Tassilaq and Greenland Ice Cap Adventure

Dates June-Sept, 2011
FAMILY WEEK TRIP TO EASTERN GREENLAND - TREKKING AND BOATING 6 NIGHTS HOTEL, 1 NIGHT IN TENT

Eastern Greenland MultiActivity Trip for 4

For years we have arranged successful trips to the Sermiliq/Tassilaq Fjord Archipelago in Eastern Greenland. Without exception all our guests have been amazed by the pristine and natural world that exists here. We think you will be too. On this week long East Greenland tour, we invite you enjoy the natural marvels of Eastern Greenland. We do that in style and use our trekker hotel in Tassilaq as our starting point for exploring the area. During this trip you will experience great hiking and boating in East Greenland Archipelago and the highlight of the trip is to venture into the inner fjord system and then get a chance to get up to the Greenland Ice Cap. One night is spent in a camp close to the Greenland Ice cap and

weather and field ice conditions permitting we will try to get close to the Ice Cap by hiking up the edge of one of the feeder glaciers. This is a trip where you will get a chance to learn about the Arctic – you will experience the about geology, Greenland Flora and Fauna and of course the rich history of the Inuits as well as Western Explorers. This area has more grandeur than most mountain areas anywhere - but without the masses of tourists. It has the extraordinary light of the High North and the best summer weather in Greenland. It is a remote and breathtaking – but very doable and safe for any Arctic enthusiast! We will begin at the small capital of Tassilaq and explore on foot this lovely

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town and its adjacent green valleys. We will venture out into an Inuit boat across up the mighty Sermilik Fjord and across it to the Western side and then end up near to the Ice Cap at Naktivit. Here we will establish a cam the closest you can get to the Greenland Ice Cap. And we will have a chance to step on this Natural wonder of the World – one of the most important temperature regulators of our fragile Earth and safe keepers against Global Warming. This trip is for the traveler that wants to experience the best of the Greenland Arctic and for sure this beautiful, pristine and remote place will enrich your soul forever!

B, L, D Hotel Accommodation in Tassilaq

Day 4 . Boat Journey to Naktivit After a leisurely breakfast , you and your guide board our boat to head for 2- 4 hours exhilarating ride around the steep cape of Tassilaq Island and into one of the largest fjord of Eastern Greenland : The Sermilik. It is filled with huge icebergs that break off numerous glaciers feed by the Greenland Ice Cap – and if we are lucky we migh even see some whales: Minke or Grey Whales are often see here. We continue to Naktivit close to the base of the Ice Cap. We then set up camp and if there is time for a afternoon hike – why not?
B, L, D Wilderness Camping Near the Ice Cap

Day-to-Day Itinerary
Days 1- 2.Home Departure from Canada, Arrival Tassilaq, Greenland via Iceland. Leave Toronto and fly to Keflavik, Iceland. Transfer from Keflavik to Reykjavik that same morning. Early noon time flight to Kulusuk Island, Greenland. From Kulusuk we will board a skiff for a 2 hour (depending on the fjord ice situation) scenic ride to Tassilaq, small administrative center of Eastern Greenland. That evening we will stay at the best pension in town and get briefed on the next days of exiting nature programs.
L, D Hotel Accommodation in Tassilaq

Day 5. Trip to the Ice Cap. That morning our climbing guide will help you don crampons and rope go upon the Inland Ice Cap. The slow melting of the Ice Cap is one of the biggest factors for potentially changing the climate on Earth. At night we can hear the cracking of the icebergs – as they slowly disintegrate in the warmer summer. Jokingly we call them “the Greenland Coastal Artillery!” In the afternoon we board our skiff again and set course towards the stunningly beautiful on the Eastern side of Sermilik. Pehaps here a chance to sip at hamlet of Tinit and have a cup of coffee with the locals. After a very long day we arrive back in Tassilaq.
B, L, D Hotel Accommodation in Tassilaq

Day 3. Tassilaq and walk to Blomsterdalen - or beyond? In the morning you will visit the local town and its quaint museum and church and hear Eskimo tales in the Museum’s sod house. You then do an easy guided 2- 4 hours walk ( there are other longer walks as well) into the beautiful Valley of Flower in the mountains behind Town. At night we will enjoy a meal with Greenland special gourmet food and have a chance to see local drum dancing in our Guesthouse.

Day 6- 7: August 14- 15 – These two days are spent whale watching and possible glacier dog sledding in the Tassilaq Area – all depending on the weather and snow conditions.
B, L, D Hotel Accommodation in Tassilaq

Day 8. Back-up day and possible hike to Soemandsfjeldet. If we indeed did arrive back to Tassilaq (we might be delayed due

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to weather and seas – thus always good to have a back- up day) we do our light back packs and do a guided hike 3 - 5 hours up to the summit of Soemandsfjeldet above town. Across form the mountain juts the spires of Polheimfjeldet and its surrounding glaciers – and the opposite view of the Polar Current outside Greenland is simply stunning. And in the right light we can marvel the may iceberg sculptures floating by.
B, L, D Hotel Accommodation in Tassilaq

What’s Included?
• Support personnel, mountain guides and trekking guide in Greenland • All accommodations as noted • Meals as noted (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner) • Group boat airport transfers and transportation as noted • Sightseeing, boating All tipping

Day 9.. Tassilaq- Kulusuk - Reykjavik. After breakfast 2 hours boat ride to Kulusuk air strip and flight connections to Reykjavik, Iceland. For those who want to sat in Reykjavik and explore Iceland further we can help making hotel arrangements.
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What’s Not Included?
• International airfare (r/t Home/ Tassilaq) • Insurance of any kind including mandatory evacuation insurance or suggested cancellation insurance • Visas • Excess baggage charges • Airport taxes • Medical immunizations • Items of a personal nature (clothing, hard liquor and wine, snack foods, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)

Land Cost
APPROXIMATELY US $3490 per person Iceland-Greenland flights - $715 per person Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double accommodations.

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