DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
Day 1 – Sunday: Arrival in Greenland – Kangerlussuaq – Tundra Hike
Departure from Copenhagen at 09:15 and arrival at 109:55 in Kangerlussuaq.
We will be accommodated at Old Camp hostel. Today’s hike is a Tundra Hike, where we will walk on the tundra trying to spot some of the many Mosk ox and reindeers, which are frequently seen in this area. During the hike, we will make a small bonfire, where we will prepare our lunch – the trip takes between 4-6 hours. (-/L/-)
Day 2 – Monday: Kangerlussuaq – Hike On The Ice Cap
After having breakfast, we are going for a day of adventure on the inland ice. The day offers one of the tour’s many highlights. We’ll drive 35 km through the tundra to the Ice Cap. Along with our guide we take a walk on the world’s second largest ice cap. The ice cap here is over 3 km thick at its thickest. Using crampons, we will explorer this spectacular landscape, and we will be able to see crevasse and moulins, which is something very spectacular you probably never will forget. The tour is about 9 hours, where 5-6 hours is on the ice. Lunch included. (B/L/-)
Day 3 – Tuesday: Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat – City Walk and Icefjord Cruise
Breakfast at the hostel, and then we’ll check in for our flight north to Ilulissat – a 45 min. scenic flight. Even at the inflight over the ice fiords is an experience never to forget; looking east you will see floating Icebergs far into the horizon.
After check-in at Ilulissat Guesthouse, you’ll get a welcoming and a short briefing from your local guide. It is now time for a city walk in one of the oldest towns in Greenland, Ilulissat, founded by Jacob Severinsen in 1721 as a Danish colony and port for whalers.
The city walk will end at the Yellow track, where you will have a view over the Icefjord, and maybe if we are lucky we can spot whales. Bring a snack so you can stay a little bit longer just enjoying this amazing place.
In the evening it is time to get closer to the arctic nature as you enjoy the midnight sun reflecting in the huge Icebergs just outside town, where the UNESCO area begins. If you are lucky, we will spot some of those beautiful creatures, whales. (B/-/-)
Day 4 – Wednesday: UNESCO Hike To The Summit & Icefjord
The day is devoted to a top hike in the back country of Ilulissat and a walk along the icefjord and UNESCO site.
We start the day at the Quarry, which is the back door to the icefjord. Normally not too many people will be seen on these paths. From here we will start the ascent to get that beautiful top view over the icefjord, Disko Island and Oqaatsut. Afterwards we continue down to the icefjord, which we will hike along, until we reach the UNESCO site, the Sermermiut Valley, where the ancient Inuit cultures settled for thousands of years. We still see vestiges of the Thule-culture. After a short break at The ”Kællinge” Gap we choose the yellow track to get back to the Guesthouse (today´s trail is approx. 15 km in the terrain).
The rest of the day is on your own. (-/-/-)
Day 5 – Thursday: Two days hike with overnight Oqaatust settlement
After breakfast it’s again time head up north. Depending on weather conditions, we will sail for about 45-60 minuttes passing the settlement, Oqaatsut. Our luggage will be set off in Oqaatsut, so we don’t have to carry too much on todays hike. Then the boat will take us further north, where we will be dropped of and start our hike south.
We will pass a waterfall and enjoy the view over the bay leading in to the settlement. Todays hike will be around 4-5 hours. The rest of the day we have to ourselves, relaxing in this quiet desolated place. During summer time, the only way of getting to Oqaatsut is by boat or hiking. 27 people live here all year round. In the past Oqaatsut was the centre for whaling. Still today it’s possible to see hunters dragging a whale on shore, but it doesn’t happen too often anymore.
NB: Depending on group size, there is an option to stay the night in our wilderness cabin, which is situated just south of Oqaatsut. From the cabin you have the most amazing view over the Diskobay with its icebergs and sometimes you can also spot whales. (-/L/D)
Day 6 – Friday: Hiking back to Ilulissat from Oqaatsut on the old mail route
After spending a night in Oqaatsut, we will wake up to yet another day of hiking: The only sounds, you can hear, is the wind, the ocean and maybe the sound of the sled dogs.
On our hiking back to Ilulissat using the old mail route, we will pass lakes, streams, areas with summer cabins and the view over the Disko Bay and the ice fjord, when we get closer to Ilulissat.Todays hike is around 6-7 hours depending on our pace. Totalt distance: 23 km
Back in Ilulissat, we will once again check in at Ilulissat Guesthouse. (B/L/-)
Day 7 – Saturday: Day on your own
This day is on your own. You can hike yellow track or book extra excursions. We recommend a visit to the small settlement of Ilimanaq just south of the icefiord. Or maybe go for helicopter sightseeing. We can also arrange other hiking tours, or guided tours. Please contact us for more information. (-/-/-)
Day 8 – Sunday: Hike to the ice cap – full day tour
We start the day by sailing from Ilulissat up north, passing Oqaatsut and continue up in the Paakitsoq Fjord; this amazing fjord is a hidden geme with most beautiful and desolated prestine nature. Also, it is gateway to a ‘easy access’ to the ice cap. After approx 2 hours boat ride, we’ll start our hike toward the ice cap. It is a fantastic hike with great views and also a few minor water-crossings before reaching the morrain area. Stepping on the ice cap is fantastic, and it makes you feel really humble.
We’ll find a nice picnic spot to eat our lunch before hiking back to the boat sailing back toward Ilulissat. On the way back, we will of course go look for whales, and maybe we’ll be lucky to get close to (most likely) hump back whales. We set departure time according to the tide table. (-/L/-)
Day 9 – Monday: Day on your own
Last day in Greenland – the day is on your own. You can hike yellow track or book extra excursions. We recommend a visit to the small settlement of Ilimanaq just south of the icefiord. Or maybe go for helicopter sightseeing. Please contact us for more information. (-/-/-)
Day 10 – Monday: Goodbye Greenland
Today you are flying out of Ilulissat unless if you have added some extra days and excursions. If you want inspiration, then have a look at our catalogue with extra excursions or ask us and we will help you out the best we can. (-/-/-)