Musk oxen in Greenland
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5 days kayaking and hiking to spot musk oxen

from 790.00 €
Request a quote Musk Ox Kayak Safari

5 days kayaking and hiking to spot musk oxen

from 790.00 €

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Kangerlussuaq: Point 660 (Jan-Dec, 5h, €95) Kangerlussuaq: Russell Glacier (Feb-Nov, 4h, €95)

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Musk oxen in Greenland
Equipment list Musk Ox Kayak Safari

5 days kayaking and hiking to spot musk oxen

Equipment list Musk Ox Kayak Safari

5 days kayaking and hiking to spot musk oxen

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.

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 (30L to 40L)
  • 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 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.

  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap)
  • dry bags for your clothes and gear

    all your gear has to be packed in smaller dry bags that can fit in the kayak 5-10 litre, preferably in different colours

  • ear plugs
  • personal medication
  • personal first aid kit incl. blister care
  • lighter
  • headlamp

What we provide

  • tents
  • 3-season sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat
  • camping equipment
  • kayaks
  • life vests
  • spray skirt
  • plate
  • cutlery
  • cooking gear

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

Guided tour

Musk Ox Kayak Safari

5 days kayaking and hiking to spot musk oxen

Difficulty level: Hard from 790.00 €

We start this trip with a short drive from Kangerlussuaq to lake Tasersuatsiaq from where we start a scenic hike to our base camp. Our base camp is situated at a beautiful lake in an area perfect for a musk ox safari. This area can only be reached by foot and is rarely visited by man.
We will go kayaking looking for musk oxen and go ashore to get a closer look. We might even be so lucky to be able to observe musk oxen close by the shore directly from our kayaks.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Kangerlussuaq. Drive to Tasersuatsiaq lake. Hike to base camp.

Day 2:

Musk ox kayak safari

Day 3:

Musk ox kayak safari

Day 4:

Hiking back to Kangerlussuaq

Day 5:

End of trip

Prices and dates

Price per person:

Package based on: Double Single
Hostel 790 835
3* hotel 850 930

Dates:

July 05, 2019 – July 09, 2019 (available)
August 09, 2019 – August 13, 2019 (available)
August 13, 2019 – August 17, 2019 (available)
August 19, 2019 – August 23, 2019 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • Transfer by car from Kangerlussuaq to Tasersuatsiaq and back
  • full board from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
  • kayak, spray skirt, PFD, tents, cooking gear, plates and cutlery
  • safety gear
  • an English/Danish speaking guide from day 1 to day 4
  • sleeping bag and mattress- one night in Kangerlussuaq

Minimum age:

16 years

Options

Musk oxen in Greenland

Point 660

  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Jan-Dec
  • 5h
  • €95

Powerful 4WD-vehicles will take us through an incredibly beautiful landscape, through mountains, plains and semi-desert valleys. Near the Ice Cap, we drive through the fantastic moraine landscape. At the end of the road, we walk to the Greenland Ice Cap and onto the vast ice sheet. We spend some time exploring this world of ice before returning to our vehicle. There are good chances of spotting reindeer, musk oxen and, depending on the season, many species of birds and flowers.

Musk oxen in Greenland

Russell Glacier

  • Kangerlussuaq
  • Feb-Nov
  • 4h
  • €95

On this tour we will drive partially off-road along a fascinating rout to the spectacular Russell Glacier. The glacier is an impressive sight with its vertical ice walls rising as high as 60m. We will get close enough to take great pictures. With a little luck we might see the glacier calving. And with a little more luck, we might spot some musk ox, show hares or ptarmigans.

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: Hiking from Lake Fergusson to base camp

We drive from Kangerlussuaq to lake Tasersuatsiaq (Lake Ferguson). From here we will hike with a light backpack to our base camp deep in the wildness at the musk ox lake. On our hike we might already spot some musk oxen. The hike can be a little bit challenging at times, but we will take it slow and enjoy the scenery on the way. We will spend the evening at our base camp surrounded by stunning nature. We will enjoy a great dinner together and each others company before returning to our tents for a good nights sleep.

Day 2: Kayak safari

Our base camp is situated at the lake in an area which where there are typically a lot of musk oxen. We will go kayaking on the lake searching for musk oxen. Getting close to this majestic animal is a once in a lifetime experience. We will go ashore in a bay and hike to a great view point.

Day 3: Kayak safari

Today we go kayaking again and will hopefully have more encounters with Arctic wildlife. At the end of the lake we will go ashore to enjoy the amazing view of the Greenlandic ice cap and the stunning Kiinnarsissut mountains. After the hike we will continuous our lookout for musk oxen.

Day 4: Hiking back to lake Tasersuatsiaq - drive to Kangerlussuaq

We enjoy the morning at the lake in the idyllic area. After packing our things, we start our hike back to lake Tasersuatsiaq. On our way we will pass through an area used as hunting ground in former times. We will see some Inuit remains in the area such as meat caches. From lake Tasersuatsiaq we will go by car back to Kangerlussuaq. We spend the night in Kangerlussuaq.

Day 5: End of trip

Today this trip ends in Kangerlussuaq.
Total distance kayaking: 24-32 km. (15-20 miles)
Total distance trekking: 37 km. (23 miles)

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.