Visit Greenland’s banana coast

The slightest breeze disturbs the Arctic cotton grass, yellow arctic poppies and buttercups at my feet.

As I wander down the narrow path, small snow sparrows twitter as they alight from the lush carpet of grass. During the summer months the south of Greenland is truly lush. Greenlanders have thus dubbed the area near Narsaq and Qaqortoq the banana coast.

"The scenery takes your breath away."

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Package Tours

24: Discover The World: South Greenland Explorer

Discover The World

Greenland Explorer

This comprehensive 15-day exploration of Greenland's spectacular coastline starts in the east and follows the coast around the southern tip of the island.

38: Tasermiut Expeditions: Kayak and Ice Hike in South Greenland 8 days

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Kayak and Ice Hike in 8 days

A 100 km (62 mi.) expedition in autonomy among icebergs and glaciers, visits to glaciers, hiking on ice, polar wildlife in South Greenland.

39: Tasermiut Expeditions: Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

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Hiking and Kayaking Adventure

8 day excursion, kayaking and on foot: complete contact with nature, kayaking and hiking activities, discover Viking ruins in South Greenland.

42: Tasermiut Expeditions: Wonders of South Greenland

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Wonders of South Greenland

A full-featured trip in Greenland: icebergs, Inuit culture, northern lights, easy hikes on tundra and glacier ice. Special discount for June’s departures: -100€!


I breathe in the clean air. It’s so clear that everything has a razor-sharp outline against the blue sky. The scenery takes your breath away. The green valley is surrounded by towering fells. In the midst of this scene the trout-filled lake of Storsø glistens in the sunlight. My family and I are on a hike around the lake here near Qaqortoq.

The sun’s rays warm your skin. A T-shirt and light summer trousers are perfectly adequate. I think of my winter jacket and mittens laughing at me in my suitcase back at the hotel. Who’d have believed it could be so warm in South Greenland during the summer? Well, there’s a reason it’s called the Banana Coast!

Ice-cold meltwater runs down the cliffs in small waterfalls, where it collects in small pools. As lunchtime approaches we feel the need to cool off. There are plenty of shrieks as we enjoy a refreshing dip.


Our packed lunches and thermos flask await us in our rucksack, but we keep hunger at bay with blackcurrants and blueberries. They’re in such abundance that it’s just a question of bending down and picking whatever you fancy.

When you’re standing here in the midst of the fertile landscape, you fully understand why Eric the Red christened the country Greenland. Book a summer holiday now and look forward to unique experiences in the fantastic scenery of Greenland’s banana coast.

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