With average yearly temperatures of 5˚C and a population of just 150, to say that Narsarsuaq is off the beaten track is no understatement. Yet, what this little Greenlandic village might lack in size is more than made up for in big, bold scenery, generous wildlife and a surprisingly thriving tourism scene. Greenland’s leitmotivs of thrilling landscape and Viking history are majestically illustrated in Narsarsuaq. Jagged mountains plunge into glacier-dotted fjords, wildflower-sprinkled meadows stretch as far as the eye can see, while golden light bathes it all. View more
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Enjoy a hike with spectacular views of the Narsarsuaq River and Glacier.
Embark on a 3 to 4 miles (5 to 6 kilometres) hike along the ridge with a fantastic view over the valley, the Narsarsuaq River and Glacier. Follow the gravel road among small birches and willow trees. In the Hospital Valley the Americans built a hospital with 250 beds during WWII. Today only a lone chimney remains. The impressive Narsarsuaq River with melting water from the ice cap is running into the fjord. Maybe the white-tailed eagle will hover over us. Your guide will tell about the ice cap, the local glacier and life in Narsarsuaq now and then.
The tour concludes at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves extensive walking on gravel roads and paths, with a few steep ascents and descents. It is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair or guests with limited mobility. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing, and good walking shoes. Bring water from the ship.
Encounter up close and amazing icebergs that run around the glacial deposit and mouth of the Qooroq Fjord. This is a photo tour and is unguided.
Qooroq Ice Fjord
Sail from Narsarsuaq to the underwater moraine at the mouth of the Qooroq Ice Fjord. Many icebergs run aground on the moraine, make your way into the fjord along a tortuous path through the stranded icebergs. Behold a breathtaking sight of thousands of icebergs, sheer cliff faces and the enormous glacier. The glacier delivers about 200 thousand tons of ice at day into the fjord. Many of these icebergs have a rich turquoise colour.
In the fjord, enjoy the panorama of marvelous sights; with the motor stopped, the boat will drift quietly with the current. The absolute silence is disturbed by the sound of the icebergs, as they break free from the glacier and fall rolling and crashing into the fjord. Along the way, you will hear the mini explosions as thousand-year old air bubbles escape in the glass.
Return to Narsarsuaq after an unforgettable day.
Please note: This tour requires moderate activity with steps to get on and off the boat depending on the tide. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or who have limited mobility. Guests are advised to dress warmly and in layers, bring a windproof jacket, a pair of gloves, a hat and your camera. This is a photo tour and is unguided. Depending on the boat used the time if excursions may vary.