Overview

Greenland: 8 day Camping Expedition

Get ready to explore the remote glaciated wildlands of Greenland on this boat-supported camping trek. We start and finish from our lodge in the tiny Inuit community of Kulusuk, a remote and wild section on an island in Eastern Greenland. The following six days are spent camping in various locations.

This particular trek is extremely unique in that our daily movements and evening camps will be dictated by group strength, terrain, and weather – indeed, you will need to pack your flexibility as each day’s hike could very slightly from our set itinerary.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure lead by locals, and internationally qualified guides, in the wild, remote pristine islands of Eastern Greenland. Only 8 people accepted on this trip each year. You must be comfortable walking 6 – 7 hours a day over rough ground (typically 6 to 10 miles) with some ascents up to 2000ft.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Eastern Greenland pristine wilderness on foot and by boat
  • Hike and camp on Greenland's wild shorelines, arctic char streams, and massive glaciers, picking our way through coastline before we arrive at camp each night
  • Guided by professional mountain guides and local experts specializing in East Greenland

Trip Summary

Days
8
Price
$4385 (8 max)
Activity Level
Moderate
Trip Type
Trek
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Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Reykjavik, Iceland-Kulusuk, East Greenland

You will be delivered by a 1 hr 40 min prop plane flight over the ice of the Denmark Strait to the gravel strip on Kulusuk Island. We’ll meet you there and walk 40 minutes over tundra to the lodge. All gear will be delivered by ATV as we walk a short distance to the lodge. Tonight we will have a fully catered group dinner, then overnight at the lodge.

Day 2
Morraine, Glacier, Tundra and Fjord

A boat journey of around 2 hours north through the fjords to reach the start of our route in Tasiilap Kua, a deep, narrow fjord with the granite spires of the Fox’s Jaw towering in the distance to the north. From the shore, we’ll make our way up a-valley following a braided river, before either making a short crossing of the smooth, pitted surface of a ‘dry’ glacier (no crampons required) or skirting the flank of the glacier using the morraine on the valleyside. Our line follows the banks of a stream between steep mountains to reach the alluvial tidal flats of Tunu and the evening’s camp.

Day 3
Over the Watershed

Over the next days, we’ll trace Ikateq fjord’s shoreline, exploring tundra, finding our way over streams, and passing by the remains of a WWII-era American runway. As the team treks between camps, our baggage will be transported by boat to a pre-arranged point on the shoreline, where we’ll collect it and establish camp in the
late afternoon.

Day 4
Over the Watershed

Same as Day 3

Day 5
The Calving Glaciers of Sermiligaq

From our camp above the sand beaches of Nunartivaq, our route gains 700m on a traverse to the upper reaches of Sermiligaq fjord. From our highpoint, we look out over multiple tidewater glaciers, the high peaks of the Caledonian Alps and the fjord extending out to sea.

Day 6
Ice

Icebergs, calved from the Karale and other unnamed glaciers in view, drift on the tide past our shoreside campsite. In the morning, we take a boat across the fjord, pushing through the ice-laden waters to start the day’s trek in sight of the huge Knud Rasmussen glacier. Heading north, we’ll pick our way intricately along the coast toward the glacier, with the aim of establishing camp for the night in a position looking out over the calving face. It important to note that today's distance and elevation gain will depend on the high point we choose to take.

Day 7
The Calving Glaciers of Sermiligaq

Today we will take a short walk to within a stone’s throw of the ice, an awe-inspiring viewpoint to take in the vast scale of the glacier and to look out for icebergs calving. Later on, our boats will collect us for the journey back to the lodge and one night there. On the way back, we may have time to do some fishing for our dinner
that evening.

Day 8
Fly Kulusuk- Reykjavik

After breakfast, return to the airstrip to meet the flight to Iceland.

Dates & Pricing

2023

Start
End
Double Occupancy
  • Aug 16
    Aug 23
    $4385 USD

Above Costs Include:

  • Trip guiding by a IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Baggage transfers: airstrip - village
  • 2 nights of lodge accommodation in Kulusuk
  • Expedition food and fuel
  • Boat journeys as described in the plan
  • Bear deterrents
  • Safety and communications equipment
  • Rental of glacier travel equipment required

Cost Does Not Include:

  • International flights to/from your home country to Kulusuk
  • Hotels and airport transfers in Iceland. Iceland is the access point to Kulusuk. You need to spend one night here prior.
  • Supplementary medical/travel insurance
  • Personal expedition equipment
  • Optional personal rental equipment costs (sleep- ing bags, down jackets, etc.)
  • Any extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances or changes to the planned itinerary (eg. delayed flights, extra logistics and accommodation)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned above
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