Walking along Sermilik Fjord
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10 days hiking in East Greenland

from 2,930.00 €
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10 days hiking in East Greenland

from 2,930.00 €

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Walking along Sermilik Fjord
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.

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 (7000 ISK per rental)

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

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.

Guided tour

Frozen Giants

10 days hiking in East Greenland

Difficulty level: Moderate from 2,930.00 €

The Ammassalik region is one of the most isolated inhabited region on the planet. Mountains, icebergs, huge glaciers and rivers form the beautiful landscape we will explore. We will stay at a mountain hut at the incredible Sermilik ice fjord and enjoy the view of the spectacular icebergs in the sea. We will visit three isolated villages with colourful houses, friendly people and howling sled dogs and spend the nights in the middle of the settlements. This is an unforgettable tour for those who want an insight into life in this remote part of the world, who enjoy relatively easy hikes in beautiful nature and prefer inside accommodation.

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:

Hiking in Tuno fjord. Night in Kuumiut.

Day 5:

Mt. Kuummiut. Night in Kuummiut.

Day 6:

From Kuummiut to Tiniteqilaaq. Night at Camp Qatoo.

Day 7:

Hiking at the Sermilik Fjord. Night at Camp Qatoo.

Day 8:

Hiking the Sermilik Path to Tasiilaq. Night in Tasiilaq.

Day 9:

Day at leisure in Tasiilaq. Night in Tasiilaq.

Day 10:

Boat transfer back to Kulusuk.

Prices and dates

Price per person:

2,930.00 Euro

Dates:

July 04, 2019 – July 13, 2019 (available)
July 18, 2019 – July 27, 2019 (available)
August 01, 2019 – August 10, 2019 (available)
August 15, 2019 – August 24, 2019 (available)
August 22, 2019 – August 31, 2019 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • English speaking guide
  • full board from lunch day 1 to lunch day 10
  • boat transfers
  • 9 nights in hostel
  • 2 nights in hut

Options:

Special dietary request (€12 per day)

Min/max participants:

5/15

Minimum age:

18

Bring along:

Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing. Please request equipment list.

Hiking details:

Walking per day: 5-7 hours
Total distance: 70 kilometres (44 miles)
Altitude: 0–1000 meters (165 - 3600 feet)
Maximum ascent: 500 meters (1600 feet)

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

We will spend the day in the small settlement of Kulusuk which is situated at the rocky coast of Kulusuk Island. The sea in full of stunning icebergs. We will explore the colourful settlement and the beautiful surroundings. Night at a hostel in Kulusuk.

Day 2: Kulusuk Island

Today we will hike on Kulusuk island and enjoy the amazing scenery. We will see remains of a wall used to hunt reindeer centuries ago and also visit the coast where Nordic settlers set their mark on the land. The view from the coast is beautiful and from the most western tip of the island we can see all the way out to the Atlantic. On our way back to town we will pass the lakes in the heart of the island. Night at a hostel in Kulusuk.
Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 3: Kulusuk - Kuummiut

We sail from Kulusuk into the great Ammassalik Fjord to the small settlement of Kuummiut. Kuummiut is situated at the end of a peninsula and offers a spectacular view. We will stay at a house in the village.

Day 4: Tuno Fjord

Our hike to Illitsiartik in the fjord of Tuno will be relatively easy, but we will have to ford a river or two on the way. The vegetation here is surprisingly rich and the scenery absolutely stunning. We will spend the night in Kuummiut.
Walking: 5-6 hours in total

Day 5: Mt. Kuummiut

Today we will climb Kuummiut Mountain (1050 m). The altitude is quite modest, but we have to start from sea level which makes this a full day hike. At the top of the mountain an extraordinary view awaits us. We will see fjords, islands, mountains, glaciers and icebergs. We will spend the night in Kuummiut.
Walking: 7 hours

Day 6: Kuummiut – Tiniteqilaaq

Today we leave Kuummiut and enjoy a boat trip among the icebergs through the Ammassalik Fjord, then continue onto a smaller sea street of Ikasartivaq before we reach another, smaller settlement of Tiniteqilaaq. From here we will have an incredible view over Sermilik Icefjord. After visiting the settlement, we continue to the beautiful Camp Qatoo where we stay for the next two nights. Camp Qatoo is a constellation of five small 2-persons cabins and a collective cabin with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and a lounge. Additionally, there is a service cabin where we have access to a hot shower. The cabins are rustic and cosy, and very comfortable. The camp is located by the marvellous Icefjord Sermilik and each cabin has an icefjord view. In the afternoon we explore the surroundings of the camp.

Day 7: Sermilik Fjord

Today we hike for an entire day in this remote area. We hike along streams, over barren, rocky land always enjoying the fantastic views over the Sermilik icefjord with its icebergs. In good weather we can see the main ice cap which covers approx. 80% of Greenland. We see the traces of the glacier, pass small lakes and enjoy the wilderness and remoteness of this country. Night at Camp Qatoo. Walking: 6-7 hours

Day 8: Sermilik Vejen to Tasiilaq

We start the day with a boat transfer, passing by the small settlement of Tiniteqilaaq, on our way to a sandy beach by the Sermilik icefjord. Enjoy just sitting and take in the views of floating icebergs and beautiful mountains before we start today´s hike. We hike along a stream and pass by a waterfall before we reach the pass of the Sermilik way. This route has been used for a long time by the locals. We descend on the other side and reach the lake 168. We hike along this bigger lake before we reach some smaller ones; finally, we arrive at the flower valley. It is lush with green and flowers, with butterflies fluttering by and a colourful cemetery with plastic flowers and white crosses. In the late afternoon we reach the biggest town of East Greenland, Tasiilaq with 1.800 habitants. Night in private house for the next 2 nights.
Walking: 5-7 hours

Day 9: Tasiilaq – Prestefjeld

Today the choice is yours. For those who want to go for a hike in the surroundings of Tasiilaq this will be an option. When back in Tasiilaq we can stroll around the town, visit possibly the local museum (depending on opening hours) or the local shop with artistic local products.

Day 10: Tasiilaq - Kulusuk

We will go on a short walk in the morning before we return to Kulusuk.

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.