3 Days In Tasiilaq | East Greenland

Come experience the true culture of the Greenlandic people in the land of the polar bears on this 3 day tour from Reykjavik! Because of the geographical location of East Greenland, the villages of Kulusuk and Tasiilaq, also known as Ammassalik, have been relatively isolated in relation to the rest of Greenland and the world in general. Here a unique dialect is spoken and the original native "drum dance" is still performed. In fact the area was only "discovered" by Europeans a little over 100 years ago. The savage mountains, spectacular icebergs and picturesque villages will amaze even the most experienced travelers. This trip is a must for those looking for something new!


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Cultural Activity, Photography, Arctic Wildlife, Helicopter
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Tasiilaq, Flower Valley | Tasiilaq, Greenland Ice Cap, Mittivakkat Glacier, Arctic Wildlife
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:10, 10:40, 11:00, 12:00, 13:40, 14:00, 14:10

You meet us at the departure location.
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Included:
  • Flight: Reykjavik - Kulusuk - Reykjavik including airport tax

  • Helicopter transfer Kulusuk - Ammassalik/Tasiilaq - Kulusuk

  • Two nights at Hotel Angmagssalik in double room with shower/wc and full board (starting with dinner first night and ending with breakfast last day)

  • Transfer between hotel and airport in Greenland

  • Any services that not listed under 'included'

  • Transfer to/from airport in Reykjavik

  • Optional tours & activities in Greenland (only bookable and payable in Greenland)


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and footwear

  • Hiking clothes and footwear


Good to know:

Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from East Greenland.

Airport transfer in Tasiilaq takes about 2 minutes and is included in the package price. Airport transfer in Reykjavik is not included in the package.

Depending on availability flight supplements up to DKK 3700 per person might apply.

Important to bring Danish Krona to East Greenland. Foreign currency is in general not accepted. Credit cards are accepted only at few locations. i.e. at the hotels and at the local store in Kulusuk. Using credit and debit card, a PIN-code is required.

Excursions can only be ordered and paid for during your stay and operate based on weather and capacity restrictions. The front desk staff are on hand to assist you at your hotel with information on the excursions.

Shops are in general closed on Sundays in East Greenland.

Please note that there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.

NOTICE: Terms and conditions can be found in the supplier description.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik - Kulusuk - Tasiilaq


3 Days In Tasiilaq | East Greenland


You will take the flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport where you will be flown to the beautiful village of Kulusuk. When coming close to Greenland, you will slowly begin to see the ice from the Ice cap and melting ice sheet before being able to view the magnificent mountains still with some snow from the winter. Upon arrival you will see the small airport probably packed with locals waiting for members of the family to arrive. This airport is very small and is nothing compared to airports other places in the world. You will then be transported by the helicopter to Tasiilaq. WHen flying a helicopter, you will be able to see the mountains and water underneath you, a very scenic ride, giving you plenty of opportunity to take pictures. Slowly you will be able to spot the first houses from town and then be landing at the heliport. There a hotel representative will be driving you to the hotel. Hotel Angmagssalik is placed on top of a hill overviewing the beautiful and colorful town, with water and mountains in the background. When you have settled in, in your room, you should take the opportunity to walk downhill and get a sense of what the town is all about.

Just down the hill from the hotel you will be able to visit the handicraft workshop "Stunk". Here some of the creative locals make their many hand made crafts where you will be able to find tupilaks, earrings and necklaces, keychains and what other things they have in mind. You can even ask for a specific motive you would like and they will do their best to tend to your wishes. When you have agreed upon a price they will start making your order, payment is done on delivery.

While you are waiting for your purchase take a walk downtown to the end of the hill and over to where the post office and small grocery store are placed almost beside each other. Take a look inside the store and see what they have to offer, and then head up the hill towards the tourist office "Skæven" which also is a sourvinir shop. The building is red with a white picked fence in front and is quite small, but it also gives the shop it's charm. Go inside and hear what you maybe can do for your free day tomorrow, and take a look at their very broad collection of handicrafts made by the east greenlanders. They can also tell you the stories behind the tupilaks and the east greenlandic "Tsakker", which was used by the women to smoothly peel of the sealskin from the seal. The "Tsakker" was used by the women only and the weapons by men, the "Tsakker" is a special knife with a special design for it's use. In west Greenland the knife looks a little different and is called an "Ulo".

Head back up the steep hill or take the milder route heading up towards the football field and take the road to your right and go back to the workshop for you purchase. The time will be right for you to eat dinner at the hotel overviewing the beautiful landscape under the midnight sun.

It's time to head to your room and get a good nights sleep.


Day 2 - Tasiilaq


3 Days In Tasiilaq | East Greenland


Today is a new day for new adventure in the great town of Tasiilaq. Your Destination Guide will assist you in choosing among the various optional excursions available that are only bookable and payable in East Greenland. Lunch and dinner are at the hotel. The following activities are examples of what you could do on this free day;

Take one of the boat rides operated by the hotel with their closed boat with comfortable seats and wide windows and sun deck. Cruise between the massive icebergs and scout for some arctic sea life. It is likely you will be able to see the whales feed for krill and schools of fish. These magnificent sea creatures are a breathtaking sight. If not whales you might be able to spot seals taking a sneak peak of what is going on, seals are very curious animals, and the captain of the boat will be scouting for sea life with binoculars for bigger chance for you to witness life in the east greenlandic waters.

You can also go back to the tourist office and ask for longer tours, such as a boat ride to the Mittivakat Glacier. Or go sown to the harbor and see if you might be able to join some of the locals for a boat ride down to the end of the fjord and fish for Cod or the funny looking Culpin, which many of the locals find very delicious.

If a boatride isn't enough or just not to your liking, take a self guided walk to the Flower Valley. Head towards the cemetery, behind it you will be able to follow the path in the rocky terrain and walk beside the two lakes before arriving at the third lake. The view from the lake is so calming, hearing the waterfall beside you, which you also should try and taste the purest and ice cold melt water. The water comes from the melting ice sheet.

Take an optional route back, heading up on the hills towards the town. When on the hill, you will be able to see the cain. When arriving at the cain you will have a spectacular view of the town and the mountains surrounding with icebergs. The color play is mesmerizing, giving you a sense of time standing still. The walk to and from the flower valley takes approximately 2 hours.

If you find hiking fun, the Seaman's mountain behind the hotel is a demanding hike, but the achievement of reaching the top and view is worth the effort. The hike takes approximately 4-5 hours so make sure you have a water bottle with you, filling up the bottle should be possible from the small streams of water going sown the mountain. When going out in the nature of Tasiilaq, make sure you have mosquito repellent and mosquito net with you along with a hat and sunglasses for the sun. When the sun is out, the temperature feels extremely hot if there is no wind, so your clothing should be something resembling sports jackets and something you can take of if it gets too hot.

After hopefully a day full of great adventure you have deserved a cold greenlandic beer or a glass of whine after your liking at the hotel and eat dinner.

If you still feel like you have energy, go down to the local pub called "Krostuen". When in the pub you will be sure people will come and talk to you, not many are good in the english language but they will do their very best to communicate with you any way possible.


Day 3 - Tasiilaq - Kulusuk - Reykjavik


3 Days In Tasiilaq | East Greenland


Today is you very last chance to take the last pictures of the view from the hotel and take a last look in their souvenir shop before it's time to head down to the heliport. Take the same trip as the one you took when arriving and enjoy the helicopter ride back to Kulusuk. Before heading into security, and breathe in the last breath of greenlandic air.

The journey is at it's end and it's time to head back to Reykjavik.


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