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.