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10 days hiking in East Greenland

from 2,790.00 €
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10 days hiking in East Greenland

from 2,790.00 €

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Equipment list Frozen Giants

10 days hiking in East Greenland

Equipment list Frozen Giants

10 days hiking 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.

We recommend you take the most important equipment with you as cabin luggage or carry the respective clothes/shoes on your body, notably boots and trousers, fleece shirt, warm and waterproof jacket, functional underwear, glasses, hat, gloves and everything else you consider important. In case of baggage loss you are thus at least able to start the tour.

Gear transport in Greenland happens on boats with limited capacities – both in volume and weight – please limit your personal equipment to 15kg and pack it in a soft duffel bag or comparable.

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.

  • puffy jacket (e.g. Prima-Loft or down)
  • 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.

  • wool socks

    we recommend 3 pairs of merino wool hiking socks, e.g. from Smartwool or similar

Other gear

  • Soft duffle bag (if possible water-proof)

    for the transport of your overnight gear between huts by boat. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!

  • backpack (25L to 40L)

    for extra clothes and food during the day

  • sleeping bag, comfortable to +5°C (40F)
  • river shoes

    old pair of light sneakers do nicely to ford rivers. Open sandals are not sufficient for the purpose.

  • hiking poles
  • 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.

  • a towel – a light-weight and packable one
  • 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.

  • water container, bottle or thermos (0,5 -1 litre)
  • headlamp
  • Change of clothes to wear in the camp
  • personal first aid kit incl. blister care
  • personal medication
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap)
  • ear plugs
  • box/container for daily lunches

Optional

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

    a preferable item on trips where we have to cross many rivers

  • pen knife
  • thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
  • shorts
  • Power bank / solar phone chargers
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
  • aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

Rentable

  • sleeping bag in East Greenland (7000 ISK per rental)

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

What we provide

  • cutlery
  • plate
  • cup

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

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FAQ Frozen Giants

10 days hiking in East Greenland

FAQ Frozen Giants

10 days hiking in East Greenland

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Guided tour

Frozen Giants

10 days hiking in East Greenland

Difficulty level: Moderate from 2,790.00 €

This hiking trip takes you to three of the nicest villages of East Greenland as well as its capital, Tasiilaq. Learn about the Inuit culture that has made it possible to survive the most hostile conditions one finds on Earth, for thousands of years. Climb the Kuummiit mountain and the Somandsfjell and enjoy the incredible view and sail among the icebergs in the Sermilik fjord. The trip includes the scenic walk across the Ammassalik Island and the secret spots of Kulusuk Island. An incredible lesson in geography and culture all in one trip.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Kulusuk. Night in Kulusuk.

Day 2:

Hiking on Kulusuk Island. Night in Kulusuk.

Day 3:

Boat transfer to Kuummiut. Night in Kuummiut.

Day 4:

Mount Qeqqit Qaqqartivaat. Night in Kuumiut.

Day 5:

From Kuummiut to Tiniteqilaaq. Night at Camp Qaattu.

Day 6:

Hiking at the Sermilik Fjord. Night at Camp Qaattu.

Day 7:

Hiking the Sermilik Path to Tasiilaq. Night in Tasiilaq.

Day 8:

Somandsfjeldet/Qaqqartivakajik. Night in Tasiilaq.

Day 9:

Day at leisure in Tasiilaq. Night in Kulusuk.

Day 10:

End of trip.

Prices and dates

Price per person:

2,790.00 Euro

Dates:

July 16, 2022 – July 25, 2022 (guaranteed)
August 01, 2022 – August 10, 2022 (fully booked)
August 29, 2022 – September 07, 2022 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • English speaking guide
  • full board from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 10
  • boat transfers
  • 7 nights in local houses (hut-like)
  • 2 nights in hut (Camp Qaattu)

Min/max participants:

5/15

Minimum age:

18

Hiking details:

Walking per day: 5-7 hours
Total distance: 70 kilometres (44 miles)
Altitude: 0–1050 meters (165 - 3450 feet)
Maximum ascent: 1050 meters (3450 feet)

Options

Feel free to add one or more of our tour options to make them part of your request.

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

After arrival in Kulusuk, we walk to the village, to our accommodation (1h walk). Kulusuk is situated on an island surrounded in three directions with other islands and mountain peaks. It is the home to about 250 people, many of them hunters and fishermen. After lunch, we take a walk in the village and its surroundings, get to know its story and admire the landscape and the icebergs in the sea (2 hours walk). Free time in the late afternoon. Night in a hut-style accommodation in a traditional local house.

Day 2: Kulusuk Island

Morning departure to discover the beautiful landscape of Kulusuk Island. Walk up to a hill with an extraordinary view towards the West, with icebergs and drift ice in abundance on the ocean. We admire the green color of a mountain lake before heading to the coast to enjoy the cliffs and rock formations of the shore. Night in the same house as the night before.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 3: Kulusuk - Kuummiut

Morning boat transfer (about 1 hour) to Kuummiit, the northernmost village in the Ammassalik region. Kuummiit stands at the foot of high and steep granite mountains in a very impressive setting. After settling down in a local hut-style accommodation we go for an afternoon walk in the village and along the shore. On a small peninsula we might meet a couple of local boys, fishing arctic char with a rod. Fabulous view across the fjord to the alpine-like peaks that surround the area. Night in a local house.

Day 4: Mount Qeqqit Qaqqartivaat

Climb of the Qeqqit Qaqqartivaat, the Kuummiit mountain. This almost 1100m high mountain is our goal today. We start the ascension by climbing the ridge just above the village with a fabulous view of what the locals call Dunu or Tunu, the backside which is a beautiful small fjord surrounded by steep mountains. We then turn left to climb a second ridge up to the edge of a hanging valley. From there another 200 m climb to the top. The view from this mountain is (just) breathtaking. Mountains, glaciers, fjords and valleys as far as the eye can see. Night in the same house as the night before. Walking: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 1050m

Day 5: Kuummiit – Tiniteqilaaq- Sermilik Icefjord

Beautiful sailing from Kuummiit to Tiniteqilaaq by the Ikaasatsivaq strait. The strait has towering granite peaks pointing to the sky on each side. Arriving in Tiniteqilaq we come to the edge of the Sermilik ice fjord. Tinit, as it is sometimes called, is a tiny hunters village at the edge of the Sermilik fjord. The Sermilik fjord has one of the most productive glacier systems in the world, moving over 30 meters per day and constantly calving icebergs. After a visit to Tinit the trip continues among the icebergs of the Sermilik until we come to Camp Qaattu on the east side of Ammassalik Island. After having a refreshment at the camp, we will go for an afternoon walk. Night in Camp Qaattu. Sailing: 3 hours, Walking: 7 hours

Day 6: Sermilik Fjord

We go for a day hike, doing a loop from the camp over to a river valley with a small glacier river where we are likely to find the national flower of Greenland the Niviarsiaq (young girl) in west Greenlandic. This beautiful purple flower is called Dwarf Fireweed or Arctic River Beauty in English. We then climb a small mountain to get a view over the Sermilik fjord before heading back to the camp where we stay for a second night. Walking: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 500m NOTE: August and September departures we will stay in Tiniteqilaaq on days 5 and 6 and do a similar walk with a view over the Sermilik fjord.

Day 7: Semilikvejen, across Ammassalik to Tasilaq.

Early morning we get a short boat transfer to a place sometimes called the Golden Beach. From the Golden Beach we follow the trail that climbs the hills to the east. We pass a small lake then a second and third until we arrive to a col at approx. 350m. From there we hike along several much bigger lakes until we hit the Tasiilaq fjord. Here the trail follows the coastline until we come into Tasilaq, the largest town of East Greenland with its 2000 inhabitants. Night in a guesthouse. Walking: 6-7 hours, Ascent: 350m

Day 8: Somandsfjeldet/Qaqqartivakajik

Just behind the town the climb of the 679m high Sailors mountain starts. We follow a steep ridge until we get to the lower summit of the mountain and what a view! We continue to the higher summit to enjoy more of the view to mountains and glaciers and icebergs, before descending into a valley on the north side. We walk along a lake to the Flower valley where we can see several arctic plants in bloom (July and early August). Return to Tasiilaq and night in the same guesthouse.
Walking: 5-6 hours, Ascent: 650m

Day 9: Tasiilaq - Kulusuk

Free day in Tasiilaq with a possibility to visit the local museum, the local handcraft store or the heart of town which is the harbor. In the afternoon we get a boat transfer over to Kulusuk (1 hour) where we stay in the same house as at the beginning of the trip.

Day 10: Kulusuk

Today marks the end of your hiking adventure in East Greenland.

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