Camp on the Greenland ice sheet | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

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Duration
2 days
Difficulty
Medium
Languages
English, Danish
Available
Mar. - Oct.

Walk in the footsteps of the Arctic explorers and spend a night camping on the Great Greenland Ice Sheet.

Get up close and personal with meltwater rivers, frozen lakes, and crevasses as your experienced glacier guide introduces you to hiking safely with crampons and leads you across the frozen icecap. From the famous Point 660, to our ice camp, to the Russell Glacier, this trip will give you plenty of glacier hiking experience and take you to the most interesting features in the area.

Spending a night on the world’s second-largest icefield is a truly unique experience. Miles from anywhere, with no light or air pollution and some of the best weather conditions in Greenland, our ice camp is the perfect place to fully experience the Midnight Sun or magical Northern Lights (depending on when you visit). 

Scroll down for more information and the full itinerary, then book your place on this once-in-a-lifetime experience by selecting a date and clicking on Continue to Book.

Included

Transport from Kangerlussuaq to and from the Ice Sheet
Experienced guide & safety equipment
Full board and drink
All equipment incl. tent, sleeping bag, crampons, hiking poles
Basic toilet facilities

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Hiking
Glacier Views
Camping

Attractions

Kangerlussuaq
Russell Glacier
Point 660

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Hiking on the Great Greenland Icesheet near Kangerlussuaq - Guide to Greenland

From Kangerlussuaq to the Ice camp

We meet at the Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq at noon and board a specialized 4WD vehicle with large panoramic windows. The icecap is about 25km away through the Arctic wilderness and it will take us about an hour to reach the access point at Point 660.

Once we arrive, your experienced glacier guide will give you a safety briefing, introduce you to the equipment you will be using, and give you a summary of the next couple of days. From there - it is up onto the ice sheet for a 2 hour hike to our campsite and a well earned hot drink and sweet snack.

Depending on weather, there may be the opportunity for another short hike in the vicinity of the camp before returning for a dinner of a freeze-dried, just-add-boiling-water trekking meal. These are more delicious than they sound and provide all the energy you need to keep you going.

After dinner, we will do as the Inuit did and tell stories about Greenland while enjoying the Midnight Sun or perhaps the dancing Northern Lights - depending on when you visit.

Day 2
Looking up at the face of the Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq - Guide to Greenland

Visit to the Russell Glacier

The day begins with an energy-packed breakfast in the comfort of your tent before setting out across the ice sheet to visit the impressive Russell Glacier.

Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to see and learn about the different features of an icefield, like the brilliant blue (and picture perfect) meltwater streams that are formed during the warmer months, and you will get a feeling for the size and depth of crevasses from a safe distance.

After visiting the Russell Glacier and discovering how calving glaciers work, we will break camp and head back to Kangerlussuaq.

What to bring

Sturdy hiking boots. We will use crampons, so shoes are not sufficient
Min. 40 liters back pack (can be rented in the booking process)
Long thermal underwear
Wind and waterproof jacket & trousers
Woollen hat, buff or scarf & gloves
Sun block, sunglasses and sun hat
Camera with extra batteries (the cold drains the batteries faster and you need enough for 2 days)
Water bottle
Personal items

Good to know

This is an adventure tour. You must be prepared to: carry your sleeping bag and part of a shared tent, help set up and tear down camp, use very basic toilet facilities, eat simply, deal with all sorts of weather.

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