Expeditions

The Peaks of Greenland - Mt. Gunnbjörn, Dome & Cone

Climb the Three Highest Peaks in Greenland!

Tour code: EXPG66

The Peaks of Greenland - Mt. Gunnbjörn, Dome & Cone

Explore the View from Top of Greenland

On this 11-day alpine touring ski expedition the aim is to ski and climb the three highest peaks in Greenland and other smaller peaks. Our destination is the pristine area in the center of the Watkins Mountains that arise from the ice covered interior of Greenland. To get into this wilderness on the east coast of Greenland we fly in on a privately chartered ski plane and then establish a comfortable base camp under the slopes of impressive Mt. Gunnbjörn.

After skiing and climbing Greenland’s highest summit, Mt. Gunnbjörn, we will move our base camp for our climb of Cone and Dome, Greenland’s 2nd and 3rd highest mountains. From the third location of our base camp we will then have access to both great mountaineering and skiing.

Please note that there is a risk of delay of the flight from Greenland due to weather, a fact that has to be considered when participants plan their flight out of Iceland. Book an open ticket!

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group size

    Up to 3 per guide

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Camping

  • Max Ascent

    1500 m (5000 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Difficulty

    Strenuous

  • Availability

    May

  • Duration

    11 days

  • 18

    Minimum age:

    18 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Flight Reykjavík - Akureyri - Reykjavík
  • Private chartered ski-plane from Akureyri to the Watkins mountains and back
  • Camping accommodation
  • All food and cooking equipment
  • Pulkas/sledges
  • Permits needed for the expedition
  • Evacuation insurance for all expedition members

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Skiing equipment

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Peaks of Greenland - Mt. Gunnbjörn, Dome & Cone

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 0

Preparation Meeting

Preparation meeting in the morning with the expedition leader. Briefing and gear inspection.

Day 1

Flight

Flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri in the morning and from Akureyri to Greenland in the afternoon. We put up our base camp at the landing site or head higher up, depending on conditions.

Day 2 - 3

Summit attempt

Summit attempt on Mt. Gunnbjörn. The climb to the summit takes between 7 - 8 hours or approximately 12 hours round trip. The summit is 3693 m (12115 ft) but because of the northerly location the oxygen level is more similar to 4000 m (13125 ft) peaks in the alps and we seriously feel the altitude on the last section of the climb to the summit. It’s possible to move the camp closer to the mountain to make the ascent shorter.

Day 4

Camp moved

Camp moved closer to Dome and Cone, the second and third highest peaks in Greenland.

Day 5

Ascent of Dome

Ascent of Dome, 3682 m (12080 ft).

Day 6

Resting day

Today we rest.

Day 7

Ascent of Cone

Ascent of Cone, 3669 m (12037 ft).

Day 8, 9 and 10

Watkins mountains

Ski touring in the Watkins mountains.

Day 11

Flight

Flight back to Iceland. Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík where the expedition ends at the domestic airport.


Please note

  • There is a risk of delay of the flight from Greenland cause of weather, a fact that has to be considered when participants plan their flight out of Iceland. Book an open ticket.

  • Day 0
  • Day 1
  • Day 2 - 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8, 9 and 10
  • Day 11
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