The Inuit Trail - GRL82

Tour type: Backpacking tour with camping and staying in a hostel

Difficulty:

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Adult: 284.000

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What's included: Guide, food for 12 days, transportation, boat transfer, tents, cooking gear and 3 nights in hostel

Departures: On group request only

Duration: 12 days

Accommodation: Tents and Hostels

Group size: 5 to 14 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 6-8 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Backpacking by the Icefjord
    • Greenland Ice cap view
    • Remote Inuit Village

    Profound back country backpacking in Greenland

    Take the ultimate East Greenland backpacking trip. This tour truly offers every challenge of good backpacking with trails crossing narrow valleys and fjords, high granite peaks that seemingly rise straight from the sea to the sky, as well as fantastic views from beautiful camps. The tour takes place in the mountains just East of the Sermilik ice fjord, a place only accessible by foot. at this point we will be able to uncover fragile flora and the bird life of the Arctic. We also explore the ever so popular enormous amounts of icebergs and drift ice of the Sermilik, also known as the Ice fjord! Our walk takes us past beautiful lakes and rivers, along the coast of ice filled fjords where the mountains are reflected in the still water of the Arctic summer. We continue on to visit the hunter´s villages of TiniteqilaqKulusuk village, and the regional capital Tasiilaq(1800 inhabitants). During the backpacking, we carry provisions for 3 to 4 days at a time, assuring a reasonable limit to the weight of our backpacks.

    Note: During the backpacking, we carry provisions for 3 to 4 days at a time, assuring a reasonable limit to the weight of our backpacks.

    Tour Type: Backpacking in tents
    Total Walking Distance: 100 kilometers (62 miles)
    Altitude: 0 - 700 meters (0 -2295 feet)
    Maximum Ascent: 700 meters (2295 feet)

    Included: Guide for 12 days, breakfast (11), lunch (10), dinner (11), boat transfers, tents (8 nights), cooking gear, 2 nights in a hostel in Tasiilaq and 1 night in a hostel in Kulusuk.

    Not included: Flights to/from Kulusuk (can be added on the first and last day of the trip). The price for flight is from 770 Euros and is subject to availability.

    Available Upon Request: Four-star accommodation in Reykjavík - please contact us for more information.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavik - Kulusuk - Ammassalik Fjord - Fjord Qingertivaq
    The tour starts at the domestic airport in Reykjavik where we take the flight to Kulusuk. To get to our destination, the Ammassalik fjord, a deep fjord that is over 50 km long, we transfer by boat that takes us between the mountainous islands of the East coast. A short stop will be made at the Inuit village of Kuumiiut located at the end of a peninsula before continuing into the fjord of Qingertivaq. Now we find ourselves in a narrow fjord, (just one kilometer wide for nearly 20 km) on mirror calm seas, dominated by immense granite mountain walls reaching 1500 m! Arriving at the bottom of the fjord, we disembark and set up the camp on the shore by the foot of a glacier tongue that plunges towards us from the plateau above.

    Day 2: Qingertivaq - Sermilik fjord
    Today we head up the valley, treading among high mountains and along the lake that bears the name Qinngertuup Imia (Lake of Trout). This is a place where the Inuit come during spring and fall to catch the arctic char. Around us we have impressive view of granitic peaks and glaciers that fall straight down between them. Continuing up over a large pass we have to wade a river of respectable size before we can begin our slight descent into the next valley towards the Sermilik fjord. We will set up camp for the night near the sea.
    Walking: 6-7 hours    Ascent/descent: 100 m

    Day 3: Sermilik fjord– Ikerasaalaq
    A great day spent at the edge of the vast fjord Sermilik (about 7 km wide) a majestic fjord cluttered with icebergs of all shape and sizes. The fjord receives huge amount of ice from the Greenland ice sheet that covers the most of the country, and its dazzling whiteness can also be seen overlooking the mountainous landscape. Throughout the day we head south along the banks of a river and we also have a good chance to see seals. Despite the beauty of the place it is not difficult to imagine the difficulty surviving the long months of polar winter at such a remote location. We set up camp in the Sapulik bay.
    Walking: 7 hours      Ascent/descent: 100 m

    Day 4: Sapulik -  Lake 13  
    After walking around Sapulik bay, our path turns away from the coast up along a valley following some lakes and rivers. We continue until we come to the bottom of the fjord Amitsivattiva, a truly incredible location! The fjord is so tight that it more looks like a crack in the granite wall than a 5 km long fjord with its slopes rising up several hundred meters while it is only a few dozen meters wide. We set up camp near the top opening of the fjord.
    Walking: 5 hours   Ascent/descent: 100 m

    Day 5: Amitsivattiva fjord - Tiniteqilaq 
    An exciting day you will remember all your life. We climb the high ground dominating the camp and, once up, turn south following a ridge that turns into a narrow peninsula, that extends into the sea. The ridge is located more than 400m above the water and the panorama is extraordinary. To our left we have a view of the fjord separating the island Ammasalik from the mainland and to our right a view to the ocean and impressive mountains that emerge from the summit of the glaciers. At the end of the day we go down to the forefront of the peninsula to reach the hunters village of Tiniteqilâq where we camp close by.
    Walking: 8 hours   Ascent and descent: 400 m

    Day 6: Tiniteqilâq
    Our day starts with a morning visit of the village of Tiniteqilâq. In the early afternoon, a boat picks us up to cross the channel between the mainland and the island of Ammasalik where we continue our journey by foot. Climbing the gentle slopes to about 300 m altitude, we find an ideal point to set up the camp with a beautiful view over the Sermilik fjord and Tiniteqilâq.
    Walking: 4 hours   Ascent: 300 m

    Day 7: Crossing of Ammassalik Island 
    Here the scenery changes completely. To cross the island we take the high road through a landscape of granite domes that were formed by glacial erosion. Following a small glacier we then descend into a valley filled with small lakes. At one point, we will come across a unique sight where large blocks of granite, sometimes reaching several meters in diameter, lie scattered on the ground reminding us that the glacier was still here not so long ago. We set up the camp on a small green area next to a small river.
    Walking: 7-8 hours     Ascent: 400 m Descent: 700 m

    Day 8: The 4 Qorlortoq Lakes
    Continuing our journey we reach the Qorlortoq Lakes in the middle of the island. Around the lakes we will most certainly meet the inhabitants of these parts of the island, Red-Throated Loons and Great Northern Loons ( aquatic birds) and on the lake's surface trout can most definitely be seen see jumping. As we get closer to the sea we will how the arctic vegetation becomes more dense. We set up the camp at the bottom of Kong Oscar Havn that in fact is more like a lagoon, connected to the ocean by only a short strait.
    Walking: 7-8 hours     Descent: 100 m

    Day 9: Tasiilaq
    A short morning’s hike towards Tasiilaq, the capital of East Greenland with 1800 inhabitants. In the afternoon we visit the village including the artisan center where people work seal skins and the local museum where we will get insight into the interesting culture of the Inuit. Night in a hostel or cottage in Tasiilaq.
    Walking: 3 hours

    Day 10: Somandsfjell- Flower valley Tasiilaq
    Today we hike up the 600+ high Somandsfjell mountain for a great view of the surroundings. On the way back we come down through the Flower valley. Night in a hostel.
    Walking: 6 hours     Ascent/Descent: 600 m

    Day 11: Tasiilaq- Kulusuk 
    We take the boat from Tasiilaq to Kulusuk island. There we walk to Cap Dan where during the cold war there used to be a radar station. Fantastic view over the drift ice and the Kulusuk coast. Night in a hostel in Kulusuk.

    Day 12: Kulusuk – Reykjavík
    In the morning we visit the village of Cap Dan before heading to the airport for our flight back to Reykjavík. Arrival in Iceland in the afternoon.

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  • Equipment List

    Backpacking Tours in Greenland

    -Equipment list for Backpacking Tours in Greenland

    For your own wellbeing and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also, respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong, light and quick drying e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory. 
    • Gloves 1 – 2 pairs – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat.
    • Long Johns (thermal underwear).
    • Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down). 

    Other gear:

    • Backpack – (woman size: 50-60 litres - man size: 60-75 litres) – note that each guest will need about 15 – 20L of space free for food, tents and other communal gear. 
    • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. 
    • Sleeping bag – Down or fibre. Light weight and warm. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags.
    • Insulation mattress.
    • Towel – light and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear.
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Protection against flies (mosquitos); such at nets, repellents, etc.
    • Headlamp.

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Heart-warming spirits.

     

    
Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

     

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  • Gear Lexicon

    GR-Backpacking

    What is a Backpacking tour?

    Backpacking tours is a multi-day trips where required gear and food is carried on the back. The tour may at some point have support in the form of food supply mid-way. Participants will need to be prepared to carry both their personal gear as well as a share of the team´s food and communal gear (tents, stoves, pots).  On most backpacking tours you will camp wild, others use huts or a combination of huts and camping. 


    Hiking Boots

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    Scarpa Hekla

    Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support. Leather or synthetic with a waterproof membrane, e.g. Gore-Tex. Make sure they are a good fit, leaving some space for your toes – and wear them in, even if it is just by light hiking in the city. 


    Jacket with a good hood (wind and waterproof)

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    ME Manaslu

    A good “hard-shell” jacket with a large protective hood. Gore-Tex membrane or similar to keep you dry. Make sure it is not too tight and that you can fit insulation underneath. Note that a soft-shell jacket is a great addition but will not replace a good waterproof hard-shell when you really, really need one! Good rain-gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all IMG tours.


    Base layer

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    Bergans Merino

    A thin base layer (next to skin). The most popular is merino wool – comfortable to wear for multiple days without the smell of synthetic materials. Most people should be fine with the same merino shirt on for 2 – 3 days on harder tours where weight matters. Having short and long sleeve is great for adjusting to different weather conditions.  Women might want a sports bra as a part of their base layer. Cotton t-shirts are not advisable for any strenuous outdoor activity. 


    Hard shell pants (wind and waterproof)

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    Ideally the hard-shell-pants should be lightweight – as they will be in your backpack most of the time. If they have zip-up legs to ease getting into it is a big bonus. Make sure they are breathable and strong enough to take some abuse from walking.  We often see cheap rain pants disintegrate during the tour.  Gore-Tex or similar waterproof breathing membrane is appropriate. Good rain gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all IMG tours.


    Insulation layer

    A fleece jacket would the classical insulating layer. Wool would also be a good option. Here it is also possible to layer up – two thin jackets or a jacket and a vest rather than one very thick jacket. A thicker base-layer for colder days could also be a part of adjustable layering. 


    Hands, feet and head:

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    ME Knitted beanie

    Gloves: A light pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens does the job. You can also take a pair of ski-gloves or other wind and waterproof shell gloves. Having an extra pair is recommended, and then of different thickness.
    Socks: Wool is definitely the preferred material for hiking socks. Different blends are available. If you are prone to blisters or have new boots you should consider wearing a thin liner sock underneath your hiking socks. Make sure you have a few pairs of socks to keep your feet dry and in good conditions.
    Warm hat: A normal ski-hat/beanie is perfect. You could also use a thick buff. An extra a buff is also nice to have, you can use it to protect your neck and face when needed or as a thinner option for a hat. 


    Puffy Jacket

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    ME Compressor Hooded Jacket PrimaLoft

    A nice light puffy is great during brakes. The insulation could be down or synthetics (such as Primaloft). It should not be very big or bulky for summer time use. Synthetic insulation is preferred as it keeps most of its insulating properties also when wet but down is also a good option.  A puffy vest would also be a good option. 


    Changes of clothes

    On a backpacking trip weight is everything so you should limit very much the amount of extra clothes your carry. You should still have a change of clothes so that at least a set of long underwear stays dry in your pack during the day. But there is no need for more than one pair of pants or a fresh t-shirt for every day.


    Sun

    A baseball cap or a comfortable hat with brim is great to have and is useful both in sunny and rainy weather. You should also have a nice pair of sunglasses and some sun-bloc – SPF 15-25 should be enough protection for most.  If you plan to be playing on snow covers summits you should bring a pair of quality sunglasses for mountaineering SPF 30 – 50 sunblock.  


    Backpack and dry bags

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    Love Alpine Kongur ND 65:75

    You will need a large backpack for most of our backpacking trips. Make sure that you have space for your personal gear, including extra clothes and a sleeping bag inside the pack. Most of your gear should fit into the main compartment of your pack and should be packed into one or more dry bags.  Dry bags, as the name suggests, keep wet and dry things separate. Do not count on only the backpack cover to keep your items dry. The size of the pack depends largely on your personal needs. Most people will use a 65 – 75L (4000 - 4600 cu in) or bigger. Make sure to have at least 20L (1200+ cu in) of space (about 1/3) left for communal gear and food. 


    Dry-bags

    There are plenty of different products available for storing your equipment inside your pack and keeping it dry. A rain cover over your pack often has limited use due to high winds– a safer option is to pack whatever needs to be kept dry into dry-bags inside your back-pack. It is also a great way to organize the inside of your pack. One bag for electronics (camera and phone) and one bag for extra clothing, as an example. Note that dry-bags were out and might not be as dry as they were when you first bought them. 


    Head-lamp

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    Even though the summer night is bright the inside of the hut/tent might not be. A headlamp is also useful for a bit of reading. There are plenty of options available for LED head lamps that are just perfect for reading and getting around. A small flash-light will also do the job. Most LED headlamps have more than enough light for our purposes and the battery life is so good that one set will do for your trip.  


    Personal first-aid-kit

    The guides on our tours will have a first aid kit available. It is still nice to have some small items to be self-sufficient with minor things. Band-Aid, Compeed for blisters, pain killers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs.  


    Personal Items

    Make sure to have all your prescription medication with you, if you have any medical condition that could in any way affect you during the trip make sure to let your guide know. For those suffering from allergies having antihistamine is advisable – or any other medication that works for your condition. Items for personal hygiene should also be included, having a small bar of soap handy or some liquid camping soap is a good idea. Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental-floss should be packed. Avoid liquid antiperspirant and glass containers due to risks of spilling and weight. Feminine products like pads, tampons etc. should also be packed if needed. If you take vitamins or other supplements you should continue to do so during your holiday.
    In most cases you are sharing sleeping facilities with one or more fellow travellers – so a pair of good ear-plugs can ensure a good night sleep – they are also helpful if the wind is howling. Contact lenses, lens liquid etc. as needed.  Think light-weight when packing your personal things on a backpacking trip – keeping clean is important, but the standard is very different than in your normal life.


    Bug-repellent and net

    Bug-repellent is a must in Greenland and After-bite or similar is also a good idea and you might also want to have a net with you. A brimmed cap will make the net more comfortable to wear. 


    Sleeping Bag Tent

    Camping in the arctic summer can be cold. A good quality sleeping bag is essential. Due to the favourable weight-to-warmth ratio down sleeping bags is most people’s choice. Consider a 3 season sleeping bag unless you are a very warm sleeper. Note that the pack volume of your sleeping bag should affect the size of your backpack.  Bear in mind also that temperature rating on sleeping bags are an inexact science, and you may need a heavier or lighter bag than the climate you are headed out to. Consider a liner bag for comfort, temperature regulation and to lengthen the lifetime of your sleeping bag. 


    Sleeping mattress

    Most will use a self-inflating mattress.  A modern model is amazingly light and comfortable and will pack down to the size of a water bottle. A classical foam mattress is also a good option – but bulky and less comfortable. If you choose to store the mattress on the outside of your pack it will need to be in a separate waterproof bag.


    River shoes

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    Keen Newport Sandal

    An old pair of running shoes will do just fine. Closed hiking sandals or neoprene kayaking shoes will also work great.  Any quick drying shoe with a good sole that can be securely attached to the foot will do. Loose slippers, flip-flops etc. are not acceptable.
    A good addition to your river crossing shoes are neoprene socks – see Neoprene socks.


    Towel

    To save weight and bulk, a light weight microfiber towel is ideal. You might like a big one for drying off after a swim or a small one for drying your feet after river crossings depending on your trip. 


    Water container / thermos flask

    In Iceland & Greenland you can drink from any stream, no filters, no iodine or chlorine! It is good to have a small water bottle at hand. A 1L bottle should be plenty as water is easily found all over. If you are a warm drinker we will be happy to fill up your thermos in the morning and a selection of teas will be available (very dedicated tea drinkers often bring an emergency stash of their favourite brand). Cold drinkers might like to bring their favoured powdered flavouring/vitamin/energy drink. 


    Trekking pole(s)

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    Black Diamond Trekking / hiking poles

    One or two poles are nice to have. Some trekkers like to use them all the time, other use them only during river crossings or on steep ups and downs. If you like them, make sure that they are foldable and light weight. A small basket is also nice. 


    Other cool things to have

    Book – to read during the evenings.
    Music - and head phones. Some of our guides also have speakers with them to share Icelandic music.
    Diary or note-book – to write down your good memories from Iceland. Also a pen or pencil.
    Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland so a pre charged power bank is a better option.  Charging your electronics in huts in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220 V will help.
    Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel.
    Cash – in mountain huts shower normally costs about 500 ISK and work on 100kr coins.
    Travel pillow – as long as it is not very bulky, otherwise you can just use your clothes.
    Powder drink mix – Good water is never a problem – but you might like a bit of variety. Some also contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day. 
    Shorts - It does get warm enough to wear shorts. They are also nice for sleeping in, in case you need to get out in the night. For hiking it is nice to have some pockets, for the items that other ways would be in the pockets of you pants. But any old pair of shorts will do.


    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits

    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits - Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands and limited opening hours stop you from buying any most other places unless you are staying in a hotel. So having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travels in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be the crowning of a good day. You can take care of this in the duty-free up on arrival in Iceland if you like. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight – they will take you straight to duty-free!
    On trips to Greenland you can take care of this in the duty-free up on arrival in Iceland. Duty free in Kulusuk, Greenland does not sell high % spirits – but if you make it to the supermarket they will have beer. 


    Gear shopping in Iceland

    Already in Iceland and need to grab some extra gear? No worries. There are a few shops in Reykjavík to go to (remember to ask for a VAT refund slip when you buy over 5000ISK, saving 14%):

    Íslensku Alparnir: http://alparnir.is/  this is where IMG gets its Mountain Equipment gear, much of with is featured on the pictures above – can’t go wrong there.

    GG-Sjósport: http://www.gummibatar.is/ grate products, but not in the down town.

    Laugavegur: the main shopping street down town has a few stores, including some local brands like 66°North and Cintamany.

    Kringlan & Smáralind are the indoor shopping centers in Iceland – both have outdoor stores – and they are open on Sundays and till 21:00 on Thursdays. 

    For your own wellbeing and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms!  Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 
    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact
    incoming@mountainguides.is


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