Summer in Ittoqqortoormiit | 8 Days | East Greenland
Journey back in time to a far way place, that will enchant you with the adventurous and breath taking landscape surrounding Ittoqqortoormiit. Situated on the East Coast of Greenland, complex place to get to, a long trip to and from this area but nonetheless worth wait and cost. A place surrounded by the huge number of glaciers and pack ice, huge opportunities to spot wildlife and the great National Park situated close by. A very popular place for cruise ships coming for a short visit, and it is a great place to get the ideal insight on the Greenlandic way of life. Ittoqqortoormiit is a small town of 450 inhabitants and their existence still relies very much of fishing and hunting. The area is so isolated that the big ships providing all the resources to the town, only arrives once a year, therefore not enough food resources alone.
This package tour will not disappoint, the view alone is worth the journey and will surely not be a trip you will forget.
Join this unforgettable journey to a place where the possibilities of wildlife is, almost unenviable. Click “Choose a date” above to see availability and book your trip today.
- Available: Jul. - Oct.
- Duration: 8 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 via Akureyri Morning Departures via Reykjavik,
Either direct from Reykjavik airport or via Akureyri airport.
Return flights Reykjavík-Constable Point (CNP) / via Akureyri
Accommodation in Ittoqqortoormiit, in double/twin room, shared facilities, self-catering
Optional tours & activities in Greenland (only bookable and payable in Greenland)
Any services that not listed under 'included'
Accommodation in Iceland the night before and the night after the trip, is not included in this package.
What to bring:
Warm clothing and footwear
Gloves and a hat
Camera and extra memory cards
Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand.
Good to know:
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.
Unfortunately no single item of clothing exists that fulfills all of the demands above. The solution is in the onion-principle of multilayers! 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. And of course, you also should not forget gloves and warm caps comfortable, waterproof shoes.
Day 1 - Arrival day at Ittoqqortoormiit
Depending on which departure day you choose you will either fly from Akureyri or Reykjavik with a smaller aircraft to Greenland. You will be flying to Constable Point, going by the Greenlandic name Nerlerit Inaat mainly just a building in the place of nowhere situated just beside the runway. Deserted yet a beautiful surrounding area of desert like valleys, mountain view and in the distance the sea. From here you will be flown in a helicopter to the actual town Ittoqqortoomiit. A stunning 15 minute flight over the vast and impressive landscape, a truthfully magnificent sight.
When finally arriving in the town you will be taken to your accommodation.
Your accommodation for the next 8 nights, Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse. A cozy house where you will have a nice room with access to kitchen, shower and bathroom.
Day 2 - Friendly residents of Ittoqqortoormiit
A perfect day to check out the charming and friendly town of Ittoqqortoormiit. The town of 450 inhabitants, are friendly outgoing people young and old. Although many other places have friendly people, this is a place like no other. The residents here are very happy to greet out-comers due to the very reason of the isolated-ness of the town. They live humble yet rich lives, not in terms of money and wealth but in terms of love and care for others around them. A community that really knows what it means to help out neighbors and live by helping each other. Whenever the men go hunting and they bring back food, the old tradition of sharing amongst everyone especially the elder’s, still grows strong.
Day 3 - Possibility of various activities
The area around town offers loads of hiking trials and enough grounds to cover the rest of your stay. Take a stroll through the desert-like valleys and on your way, you will find arctic flowers not huge of size but nonetheless beautiful. The national flower Niviarsiaq, also known as the broad leaf fireweed, is found all over Greenland, also up here. The blue flower very easily found is the Greenlandic Bluebell, which living up to its name looks very similar to an actual bell.
Depending on the season you will be able to find huge areas surrounded by moss like areas in which when you get close looks like small thorns of a Christmas tree. An eatable and very popular among Greenlanders the mountain crowberry. Very common you will also find blueberries growing close by, not in as huge numbers but equally delicious.
While taking in the breath taking views and enjoying the absolute silence, keep an eye out for wildlife.
Day 4 - Handicraft workshop
... visit the handicrafts workshop ...
Day 5 - Exploring the village
... or take a walk through the village observing the local people at their daily routine.
Day 6 - Hiking possible
Options in summer time:
* Hiking in the village and nearby area
Day 7 - Sailing possible
Options in summer time:
* Sailing to Kap Hope, Kap Tobin or Kap Swainsson (pack-ice permitting – late July and August).
Day 8 - Departure day
Time to get ready for departure. Another short helicopter ride with fascinating views of mountains and glaciers of Liverpool Land and the Hurry fjord as you return to Nerlerit Inaat airport. Flight back to Iceland and another night's stay in Reykjavik.