Glacier and Inuit Village - GRL225

Best of Greenland in 2 days!

Kulusuk village
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Kulusuk village

Kulusuk's old cemetery
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Kulusuk's old cemetery

Laundry is also a part of daily life everywhere
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Laundry is also a part of daily life everywhere

Happy girl on a dogsled
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Happy girl on a dogsled

Up-and-comming sled dog and musher
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Up-and-comming sled dog and musher

Exploring Kulusuk Museum's treasures
Photo: Ella Grødem

Exploring Kulusuk Museum's treasures

Show & Tell at Kulusuk Museum
Photo: Ella Grødem

Show & Tell at Kulusuk Museum

Frederik Wille is a brilliant storyteller of local history
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Frederik Wille is a brilliant storyteller of local history

Tupliaq - the Arctic Inuit "voodoo"
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Tupliaq - the Arctic Inuit "voodoo"

Traditional Drum Dance
Photo: Ella Grødem

Traditional Drum Dance

Colourful church of Kulusuk
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Colourful church of Kulusuk

Hunter's boat heading to the fjords
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Hunter's boat heading to the fjords

Apusiaajik Island and Glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Apusiaajik Island and Glacier

Photographing the iceberg spectacle
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Photographing the iceberg spectacle

Chilling by the Glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Chilling by the Glacier

Apusiaajik Glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Apusiaajik Glacier

Kulusuk morning stillness
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Kulusuk morning stillness

Overlooking Kulusuk
Photo: Ella Grødem

Overlooking Kulusuk

Tour type: Guided discovery tour in a Inuit village in Greenland

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 160500

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What's included: Included in tour: Flight to/from Reykjavik and Kulusuk. Guided village walk. Boat tour. One night in hotel. Half board.

Departures: Wednesdays in June, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July and August.

Duration: 2 days

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavík

Language: English

You bring: Bring good hiking shoes and warm clothes.

  • Tour Description

    If you want a true otherworldly Greenlandic experience, the ideal place to fulfill your fantasies is Kulusuk in East Greenland. The peace and quiet, coupled with the beautifully unique nature and traditional attractions will take your breath away. 

    This two-day tour includes a guided village walk where you get an insight in the Inuit way of life in th small village of Kulusuk - and if we are lucky we will experience a drum dancing performance from one of the locals in the village. We will visit the beautiful church that is built of material from a shipwreck in the early 20th century and a tiny charming museum (optional) based on one woman’s passion to collect everything. After dinner you go on a beautiful boat ride in the surrounding fjords and nearby glacier. 

    After spending the night in this fascinating place you will have the chance to enjoy a beautiful morning hike before getting on your flight back to Iceland.

    Included in tour: Return flights, hotel accommodation at Hotel Kulusuk (1), half board, guide in Kulusuk, village walk, boat excursion to the glacier next to Kulusuk, church visit and museum entrance fee.

    Not Included: Lunch is served at the hotel at 12 o’clock and can be added when possible.

    Departures: Wednesdays and Thursdays in June, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in July and August.

    What to bring: This tour includes a 3 km walk and a boat ride on a semi-open boat. Wear good hiking shoes and warm clothes.

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

    Thanks for your interest in this tour! However, we need to verify flight availability on your selected dates. Please indicate your preferred dates below and we'll contact you with verification within 48 hours.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1

    After a late morning flight to Kulusuk over the ice-filled fjords and a briefing with your guide, you have a free afternoon in Kulusuk. We suggest taking a walk to the surrounding hills to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and waters. After dinner, your guide meets you again at the hotel lobby, now for a sunset sailing trip to the nearby glacier, Apusiaajik. We will sail between floating icebergs into small inlets of the mountainous Apusiaajik island where we explore the wilderness and historic remains of the Inuit culture. Back on the boat we sail to a fjord where the glacier is majestically calving ice into the sea. After the spectacular show, we sail back to the hotel. Duration 2 - 3 hours 

    Day 2

    After breakfast and check-out your guide meets you to lead you on 3 hour village walk. This walk will give you a valuable insight into the local culture. We will visit the charming church and a small family run museum/collection and if we are lucky we will experience a demonstration of a traditional drum dance by one of the local people. A short boat trip to the hotel is optional, and a great way to meet the local hunters. The tour ends at the airport, in time for your return flight to Iceland. Duration 3 hours

  • Gear Lexicon

    Discovery Adventure

    What is a Discovery Adventure?

    On our Discovery Adventures you will get a chance to see allot of Iceland – driving between sightseeing spot. You should also be ready for some for a bit of walking – but nothing extreme or hard. Depending on tours you could be staying in Mountain huts, guesthouses or hotels.
    Please note that not all parts of the gear lexicon apply on all tours. 


    Light Hiking Boots

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    Salomon Quest Origins GTX

    A light pair of boots is more than sufficient. Having them waterproof and high enough to support and cover your ankles is a great benefit and will help keep you dry on wet or snowy ground. 


    Rain Jacket and Pants

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    ME Manaslu

    Wind and waterproof tops and bottoms are essential in Iceland. Preferably a jacket with a good hood. Rain pants with zippers along the legs make getting them on much easier. 


    Insulation layer

    A fleece jacket is a classic insulating layer material. Wool is also a good option. It is possible to layer up – two thin jackets or a jacket and a vest rather than one very thick jacket.


    Hands, feet and head:

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    ME Knitted beanie

    Gloves: A light pair of fleece or wool gloves/mittens does the job. You can also take a pair of ski-gloves or other wind and waterproof shell gloves. Having an extra pair of different thickness is recommended. 

    Socks: Wool is the preferred material for skiing socks, and different blends are available. If you are prone to blisters or have new boots, you should consider wearing a thin liner sock underneath your socks in your ski boots. Make sure you have a few pairs of socks to use to keep your feet dry.

    Warm hat: A normal ski-hat/beanie is perfect. You can also use a thick buff. An extra buff is nice to have - you can use it to protect your neck and face when needed, or as a thinner option for a hat. 


    Puffy Jacket

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    ME Compressor Hooded Jacket PrimaLoft

    A light puffy is great during breaks. The insulation could be down or synthetic material (such as Primaloft). It should not be very big or bulky for summer time use. Synthetic insulation is preferred as it keeps most of its insulating properties when wet, but down is also a good option.  A puffy vest is a good option as well.


    Casual clothes / change of clothes

    Once in the hut, it is good to be able to change out of your trekking gear. We highly discourage you from wearing cotton clothing (including jeans!) while skiing or hiking but you are welcome to wear them in the hut/tent in the evening. If it is cold, a warm sweater (jumper) or an extra fleece jacket is always nice. We always recommend having a few pairs of comfy socks and some fresh underwear.  Avoid bringing too much extra clothing. Life in the mountains is simple and nice, so one pair of extra pants, a warm sweater (jumper), a few t-shirts and underwear should do the job just fine. Light sneakers and slippers for indoor use will feel great at the end of the day


    Backpack / day-pack

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    Love Alpine AirZone Trek 30L

    You will need a nice daypack to carry your extra clothes, river crossing shoes, food and water for the day. Having a compartment for smaller items like sun screen and sunglasses is also good. The pack will never be heavy, but a bit of padding on the shoulder- and hip straps/belt with a buckle is good. Unless you have some bulky personal needs, like photographic equipment, then you should be fine with 20-30L (1200 - 2000 cu in).


    Duffel-bag

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    ME Wet & Dry bag

    On many of our tours your overnight gear is going to be transported from hut-to-hut / camp-to-camp and space is limited. We therefore ask you to pack your gear in a soft bag rather than a regular hard suite case, since this is more space-efficient. A 60 - 80L bag should be more than enough for all your extra kit including a sleeping bag.  If it is reasonably waterproof that is a big plus. 


    Sun

    A baseball cap or a comfortable hat with brim is great to have and is useful both in sunny and rainy weather. You should also have a nice pair of sunglasses and some sun-bloc – SPF 15-25 should be enough protection for most.  If you plan to be playing on snow covers summits you should bring a pair of quality sunglasses for mountaineering SPF 30 – 50 sunblock.  


    Personal items

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    Make sure to have all your prescription medication with you. If you have any medical condition that could in any way affect you during the trip, make sure to let your guide know. For those suffering from allergies, having an antihistamine is advisable – or any other medication that works for your condition. Items for personal hygiene should also be included, such as a small bar of soap or some liquid hand soap. We recommend packing a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental-floss. Avoid liquid antiperspirant and glass containers due to risks of spillage. Feminine products like pads, tampons etc. should also be packed, if needed. If you take vitamins or other supplements, you should continue to do so during your holiday. In most cases, you are sharing sleeping facilities with one or more fellow travelers – so a pair of good ear-plugs can ensure a good night’s sleep. Those not accustom to the bright summer nights might want to bring an eye mask.  Please make sure to pack extra contact lenses (if needed), contact lens cleaning solution, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in small plastic bottles that close tight. A big towel is nice to have – especially if you are taking a bath in one of the natural hot-pools. 


    Water container / thermos flask

    In Iceland & Greenland, you can drink from any stream, no filters, no iodine and no chlorine needed! It is good to have a small water bottle at hand. A 1L bottle should be plenty, as water is easily found all over. If you prefer warm drinks, we are happy to fill up your thermos in the morning and a selection of teas will be available. Very dedicated tea drinkers often bring an emergency stash of their favorite brand. Those who like cold drinks might like to bring their favorite powdered vitamin/energy drink. 


    Sleeping Bag Hut

    The mountain-huts during the summer are usually warm, although most are not heated during the night. Any old sleeping bag will therefore do, unless you get cold easily. For temperature control having a full length zipper is the best. A liner bag is also a very nice addition and will improve your ability to regulate your head during the night.  If you are doing a winter hut trip or summer camping a 3 season sleeping bag would be sufficient. All the huts we use have mattresses on the beds so no need to bring your own for huts.  


    Head-lamp

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    Even though the summer night is bright, the inside of the hut/tent might not be. A headlamp is also useful for those that want to do some reading. There are plenty of options available for LED head lamps that are just perfect for reading and getting around. A small flashlight will also do the job. Most LED headlamps have more than enough light for our purposes and the battery life is so good that one fully charged battery will be enough for your trip.  


    Other cool things to have

    Book – to read during the evenings. 

    Music - and head phones. Some of our guides also have speakers with them to share Icelandic music. 

    Diary or notebook – to write down your good memories from Iceland. Also, a pen or pencil

    Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland, so a pre-charged power bank is a better option.  Charging your electronics in huts in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Make sure you have an adapter plug and/or a voltage converter for 220 V. 

    Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel. 

    Cash – showers in mountain huts normally cost about 500 ISK and take 100 ISK coins. 

    Travel pillow – if it is not very bulky. Otherwise, you can just use your clothes. 

    Powder drink mix – Good water is never a problem – but you might like a bit of variety. Some powders contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day.  

    Shorts - It does get warm enough to wear shorts on occasions. They are also nice for sleeping in, and can be worn if you need to get out of your sleeping accommodations at night. For hiking, it is nice to have some pockets to hold items that would normally be in the pockets of your pants. But any old pair of shorts will do.


    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits

    Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits - Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands. Additionally, limited opening hours prevent you from buying alcohol in most places unless you are staying in a hotel. Having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travellers in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be a great way top off a good day. You can buy alcohol in the duty-free shops upon your arrival in Iceland. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight – they will take you straight to duty-free! Also, there are government run alcohol stores in Reykjavík called Vínbuðin.  If time allows, you can purchase alcohol there but alcohol is much less expensive in the duty-free shops at the airport. 

    On trips to Greenland, you can buy alcohol in the duty-free shop on arrival in Iceland. Duty free in Kulusuk, Greenland does not sell high % spirits – but if you make it to the supermarket they will have beer. 


    Gear shopping in Iceland

    Already in Iceland and need to grab some extra gear? No worries. There are a few shops in Reykjavík to go to (remember to ask for a VAT refund slip when you buy over 5000 ISK, which will save you 14%):

    Íslensku Alparnir: alparnir.is/  this is where IMG gets its Mountain Equipment gear, much of with is featured on the pictures above – can’t go wrong there.

    GG-Sjósport: www.gummibatar.is/ great products, but not in the downtown area.

    Laugavegur: the main shopping street downtown has a few stores, including some local brands like 66°North and Cintamani.

    Kringlan & Smáralind are the indoor shopping centers in Iceland – both have outdoor adventure equipment stores and are open on Sundays.

    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 incoming@mountainguides.is


For availability and more information about this tour please contact us.