Icebergs in the Snow - GRL68

5 day cross country skiing adventure among frozen icebergs and northern lights. Base camp in a charming inuit village.

Ready, set... Ski !!!
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Ready, set... Ski !!!

The vastness
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

The vastness

Skiing in the landscape above Kulusuk
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Skiing in the landscape above Kulusuk

Our route also functions as a dog-sledding route
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Our route also functions as a dog-sledding route

On the way to the shop... skiing.
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

On the way to the shop... skiing.

Surrounding peaks
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Surrounding peaks

Heading out to explore
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Heading out to explore

Our accommodation, Kulusuk Hostel
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Our accommodation, Kulusuk Hostel

Kulusuk
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Kulusuk

Kulusuk house, surrounded with pack Ice
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Kulusuk house, surrounded with pack Ice

Icebergs in the Snow
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Icebergs in the Snow

Spot the skiers
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Spot the skiers

Skiing by the Icebergs
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Skiing by the Icebergs

Majestic Mountains and pack ice
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Majestic Mountains and pack ice

Bright Blue Ice Water
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Bright Blue Ice Water

Pack ice is a great football field
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Pack ice is a great football field

Football practice
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Football practice

Good spot for a wee brake
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Good spot for a wee brake

Hot chocolate makes good better!
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Hot chocolate makes good better!

Visit to the Museum
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Visit to the Museum

Exploring the surrounding area at dusk
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Exploring the surrounding area at dusk

The cosy atmosphere at Kulusuk Hostel
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

The cosy atmosphere at Kulusuk Hostel

Northern Lights above the village
Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Northern Lights above the village

Tour type: Cross-Country skiing adventure

Difficulty:

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Adult: 263000

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What's included: Guide, food for 5 days, all transportation, hostel in mountain hut style

Departures: 28 mars - 1 april 2020

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Accommodation: Hostel/dorm room

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends in Kulusuk.

Group size: Minimum 5, Maximum 12

Language: English

Walking per day: 5 -7 hours

Note: This tour can also be offered as a private departure.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Cross Country skiing among Icebergs
    • Cozy Inuit Village
    • Great Chances of Northern Lights

    Kulusuk is a small hunter’s village on Greenland’s East Coast on an island with the same name. Many of the 250 inhabitants still practice the traditional activities, dog sledding, seal hunting and fishing. In the winter the island lies buried with snow and is surrounded by frozen waters which makes it a paradise for backcountry skiing during the long days of the late winter months. We explore the islands many features on cross country skis, and to visit the neighbor island Aputsiak by crossing the strait on the pack ice. This trip uses Kulusuk hostel, a small cozy accommodation in the village, as a base for various day tours across the snow clad surroundings. We will visit the village, shop with the locals in the only store in town, climb snow hills, ski past icebergs, watch the hunters pass on their dog sleds and enjoy cozy evenings and good food. A truly authentic experience. 

    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. Optional dog sledding trip to the glacier. 

    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 skis to ski 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 skis again to have a look at the village and its surroundings.  Skiing: 3 to 4 hours. Ascent/descent: 150 m.

    Day 2. Kap Dan - View Point

    Today we will ski to 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), 5 to 6 hours. Ascent/ descent: 300 m.

    Day 3. Aputsiak Island

    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, hoping to meet some hunters dog sledding back home from their seal hunting. Distance 18 km (11 mi), 6 to 7 hours. Ascent/descent: 100m.

    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.  We ski back in the early afternoon to go visiting Justine, a local lady that has a private collection of tools and items from ancient times. We will also drop by in the local shop to stock up good food for our last dinner.  Cosy warm chocolate at our house will be the perfect end of a good skiing day.  For those who ware interested, we can call our dog-sledding partners and go out on a sledge. Skiing: 12 km (7,5 mi), 5 hours. Ascent/descent: 100 m.

    Day 5. Goodbye Kulusuk

    After a good breakfast we have a last short ski 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. Skiing: 5 km, (3 mi), 2 hours. Ascent/descent: 100m.

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