From the Ice Cap to Unesco Heritage - 9 days | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
This is a true wilderness trekking trip! We will only be sleeping in tents, and carry everything we need for the whole trip in our backpacks.
We will be hiking almost the entire time within the new Unesco World Heritage landscape of Aasivissuit- Nipisat.
The hike will go through very untouched nature, and we are likely to encounter animals such as Reindeer, Musk-Oxes, Polar Foxes and numerous bird species.
Along the way we pass numerous lakes and small rivers, so bring your fishing rod if you feel like. We may then catch a nice snack in the evening. However this is not primarily a fishing trip, this is primarly a hiking trip, where there is possibilities for fishing in the evening and on the rest days.
From Kangerlussuaq airport we will grab a taxi eastwards to the ice sheet. From there we will start our hike northwards with spectacular views of the Greenland ice cap.
After hiking northwards for a day, we will turn to the west and hike for 4 days through the pristine wilderness and end up at the Unesco world heritage site of Aassivisuit. Here we will have a rest day, with possibilities of fishing, small hiking excursions to see the cultural heritage at this site, or just relaxing and enjoying life!
Together with a experienced Arctic Nature Guide, you will on this trek have a unique chance to experience the untouched nature of Greenland, but also ancient Unesco cultural heritage of the Inuits.
In the evening of return we will be eating a better dinner, and hopefully finish with a party.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The guide will meet you at the Kangerlussuaq airport and gather the group. We will then together be eating lunch in the excellent airport cafetaria (not included). We will then spend some hours packing our backpacks and distribute all the common equipment and food. The guide makes sure that everybody has what they need. After everything is properly checked and sorted, we will grab a taxi and drive close to the Greenland ice cap. Here we will put up out tents in spectacular settings. The rest of the day and evening will be spent getting to know each other, making dinner and talk about good trekking/wildcamping routines. Little or no hiking is to be expected this day.
A spectacular day awaits us! After breakfast we will start hiking northwards through hilly terrain. Passing around and over the hills, we will have incredible views of the Greenland icecap. This is the day to do some photo sessions. The evening will be spent going through more good camp routines, and for those who wishes, navigation lessons and emergency procedures.
On this day we will start leaving the ice cap, and turn our course westwards. We will walk through pristine rocky/hilly terrain with green, yellow and brown colours.
We will hike in long valleys and pass by many small lakes and rivers. We are really getting into the wilderness at this point, and hopefully everyone will find the contrast of greenlandic silence enjoyable, compared to all the hectic sounds of everyday life. After the camp has been put up, the eager ones can try their luck with catching a fishy snack!
We will continue making our way westwards towards Aassivisuit. On this day we will be hiking along a long lake, and musk-oxes can be encountered. For those should wish it, these days represents a great opportunity for learning more about wilderness navigation and group management. Should anybody be interested to try out how it is to navigate through the wilds of Greenland, there are chances for temporarily leading the group (under the guide’s surveillance).
On this day we will start our descend down through a long valley towards Aassivisuit. The landscape starts to slightly change, and become more vegetated. Grouses and the arctic snow-rabbit are likely to be encountered here. In the afternoon we will arrive at the UNESCO world heritage site of Aassivisuit!
Rest day at the beautiful site of Aassivisuit! We will leave the camp where it stand, and spend a little extra long time enjoying our morning coffee. We will do a smaller day excursion together to have a look at the ancient ruins and other cultural heritage. Afterwards the small river and lake offer great fishing opportunities, and for those who just have too much energy, the area offers some nice possibilities for smaller hiking excursions. Otherwise it is recommended to just sit a little in camp and take in the immense beauty of the area, and the sound of silence.
Time for leaving Aassivisuit, and start heading more southwards back towards Kangerlussuaq Airport. We will start by following the lake of Aassivisuit, and afterwards work our way through the hilly terrain.
Last day on our trek! But is important to keep focus and stay concentrated! This day will take us through some rather hilly terrain, and some “up’s and down’s” must be expected. After some effort, and possibly slightly soring thies and legs, the airport town of Kangerlussuaq will become visible once again! We will head to the Kangerlussuaq hostel where you will be accomodated for one night. Surely that shower will feel good! After showering and unpacking, we will meet for a dinner in the local restraurant, and afterwards party in local pub for those wishes. Thanks for the adventure!
- Services of a qualified Arctic Nature Guide
- 1 night lodge accomodation in Kangerlussuaq (end of the trip)
- Taxi transfer from Kangerlussuaq Airport to start of the trek
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch day 9
- Expedition equipment, tents, stoves and gas, cooking utensils
- All safety equipment including: emergency sattelite beacon and satellite phone
What to bring
- Personal 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.
Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Backpack (minimum 95 litres)
- Hygienic items
- Mosquito net
- Water bottles/camel backs
- Kangerlussuaq has the best weather in Greenland, averaging at 300 days of clear days, however, this is not a guarantee. For this trip there will be send an extra detailed list of what to bring. It is important to bring along the right kind of sleeping bag/mattres, and the right clothing. It can become surprinsingly cold in Kangerlussuaq in summer!
- The itinerary is subject to change according to the weather.
- Participants must be able to carry a 20 kilo bagpack for a daily distance of 10-14 kilometres, over the course of several days in a row.
- Maximum 8 participants.
- There is only one departure.
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