Join us in exploring one of the most beautiful and wild coastlines in East Greenland. A land of jagged mountains, huge glaciers, iceberg-filled fjords and a culture millennia old. Together with the most experienced guides, we will explore some of our favourite places in wilderness few ever see. Whilst a boat moves our comfortable camp each day, we will walk with light day packs, free to take our time and explore.
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Leaving from the village of Kulusuk, an Inuit subsistence hunting community of 250, we’ll traverse fjords, walk through rich tundra, experience arctic wildlife and spend nights camped in view of kilometre-wide glacier faces calving directly into the sea. We’ll eat fish from the fjords, find edible plants and learn about the people who have made this place home for thousands of years. Led by a partnership of some of the most respected Inuit elders and guides we hope to offer you a unique insight into this most special of places we love.
- Flights from the UK to Iceland and onwards to Greenland, return.
- All transfers
- Overnight accommodation in Kulusuk for 3 nights
- Expedition food and fuel
- Comfortable camps moved each day by boat – Camps are set up for you.
- Experience the fjords, glaciers and wild places of East Greenland with a light day pack
- Extremely seldom-trodden wilderness journey visiting some of our favourite areas
- Join the most experienced, passionate & internationally qualified Greenland guides & Inuit elders on this trip
- Small group size to maximise our experience of the wild
- Baggage transfers from Kulusuk airport to the village
- Boat support for the duration of the trip
- Services of a Pirhuk Guide
- Tents, stoves and cooking equipment
- Polar bear deterrents
- Sat phone and PLB
- ATOL & ABTA Protection
Tour available during August
- Fly from Reykjavik City Airport to Kulusuk, East Greenland by prop plane. A spectacular flight over the icebergs of the Denmark Strait and great views of Greenland’s mountainous glaciated coastline and the pack ice as you get closer. Landing on the gravel strip in amongst the mountains is quite an experience. We will meet you at the airport in Greenland and walk to the village. After checking equipment and talking over the coming trip, there will be time for to look around the village. The sunsets seen from Kulusuk are often spectacular and we often head for a spot above the fjord at the right time. We’ll overnight in a typical local wooden cabin. Accommodation is simple but comfortable and a large stove keeps us warm.
- A day exploring Kulusuk Island. Leaving the village behind, we’ll follow the many bays and inlets of the coast southwards. We will visit the sites of old Inuit winter turf houses as well as what is believed to be the much older remains of a Saqaaq-era reindeer hunting trap. A short distance from the village, the land is already extremely wild. Higher ground inland affords tremendous views out over the inland mountains and icebergs of the surrounding fjord system. Overnight in Kulusuk.
- Note on Distances: exact distances will be tailored for the group. We have taken account of traversing rough ground in planning daily distances.
- From the village harbour, we motor by boat over Tuno, past the first of numerous tidewater glaciers we’ll see on this trip and up a narrow but long fjord. On foot from here, we will walk past another glacier, this one dropping from the central alpine peaks of the island. Onward, over a low pass and a number of mountain lakes to reach Tipaarpik, a beautiful bay and the place where we’ll meet the boat with all the kit. Camp here.
- Distance: 9 – 12 km
- After a relaxed breakfast, we’ll put all the kit onto the boat and motor a short distance to the next island. Our route today leads us over the island via a valley. On reaching the far side, we head north past several mountain lakes from where we have the choice of a number of hills to climb, any one of which offers spectacular views over the surrounding fjord lands. From the top, we will also be able to see the evening’s shoreside camping place. On the way down, for anyone who’s keen, lake swimming can be a lovely, if bracing experience!
- Distance: 11 -14 km
- A short hop by boat over the fjord to the next island. We’ll follow a valley inland, providing views to the alpine interior of the island. Increasingly far from the open ocean, the climate is more gentle here, allowing surprisingly lush vegetation to grow. Dwarf birch and willow, crowberries, arctic bilberries, mosses and grasses amongst others… Reaching the northern coast of the island, we now traverse the shoreline to meet the boat at this evening’s campsite. This fjord often harbours some big icebergs. Perhaps an evening meal of fish.
- Distance: 11km
- Another short boat journey to cross the fjord. The day’s goal is Sermiligaq Fjord. To get there we cross a pass, perhaps taking the opportunity to ascend a peak whilst there. Views extend inland to the jagged peaks of the mainland whilst out to sea, the ice of the Denmark Strait can be seen. For us, this evening’s camp is one of the most special, in sight of several huge calving tidewater glaciers. The crashing of falling ice punctuates an evening spent here.
- Distance: 11 km
- Waking up to our last day out in the fjords, we’ll have breakfast looking out over the glaciers and icebergs before setting off along the shores of the fjord. Our goal is to reach the edge of the massive Karale Glacier, an ice stream many kilometres wide that flows from deep in the mountains to calve into the ocean. In the lower reaches of the glacier, the ice is deeply crevassed, a jumbled field of deep cracks and ice faces ending in an ice cliff rising from the water up to 50m high. We’ll have lunch here.
- In the early afternoon, a boat will arrive to transport the team back to Kulusuk, a journey of several hours. Perhaps a chance to visit the small museum before a farewell dinner and one last night in Greenland.
- A short walk in the morning before flying from the airstrip on Kulusuk back over the Denmark Strait to Reykjavik, Iceland (flight time c. 1 hr 50 mins). End of trip.
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