• Eastern Greenland Ice and Mountains

    Explore one of the world’s last frontiers—the isolated wilderness of East Greenland.

    This remote adventure will take you deep into breathtaking landscapes of jagged granite peaks, shimmering icebergs, and crackling glaciers—far removed from modern civilization. This is an authentic experience just like the good ol' days of MTS—for lovers of wild places, and true adventurers at heart!
     

    best times to go: July - August

    departures: 3 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,495 see detailed pricing

    UK & The Far North

    Moderate to Strenuous
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Explore one of the world’s last frontiers—the isolated wilderness of East Greenland.

Explore one of the world’s last frontiers—an isolated wilderness of granite and ice found only in East Greenland. Boat through glittering icefjords lined with crackling glaciers and filled with drift ice (Eastern Greenland is a major pathway for sea ice leaving the Arctic). Visit tiny Inuit settlements surrounded by dramatic granite peaks, and get to know the local fishermen and their traditions. Hike to higher passes for panoramic views in every direction, sleep in a secluded fjord-side hut, and spend two nights camping under the Arctic sky. In this remote and striking landscape, reachable only by boat, you’ll be traveling where few others have ventured—you won't find a tourist in this place where only MTS takes you. Join us and discover nature at its purest and most spectacular.

Activities

5 Days moderate to strenuous hiking on uneven and varied terrain (granite, ikaite tufa, grass, rock, sand, etc.) for 3 - 8 hours per day (max. 2,800-feet of ascent); 3 days cultural touring; and 5 days of boat travel on a small, speed boat; and rustic accommodations (camping, huts, basic hotels)
 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pristine wilderness of rock and ice on this remote, boat-assisted adventure—an MTS exclusive!
  • Visit tiny, isolated Inuit villages and learn about their local customs and traditions
  • Boat through shimmering fjords filled with glaciers, icebergs and drift ice, and camp out under Arctic sky.

Duration: 11 days Start Location: Reykjavik, Iceland End Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

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Itinerary
  • Day 1 : Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

    Arrival in Reykjavik, Iceland. Enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner and look forward to the next day's adventure.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
  • Day 2 : Fly to Kulusut, Greenland

    We'll start the day with a morning flight to Kulusuk, Greenland (2 hours.) Upon arrival, we'll transfer 10-minutes to our hotel on the outskirts of the small settlement of Kulusuk. Kulusuk is the gateway to East Greenland and the little settlement is an excellent introduction to settlement life in the Ammassalik region. Kulusuk is situated on a small rocky island between jagged mountains and extensive fjords, and is almost always surrounded by icebergs and a glittering ice sea. Although tourism and the service industry are becoming more and more important, traditional hunting and fishing still remains a vital source of income for many families in the settlement. In the late afternoon, we'll walk into town and explore. (2 Hours walking)


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 3 : Hulusuk – Murduer Island – Aputsiak Glacier

    Kulusuk is a small hunters village on an island carrying the same name. Next to Kulusuk there are several islands, and of course the largest Island in the world, Greenland. We'll take a walk to the village and visit the local supermarket where rifles stand next to rubber boots and chocolate bars. We'll then visit a small local church with a private collection of objects from the old days, owned by a local Inuit woman. In the afternoon we'll take on a boat tour to Murder Island where one can still see ruins of old Inuit winter houses, and to the Aputsiak Glacier that crawls into the sea. (3 - 4 hours walking, and 3-hours boat trip.)


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 4 : Scenic Boat Ride to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier – Camp

    We'll get an early morning start, and ride a small fishing boat north along the scenic Karale fjord, passing walls of granite, and navigating through chunks of drift ice along the way to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier, set amongst five different glaciers that pour into the fjord from every direction. Here in this amazing setting, granite mountains tower 6,000 feet above sea level. We'll get settled into our campsite (for the next 2 nights), with time to take in this breathtaking scenery.  Later in the afternoon, we'll hike 1,700 uphill to get a better view over this indescribably beautiful fjord.  (Hike 4 to 5 hours.)


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 5 : Day Hike to Amazing Views over Karale Fjord – Camp

    The Karale Glacier is one of the major glaciers located in the northernmost part of the Sermiligaq Fjord. The adjoining glaciers of all sizes and characteristics, and the countless peaks rising above the glaciers, makes it a popular destination for mountaineers.  This is our base for two night, and today we'll enjy a full day hike in the Karale Fjord. We'll hike up to a 2,800-foot high peak from where we'll get the most fantastic views over the Karale Fjord and the glaciers surrounding it. Accommodation in tents.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 6 : Ikateq WWII Open Air Museum – Tiniteqilaq – Night in a Hut

    We'll start the day by riding our speed boat to the Ikateq WWII airport. This is an 'outdoor museum' type of monument of American activities during WWII, and the cold war years. The airport served as an important link in a series of airports built to ferry aircrafts from the US to Europe. When the airport was moved to Kulusuk in the early 1950s, everything was left behind – oil barrels, houses and cars still remain, rusting in the cold arctic climate. We'll continue boating to the hunters' settlement of Tiniteqilaq, stopping to explore the way of life in these remote parts before continuing another 20 minutes along the enormous Sermiliq ice fjord to our hut located in a very small and remote bay. Those who would like to can enjoy a late afternoon walk with fantastic views over the fjord with its thousands of huge icebergs.  Accommodation in a basic, dorm-style hut.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 7 : Hike to Tasiilaq

    Today we'll transfer by boat to Sand Beach where we'll begin our full-day hike along the Sermilikvejen (an ancient route which has been used by Inuit hunters for untold generations) to Tasiilaq, the largest town of this region with a population of around 1,930 inhabitants.  Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland and is located on the big island of Ammassalik, 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The village is beautifully situated in a fjord surrounded by high mountains and bisected by a small river that flows through the town. The Flower Valley behind the town has a unique flora and is a popular place for short or long hikes.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 8 : Somandsfjell Mountain and the Flower Valley

    After breakfast, we'll climb Mt.  Somandsfjell, situated 2,000-feet above the town of Tasiilaq. After a picnic lunch beset by awe-inspiring views, we'll descent by way of the Flower Valley. The afternoon is yours to explore Tasiilaq, rest, or take advantage of the many optional activities offered by our comfortable hotel.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 9 : Cultural Tour of Tasiilaq

    With a river running through this small village surrounded by high mountains, Tasiilaq is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. Walking amongst the colorful wooden houses that are scattered on the mountainsides with a great view over the fjord is an experience you will never forget! We'll visit the small, local museum, see an authentic drum dance, and take a walk to the harbor.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 10 : Return to Reykjavik – Farewell Dinner

    We'll start early with a boat trip back to Kulusuk, where we'll have lunch, and then return to Reykjavík in the early afternoon (arrival around 4:00 p.m.). Tonight we'll enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a restaurant in Reykjavík.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 11 : Blue Lagoon – Departure

    We’ll end our adventure in style, at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa! We’ll soak in its steamy mineral waters on our way to the airport for homeward-bound flights.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: July - August Departures: Jul 3 - 13, 2015 Jul 24, 2015 - Aug 3, 2015 Aug 14 - 24, 2015

PRICING:

2015 Prices
$5,495 (4 – 15)
$800 Single supplement
$1,000 Internal airfare
 

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

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Jul 3 - 13, 2015 Jul 24, 2015 - Aug 3, 2015 Aug 14 - 24, 2015
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