Qooroq Ice Fjord – South Greenland

My final excursion in South Greenland was a boat trip out to the Qooroq Ice Fjord to see the calving glacier.  Unfortunately, I was the only one going on this particular day, so it was a small, fast boat out, and a rather solitary experience 🙁

Qooroq Ice Fjord boat tour - Narsarsuaq - South Greenland

Just me and the captain!

On the way across to the glacier, however, we did swing by some of the larger icebergs in the Tunulliarfik Fjord for a closer look.   Although I’ve see a lot of icebergs in the past couple of years both in Patagonia and Antarctica, I never get tired of them.

Large icebergs - Qooroq Ice Fjord Boat Tour - Narsarsuaq - South Greenland

Then it was on to the glacier itself.  Apparently, we got a lot closer than what most trips get (having a smaller boat and all), but we were still 6km away! 

Qooroq Glacier - Narsarsuaq - South Greenland

As close as you go. And we got closer than most!

I had expected to get right up to it like you do with the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, so I have to admit I was a little disappointed.  Thank goodness for zoom lenses!

Qooroq Glacier - Narsarsuaq - South Greenland

But, just because I was the only passenger didn’t mean that I missed out on my cocktail with a chunk of million-year-old ice in it.   I initially opted for water, but then thought “stuff it” and had a very small sip of the proffered pre-mixed martini.   Hmmm… I don’t think I’ll be ordering one of those anytime soon … I admit, most of it got tipped overboard!

Million-year-old ice in a drink - Narsarsuaq - South Greenland

After enjoying the peace and quiet for a little while, it was back to Narsarsuaq to get ready for my flight to Nuuk.

Qooroq Ice Fjord Boat Tour - Narsarsuaq - South Greenland

Goodbye South Greenland.  It has been a lot of fun!


Time: ~1.5 hours (though if you have other people, you get a bigger boat and it can take up to 3.5hrs)

Notes:  You don’t really get that close to the glacier.  If you have the chance – I’d suggest doing the boat trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia.  It is infinitely more spectacular.

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