Ice Cap Explorer | East Greenland
During this 9 days expedition you will witness the vast size of the Ice cap of Greenland, explore its edges and reach few view points around 1300 meters that will allow you see this huge flowing mass of ice. Our camp will be establish at the coast next to a source of drinkable water and close to some peak that we could climb during our 5 days trip.
It would be possible to move camp for one or two nights higher up to be able to summit a peak in the vicinity of base camp and have an amazing overview this vast glacier world.
All possible peaks to climb would be on a level of trekking peak, reachable then just by walk but on glaciated terrain so roped up in a team.
Included in this package there is one daytrip to a glacier near by Kulusuk Island. Depending the weather we could decide to have it as start or end of the trip.
The highlights of this trip are: Ice cap exploration, glacier hikes, ice climbing, summit, hiking, wilderness camping, glacier calving.
The area where we will go is situated in Johan Petersen fjord, between 3 and 6 hours from Kulusuk by speedboat, depending sea ice conditions.
For the day trip location, Apusiajik glacier is at 15 minutes by boat from Kulusuk Island.
In this trip 3 nights are included in Hotel Kulusuk (full board). The rest 5 nights will be spent in expedition tents in the location described.
At arrival you will get picked up by your guide at the airport and from there you will reach the hotel Kulusuk by car. After making your elf confortable you will have a meeting where the plan of the expedition will be explained.
All our transportation to our explored areas are made with the help of the locals, the most experience boat drivers used to deal with extreme sea ice conditions.
All our guides are part of the Associasson of Icelandic Mountain Guides and qualified Alpine trekking Guides. Beside this we also make sure to have guides with extensive wilderness first aid examinations and be qualified first responders. This for us are some of the good qualifications needed to be able to guide guest in such remote and wild places.
All areas of East Greenland are also territory of the polar bear so this land can't be underestimated and a real precaution must be taken. We provide guiding service from guides that we totally trust that will make sure you will have the best memorable time in East Greenland.
- Meeting the guide and the group
- Briefing the expedition plan and walk in Kulusuk village
- Leave Kulusuk by boat to Johann Petersen Fjord (3-5 hours depending sea ice condition)
- establish base camp close to a source of water and amazing view of a calving glacier
- learn basic glacier travel techniques and explore the edge of the glacier near the campsite.
(possible activities: glacier walk, ice climbing, learn rope work)
The goal of the next 3 days is to move camp higher up (500 aslm) on the Icecap of Greenland and reach a peak surrounded by ice, Nunatak! You will experience how is to camp on a glacier, melt snow to cook food and witness amazing view of ice all around you from the summit of an unnamed peak!
Pack all equipment from base camp and return to Kulusuk by boat.
|• Certified AIMG Alpine trekking guide
• Baggage transfers: airport- hotel Kulusuk
• 3 nights at Hotel Kulusuk (full board)
• Boat journeys as described in the itinerary
• Bear deterrents
• Expedition equipment
• Mountain tents
• Expedition food & fuel
• Glacier gear including: helmet, harness, ice axe and crampons
• All safety equipment including; emergency satellite phone
- Flights to and from Greenland
- Expedition/travel insurance
- Personal expedition equipment
- Rental equipment costs
- Lunch on flight days
- Optional excursions
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays
- Accommodation, transfers and food in Reykjavík or Copenhagen
What to bring
- Personal clothing
- Sleeping bag, mattress
- Hiking backpack 60L-80
- 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, gloves
- 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
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We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry. We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
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