Greenland is vast, remote, and utterly captivating. With the great Greenland Ice Sheet covering almost 80 percent 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 US Air Force, we’ll actually get to hike on the Ice Sheet (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!
A perfect itinerary allowing one to experience the varied and multi-faceted beauty of Greenland. It's so much more than you expect! The fjords are breathtaking, the ice is intoxicating, spotting wildlife—thrilling! I cannot believe I was kayaking around icebergs…at midnight! Greenland is sheer delight for your eyes! AND, gloriously under-crowded.
— Kathie D., Belle Isle, FL
Nuuk / Western Fjords / Qooqqut Nuan
In Nuuk, Greenland’s tiny capital, we explore the historic waterfront, hike up Ukkusissat Mountain for incredible views, and enjoy a traditional Inuit barbecue by the sea. On a boat cruise below soaring granite cliffs in the Western Nuuk Fjords, we’ll fish along the way and bring our catch to a great boat-in lodge, where the chef will transform it into our delicious dinner while we hike to a Viking ruin.
Kangerlussuaq / Hike the Ice Sheet / Muskox Safari
Heading north to Kangerlussuaq, we have the extraordinary experience of hiking across the Greenland Ice Sheet, then set out on foot across the tundra with our local guides to search for Greenland’s iconic wild muskox.
Ilulissat / Midnight Cruise
North of the Arctic Circle, the colorful community of Ilulissat is home to more sled dogs than people. Here at the mouth of the colossal Kangia Icefjord, we’ll explore 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).
Ilimanaq / Sermermiut
Boating past massive icebergs, we reach the tiny village of Ilimanaq—accessible only by plane, boat, or dog sled. We’ll have lunch with a local family here, and the next day, hike among icebergs along the wild shores of Kangia Icefjord as we make our way to the ancient Inuit settlement of Sermermiut. Depart on Day 9.