Backpacking Tours in Greenland

Boots and clothing:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good 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 with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory. 
  • Gloves 1 – 2 pairs – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).

Other gear:

  • Backpack – (woman size: 50-60 litres - man size: 60-75 litres) – note that each guest will need about 15 – 20L of space free for food, tents and other communal gear. 
  • 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 – Down or fibre. Light weight and warm. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags, 3 or 4 season.
  • Insulation mattress.
  • Toothbrush.
  • Towel – light weight and packable. 
  • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
  • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear.
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
  • Protection against flies (mosquitos); such at nets, repellents, etc.

Optional gear:

  • Gaiters
  • 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. 
  • 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.


Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact booking@greenland.is