Family adventure in West Greenland

Live like an Inuit in one of the most isolated and captivating destinations in the world. This adventure includes a mini wilderness camping expedition, hiking, kayaking, whale watching and walking on the ice cap! A complete discovery of West Greenland. This trip is suitable for anyone with a flair for adventure and an interest in Inuit culture and makes for a simply unforgettable family holiday.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Ilulissat - Oqaatsut

    Ilulissat - Oqaatsut Your guide will meet you in Ilulissat. Morning boat transfer to the isolated settlement of Oqaatsut. A scenic journey through iceberg filled waters. This tiny village is home to only about 45 people who live in traditional coloured houses.

    Transport: Boat
    Accommodation: Hostel

  • Day 2 Into the wilderness

    Into the wilderness This morning, we will perfect our sea kayaking skills. With help from our experienced guide, we paddle in the scenic protected bay of Oqaatsut, we can approach icebergs and enjoy the local wildlife.
    We paddle to a sheltered cove and set up camp for two nights with views of the sea and its drifting icebergs. Discover the local culture and learn traditional Inuit bushcraft skills like shelter building, mushroom foraging and animal tracking... Each day we will explore the fascinating wilderness around us by going sea-kayaking or hiking. We will paddle to a nearby traditional village and depending on the conditions we may get the chance to kayak out of the bay and to observe the majestic whales which frequent here...

    3-5 hours of walking / 3-4 hours of sea-kayaking
    Transport: Local boat trip
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 3

  • Day 4 Hiking Disko Bay

    Hiking Disko Bay This morning we embark on a truly enchanting hike. Starting from our campsite, we explore secret coves, summit distinctive granite hills and search the valleys for traces of reindeer. Disko Bay is a truly magical place to go hiking; discover the areas hidden gems and learn more about its fascinating history and geology. This afternoon, we pack up camp and take the boat back across the bay to Oqaatsut settlement, ready for the next adventure...

    3-4 hours of walking (+310m/-310m)
    Transport: Local boat trip
    Accommodation: Hostel

  • Day 5 Whale Watching and UNESCO Icefjord hike

    Whale Watching and UNESCO Icefjord hike Disko Bay is known as a sea of ice but in the summer it is said that there are more whales than icebergs! Today we take a boat trip in search of the enormous marine animals - keep your eyes and ears open - humpback, minke and fin whales all frequent in this area! Our boat trip will be led by a local marine conservation enthusiast, an expert at predicting when and where these marine giants will surface. Afterwards, we can stretch our legs with a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilullisat Icefjord and see the largest icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere. Night in Ilulissat.

    2 hour whale watching boat trip & 4 hours hiking
    Accommodation: Youth hostel / guesthouse

  • Day 6 Glacier walking in the footsteps of polar explorers

    Glacier walking in the footsteps of polar explorers This morning you say goodbye to your Altai guide and take a scenic domestic flight south to Kangerlussuaq. The largest expanse of ice in the northern hemisphere is found in Kangerlussuaq; today you have the unique opportunity to walk on this ice sheet with an English-speaking expert! An all-terrain vehicle takes you through the tundra to the polar ice cap - look out for reindeer and muskox! After a final day in Greenlandic wilderness, surrounded by stunning views and curious wildlife enjoy an evening at leisure in Kangerlussuaq. Discover the culinary specialties of Greenland with a meal in a traditional local restaurant.

    Glacier Walking, 1 hour (+150m/-150m)
    Transport: Domestic flight (not included) and 4 hours in an all-terrain vehicle
    Accommodation: Youth hostel / guesthouse

  • Day 7 Kangerlussuaq and transfer

    Kangerlussuaq and transfer Enjoy a morning at leisure in Kangerlussuaq before your journey home. This could be your final opportunity to walk with rivers of cast irons in the tundra and hills where muskox and reindeer roam. Or perhaps you want to embark on a muskox safari or visit the city museum... We have lots of suggestions for your final morning in Greenland.

The details in this programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

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Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: EGROFAM

Included

  • Accommodation - hostel / guesthouse / camping
  • Full board except the first and final evening meals
  • Accompaniment by a qualified English-speaking Altaï Guide at Disko Bay
  • Accompaniment by an English-speaking activity guide in Kangerlussuaq
  • A whale watching boat tour
  • Boat transfers
  • All technical camping and sea kayaking equipment

Not included

  • International and domestic flights 
  • Registration fee €18 (free for under 12s)
  • Insurance
  • The first and final evening meals

Additional Options
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • Kangerlussuaq muskox safari: from  €50

Notes

For many years, we put our know-how and our experience of nature and adventure travel in Greenland to the service of travelers from different horizons. You may find yourself in an international group with participants from our various partners.

Comfort: 3/5 Various

Some of our trips involve a mixture of accommodation options. These trips often include several nights of camping interspaced by guesthouse stays and often with hotel accommodation for the first and last nights. This trip includes guesthouse, youth hostel, communal house and camping accommodation options.

Level: 1/5 Easy

This trip is accessible to anyone over the age of 7 in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. We will do 2-5 hours of activity per day, our hikes are not technically difficult but may venture off-trail. For sea kayaking it is essential that you can swim at least 100m, no previous kayaking experience is needed. This trip involves camping and please note that your help with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team.

International flights

Please add two days to the trip duration to include international flights with over night stops in Denmark or Iceland.

Terms and conditions

Please see our terms and conditions and information for insurances by clicking the following link: greenland.altaibasecamp.com/en/terms-and-conditions

Practical info

Staff

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking expert Altai guide in Disko Bay and joined by an expert activity leader in Kangerlussuaq. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Greenland team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by qualified guides - practicing outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Greenlandic. Please note that this adventure takes place in an isolated polar environment which can be hostile - your guide will explain safety rules which must be followed.

Food

This trip includes full board - we are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide even when camping. Meals are based on a selection of local products and you will have the opportunity to try Greenlandic delicacies such as cod, arctic char and mussels.

Each day will start with a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of tea and coffee. Then you will help prepare and carry a own picnic lunch for the day featuring an array of options - everyday there will definitely be salad, sandwiches, hot drinks and cakes among the other options. Each evening meal will include three courses- we try to offer fresh fruit and vegetables everyday in spite of our Northern location.


Please note that your help in the kitchen is expected and much appreciated, particularly in the evenings. We like when the whole group work as a team to cook dinner, it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days adventures together. Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

During this trip you will have the chance to stay in a range of different Greenlandic accommodation options. In Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq we use guesthouse or hostel accommodation with shared sleeping arrangements and facilities. In the traditional village of Oqaastut we use rustic hostel accommodation with shared dormitories and dry toilets; hot showers are available for a small fee in the village communal house. This adventure also includes two nights wild camping in Greenlands remote wilderness. For this, we provide quality 3 man dome tents, 1 per 2 people for maximum space and comfort plus a spacious fully equipped mess tent complete with a table and stools for communal moments and mealtimes. 

Transportation

In Greenland we use local boats, specially adapted for ice navigation, to cross fjords. This trip also features domestic flights from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK)
Please budget for two evening meals: from €25 / 200DKK per person. Alcohol is very expensive in Greenland, if you want to enjoy an evening drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport.

Tips

Although the custom is not widespread here, if you are satisfied with the services of your guide, tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Supplied equipment

We provide you with the technical equipment you will need for this adventure - all you need to bring are your hiking boots.
We will provide everything else including:
  • 3 man dome tents (1 per 2 people for maximum space and comfort)
  • Self-inflating sleeping matt
  • A mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment
  • Tandem sea kayak with directional rudder
  • A Gore-tex dry suit with integrated warm  fleece liner
  • A spray deck
  • A life jacket

Vital equipment

  • Sleeping bag (comfort 0°C)
  • Walking boots (sturdy, ankle support, vibram soles)
  • Waterproof jacket (with a hood)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • A warm jumper or two
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Thermals - tops & long johns
  • A swimsuit
  • Warm gloves and hat (even in the summer - evenings can be chilly)
  • Sunhat and sun cream
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • Any personal medication
  • Fast drying towel & toiletries
  • Water bottle(s) min 2L
  • A small rucksack to use as a day bag
  • Warm pyjamas
  • Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer months)

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
It can be cold in Greenland, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend wearing multiple layers including:
  1. A warm breathable base layer
  2. A second thermal layer
  3. Wind and waterproof protective outer layers

Helpful equipment

You may also consider packing
  • Your camera
  • Binoculars
  • A notepad and pencil
  • A thermos flask
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • A comfortable evening outfit
  • Walking poles
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Insect repellant

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag so that you can carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a ruckack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required.

Visa

Most travellers do not need a VISA to travel to Greenland but proof of onwards travel may be required. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal health insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip.

Weather

Year round the temperatures in Greenland can range from -25°C to more than 20°C (-13°F to +68°F). The air is low in humidity which means that the temperatures do not feel as cold as you might imagine and that the views are amazing, it appears that you can see further. Generally speaking Greenland is not very windy and the warmest months are June - August.

The length of the day varies significantly throughout the year. The shortest day of the year is 21st December with no sunlight! The longest day, with 24 hours of sunlight, is 20th June. You can see the midnight sun from May - July and the Northern Lights in the darker months.

Electricity

Greenland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Local time

Most of Greenland uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) -3; most areas observe Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Topography

Area: 836,300 mi²
Population: 56,186 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Nuuk
Languages: Kalaallisut or West Greenlandic, Danish is also widely used
Regime: Part of the Kingdom of Denmark but politically autonomous

Part of the continent of North America, Greenland is the largest island on Earth and it is covered by the largest ice sheet in the world outside of antarctica.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Region
Disko Bay Polar circle
Activity
Family Hiking Kayaking Summer Whale Watching
Duration
7 days
Group
5 to 12 people
Code
EGROFAM
Price
From €1,990
Level
1/5
Comfort
2/5
Language(s)
French

Strengths

  • Go whale-watching, sea kayaking and hiking
  • Visit Ilulissat, Kangerlussuaq & Disko Bay
  • Learn Inuit Bushcraft skills, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk on Greenlands ice cap

Required level

This trip is accessible to anyone over the age of 7 in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. We will do 2-5 hours of activity per day, our hikes are not technically difficult but may venture off-trail. For sea kayaking it is essential that you can swim at least 100m, no previous kayaking experience is needed. This trip involves camping and please note that your help with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team.
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