TASIILAQ & KULUSUK - 5 days

from EUR 2610

Voyage to places where most people have never been and considered the most authentic region of Greenland. Locked in by pack ice for most of the year, East Greenland is one of the last frontiers of the modern world. This tour is ideal for travellers with a taste of traditional Greenland and those with a sense of adventure, still only a 2-hour flight away from Iceland.

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7
  • Tour Availability: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Seasons: June to September
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

Images from East Greenland by Per Nicolaisen (51).jpg5 days/4 nights Combination Tasiilaq & Kulusuk in East Greenland 2017

Experience the authentic culture of the Greenlandic people in the land of the polar bears on this 5-day tour from Reykjavik! Because of the geographical location of East Greenland, the villages of Kulusuk and Tasiilaq, also known as Ammassalik, have been relatively isolated compared the rest of Greenland and the world in general. Here a unique dialect is spoken, and the original native "drum dance" is still performed. In fact, the area was only "discovered" by Europeans a little over 100 years ago. The savage mountains, spectacular icebergs and picturesque villages will amaze even the most experienced travellers. This trip offers three overnights in Tasiilaq, and one overnight stay in Kulusuk and is a must for those looking for something new!

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7

5 Days / 4 Nights Combination Tasiilaq & Kulusuk in East Greenland 2017

Ammassalik is known to residents as Tasiilaq which in East Greenlandic means something resembling a lake. Tasiilaq is the largest village in East Greenland with about 2,000 inhabitants. The town has a picturesque setting in a fjord surrounded by high mountains and bisected by a small river that flows through the town. As it is only just over 100 years since the first Europeans came to the area, the traditional Inuit culture still plays an important role in day-to-day life.

Tasiilaq is only a 10-minute helicopter ride from Kulusuk, but this short flight is one of the most scenic expeditions imaginable as you cross the ice-filled sea separating these two mountainous islands. The town of Tasiilaq lies just south of the Arctic Circle and boasts long hours of daylight in the summer. Activities include hiking and climbing, as well as helicopter trips to the ice sheet or glaciers. Sea kayaking and sailing on the fjord between icebergs, whale safaris and angling are all popular activities.

Kulusuk lies on a small rocky island between saw-toothed mountains and extensive fjords, and it is almost always surrounded by icebergs and a glittering Arctic ocean. In Kulusuk you will find some of the east coast's most skilful craftsmen, whose tupilaks are of exceptional quality. Traditional hunting and fishing are still essential sources of income for many families in the settlement. While staying in Kulusuk, there is time to explore the area. Ruins of tiny stone-houses which in use until the sixties can be visited. A viewpoint on top of the mountain can be reached by car or hiking (weather permitted) to experience the fantastic surroundings with high mountains and crystal blue water in which impressive icebergs are floating. The hotel rents out fishing equipment and mountain bikes.

Itinerary for Independent Tour

Day 1: REYKJAVIK – KULUSUK - TASIILAQ
Flight by Air Iceland from Reykjavik (in-town domestic airport) to Kulusuk. Continue with a short helicopter ride to Tasiilaq. Transfer to nearby Hotel Angmagssalik for check-in and information meeting. Optional excursions available, only bookable and payable in East Greenland. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 & 3: TASIILAQ
Breakfast at the hotel. Your Destination Guide will assist you in choosing among the various optional excursions available that are only bookable and payable in East Greenland. See options here! Lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: TASIILAQ – KULUSUK
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the helicopter to Kulusuk. You will be met and transferred to Hotel Kulusuk. Lunch at hotel and optional excursions available that are only bookable and payable in East Greenland. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: KULUSUK - REYKJAVIK
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kulusuk airport and depart on Air Iceland flight to Reykjavik.

Please note that excursions/tours in East Greenland can only be booked and paid at the hotel in Greenland and are subject to weather and ice conditions and availability. Beginning of June, there is only a very limited selection of tours, if any at all.

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7

Time Difference: Please note that there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.

Shopping: Shops are in general closed on Sundays in East Greenland.

Excursions in Greenland: Excursions can only be ordered and paid for during your stay and operate based on weather and capacity restrictions. The front desk staff are on hand to assist you at your hotel with information on the excursions. 

Exploring Tasiilaq: Tasiilaq is built along steep hills and exploring the town means that you need to walk up and down and should be reasonably fit. There is limited taxi service in Tasiilaq.

Airport transfers: Airport transfer in Tasiilaq takes about 2 minutes and is included in the package price. Airport transfer in Reykjavik is not included in the package.

Currency and credit cards: Important to bring Danish Krona to East Greenland. Foreign currency is in general not accepted. Credit cards are accepted only at few locations. i.e. at the hotels and the local store in Kulusuk. Using credit and debit card, a PIN-code is required.

Important: Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from East Greenland.

HOTEL ANGMAGSSALIK (formerly Hotel Ammassalik): A pleasant tourist class hotel. It has a total of 30 twin bedded rooms of which 18 superior rooms in the main hotel building have private facilities, shower, WC and TV. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, souvenir shop, currency exchange as well as information service and tour desk. Full board during the stay.

HOTEL KULUSUK is scenically located on the shore of Greenland's eastern extremity - Kulusuk (Kap Dan). The hotel is within a few minutes drive from the gate to East Greenland, Kulusuk Airport. The 34 twin rooms offer shower /WC, Telephones and TV. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, souvenir sales, excursion service, rental of fishing equipment and mountain bikes. Full board during the stay.

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7

Flight Information:

Flight time Reykjavik-Kulusuk by Air Iceland: about 2 hours. Aircraft used: Fokker aircraft with 45 or 50 seats
Flight time Kulusuk-Tasiilaq by Helicopter Air Greenland: 10 minutes. Aircraft used: Helicopter capacity 7-9 persons.
Check-In time in Reykjavik Domestic airport, Tasillaq airport and Kulusuk airport 1 hour before departure.

Flight schedule (subject to change):

Date 
Week days 
Reykjavik departure 
Kulusuk arrival 
...  Kulusuk departure 
Reykjavik arrival 
01.06.-30.06.17 Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 10:45 10:25 14:25 18:05
01.06.-30.06.17 Thu 10:45 10:25 11:10 14:50
01.06.-30.60.17 Sat 11:30 11:20 15:20 19:10
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01.07.-31.07.17 Mon, Tue, Sun 10:45 10:25 14:25 18:05
01.07.-31.07.17 Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat  10:45 10:25 11:10 14:50
01.07.-31.07.17 Wed 14:00 13:40 14:25 18:05
01.07.-31.07.17 Sat 14:10 13:50 14:35 18:15
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01.08.-31.08.17 Mon 13:45 13:25 14:10 17:50
01.08.-31.08.17 Tue, Sun 10:45 10:25 14:25 18:05
01.08.-31.08.17 Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat  10:45 10:25 11:10 14:50
01.08.-31.08.17 Wed 14:00 13:40 14:25 18:05
01.08.-31.08.17 Sat 14:10 13:50 14:35 18:15
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01.09.-08.09.17 Mon, Tue, Thu 10:15 09:55 13:50 17:30
01.09.-08.09.17 Sat 11:15 10:45 15:00 18:40
09.09.-30.09.17 Sat 12:00 11:50  12:35 16:25
14.09.-30.09.17 Thu 11:00 10:50 11:35 15:25

No flights to Greenland on public holidays

If there are two flights per day between Iceland and East Greenland, in general for this tour package the second flight will be booked from Reykjavik to Kulusuk and the first flight will be booked from Kulusuk to Reykjavik. The other flight is mainly reserved to passengers going on the day trip to Kulusuk only.

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7

Price list 2017:

Departure dates from Reykjavik: 01.06.-09.09.2017 for independent tour

Superior rooms with private facilities:
EUR 2,610 per person* / Single supplement: EUR 220 DKK 19,400 per person* / Single supplement: DKK 1,640
Prices are subject to change due to exchange rates

*Depending on availability flight supplements up to EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply

Included:

  • Flight: Reykjavik - Kulusuk - Reykjavik including airport tax
  • Helicopter transfer Kulusuk - Ammassalik/Tasiilaq - Kulusuk
  • Three nights at Hotel Angmagssalik and one night at Hotel Kulusuk in double room with shower/wc and full board (starting with dinner first night and ending with breakfast last day)

  • Transfer between hotels and airport in Greenland

Not included:

  • Optional tours & activities in Greenland (only bookable and payable in Greenland)
  • Transfer to/from airport in Reykjavik
  • Any services that not listed under "included"

Important: Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from Greenland.

Bookings to be sent to email: Either via our international tour operator network -see here 

or directly by email gjtravel@gjtravel.is and we process your booking by personal email communication. All bookings are on request. We need full names of all travellers to Greenland, nationality and travel dates to/from Greenland. After we receive your reservation by email, you will get a short reconfirmation from us that we will work on your booking. The final confirmation will be sent within 2-4 working days after booking receipt. Unfortunately for Greenland packages, there is no instant availability system and online booking & payment system. Payment is due latest 8 weeks before arrival; we accept international bank transfer or payment by Visa or MasterCard. Vouchers and detailed itinerary will be sent after receipt of final payment. We provide you also with practical information in regards to your stay in Greenland and how to prepare for a trip to Greenland.

Cancellation policy for Greenland

  • 72 hours after booking and up to 8 weeks before departure: Changes (of ANY kind) will cost 10% of the tour package price. Cancellation will cost 20% of tour package price. To finalise a booking and issue the flight ticket, a deposit of DKK 7000 (EUR 1000) per person is required within 72 hours of booking confirmation.
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure, there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package price.
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure, there will be a charge of 60% of the tour package price.
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks before departure, there will be a charge of 80 % of the tour package price.
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks before departure, there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price.
  • If the reservation is cancelled on the day of departure or in case of no-show, there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price (no refund at all).
Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7

Dear travellers to Greenland, please don't visit until you understand these 8 things:

1. Respect and appreciate the nature.

Greenland is a country of mountains and ice. Greenlanders live for nature and want to preserve it the way it is. Animals live free and remain wild. Sled dogs are for transport and, unlike pet dogs, they are bred to be strong enough to pull a sledge carrying a person and the hunt of the day. Do not go petting them or come close to them without permission of the owner. If you hike and camp, do not litter. Leave Greenland as beautiful and pure as you found it.

2. Respect that we hunt and fish.

Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more and more common in the world; therefore, activists who are against slaughtering animals are growing in numbers. But know this, the Inuit have hunted for food for thousands of years. The animals we hunt live free in the wild. We do not club baby seals; we actually prefer big and fat ones. Do not come to Greenland if you're going to judge our way of life.

3. Everything is locally-owned.

You will not find any chain stores in Greenland. There are no Starbucks, McDonald's, or Ikea. The country might be massive, but the population is only 60,000 and the culture is still very traditional and has not been fully affected by Western influence. So, if you can't live without your frappuccino or cheeseburger, don't come here.

4. We're not big on public transportation.

When you go travelling in Europe or Southeast Asia, you can catch a bus easily to travel from town to town. Well, here you can't. Due to mountainous coasts where the towns are located — and the fact that towns are quite far away from each other — there is not yet any road between them. That's what makes Greenland such a unique destination.

If you want to go hiking, research everything you need to know about the area before you set off. You will not find any signs to lead you to places. And most places don't have cell phone coverage, so don't rely on Google Maps.

5. Be aware of the climate.

If you want to visit during summer, don't bring bikinis or shorts. The average temperature in the summer is 10-20°C (50-70 F), and with the dry air and cold wind from the icebergs and ocean, it really doesn't get hot.

If you visit during winter, be prepared. Bring reliable winter clothes such as Canada Goose jackets or any brand that has a wind stopper and sells waterproof items. The weather can get as low as minus 20°C (-4 F) in most towns — and in the most northern settlements, it can be minus 40°C (-40 F).

In any of the seasons, the wind is inevitable, and it can be brutal. During snowstorms, the wind can be up to 180 km/h (111 mph).

6. It ain't cheap here.

Greenland is an island, and the neighbouring countries are at least a 3-hour flight away. And there are only two airlines that do scheduled flights, one of which is only seasonal. The tickets aren't cheap.

Think about this, most products in the supermarket are imported from another country. In most cases, they are from Denmark. The price is most likely to be double or more in Greenland than in Denmark. Get this, and the further you travel north, the more expensive the prices are. A yoghurt that would cost $1 in Denmark can cost up to $5 in Greenland. If you want fresh veggies or fruit, well, expect it to cost a lot. Or just do what locals do, buy the frozen vegetables and canned fruit.

7. Liquor stores have closing hours.

If you want to include alcohol on your shopping list, go to the store before 6 PM on weekdays, because after that, beer, wine, and any other liquor won't be available. And remember that on Saturdays, the liquor stores are open only from 9 AM to 1 PM. No sales on Sundays.

8. Above all, be kind.

We Greenlanders are happy people. We enjoy nature, and we live a simple life. We love seeing foreigners coming to visit our beautiful country, and if you happen to greet one of us, there's a big chance we will invite you over to dinner. It doesn't often happen where a foreigner is bold enough to visit Greenland, so we take advantage of the company when it's here. In return, please be kind to the locals.

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-7