Summer in Ittoqqortoormiit | 5 Days | East Greenland
Tour Duration: 5 days / 4 nights in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Far away, north-east in the vast country of Greenland, lies Ittoqqortoormiit. A village of colorful houses on the coast, surrounded by mountains. The trip starts in Iceland, from where you fly far to the north, first on an airplane and then change to helicopter, to reach the village.
This trip to Ittoqqortoormiit village will give you an unique opportunity to observe and learn of the life in a typical Inuit village, where dogsledding still is an important means of transportation and hunting is still important to the existence of the small community of around 450 people.
There is a choice of different activities which you can take part in during your stay in Ittoqqortoormiit or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of life in the Arctic.
A glimpse into the Inuit way of life
Colorful Ittoqqortoormiit village
Scenic helicopter flight to the village
Views of icebergs and glaciers
Good possibilities for hiking and boat tours
The accommodation in Ittoqqortoormiit will be in either double or twin rooms. If you are traveling solo there is an additional fee of 300DKK for a single room. The accommodation has shared facilities and is based on self-catering.
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- Available: Jul. - Oct.
- Duration: 5 days
- Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Boat Trip, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Seal spotting, Photography, Arctic Wildlife, Helicopter tour
- Difficulty: Easy
- 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
Return flights Reykjavík-Constable Point (CNP) / via Akureyri
Accommodation in Ittoqqortoormiit, in double/twin room, shared facilities, self-catering
Accommodation in Iceland the night before and the night after the trip is not included in the package.
What to bring:
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 or other outdoor activities, 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.
A 3-layer structure is usually adequate, whereby each has its own specialized purpose: a moisture transfer base layer next to your skin, then one or more adjustable insulating layers, and finally an outer shell to protect you from rain and wind.
Camera equipment: Greenland is a photographer’s paradise and you should ensure to have enough memory cards with you.
Binoculars: to scout for wildlife.
Good to know:
You will need to arrive in Iceland the day before your flight to Greenland and stay overnight in Reykjavik also after the tour. Accommodation for these two nights is not included in the package.
The price per person (July - September) is based on double/twin room. Single room supplement - per night from DKK 300.
Polar Bears are not strangers to this part of the world. When you decide to go off on your own, please let someone know about your programme, and at all times carry signal flares when walking alone. They can be purchased at the KNI store.
Depending on day of the week the flight is either operated from Reykjavík domestic airport direct to Nerlerit Inaat (CNP) or via Akureyri where the passengers change to a smaller aircraft.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
Day 1 - Arrival day at Ittoqqortoormiit
Today you take a morning flight. Depending on the day you either fly straight from Reykjavik or from Reykjavik via. Akureyri where the passengers for Greenland need to change to a smaller aircraft (Twin Otter or King Air B200) to continue to Greenland. After arrival in Constable Point (Nerlerit Inaat) there is another exciting trip awaiting. To reach Ittoqqortoormiit village you need to take a 15-minute helicopter flight. This is a beautiful flight, where you get to see the landscape from above. Closing in you will start to see the colorful houses appearing. Upon arrival in the village a representative from the guesthouse will meet you and take you to your accommodation.
Day 2 - Free time in Ittoqqortoormiit
Ittoqqortoormiit is a little village and you can easily walk around and explore the streets yourself. Walk between the houses and you will also see the sled dogs having some time off in the sun - just remember to keep your distance from them, when the owner is not around.
There is also a possibility of various activities of your own choice. The next days will mention some of your options.
Day 3 - Possibility of various activities
During your stay you can have a look at the museum, the church, handicrafts workshop or just observe the daily life on your stroll through the village.
Day 4 - Options in summer time
In the summertime there are different options for activities, which could include hiking in landscape surrounding the village. In the summer when the pack-ice goes away the sea turns into a highway making boat tours to various surrounding locations an option. Suggestions could be to check out boat trips for Kap Hope, Kap Tobin or Kap Swainsson (pack-ice permitting – late July and August).
Day 5 - Departure day
Today it is time to get ready for departure. You will again venture out on the short helicopter ride to Nerlerit Inaat airport. You can enjoy a last view of the beautiful landscapes, fascinating views of mountains and the glaciers of Liverpool Land and the Hurry fjord. Then you will board the flight back to Iceland and another night's stay in Reykjavik (remember that this accommodation is not included).