Tasiilaq Winter World | 8 Days | East Greenland
Explore the rugged East Coast of Greenland on an 8-day adventure from Iceland. Immerse yourself to beauty of Greenland's nature and culture!
From your base in Tasiilaq, you will travel as the Inuit do on an overnight dogsledding expedition across Angmagssalik Island. Step back in time as you spend the night at a remote, backcountry hut on the edge of the magnificent Sermilik Icefjord, then (if mother nature cooperates) watch as the night sky comes alive with the dancing Northern Lights.
Later in the trip, you will swap the traditional form of Arctic Winter transportation for the most modern form, and race across the snowy landscape on a snowmobile. This adrenaline pumping ride allows us to visit the impressive Tinit Glacier, with its 40m high face and 360 degree view of the great Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounds.
There is also plenty to see and do in Tasiilaq - a town of ~2000 people and the largest in East Greenland. Visit the museum, watch artisans at work making some of the best souvenirs in Greenland, get a feel for life in a small, remote community, or book additional optional tours in advance here on Guide to Greenland to embrace as many Arctic winter experiences as possible.
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Your adventure begins at Reykjavik Domestic Airport where you will board your flight to Kulusuk. It is about a 2-hour flight from Iceland to the East Coast of Greenland and if you are sitting in a window seat, make sure you are looking out the window as you come in to land. The mountains of East Greenland are truly spectacular!
You will have a short wait in Kulusuk before boarding your helicopter transfer to Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland with bright, colorful houses and a population of ~2000 people.
Your accommodation for the night is a cosy house with a fully equipped kitchen, shower, and a flush toilet. Once you are settled in, there will be time to explore a little of Tasiilaq before sitting down to the “Welcome Dinner” and a briefing on the days ahead.
After breakfast, we will walk down to join the mushers (dog sled drivers) who will be preparing the dogs and the sleds for our journey. Once everything is ready, and after some instruction on the dos and don’ts of sitting on a dog sled, we will head out into King Oscar’s Fjord.
Our route will take us up to the large Qordlortoq lake where we will have a short break to take pictures and wait for all of the dog sleds to come together once more. We will then continue up the mountain valleys to our next stop at three huts named “Kaffebaren” by the locals. These huts are still used by the local hunters to take refuge from bad weather or to break a long journey. We will continue this tradition and stop for refreshments here.
After the pause, you will experience how man and dog work together to conquer obstacles, as we climb a steep hill to about 500 meters above sea level. From this vantage point, the view of the Sermilik Icefjord (the second-largest fjord in Greenland and our destination for the night) is spectacular!
The last part of our journey is to descend to a small hut at the edge of the Icefjord. This is where we will spend the night. After a nice, warm dinner, we will head outside to see if the Northern Lights are visible before turning in.
Note: The hut has sleeping bag accommodation only, no electricity, and no shower. There is a dry toilet (outhouse) outside.
After a hearty breakfast, we will re-pack the sleds and hitch the dogs for our return journey to Tasiilaq. Now that you have a day of dogsledding experience under your belt, you should find today more relaxed. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular East Greenlandic scenery as you travel via the most traditional form of winter transportation in the Arctic. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for pictures and refreshments along the way.
Back in Tasiilaq we will settle into and freshen up at the same house we stayed in on night 1. The rest of the day is yours to use as you wish. Explore the town, visit the artisan workshop - Stunk - or pop into the Tourist Information Center, which also has a wide range of souvenirs (and icecream!) for sale.
Today we swap an ancient form of transportation for a modern one. Snowmobiles allow us to cover a much greater distance at speed, so we will saddle up behind our experienced drivers for an adrenaline rush across the frozen landscape.
Our destination is the magnificent Tinit Glacier. We will take in this incredible river of ice from the bottom of its 40m high face, before heading up onto the glacier itself towards a rocky outcrop at an elevation of 1,200m above sea level. From here, you will have a 360 degree panoramic view over the inland ice, the mountains of Ammassalik Island, the Sermilik Icefjord and the polar sea. There will be plenty of time for pictures and refreshments before we head down to another viewpoint that overlooks the hut we stayed in on night 2.
We will arrive back in Tasiilaq in the late afternoon and stay in the same accommodation as the previous night.
Today you will pack your belongings and move to the Hotel Angmagssalik, your home for the next 3 nights. The hotel is situated at the top of the hill, is beautifully decorated, and has spectacular views over Tasiilaq and the King Oscar Fjord. All your meals are included during your stay and it will be difficult to drag yourself away from the panoramic views from the dining room and bar.
The day is yours to use as you wish. You can take a self-guided wander around town, shop for souvenirs at the artisan workshop or the Tourist Information office, or prepare in advance and book an optional tour here on Guide to Greenland.
Another day to sit back and relax, head out on an optional tour, or explore Tasiilaq. In particular, you should make the time to visit the Tasiilaq museum during your stay (check for opening hours when you first arrive). Most of the exhibits have English (and Danish) explanations and the curator often gives fabulous guided tours.
Your last day to relax, explore Tasiilaq, or take an optional tour. If you are wandering around town, make sure you pop into the large Pilersuisoq (supermarket) on the other side of town. You will be surprised what you find in there (reindeer antlers anyone?) and there are often locals selling trinkets and souvenirs outside.
After one final breakfast overlooking the stunning mountain and fjord scenery of East Greenland, you will be transferred back to the heliport for your 10-minute helicopter ride to Kulusuk. Your return flight to Iceland should depart a short time later (weather dependent).
- Flights: Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Reykjavík
- Helicopter flights: Kulusuk - Tasiilaq - Kulusuk
- Heliport/accommodation transfers in Tasiilaq
- Accommodation: 3 nights in Tasiilaq guesthouse, 1 night in mountain hut, 3 nights in Hotel Angmagssalik (double standard room with private facilities)
- 2 days dogsledding tour (2 people per sledge)
- 1 day snowmobile tour with professional driver
- Food and non-alcoholic drinks for the entire trip
- Airport taxes
- Airport/accommodation transfers in Iceland
- Optional tours & activities in Greenland (book in advance here on Guide to Greenland)
- Single traveller supplement
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.
- A 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 or ski goggles
- Camera with extra batteries (the cold drains the batteries faster
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Optional: Binoculars to scout for wildlife
If travelling alone, you must choose the single room supplement when booking this tour. Price is per person based on a double room.
Depending on the availability of flights to Greenland, a flight supplement may apply. Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. We therefore strongly recommend that you do not book onward international flights directly after your trip to Greenland. Give yourself at least one extra day to make an international connection.
We also recommend purchasing travel insurance that will cover any expenses should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather.
The airlines that fly to Greenland only allow 20 kg of checked-in baggage. If you go over this limit, there is a fee (often strictly enforced) for the extra weight. It is important to bring cash in the form of Danish Krona to Greenland.
While credit cards are accepted in larger locations (eg hotels, supermarkets), they may not be accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency is often not accepted. You can book optional tours in advance through the Guide to Greenland website.
As all local tours depend upon weather and ice conditions, so they may be altered or cancelled if conditions are unfavourable.
There is a 3-hour time difference between Iceland and West Greenland in the winter and a 2-hour time difference in the summer.
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