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PERIPHERAL WEEK:
GREENLAND

COST: $2,750 USD
($2,250 with core week)

Includes: all food, regional transportation, boat transfers, accommodation, guides and activities.

Does not include: all airfare, insurance.

Note: You must purchase your own flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sailing the Tinit Ice Fjord
  • Hiking onto the Greenlandic Ice Cap
  • Knud Rasmussen Glacier and Haan Glacier
  • Chasing the aurora borealis
  • Fishing with Tunu locals
  • Watching for humpbacks and fin whales
  • Living in the Greenlandic settlements 


ITINERARY

Subject to change;
see our disclaimer.

DAY 1 :: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 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. 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 30, 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, OCTOBER 1, 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, OCTOBER 2, 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, OCTOBER 3, 2018 :: TINITEQILAAQ / KULUSUK


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. In the late afternoon we will sail to Kulusuk Island to spend the night in the town. 


DAY 6 :: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 :: KULUSUK / REYKJAVIK, DEPARTURES FROM REYKJAVIK


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. Our program ends once we arrive back in Iceland. 


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