Explore Remote East Greenland from Our Luxury Wilderness Base Camp
Venture to the very edge of the Greenland ice sheet near the mighty Sermilik Fjord to experience one of the most isolated places on Earth in supreme comfort. This 6-day adventure includes an exhilarating helicopter ride over Greenland’s epic landscapes with icebergs drifting below and maybe even a chance to spot a whale from the air. Our exclusive Arctic expedition camp will be our base as we explore this wild and seldom-seen terrain in an intimate group of 12 or less. Hike the tundra dotted with colorful flowers blooming among the melting snow. Kayak and Zodiac cruise around majestic fjords and islands as you take in the towering granite peaks and massive glaciers of the dazzling “Arctic Riviera.” Plus, share authentic encounters with some of the Greenlandic Inuit people living in surrounding isolated villages. At the end of each day retire to your safari-style tent cabins—complete with all the creature comforts—and refuel for the next day's adventures. Add this incomparable experience as a post-voyage extension to the Circumnavigation of Iceland itinerary.
Can be combined with the following Circumnavigation of Iceland departures: July 15, Aug 2*, Aug 11
*This departure visits the camp on Days 1-4 and then Tasiilaq on Day 5.
+Additional required round-trip airfare Iceland/Greenland $1,995 per person.
After disembarking in Reykjavík, we transfer the short distance to Iceland's domestic airport to board our flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. From Kulusuk, we helicopter over to Ammassalik Island. Our introduction to Greenland begins in Tasiilaq where Arctic wilderness and traditional lifestyles meet. On arrival, we convene at our hotel for a briefing before exploring the area on foot, hiking into the Valley of Flowers above the scenic bay that fronts the town with its charming collection of brightly painted wooden houses. Don’t forget your camera: the ice-clad gneiss and granite peaks provide a backdrop for rushing waterfalls and small lakes fringed by Arctic wildflowers in season. (B,L,D)
We spend the morning in Tasiilaq before departing via boat or helicopter for our exclusive deluxe wilderness safari camp, located on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. Our destination is near the tiny hamlet of Tinit, which we'll visit at some point during our stay. Keep an eye out for whales as we travel, as they are frequently seen in these waters when ice conditions permit. Once settled in to our deluxe private cabins, sit down for coffee and tea or lunch, depending on our arrival time. Later we’ll convene for an orientation followed by dinner and a lecture to acquaint us with the region's remarkable natural history. (B,L,D)
Our base camp provides a safe and comfortable outpost from which to explore this vast expanse of wild terrain. Zodiac cruise among a flotilla of icebergs searching for whales and seals. Guided sea kayaking is also an option for water-level views. On hikes of varying ability levels, traverse the mountainsides and wander near glaciers that wind down from the Greenland ice sheet. Amid fields of Arctic cotton grass, look for arctic fox and birdlife, including eiders, loons, and possibly peregrine falcons. Meet with Greenlandic Inuit people and learn about their culture and how they retain their traditions while adapting to 21st-century life.
Each evening, we retreat to our base camp for creative meals prepared by our accomplished chef and engaging presentations by our expert naturalists, who share their extensive knowledge of Greenland's geology, glaciology and human history. Late at night, we may even have a chance to glimpse the northern lights, particularly during later-season trips. (B,L,D)
This morning, we make our way back to Kulusuk. Weather and ice conditions dictate which transportation mode we will take—helicopter or boat—but both offer spectacular views of the area. On arrival in Kulusuk, board a return flight to Reykjavik's domestic airport and then transfer to the hotel. (B,L)
This morning, after breakfast you will visit the Blue Lagoon** for some relaxation before you are transferred to the international airport or to continue on in Iceland. (B)
** Today’s arrangements include a visit to the Blue Lagoon (if flights allow) and transfer to the airport in lieu of the arrangements on disembarkation day.
Extension Cost Per Person
Accommodations in the exclusive deluxe northern safari camp, Base Camp Greenland, and hotels in Tasiilaq and Reykjavík, services of our professional expedition leaders and camp staff, all meals from lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on final day (except dinner on Day 6), beer and wine at our camp, air transportation from Reykjavík to Kulusuk, all helicopter and boat transport within Greenland, all excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, all equipment (including expedition suits for Zodiac excursions), special access permits, transfers from ship to airport on Day 1, transfer from domestic airport to hotel in Reykjavík on Day 6 and transfer to international airport on Day 7, most gratuities, all taxes and service charges.
Transportation to/from Reykjavík and your home, extensions, passport, visa & immigration fees (if any), airport departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, some gratuities (at your discretion), optional trip cancellation insurance, items of a personal nature such as phone charges and souvenirs, airline baggage fees, and some alcoholic beverages.+Additional required round-trip airfare Iceland/Greenland $1,995 per person.
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