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Camping on the Greenland ice sheet | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
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Do you want to you walk in the footsteps of explorers like Fridtjof Nansen, and go explore the incredible ice sheet with its meltwater rivers, crevasses, frozen lakes and ultimately spend a night on the ice cap? Then this tour is perfect for you. To do this, you will be accommodated by an experienced guide in Kangerlussuaq.

The trip starts when you step into our specialized 4 WD vehicle, with large panoramic windows that'll take you through the 25 km of wilderness to get to the famous Point 660 by the Ice sheet. This will take about an hour, and once we've arrived we'll have an important safety briefing as well as an introduction to the following activities.

We will venture onto the ice to set up the camp for the night, once we've succeeded you'll be rewarded with a hot beverage to enjoy while you listen to the peacefulness and silence surrounding you. When the night approaches the darkness seems more vivid, as we are so far from any light pollution. The stars shine bright and quite possibly, even the northern lights will make an appearance, so sit back and enjoy the spectacular setting, before you crawl into your sleeping bag. 

The next morning you'll have your fill with an energy-packed breakfast, because today, we're hiking further out on the ice to see the astonishing Russell glacier. The guide will make sure you're following a safe route, and the crampons and walking poles will be very helpful on the hike. Please note, that ropes will not be used on this trip. Depending on the weather we will enjoy our lunch on the ice or back at the camp. Once you've had the adventure of a lifetime,  it's time to pack down our goods and head back to the city, leaving nothing but footprints behind.

Put on your warmest hat, pack your bags and book your tour today, by pressing 'Choose a date' above. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Glacier Views
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English, Danish
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 12:00.


Please write one of the following pickup options, in the booking process: 

  • Old Camp
  • Polar Lodge
  • Hotel Kangerlussuaq / Airport
Included:
  • Transport from Kangerlussuaq to the Ice Cap and back

  • Experienced guide & safety equipment

  • Full board and drink

  • Basic toilet facilities

  • All equipment incl. tent, sleeping bag, crampons, hiking poles

  • Flight to and from Kangerlussuaq


What to bring:
  • Hiking boots; we use crampons, so shoes are not sufficient

  • Min. 40 liters back pack (can be rented in the booking process)

  • Water bottle

  • Sun block & sunglasses

  • Wind- and waterproof jacket & trousers

  • Long thermal underwear

  • Woolen hat & gloves

  • Personal items


Good to know:

Be prepared for all sorts of weather.

We will not use ropes, this is a choice made by the company.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - First day


Camping on the Greenland ice sheet | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland


We will meet by the Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq at noon, whereafter the trip heads towards Point 660 about an hours drive from the town of Kangerlussuaq. Point 660 is the starting point of this mini-expedition on the ice cap, here we will have a safety briefing and talk about the following activities. The hike towards the campsite will take approximately two hours, where when you have arrived and put up your tent, you get to treat yourself with something hot to drink and something sweet to eat. If the weather allows, you will be able to take a small hike before heading back to camp for supper. But under all circumstances, do not forget your camera. The light from the sun combined with the ice makes for incredible pictures.

Supper will be a 'Travel Lunch' a freeze-dried pre-made meal, where hot water is added. After dinner, we will tell stories like the local inuits have done for centuries. Thereafter it is time to get a good night sleep.


Day 2 - Russell glacier


Camping on the Greenland ice sheet | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland


A new and exciting day on the Ice sheet is ahead of you. After breakfast in the tent, you will be heading out to explore the icy landscape. On the way, there will be many opportunities to see the many clear meltwater streams, which are created in the inland ice during the summer.

From a safe distance, you will get a feeling of how big the crevasses are, and how calving glaciers work. You will have your crampons and hiking poles brought along. Ropes are not necessary because you only will be going where the terrain is safe.

Lunch will either take place on your hike or back at camp, all depending on the weather conditions, and in the afternoon it's time to pack up the camp, so we can head back to Kangerlussuaq.


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My guide was Adam, and he was awesome. He was both informative and funny which was a great help. Something else I should mention is his willingness to help anyone that needed help. The views were incredible, and I still can't believe that I was actually there. It was a surreal experience. For one, I know that I was fortunate to be able to go and see the Ice Cap, but also it was important because I got to see the effects of climate change. The weather had been unusually warm for my entire stay in Greenland, both here and other areas. That may have assisted me, but it was a little windy at night so it took a little while for me to be warm enough. The only thing I think should be mentioned is more about what is involved for the camping, such as setting up tents and the like. I'd advise anyone considering it to have layers of course and perhaps choose your hiking books wisely. My boots were good enough, but the softer soles caused issues at times with the crampons. I'd also say make sure you are physically up for the hikes and let the guide know if you have any medical issues or concerns from the very beginning. All in all, it was a great experience, and anyone who is able to do it, should. You won't regret it.
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