PRICE TRAVEL: from 2355 €Greenland, Greenland
The Ammassalimmiut from the east coast of Greenland, were the last Inuit group contacted with the «white man» when the Danish explorer Gustav Holm located them in 1884, are the last survivors who directly descend from the Dorset culture rather than the Thule culture, as the rest of the Inuit groups that inhabit the Arctic. This gives them a unique culture that is particularly evident in the dialect they speak, hunting techniques and artistic productions that differentiate them from the rest.
(1) 15/04 – 22/04/2017
In this expedition we will fully experience their living off the land techniques in an extreme natural environment, as well as learning their culture, history and current life. Most Inuit live today between modern and traditional terms, as their culture is in danger and disappearing as a result of climate change and the process of globalization. This expedition aims to teach useful skills and knowledge and protect this very special and unique culture.
Whilst living with the Inuit, we will be taught their age-old methods of hunting and fishing, travel by dogsled, eat traditional food (seal, halibut, cod, etc.). We will stay in tents and hunting cabins, whilst enjoying spectacular views of fjords, glaciers and icebergs. We can expect to see seals, polar bears, polar fox and the majestic Northern Lights. Visit some local villages of hunters and fishermen to watch the traditional life of the Ammassalimmiut.
During the expedition we will stay in tents or hunting cabins. In Kulusuk, we will sleep at a guesthouse (double occupancy).
Supermarket and local food cooked by the group. All included during the expedition.
Local Inuit hunters.Note: Indigenous experts will accompany us to show more on the Inuit way of life. We can also accompany them on activities such as hunting and fishing (not hunts arranged for us, but hunts they will be carrying out). Although we will learn a lot about the traditional life on the Inuit directly from the people, we have to take into account that their life has changed a lot. They do not dress traditionally and also use modern media.
Day 1: Flight Reykjavik (Iceland) - Kulusuk (Greenland). Arrive at Kulusuk and transfer by snowmobile to the guesthouse. Selfcooked dinner. Lodgement in guesthouse, shared rooms (sleeping bag).
Day 2: Kulusuk (Kap Dan). Visit the town of Kulusuk (Kap Dan). Last preparations, shopping. Selfcooked breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodgement in guesthouse, shared rooms (sleeping bag).
Day 3: Dogsled expedition. Meet the Ammassalimmiut hunters and their sled dogs. Preparation of kit, instructions, load sledges and head out accompanied by Inuit hunters toward northern direction. Overnight in tent.
Day 4: Dogsled expedition. Arrival at Sermiligaaq. Travelling along the frozen sea ice towards Sermiligaaq we will enjoy the view on various steep islands with glaciers. We’ll also look at Greenland cuisine (the traditional Inuit diet is considered one of the healthiest and most balanced in the world) and learn how indigenous foods are cooked. Arrival at Sermiligaaq: Sermiligaaq is an active and well functioning fishing and hunting settlement. Overnight in tent (optional sleep in local house, 250 DKK or 34€, per night and person).
Day 5: Dogsled expedition. Glaciers Knud Rasmussen and Kârale. We leave Sermiligaaq and head for the Kârale and Knud Rasmussen glacier system. In the afternoon we’ll look for seals on the ice and, if we are lucky we could even see polar bear. Overnight in tent.
Day 6: Dogsled expedition. Kulusuk. Returning to Kulusuk. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 7: Kulusuk. In the morning visit to the village of Kulusuk or an excursion with snowshoes on the island. We’ll learn Tordlut, formerly what the Inuit used to resolve conflicts within the community. Afternoon at leisure around town, observing the lives of Inuit hunters and fishermen in a traditional population. Opportunity to visit the local museum. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 8: Flight Kulusuk - Reykjavik. After breakfast, transfer to airport with snowmobile. Return to Reykjavik (Iceland).The program will vary depending on the weather, snow conditions and ice, the presence of animals and the decisions of the Inuit hunter. During the expedition the co-operation of all participants will be crucial.