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

Overview

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!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
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.

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Days 4-5
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.

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Day 6
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).

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Days 7-9
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.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike on the Greenland Ice Sheet and across the tundra in search of muskox
Experience Inuit culture and history
Discover the glacier-carved wonder of the pristine Western Fjords
Cruise past towering icebergs under the midnight sun
Enjoy a special Inuit barbecue, sample Greenland’s fresh local seafood

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $6595  
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, boating excursions, cultural exploration

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