8 Days – Arctic Highlights Winter 2017

The best of winter in Greenland in 8 days! This trip starts at the polar circle in Kangerlussuaq – the old American military base, where you have the opportunity to experience northern light, musk oxen, and the Ice cap. After two days in Kangerlussuaq you fly north to Ilulissat and the famous ice fiord Kangia. For the next 5 days you will go on a boat tour to the ice fiord, hike to old Inuit settlements and have a 2 day dogsledge expedition with local hunters!

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The great dogsledge tour – Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

Travel info:


Tour name: Arctic Highlights 2017
Duration: 8 days
Departure: This tour starts and ends in Copenhagen
Dates
: Departures from 1st of February to medio April
Price: Per person in double room: DKK 20.970,- (€ 2836)
- Single room supplement: DKK 1.500,- (€203) per person

Itinerary


Day 1 – Tuesday: Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq
Departure Copenhagen kl. 09.00 with arrival to Kangerlussuaq kl. 09.50.

Pick up at the airport and transfer to Old Camp Hostel. There will be transfer from the airport waiting for you. Upon arrival at Old Camp, we will hold a short briefing about the activities in Kangerlussuaq. The first day in Greenland you will go on a 2 hour tour to the tundra looking for local wild life and if we are lucky we will see muskox, reindeer and polar foxes. Kangerlussuaq has the highest number of muskox in Greenland – a total of 20.000 animals.

There is enough time today to either just hang about town or choose an additional daytrip. See below for optional day trips.

In the evening we recommend at restaurant Roklubben (Rowing Club) which are beautiful situated at the shore of Lake Ferguson. Very nice dinner, and a very good place to experience northern light on a clear night.

Extra – sleep on the Ice Cap??
You can also choose to go to the Inland Ice already today. On this two-day ‘mini-expedition’ you will walk in the footsteps of the legendary polar explorers, and you’ll experience the magnitude and greatness of the ice cap. You’ll sleep in expedition tents on the ice cap. All safety equipment and sleeping gear is included. Add-on: € 200.

Day 2 – Wednesday: Greenland Icecap
Breakfast in Old Camp. Today you will go to the ice cap in special 4×4 vans. You will drive through beautiful landscapes with good chances of spotting wild life on the way. If weather and conditions permits, we will arrive to the ice cap 660 meter above sea level and do a walk on the ice. We will have a beautiful view over the ice cap which is more than 3 km thick at the summit!

Again, we recommend dinner at the old rowing club.

Day 3 – Thursday: Guided city walk in Ilulissat
Breakfast at Old Camp. Around noon you will fly north for about 45 minutes before landing in Ilulissat (‘Ilulissat’ means means ‘icebergs’ in greenlandic – and for a reason!). When you approach Ilulissat by air you will see the gigantic icebergs as long as you can see.

Your transfer will be waiting for you in Ilulissat and when you have arrived in Hotel Hvide Falk, which will be your home during your stay in Ilulissat. You will be met by our local guide for welcome and brief for the next days.

The first day in Ilulissat you will do a walk of the town and get to know the interesting history and the town where you will spend the next days. You will see the fishing harbor, the old colonial part of Ilulissat, town museum which was also home of the famous polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.

All day you will have nice views over the Disko Bay.

Day 4 – Friday: Ilulissat – Sermermiut hike and boat tour
Breakfast in the hotel. Before lunch you will do a hike with our guide to the Sermermiut Valley which has been protected by UNESCO since 2004. This hike might be the most beautiful hike, you will ever do! It is not hard, it is not long, but the views over Kangia Icefjord is a sight to behold! Here you can also experience remains of old Inuit cultures, but the biggest attraction is the amazing view to the Icefjord, were 10% of of all ice coming from the Ice Cap, goes through this narrow straight. The view is breathtaking!

In the afternoon you will go on a boat tour to the ice fiord where you see the ice bergs from a very close but safe distance. During the summer time the glacier Kangia can move up to 50 meters a day!

Day 5 – Saturday: Dog sledge with local hunter
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast it is time to prepare for the two days dogsledge tour with your local hunter. You will travel into the back country of Ilulissat and experience the true power and beauty of the arctic. We will follow the dog trail north east to Kangersuneq where we will meet the sea ice and experience local hunters fishing on the ice. After this stop we will continue to the bottom of the fjord where we will sleep in a simple cabin for the night. The cabin will soon be nice and warm and we will prepare the dinner. Outside you can enjoy the beautiful polar night and if the sky is clear the north light!

Please note, that the snow and ice conditions can alter the routes. Cancellations are very rare, however sometimes we need to change routes in order to meet the the present weather situation.

Day 6 – Sunday: Dog sledge with local hunter
After breakfast we will continue our journey among icebergs on the frozen fjord. If the weather and ice allows, we’ll go closer to the Inland Ice. Afterwards, we will head back to civilisation in Ilulissat, and is the snow and ice conditions are OK, we might make a short stop for lunch in a small Greenlandic settlement, where only 40 people live isolated from the rest of the world. You will arrive in Ilulissat in the afternoon and enjoy a nice warm shower and bed.

Day 7 – Monday: Ilulissat – day at leisure
Breakfast in the hotel. You have the free to explore Ilulissat by yourself. We recommend one of the marked hiking routes in the National Parks which offers nice views of the area, or you can visit one of the local museums or workshops for local artists.

This last day you can celebrate the end of your Greenland Adventure in one of the very nice restaurants in Ilulissat

Day 8 – Tuesday: Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
Breakfast in the hotel. Early morning flight to Kangerlussuaq and time to catch your flight back to Copenhagen. Arrival in Copenhagen 20.00 or 21:30.

Excursion options in Kangerlussuaq:


Tundra hiking + outdoor cooking:
This is our favourite tour in Kangerlussuaq; We offer this new and exciting hike in Kangerlussuaq with our local guide, this will take us out into the wild, where we will look for muskox and cook lunch over open fire; also local food such as snow hare or muskox. This summer we spotted muskoxes on 95% of all trips!
Price: DKK 750,- (€ 100)
Duration: ca. 5-6 hours (limited space)

Dogsledge:
We can arrange everything from 2 hours to several days of dog sledge expeditions. The price starts at 130Euro, depending on hour long a trip you like. Dog sledging is a very special from of travelling, where you get close to the hunters, in their element.

Icefishing on the frozen fjord:
We drive to the harbour and walk from onto the thick ice on the Kangerlussuaq fjord. And try to find a good spot to dig a whole. Usually there are loads of fish under the ice in this area!
Price: DKK 395,- (€ 54)
Duration: 3 hours

Tundra and Wildlife Tour:
Kangerlusssuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk ox. We will drive through the stunning tundra landscape in our 4WD truck and the guide will fill us in on the various wildlife in this area. Maybe we’ll get the chance to spot musk oxen and learn more about these incredible creatures.
Price: DKK 285,- (€39)
Duration: 1,5 hours

Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq:
Kangerlussuaq is a former American air base, but today it is the main airport of Greenland. The guide will share exciting stories, starting from the origins of the base, from the second World War to the Cold War, into a modern international airport.
Price: DKK 360,- (€49)
Duration: 2 hours

Hotels


Old Camp Hostel
Is located 2 km outside the airport and is nested between Mount Hassel and the fiord Kangerlussuaq. Old Camp consists of 4 houses and has a reception, kitchen for the guests and shared facilities. There are common area where you can meet the other guests and enjoy your evenings. All rooms are double rooms.

Hotel Hvide Falk in Ilulissat
Older hotel in the city center with nice view over the Disko Bay. All rooms are with private facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and is the very central located in Ilulissat. There is only 5 minutes walk to the town square and other restaurants.

Included:


  • Fly Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat t/r
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transfers
  • 2 nights in Old Camp hostel in Kangerlussuaq including breakfast
  • Wild life and tundra tour in Kangelussuaq
  • Ice cap tour in Kangerlussuaq
  • 4 nights in Hotel Hvide Falk *** including breakfast
  • Guidet city walk of Ilulissat
  • Guidet hike to Sermermiut Valley and the icefiord
  • Boat tour to the icefiord
  • 2 days dogsledging with local hunter and stay in cabin. Full board included.
  • All insurances required by Danish and Greenland law

Price does not include:

  • Single room DKK 1.500,- (€ 200,-)
  • Rental of clothes for dog sledge: From DKK 300,- per day (€ 41)
  • Optional: Arctic walk in Copenhagen before the trip. Apox 2 hours with our local guide, who takes you on a historical walk in Copenhagen with focus on Greenland. Price DKK 350,- per person (€ 48).
  • Optional: Change Tundra tour in Kangerlussuaq for a full day mountain walk with our local guide. You will cook your lunch over open fire. Price DKK 750,- (€ 100).

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