Kiattuut Sermiat and Qooqqup Sermia

This was my biggest day out in Greenland (around 30km round-trip), even though there were many hikes to come. It began by hitching a ride to the end of the Hospital Valley road (the US military had built a hospital in this secluded valley, which has a somewhat controversial past) saving me three kilometres from the get go. Next was the pleasant stroll through Flower Valley and down to the base of the waterfall that you ascent via fixed ropes to the scenic plateau with a view of Kiattuut Sermiat. After shooting some photos here, I said goodbye to most all signs of a trail (there is a dotted line on the map and some red blazes along the way), and headed cross-country with map and compass destined for a view of the next glacier to the East – Qooqqup Sermia.

The up and down of the rolling landscape made the 500+ metres of elevation gain feel more like one thousand, and the immensity of the landscape was foreboding at times – especially considering that the only person I saw the entire day was my partner, who had turned around at the top of the waterfall. A hut in disrepair that is marked on the topographic map assured me that I was on course, and it was a relief to find it. At this point I contemplated returning to the hostel, but the lure of the ice fjord, now only one kilometre away was too great. I descended to a large lake and forded the inlet, then hiked 30 minutes uphill to peer into the next abyss of ice and sea.

A challenging day out, but one not to be forgotten.

The route
The route
Fantastic morning light in Flower Valley
Fantastic morning light in Flower Valley
Coming to the top of the waterfall - a very scenic plateau followed
Coming to the top of the waterfall – a very scenic plateau followed
View of Kiattuut Sermiat from the plateau - one can optionally descend to the ice edge from this point
View of Kiattuut Sermiat from the plateau – one can optionally descend to the ice edge from this point
Mountain hut that assured me of my position
Mountain hut that assured me of my position
The ice fjord Qooqqup Sermia from above
The ice fjord Qooqqup Sermia from above
Looking South along Qooqqup Sermia
Looking South along Qooqqup Sermia
Back at the initial plateau, ready to descend the waterfall path
Back at the initial plateau, ready to descend the waterfall path
Evening light on Flower Valley
Evening light on Flower Valley. Looking back towards Narsarsuaq
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