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Greenland: Winter Wonderland

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Greenland: Winter Wonderland

"Adventure awaits the one who is ready to embrace it," said Knud Rasmussen, the famed polar explorer.

And winter adventures are truly awaiting us in Greenland, where the winter sun casts its rays over the dream-like snow-covered tundra and snow-caped mountain landscapes. We scout for musk oxen and go dog-sledding across the sparkling, silent winter backdrop, and when darkness falls, we hope to see the northern lights dance across the starry sky.

The wavering, green band of northern lights is truly an unforgettable sight. The weather in Winter Wonderland is often stable and clear, and the northern lights shine brightest. We are in the perfect settings to experience the enigmatic phenomenon.

Start
Copenhagen, Denmark
End
Copenhagen, Denmark

Trip highlights

  • Northern Lights - Once in a lifetime experience
  • Walking across the Greenland Ice Sheet, hike to Russell Glacier and Point 660
  • Explore Greenland's most diverse terrestrial fauna, including Muskoxen, Caribou, and Gyrfalcons.
  • Taste Greenland's cuisine and the famous 'Kaffemik' with locals.
  • Dog Sled adventure
  • Stay in and explore Copenhagen with an all transport pass for 24 hours.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrivals in Copenhagen, Denmark

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, Denmark

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, Greenland and City Tour

On arrival in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland), we check in at the hotel and drop off our bags before embarking on a tour of the town by coach. We might be lucky to spot Musk Oxen, Eagles, Arctic Foxes, Reindeer and Arctic Hares during the tour. 


In the evening we enjoy dinner at Restaurant Roklubben (Rowing Club), located about 5km outside of Kangerlussuaq on the shore of Lake Ferguson.


Day 4: Excursion to Ice Sheet and Point 660

Today we will see the world’s second largest body of ice, the Greenland Ice Sheet, a trip of about five hours. The route follows the long Sandflugts Valley, where we will pass by Kangerlussuaq’s makeshift golf course and the approximately 400m-high cone-shaped mountain Sugarloaf.


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.


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. 


Back at the hotel, the tour leader will give an interesting talk about dog sledding.


Day 5: Dogsled, Northern Lights and Greenlandic Coffee

"Give me winter and dogs - keep everything else for yourselves!" said the great polar explorer, Knud Rasmussen. And with this in mind, we embark on the adventure of the day. One of the best Greenland winter activities: dog sledding.


Experienced dog sled drivers and their dogs take us into the winter landscape. We cross the frozen fjord and in the silent winter wonderland, we only hear the quiet sounds of crunching snow, the sled dogs and the sled driver’s commands to his dogs. An unforgettable experience!


After dinner at Restaurant Roklubben, we go in search of the Northern Lights. Nights with clear skies are often best for viewing Northern Lights in Kangerlussuaq. We drive into the countryside, where we are not bothered by artificial light, and then we will let nature begin its show. When we return, we enjoy a cup of Greenlandic Coffee, while the tour leader talks about the northern lights and the many Greenlandic myths related to nature's own light show.


Day 6: 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 braveheart (whale skin with a strip of blubber), scallops and more. Vegetarian options are available too.


Day 7: Goodbye to Kangerlussuaq !

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and 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 flights to India. 


Price

Price includes:

• English-speaking tour guides

• Flight Denmark - Greenland (round trip)

  • Airport Transfers in Copenhagen (Airport - Hotel, Round Trip)

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

  • Breakfast at Hotel in Copenhagen

​• 24 Hours Ticket for traveling in Local Transport + Entry to Tivoli Amusement Park in Copenhagen

• Airport Transfers in Greenland (Airport - Hotel, Round Trip)

• 4 nights at a hotel in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) in a double room with bath and toilet

• Full board in Greenland including Greenlandic dinner in Restaurant Roklubben on day 6

• Sightseeing tour by bus in Kangerlussuaq including museum visits

• Trip to the ice sheet, point 660 (about 5 hours)

• Dogsled including warm fur clothing and boots, approximately 2 hours

• Northern Lights including Greenlandic coffee

• Tundra tour

• ‘Kaffemik’ with a Greenlandic family

• Lecture and introduction to the Greenlandic sled dog

Price excludes:

• International Flights to and From Copenhagen

  • Extra events/excursions

• Meals other than those stated in the itinerary

• Beverages

• Personal expenses. 

  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Price includes’
  • Indian Taxes Extra

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).


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). 


Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, occur all year round but are most visible in the dark months (i.e. from late August).


Sled Dogs

The Greenlandic sled dog 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.