Wildlife, Inuit Culture, and Hiking on the Ice Cap

Western Greenland Expedition

Greenland, Denmark

8 Days

From $6,995

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    With icebergs spilling out of its fjords, humpback whales spouting in its waters, and a unique Inuit culture, Greenland is a magnet for adventurers. We cruise into the stunning Western Fjords, walk on the vast Greenland Ice Sheet, and hike the tundra in search of musk ox. In Ilulissat, north of the Arctic Circle, we hike past icebergs on UNESCO-listed Kangia Icefjord and explore an Inuit settlement. Cruising in the golden aura of the midnight sun, we'll watch the play of light and color of the Arctic twilight reflected on towering icebergs. If you want to experience one of our planet's most jaw-droppingly beautiful settings, come to Greenland with WT!

    Arrive: Nuuk, Greenland

    Depart: Ilulissat, Greenland

    Highlights

    • Discover the pristine, glacier-carved wonder of the Western Fjords
    • Hike on the Greenland Ice Sheet, cross the tundra to look for shaggy musk ox
    • Learn about the Inuit, who have thrived in Greenland's extreme environment
    • Walk along iceberg-strewn shores to an ancient Inuit settlement
    • Cruise past towering icebergs under the long evening light of the Arctic summer

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      In Nuuk, the capital, our hike up Lille Malene gives us coastal views and we cruise in our chartered boat into the vast Western Fjords, once home to more than a thousand Vikings. We'll fish from the deck along the way (redfish and cod are plentiful here) so we can enjoy our fresh catch for lunch at a remote boat-in lodge.
      From the town of Kangerlussuaq, we set out across the tundra in search of iconic musk ox, or “umimmak” in Greenlandic, meaning “long-bearded one,” and the next day we hike right on the Greenland Ice Sheet, with 100,000-year-old ice beneath our feet!
      North of the Arctic Circle, we explore Ilulissat, home to more sled dogs than people. We'll see the colossal bergs of the Kangia Icefjord on a “midnight sun” cruise at the mouth of the Sermeq Glacier, said to have spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
      Walking past giant bergs along the wild shores of Kangia Icefjord, we visit the Inuit settlement of Sermermiut. We boat through Disko Bay on the lookout for humpback whales and hike the coast for panoramas of floating icebergs and dramatic Disko Island. Depart on Day 8 via Ilulissat.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in simple hotels
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Hans Egede

      Nuuk, Greenland

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      The Hotel Hans Egede is well located in the center of the small city of Nuuk, within walking distance of all the sites. Guest rooms are modern and comfortable, with private bathrooms. There is a comfy rooftop bar in the hotel, along with two restaurants, and...

      Hotel Kangerlussuaq

      Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      Basic yet accommodating, Hotel Kangerlussuaq makes a fine base camp with access to the massive Greenland Ice Sheet. The hotel is located in the same building as the airport's terminal and offers standard rooms, a convenient restaurant, and a friendly staff. If you have...

      Hotel Arctic

      Ilulissat, Greenland

      Days 5-7 (3 nights)

      This quiet hotel is set right on the edge of iceberg-dotted Disko Bay. Guestrooms can be on the small side, but are clean and comfortable with modern decor. There are two restaurants (try the air-dried musk ox or halibut sashimi), walking paths, and fantastic views from every angle.

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Rob Noonan

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Our walks and hikes will range from 1-8 hours over varying terrain, from tundra to firm snow/ice on the Greenland Ice Sheet, to smooth granite.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Hiking poles will be a great asset in keeping your balance over uneven terrain. Much of this trip's difficulty isn't necessarily the hikes, but the remoteness and ruggedness of the region.

      The biggest factor in Greenland is the weather, which will dictate the length of our activities, and possibly the order of them as well, and is known for being unpredictable. Temperatures are expected to be between 50-60°F, but the icy wind off the ocean and glaciers can make it colder. Trip members need to remain flexible in consideration of inclement weather that may require changes, such as substituting different hiking routes or canceling hikes. Water activities such as our boating excursion and midnight cruise are also dependent on sea forecasts.

      We will be on board small boats (25-45 feet in length) for several passages. While we are not far off the coast, the wind and weather can have a significant impact on conditions. Please note that Greenland has very little structure for tourism, with very simple accommodations and an extreme, unpredictable climate that can make for uncomfortable transportation via boat or plane. An adventurous spirit and the willingness to accept the unexpected will be your most important items to bring along!

      Client Testimonials

      "This trip was amazing and exceeded our expectations! Itinerary and coordination were just perfect!"

      Deborah P.

      Mahwah, NJ

      "A beautiful trip in a wonderful setting. The last hike was spectacular!"

      Jeff L.

      Sioux Falls, SD

      "A perfect itinerary allowing one to experience the varied and multi-faceted beauty of Greenland. It's so much more than you expect! The fjords are breathtaking, the ice is intoxicating, spotting wildlife—thrilling! I cannot believe I was kayaking around icebergs…at midnight! Greenland is sheer delight for your eyes! AND, gloriously under-crowded."

      Kathie D.

      Belle Isle, FL

      "The itinerary was great, and the scenery was breathtaking. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was—didn’t expect that in Greenland."

      Ken G.

      Orlando, FL

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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