From Sun Gate to Icefjord - GRL85

For 6 days and 5 nights, you will be immersed in some of the most extraordinary scenery that you will ever see. You will camp with spectacular mountain scenery as your backyard and trek along the famous ice fjords of Greenland. And between making your way through the untouched wilderness and visiting the small but colorful hunters village of Tiniteqilaaq, you are in for an invigorating and unique adventure. But this adventure will not be daring or turbulent. This trip will instill peace and quiet in you as you take in the Greenland ice cap, a massive ice field, ancient and still. You will hear nothing but the crunch of your own boots and the wind moving over the landscape. You will learn stories of the land and its people and even make stories of your own. It’s the adventure of a lifetime. Won’t you join us?

Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Tour type: Hiking tour with camping




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Adult: 316000

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What's included: Guide, food for 5 days, tents and camping equipment, Transportation & luggage transfer, 1 night in a hostel

Departures: July and August

Duration: 6 day, 5 nights

Accommodation: Tents and hostel

Meeting point: Reykjavík Domestic Airport

Group size: Minimum 5, maximum 14

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Spectacular Glacier and Ice Scenery 
    • Greenland Ice Cap View 
    • Icebergs on the beach

    The deep fjords of East Greenland are extraordinary. Deep blue-green sea, steep granite mountains with sharp peaks, lush arctic vegetation around creeks, lakes and ice. Lots of ice! The Sermilik fjord, or the Ice fjord in the local’s language, certainly lives up to its name, it is full of icebergs of all sizes. Several glaciers calve into the fjord and one of them, the Helheim glacier, is thought to be one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. On the other side of the fjord, one can see the edge of the massif Greenland ice cap, the world’s second biggest ice field. On this tour, we hike from the Qinnertivaq fjord over to the Sermilik fjord and over to the tiny hunters village Tiniteqilaaq. We will pass by a number of impressive alpine granite mountains, try to catch some trout in the sea, enjoy the stillness and quiet, admire the icebergs, tell stories and listen to stories. A unique adventure in breathtaking nature.

    Included: Guide, breakfast (5), lunch (5), dinner (5), tents (incl. mattresses) and camping equipment. Accommodation: Hostel in Kulusuk (1 night), tents (4 nights). Transport: Boat transfers, and luggage between camps while hiking.

    Not included: Flights to/from Kulusuk (can be added on the first and last day of the tour - please choose when you book online). Sleeping bag (can be rented). personal equipment, insurance and expenses.

    Flights for Reykjavik-Kulusuk-Reykjavik are from 585 Euros + taxes. The price depends on the available flight seat on the concerned date. 

    Accommodation in Reykjavík can be added before and/or after tour.

    Tip! This tour can be combined with our Laugavegur Trek in Iceland for a full Iceland/Greenland experience.

    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.

    Private groups & tailor-made tours
    Create the ultimate Greenlandic adventure for your group. You can choose to make one of our pre-existing intineraries a private tour or our travel experts can help you design a completely customized adventure from scratch to meet your group’s wants and needs. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will ensure that your group has a fun and unique experience during your time in Greenland. Please send your group’s size, preferred dates and desired activities to [email protected]. We look forward to helping you create an adventure of a lifetime.

    If you have questions, please check our FAQs. If you do not find the answer please contact us: [email protected]

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1. Reykjavík- Kulusuk

    We arrive to Kulusuk in the late morning. We walk from the airport to the village of Kulusuk (3km/ 2m) - a village of some 300 inhabitants and visit the local shop as well as the tiny family run museum/collection. In late afternoon we travel with a speed boat to the Qinertivaq fjord passing beautiful icebergs along the way.  We build our camp for the night at the bottom of the fjord, in a magnificent setting, surrounded by 1600m (5250 ft) high, steep granite mountains.

    Walking: 1 hour. Boat: 1,5 hour

    Day 2. Sun Gate, Trout Lake and Sermilik Icefjord.

    After breakfast we walk towards the Sun Gate mountain by the Trout Lake. Admire the reflection of the high mountains in the lake before continuing to its south end. After fording a small river we continue down a narrow valley still surrounded by high granite mountains. On our way we see rich arctic vegetation, willows, arctic craw berries and blue berries bushes (hardly lifting from the ground) and arctic flowers of all kinds, the most notable beeing the Arctic River Beauty. In the afternoon we start to get a view over to the west to the enormous Sermilik Icefjord, filled with icebergs of all sizes. The view is simply breathtaking with mountains and icebergs and the great Greenland Ice cap lurring behind! Camp at the fjord.

    Walk 17 km (10,5 miles), 7 hours Ascent/descent: 300 m (985 feet)

    Day 3. Along Sermilik Icefjord to Paarnakajiit

    We start our walk along the impressive icefjord. A tiny path takes us across steep boulder slopes and down to a small sand beach covered in small icebergs on low tide. A second beach has even more stranded icebergs. We cross the Iceberg Beach and on our way we ford a small river. We continue at the foot of high mountains, across scraped granite „whale backs“ and arctic tundra wetlands before arriving to a small peninsula called Paarnakajiit where we put up our camp. 

    Walk 14 km (8,6 miles), 6 to 7 hours Ascent/descent: 200 m (655 feet)

    Day 4. Paarnakajiit to Amitsivarriva Narrow fjord

    From the Peninsula we walk by a narrow lake before arriving to a small and shallow fjord with yet another very impressive amount of small icebergs and stranded on low tide. We continue along the fjord and from its end we cross some relatively flat moorlands, along a beautiful river until we arrive to a bigger lake. We ford a small river and continue along the deep, blue/green lake. In the afternoon we arrive to a very narrow fjord, where we put up our camp.

    Walk 12 km (7,5 miles), 6 hours Ascent/descent: 150 m (490 feet)

    Day 5. Amitsivartiva narrow fjord to Tiniteqilaaq and Kulusuk

    The day starts with the climb up along a mountain ridge abow the Sermilik Icefjord. We climb to a fantastic view point at 500 m (1800 ft) and admire the vast view over the Icefjord to the west and the „Matterhorn“ like mountains to the East. We continue along the ridge with great view on both hands until we descend into Tiniteqilaaq, a tiny hunters village with less than 200 inhabitants. After a short visit of the village we take a boat to Kulusuk for the last of the trip.  Night in a hostel.

    Walk 14 km (8,6 miles), 7 hours Ascent/descent: 500 m (1640 feet) Boat : 2 hours

    Day 6. Kulusuk - Reykjavik

    You can enjoy your last hours in Kulusuk, and later we will be back at the airport where our flight to Reykjavik will be waiting for us. Flight back to Reykjavík.

  • Equipment List

    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).
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
    • 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 camps. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. A 30-45L pack should be enough. 
    • Camping mattress
    • 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. 
    • Walking pole(s).
    • Sleeping bag – Comfort level 0 degree celtius to minus 5 degrees celtius
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
    • A box/container for your daily lunchs 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut/tent. 
    • Change of clothes for wearing in the 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:

    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings
    • Pen knife
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

    We provide

    • Tents
    • Cooking gear and cutlery, plates and cups

    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 – please limit your personal equipment to 15 kg. 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 [email protected]

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  • Tour Dates Details

    2021 Departures* Availability
    07-12 July 2021 Available
    21-26 July 2021 Available 
    6-11 August 2021 Available

    * The 2021 dates are published with a notice that they might change slightly 
    based on the fligth schedule, published in October 2020.