PRICE TRAVEL: from 1960 €Greenland, Greenland
The Ammassalimmiut, on the east coast of Greenland, formed part of the last Inuit group that had contact with the «white man». It happened when the Danish explorer, Gustav Holm, found them in 1884. This is about the last direct descendants of the Dorset and Thule arctic cultures.
Its relative isolation and strong ties with the past have led to an enormous maintenance of their cultural and survival traditions: even their dialect is archaic compared to the greater part of Greenland’s population. Our goal will be to get submerged in this unique Inuit culture, learn from their skills, and be first-hand witnesses to their adaptation to the environment.
The name «Tunu» means: «the opposite side, back, back side», since it is precisely the largest human concentration that is found in the other part of the island, on the West Coast. And so, this region constitutes «the other face of life, the other face of Greenland».
09/09 – 16/09/2017
(1) Places – 8
Our aim will be to explore the land of the Ammassalimiut, on foot and by boat. In addition, this trekking in Greenland expedition will give us the opportunity to see a beautiful area of remote valleys of the Arctic, mountains and fjords huge, full of icebergs. And we can also see the layer of ice that covers more than 80% of the island.
During this trekking tour will also visit traditional populations while enjoying the spectacular views of the fjords, glaciers and icebergs of this wonderful Greenlandic region. The possibility to observe seals, whales (basically sei and narwhals whales), polar bears and arctic foxes, and also of the majestic Northern Lights.
Learn how to orient across the Arctic and recognize the signs of nature (the fog, winds, ice...) Watching Northern Lights
Accommodation in a guest house (shared room) and in a hostel with double or triple rooms and in tents.
In this expedition, there will be no cook traveling with us, so the preparation of the food will be a team work. The provided lunches will be dryfood and picnic food style, although varied, due to the lack of infrastructure in this area, and also because the activities at the time that we may be doing. European food will be mixed with local food, and will be prepared by the group.
X-plore specialist guideNote: The guide will adapt the program and activities in function of the group. The order and contents of the expedition may vary. We will adapt the route and its contents depending on conditions and options that may be offered to us in each moment. Along the expedition, the cooperation of all participants will be crucial.
Day 1: Flight Reykjavik (Iceland) - Kulusuk - Tasiilaq (Greenland). Arrival to Kulusuk, traditional town located, on an island that has the same name, and transfer by helicopter, flying over the breathtaking fjord of Ammassalik, until you reach the town of Tasiilaq, situated 20 km, capital of the region of Tunu and for many people, the most beautiful city of Greenland. On the afternoon, we will make a brief visit to the town of Tasiilaq. Accommodation and breakfast in a hostel with double or triple rooms.
Day 2: Tasiilaq - Qaqqartivagajik Mountain - Tasiilaq. After breakfast, we will begin to walk towards the Qaqqartivagajik Mountain (718m). An easy excursion of about 4 hours, that takes us through the valley of the flowers, all the way to the top of this mountain, with views of the imposing mountain ranges that surround the island, and where we can also observe the movement of the world's largest ice through the «Polar Stream» medium, from the Polar Basin. Picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon, we will be able to visit the town of Tasiilaq. Also, we recommend you visit the local museum, which is one of the most important and visited in Greenland. There you will see an exhibition about the history of the east coast of the country, which includes a display of masks, sculptures, antique photographs, and so on. To visit the Potato House, reconstruction of a traditional Greenlandic house made of stone and peat, and then to go to the Citadel, a building constructed in 1894 by the first Danish missionary, Revered Rüttel and his wife. Also to see the house of the missionaries, built in 1895, that served as a church, a school and as a hospital. To visit the Trade Manager's House, a building constructed in the 20s, destroyed in the 50s, and reconstructed later. It was occupied between 1932 and 1933 by Knud Rasmussen (father of esquimology), when he came to make the film «Palos Brudefaerd». In the evening, and after dinner, we will go to the Krostuen, one of the two places in the city that are focused on the local nightlife. Accommodation and breakfast in a hostel with double or triple rooms.
Day 3: Sangmileq Fjord. After breakfast, we will leave by boat to arrive to the small Sangmileq Fjord, located to the south of the Johan Petersen Fjord and two hours of navigation from Tasiilaq. After the disembarkation, we will begin our hike in order to get closer to the spectacular Inlandsis, the second largest reserve of ice of the planet after the Antarctica. A wild place, isolated, without a human trace and devoid of life. The walk of 6 hours is not difficult, but it is the most demanding on this trip. Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by us. Night in tents.
Day 4: Sangmileq Fjord - Inlandsis. Once we regained the sufficient energy after breakfast, we will begin a walk to get closer to the spectacular Inlandsis, to step on that desert of ice, which in some places reaches 3,500 meters of thickness and in which the Inuit themselves do not go any further due to the absence of animals to hunt. This trekking of 6 or 7 hours is not difficult, but it will take you to a barely explored and wild terrain and that on some maps it is signaled as «unexplored». Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by us. Night in tents.
Day 5: Johan Petersen Fjord. After breakfast and after packing our camp and prepared the luggage, we will begin trekking to the highest point of the area (350m). From here, we will be surrounded by the 20 km of helero walls that contains the Johan Petersen Fjord; a world of ice, icebergs and glaciers, that only you can imagine when you have lived it and it is better to have done so, instead of someone else telling you about it. After that, we will descend on a path of rock to meet again with our boat and the baggage that we have left and did not needed. Then, we will sail towards the Johan Petersen Fjord, and in one of its coasts we will mount our camp. Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by us. Night in tents.
Day 6: Johan Petersen Fjord. Reserve Day in case of adverse weather conditions. Today we will be able to have a day of active rest. We can relax and enjoy the beautiful views that are offered to us by the Johan Petersen Fjord. For the more adventurous and tireless, we will be able to explore this area a little more. Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by us. Night in tents.
Day 7: Sermilik Fjord - Kulusuk. After breakfast, we will say goodbye to this world, adorned with a cold blue color and impregnated by the silence, peace and solitude. We will get on the boat again and we will keep on our navigation through the impressive Ammassalik Fjord. We will arrive in the afternoon to the traditional town of Kulusuk. We will have free time to visit this settlement and enjoy the hospitality of its residents. Picnic lunch en route. Dinner and breakfast will be cooked by ourselves. Accommodation in a guest house with shared rooms.
Day 8: Flight Kulusuk - Reykjavik. After breakfast, we will transfer over to the airport. Return to Reykjavik (Iceland).Note: The program will vary in function regarding the weather and the sea conditions, and of the drifting of ice, the presence of animals and the decisions of the Chiefs/Inuit hunters at the time.