Greenland - Mountain, Fjord, Icecap

An Arctic wilderness hiking holiday in East Greenland




From $4,020 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Some of the world`s most dramatic peak and glacier landscapes
  • Seashore camping and a day-hike format to viewpoint peaks
  • Visit the remote and colourful villages of Inuit fishermen
  • Includes 2 nights in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik

With its vast central icecap and rugged, fjord-cut eastern coastline, Greenland has one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. This polar hiking holiday shows this off to great effect, as we explore amongst the fjords and viewpoint to the north of Ammassalik Island. Arriving at the airport in Kulusuk, we take a boat transfer to a campsite beside Tunu Fjord, close to the village of Kuummiut. We spend 4 nights at this camp, before taking a second boat transfer through a narrow and impressive strait to a fjord just east of the fishing and hunting settlement at  Tiniteqilaq, where we camp for 3 nights. Throughout our time on Greenland, we explore some of the most scenic locations amongst the at times iceberg-filled fjords. A succession of stunning hikes, traversing trackless terrain and with some long days of up to 8 hours duration, takes us through flower-carpeted valleys and along the rugged coastlines to exceptional viewpoints. Our day-hike format from the 2 camps we use (and from hostel accommodation on the island of Kulusuk) allows us time for relaxation and contemplation. Close to the Arctic Circle, this is a very different trekking holiday!

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Given good weather conditions, this is a not-too-difficult hiking holiday at low elevation. However, if the weather is not cooperative (conditions can be wintry in Greenland, even in the summer) it becomes rather tougher and you should be prepared for this. There is a lot of rough ground to cover; involving scree, moraine and trackless moorland and, especially if the weather is unfavourable, there will be some long days, with up to 8 hours walking. Setting out each day from camp, you will carry just a small rucksack with your day-gear and bivvy bag. We have taken the remote nature of the location into account in giving this holiday its grading of 6. This holiday is suitable for regular hikers with good physical condition and a spirit of adventure.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Day 3
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  • Day 5
  • Day 6
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  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Reykjavik (Keflavik) Airport Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK, there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Reykjavik. These include Easyjet, who have flights from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester & Edinburgh, WOW Air (and Iceland Express), who have flights from Gatwick and Flybe who have flights from Birmingham

Click on the 'Flight Information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively, if you would prefer to book a 'Flight Inclusive' package using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Meet at the group’s guesthouse in Reykjavik. KE Land Only services package services begin with the overnight at the guesthouse. Reykjavik is a modern city that is home to 190,000 of Iceland’s tiny total population of 325,000. Its centre is small and easy to walk around from our accommodation. We will arrange a meeting with our local guide in the evening and he or she will give us a briefing on what to expect over the next week. The guide will also recommend a nearby restaurant for the evening meal.

  • 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 sail northwards through the immense Ammassalik Fjord that twists and turns between cliffs and islands and extends for almost 50 kilometres. Arriving at the small, enclosed fjord of Tunu, we set up camp (for the next 4 nights) amongst rugged granite peaks and close to the fishing village of Kuummiut.

  • Day 3

    Tunu is actually 2 opposing fjords separated by a narrow spur of land. On each side, steep mountains rise up above our camp. Today, we hike northwards, away from the fjord and 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 Kuummiut (1019m) dominates the village of Kuummiut and 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. On our descent, we pass through the village of Kuummiut and can explore amongst the colourful houses and visit the grocery store. We spend a second night at the camp beside Tunu Fjord.

  • Day 5

    Heading towards the south-west and along the coast, we reach 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 the narrow fjord of Ikasak. This 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 and spend our third night in this spectacular spot.

  • Day 6

    We break camp and transfer by boat through the narrow strait separating Ammassalik Island from the mainland. The strait is like a corridor with views of steep-sided mountain on both sides. We set up camp just east of Tiniteqilaq at the mouth of a small fjord, with sheer peaks rising up to 1400 metres, reminiscent of Cerro Torre in Patagonia. We have a 3-hour afternoon walk to a river delta above our camp, looking out for some of the colourful flowers that bloom alongside the stream.

  • Day 7

    From camp, we follow the coastline and round a small peninsula to arrive at the hunters’ village of Tiniteqilaq, which looks out across the giant Sermilk Fjord. We have time to look around the village, before trekking up a broad granite ridge to a viewpoint at around 550 metres, with the magnificent prospect of the Greenland Icecap and thousands of icebergs floating in the fjord.

  • Day 8

    The urge to reach higher ground for the best views is hard to resist. This morning, 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.

  • 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.

  • Day 10

    Formerly known as 'Kap Dan', the small village of Kulusuk, with its colourful houses, clings to the rocky coastline. We take the time to visit the cemetery, a fascinating place, before hiking inland to a collection of small lakes, where we will be on the lookout for the great northern diver or ‘loon’. High up, beside the remains of an old ‘cold war’ radar station, there’s a great viewpoint, where we can watch the icebergs drifting down from the north. We return to Kulusuk and spend a second night at the hostel.

  • 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 with breakfast at the hotel.

Holiday Information

  • English-speaking professional tour guide
  • Return flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk Greenland
  • Boat transfer and baggage transfer as described
  • Accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan

  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Transfers between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik are not provided.

The Flybus provides the best airport transfer service. The Flybus ticket office is situated just inside the terminal and is clearly signposted. When you buy your ticket let them know which hotel you need to be dropped of at. The Flybus leaves the airport following each incoming flight, 30 - 40 minutes after each arrival. The Flybus will take you to the bus station in Reykjavik and you will need to ask the bus driver which bus takes you on to your hotel (the cost of this 'second' bus is included in the Flybus ticket).

For the return journey to the airport, your guesthouse reception will assist with booking your ticket and advising you where you will board the bus,

For more information please visit ( the cost is around £15.00 each way.

In case of any problems on arrival please contact the local agent on the following number - 00 354 660 6592

This trip has no set format. Some days involve a short walk and some day a longer one, on each occasion returning to the same camp that we started out from. Each day starts with the preparation of breakfast at camp. The group leader will do this, but he or she will appreciate help from the group members. After breakfast you will have to put together your own picnic lunch from food items provided. Then, there will be the day's walk - long or short. Returning to camp, the preparation of the evening meal will also benefit from the participation of the group. There is quite a lot of free time and on most days the hiking element is optional.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

There are 2 nights in Reyjavik as we transit through Iceland on the journey to and from Greenland. In Reykjavik, we stay in simple guesthouse accommodation with usually twin-share rooms and shared facilities. On our Greenland trek, there are 7 nights wild camping and 2 nights in a simple hostel in Kulusuk. Sleeping bags will be required for all nights on Greenland. It is not possible to arrange single tent occupancy on this trip, nor single room occupancy at the hostel in Kulusuk. Single rooms for the 2 nights in Reykjavik may be reserved at additional cost. Please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Reykjavikl hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

There is limited access to fresh food in Greenland. This is wilderness camping and we have to rely to a great extent on expedition foods which is light in weight and easy to cook. Some of this is freeze-dried. For breakfast and lunch, we will have wholemeal bread, butter, margarine, jams, honey, cereals, oatmeal, cheese, ham, canned meat, coffee and tea. Dinners will be based on rice, noodles, potatoes, with re-hydrated vegetables and meat dishes. Vegetarian food is available.

All meals whilst on trek are included in the trip price. Clients will, however, be expected to pay for their own meals (other than breakfasts) when in Reykjavik.

You can expect to spend no more than about £150 during this holiday. Some of this you will pay for the meals that you eat in Reykjavik on Day 1 and Day 11. You will need to pay for 2 evening meals and possibly for 1 lunch also. You can expect to pay £20 to £30 for dinner in Reykjavik and a beer costs £6. You can withdraw Icelandic Kronur from ATM's in Reykjavik Airport or in Reykjavik itself. You can use your credit/debit card anywhere in Iceland. The currency in Greenland is the Danish Kronur and you should take £60 worth of Danish Kronur with you from home. There are limited opportunities to spend anything in Greenland.

You will be accompanied by an experience English speaking Icelandic guide throughout the week.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and any other local staff. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service.

You should take your KE trek bag and a rucksack of approximately 30 to 40 litres capacity.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Your main bag will be transported between camps by boat. You should be able to comfortably step into the boat while carrying your KE bag.

You must bring the following items:

  • Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers
  • Sandals (for river crossing)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
  • Baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or jumper
  • Warm jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Light thermal gloves and waterproof overgloves or mittens
  • 4 season sleeping bag (rated down to –5ºC)
  • Camping mat
  • Plastic survival bag
  • Drybags to keep items in your KE trek bag dry
  • *Daypack of approximately 30 to 40 litres capacity
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles x 2 (1 Litre / Quart))
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small trek towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Insect repellant
  • **Mosquito net for the head
  • Penknife
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear (some people do take a dip!)
  • Spare laces
  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
  • Eye cover to assist sleeping in the 24-hour daylight
  • Travel clothes
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Notes
  • * Your daysack needs to be big enough to allow you to carry rainproofs, packed lunch, camera, water bottles, change of clothing and your emergency bivvy bag.
  • ** During July and August in lowlands and in wind protected valleys, mosquitoes can be annoying.
  • You should bring a mesh net which covers the head completely and can be tucked into a shirt or jacket collar.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Long hiking trips are good for building stamina, and a regular exercise regime (jogging, squash, swimming etc.) are good for developing cardio-vascular fitness.

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Iceland or Greenland. A very good online resource is the National Health Travellers website at

The weather in Greenland in June, July and August is generally fairly good. We can expect daytime temperatures anywhere from 10°C to 20°C, dropping to just above freezing in the evenings. Even in the Greenland summer, there is a chance of poor weather, with rain and wind. But, equally, we should also encounter good days that are clear and sunny. In short, you need to be prepared for English Lake District walking. Bring your waterproofs!

The official language of Iceland is Icelandic. This language is similar to the ancient Norse language and to the languages spoken in the Faroe Islands and in parts of western Norway. Fortunately, most Icelandic people speak very good English. Greenlandic (an Inuit language) is the official language of Greenland and the local Inuit people also speak Danish, whilst those involved in tourism are likely to speak a little English. Your attempts to speak the local language will be well appreciated.

Lonely Planet. Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands The Rough Guide to Iceland Visitor's Guide Iceland and Greenland (World Traveller) Don Philpott

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