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Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland
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Boat assisted trek in East Greenland

Uncover the most wild and remote places in Greenland on this extraordinary trip. Here the mountains are steeper, the icebergs more abundant. The local Inuits stay close to their origin, as their survival is still dependant on their fishing and hunting successes. Deep fjord systems and floating icebergs create the perfect arctic atmosphere for an unforgettable journey. On this amazing trekking tour we will enjoy the sights of this breathtaking landscape both from the bottom and at the top of small peaks. The tour includes the popular must see Karale fjord, as well as the remote but fantastic Tasilaq fjord. This area is relatively easy to access yet still remote, giving you a great opportunity to experience Greenland's peaceful nature without the extremely difficult trek to reach such unique isolation. The use of our boat makes this the ideal travel for those who like to do real trekking without the labor of carrying heavy packs.

Total walking distance: 140 kilometers (87 miles)

Altitude: 0 - 850 meters

Maximum ascent: 1000 meters (3280 feet)

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Activities: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Languages: English, French
  • Attractions: Karale Glacier
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : The tour starts and ends at Kulusuk Airport, East Greenland.

Kulusuk Airport, Greenland
You meet us at the departure location.
  • Guide for 12 days

  • Food: Breakfast x 11, Lunch x 10, Dinner x 11

  • Boat transfers

  • Boats for baggage transport

  • 8 nights tent accommodation

  • Cooking gear

  • 2 nights hut accommodation

  • 1 night hostel accommodation in Kulusuk

  • Insurance and expenses

  • Personal equipment

  • Flights to/from Kulusuk

What to bring:
  • Footwear: Hiking boots with ankle support and river shoes (walking sandals or old running shoes for river crossing)

  • Long sleeve shirt and T-shirt (thermal underwear, wool or synthetic)

  • Trousers for hiking

  • Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Warm hat, gloves, two or three pairs of socks (whool or synthetic)

  • Water bottle 0,5 - 1L.

  • Sleeping bag, 3 season sleeping bag is recommended

  • Toiletries and light weight towel

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito protection (nets and repellants)

  • Personal first aid kit (blister care), prescription medicine and other personal health items

  • Headlamp and earplugs

  • Backpack for hiking, 50L. backpack is suitable

  • Change of clothes for wearing in the camp/hut

  • Optional gear: Camera, walking poles, puffy jacket, pen knife, neoprene socks for river crossing

Good to know:

For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of participants is 5, the maximum group size for this tour is 14. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund. Should a tour not be confirmed, we always try to have other similar tours running in the same period of time.

Pack your luggage in a duffel bag, so it is easy to transport, please avoid packing your belongings in a suitcase.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrivial

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Flight Reykjavík - Kulusuk. Transfer to Karalefjord where we put up the camp for 3 nights. Aprox 3 hours sailing.

Day 2 - Mountain walk

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Walk to a 850 m high mountain above the fjord. Simply breathtaking view. Back to same camp. 6-7 hours walk.

Day 3 - Glacier

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Walk to a glacier that flows to the sea in front of Karale. Includes either a crossing of glacier river or a small glacier to avoid the river. Return to same camp 7- 8 hours walk.

Day 4 - Nunartivaq Mountain

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

We leave Karale and walk over a small pass on the Nunartivaq mountain, down into a small valley full of old stone blocks (boulders). 5 hours walk. Possibility to take a afternoon walk in the valley.

Day 5 - Towards South West

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

From Nunartivaq we follow the slopes of the mountains that descend into the sea, towards the South West. We walk into the Ikateq strait, a narrow passage between the mainland and the Qianarteq island. We arrive to a valley with and old abandoned military airport from WWII where we put up our camp. 6- 7 hours walk.

Day 6 - Tunu fjord

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

We continue through the Ikateq straight towards the Tunu fjord. In Tunu we have to ford a large glacier river that flows in many branches towards the sea. Now in the narrow Tunu fjord between high and steep granite mountains, we continue to Tunup Kua valley where we put up camp. 6 to 7 hours walk

Day 7 - Tasilap Nua Valley

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Walk in the Tunup Kua and over a mountain pass over to the Tasilap Nua valley in the extremely narrow and deep Tasilaq fjord. Surrounded by up to 1500m high granit peaks on both sides this walk is fantastic. 6- 7 hours walk.

Day 8 - Tasilaq Fjord

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Following the coast, we walk straight north to the very bottom of the Tasilaq fjord. On the way we cross a couple of small streams. We put the camp up close to a river coming from the valley behind Tasilaq fjord, called Tasilap kua.

Day 9 - Tasilaq Mountain Hut

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

We put our packs on the back and carry our sleeping bags and food for two days, up to the Tasilaq mountain hut, situated at around 700 m altitude in a mountain range rising above 2000m. We make ourselves comfortable in this cozy mountain hut. 5 hours walk.

Day 10 - Summit

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

We walk out from the mountain hut to climb an easy summit rising above the hut. We enjoy this fantastic alpine landscape. Return to the hut. 6 hours walk.

Day 11 - Back to Kulusuk

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

We descend to the Tasilaq fjord again where from we sail back to Kulusuk where we spend the last night in a small sleeping bag accommodation in the Kulusuk village. 4 hours walk and 3 hours boat.

Day 12 - Morning Walk

Unplugged Wilderness | East Greenland

Morning walk in Kulusuk before flying back to Reykjavík Iceland where the tour ends.


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If you love trekking in remote places, the Unplugged Wilderness Trek is definitely one you should do. It doesn't get much more remote than East Greenland, and spending 12 days in this incredible landscape where there are no trails and no other people is an awesome experience. If you are seasoned multi-day trekker, this is a relatively easy trek - but no less spectacular for it. Our guide, Maxime Poncet, was beyond brilliant, with a wonderful ability to get everyone talking, loads of interesting stories, and never-ending patience and good cheer. Our group of 13 really enjoyed our time together and didn't want it to end! The trek is supported by boat (absolute luxury to only have to carry a day pack), and, despite the remoteness, the logistics organisation from Greenland Adventures (Icelandic Mountain Guides) was impeccable. The hostel in Kulusuk is wonderful, the camping equipment provided was first class, and there was no shortage of food throughout the 12 days (you definitely won't go hungry!). If you want to read my extensive write-up of this trek, have a look at: http://www.lisagermany.com/world/unplugged-wilderness-day1-east-greenland/
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