Enjoying the dogsledding trip in East Greenland
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8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

from 2,835.00 €
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8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

from 2,835.00 €

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Equipment list Hounds of Snow

8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

Equipment list Hounds of Snow

8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Remember when dressing up for your dog sledding trip, that you will mostly sit on the sledge enjoying the great arctic winter landscape without moving much. It is therefore from utmost importance that you dress very warm, especially protecting feet, hands and head. Our advise: get active and help the dogs going up hill to warm up.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a mid-weight wool or other fast-drying fibre.If there’s one thing to stress over and over and over, it is that having several layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other. It is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having only one or two very heavy layers that might make you too hot and never just right.It is recommended to bring a selection of warm long-sleeves and warm tights as base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. Pick your favourite woollen winter sweater keeping youwarm and cosy. If you are not too much into woollen sweaters you can also bring a warm fleece or PrimaLoft jacket instead.

  • insulated or fleece pants (mid layer)

    It is recommended to bring a pair of insulated hiking pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful, too. Jeans are strongly discouraged. If you do not own insulated hiking pants, wear a thick base layer underneath your standard hiking pants.

  • down jacket (outer layer)

    Well, you are heading to Greenland in winter. So get prepared for cold! We recommend to bring a nice warm down jacket or the warmest winter jacket you find in your wardrobe. You will always need this jacket when you are outside but not moving so much, like on a boat or dog sledding trip, gazing at the Northern Lights or wandering through the settlements.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it is to protect you from wind and snow on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof pants. Gore Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.As most wind- and waterproof gear does not keep you very warm, you will need to wear one or two warm mid layers below.

  • skiing pants (outer layer)

    Stay snug and warm and bring a pair of skiing pants to Greenland.They keep you warm from blowing cold winds so you can fully enjoy the arctic winter landscapes you came to explore.

  • warm hat, scarf and warm (fleece) gloves

    Now that you are all dressed up don’t forget your head and hands. Half of our body heat we lose through or heads.Therefore we recommend to bring two pairs of warm hats and gloves as well as a pair of warm mittens.

  • pair of warm mittens
  • very warm and supportive footwear

    Very warm footwear during your multi day dogsledding trip in Greenland is of the utmost importance. It must be comfortable, very warm, yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you happy all day. It is recommended to bring burly and super warm winter boots for this winter trip, plus several pairs of super warm wool socks. The best warm & comfortable footwear is: • insulated and very warm • waterproof or water-resistant • offering high ankle support • non-skid / has a sole with good traction. (Good for icy terrain.)

  • balaclava

Other gear

  • 60-80 litre backpack or duffle bag

    It is recommended to pack your gear in a backpack. Many of the towns have simple dirt- or rocky roads covered in ice and snow in winter which are not exactly ideal for pulling luggage with wheels. If you do not own a backpack, prefer a duffle bag over a hard shell suitcase.

  • backpack (40L)
  • sleeping bag, down or fibre, comfort from -2°C to -10°C
  • sunscreen, lip balm

    Even though you are visiting Greenland during winter, we advise to bring sun screen and lip balm. If sun shines, the reflection off water, snow and nearby icebergs can cause some fierce sun exposure.

  • sun protection including dark sunglasses
  • thermos for hot water
  • personal medication
  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and of course those cute sled dogs. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

  • personal first aid kit incl. blister care
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap)
  • ear plugs
  • ski goggles
  • headlamp

Optional

  • gaiters - calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots

Rentable

  • warm snowsuit in East Greenland (50 DKK per day)

    Please provide height & weight in advance, rented equipment will be paid on the spot in Tasiilaq.

  • warm winter boots in East Greenland (50 DKK per day)

    Please provide shoe size in advance, rented equipment will be paid on the spot in Tasiilaq.

  • warm sleeping bag in East Greenland (50 DKK per day)

    Please book in advance with us, payment will be on location in Tasiilaq.

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

Enjoying the dogsledding trip in East Greenland
FAQ Hounds of Snow

8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

FAQ Hounds of Snow

8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

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Guided tour

Hounds of Snow

8 day dogsledding trip in East Greenland

Difficulty level: Moderate from 2,835.00 €

For thousands of years dogs have played a crucial role in hunting communities in East Greenland and they still play an important part for local hunters today.

This dog sledding trip will take you on an amazing journey through the magnificent Ammassalik island. You will explore the island with native mushers and their dogs, driving up and down glaciers and mountains and riding on the icy fjords whilst enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful icy scenery. You will visit a small settlement where you can learn about the way of life in this very remote part of the world. You will go snowshoeing up mountains where you have an exquisite view over the Sermilik with all its icebergs, and also go look for seal with a Inuit hunter. This trip is a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent, raw and icy wilderness in the most authentic way possible.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Kulusuk - Tasiilaq

Day 2:

Tasiilaq - Sermilik Coast - Qaattu

Day 3:

The Sermilik Coast

Day 4:

Sermilik Coast - Tiniteqilaaq

Day 5:

Tiniteqilaaq - Imiilaa Fjord

Day 6:

Imiilaa Fjord - Tasiilaq

Day 7:

Day at leisure in Tasiilaq

Day 8:

Tasiilaq - Kulusuk

Prices and dates

Price per person from:

2,835.00 Euro

Dates:

February 26, 2020 – March 04, 2020 (fully booked)
March 04, 2020 – March 11, 2020 (fully booked)
March 11, 2020 – March 18, 2020 (fully booked)
March 18, 2020 – March 25, 2020 (available)
March 25, 2020 – April 01, 2020 (available)
April 04, 2020 – April 11, 2020 (fully booked)

Further details

Price includes:

  • return helicopter flight Kulusuk / Tasiilaq incl. airport taxes
  • accommodation in guesthouse in Tasiilaq and in huts during the dogsledding trip
  • full board from dinner day 1 to dinner day 6 and breakfast on day 7 and 8
  • an English speaking guide
  • all the activities described in the detailed itinerary (2 persons per sledge)
  • snowmobile service for the transfer of the food and the luggage

Min. participants:

4

Minimum age:

18

Remark:

Be ready for the real adventure! This trip is none of the ordinary kind. You are about to embark on an expedition-like journey towards the remote setting of East Greenland. An open mind and heart as well as the serenity to accept whatever challenges the remoteness and climate come up with are basic. Your detailed trip offer will illustrate how to best prepare for the conditions of this adventure.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Best way to fly to Kulusuk is via Reykjavík/Iceland.
Return flight from 775 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1 : Kulusuk - Tasiilaq

A helicopter will take you on a scenic ride from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq. In Tasiilaq we will welcome you and take you to your accommodation. You will spend the first night in a well-appointed house in town. After you have settled in, we will go together shopping for food for the trip and then go back to the accommodation to pack all the food and equipment needed for the big adventure. In the evening you will enjoy dinner with the rest of the group. If the night is clear you are highly likely to see the breathtaking northern lights.

Day 2: Tasiilaq - The Sermilik Coast - Qaattu

After breakfast the real adventure begins! You meet the dogs, hop on the sledge and ride off into the wild. With two persons per sledge and a musher you head north. The luggage will be transported by snowmobile to your next accommodation. After a two hour ride through the beautiful landscape you take the first break at a beautiful spot in the middle of the Ammassalik island. There you will have lunch and a hot drink. An hour later you will go up a 500 m high mountain just to go down on the other side where you have a breathtaking view of the Sermilik fjord with all its amazing icebergs. The Qaattu Hut will be your home for the following two nights.

Day 3: The Sermilik Coast

Today will be devoted to the exploration of the surrounding area and mountains. The group will be split in two. One group goes snowshoeing in the mountains where you have a fantastic view over the stunning icefjord. The other group will go with a local hunter to the ice edge and look for seal. After lunch the first group goes with the hunter and the second group goes snowshoeing. The night will be spent in the Qaattu Hut. If the night is clear you are highly likely to see the breathtaking northern lights.

Day 4: The Sermilik Coast - Tiniteqilaaq

Depending on the conditions of the ice in the Sermilik fjord, the guide will choose one of three possible routs, which are all equally stunning. After a 5 hour beautiful dogsledding ride you arrive in Tiniteqilaaq, a small remote settlement of 120 people. You will have the afternoon at leisure and can explore this traditional settlement and learn about the way of life in this remote part of the world. We spend the night in a small hut on a hill behind the settlement, where we have a 360 degree view of the whole fjord and the icecap in all its glory. You might see the breathtaking northern lights on a clear night.

Day 5: Tiniteqilaaq - Imiilaa Fjord

Today will be the hardest day of the trip. You will go up a glacier and now and then you will have to get off the sledge to help the dogs get up the steep hills. But, your hard work will be rewarded with the amazing landscape, the glacier, the mountains and the valleys. Your next stop will be a hut which lies at the Imiilaa Fjord, where the locals go hunting and fishing for seal, halibut, redfish and sea cat.

Day 6: Imiilaa Fjord - Tasiilaq

Today we will go up a 700 m glacier and down hill all the way to Langes. The whole way you can enjoy the beautiful icy landscape of Ammassalik and now and then you get a great view of the icepack and Tasiilaq. When you arrive in Tasiilaq you will be picked up by car and brought to the house. You have the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening dinner will be served for the whole group.

Day 7: Day at leisure in Tasiilaq

You have today at leisure. You could take a walk through town and visit the museum. Or just relax after the adventurous trip and even have a hot stone massage.

Day 8: Tasiilaq - Kulusuk

Today the helicopter takes you back to Kulusuk.

Remark

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, thus we cannot guarantee that you will see them during your trip. However, if you are traveling in Greenland from end of August to end of March, chances are good that you will be able to observe them, but best deep in the winter (from mid November to mid March). If you travel in April it is unlikely to see the Northern Lights as days are already to bright.

What our customers say

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