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Eastern Greenland Ice & Mountains

From $6,195

  • 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

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.

Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our elegant, modern hotel, a short distance from the famous shopping district of Laugavegur. The group will gather tonight for a brief orientation on our coming adventure and a sumptuous welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Fosshotel Reykjavik

Day 2: Fly to Kulusuk, Greenland

We'll start the day with a two-hour flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. Upon arrival, we'll transfer 10-minutes to our hotel on the outskirts of the small settlement of Kulusuk, the gateway to East Greenland and 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 sea. Although tourism and the service industry are becoming increasingly important, traditional hunting and fishing remain a vital source of income for many Inuit and Danish families who live in the settlement. Late this afternoon, we'll walk into town and explore. (Hiking time: 2 hours; Distance: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 120’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Kulusuk

Day 3: Boat among icy waters to visit Murder Island and the Aputsiaq Glacier

Kulusuk is a small hunters’ village on an island carrying the same name. Next to Kulusuk there are several islands, namely the largest—mainland Greenland. We'll take a walk to the village and visit the local supermarket where rifles stand next to rubber boots and chocolate bars on the same store shelves. We'll then visit a small local church with a private collection of objects from olden times, owned by a local Inuit woman. This 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 Aputsiaq Glacier that crawls into the sea. (Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Distance: 4-5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 150’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Kulusuk

Day 4: Take a scenic boat trip to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and camp on a fjord

We'll get an early start this morning and board a small fishing boat headed due north along the scenic Karale fjord, passing walls of granite and navigating through chunks of drifting ice along the way to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Knud Rasmussun is 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 settle into our campsite for the next two nights, with time to take in this breathtaking scenery and explore the area around our tented camp. Later this afternoon, we'll hike 1,700-feet uphill to get a better view over this indescribably beautiful fjord. (Hiking time: 4-5 hours; Distance: 4-5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,700’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 5: Hike over scenic Karale Fjord and camp amid glaciers

The Karale Glacier is one of Greenland’s most significant glaciers, located in the northernmost part of the Sermiligaq Fjord. Its adjoining glaciers vary in all sizes and forms, with breathtaking peaks rising above, making it a popular destination for mountaineers from around the world. Karale will serve as our base for the next two nights, and today, we'll enjoy a full day hike in its neighboring 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. We’ll return to our tented camp for dinner and overnight. (Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: 6-7 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,800’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 6: Visit abandoned villages and sleep in a wilderness hut

We'll leave camp this morning and head out by speed boat to see the village of Ikateq’s WWII airstrip. This is outdoor museum is a monument of American activities during WWII, and the Cold War years. The airport was first constructed by the Americans in the 1940s, who took over the defense of Greenland following the German occupation of Denmark during the war. The airport later served as an important part 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 Tiniteqilaaq, stopping to explore the way of life in these remote parts before continuing another 20 minutes along the enormous Sermiliq Icefjord 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 to see its thousands of icebergs from above. Tonight, we’ll sleep in dorm-style wilderness hut. (Hiking time: 3 hours; Distance: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 500’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hut, Sermiliq Ice Fjord

Day 7: Hike to Tasiilaq and discover the endemic flora of Flower Valley

Today we'll transfer by boat to Sand Beach where we'll begin our full-day hike along the Sermilikvejen, an ancient route that has been used by Inuit hunters for generations. Our final destination is Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland with a population of only 1,930 inhabitants, located on the big island of Ammassalik, 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The village is beautifully situated in a fjord surrounded by mountains and bisected by a small river that flows through the town. Behind the town, Flower Valley offers a unique flora, and is a popular place for short or long hikes. Tonight, we’ll stay in the longest established hotel in Greenland, our home for the next three nights. For those of you eager to connect with the outside world, the hotel offers wifi at an additional cost. (Hiking time: 7-8 hours; Distance: 11-12 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,000’; NOTE: Those who are not confident they can complete this hike should skip the hike and ride in the support boat to Tasiilaq.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Angmagssalik

Day 8: Climb Somandsfjell Mountain

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 descend by way of Flower Valley. The afternoon is yours to explore Tasiilaq, rest, or take advantage of the many optional activities offered by our comfortable hotel, including helicopter tours. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,000’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Angmagssalik

Day 9: Explore the beautiful town 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 its colorful wooden houses scattered on the mountainsides overlooking the fjord is an experience you will never forget! We'll visit the local museum, see an authentic Inuit drum dance, and take a walk to the scenic harbor. (Hiking time: 2 hours; Distance: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Angmagssalik

Day 10: Return to Reykjavik and enjoy a farewell dinner

After breakfast, we’ll board a boat back to Kulusuk where we'll enjoy lunch. We'll then fly to Reykjavík in the early afternoon (arriving around 4pm) and gather for a festive farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Fosshotel Reykjavik

Day 11: Soak in the Blue Lagoon before flying home

After breakfast, we’ll have time to do a little more shopping or exploring in Reykjavik. We’ll then depart the city together at 11am, transferring 45 minutes south to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Located in a lava field, the lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. Here, we’ll soak in the steamy mineral waters, or get a natural massage under the powerful waterfalls, before showering up and transferring back to the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) for our departure flights home. The spa is tremendously restorative and should relax you before your flights ahead. We’ll arrive at the airport at 3pm. Departure flights should be scheduled no earlier than 5pm this evening.

  • Breakfast

Jul 01 - 11, 2016

Jul 22, 2016 - Aug 01, 2016

Aug 12 - 22, 2016

pricing

2016 Prices
$6,195 (4 – 15)
$600 Single supplement
$1,200 Internal airfare
 

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Camp

Fosshotel Reykjavik — Reykjavik

The Fosshotel Reykjavik is a new hotel, opening in June 2015.  This stylish hotel provides great city and waterfront views, and offers a luxury spa, fitness center, and free WiFi.  Guestrooms are equipped with a flat-screen TVs, and a private bathroom with shower.

Hotel Angmagssalik — Tasiilaq

The Hotel Angmagssalik offers basic but comfortable rooms. All rooms are heated, and come equipped with a work desk, a satellite TV, private bathroom with shower, and a hairdryer. Wifi is available in the business center for an hourly fee. There is a restaurant and bar on the premises, and hotel services include currency exchange, baggage storage, laundry, ironing service, fax/photocopying, and a souvenir shop.

Hotel Kulusuk — Kulusuk

The Hotel Kulusuk is in a quiet setting with fantastic fjord views. Guestrooms come equipped with a small satellite TV, a work desk, and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Wifi is available in the business center for an hourly fee. There is a restaurant and bar on the premises, and hotel services include currency exchange, baggage storage, laundry, ironing service, fax/photocopying, and a small souvenir shop.

Hut, Sermiliq Ice Fjord

On this night we will be based in a very small, 2-room hut. There is no electricity or plumbing. Up to 8 trip participants will sleep in individual sleeping bags, side-by-side in one dorm-style sleep room, while the remaining guests will camp in 2-person tents outside. Meals will be prepared by your guides in the adjoining common room/kitchen. The hut is cozy and provides shelter from weather conditions, but is otherwise similar to a camping experience. There are no showers or bathroom facilities. 

  • 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

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.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Welcome to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our elegant, modern hotel, a short distance from the famous shopping district of Laugavegur. The group will gather tonight for a brief orientation on our coming adventure and a sumptuous welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Fosshotel Reykjavik

Day 2: Fly to Kulusuk, Greenland

We'll start the day with a two-hour flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. Upon arrival, we'll transfer 10-minutes to our hotel on the outskirts of the small settlement of Kulusuk, the gateway to East Greenland and 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 sea. Although tourism and the service industry are becoming increasingly important, traditional hunting and fishing remain a vital source of income for many Inuit and Danish families who live in the settlement. Late this afternoon, we'll walk into town and explore. (Hiking time: 2 hours; Distance: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 120’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Kulusuk

Day 3: Boat among icy waters to visit Murder Island and the Aputsiaq Glacier

Kulusuk is a small hunters’ village on an island carrying the same name. Next to Kulusuk there are several islands, namely the largest—mainland Greenland. We'll take a walk to the village and visit the local supermarket where rifles stand next to rubber boots and chocolate bars on the same store shelves. We'll then visit a small local church with a private collection of objects from olden times, owned by a local Inuit woman. This 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 Aputsiaq Glacier that crawls into the sea. (Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Distance: 4-5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 150’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Kulusuk

Day 4: Take a scenic boat trip to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and camp on a fjord

We'll get an early start this morning and board a small fishing boat headed due north along the scenic Karale fjord, passing walls of granite and navigating through chunks of drifting ice along the way to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Knud Rasmussun is 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 settle into our campsite for the next two nights, with time to take in this breathtaking scenery and explore the area around our tented camp. Later this afternoon, we'll hike 1,700-feet uphill to get a better view over this indescribably beautiful fjord. (Hiking time: 4-5 hours; Distance: 4-5 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 1,700’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 5: Hike over scenic Karale Fjord and camp amid glaciers

The Karale Glacier is one of Greenland’s most significant glaciers, located in the northernmost part of the Sermiligaq Fjord. Its adjoining glaciers vary in all sizes and forms, with breathtaking peaks rising above, making it a popular destination for mountaineers from around the world. Karale will serve as our base for the next two nights, and today, we'll enjoy a full day hike in its neighboring 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. We’ll return to our tented camp for dinner and overnight. (Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: 6-7 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,800’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 6: Visit abandoned villages and sleep in a wilderness hut

We'll leave camp this morning and head out by speed boat to see the village of Ikateq’s WWII airstrip. This is outdoor museum is a monument of American activities during WWII, and the Cold War years. The airport was first constructed by the Americans in the 1940s, who took over the defense of Greenland following the German occupation of Denmark during the war. The airport later served as an important part 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 Tiniteqilaaq, stopping to explore the way of life in these remote parts before continuing another 20 minutes along the enormous Sermiliq Icefjord 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 to see its thousands of icebergs from above. Tonight, we’ll sleep in dorm-style wilderness hut. (Hiking time: 3 hours; Distance: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 500’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hut, Sermiliq Ice Fjord

Day 7: Hike to Tasiilaq and discover the endemic flora of Flower Valley

Today we'll transfer by boat to Sand Beach where we'll begin our full-day hike along the Sermilikvejen, an ancient route that has been used by Inuit hunters for generations. Our final destination is Tasiilaq, the largest town in East Greenland with a population of only 1,930 inhabitants, located on the big island of Ammassalik, 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The village is beautifully situated in a fjord surrounded by mountains and bisected by a small river that flows through the town. Behind the town, Flower Valley offers a unique flora, and is a popular place for short or long hikes. Tonight, we’ll stay in the longest established hotel in Greenland, our home for the next three nights. For those of you eager to connect with the outside world, the hotel offers wifi at an additional cost. (Hiking time: 7-8 hours; Distance: 11-12 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,000’; NOTE: Those who are not confident they can complete this hike should skip the hike and ride in the support boat to Tasiilaq.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Angmagssalik

Day 8: Climb Somandsfjell Mountain

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 descend by way of Flower Valley. The afternoon is yours to explore Tasiilaq, rest, or take advantage of the many optional activities offered by our comfortable hotel, including helicopter tours. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 6 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 2,000’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Angmagssalik

Day 9: Explore the beautiful town 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 its colorful wooden houses scattered on the mountainsides overlooking the fjord is an experience you will never forget! We'll visit the local museum, see an authentic Inuit drum dance, and take a walk to the scenic harbor. (Hiking time: 2 hours; Distance: 3 miles; Elevation gain/loss: 300’)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Angmagssalik

Day 10: Return to Reykjavik and enjoy a farewell dinner

After breakfast, we’ll board a boat back to Kulusuk where we'll enjoy lunch. We'll then fly to Reykjavík in the early afternoon (arriving around 4pm) and gather for a festive farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Fosshotel Reykjavik

Day 11: Soak in the Blue Lagoon before flying home

After breakfast, we’ll have time to do a little more shopping or exploring in Reykjavik. We’ll then depart the city together at 11am, transferring 45 minutes south to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Located in a lava field, the lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. Here, we’ll soak in the steamy mineral waters, or get a natural massage under the powerful waterfalls, before showering up and transferring back to the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) for our departure flights home. The spa is tremendously restorative and should relax you before your flights ahead. We’ll arrive at the airport at 3pm. Departure flights should be scheduled no earlier than 5pm this evening.

  • Breakfast

Camp

Fosshotel Reykjavik — Reykjavik

The Fosshotel Reykjavik is a new hotel, opening in June 2015.  This stylish hotel provides great city and waterfront views, and offers a luxury spa, fitness center, and free WiFi.  Guestrooms are equipped with a flat-screen TVs, and a private bathroom with shower.

Hotel Angmagssalik — Tasiilaq

The Hotel Angmagssalik offers basic but comfortable rooms. All rooms are heated, and come equipped with a work desk, a satellite TV, private bathroom with shower, and a hairdryer. Wifi is available in the business center for an hourly fee. There is a restaurant and bar on the premises, and hotel services include currency exchange, baggage storage, laundry, ironing service, fax/photocopying, and a souvenir shop.

Hotel Kulusuk — Kulusuk

The Hotel Kulusuk is in a quiet setting with fantastic fjord views. Guestrooms come equipped with a small satellite TV, a work desk, and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Wifi is available in the business center for an hourly fee. There is a restaurant and bar on the premises, and hotel services include currency exchange, baggage storage, laundry, ironing service, fax/photocopying, and a small souvenir shop.

Hut, Sermiliq Ice Fjord

On this night we will be based in a very small, 2-room hut. There is no electricity or plumbing. Up to 8 trip participants will sleep in individual sleeping bags, side-by-side in one dorm-style sleep room, while the remaining guests will camp in 2-person tents outside. Meals will be prepared by your guides in the adjoining common room/kitchen. The hut is cozy and provides shelter from weather conditions, but is otherwise similar to a camping experience. There are no showers or bathroom facilities. 

Dates and Pricing

Jul 01 - 11, 2016

Jul 22, 2016 - Aug 01, 2016

Aug 12 - 22, 2016

pricing

2016 Prices
$6,195 (4 – 15)
$600 Single supplement
$1,200 Internal airfare
 

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