Musk Ox in the backlands from Kangerlussuaq
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July August Guided tour Local guide

Musk Ox Kingdom

9 days trekking in the backlands of Kangerlussuaq

from €1,490 per person
Difficulty level: Challenging

Tucked away in the Arctic wilderness is the peaceful lake Iluliartooq. It's distant from the usual hum and buzz of everyday life, following its own unique tempo. It's not a completely silent place. In fact, it's filled with sounds and life. The Ice Cap, always on the move, creates distinct sounds due to the enormous pressures within it. You might hear the cries of ravens and arctic foxes echoing from the mountains. If you're lucky, you might even spot musk ox bulls butting heads in a dramatic display of power.

This trekking journey takes you through varied Arctic landscapes teeming with wildlife, including the world's largest population of musk oxen. The area also holds historical importance, with graves and remnants of old settlements telling silent stories of Inuit who once hunted here for food, clothing, and antlers for their tools.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Kangerlussuaq - Lake Tasersuatsiaq

Day 2:

Into the wilderness

Day 3:

Lake Ammalortoq

Day 4:

The iceberg lake Iluliartooq

Day 5:

Hike to the Ice Cap

Day 6:

Ammalortoq River

Day 7:

Mountains, rivers, and valleys

Day 8:

Back to Kangerlussuaq

Day 9:

Departure

Prices and dates

Price in EUR per person from:

€1,490

Dates:

July 18, 2024 – July 26, 2024 (available)
August 1, 2024 – August 9, 2024 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • English speaking guide from Day 1 to Day 8
  • full board from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 9
  • local transfers
  • camping gear (tents, cooking gear, plates and cutlery)
  • 7 nights in tent
  • 1 night in youth hostel

Min / max participants:

5 / 12

Minimum age:

18

Hiking details:

Longest distance one day: 18 km (11 miles)
Ascend total: 1,880 m; max 400 m in one day.
Descend total: 1,880 m; max 590 m in one day.

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Flight connections

International flight to Greenland is not included. Fly to Kangerlussuaq best via Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 1300 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kangerlussuaq - Lake Tasersuatsiaq

Your guide will greet you at Kangerlussuaq Airport, help with luggage, and distribute our tents, equipment, and food. After packing and lunch, we'll drive to Lake Tasersuatsiaq to commence our hike. We'll trail along the lake to our campsite on the Eastern side after covering 7.2 km. Overnight in tents.

Day 2: Into the wilderness

Following breakfast, we'll trek towards the lakes Southeast of Tasersuatsiaq. On this day, we venture deep into rarely-traversed wilderness, offering stunning views and a chance to spot musk oxen. The day's journey spans 7.8 km and includes a 400-meter ascent and 20-meter descent. Overnight in tents.

Day 3: Lake Ammalortoq

Beginning in the hilly Ammalortup Nunaa highland, we'll descend to Lake Ammalortoq. En route, we'll enjoy panoramic views of the Ice Cap and discover three graves traditionally placed with a scenic view. We'll also pass a summer settlement last used in the 1920s by a Kangaamiut family. The day's journey covers 14 km, including a 70-meter ascent and 500-meter descent. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: The iceberg lake Iluliartooq

We'll ford a slow-moving river using a packraft to ferry our backpacks and ourselves. From the lowland plains, we ascend the valley to the iceberg lake Iluliartooq. The day's trek reveals dramatic changes in landscape and vegetation, culminating in a spectacular view of the lake, glacier, and Ice Cap after 15 km and a 370-meter climb. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Hike to the Ice Cap

With two nights at this location, we can leave our tents and hike light to the Ice Cap. The route is hilly, offering numerous vistas. If conditions permit, your guide may allow a brief walk on the Ice Cap. The day's journey spans 15 km, with a 400-meter ascent and descent. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Ammalortoq River

We descend the valley nestled between the towering Kiinnarissut Avannarliit and Kiinnarissut Kujalliit mountains, passing a distinctive local mountain. After fording the Ammalortoq river, we set up camp by its serene banks. The day's journey covers 15 km, with a 370-meter descent. Overnight in tents.

Day 7: Mountains, rivers, and valleys

In the lowlands, we trail along the meltwater river before ascending the south-facing slope to our camp. Here, we enjoy panoramic views of mountains, rivers, valleys, and the Ice Cap in this Arctic expanse. The day's journey spans 12.5 km with a 440-meter ascent. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Back to Kangerlussuaq

Crossing the barren plateau of Ammalortup Nunaa, we reach the tour's highest point at 670 meters above sea level. On clear days, we can see the high alpine mountains and local glacier 80-100 km to the west. We trek through Ice Age moraines before descending to a dirt road for our transfer back to Kangerlussuaq. The final day covers 18 km, with a 200-meter ascent and 590-meter descent. Overnight in youth hostel.

Day 9: Departure

Prior to your departure, you'll have an opportunity to explore Kangerlussuaq on your own.

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