TREKKING UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN THE TUNU LAND

Greenland
East Coast
departure: 21 August - 1 September 2021
Duration: 12 days

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The Ammassalimmiut on the east coast of Greenland were among the last Inuit group to have contact with the “white man.” It happened when the Danish explorer Gustav Holm located them in 1884. They are the last direct descendants of the Dorset and Thule arctic cultures. Their relative isolation and strong ties to the past have led to the enormous maintenance of their survival and cultural traditions: even their dialect is archaic compared to that of most of the Greenlandic population. Our goal will be to immerse ourselves in this unique Inuit culture, learn from its expertise, and witness first-hand its adaptation to the environment.

The name of Tunu means “the opposite side, back, reverse”, since precisely the greatest human concentration is found in the other part of the island, on the west coast. Thus, this region constitutes “the other side of life, the other side of Greenland.” During this trekking trip we will also visit traditional towns while enjoying the spectacular views of the fjords, glaciers and icebergs of this wonderful Greenlandic region. Possibility of observing seals, whales (basically northern and fin whales), polar bears, arctic foxes, arctic hares and lemmings, in addition to the majestic northern lights that can be seen especially from the end of August. Our goal will be to explore the land of the Ammassalimmiut, on foot and by boat. In addition, this Greenland trekking expedition will give us the opportunity to see a beautiful area of ​​remote Arctic valleys, mountains and huge fjords, full of icebergs. And we can also see the ice sheet that covers more than 80% of the island.

Best season:
June - September
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TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1. FLIGHT REYKJAVIK (ICELAND) – KULUSUK (GREENLAND)
Dinner.

Direct flight to Kulusuk airport, a traditional town located on an island of the same name, baggage claim and transfer to the guest house. Free afternoon to have a first impression and contact with this majestic Greenlandic region and its inhabitants. Lunch and dinner cooked by ourselves.

Accommodation in a guest house (shared rooms, sleeping bag).

DAY 2. KULUSUK – KÂRALE FJORD
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we will depart by boat from Ittimiini to the Kârale fjord. We will sail for approximately 2 hours to one of the most amazing camps, surrounded by vertical peaks and huge glaciers. This amazing place will be our base camp for the next 3 nights. Afternoon walk.

Tent accommodation.

DAY 3. KÂRALE GLACIER
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we will start a wonderful trek that will take us through tundra and areas rich in flora, moraines, glacial rivers and the impressive Kârale glacier. At the end of the tour, impressive views await us from the rugged Sermiligaaq fjord. Trekking duration 6-8 hours. Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner at the camp.

Tent accommodation.

DAY 4. KÂRALE FJORD
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we continue our route along the immense Kârale fjord, and we will be able to observe mny giant glaciers, which feed these waters with ice. We will continue our journey inland gaining height to get a panoramic view of this amazing and unique landscape. Duration of the walk: 6-7 hours. Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner at the camp.

Tent accommodation.

DAY 5. KÂRALE FJORD – TASIILAQ FJORD
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

We will wake up to the sound of millions of tons of ice being broken away by ocean currents at the mouth of the fjords. We will break the camp and our Inuit friends will pick us up and take us by boat to the Tasiilaq fjord, where we will set up camp again. Duration of the boat trip: 2 hours. Picnic en route. Breakfast and dinner at the camp.

Tent accommodation.

DAY 6. TASIILAQ BOARD – TASIILAQ MOUNTAIN REFUGE
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we will leave our camp and walk towards the Tasiilaq Kua valley, with our sleeping bag and food for two days, heading to the Tasiilaq mountain cabin, located at 730 m high. The ascent flows through the glacial moraine and finally goes straight and steep up to the cabin. Breakfast in the camp and dinner in the cabin.

Cabin accommodation.

DAY 7. EXPLORATION
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we will prepare to ascend to one of the surrounding peaks, while enjoying the impressive views of the vertical peaks that surround us with altitudes of up to 2,000 m, Breakfast and dinner in a cabin.

Cabin accommodation.

DAY 8. TASIILAQ MOUNTAIN REFUGE – TASIILAQ FIORD
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast and after collecting the camp and preparing our luggage, we will begin our descent back to the Tasiilaq fjord. Breakfast in the cabin and dinner in the camp.

Tent accommodation.

DAY 9. TASIILAQ FJORD – KUUMMIUT
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After a wonderful boat trip through the fjord with magnificent landscapes, we will arrive at the town of Kuummiut, which is located at the end of a rocky peninsula. Here we will transport our luggage, equipment and food from the port to our simple accommodation in a village house. In the afternoon walk and visit the town. Breakfast at camp and dinner at local house.

Accommodation in a local house.

DAY 10. KUUMMIUT MOUNTAIN
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Today we will start to climb the Kuummiut mountain (1,000 m), the rocky prominence that dominates the town. The altitude is modest, but we have to start from sea level, which makes this a good day of hiking (7-8 hours). Higher up, there is a small remaining glacier on our right side and probably one or two sheets of ice to cross. Breakfast and dinner at a local house. Accommodation also in a local house.

DAY 11. KUUMMIUT – KULUSUK
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, we will board the boat again and arrive in the traditional town of Kulusuk after a 2-hour boat trip. We will have free time to visit this settlement and enjoy the hospitality of its residents. Dinner and breakfast will be cooked by ourselves.

Accommodation in a guest house with shared rooms.

DAY 12. KULUSUK FLIGHT – REYKJAVIK
Breakfast.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Return to Reykjavik (Iceland).

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the pandemic situation by COVID-19, this trip will be subject to possible restrictions and / or prohibitions on entering the country.

INCLUDED
  • 5 nights accommodation in local houses.
  • 5 nights accommodation in tents.
  • 2 nights accommodation in cabins.
  • Diet according to program.
  • Local English-speaking X-plore guide.
  • Flights Reykjavik – Kulusuk and Kulusuk – Reykjavik.
  • Airport baggage transfers – Kulusuk and Kulusuk – airport.
  • Activities mentioned in the program.
  • Boat skippers and / or local hunters.
  • Boat trips.
  • Arctic security equipment.
  • Satellite phone, Spot, solar charger.
  • Permits and tickets.
  • First aid box.
  • Training and preparation sessions in Greenland.
  • Stores and kitchen material.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights to / from Iceland.
  • Airport taxes (140 Euros).
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, museum tickets, phone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Individual clothing / equipment, backpack, clothing, etc. (contact us for advice).
  • Any service in Iceland.
  • Satellite phone calls (€ 2 per minute).
  • Anything not specified in the “INCLUDED” section.
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