Dogsled Exploration of Liverpool Land | Ittoqqortoormiit | East Greenland
Come join an exclusive expedition through the wonders of East Greenland’s stunning nature in the winter season. Snow covered terrain allows you to travel by the famous dog sled, an old transportation tradition as old as the Greenlanders have existed. An authentic experience that you will get to enjoy in the four days’ action packed journey, where you will get to explore Liverpool Land. You will get to experience the Greenlandic culture to the fullest as you will be accommodated in the center of Ittoqqortoormiit town. A town decorated with colourful houses, friendly and outgoing locals with plenty of time to get cultivated before and after your journey through the arctic landscape. Ittoqqortoormiit is a town of around 450 inhabitants that was established back in 1925, which started with families further down south from Tasiilaq, and a few from West Greenland. The town is isolated which means getting resources here is an difficult affair, and therefor can’t be maintained alone from resources outside. That means that the towns local hunters have a job to keep up with food by going on daily hunts around the area. Luckily this is not a big issue since the area is rich of arctic wildlife. The local hunters of Ittoqqortoormiit are the only people who have regular access to the National Park situated close to the town.
You will have the privilege to experience all of what Ittoqqortoormiit has to offer, all you have to do is pull out your warm clothes and bring your camera for this memorable trip. Do not miss out on this authentic and mind blowing experience! Check out the booking availability by pressing ‘Choose a date’ above and book your adventure.
- Available: Mar. - May.
- Duration: 8 days
- Activities: Sight Seeing, Dog sledge, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Tent camp, Sleeping in hut, Seal spotting, Photography, Arctic Wildlife, Helicopter tour
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English
A breathtaking destination taking you back in time. An isolated place far from the usual daily life stress. Experience first hand the authentic and unique landscape, the chance to get lost in the beauty of Ittoqqortoormiit.
Ittoqqortoormiit - a small town with a long name, on the east coast of Greenland with a population just below 500 people. The town was founded in 1925 by Ejnar Mikkelsen, families from the west coast and Tasiilaq. The name is translated to “The big houses”.
The town of Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most remote places in Greenland and only reachable by plane to Nerlerit Inaat, 40 kilometers from Ittoqqortoormiit. The only entrance to town, is by helicopter, snowmobile in winter and boat in summer.
The town mainly lives of hunting and tourism, therefore thriving wildlife plays a big role, in the daily life of the inhabitants.
The National Park is situated north of Ittoqqortoormiit and is covering an area of 972.000 square kilometers, making it the world’s biggest National Park. In the park lies four small settlements with a total of 35 inhabitants. A mesmerizing, unspoiled and remote place, rich with wildlife and breathtaking sceneries.
The local museum is situated in the center of town, and was in the late 1920’s an old whalers settlement, which later became a convenience store and administration stronghold. Today it consist of beautiful interior with paintings, photographs and east greenlandic costumes.
Uunartoq hot spring
Close to Ittoqqortoormiit lies Cape Tobin, in its mother tongue Uunartoq, which means “That which one burns oneself on”. The name was given because it is the warmest hot spring in Greenland, with degrees of 62 Celsius. It is so hot that if one might want to jump in, people usually use snow to cool it down first.
Scoresby Sund is the world’s longest fjord reaching up to 350 kilometers and is named after the English Whaler William Scoresby, the first man to map this part of Greenland. It is a marvelous place to see the steep mountains, getting a glimpse of the many different arctic wildlife on land, in the air and in the waters. The great ice sculptures broken off from the multiple glaciers in the area is guaranteed.
The perfect adventure for those who want the absolute arctic experience, with an unique insight of the greenlandic living conditions.
What to do & what to see in Ittoqqortoormiit
- Hot springs
- Boat Tours
- Whale Watching
- National Park
Departure time : Morning departure
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Flight Reykjavík-Akureyri-Constable Point-Akureyri-Reykjavík
Helicopter flight Constable Point-Ittoqqortoormiit-Constable Point
4 nights in Guesthouse Ittoqqortoormiit, sharing double room, self-catering
Dogsledge tour with local hunter, 4 days/3 nights (2 guests sharing sled with hunter), overnight in tents or hunters' huts
1 meal with local Greenlandic family
City tour of Ittoqqortoormiit
Any services that not listed under 'included'
Accommodation in Iceland the night before and the night after the trip is not included in the package.
What to bring:
Warm clothing: Multilayer principle
Socks also multilayer prinicple
2 pairs of gloves and hats
Credit cards are widely used, but Danish Kroners is advisable to have on hand
Personal blister kit
Sun cream, Sunglasses and lip balm
Light duvet jacket & outer shell jacket
Wind- & water proof jacket & trousers
Sleeping bag and sheet
First aid kit
Good to know:
Temperatures can be around -15 - -20°C.
You will need to arrive in Iceland a day before the flight to Greenland. Accommodation for this night is not included in the package price.
Flight schedules to/from Greenland may change due to unfavourable weather or ice conditions, or for other reasons of force majeure for which the tour operator cannot be responsible. In this case any additional expenses are entirely the responsibility of the passengers themselves.
The price per person is based on the basic of minimum 2 dog sledges.
Single sledge supplement from: DKK 5.840.
Single room supplement (in guesthouse/4 nights) from: DKK 1.115.
Most airlines allow 20kg of language weight. So it is good to know what you really will need for your journey. But, of course, this depends on what you are planning to do and when – summer or winter, hiking, skiing or other outdoor activities such as kayaking, dog sledging, staying in hotels or camping. We would like to give you a general list which reflects our experience about things that should not be missing on a tour to Greenland. During the summer months similar clothes and equipment are needed for Greenland and Iceland.
Helpful hints Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand. Slippers or thick socks: Greenlanders take off their shoes entering a private house and even many guesthouses Camera equipment: Greenland is a photographer’s paradise and you should ensure to have enough memory cards with you Binoculars: to scout for wildlife
NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
Day 1 - Wednesday
Morning flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri on going flights to Greenland will change to the Twin Otter or King Air B200 aircraft. The incoming flight towards Greenland is a memorable one to say the least. Getting to see the inland icecap from above on one side and the pack ice and frozen over sea is equally mesmerizing. When landing at Constable Point you will get to see how isolated the area is. The airport consists of one building with basically nothing nearby.
After a short while wait you will be flown by helicopter to the town of Ittoqqortoomiit. The helicopter flight will be just as magnificent, if not better than the view from the plane. Stunning winter landscape as far as the eye can see, with rigged mountains and ice. Being able to see Liverpool Land Jameson Land plateau, a stunning scenery.
Upon arrival in Ittoqqortoormiit you will be taken to your accommodation.
You will be staying in Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse for the next two nights.
Day 2 - Thursday
A day free to explore the colourful town and greet the friendly locals as they do their daily chores. Take a visit inside the local church, a small yet stunning building with beautiful interior. Look inside the local store and get a clearer picture of the living conditions and limited grocery choices in the winter season. Watch the children playing freely everywhere and see the many drying racks used to dry fish. Probably also a polar bear skin hanging from out to dry, an unique sight but ferly common in this town.
Same accommodation as the day before
Day 3 - Friday
Today we will start our 4-day journey around Liverpool Land. You will be introduced to the mushers and his dogs along with the guide that will be joining you. After the short meet and greet the dogsled will be packed and ready to go. Greenlandic dogs are strong work animals weighing up to 35 kilos and a height of 65 centimeters. They are in family with the wolf and therefore not pets and should not be treated as one. Nonetheless they are stunning and strong dogs and have tendencies to fight each other along the trip, do not be alarmed if this occurs. The musher knows each of his dogs and is used to dealing with these situations.
When finally on the sled you will stroll across the snow and ice heading into the arctic tundra. Amazing sights and views are waiting for the days ahead.
You will be staying in a hut very simple but with beautiful surroundings. No running water or toilet.
Day 4 - Saturday
After breakfast another exiting journey awaits us as we pack the sled and continue our adventure deeper into the arctic terrain. If you observe the landscape you might be lucky to spot bird species, arctic foxes and rabbits and for the lucky few musk oxen. The landscape of mountains reaching up to 1500 meters above sea level, frozen over fjords and lakes, hot springs and glaciers is all waiting for you to explore. East Greenland has untouched nature, endless passages of snow and ice and you are the lucky one to get a glimpse of the vast and massive area. Conquering mountains is a tough procedure, where your participants might be required. Not for the faint hearted as it is tough and hard work. While being part of a team of a pack of dogs and the musher, you will get the perfect position to see how they work together to climb steep mountain sides. A truly grand sight just to see their team work, but even more magnificent is to finally at the top. The views is all the effort worth, allowing you to see the area from a great height.
You will be staying in tents, depending on how far you have traveled
Day 5 - Sunday
Liverpool Land has breathtaking nature, fjords and glaciers to offer you as an explorer. You will be able to see Carlsberg Fjord in the northwest and Hurry Inlet in the southwest separating Liverpool Land and Jameson Land. William Scoresby who the area is named after who also named the areas many fjords and glacier’s, thought the two fjords were connected which later showed they did not. The fjord peninsula has a length of 125 kilometers starting from Kap Greville heading north up to Uunarteq (Kap Tobin) up south reaching up to 40 kilometers wide, covering 3.000 square kilometers.
You will be traveling alongside the Hurry Inlet and journey through the paths of rugged terrain and numerous mountains of all shapes and sizes.
Day 6 - Monday
After four days of pure thrill and action it is time to head back to Ittoqqortoormiit. Stunning sights yet again heading back to civilization. Take a visit to the post office where you can get a certificate to prove those at home that you have actually achieved crossing the Arctic Circle and even get a stamp made in Ittoqqortoormiit. Relax and enjoy being back in the fold of civilization to greet the locals or getting a snack from the store before heading back to your accommodation.
You will be staying in Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse until departure
Day 7 - Tuesday
Enjoy your last full day in the beautiful Ittoqqortoormiit town, join in on conversations with the locals and if you are lucky, you might be invited inside a local home for a cup of coffee. This privilege is a great experience and a grand opportunity to see the actual living conditions of the local families in the small community. Many places in Greenland have evolved and become more modernized with electricity, more room therefor more private life. Here howerver, it is very common to see houses with 6 people or more, just like in the old days where the more people meant it was better.
Day 8 - Wednesday
Final day is upon us and it’s time to pack your things and head back to Iceland. Same way you came, helicopter to Constable Point and from there to Reykjavik or Akureyri.