Multi-day Dogsledding from Tasiilaq | East Greenland
Get the full Arctic experience through this multiday dogsledding adventure, departing from Tasiilaq. On this eight-day journey through the arctic landscape on the back of a dogsled, you will be given the ultimate feel of the Arctic landscape and the challenges that the harsh winter forces upon the Inuits.
On this arctic immersion, you will follow an experienced East Greenlandic dog-musher on his quests for hunting and fishing - this experience will allow you to try out personal boundaries and pushing yourself in the safe hands of the local guides. This trip will take you far and beyond any place you have seen before. The winter landscape will enchant and give you chills at the same time. This tour allows you to try every winter activity there is to experience: dogsledding, ice fishing, visiting remote villages and sleeping in wooden huts. This tour is also a gastronomic experience, as you will be tasting local specialities, such as fish, seal, caribou or other Greenlandic fauna.
You will most likely travel through good and bad weather, where you will get a better understanding of the roughness of the Greenlandic conditions. A demanding journey that will require hard work and dedication, but in the end extremely rewarding.
The beautiful snow-covered landscape will mesmerize you beyond belief. So stop hesitating and start gathering the things you might need for this adventurous journey back in time. Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place by clicking on Book Now.
Arriving in the Arctic
Your first-day on this multiday-tour brings you to Greenland. You will be arriving in Kulusuk, that is known as the gateway to East Greenland, as it is the only entryway to the rest of the East Coast by air. From Kulusuk the journey continues by helicopter to Tasiilaq.
Tasiilaq is the largest town on the East Coast, due to its 2000 inhabitants. The town is situated on the beautiful Ammassalik island, overlooking Tasiilaq Fjord.
In Tasiilaq you will be welcomed by a local representative, that will take you to your accommodation. You have the day to explore Tasiilaq on your own - pay a visit to the old church, which now functions as a museum or stop by the local handicraft shop to admire the work of the skilled locals.
In the evening, you are invited to join your guide for dinner. A short briefing of the next couple of days will take place so you are fully set for the days ahead.
Start of Your Adventure
The day starts at 09 AM. Before setting out on your grand adventure, you will be introduced to your dogsled-musher who will escort and transport you throughout the next 7 day.
Before take-off, he will brief you on the safety precautions that apply to dogsledding and teach you how to prep the sled. You will be travelling across Kong Oscars Fjord and up the large inland lake of Qordlortoq. In Qordlortoq there will be a short break to enjoy the scenic view. Next up we will travel through a valley of steep mountains with the purpose of reaching three huts. The huts are oddly known as “Kaffebaren” ( The Coffebar). The huts are used by hunters and people travelling through in the event of bad weather. Another break is deserved with some refreshments to get you ready for the rest of today's journey.
We will then head up a hill about 500 meters above sea level, and this is a great chance for you to see how man and a pack of dogs work together to reach remote and distant places, in an almost inhumane environment. When finally at the top you will get the most amazing view of the second largest fjord in Greenland, the Sermilik Icefjord. The descent will be through a narrow path, covered in ice, leading to the edge of the Icefjord, where we will be spending the night.
The night will be spent in a traditional wooden hut, with a sleeping bag to keep you warm. There are no toilet facilities.
The Arctic Terrain
Waking up in the paradise of snow you can sit back and enjoy your breakfast, in the calm and silent surroundings. Today is for you to recover from two days of travelling. Hike around the area to takes pictures. It is also a possibility to go snowshoeing with the guide, allowing you to go places, that you usually can’t reach with regular hiking boots.
From where the hut is situated, you have the perfect view overlooking a part of the inland ice cap. So if a day of relaxing is all you have the energy for, you will still have a view that will take your breath away.
If the sky is clear in the evening, a great idea is to put on your warm clothing and head out of the hut. Witnessing the northern lights is not something you want to miss out on. A great way to end another spectacular day.
Heading Onwards to Tiniteqilaaq
After breakfast we will start packing for the continuing journey. Your fourth day brings you to the settlement Tiniteqillaq. The route to Tiniteqillaq is demanding, as you will be ascending and descending steep hills and mountains with the sled. It will require a lot of teamwork and is not for the fainthearted.
We will cross the magnificent Tinit Glacier, it’ll be hard but extremely rewarding because the view will be worth the effort. Continuing on into the vast white landscape on the way to Tiniteqilaaq. After a long day of sledding, we will arrive in Tiniteqillaq, where we will stay overnight. You will be in accommodated in a newly built hut, on the edge of town. If sea, weather and ice work together in order for a pleasant boat trip, it is possible for you to join a local hunter on his hunt.
In the evening you will be invited to a local family’s home, where you will be sharing a homemade feast, most likely a Greenlandic delicacy. A chance to taste seal or whale meat, whatever they will be serving for you this evening. Then you will have the rest of the evening at your leisure, a small walk or just to go back to the hut and get some rest.
You will be accommodated in a wooden hut equipped with wooden beds and proper mattresses. A sleeping bag is used to keep you warm. It is possible to take a shower in the local service house.
Venturing Out On The Fjord
On your 5fth day, we will be leaving the beautiful village of Tinit. We will travel up the 10-kilometre-long Kugarmit valley in which we yet again will encounter great viewpoints and scenic landscapes of ice and snow. We will be crossing large glaciers and numerous frozen lakes to reach our destination at the end of the valley. Steep slopes and descents will be conquered before we hit Imaila Fjord, which we will also cross. At some point we will finally arrive at an abandoned village Qernetivartivit, here you will have a chance to look around. The abandoned settlement consists of 5 houses, and close to this settlement, is the hut we will be spending the night in. When we have settled in, we will try our luck with ice fishing. If we are lucky we might be able to catch Greenlandic halibut or redfish, that we then later can eat for dinner. Nothing is better than freshly caught fish.
Returning To Tasiilaq
After breakfast, we will make the last of our journey and head back to Tasiilaq. Once again the sled goes across numerous glaciers. The way back last approximately 4-5 hours.
In Tasiilaq you will be accommodated in a small wooden and heated house. In the evening we will gather for dinner prepared by a local chef.
Tasiilaq Town At Your Leisure
After 6 days of hard work, you have the whole day to relax and gather energy. So take a stroll through town to visit the many shops. Visit the tourist office/souvenir shop Skæven, and buy presents for friends and family at home. Located just behind Skæven is the church, a beautiful pentagonal building with a breathtaking interior.
- Transfer to and from the heliport in Tasiilaq
- 3 nights in Tasiilaq
- 5 days dogsledding adventure on Ammassalik Island
- All meals & accommodation during the dogsled trip
- Dinner on arrival and the last night
- Snowshoe hike to the peak (4-6hours)
- Flights t/f Greenland
- Airport taxes and fees
- Travel Insurance
- 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
- Warm winter wear. Ideally, you should dress in layers: at least one thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), and insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket). The outer layer must be proper winter gear which typically has lots of insulation and is windproof. Think ski jacket and pants if you come from a warmer climate.
- Warm hat, thick windproof gloves, buff or scarf
- Insulated winter boots
- Sunglasses and sunscreen - snow is very bright and even the winter sun can cause sunburn
- Camera with extra batteries (the cold drains the batteries faster)
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Headlight for the dark nights
- Thermo for hot water
- Airfare to and from Greenland is provided by Air Iceland from Reykjavik and Air Greenland from Copenhagen.
- Helicopter transportation between Kulusuk airport and Tasiilaq (Service provided by Air Greenland)
- We strongly recommend that you arrange travel insurance in your home country, before leaving for Greenland.
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