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If you’re a true adventurer at heart wanting to power your own way through uncharted wilderness, this East Greenland ski touring expedition is calling your name! We’ve been guiding trips in all corners of the world, but the extremely isolated and spectacular Greenland remains one of our favorites. Really, what’s not to like about it? It’s as remote as it gets, it features some incredible ski descents with views of glaciers and peaks, and has lots of different terrain choices to suit everyone. So come join us on this epic, 8-day expedition, and ski tour like never before. We’ll stay in a remote village (just 250 inhabitants!), use boats and dog sleds to get around, and experience traditional Greenlandic culture first-hand.

Matt Edwards
Matt Edwards
ACMG Ski Guide, SKGABC Sea Kayak Guide, ISA Surf Instructor
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Adventure highlights

  • Sunsets with 1,500 m (4,920 ft) peaks
    We’ll end our days at our cozy guesthouse in Kuummiut, a small village surrounded by dramatic peaks
  • All-inclusive expedition
    From the moment you set foot on Greenland’s soil, just kick back and let your guides take care of everything
  • Terrific skiing with varied options
    Powder and corn snow, steep couloirs and mellow glacier runs—you’ll find your perfect match

Itinerary

Join us on this 8-day ski touring expedition and let’s explore the wilderness of East Greenland together! Every day here is a true adventure, wherever we decide to go—we’ll ski sea to summit, cruise past icebergs, dog sled alongside polar bear tracks, and experience the traditional Greenlandic culture. Terrain in the area has lots of variety as well, so it’s perfect for those who want to test themselves in couloirs as well as for those who’d like to take it easier on mellow glacier runs. All logistics are arranged, including all food, lodging and transfers. You just show up, make sure you’re ready for a real adventure, and leave the rest to your expert guides!

  • We’ll start our journey by meeting at the Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik, at least an hour and a half before our flight to Greenland. Following our noon flight to Kulusuk, upon arrival, we will board a cozy, enclosed boat and make our way to Kuummiut, a small East Greenlandic village, where we’ll spend six nights in a guesthouse. After checking in, we can go for a short afternoon ski tour or spend some time checking out the village and meeting locals.

    Meals: Dinner
    Skiing: 7 km (4.3 miles), 3 hours
    Elevation gain: 700 m (2,300 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kuummiut

    Skier jumping above a Greenlandic village
  • Step into your skis just outside our guesthouse, and we’ll head into the hills behind the village of Kuummiut. With lots of options to choose from, we’ll ski from sea to summit, with 360-degree views of glaciers and fjords as far as the eye can see!

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Skiing: 12 km (7.5 miles), 8 hours
    Elevation gain: 1,500-1,800 m (4,920-5,900 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kuummiut

    East Greenland expedition, skiing
  • Today we’ll cross the fjord on skis (ice depending) and ski a beautiful line opposite the village. Upper bowls offer plenty of ski options, with a short boot pack to the summit, and incredible views looking down on the village of Kuummiut. Our ski descent is a magical one, as the upper bowl gives way to a great ski slope with a dramatic canyon that parallels our ski run.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Skiing: 12 km (7.5 miles), 8 hours
    Elevation: 1,500-1,800 m (4,920-5,900 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kuummiut

    Climbing in East Greenland to a peak
  • Using dog sleds, we’ll access terrain further to the north. A long easy ski tour to access some steeper terrain is a rewarding way to spend the day! With dramatic 1,000-meter (3,280-foot) granite cliffs rising above us, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Skiing: 15 km (9.3 miles), 8 hours
    Elevation: 1,500-1,800 m (4,920-5,900 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kuummiut

    Tasiilaq glacier, East Greenland
  • Today we’ll use a local boat with one of the renowned hunters in the village to access further flung objectives. We will be dropped off on the north side of an island, and ski a circuit route, where we will get picked up on the southern side. Glacier travel, boot backing to access the peak, and incredible ski runs looking to the west will make for an incredible day in the mountains of Greenland. Depending on the group and conditions, we have the option of couloirs, or great glaciated slopes.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Skiing: 15 km (9.3 miles), 1.5 hours aboard a boat
    Elevation: 1,500-1,800 m (4,920-5,900 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kuummiut

    Steep terrain skiing in Greenland
  • Once again, using a local boat, we’ll cruise to another island. Today’s objective finds us climbing a beautiful shoulder to the peak, with incredible views of the fjords below. The final pitch to the summit will find us boot packing. This run is such a hit, guests oftentimes want to ski it again! In the evening, we’ll pack our gear so it’s ready in the morning for pick-up—the gear will be transported, while we will ski from village to village.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Skiing: 8 km (5 miles), 6 hours skiing, 1 hour aboard a boat
    Elevation: 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kuummiut

    Glacier skiing in East Greenland
  • Today is one of our bigger days, and finds us traveling through a lot of diverse terrain. From steep bowls, to mellow glaciers, to a perfect ski summit. The views from here are spectacular, as we are closer to the open ocean and will be able to see the sea ice, moving in and out with the tide. Our descent ends in a tidewater glacier, where we will get picked up by snowmobile, and head to Kulusuk for our final night in Greenland.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Skiing: 15 km (9.3 miles), 1 hour on snowmobiles
    Elevation: 1,500-1,800 m (4,920-5,900 ft)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kulusuk

    Traversing to another village in Greenland
  • In the morning, we’ll have the opportunity to visit a local Greenland Museum and walk to a lookout over the Arctic Ocean. We’ll transit to Kulusuk Airport around noon, and that marks the end of our adventure!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Snowy Kulusuk in Greenland
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Meet your guides

Angela Bueckert
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Angela Bueckert
ACMG Ski Guide, SKGABC Level 4 Kayak Guide, Whitewater kayak instructor
ACMG Ski Guide, SKGABC Level 4 Kayak Guide, Whitewater kayak instructor
Angela’s enthusiasm for sharing new experiences with her guests is ever-present. She has been guiding water-based expeditions for over 15 years, and she’s guided sea kayaking expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, Palawan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Antarctica, South Georgia, The Falkland Islands, Alaska, Svalbard, Myanmar, Kamchatka… She has also led ski touring trips throughout British Columbia. Angela has a passion for multi-day expeditions around the globe.
Matt Edwards
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Matt Edwards
ACMG Ski Guide, SKGABC Sea Kayak Guide, ISA Surf Instructor
ACMG Ski Guide, SKGABC Sea Kayak Guide, ISA Surf Instructor
Finding out what’s around the corner or at the top of the next mountain has taken Matt to some of the remotest places on the planet. He’s been organizing and guiding custom adventures for guests all over the world, for over a decade. Matt has been to Antarctica, Fiji, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Greenland, Iceland, Kamchatka, Alaska, and Northern Canada. He has a genuine passion for adventure, a wicked sense of humor and a love of life.
Expedition Engineering
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Expedition Engineering
Expedition Engineering
Expedition Engineering offers custom-designed tours that blend the best of local cultures with adventure travel, exploration, and being in tune with nature. Apart from their focus largely being on fun and discovery, they care even more about their clients’ safety—Expedition Engineering staff has the highest level of certifications available in the guiding industry. They’ve pioneered expeditions to some of the farthest flung corners of the world, including Raja Ampat, East Greenland, Myanmar, and Anctartica.

All-inclusive adventure

5.00 (4 reviews)
Claire H (source: Trip Advisor)

We did this trip with Angela in May of 2024. First off, Angela was an incredible guide. She’s kind, knowledgeable, fun and dialed. Her knowledge of the culture, skiing, navigation of best plan/route is all awesome. Greenland is truly amazing and I highly recommend going with these guys who have such a connection to the place and people. The skiing was also perfect spring corn!!! Don’t think about it too much, just GO!

Marcelo F (source: Trip Advisor)

Great trip all around! Views were amazing, pristine location, great guides and tailored service. I highly recommend traveling with Expedition Engineering and this specific trip. There was good skiing, some cultural experience, and adaptability to weather and conditions available to us. They are not your regular tour operators, they deliver something unique and real. Thumbs up to this company, I would go again with them at any time!!

Thomas M (source: Trip Advisor)

Outstanding backcountry ski trip. Our trip was actually went April 2024. Scenery was amazing, ski terrain had everything from easy to as challenging as you could want, conditions for us were mostly corn with some very firm and some powder, getting a ‘taste’ of local culture was cool and the guides, Angela and Matt were great. I had the feeling of sharing an adventure with them rather than being taken on an adventure by them. For lots of other reasons too, would strongly recommend.

Cristina M (source: Trip Advisor)

I took this trip with my partner and another couple in May of 2023. Although, due to weather the trip had to be modified, we were well taken care of with many contingencies ready. Food was plentiful and accommodations were very comfortable. I would highly recommend Expedition Engineering. Trip of a life time. We are hoping to travel again with them in the future. Maybe some where warm!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day East Greenland ski touring expedition
      • Accommodation for 7 nights in Greenland
      • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
      • All transportation while in Greenland

    What’s not included:

      • Flights to and from Kulusuk, Greenland
      • Ski touring equipment (skis, skins, poles, ski crampons, ice axe)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel)
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — recommended
  • In order to participate in this West Greenland ski & sail expedition, ski touring experience is mandatory. Great fitness and stamina is a must, but with 10 guests and 2 guides, it’s also possible to split into two groups to accommodate different ability and fitness levels. On average, you’ll climb between 1,500 and 1,800 m (4,920-5,900 ft) per day.

    You should be an advanced skier, able to ski any black diamond at a ski hill in various ski conditions. Ideally, you should be regularly doing ski touring trips. In terms of preparation and physical condition, running and walking up the stairs is the best workout.

    You should also have an adventurous spirit and recognize that the weather can greatly influence what you can and can’t do on a given day.

  • Clothing list

      • Down jacket
      • GoreTex jacket
      • GoreTex pants
      • Hut booties
      • Three pairs of ski socks
      • Two pairs thermals
      • Lightweight touring gloves
      • Thick ski gloves
      • Down pants (nice for dog sledding, not necessary though)
      • Hat
      • Casual clothing for the guesthouse
      • Hiking boots for walking around Kuummiut

    Gear

      • Ski helmet
      • Skis or split board with touring bindings
      • Lightweight harness
      • Two locking carabiners
      • One ice axe
      • 2-6 m of 6 mm cordelette (optional)
      • Ski or snowboard boots and ski crampons
      • Adjustable ski poles
      • Climbing skins
      • Skin wax (or a candle)
      • Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup

    Personal equipment

      • Daypack large enough to carry things you might need throughout the day (40L)
      • Large duffel for all your equipment (no hard cases!)
      • Sunglasses
      • Goggles
      • Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
      • Head lamp with good batteries
      • Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L)
      • Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Compeed/Second Skin blister pads)
      • Personal medication
      • Pocket knife — optional
      • Camera — optional
  • Weather
    Greenland is a land of very mixed weather. In general, spring brings higher pressure and calmer weather, but you could still experience anything ranging from dead calm and bluebird days to blizzard-type of weather. The average temperature in April is -5°C, but it can get much lower.

    Skiing conditions
    Normally, skiing conditions are very good. The snow itself can be highly variable, and you could be skiing powder, corn snow, and everything in between, but with the terrain variety, you can almost always find some terrific skiing. There’s everything from mellow glacier runs to steep couloir skiing. There’s normally not a high avalanche risk. As it’s a coastal snowpack with mild temperatures, most instabilities settle out quickly.

  • No, your guides do not offer equipment rental for this East Greenland ski touring expedition. You should be familiar with your avalanche equipment and already have used your ski touring equipment prior to the trip.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this East Greenland ski touring expedition, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. The maximum group size is also set at 4 skiers, though there can potentially be 6 participants.

    East Greenland ski touring expeditions can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join this East Greenland ski touring expedition on a case-by-case basis, but for a regular tour, 18 is the limit.

    If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • The starting point of your East Greenland ski touring expedition is Kulusuk Airport (KUS) in Greenland. Flights to Kulusuk depart from Reykjavik, i.e., Keflavik Airport in Iceland. You’ll meet your guide and your team at Keflavik Airport (KEF) an hour and a half prior to your flight to Greenland.

    Once you land in Kulusuk, you’ll board a cozy boat and make your way to Kuummiut, a small East Greenlandic village where you’ll spend the next six days.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits
    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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