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Hiking Adventures in Surreal Landscapes

Repertory Trip: Next Offered July 5-14, 2019

Overview

Experience some of the wildest landscapes on the planet with our Trip Leader and “northern ambassador” Rob Noonan. We’ll explore remote corners of Eastern Greenland and Northwestern Iceland with adventurous full-day hikes that provide jaw-dropping views of sheer granite mountains and dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers. 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 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. 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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4, Jul 5- 8, 2019
Reykjavík, Iceland / Kulusuk, Greenland / Tasiilaq / Sermilik Fjord

Arrive in Reykjavík and fly to Kulusuk in eastern Greenland. A spectacular helicopter flight brings us 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.

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Days 5-10, Jul 9-14, 2019
Reykjavík / Ísafjördur / Látrabjarg / Kaldbakur / Westfjords

A helicopter ride brings us back to Kulusuk, where we fly to Reykjavík and head north to Ísafjördur, a trading post since the 16th century. In the northern reaches of the Westfjords, we hike up Mýrafell for views of the expanse of Dýrafjördur, along the spectacular Látrabjarg Cliffs, famed for millions of nesting seabirds, including puffins, and on the trails of Önundafjördur, a magnificent fjord with a sweeping beach and dune system. A ferry ride brings us across magnificent Breidafjörður Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and we depart via Reykjavík on Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike dramatic high trails above Iceland’s spectacular fjords
Cruise by private boat among Greenland’s sculpted icebergs
Soak up the midnight sun, visit remote Inuit villages
See the famous puffin colonies of the Látrabjarg Cliffs

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $8095  
Arrive: Reykjavík, Iceland
Depart: Reykjavík, Iceland
Lodging: 9 nights lodges and hotels
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-6 hours a day, altitudes below 3,300 feet, extreme winds and sudden changes in weather may affect the final itinerary.