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Wilderness and Wildlife in Greenland

Stay at Base Camp Greenland and explore the ice cap in search of minke, humpback and fin whales

10 days

from £9,895pp (excluding flights)

This is a rare opportunity to experience one of the most remote places on earth.  Discover East Greenland’s wilderness and wildlife in a beautiful Arctic landscape during the glorious summer months.

  • Explore the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet
  • Whale watching opportunities including fin, minke and humpbacks. 
  • Visit remote hamlets and experience authentic Inuit culture
  • View glaciers that glitter under the midnight sun
  • Stay at the new deluxe eco camp in a pristine environment

This small group expedition is an exclusive itinerary to this exceptionally remote region of the Arctic. In company of veteran expedition leaders discover the huge icebergs and whales of this region and the spectacular views of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Previously this region was only accessible by hiking in and camping, but now with the debut of Base Camp Greenland, guests can stay in comfort for several days on the edge of the vast Sermilik Fjord with easy access to the ice cap by zodiac.   Spend time in search of fin, minke and humback whales and seals whilst marvelling at the huge icebergs drifting on the southerly current.   Explore the town of Tasiilaq and take a hike above the scenic bay with fantastic views of ice –clad gneiss and granite peaks which provide a spectacular backdrop to the waterfalls and lakes fringed with arctic wildflowers.

There will be opportunity to go sea kayaking, hiking in search of mammals and birdlife such as the arctic fox, eiders, loons and even peregrine falcons as well as experiencing the Inuit culture by visiting the remote villages where century’s old traditions are still upheld and hunting and fishing remains at the centre of the community.

The trip concludes with a night out in downtown Reykajavik.

2016

01 - 10 August
06 - 15 August
11 – 20 August 
17 – 26 August 
22 – 30 August

2017

11 - 20 August
15 - 24 August
19 - 28  August
25 August - 3 September
27 August - 04 September

Dates and rates for 2016/2017 are subject to change. 

Maximum Group size 12

 

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 9895 £ 150
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Reykjavik


You will be staying at Hotel Odinsve, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Fly Reykjavik to Tasiilaq


Day 1 Keflavik, Iceland / Tasiilaq, Greenland
Fly Keflavik / Tasiilaq on Kulusuk Island, Greenland. Board a late morning flight to Kulusik Island, Greenland. Transfer by helicopter for a short scenic flight to Ammassalik Island, landing at the main town of Tasiilaq, the administrative centre of East Greenland. This vibrant town of 2,000 inhabitants is a hub for outdoor adventure, from hiking and kayaking in summer to dog sledding and heli-skiing in winter.

Virtually uninhabited except for a handful of hamlets, Greenland's east coast is often called "the back side" by those on the west, where most of Greenland's population and institutions are located. East Greenland's people had no contact with the outside world till the turn of the 20th century, and that isolation has created a distinct and resilient culture.

Your introduction to Greenland begins here where Arctic wilderness and traditional lifestyles meet. Tasiilaq's charming collection of brightly painted wooden houses and buildings hugs King Oscar’s Bay, surrounded by pointed peaks iced with glaciers. At the local museum listen to Inuit tales in the traditional sod house, then convene at the hotel for dinner and a briefing on what to expect during this Arctic adventure.


You will be staying at Hotel Angmagssalik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Day 2 Tasiilaq Whale Watching & Hiking
Though the interior of Greenland is covered by an ice cap more than a mile deep, a few habitable areas exist around the bays and islands along the coast. This region enjoys a surprisingly mild climate in summer, earning it the nickname 'Arctic Riviera'.

Exploration begins with a half-day whale-watching excursion in the open waters of the Greenland Sea. Travelling in a large motorboat, cruise in search of fin, minke, humpback whales and seals. The icebergs alone are worth the journey: these are ocean-going slabs of ice, some of which have been drifting for months or even years driven down the coast by the strong southerly Greenland current. Glaciologists believe that some have even come from northern Canada, hundreds of miles away. Once they reach the outer edge of Greenland's fjords, they collide with ice that has broken off the Greenland Ice Sheet to form gigantic composites, even mingling with the brash ice to create vast, frozen mosaics.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the area around Tasiilaq on foot, hiking above the scenic bay that fronts the town. Bring your camera: the ice-clad gneiss and granite peaks provide a backdrop for a vibrant landscape of waterfalls and small lakes fringed by a multitude of arctic wildflowers.

Day 4

Day 3 Tasiilaq / Base Camp
After breakfast begin the journey by boat to the expedition camp, located on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. The camp is close to the small hamlet of Tinit, which will be visited during your stay. The village is one of the most scenic outposts in East Greenland, with a spectacular view of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Sermilik Fjord, littered with huge icebergs. Tinit is home to 127 hardy people crafting a subsistence fishing and hunting existence around challenging weather and constantly shifting ice conditions. Nearby, the 2,000-foot vertical cliffs of Soemandsfjeldet rise near the mouth of mighty Sermilik Fjord. Keep an eye out for whales on the transfer, as they are frequently seen in these waters. The area is filled with evidence of ancient habitation, including graves and ruins of old Inuit sod house foundations.

Base Camp Greenland is in one of the most remote places on Earth. Coffee and refreshments will be served after settling into the cabins. Later convene for an orientation, followed by dinner and a lecture that will further acquaint you with the remarkable natural history of the region. Presentations and cultural visits will be given during the stay in order to learn about Greenland’s cultural heritage, natural history and aspects of modern life. Traditional Inuit identity is at the forefront in East Greenland more than most other places in Greenland, and this will be an opportunity for an authentic encounter with this vibrant, enduring culture that remains largely in harmony with nature.


You will be staying at Base Camp Greenland, Full board

Day 5

Day 4 - 6 Exploring the Sermilik Fjord Complex
The landscape along Greenland’s isolated and rarely visited east coast is wild and magnificent. Great fjords indent the coastline, penetrating far into sheer-sided mountains capped by the world’s second-largest ice sheet. Sermilik Fjord is the mightiest of them all, a marine playground for a multitude of Arctic wildlife. Base camp provides a safe and comfortable outpost from which to explore this vast expanse of wilderness. Though this area is profoundly secluded, the wider region is dotted with a few isolated villages where Greenlandic Inuit people practice subsistence lifestyles in this stunning yet uncompromising Arctic environment. In varied encounters, learn about their culture, still based on fishing and hunting, and discover how they are retaining their traditions while adapting to contemporary life in the 21st century.

On Zodiac excursions observe the rugged and ever-changing shoreline, navigating among a flotilla of icebergs in an array of wild shapes, some far larger than a house. Look for whales and seals, both of which are present in these waters, depending on ice conditions. Guided sea kayaking outings are also an option for exploring the waters of the bay. Plenty of time is spent ashore, too, with walks and hikes for varying ability levels.

Explore the mountainsides and wander near glaciers that wind down from the Greenland Ice Sheet. This huge ice mass, second in size only to Antarctica, stretches more than 1,500 miles from north to south and is nearly a mile deep at its thickest, coverning 80 percent of the island. Learn about the crucial role it plays in regulating the earth’s climate, and see how rapidly it is being affected by global warming. Amid fields of waving Arctic cotton grass, scout for wildlife such as Arctic fox and hare and enjoy birdlife, including eiders, loons, and possibly peregrine falcons.

The long hours of summer daylight allow for extensive exploration, but eventually it will be time to retreat each evening to base camp, for a hearty dinner and interpretive presentations by the naturalist Expedition Leaders who will share their extensive knowledge of Greenland's geology, glaciology and human history. Retire to your cabin under the sunny night sky.


You will be staying at Base Camp Greenland, Full board

Day 6

You will be staying at Base Camp Greenland, Full board

Day 7

You will be staying at Base Camp Greenland, Full board

Day 8

Day 7 Base Camp Greenland / Tasiilaq
This morning bid farewell to Base Camp and begin the journey back to Tasiilaq, again keeping an eye out for whales and viewing the ever-shifting tableau of drifting icebergs. Once back in town, check in to the hotel and free time to soak up the beauty of this stunning region. Farewell dinner for the last evening in Greenland.


You will be staying at Hotel Angmagssalik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Day 8 Tasiilaq / Kulusuk / Reykjavik
Return today to the urban world. From Tasiilaq return by helicopter to Kulusuk, where you will meet the plane for your flight to Reykjavik's domestic airport. On arrival, transfer to the hotel in the city centre and enjoy a dinner in downtown Reykjavik.


You will be staying at Hotel Odinsve, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Day 9 Reykjavik / UK
This morning depart for your international flight home.

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