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

Discover The World: South Greenland Explorer

Discover The World

South Greenland Adventure

Experience one of the world's last great wildernesses and discover its vibrant culture and Viking heritage.

Tasermiut Expeditions: Kayak & Hiking 8 days

Tasermiut Expeditions

Kayak & Hiking 8 days

Kayak expedition in total freedom among icebergs & glaciers. Ice-walk, polar fauna, northern lights. Dates: June to Sep. Flight from KEF/CPH.

Blue Ice Explorer – South Greenland 4 days – easy going

Blue Ice Explorer

South Greenland 4 days – easy going

South Greenland is famous for its Norse history and blue icebergs, and you can easily reach both on daytrips from the airport in Narsarsuaq.

Tasermiut Expeditions: Wonders of Greenland

Tasermiut Expeditions

Wonders of Greenland

A full-featured 8 day trip: easy hikes surrounded by glaciers, ice-walk, viking ruins UNESCO Heritage & sailing among icebergs. June to September.


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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