Voyage Day 5

Monday

Narsaq to Narsarsuaq, by way of Itilleq, Igaliku and Qassiarsuk (approx. 35 nm)

On Day 5 the UNESCO World Heritage element comes back into focus and we visit not one but two sites given the status last year, bringing the final count for the whole voyage up to three. In contrast to the first, these two are inhabited settlements today.

See the route map below

Breakfast served on board Nakuak’ to give fuel for the day.

After breakfast we depart Narsaq and continue in the Tunulliarfik fjord for a few short hours, hugging the southern coast en route to a small bay called Itilleq. Guests prepare daypacks for a few hours of hiking.

Tunulliarfik _ watermarked
Tunulliarfik fjord. Photo by Johan Arne Fleischer / Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea
Igaliku _ watermarked
Igaliku. Photo by Johan Arne Fleischer / Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea

10.45 Arrival to Itilleq where the Expedition Manager leads guests on a 5 km hike through Greenland’s farm country crossing to the settlement of Igaliku. Igaliku was originally called Gardar when the Vikings established it in the 12th century. After a long period of desertion, the farm was reestablished by Greenlanders in the late 1700s as Igaliku and has been inhabited ever since. In 2017, the combination of Viking and Greenlandic history deemed it UNESCO World Heritage-worthy.

Once in Igaliku, the Expedition Manager distributes picnic lunches and, just as before, guests are encouraged to spread out and find their own slice of heaven to lean back in the grass and enjoy the very countryside that gave Greenland its name.

A traveler enjoying the summer sun in Igaliku in South Greenland
Igaliku. Photo by Mads Pihl / Visit Greenland

After a short guided walk through Igaliku by the Expedition Manager, we take the easy way back to Itilleq to board Nakuak’ – four-wheeled transport.

Hopping from one Viking heritage site to the next, we sail to the other side of the fjord and go deeper yet – to the settlement of Qassiarsuk. This is where Erik the Red himself established the Brattahlid farm upon his arrival to Greenland over 1000 years ago, in the 10th century.

The Expedition Manager leads a guided walk through Qassiarsuk and guests also have free time to peek around on their own until dinner time.

Qassiarsuk _ watermarked
Qassiarsuk. Photo by Johan Arne Fleischer / Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea
Qassiarsuk signs and ruins _ watermarked
Qassiarsuk. Photo by Johan Arne Fleischer / Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea
Qassiarsuk sheep _ watermarked
Sheep in Qassiarsuk. Photo by Johan Arne Fleischer / Greenland Expeditions by Land and Sea

19.00 The chef serves the final dinner of the voyage on board Nakuak’.

In the late evening, we sail the final few miles across the fjord to Narsarsuaq where we will anchor overnight to be positioned and ready for disembarkment in the morning.

Day 5 Route:

Day 5 _ JNS-UAK w logo

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