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The Icefjord trek

One of the fastest-moving glaciers in Greenland and in the world is the Helheim glacier. The Helheim glacier calves icebergs of all sizes, shapes, and forms into the Sermilik fjord, or the Icefjord, in East Greenland, at the speed of approximately 60 meters pr. day.

Tour info

Duration:
8 days - 7 nights
Tour Type:
Trekking
Group size:
Min. 5 - Max. 12

Original price was: €2,700.Current price is: €2,699.

Discount:
Available dates :
  • July 23, 2024 - Departure confirmed
  • August 8, 2024 - Needs 1 more to confirm
  • August 28, 2024 - Needs 4 more to confirm

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TRIP FACTS

Price: 2,699€
Tour type: Trekking
Duration: 8 days - 7 nights
Walking per day: 5 - 7 hours
Group size: Min. 5 - Max. 12
Accommodation: Tent and hostel (Read here)
Language: English and French
Departures/Meeting point: July and August/Kulusuk Airport
Tour code: GRE02
Only few seats left July 23rd. Contact Us, or send an email to info@arctichiking.gl

Do you want a private departure of this trip? Contact Us, or send an email to info@arctichiking.gl

Gre02 - The Icefjord Trek

HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR

    • The Peaks around the Sungate and the Qinertivaq fjord.
    • The “ice beaches” in Sermilik fjord.
    • The incredible Iceberg view from the Tiniteqilaaq ridge.
    • Johan Pedersen Fjord at the foot of the Icecap.

 

Icebergs in the Sermilik fjord viewed from around Tiniteqilaaq

The Icefjord trek

One of the fastest-moving glaciers in Greenland and the world is the Helheim glacier.
The Helheim glacier calves icebergs of all sizes, shapes, and forms into the Sermilik fjord, or the Icefjord, in East Greenland, at the speed of approximately 60 meters pr. day.

The Sermilik fjord is surrounded by steep and pointed, glacier-covered mountains. North of the Icefjord reigns the edge of the Greenland Ice Cap, which is impressive and enormous.

At the trail end, we find a tiny hunter’s village where Inuits have survived by hunting seals among the Icebergs of the fjord.
At the end of each day, one can enjoy the calm and serenity of the Arctic. This is without a doubt one of the most interesting trek one can do in Greenland!

Itinerary

Day 1 : Kulusuk

Flight from Keflavík airport to Kulusuk at 17.30 (5.30 pm). Arrival 17.15 local time. The guide greets the group at the airport in Kulusuk and after putting the luggage on a quad trailer, walks with the group to the village, 30 min. Night in a local house, dormitory style.

Day 2 : Sun Gate, Trout Lake, and the Icefjord

In the early morning, we sail to Qinertivaq (1.5 to 2 hours), a narrow fjord surrounded by high granite mountains. We walk to the bottom of the fjord and from there to the Trout Lake at the foot of the pass called the Sun Gate. At Trout Lake, we turn southwest and cross a glacier river that runs into the lake. On the riverbanks, we can admire the national flower of Greenland, the Dwarf Fireweed, also called Arctic River Beauty. Our valley turns to the west, we pass a small lake and a small glacier and then we start to see the Icefjord and its infinitive number of icebergs. The moraines of the glacier give us an excellent opportunity to learn about climate change and its effect on Greenland. Camp at a small peninsula at the edge of the fjord. 7 to 8 hours walk

Day 3 : Along the Sermilk (Icefjord) coast

We walk along the coast and sometimes up on the hills above the shore, on our way to the south. Sometimes we might hear a crack in an iceberg breaking the silence or the sound of an occasional Ringed Plover. We come to a small bay where we might see hundreds of stranded icebergs, each of them the size of a car. We continue to a larger bay where we must wade across a river, and again there is stranded ice of all sizes and forms. In the afternoon we arrive at a peninsula called Paarnakajiit and we put up our camp nearby. 6-7 hours walk.

Day 4 : Sapulik to the Lake

After our breakfast, we load the baggage boat before heading along a small bay called Sapulik. At the bottom of the bay, a river falls into it. We follow the river to a lake where a river crossing awaits us. With the river behind us, we walk along the lake shore to the south in a narrow valley until we come to the narrowest fjord one could imagine, the Amitsivattiva. It’s only a couple of hundred meters across but over 4km long. We put our camp up at the bottom of this fjord. 6-7 hours walk.

Day 5 : The mountain ridge and Tiniteqilaaq

We start the day by climbing the slopes above our camp until we reach a broad ridge which we follow to a summit at 538 m (1600 feet). The view is magnificent over the Sermilk fjord and the surrounding mountains. We take our time for a lunch on the summit, we start hiking along the ridge and down to a small fjord where our boat awaits us. The boat trip starts with sailing to a tiny hunter’s village called Tiniteqilaaq or Tinit or Diilerilaar as the East Greenlanders say. The Village is actually at the edge of the Sermilik fjord so we spend a little time strolling around and maybe someone will try to get a picture of a giant iceberg or two. After a short stop in the villlage, we sail back to Johan Pedersen fjord where we put up a camp for two nights. 5-6 hours walk. 538m ascension and descent.

Day 6 : The glaciers in Johan Pedersen fjord

A full day walk in Johan Pedersen fjord to admire the impressive landscape at the foot of the Innlandis (Ice Cap). We climb to a viewpoint to admire the glaciers that descend from the second-largest Ice Cap on planet Earth and calve into the ocean in the fjord. Back to the same camp. Walk 6 to 7 hours. 500m ascent and descent.

Day 7 : Johan Pedersen to Kulusuk

Morning walk to along the coast to admire the icebergs and the magnificent landscape of Johan Pedersen before sailing back to Kulusuk in the late morning.
Arriving to Kulusuk we take a short walk around the village, go to a very interesting local museum and prepare a last festive dinner together in our house. 2 to 3 hours walk.

Day 8 : Kulusuk - Keflavik Airport

After breakfast in our house in Kulusuk, we take a walk along the village and into the hills that surround it. Learn about the story of Cap Dan and its role in the Cold War and admire some of the pristine nature of Kulusuk Island. We pack our things and put the bags on the quad trailer before walking to the airport where we say farewell. At 18.00 (6 pm), a flight to Keflavik, arrival at 21.45 local time.

Included in price (2,699€):

Guiding, Boat transfer from Kulusuk to the start of the trek, boat transfer from Sermilik fjord to Johan Pedersen fjord, boat transfer from Johan Pedersen Fjord to Kulusuk at the end of the trek, all luggage transport from camp to camp, all food from dinner in Kulusuk on day 1 to lunch in Kulusuk on day 8, Accommodation as described in program, tents, mess tent, all camping and cooking gear, safety equipment (satellite phone, first aid kit, etc.).

Not included in price:

Alcoholic beverages, flights to/from Greenland, sleeping bags (can be rented), other personal expenses, anything not mentioned in “included in price”.

Flights from Keflavik to Kulusuk can be added. Price for flight from 758€. Please contact us for further information.

Available Dates:

July 23rd – July 30th: Few seats left. Contact Us, or send an email to info@arctichiking.gl
August 8th - August 15th: Needs 1 to confirm departure
August 28th - September 4th: Needs 4 to confirm departure

Reviews

  1. Emilia

    Guided hiking trip to Greenland’s fjords organized by Arctic Hiking and Expeditions, was a beautiful and immersive experience in Greenland’s untouched wilderness.
    The choice of trails allowed us to witness the diversity of Greenland’s terrain, despite the remoteness of the locations, the logistical and safety arrangements were seamless. The itinerary allowed for a balance of challenging hikes and leisurely strolls, catering to both seasoned hikers and those seeking a more relaxed pace.
    If you’re seeking a journey that transcends the ordinary and connects you with nature, this trip is an absolute must.
    Emilia – Spain

  2. Henri

    We spend the most amazing 8 days at the Icefjord Trek with Einar at the late summer 2023! The trek was very well planned: not too long day hikes, variable (and amazing) views, high quality camping equipment and so tasty dinners every night at the base camps. Einar is a calm and professional guide with great sence of humor and whom you can count on in the Greenlandic wilderness. The trek was just enough demanding and you do not need to be a professional in order to accomplish it or to enjoy it. We can recommend this trek to anyone who loves hiking, quiet nature and ridiculously beautiful views. It is worth every euro!
    Henri – Finland

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