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Icefjords and Remote Villages of East Greenland

Starts: Reykjavík, Iceland
Finishes: Reykjavík, Iceland

Visit: Reykjavík, Kulusuk, Kuummiit, Tasiilaq, Kulusuk, Reykjavík

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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With its vast central icecap and rugged, fjord-cut eastern coastline, Greenland has one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. This hiking holiday on the Arctic Circle shows this off to great effect, as we explore amongst the fjords and viewpoint around Ammassalik Island. Arriving at Kulusuk, we have a day to explore rugged Kulusuk Island on foot, before a long boat transfer takes us north to the remote Inuit village of Kuummiut. Here, we hike beside Tunu Fjord and make an ascent of Kuummiut Mountain (1000m) with views that extend to the Greenland Icecap. A second exciting boat transfer then takes us to iceberg-filled Sermilik Fjord, with a stop off at the traditional fishing and hunting settlement at Tiniteqilaaq. We then spend 2 nights at an isolated and yet cosy refuge at Qaito, where we fit in a couple of exploratory walks amongst rocky peaks and spires, with great views of peaks, glaciers and sparkling icebergs. During the summer season and especially on the later departures it is usual to see whales, humpback and fin whales as they make their way through the fjords. Leaving Qaito, we trek across Ammassalik Island to Tasiilaq on the superb Sermilik Trail, a route used by the Inuit (especially in winter) for many generations. We have a day to explore Tasiilaq, with its colourful houses, friendly people, howling sled dogs, smiling kids and pioneering spirit. This is an unforgettable tour for those who seek a different and unique experience and a real wilderness adventure.

Highlights

    • Trekking beside ice-filled fjords and on rocky peaks
    • Some of the worlds most dramatic peak and glacier landscapes
    • Visit remote and colourful villages of Inuit fishermen and hunters
    • Two nights in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik
    • Exciting boat transfers amongst the icebergs
    • Fully accommodated, using hostels, village houses and a mountain hut

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 161409
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Reykjavík, Iceland
Finishes: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 12 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • English-speaking professional tour guide
  • Return flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk Greenland
  • Boat transfers as described
  • Accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $5,450 ($454/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Colin  

Had a great trip, with a good group, with a great leader. Once weather picked up the views were very impressive.

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Linda 

The itinerary does not mention that there are no trails--all cross country walking. This was difficult for me. Our guide was very nice but had an inadequate map and had not walked in the hike areas. On the last hike the boat dropped us off in the wrong spot and we did not find the was to Tasiilaq. We ended up crossing a glacier even though the guide said there would be no snow to cross and I did not bring my micro spikes. The guide needs to have a better map and the boat needs to drop the group off at the correct spot. Otherwise great trip, wonderful views and fantastic weather. The mountain huts were adequate but some were a bit crowded.

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Stephen  

East Greenland is unlike any place I have visited. It felt more remote even than I had expected, although this is hardly surprising as settlements are small and clustered in just a few locations along a coastline that seems limitless. This, and the lack of vegetation (or at least anything more than a few inches high) contributes to a landscape that feels visceral: sharp-edged granite and gneiss peaks rising steeply from fjords filled with icebergs and whales. The trekking is not especially arduous, although the remoteness again pushes things up a notch. And when the leader carries a rifle just in case you meet a wandering polar bear... This is right up there with the best trips I've done: thanks (and especially trek leader Max) for showing me a small part of a wonderful country.

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