Greenland Dogsledding Adventure
Greenland Dogsledding Adventure
Greenland Dogsledding Adventure
9 days – 8 nights
Reykjavik, Kulusuk, Tasiilaq, Sermilik Coast, Tiniteqilaaq, Pitserpaajik
Discovery, Adventure, Sports, Culture
Parties are limited to 6 people
Day 1 - Wed: Reykjavik, Kulusuk, Tasiilaq
After Immigration and Customs formalities at the international airport meet your driver for your transfer to Reykjavik’s domestic airport to board your flight to Kulusuk in Greenland. The tour starts at Kulusuk – gateway to East Greenland. From Kulusuk you take an exhilarating helicopter ride over to Tasiilaq on Ammassalik Island where you will be met by our local partner who will take you to your accommodation. Afternoon free to discover this village of 2,000 inhabitants. We then meet with the rest of the group for a presentation of the expedition and verification of the material. Night in guest house. [P/D]
Day 2 - Thu: Tasiilaq, Sermilik Coast
Today we’re heading north, so dress warmly for the big adventure! You will be picked up at the guest house and taken to the outskirts of Tasiilaq where our dog teams are waiting. The guide will show you the basics of dog sledding and how to behave with the dogs. With 2 persons per sledge, we will then head north over King Oscars Fjord and up to the big lake Qordlortq between granite mountain ranges. There, we’ll have a short break before continuing to ‘the Coffee Shop’. This is not really a shop though, but a gathering of a few huts in the middle of the Ammassalik Island, where everyone travelling on dog sled or snowmobile usually takes a break, to drink a coffee or have a snack. Turning west, in the direction of the Sermilik Fjord, we head on through the snow-covered landscape and up to an altitude of 1,640 feet. From this altitude we have a spectacular view over the Sermilik Ice Fjord. Our dogs, then, take us downhill through a beautiful river valley to the small cluster of cabins that will serve as our base for the next two nights. Sitting on the edge of the Ice Fjord we will have a view over the fjord and the ice. Overnight in huts. Activities: 6 hours of dog-sledding. [B/P/D]
Day 3 - Fri: Sermilik Coast
Today will be devoted to the exploration of the surrounding area and its peaks. We’ll venture to a near-by peak on snowshoes, in an attempt to get a superb view of the Sermilik Ice Fjord and the great Greenland Icecap across the fjord on the horizon. How far and high we will be able to go depends on the snow conditions but none the less this day is certain to be an adventure! Activities: 4-6 hours of snow shoeing. [B/P/D]
Day 4 Sat: Sermilik, Tiniteqilaaq
After a hearty breakfast we pack up our sledges and head up along the coast towards the north and to the small settlement of Tiniteqilaaq (around 125 hab.). Here we will have time to visit the village and get some insight into the Inuit way of life in these harsh arctic conditions. We will spend the night at a house in the settlement with basic facilities (shower is in the local service house) and dinner will be served by a local family. Activities: 4 hours of dog-sledding. [B/P/D]
You can go with a local hunter on a boat trip if fjord conditions allow. The boat trip is paid directly to the boat driver.
Day 5 - Sun: Tiniteqilaaq, Pitserpaajik
Today, we start on our way back south going over the straight that separates Tiniteqilaaq and Ammassalik Island and turn slightly east into a riverbed valley. The ride down this riverbed is one of the most beautiful on the island. On both sides we are surrounded by peaks and glaciers as we speed over the snowfields. Our route takes us over a fjord and all the way down to Pitserpaajik Peninsula where a hut awaits us. Activities: 6 hours of dog-sledding. [B/P/D]
Day 6 - Mon: Pitserpaajik, Tasiilaq
From the Pitserpaajik Peninsula we head west in the direction of the lakes. Our way, then, takes us over the snowfields straight through the center of Ammassalik Island until we arrive back in the town of Tasiilaq. After leaving the sledges and saying goodbye to the dog teams you will be taken back to your accommodation. Activities: 6 hours of dog-sledding. [B/P/D]
Day 7 - Tue: Tasiilaq
Free day to explore the town of Tasiilaq or go for an optional tour on snowshoes to the Valley of Flowers. The town of Tasiilaq is the administrative center of East Greenland and has an interesting museum and some shops. Above the town, the Valley of Flowers in its winter coat offers an opportunity to enjoy a snowshoe walk in the arctic environment up to a view point over the town. [B/P/D]
Day 8 - Wed: Tasilaaq, Kulusuk, Reykjavik
Return to Kulusuk by helicopter and take your flight to Iceland. On arrival, meet your driver for your transfer to Reykjavik International Airport. B}
Day 9 - Thu: Reykjavik, USA
Breakfast at the hotel. At the convenient time take the shuttle to the airport to board your flight back to the USA. [B]
Note: This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to achieve this, changes to the program may have to be made.
Note: On the dog sled, you can bring 22 Lbs.)of personal belongings—if you have more, you can leave it in the guesthouse in Tasiilaq.
[B] = Breakfast | [P/D] = Picnic lunch and Dinner | [B/P/D] = Breakfast, Picnic lunch and Dinner
· Round-trip airfare New York/Reykljavik/Kulusuk
· Round-trip helicopter transfers Kulusuk/Tasiilaq
· All required transfers as detailed in itinerary
· 8 nights’ accommodation:
o Tasiilaq 3 nighs
o Sermilik 2 nights
o Tiniteqilaaq 1 nights
o Pitserpaajik 1 nights
o Reykjavik 1 night
o Breakfast daily
o 7 picnic lunches
o 7 dinners
· Basic training on dogsledding
· Sled guidance by professional musher
· Supervision by an English-speaking local expert guide
· Snowshoe guide
· Snowshoe rental
· Dogsled tour for 5 days visiting:
o King Oscars Fjo
o lake Qordlortq
o Ammassalik Island
o Sermilik Ice Fjord
o Tiniteqilaaq settlement
o Pitserpaajik Peninsula
· Transportation by dogsled (2 people per sled)
· All local taxes
· Taxes and fees related to airfares
· Registration fee: $20 (free for under 12 years old)
· Meals not specified in the program
· Optional activities or tours
· Tips to guides and/or drivers
· Local and/or international phone calls
· Personal and/or medical expenses
· Sleeping bag (available to rent)
· Travel insurance
· Drinks and personal expenses
· Anything not mentioned as “included
|1||Tasiilaq||Guesthouse or youth hostel|
|2-3||Sermilik||Basic mountain hut without shower|
|4||Tiniteqilaaq||Mountain hut with shower possibility|
|5||Pitserpaajik||Basic mountain hut without shower|
|8||Reykjavik||Aurora Hotel at Reykjavik Airport|
Accommodations will be confirmed at time of booking
From $6,135 including airfare from New York
Add-ons available from all US gateways.
Price is minimum per person staying in a double room and may change without notice. Prices for different party numbers available upon request.
This program can be customized for individuals and groups.
Changes to this program may be requested by phone (1855-55-TOURS) or using the web FIT Quote Request
We also be glad to adjust the airfare from your gateway so you take advantage of our special discounted leisure fares
You may add or remove;
o Trip days
o Cities and sites
· Other options
o The program was designed with private services, however, we may substitute shared sightseeing where available
o If you prefer deluxe services we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
Once we have designed the program the way you want we'll give you a quote within 2 business days.
Tour Code: GL01REK22IMG
· Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
· We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
· Any other changes to the itinerary will be accommodated depending on the facilities available in the area.
· Private arrival and/or departure transfer
· The options suggested in the itinerary will be quoted at time of booking
· If you wish to use these programs for your group or as the basis for a customized journey please either call us (1-855-55-TOURS or use the web Group Quote Request.
· In either case our specialists will work with to refine all the details and they will get you a quote with 2 business days. Quotes may be obtained for the air and land portions of just for the lad journey.
· Booking both air and land with us will represent savings for you because of our buying power and longtime relationship with the airlines.
· We will also may have the choice between regular fares and special leisure fares not available to the public.
Optional equipment rental:
Renting of sleeping bag, jacket or cold boots: to be reserved in advance and to be paid locally (Cost of 50 DKK (or $8) per day and per item rented).