The Grand tour of Greenland from south to north

The Grand tour of Greenland from South to North
Itinerary:

11 July: Flight from Reykjavik (Iceland) to Narsarsuaq Greenland)
From Reykjavik we fly with Air Island to Narsarsuaq, which is beautifully situated in South Greenland’s oasis of The Grand tour of Greenland from south to northrough mountains, blooming plains, icy fjords, glaciers, ruins and a well developed agriculture.

In Narsarsuaq we stay at Hotel Narsarsuaq, which lies with the immense nature right outside the door. After check in we will go on a hiking trip to the signal hill where there is a breath taking view of the airport area, Bratthalid and the ice cap.

In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

12 July: Sailing trip to Qassiarsuk Itilleq hiking trip to Igaliku
In the morning there is boat transfer to Qassiarsuk located at the bottom of Tunuliarfik at the experience Qassiarsuk. We suggest that you enjoy your lunch in the small café Bratthalid. From here we continue with a smaller boat out into the beautiful Qooroq fjord to the landing site Itilleq from where we walk one hour to Igaliku the old Kings Road (after the Danish King Frederik 9th’s visit in 1952) – from time to time you will be followed by an eagle.

Igaliku is a beautiful sheep farm settlement in the bottom of Igaliku Fjord surrounded by green fields and steep, bare hills in the background and a lush and green landscape. Here the Norsemen established their Gardar bishopric. The remnants of the small cathedral is now visible between the colourful houses and vegetable gardens. Today there is approx. 40 people in Igaliku that primarily live from sheep farming. We spend 2 nights in the hostel with a perfect view to the azure fjord.

13 July: Day hiking trip around Igaliku
The wonderful area invites us to do a guided hiking trip north of Igaliku to a fantastic vantage point with a view of the Qooroq glacier and the icecap in the back ground. The Qooroq glacier produces no less than 200,000 tons of ice every 24 hours! On the way we pass a small lake where there are excellent opportunities to find moonstones.

It is also possible to do a lot of other hiking trips – for example to the roaring waterfalls or Nuluk hill.

14 July: Boat transfer to Qaqortoq guided tour in town
Today we sail to Qaqortoq a wonderful trip through fantastic scenery with ice bergs, cliffs and the 1930s and the modern stone sculpture project Stone and Man carved directly into the cliffs.

15 July: On your own in Qaqortoq - Uunartoq/ The Hot Springs
Today it is time to experience Qaqortoq on your own and there is plenty to do. At the tourist office you can get a map of the sculptures scattered around in the town. Take a walk over the river and visit the open fish and meat market and the cozy museum, which is also the oldest house from 1804.

A visit to the hot springs Uunartoq. The lakes are situated on an island approx. 50 kilometer south of Qaqortoq near the settlement Alluitsup Paa. It's a great experience to enjoy the warm water surrounded by huge mountains and floating icebergs. On the 2.5 hour boat trip, there are good chances to see whales frolicking.

16 July: At sea with coastal ship
Early morning we board the coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk. You can now relax, enjoy the views of the coastline from the first row, keep a lookout for whales and seals. From the deck there is a perfect view to the amazing coast line with remote areas, hilly landscapes, icebergs in differenct sizes and colors and the reflection from the sun. The relaxed speed of the ship makes you forget time and allows you to reflect a bit over life.

17 July: Nuuk town trip
museum
hiking
trip accommodation
We arrive in Nuuk and stay at the 4 star Hotel Hans Egede with the town’s most stunning harbor views. The hotel is located very centrally in Nuuk and you might want to explore the nearby area a little on your own. With traffic lights, buses and lots of cars it seems to be a busy town, but the wonderful scenery and the endless horizon automatically set the town life in another perspective. As in all other towns in Greenland, you live in close harmony with nature but with plenty of inspiration from modern life.

18 July: Nuuk on your own
With its approx. 15,000 inhabitants Nuuk is a metropolis in comparison with other towns in Greenland. The construction industry thrives. Many new houses are built and the trade and restaurant life is lively. You should consider a visit to the cultural center Katuaq, the open market (brættet), the old town and colonial port and the national museum where the famous mummies from Uummannaq are exhibited. Nuuk’s art museum is also worth a visit – the permanent exhibition includes many paintings by the renowned painter Emanuel A. Petersen (1894 1948).
Your guide will arrange a guided town tour including visit to the museums for those who are interested. For hiking enthusiasts there can be arranged an afternoon hiking trip around the beautiful mountain Lille Malene.
The hike is approx. 8 10 kilometer long and requires a good / normal physical condition and that you are accustomed to do hiking in fairly rough terrain. In return you'll experience a pristine, quiet wilderness with streams and rivers that trickles with fresh, cold water surrounded by mountains and overlooking the beautiful Nuuk Fjord.There are also good shopping opportunities and lots of cozy cafés.

19 July: Flight to Ilulissat
We fly from Nuuk to Ilulissat and stay at Hotel Arctic that offers a delightful view of the fjord. In the afternoon we will go on a guided tour where the guide introduces the modern life in contrast to the traditional hunting life that continues to thrive in the town.

Evening/Midnight sailing among the icebergs, extra tour booked from the Thai restaurant in Qaqortoq
The midnight/evening sun gives the icebergs a unique play of colours that people return to experience again and again. Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21st to July 24th. Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a fantastic and unusual experience. Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. During the year, more than 46 km3 of ice flows into the fiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 metres on each side and with a height on more than 100 metres above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them.

The icebergs are beautiful every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are very beautiful, when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night. The boat trip at bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience. Remember to bring warm clothes or you can rent suit of sealskin.

Our program is changed. Instead of sailing to Eqi on the 20th of July we stay the day in Ilulissat. Then we will stay in Eqi on the 22nd in stead and we will be back in Ilulissat in the evening of the 23rd and I will do my second midnight sailing among the icebergs

20 July: On your own in Ilulissat
Enjoy Ilulissat at your own pace! Go for a hike up in the mountains, capture the atmosphere of the town.

In the morning:
Master Explorer 95 min med flyg.
På den här turen flyger vi till den kalvande glaciären vid Eqi, utforska inlandsisen, tundralandskapet, den spektakulära Ilulissatglaciären och Isfjord med de gigantiska isbergen, m.m. Pris: 5 870

In the afternoon:
Helicopter tour to the glacier booked from the Thai restaurant in Qaqortoq

21 July: Sailing trip to Eqi accommodation in cabins

Today we sail up north to Eqi, the calving glacier. Keep a lookout for seals and whales. As we reach Eqi the boat sails close to the impressive glacier front, where you may be lucky to see small calvings.

Afterwards we go ashore at Glacier Lodge Eqi, located in the middle of the nature with beautiful views directly to the glacier. We spend the following 2 nights in small cozy one room wooden cabins for one or two persons (no bunk beds and no sleeping bags). There is no running water or sewerage system in the standard cabins. This is part of the concept!

You will get a water bottle for use in the washstand and each cabin is equipped with a toilet bucket in a private toilet room. The cabins are equipped with a gas stove for heating and candles as a light source. All meals are served in Café Victor.

Your guide organizes hiking trips in the area, including trips to the lagoon and the moraine, which offers a spectacular view over the Eqi glacier. The area invites for numerous hiking opportunities, and it is up to you to decide whether to join a hiking trip or meditate amid the harsh, desolate and beautiful landscape perhaps out on the cabin’s terrace.

22 July: Day hiking trip in Eqi lagoon ice cap
From the cabins we walk around the small lagoon, located south of the glacier and cross the river on an easy transition and proceed up the great moraine where we can see down into the glacier’s huge cracks. From here we can see a large part of the up to 80 meter high glacier front and see and hear mighty calvings. A wonderful trip in the middle of the wild paradise.

23 July: By boat back to Ilulissat accommodation
The morning is at your own disposal. Mid day we sail back to Ilulissat with arrival late afternoon. Enjoy the passing scenery and watch out for whales! Fin whales, humpback whales and various other whales are often seen in this area! In Ilulissat Hotel Arctic opens its doors again.

Evening/Midnight sailing among the icebergs
The midnight/evening sun gives the icebergs a unique play of colours that people return to experience again and again. Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21st to July 24th. Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a fantastic and unusual experience. Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. During the year, more than 46 km3 of ice flows into the fiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 metres on each side and with a height on more than 100 metres above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them.

The icebergs are beautiful every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are very beautiful, when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night. The boat trip at bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience. Remember to bring warm clothes or you can rent suit of sealskin.

24 July: Ilulissat to Reykjavik
It is time to say goodbye to Greenland. We fly from Ilulissat to Reykjavik. Accommondation at Hotel Fron
Grönlandsresor


Greenland

(Greenlandic: Kalaallit Nunaat [kaˈlaːɬit ˈnunaːt]; Danish: Grønland) is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though Greenlandphysiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been ethnically, politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark, the colonial powers, as well as the nearby island of Iceland) for more than a millennium.

In 2008, the people of Greenland passed a referendum supporting greater autonomy; 75% of votes cast were in favour. Greenland is the world's largest island, over three-quarters of which is covered by the only contemporary ice sheet outside of Antarctica. With a population of about 56,370 (2013), it is the least densely populated country in the world.

Greenland has been inhabited off and on for at least the last 4,500 years by Arctic peoples whose forebears migrated there from what is now Canada. Norsemen settled the uninhabited southern part of Greenland, beginning in the 10th century, and Inuit peoples arrived in the 13th century. The Norse colonies disappeared in the late 15th century. In the early 18th century, Scandinavia and Greenland came back into contact with each other, and Denmark established sovereignty over the island.

Having been claimed by Denmark–Norway for centuries, Greenland became a Danish colony in 1814, and a part of the Danish Realm in 1953 under the Constitution of Denmark. In 1973, Greenland joined the European Economic Community Greenland - flag and Coat of armswith Denmark. However, in a referendum in 1982, a majority of the population voted for Greenland to withdraw from the EEC (later expanded into the E.U.), which was effected in 1985. In 1979, Denmark had granted home rule to Greenland, and in 2008, Greenlanders voted in favour of the Self-Government Act, which transferred more power from the Danish royal government to the local Greenlandic government.

Under the new structure, in effect since 21 June 2009, Greenland can gradually assume responsibility for policing, judicial system, company law, accounting, and auditing; mineral resource activities; aviation; law of legal capacity, family law and succession law; aliens and border controls; the working environment; and financial regulation and supervision, while the Danish government retains control of foreign affairs and defence. It also retains control of monetary policy, providing an initial annual subsidy of DKK 3.4 billion, planned to diminish gradually over time as Greenland's economy is strengthened by increased income from the extraction of natural resources.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Saturday 11th of July 2015 I had been up for about 20 minutes when they called to wake me up at 8 o'clock. They will come to pick me up at 11 o'clock for transportation to Reykjavik domestic Air Icelandairport. So that gives me plenty time for break fast and to do some up dates on my web page.

I was very happy to have my new transformer for the computer and everything was fully charged Reykjavik Domestic Airportwhen I woke up. I spent 5 minutes at the breakfast buffet, if you like to have breakfast at your hotel you're better off to stay well clear of Iceland.

I was about to finish my last diet drink when they called from the reception, my driver was here and I was in the reception 2 minutes later to check out

Reykjavik Domestic Airport are just a few minutes away from my hotel and as the check-in for Air Iceland's flight to Narsarsuaq didn't open until 12 I had to kill an hour waiting.

When they asked me where I was flying I told them that I was flying to Greenland. They had more than one destination and I asked them to check on the computer as I had no clue Reykjavik Domestic Airportwhere I was flying. I didn't recognise any names and for sure I don't know how to say the names. Even less recognising them when I heard them.

Like the names on Iceland, you could not even guess the pronunciation the names if you read the name.

Anyway, I checked in and they hold the seat next to me so I could sitt alone on the plane. I spent the time waiting by updating my web page and I passed through the security at 12:30. Well, boarding and I will be on Greenland in a few hours.

And you can follow the adventure on Greenland just by choose from any of the below links.

Day 1: Flying to Narsarsuaq

Day 2: From Narsarsuaq to Igaliku

Day 3: A day in Igaliku

Day 4: Boat trip to Qaqortoq

Day 5: A day in Qaqortoq - Uunartoq/ The Hot Springs

Day 6: On the ferry to Nuuk

Day 7: Arriving to Nuuk

Day 8: Hangover Man in Nuuk

Day 9: Flight to Ilulissat

Day 9 - Part 2: Whale watching in Ilulissat

Day 9 - Part 3: Sailing among the icebergs in Ilulissat

Day 10: Master Explorer with Air Zafari

Day 10 - Part 2: Helicopter tour, the Kangia Classic - Ilulissat Glacier

Day 11: Sailing to Ice camp Eqi

Day 12: Hiking around Eqi

Day 13: Sailing back to Ilulissat

Going back to Iceland for a weekend in Reykjavik


                  

OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizen visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
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ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.

So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one.
So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!

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