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Kayak and Hike East Greenland
East Greenland is an awesome wilderness including the world’s largest national park, and this kayak and hiking trip is the perfect way to explore it.
Located between polar sea ice and the Greenlandic Icecap it is one of the most isolated habitations in the world.
Kayaking is without doubt the best way to see the arctic landscape. This small group Kayak East Greenland wilderness trip will explore this breathtaking place with the aim of reaching Knud Rasmussen Glacier. By day you’ll kayak through the famous Ammaasalik Fjord and at night you’ll wild camp along the shore.
Along the way you’ll also get to visit to Kuummiut, a small Greenlandic settlement where you’ll get to see how the Greenlanders have adapted to live in this remote arctic environment.
Day 1: Kulusuk – Ammasalik Fjord
When arriving to Kulusuk we do the final preparations and packing of kayaks and start paddling around noon between beautiful icebergs towards Apusiaajik Island where we will see our first glacier – and then west towards our campsite. We aim to cross Ammassalik Fjord to a beautiful campsite in a small bay on east coast of Ammasalik Island. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 5-6 hours, 15-20 km.
Day 2: Sangmileq Bay
Today we head first north and after a while further west, deeper into the stunning fjords of the east coast. Our destination for today is at the end of Sammileq bay. Our campsite is situated next to a river surrounded by impressive high peaks and glaciers. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 5-6 hours, 15-20 km.
Day 3: Ikâsartivaq Fjord
We head towards Ikaasatsivaq Fjord, still among high peaks, glaciers and huge cliff faces. We pass an abandonned village and go between small islands if the ice allows us to do so. This is one of our longer days. We stay overnight next to a glacier halfway along the fjord. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 20-25 km.
Day 4: Ikâsartivaq Fjord – Tiniteqilaaq – Sermilik Fjord
After half a day paddling in the fjord surrounded by mountains so tall that they make you feel tiny and humble, we stop in the small Inuit settlement of Tiniteqilaaq. After spending some time in the village, visiting the shop and greeting the locals we steer our kayaks into the magical ice filled Sermilik Fjord and navigate our way around icebergs towards north to a bay and a well-earned rest after a long day. Accommodation: Tents. Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 17-22 km.
Day 5: Sermilik Fjord
To really grasp the enormity and beauty of the area it’s good to leave the kayaks behind for a day and head up to the mountains for a better view. From our beautifully located campsite we hike uphill to the top of Innertvik (543 m). A wonderful spot to view the whole Sermilik Fjord and to get a good look at the Greenland Icecap. Hiking: 6-7 hours, 543 m heightmeters.
Day 6: Sermilik Fjord – Pupik
We continue south in the Sermilik fjord finding our way through this world of icebergs. We will enjoy the mezmerising ice sculptures, listen to the thunder-like sound of icebergs breaking and turning while looking for curious seals surfacing between the ice. In the afternoon we will arrive to a hut in the area of Pupik where we spend the night. Accommodation: Basic Mountain hut. Kayaking: 7-8 hours, 20-23 km.
Day 7: Pupik – Southern part of Sermilik Fjord
We leave the hut in the morning for this last day of kayaking. We follow the west coast of Ammassalik Island further south. Following closelly the coastline we pass a nice sand beach and the last few gigantic icebergs before we head into a quiet bay and our last campsite on Ammassalik Island. Kayaking: 6-7 hours, 15-20 km.
Day 8: Hike from Sermilik to Tasiilaq
After sending our kayaks off in transfer boats we will start our walk crossing the Ammassalik Island towards Tasiilaq. Walking first gradually uphill to a pass where there is a great view of the Sermilik Fjord that we are now seeing for the last time. Then we head downhill and on flat ground into a different and more fertile landscape. We pass a waterfall and some beautiful lakes on our way to Tasiilaq where we arrive in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Guesthouse. Hiking: 7-8 hours. 16 km.
Day 9: Tasiilaq
Today we have a full day to explore Tasiilaq – the largest town on the east coast with a population of about 2,000 and one of the fastest-growing towns in Greenland. You can go for a visit at the local museum, experience the live local life at the harbor, go for a walk in the blooming Flower Valley or buy some souvenirs to bring home. Accommodation: Guesthouse.
Day 10: Kulusuk
Today we will go on a boat tour back to Kulusuk where we started. A unique sailing experience where the local boat driver safely navigates the boat through the ice-filled water. Make sure to look out for whales surfacing between the ice. It is a truly amazing experience seeing and hearing these giants in these surroundings. When we get to Kulusuk, we head to the airport where our flight back to Reykjavik will be waiting for us
2018 dates TBC. Please enquire.
From 3,350 Euro per person
- english-speaking guide
- food for 10 days (from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 10)
- boat transfer: Tasiilaq – Kulusuk
- tents (6 nights, 2 pers. in each tent) and camping equipment,
- kayaks and kayak equipment
- transport of kayaks and equipment,
- 1 night in a hut in Sermilik Fjord and 2 nights in a guesthouse in Tasiilaq (shared rooms and bathrooms)
Min. participants: 6
Minimum age: 18
Bring along: warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, sleeping bag. Please request equipment list.
Flights to Greenland are not included.
Best way to fly to Kulusuk is via Reykjavík/Iceland.
Return flight from 795 EUR per person can be added to your trip.
Kayak East Greenland
- Trip Code: AWA040
- Dates: July /Aug
- Price: from €3,350 excluding flights
- Depart: Kulusuk, Greenland
- End: Kulusuk, Greenland
- Length: 10 Days
- Adventure: Kayaking between fjords & glaciers in East Greenland