Tasiilaq Winter World | 8 Days | East Greenland
This magnificent tour of 8 days on the East Coast of Greenland giving you the ultimate arctic experience. This is a great opportunity for you to get out of your comfort zone in the safe hands of your guides. On this trip you will be traveling by dogsled, try being on the back of a snowmobile and pet the Greenlandic dog.
Greenland has the most breathtaking nature, but during the winter season you will be mesmerized by the many wonders of the white covered landscape. East Greenland is known for its sky-high mountains and rugged terrain, and has the perfect spot to see the northern lights. You will travel from Reykjavik, Iceland to East Greenland to the small settlement Kulusuk, known as the gate-way to East Greenland. From Kulusuk you will be flying with a helicopter to Tasiilaq, a town of 2000 inhabitants which makes it the biggest town on the east coast. The town is one of the fastest growing communities in Greenland and is situated approximately 100 kilometers south of the Polar Circle. Due to the location of the town, sunlight in the winter season is only a few hours a day. But that does not mean it necessarily is a bad thing, it is part of what makes the area unique.
Tasiilaq is situated on an island called Ammassalik, in which you will be traveling across. A winter wonderland of breath taking views wherever you go.
As you and your fellow travelers, will get a strong bond throughout the trip, you might end up having some new friends for life. A once in a life time experience through the hardship of the Greenlandic nature. The beautiful snow covered landscape will mesmerize you beyond belief. So stop hesitating and start gathering the things you might need for this adventurous journey back in time. Check out the booking availability by pressing ‘Choose a date’ above and book your adventure now.
- Available: Feb. - Dec.
- Duration: 8 days
- Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobile, Sight Seeing, Northern Lights, Dog sledge, Glacier Watching, Sleeping in hut, Photography, Arctic Wildlife
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English
A beautiful scenic landscape resembling a painting with very sharp colors creating a beautiful background, regardless of the weather conditions. With the fog overlaying the mountain tins, it creates a mystical appeal to the landscape. Explore the mystic lands of Tasiilaq and the surrounding fjord system, holding treasures deep within its veins.
East Greenland is known for these beautiful and breathtaking mountains surrounding the lands and especially in Tasiilaq town. Tasiilaq is well known for it's steep hills inside and outside of town, which also makes it so unique.
Tasiilaq is the biggest town on the east coast and is situated approximately 102 km south of the Arctic Circle, with a population of 2000 people. The town is located on an island called Angmagssalik, and inherited the name due to the large amount of the chapelin fish in the area. Tasiilaq is translated to “like a lake”, because of the many rivers surrounding the island.
Originating from Tasiilaq are the best artists, found in the country. Enroute to the local hotel, it is inevitable to not come across Skæven & Stunk. The souvenir shop displays greenlandic handicrafts and enchant every explorer, with its mystical Tupilaks, telling stories as old as man.
The museum is established in an old church, with a characteristic and well known potato house. The buildings tell a story of their own, as the cores display the unforgiving nature of the east coast, on their trite walls. Explore the authentic pea hut. Tasiilaq preserves ancient history, with its peat hut, manifesting the living conditions of inuit families dating back to before the colonization of Greenland.
The museum is famous for its unusual, yet artistically beautiful shape and interior. The pentagonal church was constructed in 1986 and the inside-interior is designed by the famous greenlandic artist, Aka Høegh. The alter carefully decorated with east greenlandic motives and made of sealskin. Hanging from the ceiling is the well known women’s boat also made of sealskin and wood.
Action packed helicopter tours are promised, on the journey to remote glaciers. Stand in the reflection of crystal blue nuances and explore the ice, that hides vanished ages within its deep. Join a helicopter tour to the astonishing Johan Petersen Fjord and fly among the snow covered mountains, resting on the mainland near the breathtaking glacier, while watching the packice move across the water.
Fly close to the Helheim Glacier, that covers 200 kilometer of land. It is the most active glacier generating icebergs from the Greenland ice sheet.
Fjords of Tasiilaq
The surrounding fjords, has great conditions for adventure. With small settlements, sky high mountains and glaciers, the mesmerizing lands will enchant every explorer with its beauty.
When venturing into the fjord, Tinit (Tiniteqilaaq) is an excellent place to start. With its 100 inhabitants, the small settlement is famous for its breathtaking views. Passing icebergs, rest on the neighbouring sea, resembling the Ilulissat icefjord. A piece of modern history, hides between Ammassalik island and Tasiilaq. Dominated by peacefulness, lies the village Ikateq abandoned. It is an insight rarely accounted, providing balm for passing adventurers.
Nature & Hikes
For the active explorers, there are great conditions for climbing, both adored by local and professionals. The in town adrenalin rushes, can be found at the seamen’s- and priest mountain. Seamen’s mountain, is often conquered by the locals of Tasiilaq. With it steep mountain sides, the mountain provides exercise for the body. When conquering the summit, a well-deserved view overlooking the town and fjord, to be enjoyed.
For the less experienced hiker, the Priest Mountain contributes with great views over the town, fjords and backdrop of Tasiilaq. Travel the bumpy road towards the hydroelectric power plant, and you will find the Priest Mountain. From start to end of the adventure, there is stunning and untouched nature to be found.
Between these two mountains, the flower valley is a must to explore. A place for all ages, lies 3 lakes with outstanding herb- and flower life, known for the breathtaking views and peaceful atmosphere. Pleasurable strolls alongside the lakes, decorates all visitors with beauty.
For the more experienced climbers, the hallmark of the town, Polheim mountain is great provider for adrenalin rush. With its high mountain tin, the summit can only be reached by rope climbing and action is promised from the start, as the remote mountain can only be accessed by boat. The summits holds confronting clouds and a view over the veins of the fjord.
Winter activities consist of snowmobiling and dogsledding. The snow, allows the vehicles to travel places, almost unreachable by man and imagination. It is a unique way of travelling, when sitting on a sled venturing into the wilderness. Explore inuit culture, in traditional winter attire, and see how man and dog has sufficed each other for survival.
Tasiilaq is treasure, found nowhere else on the coast of Greenland, with its charming inhabitants and its mesmerizing lands.
What to see & what to do in Tasiilaq
- Boat tours
- Helicopter tours
- Mittivakat Glacier
- Johan Petersen Fjord
- Helheim Glacier
- Flower Valley
- Dog sledding
Departure time : 09:00 Morning departure,
Reykjavík Domestic Airport
Helicopter flight Kulusuk-Tasiilaq-Kulusuk
3 nights accommodation Hotel Angmagssalik, in double standard room with private facilities, including full board
5 days /4 nights World of Winter dogsledging package: incl. accommodation (house in town/mountain hut), 2 days on dogsledge/2 persons per sledge
Rental of snow mobile and professional driver
Food and drinks for the duration of the trip.
Heliport/hotel transfers in Tasiilaq
Optional tours & activities in Greenland (only bookable and payable in Greenland)
Any services that not listed under 'included'
Transfers in Iceland
What to bring:
Warm clothing and footwear
Gloves and warm caps. Comfortable, waterproof shoes.
Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand.
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:
Most airlines allow 20kg of luggage weight. Dress after the 3-layer structure there is 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. Departure from Reykjavík domestic airport. As all local tours depend upon weather and ice conditions, they can only be booked after arrival. Flight schedules may change due to unfavorable weather or ice conditions. The price per person is based on double room.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
Day 1 - Reykjavik - Kulusuk - Tasiilaq
After checking in at Reykjavik Airport you will board the flight to Kulusuk. Slowly closing in on Greenland you will start to see the magnificent snow covered mountains, a breathtaking view seeing Greenland’s nature from above. When landed, you will continue on a short helicopter flight to Tasiilaq. A charming town of 2000 people, with the very known feature of colourful houses. Your accommodation for the night is a cosy house with beautiful interior fully equipped kitchen, shower and flushing toilet. After settling in at your accommodation you will have some free time to explore the hilly town, and in the evening being invited to a welcome dinner. At dinner you will be briefed on the days ahead.
Day 2 - Kung Oscar´s Fjord - Lake Qordlortoq - Sermilik ice fjord
After breakfast, you will meet the mushers who will be preparing the dogs and sled. After a short greeting, we will be heading out into the winter wonderland. We will head out onto Kong Oscars Fjord and carry further on towards Qordlortoq lake. When we reach the lake there will be a short break to take pictures and team up with the rest of the dogsled teams. Continuing the mountain valleys to three huts named “Kaffebaren” by the locals. They are still used by the local hunters who are taking refuge from bad weather or a break from a long journey. Here we will have our second break with a few refreshments to give us some new energy for the journey ahead.
After a well-deserved break, we will head up a steep hill of 500 meters above sea level, where you will get the real experience of how man and dog work together to conquer the hill. When finally on top the hill you will have a breathtaking view over the second largest fjord in Greenland, the Sermilik icefjord. Descending down we will travel over a frozen stream in which we will reach our destination at the edge of the Icefjord.
The accommodation for the night is a charming little hut where you will be staying the night.
You will be enjoying a nice dinner short followed by a walk outside to scout for northern lights.
There is no electricity there for no shower or bathroom.
A cosy mountain hut with sleeping bag accommodation. No shower or toilet. Toilet will be outside.
Day 3 - Ice Fjord - Tasiilaq
Shortly followed after breakfast we will start packing the sled for the return back to Tasiilaq. The journey back will be just as breathtaking as the journey out. Endless and vast winter landscape as far as the eye can reach, as we stroll across the ice and snow. There will be plenty of stops for pictures and refreshments along the journey back to society. When arriving back in town you will be accommodated in the same house as the first day. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Go explore the town, look inside the stores and maybe take a visit to the local souvenir shop which is also a tourist office, Skæven. The shop has a wide variety of tupilaks, jewellery and house decorations made by the talented locals. Take a visit to the bookshop just below the church, a cosy little shop to get a cup of coffee.
Same house as the first night with electricity, shower and a flushing toilet. Fully equipped kitchen so you can make a nice meal at the end of the evening.
Day 4 - Snowmobiles and glaciers
From dogsled to snowmobile. After experiencing the famous dogsled, an authentic means of transport you will be joining a snowmobile cruise with an experienced local driver. You will be going on a full day adventurous journey covering long distances with speed. The journey will go to the magnificent Tinit Glacier, where we will go to the bottom of a 40 meter high glacier up close, a mesmerizing sight. We will then head up the majestic giant till we reach the rocky outcrop, an elevation of 1200 meters above sea level, where will enjoy the breathtaking view with some refreshments and to take pictures. From here we will have a 360 degrees panoramic view over the polar sea, Sermilik Icefjord and Ammassalik island.
Descending the glacier we will be able to spot the mountain hut we had spent the previous night, and stroll across the crunchy ice heading back towards town.
Same house as the night before.
Day 5 - Optional tours
Today you will pack your belongs and check out of the house. Your accommodation for the next 3 nights will be in Hotel Angmagssalik. A very beautiful decorated interior and comfortable rooms with breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Here you will be able to get a room facing towards the water, a great view over Tasiilaq town. You can choose to go to the reception and ask for tours of the day or go on your own and explore the many view points in town or even head out to the snow covered flower valley. There will be no flowers but you will be able to see the three frozen over lakes in which the last lake has a waterfall called the twin waterfall. The hike in the floer valley will not disappoint.
A pleasant double room with private bathroom.
After checking in at Hotel Angmagssalik you will be able to eat the three meals of the day.
Day 6 - Free time - optional tours
After a filling breakfast looking over the beautiful winter landscape you have the whole day at your leaisure. Ask at the reception for optional tours or go down to the tourist office and find out what is possible for the day. If you feel like relaxing that is also possible in the many common areas of the hotel, which also has a table tennis and a few workout equipment.
Just behind the hotel you can hike up to the cane, that has a beautiful view over the ocean and town.
Day 7 - Free time
Today you once again have the day at your disposal.
Take a visit to the big store close to the school, and see the many things they have to offer and just on top is the sport hall where many of the young people hang out and do different activities, but mainly used as the local ‘fast food’ place.
Visit to the post office beside the small store. In the same building is the famous Filatelia located, a place where they produce stamps and is well known all over the world among stamp collectors.
The museum is situated just down the road from the small grocery store and was the old church, until the population was too big for all the locals. The museum has a wide collection of historical items from all over the East Coast, all from the national costume, to ancient tools to old photographs. A great place to get a wider knowledge of the Inuit culture.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Day 8 - Tasiilaq - Kulusuk - Reykjavik
After the last breakfast in Greenland, you will pack your belongings and check out. Shortly followed with transfer back to the heliport. Helicopter flight back to Kulusuk and chance to do the last minute souvenir shopping for your loved ones back home. Departure back to Iceland.