DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
Day 1, Monday: Arrival to Greenland, visit to the ice cap
Departure from Copenhagen at 09:00 and arrival i Kangerlussuaq 09.50 local time. You will be met in the airport by your local guide, who will arrange transfer to your accommodation, Polar lodge/Old Camp.
Early afternoon we embark on a journey to the famous Ice Cap, which has its beginning about 40km from Kangerlussuaq. The trip takes you through the beautiful Greenlandic landscape, which has been formed by the movement of the ice sheet through out thousands of years. The mountains are rounded, and it’s easy to see the effects and strong forces of the ice. If weather permits, we will be able to walk up onto the ice cap itself. At its highest point, the Greenlandic Ice Cap is more than 3km thick! On the way there will be plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife; musk ox, raindeer, snowhare and the elusive snow fox.
In the evening we recommend dinner at Restaurant Roklubben, which is located at the border of the very scenic Lake Ferguson, a short drive from Kangerlussuaq. Transfer to the restaurant is included. If the weather is clear, this is a great spot to experience the Northern Lights. You can book your table in the reception upon arrival.
Day 2, 3 and 4,Tuesday – Thursday: Dogsledge expedition
Dog sledding is a meaningful part of Greenlandic culture and is a traditional, age-old form of transportation that has been used by the Inuits for centuries when the landscape becomes impassable beneath blankets of snow and ice.
The trip between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut offers a true expedition experience, allowing you to test your limits in a controlled environment and truly begin to grasp Greenland’s enormity. During the 3-days journey, you will mostly overnight in remote hunting cabins, but tents might be used as well.
Together with the dogsled driver, you will experience Greenland’s harsh and captivating environment, where man, animal and nature work harmoniously. You will become an important part of the team and will be involved with preparing food, packing the sled and feeding the dogs. The trip can be quite challenging at times and guests should be in good health and condition. Due to the rough and unpredictable terrain, including ascents and descents, we do not recommend this tour for people who have back problems.
Please note that it is obligatory to rent polar clothing (seal skin or down) and boots, unless you have proper polar equipment of your own. In our experience, very few participants bring adequate equipment to ensure their safety and comfort while on the expedition. Our staff will determine whether you have proper clothes for this expedition. If you are interested in renting gear, you can rent this locally upon arrival.
On the last day you will arrive to Sisimiut, where you will be accommodated at Hotel Sisimiut for the next 2 nights. On arrival day we have included a 2 course welcome dinner at the Hotel.
So you can celebrate an evening back in civilisation.
Dag 5, Friday: Sisimiut, day at leisure
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can choose between several different excursions in Sisimiut – or you can simply spend a day at leisure in town. We recommend one of below tours in case you are looking for another adventure.
Monster sledge: Enjoy the stunning mountain landscape, which surrounds Sisimiut in Greenland’s only snowmobile sleigh. Nature is right outside our front door, and you will very quickly get a sense of the difference between civilization and the wilderness. Experience it all on the Winter safari, while sitting comfortably in the monster sled enjoying nature’s grandeur from the valley to the mountain top.
The route goes through the local Sisimiormiut’s winter playground. Here the locals cross country ski, go dog sledding and drive snowmobiles – and yet the area seems enormous and deserted. On the way back from the ski lift, we will halt at the plateau near the lake to enjoy the view over the city and David Strait. On the tour there will be several stops, where there is plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the nature. The price for this trip is DKK 800 per person. If you want a more individual adventure we recommend a snow scooter tour.
We offer different tours – from 1 hour introduction tours to several hours including ice fishing, so please feel free to contact us for prices and descriptions.
Dag 6, Saturday: Sisimiut – Ilulissat.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure to Ilulissat, with a short technical stop in Aasiaat. Arrival to Ilulissat. Transfer to Hotel Hvide Falk for check-in, welcome meeting and briefing with your guide.
Dag 7, Sunday: High lights of Ilulissat.
After breakfast we will hike up and into the Sermermiut Valley, which probably will be one of the most beautiful hikes you will ever experience. It is not hard, it is not long, but the views over Kangia Ice fjord is a sight to behold! The place is on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites, and here you can experience, with your own eyes, the “emptying” of ice into the ocean from the Ice Cap. 10% of all ice coming from the Ice Cap, goes through this narrow straight. On our way to the fjord, we will come across very old Inuit settlements.
We have lunch in town on our own.
In the afternoon, it is time to experience the Ice Fiord. At slow speeds we will cruise through the waters littered with icebergs of all shapes and sizes. It gets cold at sea, so bring extra warm clothing. Use the layer system, so you can alway put on or take off another layer of clothes.
During the evening there will be a possibility of joining an optional Northern light snow shoe hike to the Sermermiut valley, if you did not experience enough northern light during your dog sledge expedition.
Dag 8, monday: Day at leisure
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can enjoy a day at leisure in ilulissat. You can add on our city walk during the afternoon or you can experience the town individually, and visit the small museum, where the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen grew up.
You can also consider to add on a flight seeing tour by plane or helicopter – or book longer hikes and ice fishing as you please. Our guides on the spot will be happy to help you book any extra tours. You can also pre- book from home, as you wish.
Dag 9, Tuesday: Departure Ilulissat – Copenhagen
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to the airport made på Hotel Hvide Falk. Departure via Kangerlussuaq. Expected arrival in Denmark at 20:00 same evening.