illuminated by the glow of the midnight sun.

    Spend the next three nights in Ilulissat.

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  • Day 6: Choose Your Own Adventures in Ilulissat

    For the next two days, the sky is the limit! You can choose from an array of exciting optional excursions in the Ilulissat area, such helicopter rides over the ice cap, boat rides among the icebergs, cultural demonstrations, and tours to remote settlements or whale watching — just to name a few options.

    Note: We recommend booking optional activities in advance with your travel consultant, but you may also books tour through at your hotel’s information desk.
     

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  • Day 7: More free time in Ilulissat

    Enjoy another free day for your own adventures in Ilulissat. If you’re up for a hike, the tranquil Sermermiut Valley just a few kilometres from town offers spectacular views from a number of marked trails that you can explore at your own pace.

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  • Day 8: Return to Iceland

    Today it’s time to say goodbye to this majestic land, but you still have time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping. On the return flight to Reykjavík in the afternoon, enjoy the stunning views over the Ilulissat Icefjord and its surrounding landscapes. As we say in Greenland, angalalluarina (“have a good trip”)! 

Map

Here’s a map of Greenland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Amelia, United States

, August 2014

Beyond our expectation

My husband and I have travelled to over 40 countries mostly self planned but some with booking assistance and a few tours. We found the services of Nordic Visitor beyond our expectation. The thoroughness and quality of service was the finest we have ever encountered. We received the ease of having our essential needs planned with the freedom to personally choose our activities along the way. Quality, efficiency, reliability -- words that apply to Nordic Visitor.

Matthew, Australia

, July 2014

Good value for money

The accommodation was always good, breakfasts were excellent, I was very happy with the overall package and felt I got very good value for money.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Standard rooms with private shower and WC, TV, hairdryer, telephone, armchair seating area, and coffee or tea making facilities at..

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Quality

Well-appointed superior or deluxe rooms at 3-4 star hotels. All provide breakfast and on site restaurant. Hotel in Nuuk and in Ilu..

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Everything about this tour

50% deposit required: This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking since it contains certain travel arrangements.  See details
 
Departures
Tuesdays & Saturdays from 18th of June - 20th of September 
 
Customizations: This tour can be customized to meet your needs, including additional nights in Iceland and/or Greenland on request. We can also arrange accommodation in Reykjavik or combine other Iceland packages with this tour.
 
Other
  • This tour originates in Iceland. Due to flight times between Iceland and Greenland, passengers may need to spend a night before departure and/or on return in Reykjavik. Our travel consultants can assist with booking accommodation in Reykjavik on request.
  • The summer climate in Greenland is generally mild and dry with average daytime temperatures of 5 -7° Celsius. But due to Arctic conditions and possible sudden weather changes, we suggest bringing warm, weatherproof outerwear, thermal layers, and good walking boots and/or rubber boots. You may also want to bring mosquito repellent and sunglasses. 
  • Please note that the itinerary can change without notice due to weather conditions.
  • The currency in Greenland is Danish Krona (DKK). We recommend bringing some Danish currency or a debit card (bank card) with a 4-digit PIN number for cash withdrawals at ATM machines.
  • See our Travel Guide for more information about weather conditions, what to pack, currency and other practical information about travelling in Greenland.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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