The journey on Sarfaq Ittuk is a highlight in itself. The intimacy of the ferry and the ease with which you can meet locals and connect with other travelers is a unique experience that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. And although the scenery along the entire route is wonderful, some particular highlights include:
Calling in at each of the settlements. Every one of them is different. Every one of them is interesting. It is a curious question to stand on the outer deck during a 15-minute stop and ask yourself whether you could see yourself living in such close quarters and such isolation from the rest of the world.
The fjords between Narsaq and Arsuk. Traveling through the maze of broken coastline of South Greenland makes you realise just how uninhabited the landscape is. And while you won’t spot any humans, the shoreline is so close that if you keep a sharp eye out, you may get lucky and spot a reindeer or musk ox.
The Paamiut glacier. Approximately 2-3 hours north of Paamiut, the great Greenland ice sheet almost reaches the ocean. At this point, the ship is out in open ocean, but you can see the ice sheet stretching towards the sea with the naked eye, and even better through binoculars.
From Maniitsoq to Kangaamiut. Just north of Maniitsoq lies a region of jagged peaks and glaciers that is incredibly beautiful. The hardest thing to decide is which side of the ship to be on, as the views are stunning in every direction.
Disko Bay. Between Aasiaat and Ilulissat you will sail past enormous icebergs and have a good chance to spot whales. Keep a sharp eye out and have your camera ready to capture both spectacles during the several hours it takes to cross this enormous bay.
Article by: Lisa Germany
Lisa Germany is the trekking-mad blogger who has provided text and visual content for our Arctic Circle Trail and Sarfaq Ittuk powerpages. She currently lives in Nuuk and works as the Content Manager for Guide to Greenland.