9 days to remote Liverpool Land incl. dog sledding expedition
This true winter adventure will take you high up north to Ittoqqortoormiit, a town that is almost as far as one can get from any other inhabited area in Greenland. And it is that very remoteness that appeals to the explorers who come here. The landscape itself is as mesmerising as it is forbidding: fields of sea ice that stretch on forever and a rough and endless arctic backland calling the adventurous souls.
It is this environment which will set the scene for the next days to come. Our local mushers with their dogs will be your trusty company guiding you safely across the sea ice and deeper into Liverpool Land. They are hunters by heart and will show you how they venture through these backlands when out hunting. This also means staying at very basic huts or even tents during arctic winter nights.
The journey beyond the North is long and challenging, but the memories earned, eternal.
Flight from Reykjavik to North Iceland
From Iceland to Greenland
Ittoqqortoormiit - Kap Hope - Hurry Fjord - Kalkdalen
Kalkdalen - Horsens Fjord - Kap Greg
Kap Greg - Kap Høegh
Kap Høegh - Lille Fjord - Ittoqqortoormiit
Ittoqqortoormiit (buffer day)
Ittoqqortoormiit (buffer day)
Ittoqqortoormiit - Constable Point - Akureyri - Reykjavik
Prices and dates
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March 01, 2020 – April 30, 2020 (available)
- return flight Reykjavik (Iceland) - Akureyri (Iceland) incl. airport taxes
- 1 night in Akureyri incl. breakfast
- return flight Akureyri (Iceland) - Nerlerit Inaat (Greenland) incl. airport taxes
- return helicopter flight Nerlerit Inaat - Ittoqqortoormiit incl. airport taxes
- luggage transfer from heliport in Ittoqqortoormiit to the guesthouse and return
- 4 nights in a guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit (self-catering)
- full board from lunch day 3 to lunch day 6
- 4 days dog sledding incl. musher from day 3 to day 6 (Local guide)
- dog sledding equipment such as sledge outfit, boots, sleeping bag, mattress, tent
- 3 nights in very simple huts or tents (depending on weather conditions)
Min. participants / Max. participants:
1 / 6
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 Ittoqqortoormiit. 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.
Flights to Iceland are not included, but can be added to your offer.
Day 1: Flight from Reykjavik to North Iceland
From Reykjavik Domestic Airport you take a short flight to Akureyi, the capital of the North. We love this place and recommend to roam its charming city center to find cozy cafés, quality restaurants and a handful of art galleries. Overnight in Akureyri.
Day 2: From Iceland to Greenland
Plan today is to leave Iceland behind and head deeper into the Arctic. A small propeller-engined airplane will take you to Nerlerit Inaat (Constable Point) in Greenland. Having arrived there, a helicopter will take you on a 15-minute transfer flight to the settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, situated 40 km (25 mi) to the south-east. Upon arrival your luggage will be transferred from the heliport to your guesthouse. No need to settle in for long. Overnight at the guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Day 3: Ittoqqortoormiit - Kap Hope - Hurry Fjord - Kalkdalen
Adventure is in the air! Your local musher is already harnessing the dogs, who are impatiently waiting to get going, especially on this very first day. And soon we find ourselves driving on the fjord ice heading for Kap Hope, which is one of the two deserted villages in the Ittoqqortoormiit area. At Kap Hope we will have a short stop and take a look at the village. Shortly after we are back on the ice turning into the mouth of Hurry Fjord. From here it is a nice, flat stretch all the way to Kalkdalen at the head of Hurry Fjord. A small hut at Dom Brava will provide us shelter from wind during our lunch break. Staying close to the shore will give us the opportunity to see ptarmigan and Arctic hare.
We will stay overnight at the Goose Nest (Gåsereden), a simple hut at the far end of Hurry Fjord.
Day 4: Kalkdalen - Horsens Fjord - Kap Greg
We are on our way through "Kalkdalen", a valley stretching from Hurry Fjord to the outer coast. Here you will experience one of the most beautiful parts of Liverpool Land. We will pass two lakes and a hanging glacier, as the valley gets narrower and the mountains surrounding us higher. Soon we are getting closer to the outer coast of Liverpool Land. The sledging here has some challenging moments where we simply ask to hold on to the sledge, while the musher is steering the dogs through the terrain - no need to worry, this is mostly fun! The shapes of the surrounding mountains are changing - from the plateau inland mountains to the pointed alpine mountains found at the outer coast.
Getting on the sea ice again at Horsens Fjord, we will soon stop at a hole in the ice, which is caused by warm streams under the sea surface. This is where we break as it is a good place to observe birds and other wildlife, which are attracted to this area.
At Kap Greg we will camp in tents and spend the night in this uncommon place.
Day 5: Kap Greg - Kap Høegh
We aim for the two huts at Kap Høegh today. On our way there, we will pass the massive glacier front of "Emanuel Glacier". It is this very area where we have the chance for observing seals on the ice and, if we are sort of lucky, polar bears. Overnight at the huts at Kap Høegh.
Day 6: Kap Høegh - Lille Fjord - Ittoqqortoomiit
The last stretch - 35 km (22 mi) of ice and snow ahead of us until we are back in Ittoqqortoormiit. The dogs follow the coastline southwards until we reach Lille Fjord. Here we stop for lunch before the dogs take us up hill alongside a glacier to the land leading us back to Ittoqqortoormiit. We have left the sea ice behind by now and enjoy great views over Liverpool Land. The dogs are taking us fast downhill via the frozen river delta to Ittoqqortoormiit. A hot shower is finally within reach! Overnight at the guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Day 7: Ittoqqortoormiit
This day is what we call a buffer day. With this trip being super weather dependent, it is likely getting used somewhere. You might get stuck in Iceland on your way to Greenland or we might need to change the itinerary around in case the Arctic weather gods request certain adjustments. If you are one of the lucky ones who did not need it, you will be provided with possible activity options in and around Ittoqqortoormiit on the spot. Overnight at the guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Day 8: Ittoqqortoormiit
Remember what we were saying on day 7? Well, actually it is better to have two of these buffer days. So this is another one! Good to bring a book, you might feel like reading it at some point. Overnight at the guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Day 9: Ittoqqortoormiit - Constable Point - Akureyri - Reykjavik
Every adventure has to come to an end, so it is time to start your long way back into what we know as civilization. A helicopter will take you on a 15-minute flight from the heliport in Ittoqqortoormiit to Airport Nerlerit Inaat (Constable Point). Having arrived back in Nerlerit Inaat, you will board the plane to Iceland. You will be heading south to Iceland via Akureyri landing at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. What a trip!
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.