Gate Way To Greenland | Kulusuk & Tasiilaq | East Greenland
This adventurous journey through time will take you to places that is nothing like anywhere else. This trip takes you through the colourful East Coast, starting of in Kulusuk, where you will be taken through town and its historical background. A small settlement of 375 inhabitants, generally known as the gateway to East Greenland.
You will be staying in Kulusuk for 1 night and on the second day transferred to Tasiilaq town. You will be travelling by boat, an authentic experience sailing across the arctic waters. When in Tasiilaq you will be accommodated in Hotel Angmagssalik, a beautiful hotel with a breathtaking view over the town.
Tasiilaq is the biggest town on the East Coast with approximately 2000 inhabitants. Tasiilaq is situated on an island going by the name Ammassalik with plenty of opportunities for hikes, conquering mountains, sailing among numerous icebergs, see glaciers of enormous size and cultural experiences.
This tour will take you to an abandoned American airbase, take you through ice fjords and come up close to majestic glaciers. Get to see the gifted locals make handicrafts, go on a city walk and a hike through the stunning Flower Valley. This trip will give you the ultimate arctic experience, allowing you to see Greenland in the summer season.
So pull out your hiking clothes, camera gear and check out the booking availability and book your adventure now!
You will depart from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Kulusuk, for approximately 2-hour flight. You will be greeted at the airport by your local guide, and taken to your accommodation. Hotel Kulusuk is situated within walking distance of the airport. Shortly followed with a walking tour of Kulusuk, in which you will be taken through the settlement. The walk into Kulusuk settlement takes about 20 minutes.
After the walking tour the rest of the day is at your leisure. Go to the reception at the hotel and ask for optional tours, like Apusiajik Glacier, a 1½ hour boat cruise among icebergs and breath taking landscape. Or a drive up to DYE Four, an abandoned radio station from world war 2, a beautiful viewpoint over the sea and nearby mountain peaks.
Shortly after breakfast you will be taken down to the habour for a boat transport to Tasiilaq.
A boat ride that takes half an hour to an hour depending on the weather conditions. But no matter what weather you will be sailing in, the views from the boat will take your breath away. Sailing among pack ice with the sun reflecting on the water surface whilst you stroll across the waves, is almost therapeutic. You might even be so lucky that you will be accompanied by whales in search for food or just playing hide and seek in between the waves.
When arriving at Tasiilaq habour you will be greeted and taken to your accommodation, at Hotel Angmagssalik. A newly renovated hotel with comfortable common areas and a spectacular view over town and the mountains surrounding Tasiilaq. Almost all the rooms have private bathrooms, and equipped with all the necessities.
The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to go and explore the many shops the town has to offer. Just down the hill from the hotel is where the locals workshop Srtunk is located. Here you will be able to go inside and watch the talented locals make tupilaks, jewelry and other items.
Today you will be going on a City and Flower Valley walk with Arctic Dream. Their office is situated just across from the workshop, where you also will have a quick visit before heading downhill towards the habour. Our first attraction is the local museum where we will get the historical background and learn about the development of Tasiilaq. The museum exhibits many items dating way back to before the area became inhabited. The museum is housed in the old church dating back to 1903, and is one of the oldest buildings in town. Continuing down to the habour where we will be able to see the daily activity of fishermen and warehouse men working hard with large containers busy from the large ships coming in with the towns food resources. Continue alongside Kong Oscars Fjord towards the hospital and school, heading up to the church. A charming church with an elegant interior of women’s boat hanging from the ceiling and baptistery made of driftwood. Above the church is one of the three canes in town, where you will get an astonishing panoramic view. A quick look downhill to the tourist office Skæven, has a wide selection of souvenirs.
Heading away from town towards the cemetery is where the Flower Valley is located. We will be following the paths passing two beautiful still lakes, surrounded by numerous different arctic flowers. Well among these is the Greenlandic National Flower, the broad leafed willow, in Greenlandic ‘Niviarsiaq’ which means young girl.
We will then arrive at the twin waterfall, in which the water is drinkable. Some of the purest water you will ever taste, so do not pass up this experience.
Time to enjoy your surroundings before heading back to town. Rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.
Today we will venture out on a boat excursion to the abandoned base from World War II situated in Ikateq. The journey starts down at the habour where we will sail south of Ammassalik Island through Kong Oscars Fjord. Heading towards Ammassalik Fjord and about an hour into our journey we will head into a path of steep and jagged mountains giving us the magnificent site of East Greenland’s nature.
When we have reached Ikateq we will explore the ruins as your guide will tell you about the history. The base was built to facilitate trans-atlantic air traffic navigation from 1942-47, it went by the name Bluie East Two and also used for rescue operations and weather forecast station. The left behind oil drums, vehicles and half torn buildings are still visible and has been a political issue for years but no action has been taken.
After the stop in Ikateq we will head on towards Sermiligaaq fjord which means “The Beautiful Glacier Fjord” and it certainly lives up to its name. Surrounded by sky high mountains, two enormous glaciers dominating each other, Karale Glacier on your left and Knud Rasmussen on your right. A truly mesmerizing and unforgettable sight. As your captain will navigate us as close to the glaciers as possible, we might be able to go ashore and enjoy our packed lunch. Before returning back to town a chance to hike around the area and enjoy the view.
After breakfast it’s time to pack your luggage and head down to the heliport. Transfer back to Kulusuk with an eight minute helicopter flight, getting the last glimpse of the arctic landscape.
A last chance to do the last minute souvenir shopping in the airport tax free shop. Time to say goodbye to Greenland and head back to Iceland, hopefully leaving with many great memories and pictures to look back on.
- Flights Reykjavík-Kulusuk-Reykjavík
- Airport taxes
- 1 night accommodation Kulusuk, in double standard room with private facilities, including dinner and breakfast
- 3 nights accommodation in Tasiilaq, in double standard room with private facilities, including full board
- Boat transfer Kulusuk-Tasiilaq
- Helicopter transfer Tasiilaq-Kulusuk
- Knud Rasmussen Glacier boat tour (please note that this tour is not available in June. The Sermilik Johan Pedersen Fjord Tour will be offered instead)
- Tasiilaq city walk and Flower Valley
- Airport/hotel transfers in Tasiilaq
- Transfer to Iceland
- Any services that not listed under 'Included'
- Optional tours & activities in Greenland (only bookable and payable in Greenland)
- Single supplement mandatory if travelling alone
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), an 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.
- A warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather) Day Pack
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
|Most airlines allow 20kg of luggage weight. Dress after the 3-layer structure there is adequate, 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. Departure from Reykjavík domestic airport. As all local tours depend upon weather and ice conditions, they can only be booked after arrival. Flight schedules may change due to unfavourable weather or ice conditions.
The price per person is based on double room.
Optional tour Apusiajik Glacier by boat can be added when booking this trip.
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