Greenland Tours

Dog Sledding & Northern Lights

Explore deep into the arctic world of East Greenland on this winter adventure.

Tour code: GRL69

Dog Sledding & Northern Lights

Discover East Greenland’s Winter Natural Wonders & Traditional Culture

East Greenland’s isolated location has aided in the Inuit community being able to preserve their traditional way of life. During the winter, hunting, ice fishing and dog sledding are necessary activities for surviving in this arctic area. For 8 days you will get a feel for this fascinating culture and witness mind blowing natural wonders. Dog sledding is a great way to immerse in the magnificent unspoiled landscape of this remote region, as well as experience the main type of transportation during winter here. Greenland is known for its long, dark winter nights, which makes it the perfect place to view the alluring Northern Lights.

Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will kick off the tour of Ammassalik Island from Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland. You will see the Sermilik Icefjord, visit the small settlement of Tiniteqilaaq where you will dine with a local family. Before turning back to Tasiilaq, you will have time to visit the town or do an (optional) snowshoe hike to the valley of flowers. Embark on a tour that takes you deep into the arctic world of East Greenland.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Duration

    8 days

  • 12

    Minimum age:

    12 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Guesthouse accommodation (3 nights)
  • Hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories (4 nights)
  • Pick up in Tasiilaq
  • Breakfast (7), Lunch (6), Dinner (7)
  • Guided dogsled tour for 4 days (two persons per sled)
  • Snow suit for the dogsled tour
  • Guided snowshoeing tour for 1 day
  • Snowshoes

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Reykjavík

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Reykjavík

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Dog Sledding & Northern Lights

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Tasiilaq

The tour starts at Reykjavík airport where one of our guides will meet you for a short briefing.  You will then board the plane for the 2-hour flight to Kulusuk. From Kulusuk you take the helicopter over to Tasiilaq on Ammassalik island where you will be met by our local partner who will take you to your accommodation. Free evening in Tasiilaq. Night in guest house.

Day 2

Tasiilaq - The Sermilik Coast

Today we’re head out so get ready for the big adventure! Your will be picked up at the guest house and taken to the outskirts of Tasiilaq where our dog team is waiting. The guide will show you the basics of dog sledding, and how to behave with the dogs. With 2 persons per sledge, we will then head, north over King Oscars fjord and up to the big lake Qordlortoq between the granite mountain ranges. There we have short break before continuing to a place called the coffee shop.  This is not really a shop though, but a gathering of a few huts in the middle of the Ammassalik island, where everyone travelling on dogsled or snowmobile usually takes a break, to drink a coffee or have a snack.  Turning west in the direction of the Sermilik fjord, we head on through the snow-covered landscape and up to an altitude of 500m. From this altitude we have a spectacular view over the Sermilik Ice fjord. Our dogs then take us downhill through a beautiful riverbed to the small cabins that will serve as our base for the next two nights. Sitting on the edge of the Ice fjord we will have view over the fjord and the ice. Night in a cabin. Sleeping bag accommodation.
Dog sledging: 6 hrs

Day 3

The Sermilik Coast

Today will be devoted to the exploration of the surrounding area and peaks. We will venture out up on a close by peak (in snowshoes), in an attempt to get a superb view of the Sermilik Ice fjord and the great Greenland Icecap across the fjord on the horizon. How far and high we will be able to go depends on the snow conditions but none the less this day is certain to be an adventure! Night at the same cabin.
Snow shoeing: 4 - 6 hrs

Day 4

The Sermilik Coast - Tiniteqilaaq

After a hearty breakfast we pack up our sledges and head up along the coast towards the north and to the small settlement of Tiniteqilaaq (approx 125 hab.). Here we have time to visit the village and get some insight in to the Inuit way of life in these harsh arctic conditions. We will spend the night in sleeping bag accommodation at a house in the settlement with basic facilities (shower is in the local service house). 
Dog sledging: 4 hrs

Day 5

Tiniteqilaaq - Pitserpaajik

Today we start our way back south. We go over the straight that separates Tiniteqilaaq and Ammassalik Island and turn slightly east into a valley that is a riverbed. The ride down this riverbed is one of the most beautiful on the island. On both sides we are surrounded by peaks and glaciers as we speed over the snowfields.  Our route takes us over a fjord and all the way down to Pitserpaajik peninsula where a hut awaits us. Night in a hut or in tents which can actually be warmer. The hut is used for preparing meals and eating.
Dog sledging: 6 hrs

Day 6

Pitserpaajik - Tasiilaq

From the Pitserpaajik peninsula we head west in the direction of the lakes. Our way then takes us over the snow straight through Ammassalik Island until we come back to the town of Tasiilaq. After leaving the sledges and saying goodbye to the dog teams you will be taken back to your accommodation. Night in guest house.
Dog sledging: 6 hrs

Day 7

Tasiilaq

Free day to explore the town of Tasiilaq or go for an optional tour on snowshoes to the valley of Flowers. The town of Tasiilaq is the administrative center of East Greenland.  It has an interesting museum and some shops. Above the town lies the valley of Flowers in its winter coat offering an opportunity to enjoy a snow hike in the arctic environment up to a view point over the town. Night in guest house.

Day 8

Tasiilaq - Kulusuk - Reykjavík

After saying farewell to all we have a helicopter transfer to Kulusuk, where we get on our flight back to Reykjavík where the tour ends at the airport.

Please note

  • It is likely that you will see northern lights during your stay, but we can of course not guarantee it as it depends on the aurora activity and the cloud cover in the area.

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