Winter in Ittoqqortoormiit | 5 Days | East Greenland
Far away, north-east in the vast country of Greenland, lies Ittoqqortoormiit. A village of colorful houses on the coast, surrounded by mountains - and in wintertime a lot of snow. 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.
Do no hesitate to venture out on this new adventure! Click "Choose a date" above to see availability and book your trip.
- Available: Jan. - Apr.
- Duration: 5 days
- Activities: Snowmobile, Northern Lights, Dog sledge, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Photography, Arctic Wildlife, Cross Country Skiing, 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
Reykjavík Domestic Airport
Flights Reykjavík-Akureyri-Constable Point (CNP)-Reykjavik /via Akureyri
Helicopter flight CNP-Ittoqqortoormiit-CNP
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:
Gloves and warm caps, comfortable, waterproof shoes.
Slippers or thick socks: Greenlanders take off their shoes entering a private house and even many guesthouses.
Camera equipment: Greenland is a photographer’s paradise and you should ensure to have enough memory cards with you.
Moisture Transferring Clothes
Adjustable Insulating Clothes
Waterproof & Warm Boots
Good to know:
Most airlines allow 20kg of luggage 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. A general list of what to bring, is described above.
A 3-layer structure is adequate for this tour, 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.
It is possible to arrange dogsledge transfer from/to Constable Point instead of helicopter - ask for price!
For optional tours and purchases it is best to have DKK (Danish Kroners). Cash withdrawal with credit cards is available at the local post office.
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 in Ittoqqortoormiit.
The price per person is based on double/twin room with shared facilities.
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.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
Day 1 - Arrival at Ittoqqortoormiit
You take the morning flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri where 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 you: a 15-minute helicopter flight to Ittoqqortoormiit village. 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 in the snow between the houses and enjoy the view of the different colors. You might see the sled dogs relax between the houses of they are not out on a journey - just remember to keep your distance from them, when the owner is not around.
Day 3 - Dogsledding possible
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.
There is also a possibility of various activities of your own choice. The next days will mention some of your options.
Day 4 - Cross-country skiing or snowmobile possible
In wintertime there are different options for activities in Ittoqqortoormiit and the landscape surrounding the village. You have the unique possibility to join on an dogsledding adventure out of the village. You can either go by dogsled to Kap Hope, Kap Tobin, to the ice-edge, where the local hunters stay during seal hunt, or even on a two-days dogsled tour. The two days tour goes to Kap Hoegh and the area of Liverpool Land. Traveling by dogsled is a fascinating experience. Before departure the dogs will be howling with excitement, jumping up and down, but as soon as the brake is up you will experience the silence and just hear the sound of many stamping paws on the snow.
If dogsledding is not appealing to you and you prefer to travel on your own feet cross-country skiing is another much enjoyed winter activity. One option is taking the trip across the frozen fjord to Kap Tobin - a trip of 7km each way. A third option, for those liking the sound of an engine, is exploring the area on a snowmobile excursion, a fast way to travel across the snow filled landscape.
These activities are optional and not included in the price of the trip.
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).