The West Coast of Greenland

This adventure includes 3 nights on board the coastal boat Sarfak Ittuk and is ideal for travellers who want to explore the beautiful South West of Greenland. The trip includes visits to a variety of interesting Greenlandic towns and settlements, fantastic hiking opportunities and several boat trips through Greenlands iconic ice-filled seas. A chance to discover stunning landscapes from comfortable accommodation options and to explore fjords, glaciers and mountains.

Programme

  • Jour 1 Welcome to Greenland

    Flight to Narsarsuaq and boat trip from Narsarsuaq to the tiny sheep farming Greenlandic settlement of Qassiarsuk where you will spend the night.

    Transport: Flight to Narsarsuaq and boat transfer to Qassiarsuk
    Accommodation: Hostel in Qassiarsuk

  • Jour 2 Qassiarsuk / Itilleq / Igaliku

    Qassiarsuk / Itilleq / Igaliku Qassiarsuk, also known as Brattahlíð, is where Eric the Red settled in 982. The tiny village has Norse ruins to explore as well as a church, school and shop. This afternoon a scenic boat trip will take you to Itilleq, from here a short walk (less than 3 miles) along the 'Kings Path' to Igaliku awaits. The path was named after the Kind of Denmark, Frederick the 9th who visited this stunning area in 1952. Igaliku is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland with its stone houses, fertiles lands and a bright blue fjord; it is surrounded by rugged golden mountains.

    2-3 hours of walking
    Transport: Boat Trip
    Accommodation: Hotel in Igaliku

  • Jour 3 Igaliku

    Igaliku Igaliku was the religious heart of 12th-century Norse Greenland and is best known for the impressive ruins of Garðar found here. In 1782 the Norwegian Anders Olsen settled in Igaliku with his Greenlandic wife Tuparna to raise cows in the meadows. This was the beginning of a new era for the village, there is a small museum inside the church which details this story. Nowadays Igaliku us a small sheep farming village with stunning hiking opportunities. You can hike along the river leading to Lake 90 and uncover stunning views of Qooroq fjord. Observe icebergs stranded on the moraines and the huge glacier at the bottom of the fjord, there is a good chance that you will find rock crystals and shimmering moonstone (Labradorit) on this hike.

    Recommended activities: hiking and exploring (5-6 hours of walking)
    Accommodation: Hotel in Igaliku

  • Jour 4 Igaliku / Itilleq / Narsaq

    Igaliku / Itilleq / Narsaq Walk back to Itilleq (less than 3 miles) and take a scenic boat trip to Narsaq, an inland Southern Greenlandic town with around 1700 inhabitants. Narsaq is located between two beautiful ice fjords and is surrounded by high mountains. Kvanefield mountain, known for its geology and concentration of rare minerals including pink Tugtupit is found here. Wherever you are in Narsaq you have views of the icebergs and ice cap.

    2-3 hours of walking
    Transport: Boat Trip
    Accommodation: hostel in Narsaq

  • Jour 5 Hiking Narsaq / Embark on board Sarfak Ittuk (Wednesday)

    Hiking Narsaq / Embark on board Sarfak Ittuk (Wednesday) This evening boarding is at 9.30pm. Today there are ample hiking opportunities for all levels. If you want to climb Kvanefjeld we recommend taking a taxi to and from the nearby farm, from there it is a 12 - 15 mile hike. There is a beautiful 4 mile hike along the fjord up to Narsaq Point or you can summit Tasiigaaq, a small peak just behind the city with exceptional views. Do not miss the Narsaq Museum.

    Recommended activities: Hiking
    Transport: Board Sarfak Ittuk Cruise Ship
    Accommodation: on board

  • Jours 6 à 8 Sarfak Ittuk Cruise

    Sarfak Ittuk Cruise Stops will be made in the following towns and villages: Qaqortoq, Arsuk, Paamiut, Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Nuuk (5h stopover), Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut, Sisimiut (2h30 stopover) & Aasiaat

    Accommodation: On board

  • Jour 9 Ilulissat (Sunday)

    Ilulissat (Sunday) Arrive in Ilulissat 1.30pm. Located approximately 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle Ilulissat is an interesting place - it has many sled dogs as people! Discover more about the local culture, history and traditions on a walking tour of this iconic Greenlandic city.

    Accommodation: Hotel or B&B in Ilulissat

  • Jours 10 à 11 Ilulissat

    Ilulissat Explore Ilulissat at leisure, we have lots of recommendations and optional excursions for your two days in Ilulissat.
    - Guided tour of Ilulissat city
    - Guided hiking in the Semermiut Valley
    - Helicopter flight over the glacier hich covers most of the northern hemisphere in ice
    - A Greenlandic fishing excursion
    - Whale-watching outing, picnic included
    - A three hour evening kayaking excursion
    Please see a full list of Optional Activities under 'Dates & Prices'

    Choose from a selection of activity options
    Accommodation: Hotel or B&B in Ilulissat

  • Jour 12 Farewell Greenland

    Farewell Greenland Transfer to airport and flights to Reykjavik or Copenhagen

    Accommodation: Hostel or hotel in Reykjavik or Copenhagen

This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative and fully flexible.

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Période & budget

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Prix

Prices start from €1800 / person. This number is based on 2 travellers and our standard accommodation options

Ce budget est indiqué par personne, selon disponibilité. Votre agent local vous fera parvenir un devis personnalisé avec le prix exact. En effet, ce dernier peut varier en fonction de plusieurs éléments (disponibilité, niveaux de prestations, période, nb de participants, délai de réservation et bien d’autres encore).

Le prix comprend

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 nights in a hotel in Ilulissat, double or twin rooms with breakfast
  • 4 nights in Southern Greenland, hostel or guesthouse accommodation, double or twin rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities
  • Luggage transportation to and from all destinations in South Greenland
  • Boat trip Narsarsuaq to Qassiarsuk
  • Boat trip Qassiarsuk to Itilleq
  • Boat trip Itilleq to Narsaq
  • 3 night, 4 day cruise on board Sarfak Ittuk

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • International flights
  • Registration free: €18 per person
  • Meals unless otherwise specified, food on board Sarfak Ittuk is not included

Additional Options
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • Ilulissat Museum: from €8
  • Greenlandic meal in traditional restaurant; from €30
  • Guided tour of Ilulissat city: from €44
  • Guided hiking in the Semermiut Valley: from €44
  • Helicopter flight over the glacier hich covers most of the northern hemisphere in ice: from €493
  • A Greenlandic fishing excursion: from €274
  • Whale-watching outing, picnic included: from €158
  • A three hour evening kayaking excursion : from €10
Please contact us for more information.

Remarques

Comfortable Accommodation
Well-equipped accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5 for comfort. Please note that depending on the destination this does not necessarily guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Luxury Accommodation
Our luxury trips include hotel accommodation with private rooms and en-suite options.
Level
This is your trip, you can choose how challenging or relaxing each day is.

Conditions de paiement et d'annulation

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 35 days before your departure date.
For Polar Cruises, we require a deposit on the day of registration, 30% of the balance 3 months before departure and the full amount at least 45 days before departure. If registration is less than 35 days before departure then an invoice will be attached to this travel contract and the full amount must be paid upon registration. If registration is less than 15 days before departure, payment is only accepted by credit card or cash. If registration is less than 8 days before departure you may be charged an additional free for sending your ticket. If the full balance of the trip has not arrived 35 days before departure, Altaï Greenland reserves the right to cancel your registration without compensation.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip we require a written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter.The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days before the departure date: 15% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 45% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation  received within 20 days of the departure date: 100% of trip price will be retained
If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing. If your change is requested after our confirmation has been issued and more than 30 days prior to the departure date, your change will be subject to an amendment fee of 45€. If you request a change within 30 days of departure it will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to cancellation charges.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person, subject to the following conditions:
a) you must notify us in writing
b) the transferee must fulfil any conditions that apply to the booking
c) Change and cancellation fees apply
Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Assurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Greenland as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Infos pratiques

Encadrement

This is a self-guided trip. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge our professional Greenland team are always on hand. All activities are lead by our qualified guides - all English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Greenlandic. Please note that this adventure takes place in an isolated polar environment which can be hostile - safety rules must be followed.

Alimentation

There are grocery stores in Qassiarsuk, Igaliku and Narsaq where you can buy canned, dried and frozen food, plus some fresh products. In the smaller towns of Qassiarsuk and Igaliku please be aware that shop opening hours are generally restricted to 10am-3pm on weekdays and 10am - 12pm saturdays, closed Sundays.

Igaliku hotel accommodation options include hotel restaurants and cafes where you can purchase Greenlandic meals.

On board Sarfak Ittuk Cruise Ship there is a cafeteria which serves hot &  cold meals, tea, coffee, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks. Meal prices range from 60DKK- 90DKK. You can pay with Mastercard, Eurocard, Visa, Visa Electron, Akiliut or cash in Danish Kronas.

In Ilulissat breakfasts are provided if you choose B&B or hotel accommodation. No meals are provided if you choose our mini-apartment option but you will have a fully equiped kitchen. You will find shops, markets, small cafes and restaurants nearby (~260DKK per meal). We recommend a budget of ~150DKK per day if you intend to buy food from local supermarkets and we recommend checking out the local fish market 'Brættet'.

Hébergement

In Greenland accommodation is scarce and often limited in terms of capacity so durng the summer season reservation long in advance is necessary. Please be aware that because of this, your accommodation may differ from what is stated in the itinerary.

Hostel in Qassiarsuk (shared facilities) / Hotel in Igaliku / Hostel in Narsaq (shared facilities)

On board Sarfak Ittuk Cruise Ship: Built in 1992 Sarfak Ittuk is 73 metres long and 11 metres wide, she can cruise up to  speeds of13 knots. The crew consists of 22 people and the ship has a cafeteria, a living room with panaramic windows and a games room and an infirmary. The ship can sleep up to 249 passengers and is organised as follows...
-104 beds in single, twin and quadruple cabins: each cabin has its own bathroom and toilet and bedding is included
-85 beds in 4 people compartments: bathrooms and toilets found in the hallway, bedding is included
-60 berths: bedding not included
Internet is available on board for a small fee.

In Ilulissat you can stay in rustic B&B accommodation run by a local Greenlandic families. All B&Bs have heating, hot showers and shared toilets plus a kitchen area. Blankets, sheets and pillows are provided. We can also arrange hotel or mini apartment accommodation with private or shared facilities subject to availabilities, please contact us for more informtaion.

Déplacement et portage

In Greenland we use local boats, specially adapted for ice navigation, to cross fjords. Please see 'Accommodation' for more information about the cruise ship used in this trip.

Budget et change

The currency in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK)
Please budget for:
  • Food, drinks and personal expenses
We recommend a budget of around 3000DKK for food on this trip but this is widely variable. This number is based on a mixture of restaurant and supermarket food options. Alcohol is very expensive in Greenland, if you want to enjoy an evening drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport.

Equipement fourni sur place

If you choose to participate in activities which require specialist equipment (like kayaking) all technical equipment will be provided.

Matériel

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
Winter in Greenland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers)

Bagages

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a ruckack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Pharmacie

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passeport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required.

Visa

Most travellers do not need a VISA to travel to Greenland but proof of onwards travel may be required. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Vaccins obligatoires

There are no specific health risks.

Santé / recommendations sanitaires

It is your responsibility to check that your personal health insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip.

Climat

Year round the temperatures in Greenland can range from -25°C to more than 20°C (-13°F to +68°F). The air is low in humidity which means that the temperatures do not feel as cold as you might imagine and that the views are amazing, it appears that you can see further. Generally speaking Greenland is not very windy and the warmest months are June - August.

The length of the day varies significantly throughout the year. The shortest day of the year is 21st December with no sunlight! The longest day, with 24 hours of sunlight, is 20th June. You can see the midnight sun from May - July and the Northern Lights in the darker months.

Electricité

Greenland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Heure locale

Most of Greenland uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) -3; most areas use Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Géographie

Area: 836,300 mi²
Population: 56,186 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Nuuk
Languages: Kalaallisut or West Greenlandic, Danish is also widely used
Regime: Part of the Kingdom of Denmark but politically autonomous

Part of the continent of North America, Greenland is the largest island on Earth and it is covered by the largest ice sheet in the world outside of antarctica.

Tourisme responsable

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Isabelle

Mon agent local
Isabelle

  • Outdoor activities enthusiast
  • Adventure travel expert
  • Graduated with a UK First Class Honours Degree in Outdoor Leadership
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Région
Disko Bay
Activité
Self-guided Summer
Durée
12 jours
Code
GROL4
Prix
A partir de 1 800 €

Points forts

  • Our smooth logistics include luggage transportation, several boat trips and accommodation in a range of remote Greenlandic settlements
  • Includes 3 nights on board the fantastic Sarfak Ittuk and enjoy panoramic views as you cruise through Greenlands stunning seas
  • Colourful villages, mountains & glaciers; hiking, sailing & exploring; icebergs, wildlife & local food...

Niveau requis

This is your adventure, you can choose how strenuous or how relaxing each day is. Challenging hikes in Greenlands remote wilderness and relaxing days cruising through the seas with icebergs and whales are both equally possible.
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