Greenland Winter Highlights - GRL66

Winter Activities in a Charming Inuit Village in East Greenland

Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl

Tour type: Winter activities with cabin accommodation mixed with cultural activities

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 279000

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What's included: Guide, activities, food for 5 days, accommodation

Departures: 21-25 March 2020

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Accommodation: Hostel/dorm room

Meeting point: Kulusuk Airport

Group size: Minimum 5, Maximum 12

Language: English

Walking per day: 3-6 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Dog Sledding with the Local Hunters
    • Charming Inuit Village
    • Great Chances of Northern Lights

    Kulusuk in East Greenland is a perfect base camp for your winter activities. A small island, surrounded with frozen ice and icebergs and a welcoming community that will teach you everything you need to know about Greenland as Kulusuk's 250 inhabitants still proudly practice their tradtions, such as hunting and dog sledding. We try out a variety of winter activities, such as dogsledding and snowshoeing around the islands many hills and icebergs. This is a base camp trip, were Kulusuk hostel, a small cozy accommodation in the village, will be our home and base for our explorations. Join us for a variety of activities and authentic winter adventure.

    D1: Reykjavík - Kulusuk. D2 - D5: Skiing around Kulusuk and Apusiak Island. D6: Kulusuk - Reykjavík. 

    Included: Guide, breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (5). Accommodation: Kulusuk hostel mountain hut style sleeping bag accommodation (4 nights). 

    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 905 Euros. The price depends on the available flight seat on the concerned date. 


    Please note: The tour starts and ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavík. Accommodation in Reykjavík can be added.

    If you have questions, please check our FAQs. If you do not find the answer please contact us: booking@greenland.is

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1. Reykjavík- Kulusuk

    We arrive to Kulusuk in the early afternoon. At the airport we load our luggage on to a snowmobile and then put on our snowshoes to walk to the village of Kulusuk (3km/2m). Kulusuk is a village of some 300 inhabitants. We settle down in our small hut style hostel before putting on our snowshoes again to have a look at the village and its surroundings. If conditions allow it, we will make hot chocolate on thermos's and head out to see the Northern lights. Walking: 3 to 4 hours. Ascent/descent: 150 m.

    Day 2. Kap Dan - View Point

    Today we will walk towards the site of the Cold War radar station Dye 4 at Kap Dan. The radar station has been dismantled and now it is a great view point over the massif amount of drift ice that comes all the way from the North Pole some 2700km (1650 M) further north. To the west we will see the mountains of the neighbor Ammassalik Island and to the north Aputsiak Island. Total distance is 17 km (10,5 mi), but we see how far we get. There are amazing view points along the way. 5 to 6 hours. And like the day before, and the following days, as long as our energy lasts, we can go Northern LIghts hunting if the sky is clear. Ascent/ descent: 300 m.

    Day 3. Aputsiak Island

    Today we team up with the towns hunters and their dog teams. Following the dog sled trails on the winter pack ice, we head towards Aputsiak Island, past many small rocky islands and stranded icebergs.  Arriving to the Aputsiak Island we will follow its rocky cost to the glacier that crawls down into the sea in a small bay. After enjoying the view we head back to our warm and cosy house in Kulusuk. In the afternoon we visit a local museum, where our friends Justine and Frederik will answer all our questions about life in Greenland now and then. Dogsledding : 2 hours. 

    Day 4. Stranded Icebergs

    Today we head for the straight between Kulusuk and Aputsiak Island, a place where icebergs strand and stay for the whole winter. Our goal is to admire these ice giants of endless forms and shapes.  Cosy warm chocolate at our house will be the perfect end of a good day out playing.  Walking: 5 hours. Ascent/descent: 100 m.

    Day 5. Goodbye Kulusuk

    After a good breakfast we have a last short walk tour around the village before we head to the airport and say goodbye to Kulusuk and its beautiful surroundings. Flight back to Reykjavík in the early afternoon. Walking: 5 km, (3 mi), 2 hours. Ascent/descent: 100m.

  • Equipment List

    Dog Sledding - 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. 

    The winter in Greenland is cold but dry. You should prepare for this before your arrival. Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing. The different layers need to be worn together so your outer layers should be roomy enough to accommodate plenty of insulating layers underneath. Make sure that you are able to cover any exposed skin (face mask / buff & ski-goggles). After the face, hands and feet are most prone to cold injuries, so a selection of good gloves and mittens is an absolute must as well as good insulated polar-boots. An insulated overall, a sleeping bag and polar boots can be rented through booking@greenland.is

    Boots and clothing:

    • Insulated boots; can be rented
      • Sorel or comparable made for extreme cold. Roomy enough to wear thick socks underneath and still have good room for toes
    • Thermal underwear shirt & long-johns – preferably wool
    • Thick wool or fleece sweater/jacket
      • Possibly two of different thickness that can be worn together
    • Trousers – thick softshell or fleece pants
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, and breathable
      • Gore-Tex or similar – big enough so that multiple layers of insulation can be worn underneath
    • Insulated jacket, ski-jacket or down jacket that fits over other layers
      • An insulated overall is also available on location, free of charge
    • Over-pants – windproof and breathable
      • Gore-Tex or similar – big enough so that multiple layers of insulation can be worn underneath
    • Insulated over pants, e.g. ski-pants
      • An insulated overall is also available on location, free of charge
    • Ski-gloves; 2 – 3 pairs of warm windproof gloves
    • Mittens; Large and well insulated expedition mittens
      • Down, fleece of fibre insulation – wind and waterproof, Consider bringing 2 pairs of different weight
    • Linger gloves, thin fleece or wool gloves that can be worn under mittens or ski gloves
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic socks, thick – few pairs
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic
    • Balaclava – fleece or wool that can be used to cover the face also
    • Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer)

    Other gear:

    • Backpack – small pack for gear you will need to access during the day
    • Duffel bag – for your gear. Max weight 10kg. Hard suitcases are not permitted
    • Sleeping bag – a warm 4 season sleeping bag
      • A sleeping bag can be rented
    • Ski-goggles
    • Towel – light weight and packable
    • Sunglasses & sun protection
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear
    • Water container – thermos flask 1L
    • Head lamp
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items
    • Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
      • Lip balm and hand cream (not water based), the fatter the better. This will keep your lips and skin healthy in the cold & dry climate

    Optional gear:

    • Buff or scarf for protecting your neck and face
    • Gaiters
    • Pen knife
    • Earplugs
    • Heart-warming spirits
    • Slippers for indoor use
    • Power bank / Solar Phone Chargers
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    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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