ARCTIC CHAR FISHING IN GREENLAND
Greenland is the wildest place on earth for char fishing. There are thousands of rivers and lakes, full of Arctic Char. Because of the enormous territory and relatively few inhabitants, many of these fishing areas are hardly fished at all and some rivers have not seen an angler – ever.
The fishing is on a voluntary catch and release basis, mostly light tackle fishing. The size of the fish is 1-7 lbs + and there is plenty of it. The local guides are excellent and know the area extremely well. The river mouths are often very productive when the char runs up the rivers. The lakes that are connected to the ocean, by clear rivers, provide the best fishing but the fjords are also extremely productive in the early part of the season. Char start to gather in the fjords near the river mouths in the end of June and begin to move into the rivers in the beginning of July. This abundance of Arctic char – and the magnificent nature, truly makes this a fishing paradise!
GENERAL INFORMATION - GREENLAND ARCTIC CHAR FISHING
We fly 3 hours from Reykjavik, Iceland to Narsarsuaq, Greenland. A perfect opportunity to experience Iceland before or after visiting Greenland and make a combo tour of these two Northern destinations!
Best time for Arctic char fishing in Greenland is from beginning of July until middle of September. There is an option of 3/4/6 or 7 night’s stay (or even longer), based on the below flight schedule for the Narsarsuaq flight from Reykjavik. The 6 night’s stay is only possible in July and August.
Departures from Reykjavik and Narsarsuaq: July (Tue, Wed, Sat), August (Sat, Tue, Wed), September (Tue, Sat)
Arrival day (day 1)
Depart from Reykjavik, Iceland at 14:45, arrive in Narsarsuaq, Greenland at 15:45, local time. Our representative will welcome anglers at the airport and take by boat, on a very scenic 2 and half hour boat ride. There will either be a short stopover in the village of Narsaq where anglers can stock up on personal supplies (toiletries, beverages) or this can be done upon arrival in Narsarsuaq. It is also a possibility to take helicopter transfers between Narsarsuaq and the Lax-á camp for an additional fee, takes 30 minutes. When arriving at the camp the guides and the staff welcome the anglers with a hot dinner. In the evening hunters settle into the camp. If they wish, they can go to the nearest river and fish until nightfall.
Fishing (day 2,3,4,5,6… – depends on the length of the stay)
During the fishing, anglers have the choice of fish either the home waters around the camp or cruise the coast line with their guide, exploring the magnificent rivers and lakes of South Greenland. Breakfast and dinner is served at the lodge but while fishing, lunch packages will be brought. We do recommend that anglers take some time off to go on sightseeing around the area. Some can be arranged by the local guides but some have to be booked in advance. Please turn to the staff at Lax-á for further assistance.
Departure day (day 4,5, 7 or 8…)
Breakfast and preparation for departure. Transfer to Narsarsuaq airport. Check-in latest at 15:30, flight departure from Narsarsuaq to Reykjavik at 16:30, arrival at 21:30 local time in Iceland. At Reykjavik airport our drivers welcome you in Iceland and take you to a hotel of your choice.
Please bear in mind, in Greenland nature prevails and the time can be irrelevant. Due to these conditions it is not always possible to be in full control of the time planning and therefore
flexibility is important. Safety is always our main concern.
• Welcoming at arrival in Iceland, transfer from International Airport Keflavík to Reykjavík Airport for Greenland flight
• Welcoming at arrival in Greenland
• Transportation by boats according to the itinerary
• Full board and lodging at the Lax-á camp, shared cabin
• 1 guide to every 4 hunter
• All fishing licenses in Greenland
During the summer, South Greenland lives up to its name of “green land”. Because of the mild climate, the economic structure is very different from the rest of Greenland with sheep farming and agriculture playing a major part. You can see isolated sheep farms, most of which can only be reached by boat. But South Greenland is not just known for its fertility, mountains and flowers but also for its glaciers, icebergs in all shapes and colors and fantastic views of the Northern Lights from the end of August.
Field ice is a remarkable phenomenon of South Greenland. It is formed in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland and carried down and around the southern cape and into South Greenland’s bays and fjords. The ice brings seals and seal hunting and fishing are other occupations in the area. Narsarsuaq is the center of various excursions and Narsaq is the pearl of the area. They are the two of the three sizeable towns in South Greenland and are separated by a short boat ride. South Greenland is the most accessible and most traveled to point in Greenland.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO WHILE YOU ARE IN GREENLAND.
EXCURSIONS IN NARSARSUAQ:
ERIC THE RED‘S VIKING RUINS
We cross Eric’s Fiord by boat and go ashore at the sheep breeding settlement Qassiarsuk, situated on the very spot where Eric the Red in year 985 settled and named his farm “Brattahlid”. We visit the ruins of Eric’s Farm and some nearby Eskimo ruins.
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
THE VILLAGE OF IGALIKU
By boat through the ice filled Eric’s Fiord to Itilleq where we go ashore next to some of the biggest agricultural fields in South Greenland. We walk 6 km (transportation can be arranged at surcharge) to Igaliku – a beautiful village where the ruins of the Vikings’ Cathedral and the Bishop’s Farm are situated. After lunch in a small cafeteria we walk through the village back to Itilleq and by boat to Narsarsuaq.
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
The Greenland Ice Cap is “producing” 250 mill. tons of icebergs every summer and their last journey begins when they break off the glaciers. One of these glaciers is the Qooroq Glacier. We cruise between the icebergs, towards the glacier and at location by the choice of the captain, we stop the engine and let the boat silently drift in these beautiful surroundings.
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
HIKING TO THE ICE CAP
This excursion demands that participants are able to walk at least 6 km in mountain terrain. We go by bus as far as the road leads and continue by foot through the “Flower Valley” where the colorful sub arctic flora can be experienced. Lunch at the top of a 300 m high mountain from where we have a fantastic view over the glacier and the Ice Cap. For participants in good physical shape it will be possible to walk down and touch the Ice Cap.
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Guided drive through Narsarsuaq where the guide points out location of the different service facilities, explains about the daily life and the exciting history of the airport. Visit and entrance fee to the local museum also included.
Duration: 2 hours (approx.).
EXCURSIONS IN NARSAQ:
City walk Narsaq
The guide tells the history of the town and about the everyday life in Greenland that in many ways is different to elsewhere in the world. We make a stop in the old Kayak Harbor where the local people still bring in fish and seals with their small boats and we visit the little market where the catch is sold, the church, the museum and the local skin factory. A tour where we try to give an all round understanding of the conditions of living in Greenland.
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
By boat to the Inland Icecap
We sail across the ice filled Bredefiord to reach the Inland ice Cap. Here we go ashore on an island emerging from the edge of the ice cap at the twin glaciers; here we can walk up and touch the Inland Ice Cap. Packed lunch will be enjoyed in this amazing place. Before heading back towards Narsaq we sail into a bay with bird cliffs and a big waterfall.
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Dyrnæs Peninsula hike w/lunch
Easy hike in the Arctic Nature passing Norse Ruins, Eskimo
graves and with many beautiful views.
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Dyrnæs Peninsula short hike
Easy hike in the Arctic Nature passing Norse Ruins, Eskimo graves and with many beautiful views.
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Narsarsuaq This is the area which Eric the Red found to be the best place to settle and where he found inspiration to name the new land: Greenland.
Narsaq – A small colorful town with an interesting museum area around the old harbour. Many walking possibilities to the Viking ruins at Dyrnæs and to points of great geological interest. Narsaq is also a perfect place to experience the everyday life in a small Greenlandic town.