Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland
Riding in Greenland

This glacier trail will take you through the sheep farming areas of South Greenland, past rivers and up into the mountains, where you can see the many glaciers. En route you will pass through some unique and stunning landscapes. On the riding tour you will  see many Norse and Inuit-ruins and find out about the history of the area during a guide tour of the ruins. 
Ride Icelandic horses, who are well-trained and sure-footed in this difficult terrain and experience the unique pace of 'tolt'.
The highlight of this riding tour is the rare opportunity to visit glaciers and see icebergs floating along in the sea.

This horseback vacation also includes a buggy tour, storytelling of living a life as a sheepfarmer in the arctic, a showing of the greenlandic national costume and an hour guided tour by a certified site-guide of the reconstructed Norse ruins - all in all a complete Greenland experience. 

Accommodation is in a simple but comfortable hostel based at the farm, offering private rooms with shared bathrooms and local food.  Linen is provided.

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Day 1
Meet at the airport. Boat transfer to the village of Qassiarsuk. Your luggage will be driven to the accommodation and there will be time to settle in before dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast, meet the horses. After introductions the guides will match guests and horses. The ride will be short and a slow pace to ensure that everybody is comfortable with their horse. The entire intro-day will take about 3 hours. Lunch will be served in the dining-room and the rest of the day is free to relax. Dinner between 18:00 and 19:00.

Day 3
After breakfast make up a lunchpack for the ride which will be approx. 17km. During the day we will stop to eat in the mountains. We will ride through a farm called Qorlortup Itinnera and then on to another farm called Tasiusaq. Leave the horses at the mountain farm and drive back to the hostel with buggies. Dinner will be served between 18:00 and 19:00.

Day 4
Today ride on a beach and have lunch overlooking the glacier. In the afternon ride back to the farm Tasiusaq. Today you will ride about 22km. We will again leave the horses in the mountain and drive back to the hostel with buggies. Dinner between 18:00 and 19:00.

Day 5
Breakfast in the morning and we drive the buggies back to the horses. Ride from farm Tasiusaq to the village Qassiarsuk, the ride is about 10km. At arrival to the village Qassiarsuk we go for lunch in the hostel. After lunch enjoy an opportunity to see the Greenlandic national dress. Dinner will be served between 18:00 and 19:00.

Day 6 - No riding today
Breakfast in the morning and when everybody is ready take a buggy tour to the mountains and drive back again, the entire tour will take about 3 hours. After the buggy tour we will have lunch in the hostel and after lunch we go out to Norse-ruins for a guided-tour about the vikings. Dinner will be served between 18:00 and 19:00.

Day 7
After breakfast, saddle up and ride to Inneruulalik for lunch. During lunch you will hear about life as a sheep farmer in South Greenland. After lunch go back to the horses and ride back to the village Qassiarsuk. The entire ride is about 14km. Dinner between 18:00 and 19:00.

Day 8
Breakfast in the morning and then walk to the harbour to sail to Narsarsuaq. The luggage will be driven by a team member to the harbour for you. Transfer to the airport. You can check your luggage in at arrival, and go to the nearby museum and two cafés before your departure.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

All horses in Greenland are Icelandic horses.  The horses used on the trail are owned by the farmers and used to gather sheep from the mountains at the end of summer, every year.  They are surefooted horses who thrive well in both warm summers and cold winters and are confident navigating the tricky terrain.


Rider requirements

This ride is for intermediate or above, you should be confident at all paces and in control of a forward going horse in open spaces an within a group environment. You will be riding between 3 and 5 hours per day so a reasonable level of fitness will be required.

You are expected to wear a riding hat, you can bring your own or borrow one from the stables.
Rider weight limit is 100kg

Younger riders must be confident and capable, this ride is not suitable for children.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 220 lb/100 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Accommodation is based at the riding center in their hostel.  It offers single rooms with a single bed and shared use of the bathroom.  Rooms are simple but comfortable. The accommodation has free wifi and free use of the washing machine.   



Meals consist of hearty local produce. Pack lunches for the trail are made after breakfast, and eaten on the ride. Meat from marine mammals, game, lamb, birds and fish have been the main ingredient in Greenlandic food for generations. The high meat content in the diet provides energy and nourishment all year round in the cold harsh climate. Dinner is always followed by dessert


Unfortunately vegetarian or other unusual dietary requests cannot be accommodated on this trip.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures.

Everyone over the age of 14 is required to show a valid identity document on request Passport and Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice for Greenland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/denmark

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/


Climate Summary

Southern Greenland is warmest in June, July and August, with highs of 14/15 degrees C. July is the warmest month of the year with average temperatures of 11 and highs of 15 degrees C. Precipitation is low, on average around 22mm during this summer period. Winter temperatures are much lower with average temperatures of -11 degrees C.

Climate Chart

Mobile, WiFi and charging

The hostel offers free wifi and there are plugs in each room that can be used for charging phones and cameras. If using a GoPro please ensure that you have the group's permission to be filmed.

Packing List

You are advised to bring the following,

- Riding boots and Helmet (a riding hat can be borrowed from the centre if needed)
- Riding pants
- Warm sweater (wool or fleece)
- Warm jacket
- Warm stockings and gloves, at least 2 pair of each, scarf and hat
- Warm underlayers (best long sleeve)
- Water bottle
- Rain gear
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen for the face and lips (high factor)
- A pair of slippers for the evenings in the hostel

Programmes

8 day / 7 nights / 5 days riding

Departure Dates

2024: 22 - 29 June (FULL); 2 - 9 July (FULL); 13 - 20 July (FULL); 3 - 10 August (FULL).

Pricing
A single room can be booked for no extra supplement when available.
No of   
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Riding days Product item description £
20248d/7n5double pp2,019
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days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20248d/7n5double pp2,395
No of   
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Riding days Product item description US $
20248d/7n5double pp2,695
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Riding days Product item description SEK
20248d/7n5double pp27,455
Other Activities

Guests can book a boat trip to the glacier with Blue Ice Explorer

Wildlife

Greenland has an amazing diversity of wildlife including seals, whales, musk oxen, walruses, reindeer and rarely polar bears. There are over 230 species of birds, as snow buntings, finches, Lapland buntings and northern wheatears, ravens, the rock ptarmigan, and birds of prey such as white-tailed eagles, peregrine falcon and gyrfalcon. On the coasts northern fulmar, eiders, thick-billed murres, Arctic terns, Arctic skuas and 10-12 species of gull can be seen, whilst in wetlands you can encounter up to 15 different waders such as large ringed plovers, purple sandpipers and red-necked phalaropes.

Other Information

Qassiarsuk is a small village with about 40 citizens, there is a small local grocery store called Pilersuisoq that is open from 10:00-15:00. There is also a cafe called, Cafe Thorhildur with souvenirs, coffee, tea, and sandwiches. The opening hours of the cafe is usually between 09:30-19:00.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Narsarsuaq International Airport (QAK)
Transfer:
From meeting point included.
Flight Guide:
London to Copenhagen return from £58
Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq International Airport return from £1000
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