Dogsled expedition to settlements |5 days| Uummannaq | North Greenland
Join us, and meet the people of the north, living in small settlements and sustaining their lives from the Arctic nature! This winter expedition takes you into the heart of Uummannaq Fjord, far above the Arctic Circle. You will travel on dogsled like the locals do, meet the hunters and stay at their homes. Out on the sea ice, we will hunt and camp, to give you a taste of the sense of freedom to live in and with nature.
The air is crisp and cold. From February to early March, there are chances to see northern lights, and the low sun gives amazing colours to the icebergs. In April, we already have long hours of daylight. The sun in the dazzling blue sky is bright on the snow, and twilight colours linger on the horizon close to midnight.
The people of the north are so warm and welcoming. You will be visiting different settlements, talk with the locals, eat together with them, and share stories and some good laughs.
The daily itinerary can be found below.
For you who will experience the authentic culture of the Inuit, experience nature up close, and make friends from all over the world, this is the perfect trip that will bring you closer to our community. Come and live among us, check the booking availability by pressing 'Choose a date' above.
We pick you up at the heliport of Uummannaq. A chorus of dogs will greet you as you settle down into the guest house. We will drop you off to the guesthouse so you can settle in and get ready for your dogsledding adventure!
The town, with a population of around 1250, is on an island with a heart-shaped mountain – which is the namesake of the town Uummannaq “like a heart”. Take a walk among houses of all colours, or go down to the sea ice where the dogs are. There is a special bond between the owner and the dogs, that allows them to work together on long journeys into the wilderness. The dogs are very loyal to their owner but might seem aggressive to strangers. Please keep your distance from the dogs. If you would like to pet the dogs, the owner of the dog will show you what dogs are safe to pet.
In the evening we will have dinner together with a local hunter and his family and brief you on plans for the next days.
We strap your bags and hunting equipment onto the sled, put some pieces of muskox or reindeer skins on top, and off we go. The dogs are eager to start, and as they settle down to a pace that is similar to a bicycle, you will take in the surroundings of icebergs passing by and wind patterns on the snow.
After approximately 4 hours dogsledding tour will arrive at the small settlement in the fjord. We will meet our host family and have dinner with them before getting to bed. It will be the perfect opportunity for you to learn about Inuit culture, and everyday life in the small settlement and just have a cozy time together.
In the Arctic, the angle of the sun is low, so you will enjoy 2 or 3 hours of twilight every day. In early spring the days are short, with long beautiful sunrises and sunsets, with chances of northern lights when the sky is dark. In late spring, the sunset late at night, will blend into the sunrise for the next day. The snow, the icebergs and the sky will be painted in many shades of orange, pink and purple – a photographer’s paradise!
This morning we will start our expedition to nature. We will pass through frozen landscapes, and big icebergs being stuck in the sea ice. If we are lucky we will spot some wild animals.
After we arrive at the camp the rest of the day is yours! You can hike around the area, and learn from the mushers about dogsledding and maintenance.
We camp on the sea ice tonight, in true Inuit hunting expedition style. The tent is erected over the sled, so that inside the tent, there is a “kitchen floor” of ice, and the sled becomes an elevated bed covered with furs. With the stove burning inside, you will be surprised how warm it can be in the tent.
In the evening we will enjoy Greenlandic food in a cozy campsite. Hopefully, the sky will be clear and we could step outside and enjoy the Northern lights show!
Wander around the settlement, the church is often open, and talking with the school kids is always fun. There may be more dogs than people in the settlements, and perhaps some skins hanging out to dry.
We travel back to the heart shaped mountain on the horizon. It is amazing how far you can see in the clear Arctic air. We might wave to hunters going out from town, or pass fishing grounds set up with long lines. Stopping on the ice for a chat and a cup of tea is part of the local grapevine, to exchange hunting information or family events.
• All meals
• Coffee, tea and biscuits are always available
- Special clothes (Warm boots, jacket, pants, gloves)
- Single travel supplement
- Alcoholic drinks
What to bring
|• Warm clothes - dress in layers, do not use cotton next to your skin.
• We recommend bringing a pair of binoculars if you have one. It will add a lot to your experience.
There can be changes to the itinerary depending on weather conditions. Uummannaq is deep into the Arctic, and mother nature can be harsh when she chooses to do so. Living as a part of nature, as the locals do, means that you listen to the environment and adjust to what it brings.
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