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Hiking Adventure in East Greenland

Arctic Hiking and Expeditions, Einar Torfi Finnsson, Kristinn Gardarsson
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Arctic Hiking and Expeditions, Einar Torfi Finnsson, Kristinn Gardarsson
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  • Serenity now! Leave your daily hassles behind and come to Greenland, an isolated haven partly sitting in the Arctic Circle. Over the course of 10 days, you’ll learn about the Inuit way of life by touring charming settlements, with some of them having less than 250 inhabitants. When you’re not strolling along the rugged coast, head to towering mountains just behind villages and enjoy scenic views of icebergs, deep blue seas, and intricate fjords from above. At the end of every day, you’ll retreat to your hut-style accommodations—Greenland’s summers are something else, so a warm meal will work like a charm!

    • Meet your guide and your group at Keflavík Airport in Reykjavík. The plane takes off at 11:30 and lands in Kulusuk at 11:15 local time. After the baggage has been picked up by a local, you’ll walk to the village to your accommodation. Kulusuk is situated on an island surrounded in three directions by other islands and mountain peaks. It’s home to about 250 people, many of them hunters and fishermen. After lunch, explore the village and its surroundings, get to know its history, and admire landscapes and icebergs. You’ll have some free time in the late afternoon. Spend the next 2 nights in a hut-style accommodation in a traditional local house.
      Meals: Lunch and dinner
      Hiking: 3 hours

      Kulusuk village, Greenland
    • Morning departure to discover the spectacular landscape of Kulusuk Island, home to the fourth-largest settlement on the entire eastern coast of Greenland. Walk up to a hill offering a view towards the west, with icebergs and drift ice in abundance on the ocean. Admire the green color of a mountain lake before heading to the coast to enjoy the cliffs and rock formations on the shore. Return to your accommodation.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 6-7 hours

      Kulusuk island, Greenland
    • Take a boat to Kuummiut in the morning, the northernmost village in the Ammassalik region, sitting at the foot of high and steep granite mountains. Once you’ve settled down in a local hut-style accommodation, go for an afternoon walk in Kuummiut and along the shore. You might even meet locals fishing arctic char with a rod. Spend the night in Kuummiut.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: Several hours

      Kuummiut village, East Greenland
    • Today’s goal is climbing Qeqqit Qaqqartivaat, the almost 1,100-meter (3,609 ft) high mountain above Kuummiut. Start ascending by climbing the ridge just above the village, which will give you a spectacular panorama of what the locals call Dunu or Tunu, a stellar small fjord surrounded by steep mountains. Then turn left to climb the second ridge up to the edge of a hanging valley, soon reaching the top. The peak boasts great views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, fjords, and valleys as far as the eye can see. Night is spent at the same accommodation as the day before.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Elevation gain: 1,050 m / 3,445 ft

      Guided East Greenland hiking tour
    • You’re leaving Kuummiut today and heading to Tiilerilaaq by the Ikaasatsivaq strait, towered over by granite peaks pointing to the sky on each side. Arriving to Tiilerilaaq, a tiny hunter’s village, you’ll reach the edge of the Sermilik ice fjord. This fjord has one of the most productive glacier systems in the world, moving over 30 meters (99 ft) per day and constantly calving icebergs. You’ll bring your luggage to a comfortable house in the village, and after a refreshment, go for a walk, enjoying the incredible vistas. Spend the night in Tiilerilaaq.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 3 hours
      Sailing: 3 hours

      Kuummiut, Sermilik fjord, Greenland
    • Start your day with a hike, doing a loop over to a small river, where you are likely to find the national flower of Greenland, the vibrantly pink Niviarsiaq (meaning “young girl” in Greenlandic). Continue climbing a long and broad ridge to a 420-meter high point to get a view over the Sermilik fjord. You’ll get the whole panorama: pyramid-shaped mountains and endless ridges and peaks to the East and the enormous Greenland Ice Cap to the West. Return to Tiilerilaaq in the afternoon.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Elevation gain: 420 m / 1,378 ft

    • Early in the morning, you’ll get transferred by a boat to a place sometimes called the Golden Beach. From there, follow the trail climbing to the hills to the east. You’ll pass a small lake, then a second, and a third, until you reach a small mountain pass at about 350 m (1,149 ft). Continue hiking along several bigger lakes until you hit the Tasiilaq fjord. Here the trail follows the coastline until you come into Tasiilaq, the largest town of East Greenland with its 2,000 inhabitants. Spend the night in a guesthouse.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Elevation gain: 350 m / 1,149 ft

      Sermilikvejen, East Greenland
    • Today you’re climbing to the high Sailor’s Mountain, Qaqqartivakajik, just behind town. Follow a steep ridge until you get to the lower summit of the mountain, boasting stellar views. Continue to the higher summit at 679 m (2,228 ft) to enjoy some more views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and icebergs, before descending into a valley on the north side. Walk along a lake to the Flower Valley, where you’ll find several arctic plants in bloom. Return to Tasiilaq and spend the night at the same guesthouse.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Hiking: 5-6 hours
      Elevation gain: 650 m / 2,133 ft

      Somandsfjeldet and Qaqqartivakajik
    • Spend the last full day in Greenland as you wish—you have free time to tour Tasiilaq, visit the local museum, the local handcraft store, or the town center. In the afternoon, take the boat over the Kulusuk (1 hour) where you’ll stay in the same house as the beginning of the trip.
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

      Tasiilaq signpost
    • At noon, board the flight back to Keflavík Airport from Greenland’s Kulusuk. Arrival to Keflavík is at 3:45 pm local time. Say goodbye to your group and guides, but feel free to stay longer and explore Iceland. Just ask your guides for recommendations!
      Meals: Breakfast

      Map of East Greenland tour
    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Greenland, please refer to Greenland’s current status on the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 10-day hiking tour in East Greenland (9 days of hiking)
        • Boat transfers as described in the itinerary
        • All meals
        • Accommodation in huts and hotels
        • Safety equipment (satellite phone, first aid kit, etc.)

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to and from Greenland (can be arranged at an additional fee)
        • Alcoholic beverages
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • While you don’t need to have any special skills for hiking in East Greenland, you still need to have a great level of fitness. You’ll be walking every day for 5-7 hours, 9 days in a row, carrying a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day. Other than that, on some days you’ll also see bigger changes in elevation, up to 1,050 m (3,445 ft) of vertical gain. If you’re comfortable with that much hiking and elevation changes, you’re good to go!

      Alternatively, you have an option to go on a beginner-friendly sailing and exploring adventure in Greenland. Something a bit more advanced would be a multisport adventure in East Greenland. If you’re looking to go all out, check out this 30-day polar expedition in Greenland.

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

        • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
        • Hiking poles — optional
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Hat or cap
        • Buff or neck gaiter
        • Warm gloves
        • Thermal underwear (wool or synthetic)
        • Long-sleeve shirt (wool or synthetic)
        • T-shirts (wool or synthetic)
        • Light wool or fleece sweater
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Hooded wind and waterproof puffy jacket
        • Wind and waterproof trousers
        • Insulating layer
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, SPF lip balm, hand sanitizer, 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.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this hiking adventure in East Greenland, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 14:1. 
        • 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 cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

      Hiking in Greenland 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.

    • Meet your group at Reykjavik Airport in Iceland. You have a 2-hour flight in the morning to Kulusuk Airport. Once you’ve landed in Kulusuk at about 11:15 local time, locals will come to pick up your baggage and you’ll walk to the village.

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