Greenland Tours

Icefjords & Remote Villages

Dive back in time to explore untouched wilderness and isolated Inuit villages in East Greenland.

Tour code: GRL71

Icefjords & Remote Villages
Price from: 444.000  ISK

The Perfect Mix of Culture, Nature & Adventure

You will learn that remote doesn’t always mean lifeless when you join us to explore the remote Inuit villages of East Greenland. This fantastic trekking trip takes you to three of the most isolated villages in the region. Traverse between mountains, alongside iceberg filled waters and witness the beauty of enormous glaciers, whose calvings sound like thunder. Get a taste of the traditional Inuit hunter’s life in Ammassalik region, see the pioneering spirit in the colorful houses and the friendly villagers, and meet the famous howling sled dogs that you’ve heard about. Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of this country and you will see that life is everywhere, whether it’s birds in the sky, whales coming up for air, or the Inuit people welcoming you to their village with open arms. This is an unforgettable tour for those who seek a true outdoor adventure in remote areas, but prefer inside accommodations to camping in wild and fascinating nature.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group size

    5 - 12 participants

  • Language

    English and French

  • Accommodation

    Hut and hostel

  • Transport

    Boat

  • Walkin per day

    5 - 7 hrs

  • Total Distance

    70 km (44 mi)

  • Max Ascent

    500 m (1600 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    Jul - Sept

  • Duration

    10 days

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories (2 nights)
  • Hostel sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories (5 nights)
  • Guesthouse accommodation in double/twin rooms (2 nights)
  • Boat transfer between camps
  • Breakfast (9), Lunch (8), Dinner (9)

Not Included

  • Flights Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Reykjavík
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Expenses

Optional Extras

  • Flights Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Reykjavík
  • Sleeping bag

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Icefjords & Remote Villages

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Kulusuk

A midday flight to Kulusuk or Kap Dan, "capital" of the island of Kulusuk and arrival at the same time: two hour’s flight and two hours’ time difference!  Kulusuk is actually a small village clinging to the rocky coast. In front of it the bay is littered with icebergs behind bold rocky peaks. And the local cemetery is a fascinating place! We explore the village and surroundings. Night at a hostel in Kulusuk.

Day 2

Kulusuk Island

Having a whole day to explore the island of Kulusuk, we will take a walk that will give us insight into the local history and a chance to enjoy the amazing scenery. The view on the coast is amazing and at the most western tip of the island we see out to the Atlantic. Heading back we pass the lakes in the heart of the island. The Great Northern Loon, a bird that inhabits these parts will not be worried by our visit since it is really the best fisherman around! Following the road that leads through the island we arrive back to the village. Night at a hostel in Kulusuk.
Walking: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 3

Kulusuk - Kuummiut

Transfer by boat to the interior of the immense Ammassalik Fjord, which extends more than 50 km (31 mi) and twists and turns between the many cliffs and islands. We reach the village of Kuummiut at situated at the end of a peninsula and there we settle down in a local house in the village.

Day 4

Fjord Tunu

We start our walk to Illitsiartik in the fjord of Tunu (which means backside). To enter the fjord, we head eastward through the Inuit village of Kuummiut. The terrain is relatively easy for Greenland, because we follow a flat strip of land wedged between the ocean and mountains, but we still have to a ford a river or two. We enjoy the vegetation which is surprisingly rich considering how isolated Greenland is. We hike back after to our accommodation full of new impressions.
Walking: 5 - 6 hrs in total

Day 5

Ascent of Mount Kuummiut

Today we climb Kuummiut Mountain (1050 m/3445 ft) that dominates the village. The altitude is modest, but we have to start from the sea level making this a good day’s hike. At the top an extraordinary view is waiting for us! To all directions we can see fjords, islands, mountains and glaciers. A perfect introduction to this world of rock, ice and water. Return to the same accommodation.
Walking: 7 hrs

Day 6

Kuummiut - Tiniteqilaaq - Sermilik fjord

Today we leave Kuummiut and enjoy a boat trip between the icebergs through the Ammassalik Fjord, then a smaller sea street of Ikasartivaq before we reach another, smaller settlement of Tiniteqilaaq. We continue through the Sermilik Fjord (the Ice fjord), an impressive fjord with a lot of ice bergs breaking off several glacier tongues coming down from the main ice cap. Finally reach our hut where we stay for the next two nights. In the afternoon we explore the surroundings of the hut.

Day 7

Sermilik fjord

Today we hike for an entire day in this remote area. We hike along streams, over barren, rocky land always enjoying the fantastic views over the Sermilik fjord with its icebergs. In good weather we can see the main ice cap which covers approx. 80% of Greenland. We see the traces of the glacier, pass small lakes and enjoy the wilderness and remoteness of this country.
Walking: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 8

Sermilik vejen - Tasiilaq

We start the day with a short boat transfer further south where we start our today’s hike. We hike along a stream and pass by a waterfall before we reach the pass of the Sermilik way. This route has been used for a long time by the locals. We descend on the other side and reach the lake 168.  We hike along this bigger lake before we reach some smaller ones; finally, we arrive at the flower valley. It is lush with green and flowers, with butterflies fluttering by and a colourful cemetery with plastic flowers and white crosses. In the late afternoon we reach the biggest town of East Greenland, Tasiilaq with 1800 habitants. Night in private house for the next 2 nights.
Walking: 6 - 8 hrs

Day 9

Tasiilaq - Optional activities

Today the choice is yours. For those who want to go for a hike in the surroundings of Tasiilaq this will be an option. When back in Tasiilaq we can stroll around the town, possibly visit the local museum (depending on opening hours) or the local shop with artistic local products.

Day 10

Tasiilaq - Kulusuk - Reykjavík

A short walk in the morning before the boat transfer to Kulusuk Island and the return flight to Reykjavík.

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