East Greenland is one of the most isolated and unspoilt regions in the
world. This trip is a an opportunity to gain unique insights into Inuit
culture and local traditions as we explore the hidden gems of this coastal wilderness. This adventure
includes daily guided hikes, we will depart each morning from our comfortable hotel accommodation to explore dramatic mountains, icebergs and
glaciers; local wildlife, valleys and rivers. Join us on the walking holiday of
a lifetime and experience true quietness in this truly remote wilderness
Welcome to Greenland! We will greet you at Kulusuk airport and escort you to your accommodation in the centre of this eastern Greenlandic town. Kulusuk is a small settlement found on a rocky island with the same name, the waters surrounding it are almost always speckled with floating icebergs. Tonight we offer a free walking tour to uncover more about the local culture, history and traditions of this traditional Greenlandic hunting and fishing village.
Activities: Walking tour 2-3 hours
Transport: Transfer from airport
Accommodation: Hotel Kulusuk
Day 2Walking the valley of flowers
This morning, after breakfast, a scenic cruise will take us to Tasiilaq and the valley of flowers. Keep your eyes open for whales during the boat trip - it is not uncommon to meet humpback and fin whales on this route! In the summer it really is as magical as it sounds here! Enjoy an afternoon guided hike to uncover the hidden gems in this enchanting area with it’s a vast array of colourful plants, arctic birds and fascinating geology.
This morning we have the chance to explore the Inuit village Tasiilaq, discover the local traditions and meet local people and animals. Todays walk should give a true sense of the scale and vastness of the wilderness around you. Get ready for views of towering granite mountain ranges and the famous Icebergs of Sermilik Fjord (the ice fjord) as you climb up to a panoramic viewpoint.
Activities: 2-3 hour guided hike and free walking tour of Tasiilaq
Accommodation: Hotel Ammassalik
Day 4Tasiilaq Fjord
Today, an off-trail hike to discover the wonders of Tasiilaq Fjord awaits us with views of classic Greenlandic scenery: dark rock and blue waters speckled with bright white ice. Today is a chance to fully explore the wilderness here and uncover a surprisingly fertile Greenland as we forage for wild berries and discover the lush vegetation that thrives here. Dwarf Fireweed (Chamaenerion Latifolium) Greenlands national flower, is a rich pink colour and sometimes (particularly during June) it floods the shorelines of the Fjord with colour. In this land of harsh contrasts it is a truly spectacular sight in the otherwise grey, white and blue landscape. Today you can also opt to take a boat trip through the icebergs to Hann glacier.
Activities: around 4 hours of walking. Optional boat trip.
Accommodation: Hotel Ammassalik
Day 5Sermiliq trail around Mount Priest
Todays’ hike is perhaps the most magical of the whole trip; it is a bit more challenging than the previous walks and includes some stream crossings so get ready for an adventure! The hike begins following a scenic coastal path up to the Fjord where we will pick up the husky trail ‘Sermilikvejen’. We will continue through a beautiful valley and up into the mountains where a truly unique scene awaits. Nestled among dramatic granite peaks, with small glaciers perched on top, are a hidden cluster of bright blue lakes. Here you are in true Greenlandic wilderness and can observe all of its breathtaking contrasts. The hike ends by circling the distinctive Aammangaaq Mountain and following a track back to your accommodation.
Activities: 7-8 hour guided hike
Accommodation: Hotel Ammassalik
Day 6Icebergs Walk
Enjoy a walk along the Fjord south of Tasiilaq today before our boat trip back to Kulusuk. This walk perfectly showcases Greenlands variety of Icebergs in all their glory plus if you are lucky you might well spot some of the animals who live in this untouched area like arctic foxes and bowhead whales. Keep your eyes open for whales during the boat trip back. It is not uncommon to meet humpback and fin whales on this route!
Todaywe will climb Isikajjia, famous for the US built radar station on its summit this peak offers spectacular panoramic views and a lovely walk with a huge variety of wildflowers. As always we are keen to share our wealth of knowledge about the environment around us. Decode the history of the area from colourful lichen on the rocks, discover which wildlife thrives in this remote destination and enjoy views of some of the most impressive geological features in the world.
Activities: 5-6 hour guided hike
Accommodation: Hotel Kulusuk
Day 8Farewell 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.
Other trips you may like
Hiking in the Kingdom of Ice: This adventure is ideal for those who love hiking and want alternate between the intimacies of camping in the wilderness with the comforts of local accommodation. Explore Greenlands enormously varied landscapes from volcanic islands to flowery valleys; from beaches to glaciers; from vibrant settlements to remote snowy peaks...
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 - 5/5Luxury
trips include hotel accommodation with private rooms and en-suite options.
Level - 2/5 Moderate
This trip is accessible to everyone with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. Physically, you should be able to walk 2-6 hours per day, our hikes are not technically difficult but may venture off-trail. Please note that your help during the trip with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team. 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 - 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. You will help prepare and carry a picnic lunch for the day from a buffet style array of options - everyday there will definitely be sandwiches, hot drinks and cakes among other options. Each evening meal will be provided by our hotel.
Vegetarian options are available; please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.
During this trip you will have the chance to stay some of Greenlands finest hotels.
Hotel Kulusuk is by the sea and near to Kulusuk village, it has simple but comfortable en suite rooms. Hotel Ammassalik has beautiful views and en suite rooms. Both provide hot buffet meals with vegetarian options available on request. Wi-fi payable locally.
In Greenland we use local boats, specially adapted for ice navigation, to cross fjords.
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.
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.
A warm sleeping bag
Waterproof jacket (with a hood)
A warm jumper or two
Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
Thermals - top & long johns
Warm gloves and hat (even in the summer - evenings can be chilly)
Sunhat and sun cream
Sunglasses (UV 400)
Any personal medication
Towel & toiletries
A water bottle
A small rucksack to use as a day bag
Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer months)
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 an additional quality jacket and over trousers)
You may also consider packing
A notepad and pencil
A thermos flask
Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
A comfortable evening outfit
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 to transport. 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 in case of emergencies. 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 -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.
Greenland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts) and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.
Most of Greenland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) -3 hours in the winter and GMT -2 during Daylight Saving.
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 everyone with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. Physically, you should be able to walk 2-6 hours per day, our hikes are not technically difficult but may venture off-trail. Please note that your help during the trip with tasks like cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team.