Walking Wild Greenland

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Trip code: 
TSX
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

8 days walking through untouched regions of wild greenland

Journey through the mountain and coastal wilderness of Greenland’s fjorded east coast. During this memorable 10 day itinerary we explore a largely untouched region of mountains, icebergs, huge glaciers and rivers. We combine well-paced daily walks with exploration from the air thanks to two short helicopter flights above the iceberg-filled coastal waters, seeing the very best of this unparalleled destination.

Please note the departure scheduled for 31 August 2018 has a slightly amended itinerary. All walks and inclusions remain the same, only the running order has changed, see the itinerary for further details. 

Highlights

  • Explore one of the most remote locations on Earth
  • Experience remoteness, wilderness and isolation
  • Enjoy spectacular views of sculpted icebergs and craggy mountains
  • 2 centre in Greenland with short helicopter flights
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik

Key information

  • 9 nights 3-star hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 7 days walking and sightseeing
  • Altitude maximum 500m, average 300m
  • Leisurely pace
  • Short transfers by helicopter

 

What's included

  • Full board throughout (packed lunches).
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
+82-(0)02-6320-4111
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Reykjavik
to
Reykjavik
  • Day 1

    Fly to Keflavik airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel close to the city centre. Welcome dinner.

    The group flight arrives in the afternoon, giving you time to relax before a group dinner in one of the many restaurants found in this exciting city.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Group transfer to Reykjavik airport for your flight to Kulusuk, afternoon Village walk to familiarise with the area.

    We begin with a short morning transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport for our flight to Kulusuk. In the afternoon a short walk into the village will give us a chance to get familiar with the amazing scenery. (2 to 3hrs walking, no elevation gain, 8 km)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Helicopter transfer to Tasiilaq, Valley of flowers walk

    Today we explore further taking a morning helicopter flight to Tasiilaq (10 min). In clear weather we will enjoy outstanding views as we fly over rugged summits and iceberg-studded sea. In the afternoon we hike to the Flower Valley. The Arctic summer is short and hectic making the mountain flora a stunning sight to delight walkers that are lucky enough to be there in June. 

    Please note that on occasion it is not possible to take the helicopter flight. In these cases a boat transfer is used and no refund is offered. It is though unlikely both helicopter flights are unable to run.

    31.08.18 departure only - Isikajjia Panoramic Viewpoint

    Today we climb the summit of Isikajjia, a US built radar station, a 336m summit facing the open sea. It provides a beautiful view over the archipelago dotted with islets and big icebergs that sometimes stretch over 100 metres height floating south. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Fisherman's Peak walk

    Today we will enjoy marvellous panoramic views of impressive high granite peaks that seem to rise straight from the sea creating unending ranges to the north. We will be amazed at the huge numbers of icebergs in the Sermilik Fjord (also known as the ice fjord). 

    31.08.18 Departure: Helicopter transfer to Tasiilaq, Valley of flowers walk

    Today we explore further taking a morning helicopter flight to Tasiilaq (10 min). In clear weather we will enjoy outstanding views as we fly over rugged summits and iceberg-studded sea. In the afternoon we hike to the Flower Valley. The Arctic summer is short and hectic making the mountain flora a stunning sight to delight walkers that are lucky enough to be there in June. 

    Please note that on occasion it is not possible to take the helicopter flight. In these cases a boat transfer is used and no refund is offered. It is though unlikely both helicopter flights are unable to run.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Tasiilaq Fjord Walk

    On this beautiful coastal walk we will be heading north to Tasiilaq fjord. The Niviarsiaq, Greenland's national flower also gives a beautiful rich pink colour to the shorelines on the June departure and, in August, we will find lots of wildberries and crowberries. In the afternoon you can opt for an optional boat trip to Hann glacier (subject to weather conditions). 

    31.08.18 Fisherman's Peak Walk

    Today we will enjoy panoramic views of impressive high granite peaks that seem to rise straight from the sea creating unending ranges to the north. We will also see the huge numbers of icebergs in the Sermilik Fjord (also known as the ice fjord). 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Sermiliq trail around Mount Priest

    Today’s walk begins on a scenic coastal path and follows the husky trail of ‘Sermilikvejen’ through a beautiful valley. Here we find a group of lakes set among granite peaks topped by small glaciers. We will be circling the heart-shaped mountain Aammangaaq, a truly remote spot. 

    31.08.18 Tasiilaq Fjord Walk

    On this beautiful coastal walk we will be heading north to Tasiilaq fjord. The Niviarsiaq, Greenland's national flower also gives a beautiful rich pink colour to the shorelines on the June departure and, in August, we will find lots of wild berries and crowberries. In the afternoon you can opt for an optional boat trip to Hann glacier (subject to weather conditions). 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Icebergs walk Helicopter transfer back to Kulusuk

    Depending on our helicopter flight back we walk along the Fjord south of Tasiilaq. This is a perfect opportunity to see the ice in all its shapes and colours and also wildlife such as the arctic fox and, with a bit of luck, bowhead whales can be spotted enjoying the desolate surroundings. We then transfer back to Kulusuk. 

    31.08.18 Sermiliq Trail around Mount Priest

    Today’s walk begins on a scenic coastal path and follows the husky trail known as Sermilikvejen through a beautiful valley. Here we find a group of lakes set among granite peaks topped by small glaciers. We will be circling the heart-shaped mountain Aammangaaq, a truly remote spot.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Hike to the Isikajjia Panoramic Viewpoint

    Today we climb the summit of Isikajjia, a US built radar station, a 336m summit facing the open sea. It provides a beautiful view over the archipelago dotted with islets and big icebergs that sometimes stretch over 100 metres height floating south. 

    31.08.18 Icebergs walk, helicopter transfer back to Kulusuk.

    Depending on our helicopter flight time we walk along the Fjord south of Tasiilaq. This is a perfect opportunity to see the ice in all its shapes and colours and also wildlife such as the arctic fox and, with a bit of luck, bowhead whales can be spotted enjoying the desolate surroundings. We then transfer back to Kulusuk.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Return flight to Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. Farewell dinner

    After a morning at leisure we fly back to Reykjavik and transfer to our hotel to go out for a farewell group dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Group transfer to Keflavik airport for return flight to the UK.

    Our trip ends in Reykjavik, however you may wish to extend your stay in Iceland's quirky capital or visit the Blue Lagoon (advance booking required.)

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Greenland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Iceland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Arctic

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Greenland

There are no specific health risks.

Iceland

There are no specific health risks.

Arctic

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Full board throughout.
In Greenland you will find a mixture of Danish and Icelandic foods.
Breakfast: Bread, cheese, sliced meats, eggs, bacon, cereal fruits and yougurts.
Lunches: Fish, Meat, salad and bread.
Packed lunches include a sandwich, chocolate, fruit and a drink.
Buffet dinners: Choice of chicken, fish, pork, beef, salmon, vegatables, rice, potatoes, salad, soup of the day, fruit and cake.
Please note that in Greenland vegetarian options are limited, for any other dietary requirments please contact us before booking.

Weather

Greenland has an Arctic climate with average temperatures that do not exceed 10° C in the warmest summer months. The air quality in Greenland is among the best in the world due to the country's geographical position to the high north. In the southern part of the country and the innermost parts of the long fjords, the temperature can, however, rise to more than 20° C in June, July or August, and due to the fine air quality and low levels of moisture in the air, visibility is excellent.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

The terrain and type of path will be mostly be varied and uneven due to the remote nature of the destination with the presence of packed snow (June departure only). The daily walks are from 3 to 7 hours and are not technically difficult however a reasonable level of fitness is required.
The itinerary may be altered at short notice subject to weather conditions.
As this is a two centre-based trip, your luggage stays in the hotel, so you only need to take a daypack with you on the walks.
We strongly recommend the group to stay together during all walks. For safety reason its standard practice for the guide to carry a gun as polar bears have occasionally been spotted in the area. Northern lights sightings possible on the August departure.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
+82-(0)02-6320-4111
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

In Reykjavik we usually use the Hotel Klettur *** offering comfortable accommodation with private facilities not far from the city centre. All rooms are en suite, with Tvs, telephones and free Wi-Fi.
In Greenland we use the following hotels:
Hotel Kulusuk located by the sea. 20 minutes walk from airport and 20 minutes walk from village of Kulusuk offering simple but comfortable en suite rooms. Wi-Fi payable locally.
Hotel Ammassalik – located on the edge of town up a hill overlooking the town and fjord. Panoramic views. En suite roomsWifi payable locally.
Both Hotels provide buffet meals of mostly meat and fish, however vegeterian options are also available on request, please inform us when booking.

Call for general departures:
+82-(0)02-6320-4111
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Joan Desrosiers

    TSX-Walking Wild Greenland

    This is a unique trip to a very remote part of the world. Not exactly on the beaten track. So glad we had amazing weather to hike in. Aug/Sept seems to be a good time to travel here to experience the profusion of both flowers & berries. No polar bear interactions but our guide was prepared for that. Everyday we were out hiking to areas that gave us a true sense of the wildness. A totally awesome experience!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Realizing just how remote we were in this part of SE Greenland. Also, how disconnected we are with the land because we live in cities. The people living here live off the land.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Christian was stellar. He was a natural leader that was sensitive to all our needs. Always felt safe with his guiding.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather is changeable so bring layers. Definitely a good rain jacket that can double for a wind jacket. If you are a hiker you probably don't need trekking poles. I hauled mine all that way & didn't use them once. For the boat trip bring cash to pay or you'll need to use the ATM as they don't accept credit cards. Lots of time off the trail so bring travel games or a good book(s). Don't forget those sturdy sport sandals because you will need them. You will be hiking in a bug headnet that will be given to you. The tiny flies were not biting but annoying on our trip.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Pat Glanfield

    Exercise and education.

    Walking in such a remote place was a priveldge. We were so lucky with the weather and able to enjoy stunning views and experience the wonder of icebergs and a glacier calving. 2 Husky puppies accompanied us on one of our walks, bringing added fun. Wading across chilly (very) waters of a river on our 25k walk was an experience and accomplished safely. The group got on so well and we had great fun at "happy hour" and impromptu games. We visited the museum and reconstructed dwelling in Tasiilaq and learnt much of the history of the original settlers from the Danish school teacher, who was volunteering there. A real eye opener. The helicopter transfer was very good, but on the way back to Kulusuk the pilot was ill and we came by boat. We enjoyed the trip, seeing icebergs and lots of humpback whales! We had 3 extra nights in Reykjavik on the way back and really enjoyed this time. A real adventure!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing and hearing the glacier calving.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristján is an exceptionally good guide. Calm, knowledgeable, with good communication skills and a really nice bloke!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have a head net! Our thoughtful guide brought some for all of us and although there were few biting insects, there were flies and the nets were brilliant. Make sure you are fit enough to enjoy the walking, it was strenuous at times!
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jennifer Gardner

    Walking Wild Greenland

    This holiday was fascinating because we got an incite, albeit small, into the lives of the local Inuit community as they went about their daily lives. We watched… tearful parents hugging their children at the airport as they went off for a month's school trip to Denmark. We stroked the husky dogs who were lazing away the summer before their duties of sled pulling resume in the winter. We watched in the hotel at Kulusuk as a local family celebrated the christening and naming of a baby. And, as the holiday slogan promised, we walked wild Greenland. Our daily walks, which enabled us to see the rugged mountainous landscape from close quarters, were in places challenging because of the steepness of some of the paths but so invigorating. The breathtaking views were worth struggling up the mountain paths. To see the mist hanging low over the water with the occasional iceberg peaks showing through was amazing. The northern lights were also active on three of the nights we were in Tasiilaq and so we were thrilled to get such awe inspiring photographs to send home. I particularly enjoyed the helicopter transfer and the fabulous photo opportunities that afforded. There are no trees to be seen, but if you look down you will see an abundance of small flowers, fungus, lichen and edible berries none of which are higher than a couple of centimetres.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Northern lights in Tasiilaq.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Oskar was superb in every respect. He was knowledgeable and the epitome of calm. When there was a problem at Kusuluk airport which meant we could not fly there from Reykjavik as planned, Oskar very quickly organised a back up plan which involved a wonderful two + hour walk over a rugged Icelandic landscape. Although disappointed not to get to Greenland, we felt the day and time had not been entirely wasted and I got a superb picture of the setting sun enflaming an Icelandic mountainside.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure your walking shoes are thoroughly worn in. Take a second pair of trusted walking boots in case your first pair give blisters. Pack a pair of good quality Nordic walking poles and rain proof outer clothes. To my surprise there were lots of irritating mosquitos at the time of my trip so take insect repellant and/or a tight buff you can wear over your mouth.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food in the hotels was superb Thank you Exodus for organising this lovely holiday.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Anne Rayment-Pickard

    Walking wild Greenland

    An excellent trip which was so well organized, thoughtfully planned and full of unexpected landscapes.…

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Northern lights that shrouded our hotel after a fantastic day walking in inspirational mountain landscapes in Greenland and Iceland.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An amazing group leader who looked after all of us so well. His knowledge, understanding and flexibility was totally awesome. We all felt so inspired, challenged and safe in a rugged, raw and vast landscape.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A make sure you have walking poles, warm layers and also T-shirts as the weather conditions change rapidly in a very short space of time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you for such an inspirational and wonderful holiday - so unique, exceptionally well planned and also very different to any thing else I have experienced. A fantastic group of people were also part of the overall experience.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Holly Smallman

    A Wonderous Place

    I did not know what to expect of Greenland (nor Iceland), other than it might feel wintery. Actually, the weather was wonderful – crisp and sunny, sometimes windy… and moody, which only enhanced the exquisite photo opportunities. There is nothing not to like; raw and dramatic scenery, and the usual high organisation that one expects from Exodus. I would highly recommend the trip, if you love the outdoors, leisurely yet rewarding walking, in an other-worldly place. The only thing missing was much land based wildlife, but harsh winters keep animals at bay, and this only serves to remind one how extreme the winter climate must be.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The view having walked up to a 500m high ridge, to see a sparkling blue sea far below, dotted with iceburgs and immersed in swirling white cloud. It made the effort so very very rewarding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were very lucky and spoiled to have Oskar run our trip. He is an experienced, savvy, kind and quick thinking organiser. He imparted much local knowledge, which helped us to understand the inhospitable place we were visiting and a glimpse of the harsh life of those living there.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Follow the kit list. Walking boots plus a lighter pair of day shoes/trainers helped sore feet, when walking was less technical. Expect weather extremes, so have layers for warm and cold times - it changes quickly. A small thermos flask might be nice if you decide to wait for a while and watch the world go by!! Get to grips with the panorama mode on your camera - you'll be using it lots! Credit cards are taken everywhere, but a bit of local currency is useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Perhaps stay a little longer in Reykjavik if you haven’t been there before and visit some of the geological wonders close to the city; its different volcanic make-up is a wonderful contrast to the ice carved granite of Greenland. Finally, two hours soaking in the Blue Lagoon thermal resort, before flying out, was a wonderful end to the trip and very do-able with direct bus links from city there and then on to the airport. Just go on the trip!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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