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East Greenland Mini-Expedition

TRIP FACTS

  • Tour type: Cross-Country skiing expedition
  • Duration: 8 days - 7 nights
  • Skiing per day: 6 - 8 hours
  • Group size: Min. 5 - Max. 10
  • Accommodation: Tent and House in Kulusuk
  • Language: English and French
  • Departures/Meeting point: March and April/Reykjavik Domestic Airport

HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR

  • Magnificent fjords with mountain walls rising 800 meters above
  • A one-of-a-kind expedition on the ocean ice from island to island
  • Introduction to Inuit culture in the Winter isolation.

The spectacular snow and ice-covered landscape of eastern Greenland is the setting for this short expedition from Kulusuk Island, around Apusiaajik Island and to the Islands north of Apusiaajik.  Carved by glaciers, the terrain is crowned with magnificent peaks, and deep fjords dotted with giant icebergs trapped in the pack ice.

The spectacular snow and ice-covered landscape of eastern Greenland is the setting for this short expedition from Kulusuk Island, around Apusiaajik Island and to the Islands north of Apusiaajik. 

Itineraries

Day 1

Reykjavik/(Keflavik airport) – Kulusuk

Flight from Reykjavik (Keflavik Airport) to Kulusuk. Here we are in a completely different world, the world of Polar Winter. We put our skis on at the airport terminal and head for the village of Kulusuk which is 3 km from the airport. In the afternoon we buy the rest of the provisions for the tour before skiing around the village and the surrounding area. 3 to 4 hours of skiing.

Day 2

Torsukatak fjord

We cross the Torsut Tuno fjord before entering the narrow Torsukatak fjord, 5 kilometers long and only 300 to 600 meters wide, bordered by steep mountain walls reaching 850 meters in height! We cross a pass and descend towards the Ikasak fjord, where we set up camp in a small bay. 7 to 8 hours of skiing.

Day 3

Passage north of Apusiaajik towards the island of Nuerniakkat

We ski across a small pass on the North coast of Apusiaajik, followed by a small lake before skiing along a small fjord. Then passage in a narrow strait between Nuerniakkat and Salisaatik where we set up camp. 7 hours of skiing.

Day 4

Hjelmen (the “Helmet”) and the island of Tiniteqilaq

We ski at the foot of the mountain called the “Helmet” which is crowned by a small glacier. We turn South towards Tiniteqilaaq Island and cross the island to a small strait, where many icebergs strand. To the North, we enjoy views of mountains over 1700 meters high on the edge of the sea. We set up camp towards the small bay north of an island called Eqqgiligaarteq. 7 to 8 hours of skiing.

Day 5

From island to island

We cross the Itterajiip Imaa fjord before passing through a channel between two islands, Inglingateq and Apusiaajik where we set up camp near the Apusiajik glacier. 7 to 8 hours of skiing.

Day 6

Kulusuk

On our return to Kulusuk impressive mountains rise directly from the sea up to 800 meters. We pass again to Tunu, where we find dog sled tracks that lead us to Kulusuk, the village of Inuit hunters. Accommodation in a local house for two nights. 6 hours of skiing.

Day 7

Kulusuk

We leave our belongings in the house in Kulusuk and set off with a light backpack for a nice tour of the island. A dog sled tour with Inuit hunters is an option.
(This day can be used as a reserve day in case of delays in the previous days.)

Day 8

Kulusuk - Reykjavik

Early morning free time in Kulusuk before skiing back to the airport to catch the return flight to Keflavik airport.

All ground transfers necessary for the normal running of the program. Food throughout the trip. Accommodation as described in the program (2 nights in a local house (dormitory), other nights in tents). Supply of collective equipment (tents, kitchen equipment, etc.). Supply of a pulka (small light sled) per participant. English/French-speaking guide. First-aid kit. Satellite phone in case of emergencies.

Alcoholic beverages, flights to/from Greenland, other personal expenses.
Cancellation / interruption of stay / loss of luggage and assistance insurance. Everything not mentioned in “Included in Price”. Tips.
Flights from Reykjavík can be added. Price for a flight from 982€.

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East Greenland Mini-Expedition map
East Greenland Mini-Expedition map