Hiking in the Arctic


Image from the tour "From Sun Gate to Icefjord"

Imagine waking up on the world’s largest island, unzipping your tent and seeing the sunrise perfectly mirrored in the glassy Arctic sea to the sound of…silence; barring some wind, and maybe some waves near the shore, you get the idea. Greenland has some truly immense backcountry. You are pretty likely to see nobody else. 

Though we build our homes next to the nature, our hearts are always happiest in the great outdoors.

Greenlandic saying

World’s Largest Island

At 2,166,086 km2,  Greenland is the world’s largest island. Now, you might be thinking : isn’t that Australia?” Well, no. This is because Australia is a continent whereas Greenland is an island. What about Madagascar? Madagascar holds the mantle of the world’s oldest island. See Greenland compared with Australia and Madagascar.

It is peaceful, calm, serene and you get to be completely immersed in all of it.  Imagine escaping the hustle and bustle of work and the city life, the buzzing and all of the notifications and emails. Imagine spending day-after-day having the adventure you always dreamed of; glaciers, mountains, icebergs and the vast wilderness are just a few of the things you will experience on one of our tours. We are of course talking about hiking in the Greenlandic Arctic.

Now, what do we mean by Arctic? Well, the technical definition of Arctic is a region where the highest summer temperature (July in the northern hemisphere) does not exceed 10 celsius. Pretty simple, right? Almost all of Greenland, except for some regions of the south, fit this definition. 

Unplugged Wilderness, Greenland, Icebergs
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Unplugged Wilderness

Unplugged Wilderness

A 12 day trekking tour with tent camps, with a 3 out of 5 difficulty and tour guides that speak both English and French. If icebergs and glaciers are what you want most, this tour is ideal, as those are the focuses of this tour. Wild and remote, this tour shows off the grandeur of the arctic.

Land of Icebergs

A 12 day base camp hiking tour, majority of which are spent in tents (with the exception of 4 nights which are spent in hostel/guesthouse), with a 2 to 3 out of 5 difficulty and tour guides that speak both English and French. Spend your trip exploring hunting villages, camping by a glacier and trekking through remote wilderness, seeing different sides of what Greenland has to offer.

Icefjords and Remote Villages

A 10 day basecamp hiking/trekking tour in magnificent East Greenland, with a 2 to 3 out of 5 difficulty and tour guides that speak both English and French. Hike among icefjords and steep mountains and visit three highly isolated Inuit villages. An unforgettable adventure in hut and hostel accommodation.

Photo: Andrei Okorokov

Stunning panorama.

From Sun Gate to Icefjord

A shorter 6 day trekking tour, with a focus on mountain scenery and the impressive Sermilik Icefjord. If you crave expansive mountain ranges, fjords and ice sculptures of all forms and sizes, this tour is perfect for you. At a 3 out of 5 difficulty, it is at the sweet spot where it was be leisurely for more experienced trekkers and a challenge for those newbies that want to try something new.

Photo: Greta. S. Gudjónsdottir

Greenlandic pups.

Greenland’s Highest Peak, Anyone?

Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

The summit of Mt. Gunnbjörn, 3700m.

For those of you out there who love a good challenge, did you ever consider an expedition to summit Mt. Gunnbjörn, Greenland’s highest peak at 3700m? At our most strenuous 5 out of 5, this is for passionate and committed mountaineers. Hit Mt. Gunnbjörn, Dome and Cone and summit Greenland’s top three highest peaks

How about traversing the Greenland Ice Cap east to West on cross-country skis, finishing up at the UNESCO -certified Ilulisat ice fjord and just inside the Arctic Circle? Equally strenuous, but in a different way, the Greenland crossing and our other expedition are truly extraordinary journeys, foreign memories you will keep with you forever. 

Regardless of your level of experience, preference of scenery or pace of adventure, you are bound to find the perfect trip into the Arctic wilderness with Greenland Adventures. We will lead the way on the most amazing hiking trip of your life. So come have the adventure of a lifetime with us! Browse more Greenland Adventures here.

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