Traditional Inuit dogsled expedition | Uummannaq | North Greenland
Come along on this 7-day Arctic adventure and experience the life of the traditional Inuit, hunters and fishermen of North Greenland for a week in the winter. This is an extraordinary insight, to the well preserved Inuit culture, found North of the Polar Circle.
You will arrive at the town of Uummannaq, far north of the Arctic Circle. Here the winters are long and full of snow, you will see a stunning landscape of frozen fjords, where the icebergs are caught, with a backdrop of the iconic heart-shaped Uummannaq mountain. Uummannaq is an island located in a big fjord, which freezes in winter. In winter the sea ice turns into a highway for the local people and hunters, who on dogsleds, snowmobiles, and sometimes in cars travel far on the ice.
On this 7 day tour, you will truly experience travelling on a dogsled. You will travel out of Uummannaq on the dogsled with a local hunter and join him in his daily life, help with setting out long lines for fishing under the ice, and go seal hunting. Being a hunter in these areas is not easy and you will have to live on the terms of nature, in a constant battle with the forces of mother nature. Your patience will be tested and you will work hard, but also have fun, experience a silence like nowhere else and get really close to the hunter and his sleddogs.
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Today is the first day of your big exploration of the Arctic in the Uummannaq area. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the heliport and taken to the guesthouse, where you will spend the first night.
What you arrive at might be like something, you have never seen before - a beautiful white landscape of snow and ice. Settle into your guesthouse, before heading out to dinner.
In the evening you will have a good dinner with your guide/hunter, where the plans for the coming days will be introduced in more detail and you will also be briefed about safety. Apart from that, you can, of course, talk about daily life in Uummannaq.
Get back to your guesthouse and have a good night's sleep before waking up for tomorrow's big adventure.
The day will start at 9 AM on the ice - where you meet the hunter's dogs you will travel with for the next week.
After breakfast, you will make sure that everything is packed and ready for heading out in the big wilderness. You will probably experience that the dogs are just as eager and excited as you are to head into the wild.
You will be venturing North from Uummannaq. The first thing to get done is dropping your hunting and fishing equipment off at a winter hut, that will house you for the night. You'll head out on the sea ice and prepare the long line for fishing halibut. Before setting out the line you first need to make a hole in the thick ice and then lower the line into the sea underneath. The line can be hundreds of meters long and can catch a lot of halibut, which is very important for the local population of this area.
When the work for the day is done it is time to get a good and filling dinner, before getting some rest to get "back to work" tomorrow. You will spend the night in a small winter hut.
Today we will go back and check the long lines that we set out yesterday. Hopefully there will be a good catch of halibut. Getting up the line can be hard work - it is a long line, you need to get the fish off the hooks and make sure everything doesn't get tangled as you go. When it is cold outside the fish you catch will at times almost freeze instantly, as you get it up from the hole in the ice. These halibut are for drying, so you will help out preparing for the drying of the fish.
After setting out the line you will head out with the dogsled to the small settlement, Ikerasak. In Ikerasak, you will dine with the locals and hear of their lives north of the Polar Circle.
Today, we will be dogsledding to a remote fiord system, which is the home of several glaciers.
Here we will hunt for seals, snowshoe hares, polar foxes or grouses. Hunting is always exciting, as you can never be sure, what might come your way. We'll spend the night in Uummannatsiaq. Embrace the silence and being far away from civilization.
Glacier sightseeing by dogsled
Today we will go sightseeing by dogsled to the Sermilik Glacier. Seeing a glacier is a must-do when visiting Greenland, and the Sermilik is no exception. We will keep a safe distance from the glacier, as it is known to calve. It is a dramatic sight and sound to experience the ice retract from the glacier. You will bare witness to how icebergs are made.
It is time to head back to Uummannaq. You will have to gather all of your camping gear, the catch of the trip and pack the sled before going back. Getting back might take a while, as you have driven far from the town. Depending on the weather, you can probably from afar a recognize the iconic mountain of Uummannaq, that shoots up like a tower behind the town.
Now you might start to look forward to a warm shower when you get back to the guesthouse, but first, you will need to unpack the sled. In the evening you are invited to join for a good and warming Greenlandic dinner with a local family. You will be able to share your stories from the adventure you have just returned from. After dinner you can enjoy a good nights sleep at the guesthouse.
After the long trip you have been on, today is just reserved for taking it easy. You will, however, be invited to join on a little walk around town with a guide, who can tell you stories - stories from both traditional and modern life in Uummannaq.
You can just enjoy the day and get to do the things you would like to before you leave. Soak up the atmosphere; observe daily life and maybe you can find some nice souvenirs to bring back home, as a memory from your very special adventure.
Wave goodbye to Uummannaq. You will be taken to the heliport - from the helicopter, you can enjoy the view over the beautiful landscape before returning home.
- Accommodation in a guest house in Uummannaq
- Hut stay during the expedition (sleeping bags & mats)
- All meals & soft drinks
- Coffee, tea and biscuits are always available
- Dog sledding excursions
- Learning how to fish in the arctic
- Hunting for seals
- Glacier watching
- Settlement visit
- Local guide
- Fishing License
- Safety equipment (Garmin inReach Tracker, VHF Radio)
- Special clothes (Warm boots, jacket, pants, gloves)
- Single travel supplement
- Alcoholic drinks
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
- We recommend bringing a pair of binoculars if you have one. It will add a lot to your experience
- PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 discount ONLY apply for residents of Greenland and for the departures: 8.2.21 and 22.2.21
- The exact itinerary of the tour can be slightly changed depending on weather conditions. This tour requires a minimum of two participants before the departure can be confirmed.
- If you add on flights to your booking, please note that it is mandatory for solo travellers to add on the flight supplement.
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