Greenland Off the Beaten Track
TRAVEL PERIOD: All Year
Greenland Off the Beaten Track
Explore Greenland off the beaten. This tour combines the most popular attractions in Greenland with two unique and unspoiled places in Northern Greenland. Among the tour’s highlights is an overnight stay on Greenland Ice Sheet near Kangerlussuaq. We will visit what is nicknamed the whale capital of Greenland, Qasigiannquit. After this, we hike to Camp Qinngua, where we will relax, cook, go fishing, hike, and look for muscles in the water. By the end of the tour, we will have spent several days in the iceberg capital Ilulissat. You can get close to the world-famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord in many ways.
- Day 1: Arrival and Camp Ice Cap Our trip starts at Kastrup airport, where you will fly with Air Greenland to Greenland, more precisely Kangerlussuaq. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a local guide who will tell you about the experiences of the next two days. We start with a real adventure: a full day with an overnight stay on the ice sheet, where you will stay in a tent camp. The tour begins in an all-terrain vehicle with good panoramic windows so you can enjoy the changing landscape along the way. It’s about an hour’s drive to Point 660, where the tour guide reviews the equipment and the next day’s events. Once at Camp Ice Cap, you will be accommodated in the expedition tents. Then it’s time to enjoy some hot drinks and the total silence a few kilometers in on the ice. If the weather permits and you are up to it, you can go on a short hike and enjoy the wintery landscapes in the summertime. Dinner is simple and warm as it consists of freeze-dried food, which is easy to carry.
- Day 2: Kangerlussuaq After a nutritious breakfast and a good night’s sleep on the ice in the warm sleeping bags, it’s time for a slightly longer hike than the day before. We bring crampons and hiking poles. We hike on the endless meadows of ice. Depending on the whims of the weather, we enjoy our lunch along the way or back at camp. Then it’s time to pack up and head back to civilization and Kangerlussuaq, where we will stay at Polar Lodge. In the evening, we highly recommend dinner at the Rowing Club. A shuttle bus takes you to and from Roklubben, located on a beautiful lake six kilometers from Kangerlussuaq (paid on the spot).
Day 3: Disko Bay
After breakfast, you can walk around before the trip continues north to Disko Bay. We take a domestic flight to the town of Aasiaat. After arrival, we will be picked up at the airport and driven to the harbor. From here, we sail to Qasigiannguit, a nice, small town. The mountains behind the town are up to 450 meters high and create a nice contrast to the coast. On arrival, Mikami Hostel will be our home for two days. An information meeting held about the programme for the next days. In the late afternoon, we will take an easy 3-hrs hike to Kangerluluk, also known as Paradise Bay.
Dinner is served in the sports hall cafeteria/café, which is run by a local family.
- Day 4: Qasigiannguit Breakfast at the hotel. Today, there are several exciting things on the program. Qasigiannguit is an exciting town to explore, and we start at the town museum, which houses a unique archaeological collection from the excavations of a Saqqaq culture settlement as well as exhibitions on the lives of the fishermen and the shrimp industry. The afternoon offers an exciting boat trip to the protected island of Qeqertassussuk and the abandoned settlement of Akulliit, where the houses are now used as summer cottages. Tonight, you will be cooking together at Mikami Hostel, based on the fresh produce caught here in Qasigiannguit.
- Day 5: Hike to Camp Qinngua After our breakfast at Mikami Hostel, it’s time for a beautiful 16km hike from Qasigiannguit to Camp Qinngua. The luggage will be sailed to the camp. We now walk along the beautiful Eqalunnguit Fjord (Salmon Bay) to the head of the fjord, where we will spend two nights at Camp Qinngua, a cozy tent camp in the wilderness. The sleeping tents contain a field bed, sleeping bag, and fleece/cotton liner. The kitchen tent contains tables, chairs, cooking, and eating utensils. Meals, coffee, and tea will be served in the camp. Everyone on the trip can actively participate in camp life by getting water, cooking, brewing coffee, or whatever you can think of. We will have dinner at the camp. After dinner, it’s time to relax or go for a walk before we go to bed in the tents.
- Day 6: Explore Camp Qinngua Those who get up early can start making breakfast, and then we will enjoy our coffee. Some may want a cool dip, which is available on the beach just below camp. Later we head over and fish in the river and lake, which might be part of our dinner tonight. Then we hike to the top of the mountain behind the camp and enjoy a packed lunch on the top. Depending on the tide, when we get down, we may collect mussels, which can also become part of the evening meal. There will also be time for exploring on your own, both before and after dinner.
- Day 8: Ilulissat After a final breakfast in the lovely camp, we help each other clean up. Pick up by boat and sail to Ilulissat. On the way you’ll see the amazing giant icebergs that lie aground there. Arrival in Ilulissat with check-in and subsequent city tour. Ilulissat is Greenlandic for “the icebergs,” and the town is located right next to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, which is essential to life in the town. During the town tour, we will visit the central part of town. The guide will tell you about the town’s history and the way of life in a modern Greenlandic town 300 kilometers north of the Polar Circle. Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic.
Day 9: Hike in Sermermiut
Today, there is the possibility of going hiking to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord. The site is 1.5 kilometers from Ilulissat town center, and the walk is easy. From here you have a view of the Ilulissat Icefjord, and there are icebergs as far as the eye can see. For the rest of the day you are on your own. You might want to go on a whale watching tour or kayaking (both not included. Please ask us for rates.) or visit one of the town’s museums. You can also indulge yourself in the town’s shops and the local sealskin workshop. Dinner at own arrangement.
- Day 10: Eqi Glacier Day Trip This day is free at leisure. We recommend a day trip to the calving Eqi Glacier 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. If you are not in the mood for sailing, you have plenty of other options to choose from – our guide will be happy to advise you!
- Day 11: Departure After many days with experiences of a lifetime, the journey goes south towards Copenhagen Airport, Denmark. However, you will get one final experience to bring home with you. On the plane from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq, you will get a chance to see the Ilulissat Ice Fjord from above.
• 1 night in Camp Ice Cap on the ice sheet (shared toilet)
• 1 night at Polar Lodge (shared bath/toilet)
• 2 nights at Mikami Hostel (shared bath/toilet)
• 2 nights at Camp Qinngua (with a toilet tent)
• 3 nights at Hotel Arctic (private bath/toilet)
• Breakfast all days
• Full board at Camp Ice Cap (drinks not included)
• Full board at Camp Qinngua (drinks not included)
• 2 x dinner in Qasigiannguit (drinks not included)
• Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic (drinks not included)
• Meals on the flights between Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq
Transport & Transfers
• Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq round trip
• Flight Kangerlussuaq – Aasiaat
• Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq
• On all flights: incl. all flight/transportation taxes and fees known at the time of publishing & 20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage
• Boat Aasiaat – Qasigiannguit
• Boat Camp Qinngua – Ilulissat
• Tour guide for the whole trip
• Welcome meetings in all towns with accommodation – English-speaking local guides
• Town tour and museum visit in Qasigiannguit (2-3 hours)
• Town tour in Ilulissat (2 hours)
• Boat trip to an abandoned settlement near Qasigiannguit (3-4 hours)
• Hike to Camp Qinngua from Qasigiannguit (luggage will be transported)
• Hike at Camp Qinngua (4-5 hours)
• Hike to Sermermiut in Ilulissat (2 hours. If you have purchased Ilimanaq Glacier Adventure, you will not get a guided city tour in Ilulissat)