Expeditions

The Greenland Crossing

A Fantastic Experience in the Wilderness of Greenland

Tour code: EXPG64

Explore the Stunning & Mystical Beauty of Greenland

The aim is to cross the interior of Greenland Glacier. The expedition starts from Ammassalik on the east coast to Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) on the west coast. The entire expedition will take up to 34 days in total. So far, IMG's success rate is 100%.

It takes about 10 days to climb up to the highest part of the Ice Sheet on this route, topping off at an impressive 2500 m. The gradient is gradual and the use of skins makes sure that the skis move us forward. From the summit, it takes about a week to get to the historical phantom radar station DYE 2, surely one of the most bizarre buildings on the planet that was used to monitor the Russians during the Cold War. From this strange place, it takes from around 5 days to get to Terra firma - Hill 660, the landfall on the westerns side of the ice sheet.

Depending on the snow conditions and the weather we encounter, the expedition can last from 21 - 30 days in total including transport at the beginning and the end of the expedition. For any backcountry enthusiast, this is the ultimate expedition” Where one needs to overcome several challenges, and not all of them are physical! A stunning life experience.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Strenuous

    Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for highly engaging experience. Expedition level. Often involves carrying your own gear.

  • AVAILABILITY

    Apr - May

  • DURATION

    4 - 5 weeks

  • Meeting Point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group Size

    Up to 5 per guide

  • Language

    English

  • 18

    Minimum age

    18 yrs

  • Accommodation

    Camping

  • Skiing per day

    6 - 8 hrs

  • Total Distance

    540 km (335 mi)

  • Max. Ascent

    250 m (820 ft)

Customer Reviews

“Our guide, Maxime Poncet, was beyond brilliant, with a wonderful ability to get everyone talking, loads of interesting stories, and never-ending patience and good cheer. We had a lot of fun together as a group and I really didn't want it to end! Testament to the quality experiences that Icelandic Mountain Guides provides, I will be returning to East Greenland in 2018 to trek their "Inuit Trail", and at least 3 of my trekking companions on Unplugged Wilderness had trekked with Icelandic Mountain Guides before as well. Fantastic Company! Can't wait to return!”
Lisa G, Australia2018-07-01

Tour Highlights

Glacier Landscape

Camping on the Ice

DYE 2 - An Abandoned Radar Station

Skiing with Pulkas

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Flight from Reykjavík domestic airport to Kulusuk
  • Boat or helicopter transport from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq
  • Helicopter transport Tasiilaq to Hahn glacier
  • Camping accommodation
  • All food and cooking equipment
  • Pulkas/sledges
  • Necessary permits and insurance for the crossing

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Skiing equipment

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour
  • Pick up/drop off from your accommodation in Reykjavík or nearest bus stop