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GREENLAND: EASTERN FJORDS BY LAND AND SEA

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taking a small boat through the jaw-dropping Ice Fjord off the coast of Tinit. 
  • Meandering onto the Greenlandic Ice Cap near Isortoq. 
  • Watching gigantic blocks of ice calve off of the Knud Rasmussen Glacier.
  • Chase the aurora borealis over the glaciers and icebergs. 
  • Fishing with Tunu locals along the Ammassalik Fjord.
  • Watching for humpbacks, fin and minke whales. 
  • Visiting the settlements of Kuummiut, Sermiligaaq, Tinit and Kulusuk. 
  • Sailing to the Johan Pedersen Fjord all the way up to the Haan glacier. 
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ITINERARY

DAY 1 :: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 :: REYKJAVIK - KULUSUK - TASIILAQ

The team will meet at Reykjavik City Airport (RKV) in downtown Reykjavik at 10am to check-in to our flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. The flight is scheduled to depart Reykjavik at noon; however, at the slightest sight of fog Air Iceland will delay the flight. Our scheduled arrival time in Kulusuk is 11:50am, East Greenland time. Please note: this flight is not included in the trip price. Upon our arrival at Kulusuk landing strip, we will proceed to Kulusuk harbour and transfer by boat to Tasiilaq, the only town in East Greenland. We will host a welcome dinner and trip briefing at our guest house.


DAY 2 :: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 :: TASIILAQ - SERMILIGAAQ - TASIILAQ

In the morning we set out for the settlement of Sermiligaaq and the Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Sermiligaaq has a population of approximately 220 people. The wooden houses in the village are small and colorful and give the village a very distinctive look.

At the bottom of the fjord, about 20 km from Sermiligaaq, there are two large glaciers, the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and Karale Glacier. There are two other glaciers combined are sometimes called “the world’s largest ice machine” because of the glacier calving, bringing large pieces of the Greenlandic Icecap into the sea. The Sermiligaaq Fjord is colored with sediments, giving it a very distinctive milky blue color. We will spend several hours around the glaciers before sailing back to Tasiilaq. 


DAY 3 :: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 :: TASIILAQ - KUUMMIUT - TINITEQILAAQ

In the morning we set off for the settlement of Kuummiut after breakfast, about an hour’s boat ride away. Kuummiut is a small Greenlandic fishing and hunting settlement; we will spend the day here connecting up with some local fishermen to learn how they catch fish in the Fjords. For the rest of the afternoon, we will wander around Kuummiut. From the village, the view is awe-inspiring along the fjord all the way to the Denmark Strait. The peaks around Kuummiut are extremely tall and steep, reaching the impressive height of 6.500 feet. In the late afternoon we will sail to Tiniteqilaaq, along the Ammassalik Fjord where we will be spending the next couple of nights in local homes.


DAY 4 :: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 :: TINITEQILAAQ

Today we will fully explore Tiniteqilaaq (Tinit). The landscape of the Ammassalik district is exceptionally beautiful and is like no other in the entire arctic. The district is full of lakes, large and steep mountains, waterfalls, green valleys, long rivers and huge glaciers. The area is largely uninhabited and breathtaking in its purity. We sail along the Ammassalik Fjord and from there through the deep fjord Ikasagtivaq. Tiniteqilaaq is exceptionally beautiful, locked in by an ice fjord choked with icebergs on one side and the Ammassalik Fjord on the other. The hills around the settlement can be climbed for exceptional views day and night.


DAY 5 :: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 :: TINITEQILAAQ - ISORTOQ

In the morning, we sail to the Johan Pedersen Fjord all the way up to the Haan glacier which is connected to the Greenlandic Icecap. As we approach the glacier, we will go on land to have lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the glacier, making our way onto the ice cap itself. Our ability to make landfall here is dependant on the ocean currents, so we must hope for calm seas, as this area is facing open ocean. Continuing on, we explore the various formed icebergs in the fjord and if we are lucky we might see some seals and whales. We will be spending the next two evenings in the settlement of Isortoq, the southernmost and most remote settlement in the Ammassalik area. 


DAY 6 :: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 :: ISORTOQ

We will spend today around Isortoq accompanied by local local hunters. Please keep in mind that this is a real hunt and animals may be taken in the process, as many of the local residents are sustenance hunters and have been so for hundreds of years.


DAY 7 :: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 :: ISORTOQ - TASIILAQ

We will return to Tasiilaq in the morning, and with our return comes restored access to some modern amenities, including internet, a couple of restaurants, hot showers, and a few stores besides the settlement Pilersuisoq. For those interested, we may arrange an optional SCUBA diving trip in the afternoon. We will spend the evening relaxing and recounting stories at Hotel Angmagssaliq in Tasiilaq.


DAY 8 :: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 :: TASIILAQ - KULUSUK - REYKJAVIK

After breakfast, we will transfer by boat to Kulusuk (helicopter may be at additional cost). Our flight back to Reykjavik departs from Kulusuk landing strip (KUS) at 12:35pm, arriving in Reykjavik City Airport (RKV) at 16:25 Iceland time. Due to regular delays on Air Iceland flights arriving and departing from Greenland, we highly suggest not booking a flight out of Iceland until the next day, as our actual arrival time back in Reykjavik may be much later than scheduled.

 
A local dingy transports people from Kulusuk to Kuummiit in Eastern Greenland. 

A local dingy transports people from Kulusuk to Kuummiit in Eastern Greenland. 

Kids run through the Greenlandic settlement of Kuummiit.

Kids run through the Greenlandic settlement of Kuummiit.

An unusually shaped iceberg floats by in the Tinit Ice Fjord. 

An unusually shaped iceberg floats by in the Tinit Ice Fjord. 

The Tinit Ice Fjord-- this place is not called one of the world's largest ice boxes for nothing.

The Tinit Ice Fjord-- this place is not called one of the world's largest ice boxes for nothing.

A local seal hunter anchors his boat to an iceberg with a pointed spear to collect fresh drinking water straight from the ice. 

A local seal hunter anchors his boat to an iceberg with a pointed spear to collect fresh drinking water straight from the ice. 

A fisherman ties up his boat in a local settlement harbour. 

A fisherman ties up his boat in a local settlement harbour. 


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