Experience Life on a Reindeer Station | 8 days | South Greenland
Find adventure at one of the wildest, most remote farms on earth. Hike, fish, explore glaciers, see arctic wildlife and enjoy our fresh local food.
At Isortoq reindeer station we believe in self-sufficiency and living off the land. We also believe in really good food! We catch, smoke and prepare our own fish, our reindeer roam freely in the hills, and we gather seaweed and arctic herbs to uniquely flavour our food.
Spend your days hiking through arctic hills and valleys with views of the Greenland ice cap. On the way we’ll be looking out for wildlife, including musk oxen, reindeer, arctic hare and sea eagles. We’ll also sail to the front of an outlet glacier, watching as it calves into the sea, before hiking up onto the ice, with a qualified glacier guide, to explore the incredible ice formations.
You’ll be staying in comfortable accommodation at Isortoq station. Whilst at the farm you’ll have the opportunity to learn about reindeer herding, practise fishing skills and herb gathering, and try your hand at knife carving and other traditional skills. We’ll also guide you on an overnight hike, staying at an old Inuit summer ground and camping by the sea with incredible views of icebergs.
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Arrival in Greenland- Narsarsuaq
You’ll fly from Copenhagen or Reykjavik into Narsarsuaq where you'll meet your guide and the rest of the group. We’ll sail to Narsaq, where we’ll have lunch and explore the town. In the afternoon we’ll sail to Isortoq reindeer station, passing through incredible fjord systems and seeing icebergs up
After breakfast, we sail to a nearby fjord and dropped at the start of our hike. We’ll hike back to the station, through the arctic hills and valleys, passing lakes, and heading up onto ridge lines with amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Coming down to the sea shore, we’ll head back along the coast to the station.
Musk Ox hike
After breakfast at the station, we’ll head out by boat. We hike up into the hills and along the shoreline with incredible views of the Greenland icecap. We’ll be hiking through a Musk Ox grazing area and hopefully, we’ll spot some families. On our way, we’ll look out for berries and herbs to add to our dinner. We’ll hike down to an old Inuit summer camp on the coast, where we’ll spend the night in a tent camp. We pre-position the camp supplies, so we don’t need to carry them with us during the day. After setting up the tents we’ll cook together and spend the evening watching icebergs float past. If you’re brave enough, it’s a perfect spot for a sea swim.
after breaking camp, we sail towards the face of the glacier. We'll hear it crack and watch it calving into the sea. We'll land the boat and head up onto the outlet glacier, where we’ll learn how to put on our crampons and then hike and explore the ice. We’ll see ice features, like crevasses, and see how the glacier has been carved out by meltwater streams. After exploring the ice, we sail back to the station, on the way we’ll try sea fishing and see if we can catch some cod for our dinner!
Reindeer farming and bushcraft skills
Today is a rest day and we’ll spend it at the station, where we’ll learn about reindeer farming in the arctic and try out traditional skills like knife carving. We’ll also explore how we prepare food at the station; we’ll gather herbs for arctic and learn about fish smoking. There’s also plenty of time to relax with a book, hike the hills above the station or go for a dip in the sea.
Hike across Reindeer Island
After breakfast we’ll set sail to an island where over 200 of our reindeer roam. We’ll land at the site of a now uninhabited village and explore the ruins. We’ll hike across the island, following reindeer tracks and looking for signs of reindeer, wild sheep and arctic hare – hopefully spotting all three. We follow rivers and ridges down to the reindeer corral where we round up the reindeer each year. At the end of our hike there’s a lake that’s perfect for an afternoon swim. We sail back to the station for our last evening and enjoy a final dinner together at the station.
Sea Eagles and back to Narsarsuaq:
Our last morning at the station. After breakfast and packing, we'll head by boat to a sea eagle nesting ground. If we're lucky we’ll be able to see young eagle chicks. In the afternoon we sail back to Narsarsuaq, passing through fjord systems and seeing icebergs up close. In the evening we’ll have dinner at the hotel where we’re staying for the night.
- All Accommodation (twin, double or single room with shared bathroom at the reindeer station and a 2-person tent for the overnight camp)
- Experienced guide (English speaking)
- All boat transport from Narsarsuaq airport and back and transfers during the tour
- All food during the tour including breakfast, lunch, dinner, hiking snacks (please let us know any dietary requirements in advance)
- All tour activities: hiking, glacier hiking, fishing, foraging, knife carving, wildlife spotting, boat trips
- Camping equipment: tents, roll mats and cooking equipment
- Glacier safety equipment
- Flights to/from Narsarsuaq
- Personal travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Sleeping bag for camping (can be rented)
What to bring
- Hiking clothing and equipment: warm layers, base layers, water proof jacket and trousers, hiking boots (sturdy soles are needed for wearing crampons), warm insulated jacket, warm hat, gloves, walking poles (optional)
- Hat with a brim (e.g., cap, sun hat, good for wearing under head net)
- Insect repellent, head net
- Sandals/ comfortable shoes for when at station or camp (optional)
- Sun cream, sunglasses
- Swimming costume and travel towel
- Sleeping bag (rated to comfort -5 C, consider going with a lower temp rating if you tend to get cold camping)
- Sleeping bag liner (if renting a sleeping bag)
- Water bottle
- Backpack, dry bags are also useful
- Personal medication and personal first aid kit
- Sleep/Eye mask (it’s almost 24 hours of sunlight)
- Camera and batteries
- The hikes will be between 8 -15 km per day, through varied terrain, so you will need a moderate level of fitness. We will adapt the hikes to suit the group.
- The itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather conditions
- The accommodation is in farm buildings, there are shared bathroom and dining facilities. Rooms have either double or twin beds. It is possible to have your own room – please let us know when you book.
- It is possible to rent a sleeping bag, but you must bring your own sleeping bag liner.
- The tour is conducted in English
- The diet in Greenland includes a lot of fish and meat, please let us know if you do not eat these, or about any other dietary requirements in advance.
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