Unplugged Greenland Wilderness
Unplugged Greenland Wilderness
Unplugged Greenland Wilderness
12 days – 11 nights
Reykjavik, Kulusuk, Karale, Nunartivaq, Ikateq, Tunup Kua
Hiking, Trekking, Adventure, Discovery, Culture
Operates July through September
Reykjavík domestic airport
5 - 14 participants
Hut, camping and hostel
Walking per day:
5 to 8 hours
Demanding (4 out of 6)
July, August, September
Day 1: Reykjavik, Kulusuk
The tour starts with our flight to Kulusuk, a village named after the island of Kulusuk. Departure and arrival are at the same time, so it is some kind of time-travel: two hours flight and two hours’ time difference! Kulusuk is a small village clinging to the rocky coast, surrounded by iceberg-filled water. We go to Kulusuk Hostel, a cabin accommodation where we spend the night. We explore this colorful village. In the evening we will go over the adventures ahead and go over our equipment so we are well prepared for the unplugged wilderness. [D]
Day 2: Kulusuk, Karale Fjord
A boat picks us up in the morning and takes us to our first campsite in Karale fjord. We sail for about 2 hours to one of the most serene campsites in the world, surrounded by pointy peaks and dramatic glaciers. This beautiful place will be our camp for the next 2 nights. Once we have pitched our tents it is time for a little warm-up for the days to come. We march up a not to high peak above our campsite, still providing us with a breathtaking view over the fjord and a different sense of our size in the world. We spend the night in the Karale fjord camp. [B/L/D]
Day 3: Karale
Although silence is omnipresent in East Greenland, most likely you will wake up to the thunder of ice calving from one of the three glaciers surrounding us. This is a pleasant noise to wake up to and it will fill you with energy for today’s adventures. Our first hike includes less ascend and more focus on the vastness of the glacier. We walk into the fjord towards Karale glacier’s ice-wall, stretching four to five kilometers wide. Karale is the biggest glacier in the area, and enormous ice clumps regularly detach from it. As we follow the coast, we will need to ford a small river. If we have brought a bottle of whiskey, this is the ideal place to have a drink with ice that is over 600 years old! Feel free to bring some ancient ice back with you for tonight’s aperitif! At the end of our hike, we return to our fjord camp. [B/L/D]
Day 4: Karale, Nunartivaq Mountain
Today we leave Karale fjord, but just wait, the next campsite is no less amazing. We walk along the coast and eventually cross over a pass on Nunartivaq mountain, passing colorful rock formations and enjoying yet another great view. We descend down into a small valley full of old stone blocks (boulders) not far from a beautiful beach. We put up camp for the night. [B/L/D]
Day 5: Nunartivaq Mountain, Ikateq
Here is a tip: get up before everyone else does and take a dip in the ocean! You will need some extra kick as this will be one of the more demanding days. The trek includes following the slopes of the mountains that descend into the sea, towards the Southwest. We walk into the Ikateq strait, a narrow passage between the mainland and the Qianarteq island. We arrive in a valley with an old, abandoned military airport from WWII. This place is a fountain of curiosities. We put up our camp here for the night. [B/L/D]
Day 6: Ikateq, Tunup Kua
After we all find a WWII treasure, we continue through the Ikateq strait towards the Tunu fjord. Although, today is not as challenging as yesterday, we will still see some action. In Tunu we have to ford a large glacier river that flows in many branches towards the sea. Really refreshing! We continue to Tunup Kua valley, between high and steep granite mountains. There is something special about the energy here, and we will set camp in this magical place for the evening. [B/L/D]
Day 7: Tunup Kua, Tasiilap Nua
Today, we turn away from the coast for the first time and walk in the Tunup Kua valley. We go over a mountain pass to the Tasiilap Nua valley in the extremely narrow and deep Tasiilaq fjord. This fantastic valley is surrounded by up to 1500m high granite peaks on both sides. Today’s adventure includes crossing a glacier tongue, and we advise you to have your hiking sticks handy. [B/L/D]
Day 8: Tasiilap Nua, Tasiilaq
Following the coast, we walk north to the very bottom of the Tasiilaq fjord. On the way, we cross a couple of small streams, child’s play compared to the large river we crossed in Tunu on Day 6. We put up the camp close to a river flowing from the valley behind the Tasiilaq fjord, called Tasiilap kua. This is the last time we camp on this trip. [B/L/D]
Day 9: Tasiilaq
It is time to ascend out of the valley. We pack our bags for the next two nights, our sleeping bags and food for two days, and head up to Tasiilaq mountain hut. The hut is situated at around 700 m (2300 ft) altitude in a mountain range rising above 2000 m (6560 ft). The day starts easy, but we must hike one steep hill along a glacier moraine before we arrive to the beautiful view in the valley where our hut is located. Tonight, we make ourselves comfortable in this cozy mountain hut. [B/L/D]
Day 10: Tasiilaq (Climb a summit)
The goal for today is to find a place where we can enjoy the fantastic alpine landscape around us. We head out from the hut to climb a summit rising above our accommodations. After taking in so much beauty and splendor at the summit, we head back to our cozy mountain hut for the evening. [B/L/D]
Day 11: Tasiilaq, Kulusuk
During our last day of hiking, we descend down to the Tasiilaq fjord again, the same way as we came up. A boat awaits us and a smiling chauffeur will sail us back to Kulusuk, where we spend our last night in sleeping bags at the Kulusuk Hostel. [B/L/D]
Day 12: Kulusuk (Greenland’s native people)
Before we can say farewell to Greenland, we spend some time learning a bit about Inuit culture and history. On a guided tour of the Kulusuk Museum, a tiny and charming place run by a local family, we fill up on knowledge about Greenland's native people. Brimming with new knowledge and memories that will last a lifetime, we say goodbye to Greenland and fly back to Reykjavík, Iceland. On arrival, meet you driver for your transfer to Reykjavik International airport to board your flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Diner | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
· Round-trip airfare New York/Reykjavik/Kulusuk
· Arrival and departure transfers
· Boat transfer at beginning and end of trek
· 11 nights’ accommodation:
o Camping accommodation in two persons tent (8 nights)
o Hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories (2 nights)
o Hostel sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories (1 night)
o Breakfast daily
o 10 lunches
o 11 dinners
· Transportation during the Tour
· Transfer of luggage between camps
· Activities as per program description
· Experienced and qualified English-speaking guide
· All local taxes
Airfare related taxes and fees
Anything not mentioned as “included”
Accommodations will be confirmed at time of booking
Price from: $6,215 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: GL02REK22IMG
· 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.
Special diet meals: $150
Sleeping bag rental: $75
Private transfer upgrade in Reykjavik: $135
Extra nights in Reykjavík (including pick-up and drop-off) available upon request