Icefjords and Remote villages - GRL71

You will learn that remote doesn’t always mean lifeless when you join us to explore the remote Inuit villages of Greenland. Dive back into time as you learn about the culture of these villagers, how they have survived for generations despite being so isolated. Get a taste of the traditional Inuit hunter’s life, see the pioneering spirit in the colorful houses and the friendly villagers, and meet the famous howling sled dogs that you’ve heard about. This trek lasts 10 days and will expose you to the raw beauty of Greenland and its people. Behold the unforgettable landscape as you hike by high peaks and ice-filled fjords and sail among spectacular icebergs. Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of this country and you will see that life is everywhere, whether it’s birds in the sky, whales coming up for air, or the Inuit people welcoming you to their village with open arms.

Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Bjørgvin Hilmarsson
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Stefán Páll
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
Photo:  Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo:  Gunilla Lindh
"I wanted to say that the trip was incredible! I was absolutely blown away by the places we explored and by your company's professionalism. Our guide was constantly going the extra mile to see that we were all very happy and having the time of our lives out here in the beautiful wilds of Greenland. I will definitely tell all my friends and family about Icelandic Mountain Guides. This was one of the best weeks of my entire life."

- Julia Rigby, Czech Republic -

Tour type: Trekking tour from hut to hut

Difficulty:

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HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 314.000

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What's included: Guide, Food for 10 days, boat transfers and accommodation in hostel & hut

Departures: July, August and September

Duration: 10 days

Accommodation: Hut and hostel

Meeting point: The domestic airport in Reykjavík

Group size: 5-12

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 5-7 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Trekking by High Peaks and Ice-filled Fjords
    • Visit Remote Inuit Villages and get a Taste of the Traditional Hunters life
    • Sailing among Spectacular Icebergs and Arctic Wildlife

    Between alpine like peaks and spires, surrounded by ocean that is frozen more than half of the year, lies one of the most isolated inhabited region of the planet. The people as they refer to themselves, survived through ages by seal hunting and fishing. These are the Inuit of the Ammassalik region. This fantastic trekking trip takes us to 3 of their highly isolated villages and to a mountain hut in the most incredible ice fjord. Mountains, icebergs, huge glaciers and rivers form the landscape. Add to that small colorful houses, friendly people, howling sled dogs, smiling kids and a pioneering spirit. This is an unforgettable tour for those who seek a different and unique experience and a true outdoor adventure, but prefer inside accommodation to camping in this wild and fascinating nature.

    Total distance: 70 kilometers (44 miles)
    Altitude: 0 – 1000 meters (165 - 3600 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 500 meters (1600 feet)

    Included: Guide, food for 10 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 10), boat transfers, accommodation in basic hut/hostel/guesthouse.

    Not included: flight from Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Reykjavik (can be added on the first and last day of the trip), Personal equipment, insurance and expenses.

    Flights for Reykjavik-Kulusuk-Reykjavik are from 770 Euros. The price depends on the available flight seat on the concerned date. 

    Accommodation in Reykjavík can be added before and/or after tour.

    All departures are in English/French 

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík - Kulusuk
    A midday flight to Kulusuk or Kap Dan, "capital" of the island of Kulusuk and arrival at the same time: two hour´s flight and two hours’ time difference!  Kulusuk is actually a small village clinging to the rocky coast. In front of it the bay is littered with icebergs behind bold rocky peaks. And the local cemetery is a fascinating place! We explore the village and surroundings. Night at a hostel in Kulusuk.

    Day 2: Kulusuk Island
    Having a whole day to explore the island of Kulusuk, we will take a walk that will give us insight into the local history and a chance to enjoy the amazing scenery. The view on the coast is amazing and at the most western tip of the island we see out to the Atlantic. Heading back we pass the lakes in the heart of the island. The Great Northern Loon, a bird that inhabits these parts will not be worried by our visit since it is really the best fisherman around! Following the road that leads through the island we arrive back to the village. Night at a hostel in Kulusuk.
    Walking: 6-7 hours

    Day 3: Kulusuk - Kuummiut
    Transfer by boat to the interior of the immense Ammassalik Fjord, which extends more than 50 kilometers and twists and turns between the many cliffs and islands. We reach the village of Kuummiut at situated at the end of a peninsula and there we settle down in a local house in the village.

    Day 4: Fjord Tunu
    We start our walk to Illitsiartik in the fjord of Tunu (which means backside). To enter the fjord, we head eastward through the Inuit village of Kuummiut. The terrain is relatively easy for Greenland, because we follow a flat strip of land wedged between the ocean and mountains, but we still have to a ford a river or two. We enjoy the vegetation which is surprisingly rich considering how isolated Greenland is. We hike back after to our accommodation full of new impressions.
    Walking: 5-6 hours in total.

    Day 5: Ascent of Mount Kuummiut (1050 m)
    Today we climb Kuummiut Mountain that dominates the village. The altitude is modest, but we have to start from the sea level making this a good day’s hike. At the top an extraordinary view is waiting for us! To all directions we can see fjords, islands, mountains and glaciers. A perfect introduction to this world of rock, ice and water. Return to the same accommodation.
    Walking: 7 hours

    Day 6: Kuummiut – Tiniteqilaaq-Sermilik fjord
    Today we leave Kuummiut and enjoy a boat trip between the icebergs through the Ammassalik Fjord, then a smaller sea street of Ikasartivaq before we reach another, smaller settlement of Tiniteqilaaq. We continue through the Sermilik Fjord (the Ice fjord), an impressive fjord with a lot of ice bergs breaking off several glacier tongues coming down from the main ice cap. Finally reach our hut where we stay for the next two nights. In the afternoon we explore the surroundings of the hut.

    Day 7: Sermilik fjord
    Today we hike for an entire day in this remote area. We hike along streams, over barren, rocky land always enjoying the fantastic views over the Sermilik fjord with its icebergs. In good weather we can see the main ice cap which covers approx. 80% of Greenland. We see the traces of the glacier, pass small lakes and enjoy the wilderness and remoteness of this country.
    Walking: 6-7 hours

    Day 8: Sermilik vejen to Tasiilaq
    We start the day with a short boat transfer further south where we start our today´s hike. We hike along a stream and pass by a waterfall before we reach the pass of the Sermilik way. This route has been used for a long time by the locals. We descend on the other side and reach the lake 168.  We hike along this bigger lake before we reach some smaller ones; finally, we arrive at the flower valley. It is lush with green and flowers, with butterflies fluttering by and a colourful cemetery with plastic flowers and white crosses. In the late afternoon we reach the biggest town of East Greenland, Tasiilaq with 1.800 habitants. Night in private house for the next 2 nights.
    Walking: 5-7 hours

    Day 9: Tasiilaq – Optional activities 
    Today the choice is yours. For those who want to go for a hike in the surroundings of Tasiilaq this will be an option. When back in Tasiilaq we can stroll around the town, visit possibly the local museum (depending on opening hours) or the local shop with artistic local products.

    Day 10 Tasiilaq - Kulusuk - Reykjavík
    A short walk in the morning before the boat transfer to Kulusuk Island and the return flight to Reykjavík.

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  • Equipment List

    Trekking Tours in Greenland

    - Equipment list for Trekking Tours / Assisted Treks in Greenland

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with ankle support. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong, light and fast drying e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket or an Anorak with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory on all our tours. 
    • Gloves. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat.
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts / campsites. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  
    • River shoes – closed sandals or old running shoes  are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. 
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient treks in huts/hostels – for camping tours we recommend a 3 season sleeping bag.
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut/tent. 
    • Change of clothes for wearing in the hut/camp.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc. 
    • Protection against flies (mosquito's); such at nets, repellants, etc.

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Gaiters
    • Earplugs 
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact booking@greenland.is

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