Shorter day hikes around Narsaq
Narsaq Point (Nuugaarsuk)
Distance: Approx 7 km, 2-3 hours
Terrain: Tracks and gravel road
We recommend beginning the hike from the excavations of the Landnáma Farm close to the fish factory. From here you can walk on a track all the way along the coast towards the Point. Continue all the way to the buildings from the old radio station, from where you have a look into the Tunulliarfik Fjord towards Narsarsuaq. Here you will also see remnants of Inuit graves shown as piles of stones on the ground. On the way back, you can follow the gravel road which runs at the foot of the mountain Qaqqarsuaq, and you will get a nice view of the town.
Distance: Approx 8 km, 3-4 hours
Terrain: Gravel road
Follow the road towards the Heliport and continue on the gravel road out of the town, crossing the bridge over Narsaq River. Where the road turns inland towards Kvanefjeld, you turn left towards the bay. A sign shows a map of all the Norse ruins in the area. Besides the ruins, Dyrnæs is a delightful spot, and we recommend continuing the walk a little further along the coast. Here you walk on sheep-mown grass between spectacular boulders and listen to the crackling icebergs in the fjord.
Distance: Approx 4-5 km, About 3 hours
Terrain: Track and mountainous terrain
The landmark for Narsaq is the mountain Qaqqarsuaq just behind the town. The tallest top (the right one) is 685 m. The smaller top to the left is called Tasiigaaq, and this one is friendlier to climb with its only 450 m. A track leads up between the two mountains (start behind Inuili, the cooking school). When you reach the saddle between the two tops, you turn left and climb the last 50 meters. The view over Narsaq Bay is well worth the hardships! On the way down, you can choose the longer but gentler way on the backside of the mountain which ends up close to the Narsaq Farm Hostel.
Distance: Approx 20-25 km, About 6-8 hours
Terrain: Gravel road and mountainous terrain
Level: Moderate to difficult
We advise you to rent a mountain bike (at the tourist office) or take a taxi to Narsaq Farm (the first 7 km). Otherwise, it is quite a long day hike, if you wish to have time to look for stones! The gravel road runs along Narsaq River all the way towards Kvanefjeld. At the foot of the mountain, a side road winds its way up to the old uranium mine. In the last corner before the mine, you climb your way further up to the top of Kvanefjeld. From the top you can return north, down through the pass between Kvanefjeld and Ilimmaasaq, and catch the road back to Narsaq. The best place to look for Tugtupit is from the old mine towards the top!
Multi day hike Narsaq – Qassiarsuk
Distance: Approx 50 km, 3-4 days
Terrain: Mountainous terrain and sheep tracks
The multi day hike Narsaq – Qassiarsuk (or vice versa) is a classic hike in South Greenland. It is a breathtaking hike, where you pass through stunning landscapes, ranging from the barren and desolate mountainsides of the Narsaq massive (Ilimmaasaq area) to the green and fertile sheep farm areas around Qassiarsuk. Even though it is a classic hiking route, it is only partly marked, and you will hardly meet anyone on your way. You can stay at the sheep farms, but will need a tent or bivouac for the Narsaq highlands.
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