Ancient Cultures, Glacial Landscapes, and Adventures Under the Midnight Sun

Overview

Greenland is vast, remote, and utterly captivating. With the great Northern Ice Sheet covering most of its land mass, icebergs spilling out of the countless fjords, seas brimming with marine life including humpback whales and seals, and a vibrant heritage of Inuit culture and Viking history, this is a land for exploration. Our expedition to the world’s largest island (and also the world’s least populated country) brings you to three distinct regions of Greenland, with a wonderful range of activities. We’ll hike iconic mountains above Nuuk and cruise through the exquisite Western Fjords to a remote—and delightful—restaurant that will grill up our freshly-caught fish. In Kangerlussuaq, known as “Bluie West 8” back in World War II when this was a refueling base for the U.S. Air Force, we’ll actually get to hike on the Ice Cap (the blue of the meltwater against the ice is absolutely surreal), and head out across the tundra on a muskox safari. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord will give us the chance to hike to the site of ancient Inuit settlements, and with 20 hours of daylight, we’ll enjoy a midnight cruise past the colossal ice giants of the fjord, with the incredible light of the long Arctic twilight. This is an adventurer’s expedition—accommodations are welcoming, but basic, and Greenland’s weather has the final say in the length of our hikes, but if you’ve ever wanted to experience one of the planet’s most intriguing places, come join us in Greenland this summer!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Nuuk / Western Fjords / Qooqqut Nuan

In Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, we hike up Ukkusissat Mountain and enjoy a traditional Inuit-style barbecue by the sea. On our boat cruise below the granite cliffs of the Western Nuuk Fjords, we’ll fish along the way, bringing our catch to a boat-in lodge where the chef will transform it into our dinner while we hike to a Viking ruin.

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Days 4-5
Kangerlussuaq / Musk Ox Safari / Hike the Ice Sheet

We hike across ice-carved valleys to search for Greenland’s wild musk ox herds (this is the best place in the country to see them), then have the extraordinary experience of hiking on the moon-like terrain of the Greenland Ice Sheet, with ice crunching beneath our feet.

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Day 6
Ilulissat / Midnight Cruise

North of the Arctic Circle, we visit the community of Ilulissat, home to more sled dogs than people. We’ll explore colossal Kangia Icefjord on a midnight cruise beneath the towering face of the Sermeq Glacier, the most active in the world (said to have spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic).

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Days 7-9
Disko Bay / Sermermiut

Boating out through Disko Bay, on the lookout for humpback whales, we enjoy a coastal hike and picnic lunch with a panorama of floating icebergs and distant Disko Island. Our last hike brings us right among the giant icebergs along the wild shores of Kangia Icefjord as we make our way to the ancient Inuit settlement of Sermermiut. Depart on Day 9.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike on the moonscape of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Cross wilderness valleys to look for herds of shaggy musk ox
Experience the culture of the Inuit, who have lived in Greenland for hundreds of years
Walk to an ancient Viking settlement along iceberg-strewn shores
Discover the glacier-carved wonder of the pristine Western Fjords
Cruise past towering icebergs under the long evening light of the Arctic summer
Enjoy a special Inuit barbecue, sample Greenland’s fresh local seafood

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $6695  
Arrive: Nuuk, Greenland
Depart: Ilulissat, Greenland
Lodging: 8 nights rustic hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate walks and hikes over varying terrain, 1-5 hours a day, cultural exploration, travel by small boat, access to the Ice Sheet by rough dirt road

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