Experience some of the wildest landscapes on the planet with our Trip Leader and "northern ambassador" Rob Noonan. We’ll explore remote corners of Northwestern Iceland and Eastern Greenland with adventurous full-day hikes that provide jaw-dropping views of sheer granite mountains and dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers. In Iceland, we discover the gloriously untouched Westfjords region, with its massive seabird colonies, stepped waterfalls, and dramatic mountains sheltering tiny fishing harbors and villages where Icelandic culture thrives. And on Greenland’s extremely isolated eastern coast, we’ll meet the native Greenlandic people, hike rugged and spectacular trails used for generations by Inuit hunters, and cruise through channels filled with icebergs. In this realm of elemental beauty and wilderness, we’ll savor the rarity of pure silence and the spell-binding light of the Arctic summer.
Days 1-4, Jul 7-10, 2017
Reykjavik, Iceland / Latrabjarg / Kaldbakur / Westfjords
From Reykjavik, head north to the wild Snaefellsnes Peninsula and ferry across magnificent Breidafjordur Bay to reach the Westfjords. In the remote realm, we hike along the spectacular Latrabjarg Cliffs, famed for millions of nesting seabirds, including puffins. We head up Mt. Kaldbakur (3,274’) for views across the “Icelandic Alps,” and explore the trails of Onundafjordur, a magnificent fjord with a sweeping beach and dune system.
Days 5-8, Jul 11-14, 2017
Kulusuk, Greenland / Tasiilaq / Sermilik Fjord
Flying to Kulusuk in eastern Greenland, we make a spectacular helicopter flight to the village of Tasiilaq, set on stunning King Oscar’s Harbour. With charming Tasiilaq as our base, our hikes bring us to steep granite peaks rising above a flotilla of sculpted icebergs, to the ice of calving glaciers, and on ancient hunting trails used by Inuit hunters. One of our adventures is a fantastic cruise into mighty Sermilik Fjord, whose vast ice wall is part of the Greenland ice sheet, a relic of the last Ice Age, up to two miles thick in places.
Days 9-10, Jul 15-16, 2017
Kulusuk / Reykjavik
A helicopter ride brings us back to Kulusuk, where we fly to Reykjavik for overnight. Depart on Day 10.