Explore the unparalleled magic of Greenland, the land of ice, in the winter. Observe the dancing Northern Lights, discover snowmobiling and go snowshoeing on Greenlands ice sheet... Immerse yourself in a rustic Inuit world far from the stresses of modern day life and discover the ultimate Greenlandic Winter Adventure. You expert guide will lead you on the adventure of a lifetime...
Welcome to Greenland! We will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the centre of Ilulissat. Located approximately 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle Ilulissat is an interesting place - it has many sled dogs as people! Discover more about the local culture, history and traditions on a walking tour of this iconic Greenlandic city.
Accommodation: Guesthouse or youth hostel
Activities: Free walking tour
Day 2The frozen fjord
This morning the adventure begins, we get kitted up and set off into the Greenlandic winter wilderness. We make our way through remarkable scenery and arrive at our basecamp for the next few days, camping under a tent in a second-to-none location, not far from the glacial front and ice sheet.
Today we are off on a snowshoeing adventure! We will start from our basecamp and take the day to fully explore the magical world of ice around us. We can search for seals basking in the sun and playing among the icebergs and immerse ourselves in this remote area with its fascinating history and geography.
Activities: 4-5 hours of snowshoeing
Day 4Snowshoeing the summits
Having mastered show-shoeing techniques yesterday, today’s snowshoeing adventure promises to be a little more challenging as we head upwards in search of breathtaking views. Enjoy another day in this untouched wilderness with spectacular scenes of fjords, icebergs and the ice sheet. Tonight is our last night camping under the tent, tomorrow we head back to Ilulissat for the next adventure.
Activities: 4-5 hours of snowshoeing (+400m)
Day 5Snowmobiling adventure
This morning we can enjoy a final short hike on the ice sheet before taking to snowmobiles for a new adventure. Like dog-sledding, snowmobiling is a way of life for some Greenlanders, your normal commute may feel a little underwhelming after trying this traditional transportation method! This afternoon we will fly through stunning Greenlandic scenery back to Ilulissat.
Activities: 2 hour of snowmobiling
Day 6Snowshoeing in Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today we strap on our snowshoes for a hike to the famous icefjord in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ilulissat Icejford is home to one of the largest glaciers in the northern hemisphere and it is mesmerising watching hundreds of icebergs break free and pile up in the fjord before drifting into the ocean. Discover the ancient archaeological site of Sermermiut Valley: abandoned since 1850 the old Inuit settlement was used by Saqqaq, Early Dorset, and Thule cultures. Explore in this frozen paradise with its huge ice cathedrals before a chance to enjoy a traditional evening meal in a local restaurant to uncover Greenlands culinary specialities.
Activities: 4-5 hours of snowshoeing (+300m)
Optional activities: Traditional Greenlandic meal in a local restaurant, payable locally
Day 7Ilulissat & flight home
Spend your final morning in Greenland exploring the vibrant, cultural town of Ilulissat at leisure. You can stroll through the town, visit a museum and discover local artists and their sculptures before your flight home. We have lots of suggestions for your last morning in Greenland.
Optional activities: Ilulissat museum
note that this itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative.
Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather,
your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to
achieve this, changes to the programme may be made.
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Guesthouse or youth hostel accommodation in Ilulissat
Three nights of camping
Full board (except the final dinner)
Full supervision by a qualified expert guide
All shared and technical equipment needed
Guided snow-shoe hikes in some of the most spectacular destinations in the world
Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
Ilulissat Museum: from €8
Greenlandic meal in traditional restaurant: from €30
Comfort - 1/5 Basic
We love our back to basics no frills accommodation options which enable us to get close to nature. Examples of 1/5 comfort accommodation include camping under the tent.
This trip also includes local guesthouse or youth hostel accommodation in Ilulissat.
Level - 1/5 Easy
Normally our ‘easy’ trips involve less than 6 hours of activity per day, no previous experience in the activity/activities is required and time to relax and unwind is included - accessible to all people in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.
You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge our professional Greenland team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides. They are all English speaking 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.
This trip includes full board except one final evening meal - we are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide. 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 prepare your own picnic lunch for the day from a buffet style array of options - everyday there will definitely be 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 but this is not always possible in Greenland!
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.
In Ilulissat we use local guesthouse or hostel accommodation with shared facilities. This trip also includes three nights of camping under a tent. 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.
Budget & exchange
The currency in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK)
Please budget for a meal in Ilulissat (200-500DKK). 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 but please be aware that you will have to carry whatever you buy with you for the duration of the trip.
We provide you with all of the technical equipment you will need for this
A warm sleeping bag (comfort -25°C/-13°F)
A thermal sleeping mat
Warm snow boots - Sorel glacier boots
A quality winter jacket and overtrousers
All cooking equipment
At least 3 sets of good
thermals - top & long johns, one for activities, one spare set and one pair
for sleeping in
A warm wind and
warm trousers - windproof ski style, soft shell or fleece lined
mountaineering trousers are ideal
Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
Warm jumper(s) and
Sun cream for face
and lips (not water based, water freezes)
headtorch and spare batteries
Gloves - multiple
pairs of under and over gloves
A warm hat
wear like a warm buff
Any personal medication
Towel & toiletries
A thermos/suitable water bottle
A sleeping bag liner
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
Winter in Greenland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
Wear multiple layers including:
A warm breathable base layer
A second thermal layer
Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide a quality jacket and over trousers for when you are snowmobiling)
You may also consider packing
A pair of warm comfortable boots for the evenings (in addition to the boots provided)
An extra jumper/fleece jacket
A suitable camera
Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
A small inflatable pillow
Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. 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 bad weather.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Year round the
temperatures in Greenland can range from -30°C to more than 20°C (-22°F to
+68°F). Generally speaking Greenland is not very windy and we can
anticipate calm weather but perhaps with snow showers and sleet. Near the ice
sheet temperatures can be very cold and there can be gusts of wind of up to 15
miles per hour. 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.
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. During March and April we can expect
16-20 hours of daylight. You can see the midnight sun from May - July and the
Northern Lights year round when is is dark.
Greenland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts) and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.
Most of Greenland uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) -3; most areas use Daylight Saving Time (DST).
Area: 836,300 mi²
Population: 56,186 inhabitants (2016)
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.
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...
Stick to trails and camp overnight right
Stash your trash and pick up waste
Leave it as you find it
Be careful with fire
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.
This trip is accessible to anyone in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. We will do 4-6 hours of activity per day, no previous experience of our activities is necessary: if you can walk, you can snow-shoe. Please note that your help with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team; not just a sheep!