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Greenland Treasures

Experience the beauty of West Greenland: Explore and spend the night on the ice sheet, eat breakfast overlooking the stunning ice landscape, get up close to the incredible nature and much more.

Come to Greenland and experience an arctic summer in the midnight sun. Greenland is not just cold winters, harsh landscapes and rough mountains - summer here is experiencing the lush tundra that blossoms under the warming rays of the sun and the midnight sun that lights up the summer night.

Greenland provides the perfect setting for an ‘expedition’ on the mighty ice sheet that covers 80 per cent of the country. We spend the night in Camp Ice Cap a camp on the ice sheet. And in Kangerlussuaq, we have the pleasure of getting to know the locals through a ‘kaffemik’, a get-together with coffee, cake and storytelling.

We give you a unique opportunity to experience an adventure in a different world.

Start
Copenhagen, Denmark
End
Copenhagen, Denmark

Trip highlights

  • Walking across the Greenland Ice Sheet under the midnight sun.
  • Explore Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including muskoxen, caribou, and gyrfalcons.
  • Taste Greenland's Cuisine and the famous 'Kaffemik' with locals.
  • Hike up to Russell Glacier
  • Stay in and explore Copenhagen with an all transport pass for 24 hours.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrivals in Copenhagen

Welcome to Copenhagen - The capital in the 'Kingdom Of Denmark'! You will be met by our representative/english speaking driver and transferred to your preferred hotel. 


You will receive a Copenhagen Card which allows you to enter the famous Tivoli Gardens just a short walk from your hotel. This amusement park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world!


The same Copenhagen Card also gives you free transportation in buses, trains, harbor bus and metros in greater Copenhagen. More information about the card:


http://www.copenhagencard.com/


Return to hotel for an overnight stay.                   


Day 2: A Full Day in Copenhagen

After breakfast, we go on a city wide tour to explore Copenhagen. We visit some of the most prominent places in Copenhagen like - 


Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. It is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. 


Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish royal family. Amalienborg is guarded day and night by Royal Life Guards. Witness the changing of the guard in front of Amalienborg during noon time.


Rosenborg Castle was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710. The castle is open to the public for tours and houses a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections


After lunch we go on an afternoon Canal Tour that gives you breath taking views of the city from the canal. You get to see the famous 'Little Mermaid' sculpture.


This is followed by a walk to the Christiania -  a hidden gem and a cultural hub with a booming underground culture, a city on its own!


Later in the night one can opt for the Opera if one so likes. Else just stroll around the hotel, taking in the views, the culture, the people and their life in general.


Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 3: Arrivals in Kangerlussuaq and City Tour

After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for your arrivals in Greenland.


Welcome to Kangerlussuaq - Greenland's main air transport hub and the site of Greenland's largest commercial airport. The airport dates from American settlement during and after World War II.


After checking in to the hotel, we enjoy a tour by coach where we explore the town and hope to spot the area’s wildlife: Musk Oxen, Eagles, Arctic Foxes, Reindeer and Arctic Hares.


In the evening, we will have dinner at Restaurant Roklubben (the Rowing Club) - one of the highest rated restaurants in Greenland, located about 5km outside of Kangerlussuaq on the shore of Lake Ferguson Lake.


Day 4: Ice Cap Point 660 and Hike to Camp Ice

Today we set off for our ice sheet adventure. We start the hike from Point 660, on the edge of the ice sheet about 37km from Kangerlussuaq.


Along the way, we will experience the alternating landscape of lakes, moor and dense scrub, barren sand dunes and mountains that don’t exceed 700m; a mild landscape by Greenlandic standards. The tundra is covered in lush moss and we may be lucky to spot Musk Oxen, Eagles, Arctic Foxes, Reindeer and Arctic Hares.


When we reach the Russell Glacier, near the edge of the ice sheet, we continue to Point 660, where we will walk on the ice itself and look out into the vast ice surface towards Greenland’s interior.


We hike towards the interior and enjoy the experience of being on this massive body of ice and feeling the cold from the mighty ice mass. The ice sheet is about 3km thick and can be seen carving its way into the sea in many places along Greenland’s coast. It is truly a magical moment being on the ice, a world of ancient snow that has turned to ice over centuries.


After a couple of hours of walking, we reach the camp and set up for the night with all the necessary facilities. We will have a coffee and tea break after we set up camp and weather permitting, we will go for a short evening stroll and experience the midnight sun in its glory. Don’t forget your cameras, as the light is amazing!


We prepare dinner that consists of a surprisingly tasty freeze-dried meal and in following with Greenlandic tradition, we gather in the common tent and eat together while sharing stories of the day.


We bring crampons and trekking poles to walk on the ice, but we do not use rope as we stay on safe ground all the time. 


Remember sensible outdoor clothing and boots for hiking in mountainous terrain.


Day 5: Hike on the Ice Sheet towards Russell Glacier

We wake up to a new and exciting day on the ice. After breakfast we explore the ice landscape and hike towards Russell Glacier and have the opportunity to see the many turquoise rivers of melted ice formed on the ice sheet over the summer, ebb their way through the ice and trickle into small lakes and crevices.


We have the opportunity (at a safe distance) to get an idea of where the cracks in the glacier were formed.


Lunch is enjoyed on the hike or at the camp, depending on the weather. In the afternoon, we pack up and head back to the ice edge where we are driven back to Kangerlussuaq where we arrive in the early evening.


We enjoy dinner at Restaurant Roklubben.


Day 6: Kangerlussuaq: Exploring the Tundra, ‘Kaffemik’ with a local family and Greenlandic Dinner

Today we explore the beautiful surrounding tundra that is abundant with land-based wildlife. During the tour, the tour leaders will talk about the Musk Ox and its history in the area. The best place to spot them is behind the 300m-high vantage point Black Ridge. We drive up the mountain, which offers a magnificent view over the valley towards the ice sheet. Don’t forget your binoculars!


In the afternoon we have the pleasure of experiencing Greenlandic hospitality during a ‘Kaffemik’ (coffee, cake and storytelling) in a private home.


This evening, we will enjoy a lovely Greenlandic dinner at Restaurant Roklubben consisting of delicious Shrimp, Fish, Musk Ox, Reindeer, ‘Mattak’ for the brave heart (whale skin with a strip of blubber for the adventurous ones!), scallops and more. Vegetarian options are available too.


Day 7: Goodbye to Kangerlussuaq

After breakfast, head towards the airport for return journey to Copenhagen.


Check in to hotel in Copenhagen. Rest of the day at leisure to explore, eat, shop or just walk around. Visit places on your list of things to do in Copenhagen!


Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 8: Departures from Copenhagen

Morning breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to the international airport for flight to India. 


Price

Price includes:

• English-speaking tour guides

• Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq (round trip)

• Sightseeing tour by bus in Kangerlussuaq including museum visits

• Transportation to and from the ice sheet, Point 660

• Hiking on the ice sheet including all equipment

• Bus tour of the tundra

• ‘Kaffemik’ in Greenlandic family

• Transportation airport - hotel (round trip) in Copenhagen

​• 2 + 1 nights at First Hotel Kong Frederik  at Copenhagen

​• City Tour in Copenhagen (including 24 Hours Ticket for traveling in Local Transport + Entry to Tivoli Amusement Park)

• Transportation airport - hotel (round trip) in Kangerlussuaq

• 3 nights at Hotel Kangerlussuaq in double room with bath and toilet

• 1 night in Camp Ice Cap including all equipment

• Full board in Greenland including Greenlandic dinner in Restaurant Roklubben on day 4

• Taxes

Price excludes:

• Any extra events/excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

• Meals other than those stated in the itinerary

• Beverages

• Personal expenses

• Anything not mentioned under ‘Price includes’

Practical information

Room Options

If you are a single traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.


Travel Insurance

It is a prerequisite for participation that you have taken out travel insurance to cover both the cost of treating illness/injury and the journey. In addition, we recommend that the insurance includes baggage cover in case of damage or loss of luggage.
 


Who Can Participate?

To take part in this tour, it is required that you are able bodied. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Travel in Greenland

Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark and a valid passport is required for all visitors.


Money / Local Currency

In Greenland, the Danish currency the krone (crown) is used. VISA credit cards can be used to pay in larger cities, and ATMs are also available. In anywhere other than the largest settlements cash must be used.


Time Difference

Greenland is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


Clothing

A trip to Greenland means there will be a relatively large variation in the temperature and therefore the variety of clothing you will need to pack. In central Greenland we can expect temperatures of 5-10 degrees Celsius. Close to the sea the temperature is warmer but you will need waterproof clothing, a hat and gloves.


Bring clothes that can be combined, for example long-sleeved wool top as an inner layer, a sweater or fleece jacket as a mid layer and a waterproof and windproof jacket on the outside. Regular jeans or trousers are fine as long as you also have a wind and waterproof pair of trousers to go on top. Some sensible and sturdy shoes are ideal, and a pair of waterproof hiking boots are a must for outdoor excursions.


Luggage

It's a good idea to bring a small backpack or bag for day trips. Carry your Binoculars all the time.


General Rules & Guidance

1. You must inform the tour leader before going off on your own. 


2. Please do not enter any houses unless you are expressly invited inside.


3. Do not wander alone in uninhabited areas. Always make sure you have the group in sight and always remember that the weather can change suddenly and may reduce visibility. 


4. Keep a safe distance from animals and birds (minimum 5m). 


Midnight Sun and Northern Lights

The midnight sun occurs north of the Arctic Circle for different periods of time depending on how far north we are. In Disko Bay, for example, the midnight sun occurs from May 25 to July 25. In the weeks before and after this time span, the nights are also very light. The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, occur all year round but are most visible in the dark months (i.e. from late August).


Protection against Insects

We recommend that you bring mosquito repellent as it is mosquito season between June and July. Most mosquitoes are found away from settlements but they may be present in towns and cities. If you go on a hike in the surrounding countryside we recommend that you wear a mosquito net that protects the entire head.


Sled Dogs

The Greenlandic sled dog is found from Sisimiut and to the north. This is a separate breed and perfectly matched to Greenlandic conditions. The dogs are not pets, but serve as indispensable working tools for locals. When travelling in Greenland, you will often witness a dog being punished by the sled driver for not obeying or for acting aggressively towards other dogs. This is quite normal and a necessary means for maintaining the respect between dogs and driver.
 


Sunscreen

We recommend that you bring sunscreen (with a high SPF) along as the sun's rays can be stronger than you are used to due to our northerly destinations and arctic conditions.