Unplugged Wilderness - GRL81

Greenland offers something that more and more people are looking for, the ability to unplug and immerse themselves in unspoiled nature. If you are one of those seeking the uplift of uncrowded nature, this East Greenland guided trekking adventure is for you. Over the course of 12 days, you will have the time and occasion to enjoy the singular beauty that surrounds you, as you hike past mountain peaks, fjords, glaciers, icebergs and more. Transport for the tour is via powerboat, which adds even more depth to this tour as you glide past breathtaking icebergs floating on a calm ocean to your next hiking destination. Come let Greenland renew your sense of wonder! See full description below.

Photo:  By Björgvin Hilmarsson

Unplugged Wilderness of Greenland

Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo:  Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker
Photo:  Antoinette Bakker

Tour type: Trekking tour with tent camps

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 347.000

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What's included: Guide, food, boat transfers, luggage transportation and accommodation

Departures: July and August

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights

Accommodation: Tent, hut and hostel

Meeting point: The domestic airport in Reykjavík

Group size: Minimum 5, maximum 14

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 5-8 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Unique trekking among Ice and Glaciers
    • The Famous Karale Icefjord
    • Space, Silence and Impressive Alpine Landscape.

    Boat assisted trek in East Greenland

    Uncover the most wild and remote places in Greenland on this extraordinary trek. Here the mountains are steeper, the icebergs more abundant. The local Inuit stay close to their origin, as their survival is still dependent on their fishing and hunting successes. Deep fjord systems and floating icebergs create the perfect arctic atmosphere for an unforgettable journey. On this amazing trekking tour we will enjoy the sights of this breathtaking landscape both from the valleys and at the top of small peaks. The tour includes the popular must see Karale fjord, as well as the remote but fantastic Tasiilaq fjord.

    This area is relatively easy to access yet still remote, giving you a great opportunity to experience Greenland's peaceful nature without an extremely difficult trek to reach such unique isolation.

    Although the area is isolated and unspoiled, the hike is not technically demanding. There are challenges here and there, but nothing an experienced hiker cannot do with the guidance of our experienced guide. Travel by boats and using them for luggage transport means that Greenland’s peaceful nature and unique isolation becomes accessible for real trekking without the labor of carrying heavy packs.

    Total walking distance: 140 kilometers (87 miles)

    Altitude: 0 - 850 meters

    Maximum ascent: 1000 meters (3280 feet)

    Included in price: Guide for 12 days, Food (breakfast (11), lunch (10), dinner (11)), boat transfers, boats for baggage transport, tent accommodation (8 nights), cooking gear, hut accommodation (2 nights) and hostel accommodation in Kulusuk (1 night).

    Not included: Flights to/from Kulusuk from Iceland (can be added on the first and last day of the trip), personal equipment, insurance and expenses.

    Flights for Reykjavik-Kulusuk-Reykjavik are around 770 Euros. The price depends on availability of the concerned date. 

    Accommodation in Reykjavík can be added before and/or after tour. Contact us if you want us to assist you with securing accommodations.

    See what Antoine who went with us on Unplugged Wilderness last year said about the trip

    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. Should a tour not be confirmed, we always try to have other similar tours running in the same period of time.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: The tour starts with our flight to Kulusuk, a village named after the island of Kulusuk. Departure and arrival are at the same time, so it is some kind of time-travel: two hour´s flight and two hours’ time difference!  Kulusuk is a small village clinging to the rocky coast, surrounded by iceberg-filled water. We take a quick look at the island we will be spending a night on, before boarding our boats to Karale fjord. We sail for about 2 hours to one of the most serene campsites in the world, surrounded by pointy peaks and dramatic glaciers. This beautiful place will be our camp for the next 3 nights. Approx. 2 hours sailing.

    Day 2: Although silence is omnipresent in East Greenland, most likely you will wake up to the thunder of ice calving from one of the three glaciers surrounding us. This is a pleasant noise to wake up to and it will fill you with energy for today´s 850 m ascend. From here you will get a breathtaking view over the fjord and a different sense of our size in the world. We spend the night in the Karale fjord camp. Approx. 7-8 hours walk.

    Day 3: Today’s hike includes less ascend and more focus on the vastness of the glacier. We walk into the fjord towards Karale glacier’s ice-wall, stretching four to five kilometers wide. Karale is the biggest glacier in the area, and enormous ice clumps regularly detach from it. As we follow the coast, we will need to ford a small river. If we have brought a bottle of whiskey, this is the ideal place to have a drink with ice that is over 600 years old! Feel free to bring some ancient ice back with you for tonight’s aperitif! At the end of our hike, we return to Karale fjord camp. Approx. 6-7 hours walk.

    Day 4:  Today we leave Karale fjord, but just wait, the next campsite is no less amazing. We walk along the coast and eventually cross over a pass on Nunartivaq mountain, passing colorful rock formations and enjoying yet another great view. We descend down into a small valley full of old stone blocks (boulders) not far from a beautiful beach. We put up camp for the night. Approx. 6-7 hours walk. 

    Day 5: Here is a tip: get up before everyone else does and take a dip in the ocean! You will need some extra kick as this will be one of the more demanding days. The trek includes following the slopes of the mountains that descend into the sea, towards the Southwest. We walk into the Ikateq strait, a narrow passage between the mainland and the Qianarteq island. We arrive in a valley with an old, abandoned military airport from WWII. This place is a fountain of curiosities. We put up our camp here for the night. Approx. 6- 7 hours walk.

    Day 6: After we all find a WWII treasure, we continue through the Ikateq strait towards the Tunu fjord. Although, today is not as challenging as yesterday, we will still see some action. In Tunu we have to ford a large glacier river that flows in many branches towards the sea. Really refreshing! We continue to Tunup Kua valley, between high and steep granite mountains. There is something special about the energy here, and we will set camp in this magical place for the evening. Approx. 6 - 7 hours walk

    Day 7: Today, we turn away from the coast for the first time and walk in the Tunup Kua valley. We go over a mountain pass to the Tasiilap Nua valley in the extremely narrow and deep Tasiilaq fjord. This fantastic valley is surrounded by up to 1500m high granite peaks on both sides. Today’s adventure includes crossing a glacier tongue, and we advise you to have your hiking sticks handy. Approx. 6- 7 hours walk.

    Day 8: Following the coast, we walk north to the very bottom of the Tasiilaq fjord. On the way, we cross a couple of small streams, child’s play compared to the large river we crossed in Tunu on Day 6. We put up the camp close to a river flowing from the valley behind the Tasiilaq fjord, called Tasiilap kua. This is the last time we camp on this trip. Approx. 5 hour walk.

    Day 9: It is time to ascend out of the valley. We pack our bags for the next two nights, our sleeping bags and food for two days, and head up to Tasiilaq mountain hut. The hut is situated at around 700 m altitude in a mountain range rising above 2000m. The day starts easy, but we must hike one steep hill along a glacier moraine before we arrive to the beautiful view in the valley where our hut is located. Tonight, we make ourselves comfortable in this cozy mountain hut. Approx. 5 hours walk.

    Day 10: The goal for today is to find a place where we can enjoy the fantastic alpine landscape around us. We head out from the hut to climb a summit rising above our accommodations. After taking in so much beauty and splendor at the summit, we head back to our cozy mountain hut for the evening. 6 hours walk.

    Day 11: During our last day of hiking, we descend down to the Tasiilaq fjord again, the same way as we came up. A boat awaits us and a smiling chauffeur will sail us back to Kulusuk, where we spend our last night in sleeping bags at the Kulusuk Hostel. Approx. 4 hours walk and 2 hours boat. 

    Day 12: Before we can say farewell to Greenland, we spend some time learning a bit about Inuit culture and history. On a guided tour of the Kulusuk Museum, a tiny and charming  place run by a local family, we fill up on knowledge about Greenland’s native people. Brimming with new knowledge and memories that will last a lifetime, we say goodbye to Greenland and fly back to Reykjavík, Iceland.

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  • Equipment List

    Trekking Tours in Greenland

    - Equipment list for Trekking Tours / Assisted Treks in Greenland

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably 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 and light material that dries quickly 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 – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day that can also be used when you go to the mountain hut. You need to be able to pack your sleepingbag, extra clothes, as well as the food (mostly dryfood) that will be devided beteween you and the other passengers before you hike up to the hut, A 50L pack should be enough. (3000 cu in)  
    • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip 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, soap etc. 
    • Earplugs 
    • Protection against flies (mosquito's); such at nets, repellants, etc.

    Optional gear:

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

    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. 
Gear transport in Greenland happens on boats with limited capacity – both in volume and weight – pleas limit your personal equipment to 15kg and pack it in a soft duffel bag or comparable.

    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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