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. You will see ancient remains of a wall used to hunt reindeer centuries ago. 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 - Ammassalik - Ikaasartivaq
Beautiful boat transfer through the fjords to a small fjord about eight kilometers from the village of Tineteqilaaq. After exploring the island of Kulusuk we are now on Greenland "continent" itself at the foot of spectacular mountains with steep granite fronts. The mountains are partly covered with glaciers which descended almost all the way to the sea. We set up camp which will be our base for the next four following nights.
Day 4: Amitsivartiva Fjord
The urge to discover new grounds is hard to resist! Near our camp, one fjord offers a long but relatively easy hike. From the bottom of the Amitsivartiva fjord we have stunning views. We hike east along the south side of the fjord towards the Sermilik fjord. Return to the same camp.
Walking: 7 hours.
Day 5: Sermilik fjord - Tineteqilaaq
We leave on foot to hike a small mountain that towers over the Sermilik fjord, an immense fjord filled with numerous icebergs, calved by the glacier coming from the great icecap that covers the majority of the country and the mountains at the bottom of the fjord. We will admire the view and then, following a ridge towards south, we pass by the extremely isolated inuit village Tineteqilaaq, situated on the tip of the peninsula at the edge of the fjord. After visiting this colorful village, we return to our camp but this time by following the seacoast.
Walking: 7 - 8 hours.
Day 6: Paarnartuartik (500 m)
Following the coast to south-west we come to the foot of a about 500 meters high mountain that we will walk along and cross. There will be no trails but the hike will be without difficulty. From the summit are spectacular views over the narrow fjord of Ikaasartivaq, where many icebergs come drifting down. Descend to our camp is down another slope. Night at the same camp.
Day 7: The Knud Rasmussen Fjord
After two to three hours sailing, we arrive to the small village of Kuummiut. After a short stop there we continue our tour to the Knud-Rasmussen fjord (the fjord is named after the famous Danish arctic explorer who was born in Greenland). The front of the Knud-Rasmussen glacier, calving icebergs into the sea, is close to three kilometers in width and surrounded by steep granite mountains rising up to 1500 meters altitude. We hike to the camp facing the glacier.
Day 8: Karale Glacier
We will perhaps be awoken by the noise of icebergs falling from the glacier facing us. A new wonderful day at the end of the world awaits us. Today we head for the Karale glacier, located further ahead in the fjord. With its wall of ice streching four to five kilometers wide, it is the biggest glacier in the area, and enormous ice clumps regularly detach from it. At first we follow the coast, fording a river, arriving at the glacier that hinders our path. If we have brought a bottle of whiskey, is this the ideal place to have a drink with ice that is over 600 years old! Return to the same camp.
Walking: 7 - 8 hours.
Day 9: Panoramic view (800m) over the fjord and the glaciers
Close to our camp there is a mountain that offers a long but an easy ascension. From the summit you will get an extraordinary view over the fjord, its numerous glaciers and mountains. Return to the same camp.
Walking: 5 - 7 hours. Ascent-Descent: 800 m.
Day 10: Tasiilaq (Ammassalik island)
Transfer by boat to Ammassalik island. A magical mini-cruise through a festival of fjords, islands and mountains covered by glaciers. We set land at Tasiilaq on Ammassalik Island. With about 1900 inhabitants, Tasiilaq is the most important village on the east coast of Greenland. Situated in Ammassalik fjord, faced with mountain Polhelms Fjell (1008 m), it is a picturesque village with colorful houses.
Day 11: Ascension of Somandsfjeldet (679m) - Tasiilaq
We climb the summit of Somandsfjeldet, the mountain that dominates the village. This ascension without trails demands a secure foot but it is worth the challenge. On the opposite side of the village, a cliff falls directly in the sea. A beautiful view over the archipelago that consists of numoerous of islets and big icebergs that sometimes stretch over 100 meters height floating forward to the south. We return to the village, walk around the streets of Tasiilaq and discover the inuits way of life, a society that still depends on seal hunting. Night at the same accommodation as the night before.
Day 12: Kulusuk - Reykjavík
A short walk in the morning before the boat transfer to Kulusuk island and the return flight to Reykjavík.