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East Greenland Arctic Adventure

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Experience the raw Arctic beauty of East Greenland at a deluxe safari-style camp, offering stunning hiking, kayaking, and wildlife encounters amid glaciers and fjords.

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SPECIAL OFFER

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9.2*

ECO SCORE

13

PASSENGERS

10

DAYS

3/5

ACTIVITY LEVEL

The Arctic: Drink It In

As technology shrinks our planet and its farthest reaches become more accessible, novel adventures are ever rarer. But that's what you'll find at Base Camp Greenland, our deluxe safari-style camp near the edge of the Greenland ice sheet. In East Greenland, one of the most isolated places on Earth, we are immersed in raw Arctic beauty while staying in surprising comfort. Summer here is glorious! Miniature wildflowers dot the tundra, and by early autumn, lowbush blueberries and crowberries ripen as dwarf birch turns gold. Whales frequent the fjord, while icebergs, spawned from massive glaciers, glitter in the late sunset light. Beneath granite peaks that tower over deep inlets, we find stunning hiking and kayaking. Nothing compares to East Greenland for an epic Arctic expedition—and there’s no better way to experience it than from our wilderness base camp!
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Travel Curator’s Insights:

    • While most visitors explore Greenland's more populated west side, you'll join a small club of travelers as you venture to the wild and seldom-visited east coast!
    • Capped at 13 guests, this trip offers personalized attention and remarkable comfort - enjoy hot showers and gourmet dining amidst the secluded wilderness!
    • Take advantage of the women-only or climate change focused trips for a truly unique experience!

SPECIAL OFFER

Rates:
From $12,995 per person
Policies and protocols provided before you book.

July 12-21, 2024
July 18-27, 2024
July 23 - Aug. 1, 2024
July 28 - Aug. 6, 2024
* Aug. 2-11, 2024 (climate date)
Aug. 13-22, 2024
Aug. 18-27, 2024
Aug. 23 - Sep. 1, 2024
Aug. 29 - Sep. 7, 2024
Ask us for 2025 dates!

July & August;
Hover here for specific dates

Departures:

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Trip Sustainability Awards 

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CARBON

Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.

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ENERGY

On the East African Energy Renewal Board

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EDUCATION

Runs local educational facilities for children.

Itinerary 

Day 1: Keflavik, Iceland / Reykjavik

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport where you're met on arrival and transferred to our hotel in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, less than an hour's drive. If you arrive very early, you may store your bags at our conveniently located hotel while you explore this compact city on your own. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner and presentation with our Expedition Leaders.


Day 2: Private Whale Watching Tour / Reykjanes Peninsula / Kulusuk, Greenland / Tasiilaq

Our adventure begins with a classic Iceland nature encounter: a harbor cruise in search of the abundant whales and seabirds that frequent these waters. Chances are good to see minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins, as well as seabirds including northern fulmars, northern gannets, and, in season, Atlantic puffins. In the afternoon, venture farther onto the Reykjanes Peninsula to explore the geothermal wonders at Gunnuhver, a collection of enormous steaming mud pools and springs. Raucous in their power and sound, the bubbling thermal features of Gunnuhver were named after a female ghost supposedly entrapped in the main spring by a priest some 400 years ago. We also visit Leif the Lucky’s bridge, a small footbridge that spans a major fissure separating the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Serving as a symbolic connection between Europe and North America, the bridge travels through time and space as it showcases the geologic forces shaping our planet.


Continue to Keflavik, returning to Iceland's international airport where we board our late afternoon flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. As we approach, get a preview of the magnificent scenery to come, with icebergs drifting below and perhaps even a chance to spot a whale from the air, if you've got a window seat. From Kulusuk, make a scenic transfer by helicopter or boat to Ammassalik Island, landing in Tasiilaq, the small administrative center of East Greenland. Tasiilaq's collection of charming wooden houses painted in bright primary colors hugs King Oscar’s Harbor, surrounded by pointed peaks iced with glaciers. The town of 2,000 is a hub for outdoor adventure, from hiking and kayaking in summer to dog sledding and glacier skiing in winter. Most of East Greenland is uninhabited, however, except for a handful of small subsistence hunting communities. Greenland's east coast is often called "the back side" by those on the west, where most of the population, its capital and institutions are located. East Greenland's people had no contact with the outside world till the beginning of the 20th century, and that isolation has fostered a distinct and resilient culture. Our introduction to Greenland begins here where Arctic wilderness and traditional lifestyles meet. Once we check in to our hotel, we gather for dinner, surveying the 180-degree view of the town below and mountains beyond.


Day 3: Tasiilaq—Valley of Flowers & Town Tour

Though interior Greenland is covered by a massive ice cap, a few habitable areas exist around the bays and coastal islands, and the region we visit enjoys a surprisingly mild and dry summer climate. Set out this morning with our Expedition Leader to explore the area around Tasiilaq on foot, hiking into the Valley of Flowers above the scenic bay that fronts the town. Bring your camera: the ice-clad gneiss and granite peaks provide a striking backdrop for waterfalls and small lakes fringed by northern wildflowers in season. We spend the afternoon in town learning about the region's history and contemporary daily life. The small Ammassalik Museum, a highlight, showcases Greenlandic Inuit culture and traditions. Its collection features East Greenlandic masks, kayaks, sleds, tools, beadwork, old and new tupilak figures, and works by local artists. Later this afternoon, we also hear firsthand experiences from a local resident who shares personal perspectives on daily life and subsistence in this remote Arctic realm.

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Day 4: Tasiilaq / Base Camp Greenland

Depart by boat for this operator's private wilderness Base Camp, located on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. Our destination is near the tiny village of Tinit, which we'll visit during our stay. This hilltop hamlet is one of the most picturesque outposts in East Greenland, overlooking a panorama of Sermilik Fjord littered with huge icebergs, with the Greenland ice sheet in view beyond. Behind the town, glacier-clad peaks rise over a mile high, jutting up like sharp black teeth through the ice. Tinit is home to fewer than a hundred hardy people who live a subsistence lifestyle, fishing and hunting amid the constantly shifting ice.


Keep an eye out for whales as we travel, as they are often seen in these waters when ice conditions permit. The area is filled with evidence of ancient habitation, including graves and ruins of old Inuit sod house foundations, and it is an evocative place to learn more about Inuit history and lore. Reaching Base Camp Greenland, we find ourselves in one the most remote places on the planet. After settling in to our private tent cabins, sit down for coffee or tea in the yurt where we have an orientation to our environs, followed by a gear fitting to prepare for our Arctic adventures ahead. After lunch, our first exploratory venture is likely to include a paddle among the small icebergs and calm waters of our protected bay if weather permits. Then we'll gather for dinner and a lecture to acquaint us with the region's natural history. Through presentations and personal visits during our stay, we also learn about Greenland’s cultural heritage and aspects of modern life. Traditional Inuit identity remains dominant in East Greenland, and we share an authentic encounter with this enduring ancient culture that still exists in close harmony with nature.


Days 5–7: Base Camp Greenland—Exploring Sermilik Fjord

The landscape along Greenland’s isolated and rarely visited east coast is dramatic. Great fjords indent the coastline, penetrating far into sheer-sided mountains capped by the world’s second-largest ice sheet—and Sermilik Fjord is the mightiest of them all. The 60-mile-long "iceberg highway" is primarily fed by the highly active Helheim Glacier, the fastest-flowing tidewater glacier on Greenland's east coast. Our base camp provides a safe and comfortable outpost from which to explore this vast expanse of wild terrain just below the Arctic Circle. Beyond our location at the mouth of a glacial valley, the wider region is dotted with a few isolated villages where Greenlandic Inuit people have thrived for centuries in this uncompromising Arctic environment. In varied encounters, we learn about their culture and how they are retaining their traditions while adapting to contemporary life in the 21st century.


On Zodiac excursions, navigate among a flotilla of blue icebergs in an array of wild shapes, some as big as buildings. While marine life sightings are sporadic, we sometimes see seals and less frequently whales. The latter are found seasonally in these waters, and when ice conditions permit—if we are lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a fin, minke or humpback, all of which are occasionally present. Guided sea kayaking is also an option for an eye-level view on the frigid waters and bobbing ice. Ashore, we traverse the mountainsides and wander near glaciers that wind down from the Greenland ice sheet. This huge ice mass—second in size only to Antarctica—stretches more than 1,500 miles from north to south, is nearly 2 miles deep at its thickest point, and covers 80 percent of the island. Learn about the crucial role the ice sheet plays in regulating Earth’s climate, and see with your own eyes how rapidly it is being affected by a warming climate.


Long hours of summer daylight allow for extensive exploration. Witness the effect of geological forces on naked bedrock, and walk atop patches of tundra. Amid fields of Arctic cotton grass and miniature berry bushes, look for Arctic fox and birdlife including ptarmigan, northern wheatear, and possibly gyrfalcon. Each evening, we retreat to Base Camp for creative meals freshly prepared by our accomplished chef. After dinner, gather for interpretive presentations by our naturalist Expedition Leaders, who share their extensive knowledge of Greenland's geology, glaciology, ecology and human history. And, though the sun gleams late into the evening just below the Arctic Circle, a good night's sleep is in order to refuel for the next day's adventures. Wrapped in profound silence in our isolated cabins, we're sure to get it. On our late-season departures, we may even have a chance to see the northern lights, if the aurora is active in the darkening night sky.

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Day 8: Base Camp Greenland / Kulusuk

Our day begins with a last morning activity from Base Camp, which may be a hike over the tundra in search of wildflowers, or another option, depending on the weather. Then it's time to begin the long journey back to more civilized climes, as we first make our way back to Kulusuk by helicopter or boat, depending on conditions. On the return trip, survey jagged peaks and huge U-shaped valleys gouged by glaciers, forever awed by the grandeur of Greenland. On arrival in Kulusuk, we check in to our hotel surrounded by more of East Greenland's imposing mountains—the small town is a well-known gathering point for adventurers and scientists heading out to the ice sheet. If time permits, we'll take an exploratory coastal walk with sweeping views of icebergs and mountains before a private performance of traditional Greenlandic drumming and dancing.


Day 9: Private Glacier Walk / Kulusuk Town Tour / Keflavik

This morning, we board a boat to head out for a half-day glacier walk excursion, navigating the open waters of the Greenland Sea. In addition to large chunks of ice calved from glaciers that feed the region's fjords, we can also see tabular icebergs—ocean-going slabs of ice, some of which have been drifting for months, driven down the coast by the strong East Greenland Current. Reaching a small island, we disembark to walk on a glacier. We’re treated to spectacular views of fjords and mountain ranges, with plenty of time to explore unique formations such as moulins, whirlpool-like shafts in the ice. Mesmerized by shades of blue, we walk a bit farther for a full view of the glacier’s face, perhaps witnessing an iceberg calve from it into the sea.


Returning to Kulusuk, we celebrate an extraordinary adventure of discovery and camaraderie over a farewell lunch at the hotel. Then, following an afternoon spent exploring the town, we gather for an early dinner and afterward meet our plane for our flight to back to Iceland's Keflavik International Airport with a late evening arrival. We spend the night at an airport hotel nearby to facilitate easy departure connections for tomorrow.


Day 10: Keflavik / Depart

A transfer is included from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport to meet departing flights.

Hotel Note: The names of hotels mentioned in this proposal only indicate that rates have been based on usage of these hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance. However, in the event of any of the above-mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.


*There’s no more powerful way to learn about climate change and its impacts on the natural environment than on a personal visit to the vulnerable places that are witnessing effects of a warming planet. And no place on Earth is seeing more dramatic changes than the Arctic. On this exclusive East Greenland expedition, we travel to one of the world's most isolated places to learn how climate change is affecting northern habitats, wildlife, Indigenous communities and the planet's second-largest ice sheet. From our deluxe base camp, explore Sermilik Fjord, where massive icebergs calve from melting glaciers, whales feed on shifting fish stocks, and fleeting wildflowers bloom on the tundra. Discover an epic Arctic wilderness on the frontline of climate change, and learn how you can help protect it.

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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Two people traveling in a room together. Rate is per person.

Rates from in USD:

$12,995pp

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SOLO SUPPLEMENT

As a solo traveler, a cost supplement will be added to your trip.

Rates from in USD:

$1,595pp

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INTERNAL AIR

These flights are for locations within your adventure. Rate is per person.

Rates from in USD:

$1,998pp

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“Stay in a surprisingly comfortable safari camp by night and head out on breathtaking hikes, boat trips, helicopter rides, and kayaking adventures by day. This eco-passionate operator is your perfect guide to East Greenland. Along with all the thrilling activities on offer, this trip has special dates which explore climate change. East Greenland is the perfect place to observe climate change’s effects and learn about solutions. I highly recommend this outstanding Greenland adventure.”

Joy Martinello, Founder

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What’s Included & Cancellation Policy:

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Accommodations, professional Expedition Leaders, local guides and camp staff, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 10, select beer and wine at camp, some gratuities, airport transfers for those arriving by air on Day 1 and departing by air from Keflavik on final day, private whale watching tour, gear including Mustang expedition suits for Zodiac excursions and all kayaking equipment, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.

Internal air includes: Round-trip flights between Reykjavik, Iceland and Kulusuk, Greenland, and a helicopter flight between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).

NOT INCLUDED:
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.

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