Big iceberg close to Tasiilaq in East Greenland
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5 days visiting the highlights of East Greenland

from 1,260.00 €
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5 days visiting the highlights of East Greenland

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Equipment list Great East

5 days visiting the highlights of East Greenland

Equipment list Great East

5 days visiting the highlights of 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.

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 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.

  • comfort footwear

    We recommend supportive sneakers/running shoes, that you will use on arrival and departure day, as well as for the evenings.

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.

  • 20-30 litre daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to bring a small daypack to hold an extra layer or two and your water bottle during short excursions.

  • sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, base-cap

    In summer in Greenland, the midnight sun is out 24 hours a day. Couple this never-ending daylight with the fact that there are no trees for shade - as well as with the reflection off the water and nearby icebergs - and you’ve got yourself the equation for some fierce sun exposure. It is recommended to bring sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses, and, if you like, a hat with a visor.

  • 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 bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. So it is recommended to bring your own water bottle or CamelBak to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find at convenient streams and waterfalls - or at the faucet, if you want to be like the rest of the world.

  • 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.

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

Big iceberg close to Tasiilaq in East Greenland
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5 days visiting the highlights of East Greenland

FAQ Great East

5 days visiting the highlights of East Greenland

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Individual tour

Great East

5 days visiting the highlights of East Greenland

Difficulty level: Easy from 1,260.00 €

On this adventure you will explore with our local guide the highlights of one of the most remote areas of Greenland. Upon arrival in Kulusuk, you will be taken to beautiful Tasiilaq across the fjord. Tasiilaq, the largest town of East Greenland, will show you insights of its Inuit culture. We explore the colourful town, visit the local museum and hike into the nearby flower valley. By boat we will discover impressive fjords around Ammassalik Island, surrounded by steep and high mountains emerging from the ice-filled sea. We will visit the remote Knud Rasmussen Glacier, explore a remote hunting settlement and cross the Sermilik Fjord covered by giant icebergs to reach far-away Tiniteqilaaq.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Transfer by boat or helicopter from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq.

Day 2:

Boat tour to Ikateq & Knud Rasmussen Glacier.

Day 3:

City walk in Tasiilaq & hike to the flower valley.

Day 4:

Boat tour to Sermilik Icefjord & Tiniteqilaaq.

Day 5:

Transfer back to Kulusuk. End of the trip in Kulusuk.

Prices and dates

Dates:

July 02, 2020 – July 06, 2020 (available)
July 10, 2020 – July 14, 2020 (available)
July 14, 2020 – July 18, 2020 (available)
July 18, 2020 – July 22, 2020 (available)
July 31, 2020 – August 04, 2020 (available)
August 04, 2020 – August 08, 2020 (available)
August 08, 2020 – August 12, 2020 (available)
August 13, 2020 – August 17, 2020 (available)

Price per person from:

Package based on: Double Single
Guesthouse (July special) 1260 1410
Guesthouse 1445 1600
3* hotel 1505 1765

Further details

Price includes:

  • Boat or helicopter transfers Kulusuk / Tasiilaq / Kulusuk
  • 4 nights in Tasiilaq
  • full board from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 5 (incl. a barbecue)
  • boat tour to Ikateq & Knud Rasmussen (7-8 hours)
  • city walk & hike to the flower valley (4-5 hours)
  • boat tour to Sermilik Fjord & Tiniteqilaaq (7-8 hours)

Min/max participants:

2/10

Minimum age:

14

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Best way to fly to Kulusuk is via Reykjavík/Iceland.
Return flight from 795 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kulusuk - Tasiilaq - Welcome Barbecue

Today you arrive in Kulusuk in East Greenland. At the airport, you will be picked up and taken to colorful Tasiilaq, the biggest town in East Greenland. For the next four nights you will be staying at a local guesthouse. We will hold a short meeting on how your trip is organised the following days and have our first dinner together as a group. If the weather gods are with us our chef will prepare a welcome BBQ on the terrace. We spend our first night in Tasiilaq.

Day 2: Boat tour to Ikateq & Knud Rasmussen Glacier (7-8 hours)

We leave in the morning from the harbour and sail into the impressive Ammassalik fjord. After about an hour of sailing, the fjords are getting more narrow and the surrounding mountain peaks even more breathtaking. Shortly after we will stop in Ikateq, an old American military base, also known as "Bluie East Two" during war times. The airbase was operational from 1942 to 1947 and was placed in this strategic spot to facilitate transatlantic air traffic, navigation, search-and-rescue operations as well as weather forecast. When the airport was moved to Kulusuk the US army left considerable fuel drums, vehicles and buildings behind. The rusted relics of the past offer an interesting and disputed contrast to the beautiful wilderness surrounding Ikateq. Our journey continues towards Fjord Sermiligaaq. Sermiligaq in Greenlandic means "beautiful glacier". And this is exactly where we are heading. At the end of the fjord the two majestic glaciers Karale and Knud Rasmussen calve into the sea. With our safe boats we will try to get as close as save to Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Here we will also go ashore and enjoy our lunch break with a mesmerizing view. We spend 1-2 hours in the area before heading back to Tasiilaq.

Day 3: City walk in Tasiilaq & hike to the flower valley (4-5 hours)

We start with a city walk of Tasiilaq. We will first have a look to the Skunk, the workshop where local artists manufacture the most beautiful and renowned handicraft. We continue with a visit of the museum located in the old church built in 1903, where you could learn about the live and history of East Greenland. We walk then up to the new church from where we will have a beautiful view over the whole town. From up there you can see the oldest houses of the town. We will head further to the beautiful Flower Valley. On the way, we could see as the name indicates, many different flowers, such as arctic thyme, arctic bluebell, arctic dandelion, the national flower broad-leafed willow herb, and many others. We will continue the small curved path along the river, until we will reach a small waterfall. Here we will stop for a while and enjoy the beautiful landscape and quietness, before heading back to Tasiilaq. Night in Tasiilaq.

Day 4: Tiniteqilaaq - Sermilik Fjord (7-8 hours)

We start in the harbor of Tasiilaq and sail north along the Ammassalik Island trough a breathtaking landscape, passing floating ice that looks like sculptures. After 1–2 hours, we will arrive in a small settlement called Tiniteqilaaq (which means in Greenlandic “the strait that runs dry at low tide”). The settlement has a spectacular view on the Sermilik Fjord (in Greenlandic “Icefjord”) with colossal icebergs and on the horizon the Greenland ice sheet touches the sky. Roughly 110 people live permanently in Tiniteqilaaq. You will have the possibility for a stroll around the settlement by your own. Afterwards we will continue to Sermilik Fjord and enjoy our lunch with a view on the gigantic icebergs. We will continue our journey in the Sermilik Fjord southwards and sail around the Ammassalik Island passing more icebergs and return to Tasiilaq. Night in Tasiilaq.

Day 5: Tasiilaq - Kulusuk

After breakfast, we will be transferred back to Kulusuk. End of the trip in Kulusuk.

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