THE ARCTIC JEWEL TOUR
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Arrival by plane to the Kulusuk Airport, the gateway to East Greenland, and board a helicopter to fly the last distance to the main town of Tasiilaq, over the mighty Ammassalik fjord. After settling in at your accommodation you have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore Tasiilaq, the largest town on the east coast with 2,000 people. In the evening we will all have dinner together at your accommodation, prepared by a local chef. We will also take this opportunity to conduct a welcome meeting were you will be briefed on the days ahead, we will go over rental equipment and make sure that you are all set for the trip.
Accommodation: You will be lodged in a house in the centre of Tasiilaq. The houses accommodate two people per room, in single beds.
The house has a living room, a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with shower and flushing toilet.
At 9 AM we meet the mushers and start preparing the dogs and the sledges. The dogsled will then take us over Kong Oscars fjord, up to the large inland lake of Qordlortoq, where we will have a short break to enjoy the majestic scenery and allow for all dog sled teams to gather together for the continuation of the journey. We will then continute our adventure through the mountain valleys until arriving at three little huts, nestled in the valley, known by the locals as Kaffebaren. Here we will again enjoy a short break, with some refreshments.
Continuing on our journey we climb to an altitude of 500 meters above sea level, where we can enjoy beautiful views of the second largest fjord in Greenland, the magestic Sermilik ice fjord. We then start our descent, through a narrow path of a frozen stream, leading us to our overnight stop at the edge of the Ice fjord.
Accomodation: You will be lodged in a basic but very charming mountain hut, where sleeping is in sleeping bag accommodation. Toilet is in an ‘outhouse’ and there is no shower.
Today you will have the day free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the hut. You may chose to simply relax and enjoy the peacefulness and serenity of the area, or join our experienced guide in a snowshoe hike up the fells and lower mountains in the area for more spectaular views. From our setting on the edge of the fjord, we can enjoy views of the Inlandsis in the distance.
If the night sky is clear chances are we can spot the dancing aurora borealis above us.
Accommodation: The same accommodation as the night before.
After breakfast, we pack up the sledges and continue our journey towards the small settlement of Tiniteqilaq. Today’s journey is hard work ascending and descending step fells with the sledges. We will traverse the length of the Tinit glacier providing us with breathtaking views of the iceberg filled fjord, Inlandsis and the small settlement of Tiniteqilaq in the far distance. On our journey we will make multiple stops allowing for photography and refreshments.
We spend the night in a newly built mountain hut at the edge of the settlement. Weather and sea ice condition allowing, you will have he opportunity to join one of the local hunters on a afternoon boat ride in the fjord, exploring icebergs up close and maybe witnessing the local hunters hunting seal. In the evening you will enjoy dinner with a local family, usually seal and whale meat is on the menu.
Accommodation: The hut in the settlement has wooden beds with proper mattresses. Sleeping arrangements are on sleeping bag basis. There is a possibility to take a shower in the local service house.
Today we leave the settlement of Tiniteqilaq behind and continue up the 10 kilometer long Kugarmit valley. Today, we pass numerous large glaciers and cross several frozen lakes to find our way to the end of the valley where we will descend steep slopes arriving at the Imaila fjord.
We then continue on the frozen fjord towards the closed settlement of Qernetivartivit before which we find our hut in which we will spend the night. If time allows, we can bring out our fishing rods and try our luck fishing for Greenlandic halibut and redfish.
Accomodation: The Imaila hut is a basic mountain hut in an incredible setting by the sea ice, with sleeping bag accommodation. There is an outdoor toilet, but no shower.
Our final day takes us back to the town of Tasiilaq. Our journey, takes us across high glaciers which is a hard job for both men and dog. 4-5 hours after our set off in the morning, we will yet again set sights on town.
In the evening, we all come together for dinner at out accommodation, prepared by a local chef.
Accomodation: You will be staying in the same house as you were prior to the start of the trip, with all modern facilities for your comfort.
Today, your will have the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights of Tasiilaq, the main town on the Greenlandic east coast. You can chose to visit the town museum to learn more about the local culture, the church and much more.
Accomodation: You will be staying in the same house as the night prior.
Today, we say out final goodbyes before you board the helicopter that will bring you to Kulusuk, where you will board your international flight back to Iceland.
– All accommodation in Tasiilaq and when on tour
– Rent of dog sled and musher for the duration of the trip
– All food when on trip, dinner with a local family in Tiniteqilaq and end of trip dinner in Tasiilaq on day 6.
– Helicopter transportation between Kulusuk airport and Tasiilaq (Service provided by Air Greenland)
– Personal travel insurance
Trip length: 8 days
Minimum: 1 clients
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