Land of Icebergs - GRL72

Come discover for yourself the vast, unspoiled and still wild nature of East Greenland; experience it up close. On this guided tour, you will enjoy remote base camp hikes with breathtaking views of the icefjords, and epic mountain landscapes. Travel to base camps via comfortable speed boat. Soak up the views while cruising between icebergs with calm waters mirroring the high mountains that surround the fjord. Get a taste of life in Inuit hunting villages along the way and wind down at night to the sound of silence broken only by cracking ice. See full description below.

Photo:  Mads Pihl
Photo:  Mads Pihl
Photo:  Mads Pihl
Best part of this trip was being away from mass tourism and not seeing any other tour groups for the whole time we were camping. Being in a truly remote wilderness area with spectacular scenery. Boat transfers through the icebergs were spectacular!

- Marianne, South Africa -

Tour type: Discovery base camp hiking

Difficulty:

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HARD

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Adult: 302.000

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What's included: Guide, accommodation, full board and boat transfers

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights

Accommodation: Camping and hostel

Meeting point: Reykjavík domestic airport

Group size: Minimum 5, maximum 15

Language: English/French

Walking per day: 5-8 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Hiking with Spectacular Icefjord Views
    • Visit to Inuit Hunters Villages
    • The calving Knud Rasmussen Glacier

    Twelve-day base camp hiking in Greenland

    The east coast of Greenland in the Ammassalik area is one of the most spectacular places on this great island. High peaks rise up from every angle and long deep fjords decorated with icebergs cut between innumerable small islands. On this amazing tour we will explore different areas with hikes originating from our base camps. Occasionally we will climb some easy peaks to enjoy the fascinating views and visit some of the villages in the area. The tour starts with a visit of Kulusuk Island before we head up to the Ikaasatsivaqstrait, north of Ammassalik Island. There we will hike along the coast and climb up to the neighboring peaks, with views over the Sermilik fjord and visit the small hunters village of Tiniteqilaaq. The Karale fjord is our next destination. Facing the spectacular Knud Rasmussen glacier we will witness how it comes falling into the ocean creating a great spectacle. On the way to Ammassalik Island, we will enjoy the area's beautiful surroundings. Our journey takes us to the town of Tasiilaq, the area’s administrative center. Base camp hiking gives us a chance to get to know each area in a more profound way, both the landscape and villages give us insight into the life and culture of the Inuit. A marvelous adventure in an isolated and untamed natural environment.

    Total hiking distance: 80 km (50 miles)
    Altitude: 0-1000m (0-3280 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 1000m (3280 feet)

    Included:  Guide for 12 days, food for 12 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 12), boat transfers, tents (7 nights), 2 nights in hostel in Tasiilaq, 2 nights in hostel in Kulusuk (the price is per person based on double occupancy in tents and sleeping bag accommodation. Single accommodation is available for an extra fee. Hostel accommodation is in dormroom).

    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.

    Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

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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. 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.

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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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