Camp overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap
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2 days on the Greenlandic ice cap

from 590.00 €
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2 days on the Greenlandic ice cap

from 590.00 €

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Kangerlussuaq: Musk Ox Hike (Jun-Sep, 8h, €100)

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Camp overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap
Equipment list Camp Ice Cap

2 days on the Greenlandic ice cap

Equipment list Camp Ice Cap

2 days on the Greenlandic ice cap

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.

Regarding your tour to the ice cap: When hiking on or near the ice edge you should always be prepared for almost anything. It can sometimes be pretty windy and cold or rainy in summer. As outerwear, it is recommended to wear wind and waterproof clothing. Down jacket and parka is not recommended during hiking, but can be used when sitting in the camp at night or when we have a break from hiking. What footwear is concerned, it is recommended to use good sturdy hiking boots with ankle support and a thick sole. Please make sure you have hiking boots, not normal shoes, as they will need to fit crampons. It can also be useful to use gaiters during the trip. Furthermore, you will be carrying your own sleeping bag which will be handed out to you prior to departure. You will also receive a pair of crampons and walking sticks per person to be used during the hikes. You will be needing a 40 litre backpack, which can be rented in Kangerlussuaq. The backpack carries your extra clothing, sleeping bag and personal equipment.

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 lightweight wool or other fast-drying fiber. Base layers will also keep you warm if, for example, your outer layers are not entirely windproof or waterproof. If there is one thing to stress, it is that having several light layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other, is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having one or two heavy layers that might make you too cold or too hot, but never just right. It is recommended to bring a selection of long-sleeve shirts and pants for lightweight 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. It should not be your heaviest winter sweater, but just something you feel could make you warm and cosy if you had a persistent chill. It is recommended to bring a light- to medium-weight wool sweater or a fleece or prima loft jacket.

  • All-purpose or fleece pants (mid layer)

    When you are on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof pants (outer layer) layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a pair of light, loose breathable pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful if you easily feel cold. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

  • breathable light jacket (outer layer)

    When you’re on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof jacket layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a light jacket, or even a vest. Lightweight puffy jackets work well.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it’s to protect you from wind and rain 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 rain pants. Gore-Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.

  • warm down jacket
  • pair of warm mittens
  • warm hat and light (fleece) gloves

    A bit of wind, a mammoth iceberg nearby, and even fog can have more effect on the air temperature than you might imagine, and it can be magnified when sailing or standing a few hundred meters above sea level. Even though it is summer and there is not a single patch of snow to be found, you still need to be prepared with a few of the more ‘wintery’ items. It is recommended to bring a warm hat and gloves. As a light version, a buff to wear around the head or neck is also useful.

  • hiking boots

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. So bring your favourite hiking boots, that you will likely use across all sailing and hiking activities, on all days. Good hiking boots have high ankles support, are waterproof or water-resistant and are non-skid / have a sole with good traction (good for both rocky terrain and wet boat decks). It is good if they are worn-in as it is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.

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 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)

    If you think a 40 litre backpack is too big for you to bring to Greenland, you can rent the required 40 litre backpack for the Camp Ice Cap trip in Kangerlussuaq, see rentable items below. In such case, bring a 20-30 litre backpack instead to carry your daily belongings such as camera, an extra layer or two and your water bottle for short excursions, etc.

  • sun protection including dark sunglasses
  • bug repellant, head net & after bite

    The Arctic summer is notorious for small pesky insects like mosquitos and flies. They will not be a problem when sailing, but once we hit land, they’ll surely find us soon enough. Only a light breeze will give natural respite from the bugs. It is recommended to bring bug repellent, after bite and a mosquito head net. Not very fashionable, but oh-so-functional. Please note: it should be possible to purchase bug repellent in the local Pisiffik grocery store, pending product availability, however it will be the strong, chemical, non- environment-friendly stuff. If you prefer a natural-based product, you should bring your own.

  • water container, bottle or thermos (0,5 -1 litre)
  • 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, diving whale flukes, flocks of birds gathering around a fishing boat for free giveaways, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and the world and fantastic geological rock formations. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

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

Optional

  • gaiters - calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots
  • balaclava
  • ski goggles
  • lighter

Rentable

  • backpack for your overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap (40L, 125 DKK)

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

What we provide

  • tents
  • camping equipment
  • sleeping bag - for your overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap
  • sleeping mat for winter
  • crampons
  • hiking poles

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

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.

Regarding your tour to the ice cap: When hiking on or near the ice edge you should always be prepared for almost anything. It can sometimes be pretty windy and very cold temperatures have to be expected. As outerwear, it is recommended to wear wind and waterproof clothing with a very warm mid layer underneath. Down jacket and parka is not recommended during hiking, but can be used when sitting in the camp at night or when we have a break from hiking.What footwear is concerned, it is recommended to use super warm & supportive footwear with ankle support and a thick sole. It can also be useful to use gaiters during the trip.Furthermore, you will be carrying your own sleeping bag which will be handed out to you prior to departure.You will also receive a pair of crampons and walking sticks per person to be used during the hikes. You will be needing a 40 litre backpack, which can be rented on the spot (let us know beforehand). The backpack carries your extra clothing, sleeping bag and personal equipment.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • warm and supportive footwear

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable, warm, yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. It is recommended to bring burly and warm winter boots for this winter trip, plus several pairs of super warm wool socks. The best warm & comfortable footwear is: • insulated and warm • waterproof or water-resistant • offering high ankle support • non-skid / has a sole with good traction. (Good for both icy terrain and slippery boat decks.) • worn-in. (It is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.)

  • 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

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)

    If you think a 40 litre backpack is too big for you to bring to Greenland, you can rent the required 40 litre backpack for the Camp Ice Cap trip in Kangerlussuaq, see rentable items below. In such case, bring a 20-30 litre backpack instead to carry your daily belongings such as camera, an extra layer or two and your water bottle for short excursions, etc.

  • sun protection including dark sunglasses
  • water container, bottle or thermos (0,5 -1 litre)
  • 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.

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

Optional

  • gaiters - calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots
  • balaclava
  • ski goggles
  • lighter
  • pen knife

Rentable

  • backpack for your overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap (40L, 125 DKK)

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

What we provide

  • tents
  • camping equipment
  • sleeping bag - for your overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap
  • sleeping mat for winter
  • crampons
  • hiking poles

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

Guided tour

Camp Ice Cap

2 days on the Greenlandic ice cap

Difficulty level: Moderate from 590.00 €

On this spectacular trip you will explore the fascinating Greenlandic ice cap and spend the night in a tent in the middle of the ice. We drive from Kangerlussuaq through tundra and moraine valleys to the great Greenlandic ice cap. Wit a little luck we might see some musk ox, Arctic foxes or reindeers on the way. We will spend two days exploring the unique landscape of the ice cap,fascinating valleys, melt water lakes and glacial rivers. In the evening we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the glacial landscape in the midnight sun.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Kangerlussuaq. Point 660. Ice cap. Night in camp.

Day 2:

Ice cap. Return to Kangerlussuaq

Day 3:

End of trip

Prices and dates

Price per person:

March to October: Double Single
Hostel 590 640
2-3* hotel 650 750

Dates:

Tuesdays and Saturdays March 19, 2019 – October 08, 2019 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • transport from Kangerlussuaq to the ice cap and back,
  • all equipment incl. tent, sleeping bag, crampons and hiking poles
  • basic toilet facilities
  • full board from dinner day 1 to lunch day 2
  • one night in Kangerlussuaq incl. breakfast

Minimum age:

18 years

Remark:

We can only guarantee the availability of the accommodation and excursions when we have received your booking confirmation. The difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather conditions & temperatures on the ice. In winter time the temperature are very cold (up to -40°) so it makes the trip more difficult than during the summer season. In winter the difficulty level is increased to 4 out of 5.

Options

Camp overnight on the Greenland Ice Cap

Musk Ox Hike

  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Jun-Sep
  • 8h
  • €100

We begin at the end of the dirt road at 300 meters above sea level with views to the river Qinnguata Kuussua and the Greenlandic Ice Cap. We might already see musk oxen from here which will decide which route we go. Generally we go East towards the mountain Tasersuatsiaap Kinginnera which we normally do not climb. Instead we go down the slopes towards lake Tasersuatsiaq where we can be lucky to see the white arctic snow hare. On the way we find interesting remains from the Inuit Culture who had their summer hunting grounds in this area. We cook a meal on an open fire using local meat such as musk ox, caribou or arctic snow hare. Along the shores, or on the lake itself in winter and early spring, we hike to the dirt road at the Western end of the lake. From here we drive back to Kangerlussuaq.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Kangerlussuaq best via Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 830 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kangerlussuaq - Point 660 - ice cap

The tour starts in Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle. In our 4x4 vehicles we drive though tundra and moraine valleys to Point 660. With a little lucky, we might spot some musk oxen, arctic foxes or Greenlandic reindeers on the way. After a two hour hike through the spectacular glacial landscape we will arrive at the camp in the middle of the ice. If conditions allow, we will go on a short evening hike. The sight of the ice cap is absolutely spectacular. We will spend the night in a tent in a warm and comfortable sleeping bag.

Day 2: Ice cap - Kangerlussuaq

After breakfast we venture out onto the ice and explore the amazing glacial landscape. If the weather allows, we will hike towards Russell Glacier. We will get a great impression of the huge crevasses which created the calving glacier. In the afternoon we pack up our camp and drive back to Kangerlussuaq where we spend the night.

Day 3: End of trip

Today this trip ends in Kangerlussuaq.

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.

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All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Greenland Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.