EAST GREENLAND HIGHLIGHTS - 5 days

from EUR 2580

Immerse yourself in some of the best of East Greenland's amazing nature and culture on this 5-day sightseeing tour, that is two parts boat tour, one part cultural immersion but, accessible to all. Feast your eyes on the amazing vastness and allow your senses to soak up the magic of high mountain peaks, calm waters interrupted by icebergs, the occasional calving glaciers and maybe whales and seals in the icefjord. 

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-8-MG
  • Tour Availability: Sun & Wed
  • Seasons: July to August
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 2

Tasiilaq by Greenlandic Tourist Board (23).jpgThis tour will introduce you to the Greenland Highlights; Ice and icefjords, impressive glaciers, an insight in the Inuit way of life in an East Greenlandic town and village and maybe even the sound and sight of a whale.

You spend four nights in Tasiilaq, the main town of East Greenland, and from here, you get two days of sailing among icebergs and through remote fjords were one majestic mountain peak, will be followed by the next. One afternoon you will eat your lunch at the foot of the famous Knud Rasmussen glacier, another you will visit one of the small hunting settlements situated at the incredible Sermilik Icefjord. In Tasiilaq you get to visit the local museum and together with a guide, you can take a hike to the beautiful Valley of Flowers situated just outside the town.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Spectacular Icebergs & Calving Glaciers
  • Inuit Culture & History
  • Arctic Wildlife
Tour Code: GJ-EGR-8-MG

Day 1 Reykjavík - Kulusuk - Tasiilaq
Shortly after arrival in Kulusuk you will either go by boat or by helicopter to Tasiilaq - the main town on the East coast of Greenland with about 2,000 inhabitants.

Either way, it will be a beautiful experience flying above or sailing in between spectacular icebergs to the neighboring island. You will be taken to your guesthouse where you will be staying the next 4 nights and later there in the day there will be an information meeting and dinner with the other participants. If the weather allows it, the chef will prepare a lovely barbeque on the terrace.

Day 2 - Boat Excursion to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier (7-8 hours)
The excursion starts at the harbor of Tasiilaq, heading towards northwest into the broad Ammassalik Fjord. After about an hour sailing we will turn into narrow and steep fjords with breathtaking mountain peaks.

We will make a stop at Ikateq and look at some remnants of World War 2. It was here the Americans ran an airfield from 1942 – 47, in wartime code-names called "Bluie East Two". It was built in order to facilitate transatlantic air traffic, navigation, search-and-rescue operations and weather forecast. You can still see the airfield, and rusted fuel drums, vehicles and ruins.

We will continue our journey and arrive in Sermiligaaq Fjord, which means "The Beautiful Glacier Fjord". The name will not disappoint you. At some point you will be able to have the view of two calving glaciers simultaneously, Karale Glacier on your left side, and Knud Rasmussen Glacier right ahead of you. We will sail as close as the situation allows to Knud Rasmussen Glacier, go ashore and enjoy lunch here. After about 1-2 hours, we will head back to Tasiilaq.
Note: Bring some warm clothes with you, but in case you are freezing, we will have a down cover for you. Lunch, warm drinks and refreshments are included.

Day 3 - Boat Excursion to Tiniteqilaaq and Sermilik Icefjord (7-8 hours)
We start in the harbor in Tasiilaq and sail toward north along the Ammassalik Island trough a breathtaking landscape, passing floating ice that looks like sculptures. After 1 – 2 hours, we will arrive in a small settlement called Tiniteqilaaq (which means in Greenlandic "the strait that runs dry at low tide"). The settlement has a spectacular view on the Sermilik Fjord (in Greenlandic "Icefjord") with colossal icebergs and on the horizon the Greenland Ice Shield touches the sky. 113 people lived permanently in Tiniteqilaaq on January 2015.

You will have the possibility for a stroll around the settlement by your own. After that we will continue to Sermilik Fjord and enjoy our lunch with a view on the gigantic icebergs. Then we head southwards in the Sermilik Fjord and sail around the Ammassalik Island passing more icebergs and return to Tasiilaq.

Note: Bring some warm clothes with you, but in case you are freezing, we will have a down cover for you. Lunch, warm drinks and refreshments are included.

Day 4 - City Walk and Flower Valley (4-5 hours)
The city walk will take us to a workshop where local artists make beautiful and renowned handicraft. Then towards the harbor and visit the museum, which is the old church built in 1903. The museum has many historical treasures, and you can learn about the life and history of East Greenland.

The walk continues along the shore to the Hospital and up to the new church. Above the church, you will enjoy a beautiful view over the town. In this area, you will be able to see the oldest houses of the town where the first colony manager Johann Pedersen or the polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen lived.

Before heading to the Flower Valley, you can visit the tourist office Skæven where it is possible to buy handicraft of all kinds, maps, etc. As the name of the valley indicates, you will be able to see many different flowers, such as arctic thyme, arctic bluebell, arctic dandelion, the national flower broad-leafed willow herb, and many more.

We continue the small curved path along the river for a few kilometers, until we reach a small waterfall. Here we will spend some time to enjoy the beautiful landscape and peacefulness, before heading back to Tasiilaq.

Note: It is an easy walk through town, but we recommend sturdy shoes for the walk in the Flower Valley. We recommend you to bring some refreshments with you.

Day 5 - Goodbye East Greenland
Today is a traveling day. In the morning you will take the helicopter or the boat back to Kulusuk where your flight out will be waiting for you.

Note: The itinerary can be subject to shift in order of the excursions. The content of the tour will remain the same.

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-8-MG

Adventure Greenland

For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

Boots and Clothing:

  • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. 
  • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material. 
  • Hiking pants.
  • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
  • Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
  • Socks – two or three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic.
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Puffy jacket / down or synthetic – for the boat ride 

Other gear:

  • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
  • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case.  
  • Towel – A light weight and packable one. 
  • Sunglasses and sun protection. 
  • Water bottle. 
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
  • Protection against flies (mosquitos); such at nets, repellents, etc.

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s). 
  • Pen knife. 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films. 
  • Slippers for indoor use. 
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits. 
Tour Code: GJ-EGR-8-MG

2018 Travel Dates from/to Reykjavik domestic airport

July 2018 Availability August 2018 Availability
07.07.-11.07.18 on request 01.08.-05.08.18 on request
11.07.-15.07.18 on request 05.08.-09.08.18 sold out
15.07.-19.07.18 on request
18.07.-22.07.18 on request
22.07.-26.07.18 on request
25.07.-29.07.18 on request
28.07.-01.08.18 on request

Group Size: 2 to 10 people

Tour Code: GJ-EGR-8-MG

Price list 2018:

Departure dates from Reykjavik: July & August, see travel dates under "tour dates"

in Arctic Dream Guesthouse - in rooms with shared facilities:
EUR 2,580 per person* / Single supplement: EUR 145  ...  DKK 18,900 per person* / Single supplement: DKK 1,100
in Hotel Angmagssalik - in rooms with shower/wc: 
EUR 2,800 per person* / Single supplement: EUR 240   DKK 20,600 per person* / Single supplement: DKK 1,800
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 or boat transfer Kulusuk - Ammassalik/Tasiilaq - Kulusuk
  • Four nights accommodation (guesthouse or hotel) in Tasiilaq
  • 4x breakfast, 3x lunch, 4x dinner
  • Guided boat trip day 2 & 3
  • Guided walk in Tasiilaq, visit to museum (optional), guided hike to flower valley day 4

Not included:

  • 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 prior to 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 many 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 prior to departure: Changes (of ANY kind) will cost 10% of the tour package price. Cancellation will cost 20% of tour package price. In order to finalize 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 reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 60% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks prior to departure there will be a charge of 80 % of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks prior to departure there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled on 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-8-MG