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Need some peace and quiet? Step into a distant world of Arctic wonder in Greenland, escape civilization and camp out in remote wilderness, where you’ll likely see more seals than people. Trek from the Sun Gate to the Icefjord and witness Mother Nature’s artwork as you observe icebergs of all shapes and sizes, carved off the Helheim glacier—one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world, with the speed of 60 meters per day! On this 8-day guided Greenland Icefjord hiking tour, we’ll explore hidden gems like Trout Lake, pass nearby rivers, trek across fjords and discover a tiny hunters’ village, where Inuits have survived by hunting seals among the icebergs. Greenland’s glacial marvels await!

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  • Glacial treks & boat transfers

    Hike to Sun Gate, Trout Lake, and the Icefjord and explore Greenland by boat

  • Explore authentic Inuit villages

    Get a glimpse of local life amidst icebergs and visit Tiniteqilaaq—a traditional Inuit village

  • Remote wilderness camping

    Experience the thrill of camping on small peninsulas and deep fjords under the Arctic sky

Itinerary

Discover pristine wilderness on an unforgettable Greenland Icefjord hiking tour as we visit sites such as Sun Gate, Trout Lake, and the Icefjord, i.e., Sermilik fjord. Trek along coastal paths, ascend scenic summits, camp amidst the Arctic splendor and enjoy local meals and comfortable lodgings in a cozy local house and wilderness campsites. Luggage transfer from camp to camp and boat transfers to stunning locations like Johan Pedersen Fjord and Tiniteqilaaq ensure seamless exploration of Greenland’s breathtaking landscapes.

  • Welcome to Kulusuk! After a scenic flight from Keflavík airport at 5.30 pm, we’ll meet upon arrival at 5.15 pm local time. Please note that Keflavik-Kulusuk flights are not included in the price of the tour, but let us know if you’re interested and we can arrange it for you. Following a quick luggage transfer onto a quad trailer, we’ll go on a picturesque 30-minute walk to the village. Tonight, settle into dormitory-style lodging at a local house and enjoy gazing under the Arctic sky. If you’re traveling in late August or early September, you might even see Northern lights (Aurora Borealis)!

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Local house

    Scenic Kulusuk village in Greenland
  • In the early morning, we’ll sail to Qinertivaq, a narrow fjord surrounded by towering granite peaks. From there, we’ll hike to the bottom of the fjord and to Trout Lake at the foot of the Sun Gate pass. As we trek southwest, we’ll cross a glacier river and admire the Dwarf Fireweed at its riverbanks. Our path continues westward, revealing the majestic Icefjord (Sermilik fjord) with its endless array of icebergs. Its moraines give us an opportunity to learn about climate change and its effect on Greenland. Finally, we’ll camp on a small peninsula by the fjord’s edge.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Hiking: 7-8 hours
    Accommodation: Tent

    Sun Gate in Greenland
  • Today’s hike takes us along the Sermilik coast, where we’ll traverse coastal paths and ascend hills above the shore. Listen for the distinct sounds of icebergs cracking and the occasional call of Ringed Plovers. We’ll encounter small bays with hundreds of car-sized stranded icebergs before reaching the larger bay, where we’ll wade across a river surrounded by ice in various shapes and sizes. By afternoon, we’ll reach the Paarnakajiit peninsula, where we’ll put up camp for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Hiking: 6-7 hours
    Accommodation: Tent

    Hiking along the Sermilik coast in Greenland
  • After breakfast, we’ll load the baggage boat and set off along the scenic Sapulik bay. Following the river at the bay’s end, we’ll arrive at a serene lake, where we’ll navigate a river crossing. Continuing along the lake shore, we’ll venture southward through a narrow valley until we reach the remarkable Amitsivattiva fjord—a mere couple of hundred meters wide but stretching over 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) in length. After a satisfying day of trekking, we’ll make camp at the bottom of this fjord.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Hiking: 6-7 hours
    Accommodation: Tent

    Hikers crossing the river in Greenland
  • We start the day by climbing the slopes to a stunning summit at 538 meters (1,765 feet), offering breathtaking views of Sermilik fjord and its “ice beaches.” After a leisurely lunch on the summit, we hike along the ridge before descending to a small fjord where our boat awaits. Our Greenland Icefjord hiking tour continues as we sail to the quaint hunter’s village of Tiniteqilaaq (also called Tinit or Diilerilaar), perched on the edge of Sermilik fjord. After a short stop in this tiny village, where Inuits have survived by hunting seals among the icebergs of the fjord, we return by boat to Johan Pedersen fjord, where we’ll camp for two nights.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Elevation gain & loss: 538 m / 1,765 feet
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Accommodation: Tent

    Trekking on the mountain slopes in Greenland
  • Following breakfast, we embark on a full-day hike in Johan Pedersen Fjord, delving into the remarkable landscape at the base of the Innlandis (Ice Cap). We climb to a viewpoint with stunning vistas of glaciers descending from the second-largest Ice Cap on Earth and calving into the fjord below. After admiring Greenland’s wilderness, we return back to our camp.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Elevation gain & loss: 500 m / 1,640 feet
    Hiking: 6-7 hours
    Accommodation: Tent

    Coastal trek in Greenland
  • We’ll start our day with a refreshing walk along the coast to admire the icebergs and the magnificent landscape of Johan Pedersen. Later in the morning, we’ll set sail back to Kulusuk. Upon our arrival, we’ll go on a brief walk through the village and visit an interesting local museum to explore Greenland’s rich history and culture. Finally, we’ll gather at our local house and prepare a final festive dinner, cherishing the memories of our Greenland Icefjord hiking tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Hiking: 2-3 hours
    Accommodation: Local house

    Greenland wilderness trek
  • After breakfast in the house, we’ll take a walk through Kulusuk and into the surrounding hills. We’ll learn about the intriguing story of Cap Dan and its significance during the Cold War, while also marveling at the pristine nature of Kulusuk Island. We’ll then pack our luggage and load it onto the quad trailer before walking to the airport and bidding farewell. The flight departs for Keflavik at 6 pm, and we’ll arrive there at 9.45 pm local time, concluding our Greenland Icefjord hiking tour.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Kulusuk village in Greenland
  • Unforeseen circumstances and unpredictable weather may affect sailing times and cause delays, so itinerary may have to be adjusted. Not to worry—your guides are experts who will adapt the program to each situation that comes up.

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Meet your guides

Einar Torfi Finnsson
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Einar Torfi Finnsson
Einar Torfi Finnsson
Having been raised by nature-loving parents, Einar has been an outdoor addict since a very early age. In 1989, at the age of 24, he started working full-time as a guide. Since Einar founded one of Iceland’s top outdoor travel companies, he is well-versed in trip planning and guiding—and he also has more certifications than we can count. He has been leading trekking tours, backpacking, glacier travel, avalanche training, mountaineering, and many other winter skills courses.
Kristinn Gardarsson
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Kristinn Gardarsson
Originally from Iceland, Kristinn studied geography, during which time he worked as a National Park Ranger in one of Iceland’s national parks. Although he spent most of his life working as a graphic designer, Kristinn’s passion has always been travel and the outdoors. Recently he decided to take his professional life in a new direction—he became a guide and started working with his childhood friend Einar. Kristinn loves spending his time hiking, cycling, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and cross country skiing.
Arctic Hiking and Expeditions
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Arctic Hiking and Expeditions
Arctic Hiking and Expeditions
Arctic Hiking and Expeditions has been founded by two childhood friends sharing the same passion for the outdoors. Einar and Kristinn, both originally from Iceland, now offer tours in one of the most remote areas on Earth—Greenland. You can trust them to take you on an adventure of a lifetime either hiking, trekking, or skiing in the Arctic.

Accommodation

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Emilia (source: Guide’s Website)

Guided hiking trip to Greenland’s fjords organized by Arctic Hiking and Expeditions, was a beautiful and immersive experience in Greenland’s untouched wilderness. The choice of trails allowed us to witness the diversity of Greenland’s terrain, despite the remoteness of the locations, the logistical and safety arrangements were seamless. The itinerary allowed for a balance of challenging hikes and leisurely strolls, catering to both seasoned hikers and those seeking a more relaxed pace. If you’re seeking a journey that transcends the ordinary and connects you with nature, this trip is an absolute must.

Emma (source: Guide’s Website)

Einar’s knowledge led us to discover a beautiful, remote part of the world. Insightful explanations, enjoyable landscapes, and a well-adapted journey for all. Highly recommend for a delightful and disconnecting experience.

Henri (source: Guide’s Website)

We spend the most amazing 8 days at the Icefjord Trek with Einar at the late summer 2023! The trek was very well planned: not too long day hikes, variable (and amazing) views, high quality camping equipment and so tasty dinners every night at the base camps. Einar is a calm and professional guide with great sense of humor and whom you can count on in the Greenlandic wilderness. The trek was just enough demanding and you do not need to be a professional in order to accomplish it or to enjoy it. We can recommend this trek to anyone who loves hiking, quiet nature and ridiculously beautiful views. It is worth every euro!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 8-day guided Greenland Icefjord hiking tour by boat
      • An experienced hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Boat transfers
        • from Kulusuk to the start of the trek
        • from Sermilik fjord to Johan Pedersen fjord
        • from Johan Pedersen Fjord to Kulusuk at the end of the trek
      • All luggage transport from camp to camp
      • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 8
      • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
      • All camping and cooking gear: tents, mess tent, safety equipment (satellite phone, first aid kit, etc.).

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation i.e. flights to and from Greenland — Flights from Keflavík
      • International Airport (KEF) to Kulusuk Airport (KUS) can be added, let us know upon checkout
      • Sleeping bags (can be rented, if you’re interested let us know when booking)
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — mandatory
  • For this Greenland Icefjord hiking tour, a moderate to high level of fitness is recommended as you’ll engage in various activities, such as trekking along coastal paths, navigating uneven terrain, and ascending summits at more than 500 m / 1,640 feet. Your luggage will be transported from camp to camp, so you won’t have to carry everything in your backpack, but keep in mind that the duration of hikes ranges from 5 to 8 hours per day.

    The terrain you’ll navigate during your Greenland Icefjord hiking tour is uneven and sometimes rocky, with certain sections of a little trodden path, while some hikes are entirely off the beaten track. Treks can also include exposed, steep, and stoney terrain. Given these challenges, it is crucial that the hikers are not only fit, but also experienced and prepared for extended periods of physical activity in remote wilderness areas.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Duffel bag for all your belongings (maximum 15 kg)
      • Backpack large enough to carry everything you need for day hikes (30-40 liter daypack)
      • Sleeping bag — can be rented upon checkout
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots
      • Comfortable hiking clothes (trekking trousers, fleece shirt, warm and waterproof jacket, gloves)
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Rain gear
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • During your Greenland Icefjord hiking tour, your guides make sure to provide you with meals and various nutritious options with a focus on local ingredients, including freshly caught fish when available.

      • For breakfast you can expect hearty Nordic classics like porridge, which gives fullness and long-lasting energy. Your guides will also bring muesli, bread, butter, cheese, and jam, along with tea and coffee.
      • In the mornings, you’ll make your lunchpack—enjoy a variety of sandwiches with spreads, hams, cheeses, and biscuits for an energy boost. The guides also provide nuts and chocolate snacks, but you are welcome to bring your favorite energy bars or snacks.
      • At the end of the day, your guide will prepare threecourse dinners, with starters, mains, and desserts, ensuring a diverse menu with a good balance of flavors. For example, you could have soup as a starter, then fried fish and rice, and a piece of cake for dessert. (Any help with chopping and preparing is much appreciated!)

    While vegetarian and vegan options may be limited due to the region’s restraints, your guides will try their best to accommodate your dietary preferences and needs. However, gluten-free diets can be easily accommodated. If you require a gluten-free diet, bear in mind that you should assist your guides during food shopping to ensure the purchase of the appropriate products for your needs. If you have any dietary restrictions or needs, let us know upon checkout.

  • During your Greenland Icefjord hiking tour, you’ll be staying in a typical local Greenlandic house in Kulusuk and in tents in the wilderness.

      • The house in Kulusuk, where you’ll spend the first and the last night of the tour, features an entrance, dry toilet (bucket toilet), kitchen, and living/dining room on the ground floor. Shared room i.e. dormitory with mattresses on the floor is upstairs. The house has no running water, but it has central heating and electricity. Showers are available for a small fee at the village’s Service house, 200 meters away from the house, open from 8 am to 3 pm on weekdays.
      • Once you depart Kulusuk, your luggage will be transported from camp to camp and you’ll spend nights camping in three-person tents, with two people sharing each tent, so that there is enough space for everyone. In addition to the individual tents, the group has a mess tent for dining and socializing in the evenings. Hikers are expected to put up their own tent and to help with putting up the mess (kitchen) tent.
  • For your Greenland Icefjord hiking tour all camping and cooking gear, including tents, mess tent, safety equipment (satellite phone, first aid kit, etc.) is provided by the guides. You should only bring your own sleeping bag—it’s recommended to have a sleeping bag rated for comfort between 0°C to -5°C (32 to 21°F) to ensure a comfortable night’s rest.

    If you don’t have a suitable sleeping bag, you can rent one. If you’re interested in the rental, let us know upon booking.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this group icefjord hiking tour in Greenland, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 12:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 5 people for this tour to operate. Your guides will let you know on time if the tour is guaranteed and running, though you can still contact us right away to tell you about the current state of bookings.
      • The maximum number of participants is set at 12.

    Greenland Icefjord hiking tour 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 the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

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

  • To get to Kulusuk Airport (KUS), the starting point of your Greenland Icefjord hiking tour, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF), less than an hour from Reykjavík, Iceland.

    You’ll meet with your guide at the airport in Kulusuk at 17:15 pm (local time), put your luggage on a quad trailer and enjoy a 30-minute walk to the village.

  • 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.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.
    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

    Full payment is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. If the Client cancels the tour…

      • More than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the trip departure date, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of eighty-five percent (85%) of the total trip amount.
      • Forty-two (42) to sixty (60) calendar days prior to the trip departure date, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total trip amount.
      • Sixteen (16) to forty-two (42) calendar days prior to the trip departure date, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total trip amount.
      • Within fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the departure date, Client is entitled to no refund.
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