Kayak Naajaat Sermiat Glacier, Greenland. Photo: Host/Tasermiut
4.8
| 44 reviews

100km Expedition in Greenland

7 nights
Challenging

Kayak and hike this remote, icy wilderness during the Arctic summer on a self-powered adventure like no other

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced, English-speaking expedition guides

Hostel & Wild camping

5 nights camping and 2 nights in a hostel

Meals

All meals, except dinner in Narsaq on Day 7

Internal flights

Return flights from Reykjavik to Narsarsuaq

Transfers & Equipment

Transers to and from the airport and everything in between, plus kayaking and camping equipment

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 44 reviews
The trip was amazing from seeing the northe...
November 2023
Jack
The trip was amazing from seeing the northe...
November 2023
Jack
The trip was amazing from seeing the northe...
November 2023
Jack
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
August 2023
Steven
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
August 2023
Steven
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
August 2023
Steven
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
August 2023
Steven
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
October 2022
Hannah
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
October 2022
Hannah
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
October 2022
Hannah
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
October 2022
Hannah
The most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! W...
September 2022
Johan
The most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! W...
September 2022
Johan
The most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! W...
September 2022
Johan
The most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! W...
September 2022
Johan
This trip was incredible. There was so many...
September 2022
Angela
This trip was incredible. There was so many...
September 2022
Angela
This trip was incredible. There was so many...
September 2022
Angela
This trip was incredible. There was so many...
September 2022
Angela
This trip was incredible. There was so many...
September 2022
Angela
Amazing scenery, can’t believe I’ve kayaked...
September 2022
Sandy
Amazing scenery, can’t believe I’ve kayaked...
September 2022
Sandy
Amazing scenery, can’t believe I’ve kayaked...
September 2022
Sandy
Amazing scenery, can’t believe I’ve kayaked...
September 2022
Sandy
Amazing scenery, can’t believe I’ve kayaked...
September 2022
Sandy
What an amazing trip. Greenland was mind bl...
September 2022
Linda
What an amazing trip. Greenland was mind bl...
September 2022
Linda
What an amazing trip. Greenland was mind bl...
September 2022
Linda
This trip is beyond anything you could imag...
September 2022
Helen
This trip is beyond anything you could imag...
September 2022
Helen

Paddle amongst the looming icebergs of the Greenlandic fjords – eyes peeled for seals, caribou and whales

Gaze upon Inlandis, the polar ice cap, and hike across the craggy tongues of the immense Qaleralig Glacier

Camp among unspoilt wilderness, enjoying views of some of the oldest ice masses on the planet from your tent

Deemed a ‘Life-Changing Adventure' by The Telegraph

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Greenland!

Colourful homes in the city Narsaq, in South Greenland. Photo: GettyImages-163270147

Make your way to Reykjavik, where your adventure begins. You'll fly to Narsarsuaq, located in southern Greenland, to meet your guide and travel by RIB boat to the city of Narsaq. Here you'll head to the nearby supply store and get kitted out with clothing and navigation equipment, ready for the adventure ahead. Settle into your host's kayaking hostel, meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night of 24-hour daylight as you acclimatise to the Arctic summer.

Day 2

Navigate the Narsaq icebergs by kayak

Kayak in Greenland. Photo: Host/Tasermiut

Travel by RIB to Qingaarsup Island, where your kayaking expedition will begin. Jump into your stable double kayak and follow the spectacular coastline as you navigate along a fjord, dotted with icebergs from the nearby Eqalorutsit Glacier. The high density of ice will often slow you down and may make certain locations inaccessible, but this only adds to the drama. In the company of friendly ringed seals, cross to the Nuulussuaq Peninsula and get your first glimpse of Inlandis – the polar ice cap. Arrive at your campsite, and if there's time (and depending on the month) you can forage for mushrooms and cranberries. After a hot meal made from your ingredients, settle into your tent to get a good night’s sleep.

Day 3

Naajaat Sermiat Glacier

Kayak Naajaat Sermiat Glacier, Greenland. Photo: Host/Tasermiut

Break camp and set off in your kayak, passing a group of islands dotted with waterfalls and covered in leafy tundra. Paddle up the Maniitsup Tunua Fjord, surrounded by the peninsulas of Maniitsop and Nuulussuaq, and set up camp in front of the ice cap. You'll be able to enjoy the views of the Naajaat Sermiat Glacier, one of the oldest ice masses on the planet, right from your tent.

Day 4

Qaleraliq Glacier

Pulling up kayaks among icebergs, Greenland. Photo: Host/Tasermiut

Kayak around Akuliaruseq and then along Qaleralig Fjord, experiencing some of the most epic glacial scenery in the world, including glacier tongues that stretch nearly 10km wide. Set up camp on a sandy beach and if the weather allows, hike to the viewpoint at Tasersuatsiaq Lake to spot caribou feeding on salts from the fjord. At night, enjoy the thundering sound of glacial seracs plunging into sea, breaking the Arctic's magical silence.

Day 5

Glacier hiking

Customers glacier hiking under blue skies near Qaleralig Fjord in Greenland. Photo: Customer/Nicole Morgan.

Paddle to the end of the fjord and trek over the glacier, avoiding deep crevasses and listening to the sounds of the ice creaking all around you. Return to your kayak and continue along the face of the glacier with vertical walls of ice towering above you. Back at camp, get cosy in your tent and listen for the thunderclap roar of the icefall from seracs.

Day 6

Ikerssuaq Fjord

Kayaking, Greenland. Photo: Host/Tasemiut

Break camp, climb into your kayak and paddle around Maniitsoq Island and towards the vast Ikerssuaq Fjord – eyes peeled for whales. It's also a great place to spot Greenlandic seals bobbing in the water or resting on the icebergs that float past. Arrive at your campsite and enjoy another unforgettable night in the Arctic wilderness.

Day 7

Qingaarsup Nunaa and Narsaq City

Kayaking in Greenland. Photo: Host/Tasermiut

Continue the way back towards Qingaarsuup Nunaa Island, kayaking through Ikerssuaq Fjord. This is an area where the chances of seeing whales are greatest, and where enormous ice blocks come from the Eqalorusit and Qorooq fjords. Your trip ends in Qingaarsuup Nunaa, then you'll head to the city of Narsaq. There is time to visit its interesting museum, go shopping in the Inuit market for local handicrafts or visit the hunter’s harbour. Check into the hostel for your final night and head out with your group for one last meal.

Day 8

Goodbye Greenland

Small icebergs and reflections near a glacier, Greenland. Photo: GettyImages-812610012

Hiking

3hrs · 8km · 175m up · 175m down

After a final breakfast in your hostel, return by RIB to Narsarsuaq. From here, you'll head out on an easygoing hike of The Ridge for spectacular views of the Narsarsuaq Glacier. Following trails lined with a variety of plants – many of which are in bloom at this time of year – you'll reach a viewpoint. Enjoy the epic panorama across Flower Valley, the ice sheet, the glacial river and the fjord, all backed by the dramatic mountains. Later, return to Narsarsuaq and check in for your flight to Reykjavik, where your Arctic expedition will come to an end.

Day 1

Hostel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 6

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Hostel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

For breakfast, there will be plenty of hot drinks, along with bread, jam, biscuits, muesli and cereals. Lunch is usually a packed lunch taken at a picturesque stop and will include bread, cheese, ham, chocolate, nuts, biscuits and hot soup and drinks. For dinner your guide will prepare a hot meal in the camp (with help from your group), usually consisting of rice, pasta, potatoes and sausages, or stew.

What is the accommodation like?

Narsaq

On your first and last nights you’ll stay at a local hostel, where you’ll meet your fellow explorers and get a chance to see some of this remote Arctic town. Rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable.

Tents set up in a wild camping location in Greenland. Photo: Customer/Nicole Morgan.
The wilderness

For the rest of the expedition, you’ll camp in picturesque locations across Southern Greenland. All camping equipment is provided, except for sleeping bags and sleeping mats which can be rented locally. Each night your guide will help you set up camp and cook you a hot meal to refuel after a day kayaking or hiking. The locations are all remote and give a real taste of the Arctic wilderness, as well as providing plenty of time to fish, forage, hike to viewpoints or just take in the incredible surroundings.

This trip has been rated as Challenging

This trip has been planned so that anyone in reasonably good physical condition can participate. However, as you'll be kayaking for 3-5 hours (15-20 km) per day, it's a good idea to do some cardio and upper body exercise in the run-up to departure. The trip is not recommended for anyone with serious back problems, as you'll need to carry the kayaks into and out of the water. It's not necessary to have any previous kayaking experience, although it's a good idea to try it out beforehand to make sure that you enjoy it. The kayaks themselves are double kayaks – stable and easy to paddle and navigate. If you have extensive kayaking experience it's possible to undertake this trip in a single kayak – if this is the case, please contact your host in advance of the trip.

If you weigh more than 95 kilos or are over 1m 95cm tall, please check with us before booking this trip as we'll need to ensure that the kayaks and equipment provided is suitable for your comfort and safety. Sea currents bring huge amounts of ice in from the Arctic Ocean, which sometimes block Southern Greenland from May to mid-June. In July and August, the icefield typically poses no obstacle and the sea in the region is full of icebergs. Every season is different, however, and should sea ice persist, your expert guide will help you to navigate an amended route.

What will I need to carry?

Your kayak will be loaded up with waterproof kitbags for the expedition so you can expect some extra weight on the water from your personal items plus your share of the food and camping gear. You'll only need to carry a small daypack during the glacier hike. You can leave your main luggage with anything not needed on the expedition in Narsaq.

This tour runs between July and September when the weather warms and the sea ice breaks up and allows passage. The weather in Greenland is very changeable and whilst it's usually pleasant, it's essential that you bring appropriate clothes for both cold and rainy weather. July is the typically warmest of these months, with temperatures often reaching over 15ºC and flowers coming into bloom. Whilst in August, temperatures drop to between 5ºC and 10ºC and the nights can be cold. In September, temperatures are usually between 5ºC to 8ºC during the day but may reach -5ºC at night.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Keflavík International Airport

15:30 on Day 1

Ends

Keflavík International Airport

00:15 (overnight flight departing Narsarsuaq Day 8, arriving Keflavík International Airport +1 day)

Transfers

International flights to Iceland all arrive in to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) which is 55km outside of Reykjavik, and your onward flight to Greenland also departs from Keflavík.

Your included flight to Narsarsuaq (UAK) in Greenland departs from Keflavík International Airport (KEF) at 17:30 on Day 1, so we recommend arriving in to Iceland no later than two hours before to allow a smooth transfer between flights. However, as this is the only flight to Greenland and cannot be missed, we strongly suggest allowing a generous amount of time between your flight connections in case of any disruption, even if that means arriving a day in advance of your trip starting.

The flight between Iceland and Greenland takes three hours and once you land in Narsarsuaq your host will meet you in the Arrivals area, ready for onward travel (by RIB boat) to your accommodation.

On Day 8 you will be dropped back at Narsarsuaq Airport (UAK) in time to catch your included flight back to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) which departs at 20:15 and lands at 00:15 (+ 1 day). Your host recommends spending the night in Reykjavik before continuing your journey home the following day.

Travel options

There are regular, direct flights to Iceland from airports across the UK, Europe and US.

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What's included?

  • Tents
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • First-aid kit
  • Mobile phone
  • Iridium phone (global signal)
  • Delorme Satellite Messenger or similar, with GPS
  • Compass
  • Maps
  • Stable single and double kayaks
  • Paddle (plus two replacement paddles)
  • Semi-dry raincoat
  • Semi-dry trousers
  • Spray skirts
  • Life jacket
  • Paddling mittens
  • Rubber boots
  • 2 dry bags (20- and 40-litre capacity)
  • 1 bilge pump per kayak

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Backpack, suitcase or kit bag (you will leave this in Narsaq - your host will provide you with waterproof kit bags for the expedition)
  • Small daypack

CLOTHES

  • Fleece or wool hat and a waterproof hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream with a high SPF
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • Mosquito head net (highly recommended if you are travelling before mid-August)
  • Peaked cap (to use with the mosquito net)
  • Polar buff
  • Waterproof jacket
  • A pair of light, waterproof trousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Rain cape
  • 2 long sleeve thermal t-shirts
  • 1 short sleeve thermal t-shirt
  • 2 pairs of thermal leggings
  • Comfortable hiking trousers
  • Neoprene gloves and fleece gloves
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex gloves
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex trekking boots
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Flip-flops, Crocs or similar (for the hostel)

OTHER

  • Sleeping bag (if possible, synthetic and suitable for -10ºC)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Personal toiletries (please bring biodegradable products)
  • Head torch
  • Plate, cup and cutlery set
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Microfibre towel
  • Personal first aid kit

What can I rent?

  • Sleeping bag, sleeping mat (see Optional Extras for prices)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping bag & mat rental

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag & mat rental

Per Person

Solo Tent Occupancy

Payable Before Departure

Solo Tent Occupancy

Per Person

Mark(November 2023)

Absolutely loved it!! Trip off a lifetime and if you’re thinking about it!! DO IT!! You’ll not regret it

Jack(November 2023)
The trip was amazing from seeing the northe...
The trip was amazing from seeing the northe...
The trip was amazing from seeing the northe...

The trip was amazing from seeing the northern lights to getting into a kayak into one of the most remote places I’ve ever experienced the guides Ruben an Francisco where absolutely great and the group also full of great people the highlight for me was walking across a glacier, I don’t think anything could have been better it was a tough but very rewarding adventure.

Karin(November 2023)
Clare(November 2023)

Great off grid experience

Louise(September 2023)

The guides were great and the Greenland is amazing. I recommend everyone to go- but not in September :-)

Joya(August 2023)

Absolutely incredible trip! Would do it again in a heartbeat. The guides Reuben & Fran and the group really made this trip! The highlight was seeing the northern lights one night and lots of whales. We ended up getting stuck in Greenland an extra day due to a cancelled flight which turned out to be a welcome surprise and extra time together. I would highly recommend looking at the weather before you come because if it’s raining multiple days you will want more clothes than what is listed.

Steven(August 2023)
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...
Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experien...

Phenomenal week. A tonne of unique experiences, including a glacier tsunami, a late night whale sighting and navigating a shifting ice field in the wind. Basically a life changing holiday that I'd recommend to anyone with the appetite for adventure.

Denise(November 2022)

Greenland is a magical place. Surreal experience kayaking amongst Icebergs. Highly recommended.

Hannah(October 2022)
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...
Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring an...

Absolutely fantastic trip. The inspiring and hard working guide Daniella made the experience even more incredible. The highlights were seeing the Northern lights, glacier walking, and whale watching, but really every part of the trip was amazing. I would highly recommend this to anybody who is thinking about visiting Greenland.

Dave(October 2022)

I’ve done quite a few group trips now, and this one was right up there with the best. The way it was organised, the people on the group and the surroundings were all first class. The trip delivered everything I wanted from it and a whole lot more.

Johan(September 2022)
The most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! W...
The most amazing trip we’ve ever been on! W...