CULTURAL TOUR TUNU WITH THE INUIT HUNTERS
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 is to become submerged in this unique Inuit culture, learn from their skills, and be first-hand witnesses to their environmental adaptations.
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 look of Greenland». While we live together with the Inuit, we will learn their ancient methods of hunting and fishing, we will travel by boat, we will eat traditional foods (seal, whale, halibut, grouper, cod, etc.), we will 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 (usually sei whales and narwhals), polar bears and arctic foxes, and also of the majestic aurora borealis which can be seen from end of August .
August - September
DAY 1: FLIGHT REYKJAVIK (ICELAND) – KULUSUK (GREENLAND)
Arrival to Kulusuk, traditional town located, on an island that has the same name. Luggage pick up and transfer to the guest house. Free afternoon to take a first impression and make some contact with this majestic Greenlandic region and its residents. Lunch and dinner cooked by ourselves. Accommodation in an Inuit house with shared bedrooms (sleeping bag).
DAY 2: KULUSUK – SERMILIGAAQ
Last minute preparations and shopping. Boat trip along with the Ammassalimmiut towards the town of Sermiligaaq, located 50 km from Kulusuk. Along the journey, we will pass by numerous islands that are strategic entry points for the Inuit themselves, in their usual search of food for their subsistence. Workshop: during the way, we will learn how to observe and understand the terrain, how to be guided by the Arctic and to recognize the signs of it’s wild and unpredictable nature. Arrival to Sermiligaaq, an active and efficient settlement for traditional hunting and fishing. Free afternoon to visit this ancestral town. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by ourselves. Picnic lunch en route. Accommodation in an Inuit houses with shared rooms.
DAY 3: SERMILIGAAQ – KÂRALE AND KNUD RASMUSSEN GLACIERES – KUUMMIUT
In the morning, we will go over to Sermiligaaq, straight to the impressive array of glaciers of the Kârale and Knud Rasmussen, located 20 kilometers away. This is one of the places where we can observe with greater clarity the retreat of the glaciers as a result of the planet’s global warming. We will continue our trip through the Ikateq Fjord and visit a former American military base, Bluie 2, abandoned in 1959. In the afternoon, we will arrive to the traditional village of Kuummiut, located 40 km from Sermiligaaq. Picnic lunch en route. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by ourselves. Accommodation in Inuit houses with shared rooms.
DAY 4: KUUMMIUT – QENERTIVARTIT – TASIILAQ
After breakfast, the morning is free to visit the village of Kuummiut. We recommend a visit to the fish market and the salted fish factory, the only factory of fish of the district and where the majority of catches of this region are processed. At the appointed time, we will continue with our navigation through the stunning Ammassalik Fjord until we reach the town of Tasiilaq, located 40 km away, the capital of the Tunu region, and for many, the most beautiful city in Greenland. During the trip, we will make a stop to visit the abandoned town of Qenertivartivit, which is preserved as its inhabitants left it. Breakfast will be prepared by us. Picnic lunch en route. Accommodation in a hostel with double or triple rooms.
DAY 5: TASIILAQ
In the morning, we will visit the town of Tasiilaq. First, we will go to the local museum, which is one of the most important and most 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. Then we will visit the Potato House, reconstruction of a traditional Greenlandic house made of stone and peat, and then we will go to the Citadel, a building constructed in 1894 by the first Danish missionary, Revered Rüttel and his wife. We will also see the house of the missionaries, built in 1895, that served as a church, a school and as a hospital. We will visit the Trade Manager’s House, a building constructed in the 20s, destroyed in the 50s, and reconstructed later. We will make a stop on the trip to have a Picnic and enjoy the beautiful views of this village. Accommodation and breakfast in a hostel with double or triple rooms.
DAY 6: TASIILAQ
Free day to walk around the town of Tasiilaq and observe the daily life of its residents. It is recommended to visit Skaeven o Stunk, which is the House of the Craftsmanship, one of the most important places in Greenland to contemplate the traditional Inuit crafts, especially the manufacture of masks and tupilaat. Also, we recommend you visit the Kalaaliaraq, the town’s fish market, where hunters and fishermen bring their daily catches in order to be bought by the residents of Tasiilaq. Also, you could visit the house of Service of the Philately of Greenland, created in 1988 and with a lot of prestige in an international level. Finally, we suggest that you visit the church that was built in 1985, where in its interior we will be able to observe the religious syncretism that the Inuit have come to accept, called Shamanic Neocristianism, and that combines the traditional and the modern Greenlandic art. Picnic lunch. Accommodation and breakfast in a hostel with double or triple rooms.
DAY 7: TASIILAQ
Reserve Day in case of adverse weather or by bad sea conditions. After breakfast, we will have the option of making a hike to the the valley of the Flowers. An easy excursion of about 3 hours. Another of the activities that you will be able to do is a panoramic tour by helicopter (paying a separate supplement), which will take us to the top of the Mitivagkat Glacier, located at an altitude of 1,000 meters and from where it is possible to observe the impressive landscape of fjords, mountain ranges, glaciers and the ancient layer of Greenlandic ice which is located in this region. However, the option we always recommend is a boat trip to the Nagtivit Fjord (paying a separate supplement), situated 50 km from Tasiilaq, a place full of icebergs that stain the bay with an intense blue. We can also observe the glacier front and the impressive Indlandsis, a layer of ice that covers more than 80% of the Greenlandic territory, and it is the second largest reserve of ice on the planet. If the weather allows it, and also the sea conditions are suitable, we will try to go ashore to take a closer look at this impressive mass of ice. Picnic lunch en route. Accommodation and breakfast in a hostel with double or triple rooms.
DAY 8: TASIILAQ – IKATEQ –JOHAN PETERSEN FJORD – TINITEQILAAQ
Today we will take on one of the most impressive routes by boat that could be taken in Greenland. After breakfast, we will board a boat to continue our tour of the magnificent Kong Oscar Fjord, and then we will continue by the impressive Ammassalik Fjord. We will make a first stop to visit the ghost town of Ikateq, which was abandoned a few years ago due to its remote and isolated location. Actually, this town is situated 13 km of Tasiilaq, is a traditional refuge of the Ammassalimmiut during their hunting expeditions. After we will continue sailing towards the marvelous Sermilik Fjord, an area full of drifting icebergs and where there is the possibility of spotting whales. We will keep on touring the beautiful coastline that bathes the Ammassalik Island and we will enter the impressive fjord of Johan Petersen, where we can contemplate an incredible circle of glaciers that will leave us with our mouths open. Finally we will arrive at to the small traditional town of Tiniteqilaaq and it means «island united to the mainland when the tide is low». Dinner cooked by ourselves. Picnic lunch en route. Accommodation in a mountain Inuit hut with shared rooms.
DAY 9: TINITEQILAAQ –MANISILERTARPIA, APUSERAJIK AND MIDGAR GLACIERS– TINITEQILAAQ
In the morning, we will take the boat to navigate the magnificent Sermilik Fjord and we will try to visit the Manisilertarpia Fronts, Apuserajik and Midgar Glaciers, which are the most productive in the area. After sailing through this entire area and observing the many icebergs that drift towards us and also to contemplate at the majestic scenery of this region, then we will return to Tiniteqilaaq. Today we will hold a workshop: we will immerse ourselves into the world of Greenlandic cuisine (the traditional Inuit diet is considered as one of the most healthy and balanced of the world) and we will learn how the food is cooked in the indigenous style. Picnic lunch en route. Breakfast will be cooked by ourselves. Accommodation in an inuit mountain hut with shared rooms
DAY 10: TINITEQILAAQ
After breakfast, we will go to an Inuit mass, where we will observe a mixture of religious and modern traditions that never leaves anybody indifferent. Then we will visit the town of hunters and fishermen, Ammassalimmiut, which seems to be anchored in the past and where the time does not make us move forward, but instead it moves us backwards to an era where the indigenous population was encountered in its purest state and without any influence from Western civilisations. On the other hand, this region is rich in cape lines ( ammassat, fish that gave its name to this Inuit group and to the region) and also arctic trout and that may be reason enough to observe the Inuit fishermen of these waters. There is also the possibility that we may observe whales from the coast where they often arrive as part of a group in the cold waters of the Sermilik Fjord. We will make a stop on the way to have a Picnic during which we will take in the majesty of the Greenlandic nature. Free afternoon to go in search of peace and silence in such an unbeatable location. Breakfast and dinner cooked by ourselves. Accommodation in a mountain Inuit hut with shared rooms.
DAY 11: TINITEQILAAQ – KULUSUK
In the morning and after breakfast, we will leave Tiniteqilaaq and will get on the boat to continue our trip towards the beautiful Ikasartivaq Fjord, which will encourage us to believe that we have reached the end of the world. We will continue our navigation through the stunning Ammassalik Fjord and we will arrive in the afternoon at the traditional town of Kulusuk. Picnic lunch en route. Dinner and breakfast will be cooked by ourselves. Accommodation in an Inuit houses with shared rooms.
DAY 12: KULUSUK
After breakfast, we will take a tour through the town of Kulusuk, whose residents still live there by traditional hunting and fishing. We will visit the school, the fish market, the museum and the local church. We will finish our visit at the cemetery to observe an eponomic ritual and also the religious syncretism, between Shamanism, Animism and Christianity, which the Inuit have learned to accept. Also, we will take in a workshop: we will practice Inuit traditional games and we will learn about the Tordlut, the anciently used element by the Inuit to resolve conflicts within the community. Free afternoon to walk around the beautiful surroundings of the Kulusuk Island. Optionally, there is the possibility to see an exhibition of the traditional drum (paying a separate supplement). Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared by ourselves. Accommodation in an Inuit houses with shared rooms.
DAY 13: FLIGHT KULUSUK – REYKJAVIK
After breakfast, we will transfer over 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.
- Flights Reykjavik – Kulusuk and Kulusuk – Reykjavik
- Transfer luggage Airport – Kulusuk, Kulusuk – Airport
- Accommodation in an Inuit houses (shared room) and in a hostel with double or triple rooms
- Complete board in Greenland except in Tasiilaq, which will be in the regime of half a board (breakfast and lunch).
- Dinner with an Inuit family
- X-plore specialist guide: an expert anthropologist specialising in Inuit culture
- Activities and Workshops mentioned in the program
- Ship patterns and/or local hunters
- Boat trips
- Arctic security equipment
- Satellite telephone, Spot
- Permissions and entries
- First-aid kit
- Flights from / to Iceland
- Airport taxes (140 Euros)
- Personal expenses, such as drinks, museum entrances, phone calls, etc.
- Travel insurance
- Excess luggage
- Clothing / individual equipment, backpacks, clothing, etc. (contact us for advice)
- Any service in Iceland
- Satellite telephone calls (€ 2 per minute)
- Travel by helicopter to the Mitivagkat glacier
- Exhibition in Kulusuk of the drum dance
- Boat Tour to Nagtivit Fjord (1,200 DKK)
- Anything not specified in the “INCLUDED” section,
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