East Greenland Adventure | 5 Days
Join this adventurous package and experience glaciers, ice fjords, Inuit villages and hiking in incredible landscapes surrounded by the tall mountain peaks of East Greenland!
This tour takes you to Tasiilaq, the largest town on the east coast. This will be your base from which you go venturing out on incredible day tours sailing and hiking to glaciers, ice fjords, tiny villages and incredible landscapes covered in Arctic flowers surrounded by sharp peaks.
You’ll first arrive in Kulusuk, from which you’ll board either a boat or helicopter to Tasiilaq. Here in Tasiilaq, you’ll spend your nights in a cosy guesthouse. The first night you’ll be treated to a dinner possibly even a barbeque prepared by a local chef, and talk about the plan for the following days.
The tours will take you sailing to the well known and dramatic Karale glacier, Knud Rasmussen Glacier and Sermilik icefjord. And every time you are on a boat it’s a good idea to keep a lookout for whales! These gentle giants roam the area for schools of capelin fish. We’ll get to visit the village of Tiniteqilaaq and hike into the Flower Valley before it’s finally time to say our goodbyes.
Don’t forget to get a few souvenirs before you leave this incredible place with unforgettable memories. Book this tour today by selecting your preferred date and clicking on Book Now.
Knud Rasmussen Glacier
Arriving in East Greenland
Moments after you’ve landed in Kulusuk you will either board a boat or a helicopter to go on the last stretch to Tasiilaq. You will be picked up at the heliport/harbour and taken you your guesthouse where you’ll be staying the next 4 nights.
You might have some time to explore the city on your own, we’ll meet up for dinner prepared by a local chef, if the weather allows it we might even fire up the grill and get a barbeque going! After dinner, we’ll talk about the plan for the following days.
Sailing to Knud Rasmussen Glacier (7-8 hour tour)
We’ll start from the port of Tasiilaq and head northwest into the Ammassalik fjord, turning into a narrow strait with steep mountains and breathtaking peaks.
On the way to the glacier, we’ll make a stop at a place called Ikateq which is now home to several remnants of an American airfield which was active during the 2nd world war. Back then planes couldn’t completely cross the Atlantic ocean and Greenland served as the perfect midway point.
After exploring this pocket of history, we’ll continue our journey to Sermiligaaq Fjord which translates to “The beautiful glacier fjord”. A name very fitting to this incredible place with a view of to calving glaciers. You’ll find Karale Glacier on one side and the Knud Rasmussen glacier on the other. We’ll sail as close as the conditions allow us and within a safe limit.
We’ll enjoy the views in this area for a while before heading back to Tasiilaq. Make sure you bring proper warm clothing with you as it is often much colder out in the sea. Lunch, warm are included in this tour.
Sailing to Tiniteqilaaq and the Sermilik Icefjord (7-8 hour tour)
We’ll start at the same place today, this time sailing north of the Ammassalik island passing by lots of icebergs until we reach the tiny settlement of Tiniteqilaaq. This settlement has a phenomenal view over the icefjord with nothing short of colossal icebergs and the Greenland ice sheet in the distance. The settlement only has approximately 100 people living there, but is well worth exploring for a while before heading out on the boat again to have lunch in between the massive icebergs. After lunch, we’ll start heading back to Tasiilaq.
Remember to wear warm clothing, it can be much colder out on the boat. Lunch and warm refreshments are included.
City walk and hiking to the Flower Valley (4-5 hours)
Today we’re going to the local artist workshop, to check out their renowned handicraft, before moving down to the harbour to visit the local museum. The museum is based in an old church erected in 1903, there are plenty of artefacts and historical treasures here where you can learn about the life in East Greenland.
We’ll continue up to the hospital and the new church, then go beyond them to see the oldest part of town, where the polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen used to live.
Heading down towards the flower valley, we’ll make a quick stop at the tourist office as they have a bunch of interesting handicrafts as well as other souvenirs. The flower valley got its name for a reason and you’ll find many different species such as Arctic Thyme, Arctic Bluebell, Dandelions as well as the national flower: The broad-leafed willow herb.
We’ll continue hiking until we reach a small waterfall, spend some time enjoying the scenery and then head back to the village. Note that it’s an easy stroll around town but you will need some sturdy shoes for the walk in the Flower Valley. It’s a good idea to bring some water and snacks as well.
Farewell East Greenland
The adventure has come to its end, at least for East Greenland, you’ll board the helicopter back to Kulusuk in the morning. From Kulusuk you can board your international flight.
- Accommodation in Tasiilaq
- Tour to Knud Rasmussen Glacier
- Tour to Tiniteqilaaq and Sermilik Icefjord
- City Walk
- Hike to Flower Valley
- Flights to and from Tasiilaq
- Travel insurance
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom). You may not need all of this on any particular day, but you should have it available. You should always bring a windproof jacket, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Head net and insect repellent (in case of mosquitoes)
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Depending on weather conditions, the order of the daily itinerary may change but the content will remain the same.
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