Iceberg Spectacle - GRL227

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Iceberg spectacle
Photo: Tim Tietjen

Iceberg spectacle

Flowers in front of the museum
Photo: Mads Pihl

Flowers in front of the museum

Boat tour through the ice
Photo: Ella Grødem

Boat tour through the ice

Greenlandic husky puppy
Photo: Josepha Thomsen

Greenlandic husky puppy

View of Polhems Fjeld in Tasiilaq
Photo: Josepha Thomsen

View of Polhems Fjeld in Tasiilaq

The Knud Rasmussen Glacier, East Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl

The Knud Rasmussen Glacier, East Greenland

Boat excursion among icebergs
Photo: Mads Pihl

Boat excursion among icebergs

Greenlandic husky with her puppies
Photo: Josepha Thomsen

Greenlandic husky with her puppies

Greenlandic girl
Photo: Mads Pihl

Greenlandic girl

View from Tasiilaq
Photo: Josepha Thomsen

View from Tasiilaq

Testing kayaking skills at the museum
Photo: Mads Pihl

Testing kayaking skills at the museum

Kulusuk village
Photo: Ella Grødem

Kulusuk village

Two hunters on an iceberg
Photo: Mads Pihl

Two hunters on an iceberg

Greenlandic husky looking like a polar bear
Photo: Josepha Thomsen

Greenlandic husky looking like a polar bear

Tour type: Self-guided Greenland adventure in guesthouse or hotel accommodation

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 268800

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What's included: Flights to/from Reykjavik and Kulusuk, Helicopter flight to/from Tasiilaq, full day boat excursion, guided city walk in Tasiilaq, accommodation (2 nights in double occupancy)

Departures: Departures: Tue, Thu, Fri and Sun in July until Mid- August (can be run in June and on other weekdays with an adjusted program and price)

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Language: English

You bring: Bring good hiking shoes and warm clothes.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Full day boat excursion to an impressive glacier or beautiful icefjord
    • Guided sightseeing in a charming Inuit village/town
    • Helicopter flights over ice-filled fjords

    A two hour flight from Iceland and a 10 minute helicopter-ride over the ice-filled fjord will take you to a world you could never imagine. Our Iceberg Spectacle include a guided sightseeing tour in the charming Inuit village of Kulusuk or Tasiiaq - the main town of East Greenland. You will get a change to explore the small colorful houses and smile back at the smiling population. When in Tasiilaq, there is lots to take in in this picturesque urban arctic town with a population of around 2000 people, and you will have a change to do so.

    The actual iceberg spectacle takes place on day 2. This full day boat excursion will take you on an amazing adventure either to the well known Knud Rasmussen Glacier or to the magnificent Sermilik Icefjord (depending on weekday) - both breathtaking and memorable experiences!

    Included: Flights to/from Reykjavik and Kulusuk, helicopter between Kulusuk - Tasiilaq, full day boat excursion (7-8 hours), guided sightseeing in either Kulusuk or Tasiilaq, accommodation in a guesthouse in double occupancy.

    Note: Bring 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

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1
    After a two hour flight from Reykjavik you arrive to Kulusuk. Shortly after you will go for a 10 minute helicopter flight over the ice-filled fjord to Tasiilaq - the main town in the region with a population of around 2000 - where you spend the night. After you have settled in at your accommodation the next thing on the program is the city walk of Tasiilaq and the flower valley!

    The city walk will take us to a workshop where local artists make beautiful and renowned handicraft. Then towards the harbor and visit the museum, which is the old church built in 1903. The museum has many historical treasures, and you can learn about the life and history of East Greenland.

    The walk continues along the shore to the hospital and up to the new church. Above the church, you will enjoy a beautiful view over the town. In this area, you will be able to see the oldest houses of the town where the first colony manager Johann Pedersen or the polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen lived.

    Before heading to the Flower Valley, you can visit the tourist office Skæven where it is possible to buy handicraft of all kinds, maps, etc. As the name of the valley indicates, you will be able to see many different flowers, such as arctic thyme, arctic bluebell, arctic dandelion, the national flower broad-leafed willow herb, and many more.

    We continue the small curved path along the river for a few kilometers, until we reach a small waterfall. Here we will spend some time to enjoy the beautiful landscape and peacefulness, before heading back to Tasiilaq. 

    Note: It is an easy walk through town, but we recommend sturdy shoes for the walk in the Flower Valley. We recommend you to bring some refreshments with you.


    Day 2
    After a good nights sleep and breakfast an exiting day of adventure awaits you. In the harbour you will meet the guide for the boat excursion who will take you on a full day adventure (7-8 hours) to either the well-known Knud Rasmussen glacier or the magnificent Sermilik Icefjord - which of the tours you will be joining depends on the weekday you are there, but both excursions are amazing, so no need to worry about that at all.

    Same accommodation as the night before.

    Day 3
    In the morning you take a helicopter back to Kulusuk from where you board the flight back to Reykjavik!

  • Optional Activities

    SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE TASIILAQ AREA

    Sometimes 3 days is not enough. If you wish to extend your stay, there are plenty of things to explore and experience. Here are a few. Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    KAYAKING 

    Kayaking in Greenland is a perfect way to see icebergs
    Photo: Ella Grødem

    Did you know that kayaking is an Inuit invention? It is! You will see why when you experience the tranquility and closeness to the icebergs when you navigate among the icebergs in the fjord in Tasiilaq. A local guide will teach you the basic paddle techniques and off you go into the Arctic bright night. 

    Available from Tasiilaq in July and August.

    Guided evening paddle (2 hours) 
    Price from: 110 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

     

    ICE CAP GLACIER HIKE

    Glacier hike in Greenland
    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    One thing is seeing icebergs floating in the waters, or a glacier from a boat. Another would be to hike on it, and feel it, and smell it, and hear it. This full day Ice Cap Hike starts with a 1 hour boat ride to the Ice Cap, and then a hike up to the plateu where the view is just amazing. A certified glacier guide will teach you the does and don'ts of walking on the ice and provide the gear neceissary. 

    Available from Kulusuk and Tasiilaq, in July and August.

    Full day (7-8 hours) hike tour 
    Price from: 335 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    ICE CAVE TOUR

    Exploring ice caves in East Greenland
    Photo: Niccoló Segreto

    You could get even closer to the glacier than hiking on it or sailing around it. You can go inside it! There is a beautiful and safe ice cave not far from Kulusuk and Tasiilaq. A short boatride to the glacier, and a short hike on the ice will bring you into the heart of the glacier.  A certified glacier guide will teach you the does and don'ts of walking on the ice and provide the gear neceissary. 

    Available from Kulusuk and Tasiilaq. in July and August.

    5-6 hours
    Price from: 240 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    SØMANDSFJELDET HIKE

    Hike to mt Sømandsfjeldet, above Tasiilaq, East Greenland
    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Mt. Sømandsfjeldet (or the Sea-Man's mountain) rises 679 m above the village of Tasiilaq. A hike up the steep hils will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the village and the surrounding little islands in Ammassalik. 

    Available from Tasiilaq, in July and August.

    Guided hike (4-5 hours) 
    Price from: 110 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    WHALE SAFARI

    Whale tail in the Arctic sea in the sunset in Greenland
    Photo: Julie Skotte

    August and September is when the whales come to East Greenland. Minkey whales, humbacks and finwhales are just a few of the species you could spot on an evening tour around Tasiilaq. Seeing these magical creatures offers a new scale of size. 

    Available from Tasiilaq, in August and September.

    2-3 hour evening sailing tour
    Price from: 110 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    EXTRA BOAT TOUR

    You will see Icebergs during your sailing trip in Greenland
    Photo: Ella Grødem

    There are so many places to visit and things to see that there is always another boat tour to join. Knud Rasmussen glacier and the US army base in Ikatek, the hunting village Tiniteqilaq and the ice fjord, or Johan Petersen fjord with its spectacular glacier toungs and marine while life.  

    Available from Tasiilaq, from June to September, depending on ice conditions.

    2-3 hour evening sailing tour
    Price from: 110 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    KULUSUK VILLAGE WALK

    Kulusuk and the nearby glacier, Aputsiajik, by Björgvin Hilmarsson
    Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

    All tours start and end in Kulusuk, as this is where the airport is. You could therefore always join our daytour there and get a better inisight into the life in a small village, visit a small folk museum and get to see the traditional way of Inuit storytelling. 

    This tour is run in connection with the flight from Reykjavík so many people just come for the 4 hours. You can see a video from the tour here.

    Available from Kulusuk, from June to September.

    4 hour walking tour
    Price: 105 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

  • Equipment List

    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. 

    Boots and clothing:

    • Good boots                                         
    • 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
    • Mittens; Large and well insulated mittens
      • Down, fleece of fibre insulation – wind and waterproof,
    • 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
    • Towel – light weight and packable
    • Sunglasses & sun protection
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear
    • Water container – thermos flask 1L
    • 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
    • Heart-warming spirits
    • Head lamp
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  • Map

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