Greenland - Mountain, Fjord, Icecap
Greenland & Iceland, Trek & Walk, 12 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €3,495 (land only) - from $4,020 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 2: In the morning, we travel by taxi to the 'domestic' airport in Reykjavik. From here, we take the 2-hour flight to Kulusuk on the south-east coast of Greenland and transfer to the harbour. Boarding our vessel, we have a 1-hour boat trip into the immense Ammassalik Fjord. We set up camp (for the next 4 nights) amongst rugged granite peaks.
Day 3: Today, we hike into the Tunu Valley amongst stunted Arctic willow trees. Ahead of us there are rocky summits and views of the distant icecap, as we gain height and seek out the best viewpoints. We return to camp after 6 to 7 hours of walking. With time in the afternoon to do some fishing for Arctic char.
Day 4: The imposing summit of Kuumiiut dominates the skyline from our camp at Tunu. Starting out from sea level, this is an excellent day's hike with just over 1000 metres of ascent and descent! There are spectacular views of fjords and of the raw beauty of Greenland's landscapes. We visit the colourful village of Kuumiiut during our descent. Overnight at the same camp. 7 to 8 hours of walking.
Day 5: Heading towards the south-west and along the coast, we reach the the foot of the 'unnamed mountain'. There are no trails here, as we hike up across moorland to the summit and a spectacular view of Ikasak Fjord. Thjis fjord is usually full of icebergs and we should even be able to hear them as they float by. We return to camp by another route. Approximately 6 hours walking.
Day 6: We break camp and transfer by boat through the narrow strait separating Ammassalik Island from the mainland. We set up camp just east of Tiniteqilaq at the mouth of a small fjord, with sheer peaks rising up to 1400 metres. We have a 3-hour afternoon walk to a river delta above our camp.
Day 7: From camp, we follow the coastline to the small village of Tiniteqilaq, which looks out across the giant Sermilk Fjord. We then trek up a broad granite ridge to a viewpoint above 500 metres, with the magnificent prospect of the Greenland Icecap and thousands of icebergs floating in the fjord. We return to camp after 8 hours of walking.
Day 8: We climb once again from our campsite to around 500 metres, to a point where we have great views of the towering Niiniartivaraq Mountains and their sweeping glaciers. Returning to spend a third night at our camp, we cross a small col. Approximately 6 hours walking.
Day 9: We break camp and take the return transfer by boat to the island of Kulusuk. This boat ride is like a magical cruse between fjords, islands and mountains covered with glaciers. Arriving at Kulusuk village, we check in at our hostel accommodation. There's plenty of time for a coastal walk and for a visit to village. 2 to 3 hours of walking.
Day 10: Formerly known as 'Kap Dan', the small village of Kulusuk, with its colourful houses, clings to the rocky coastline. We take a day-hike inland to a collection of small lakes and to a great viewpoint, where we can watch the icebergs drifting down from the north. We spend a second night at the hostel. 5 to 6 hours of walking.
Day 11: Depending on our flight time, we may have time for more village exploration, or for a final short walk, before catching our return flight to Reykjavik. Arriving in Reykjavik, we check in at our guesthouse accommodation and go out for a final evening meal in Iceland's cosmopolitan capital city.
Day 12: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.