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Highlights of East Greenland

This tour will introduce you to the Greenland Highlights; Ice and Icefjords, impressive glaciers, an insight in the Inuit way of life in an East Greenlandic town and village and maybe even the sound and sight of a whale. You'll see icebergs in a variety of styles - from white streaked with charcoal-black soot, to translucent formations resembling glass and gorgeous chunks of powder blue.

Duration: 4 Nights

Price: From $1.990 per person

Highlights

  • Spectacular Icebergs & Calving Glaciers.
  • Inuit Culture & History.
  • Arctic Wildlife.

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Included:
     Helicopter or boat between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq
     Excursions according to itinerary
    Accommodation in guesthouse in double room, full board.

 Not Included:
    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Airfare between Iceland and Kulusuk


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Day 1

Flight to Greenland: Kulusuk - Tasiilaq

You take the flight from Reykjavík Airport to Kulusuk in Greenland (not included).  Shortly after arrival in Kulusuk you will either go by boat or by helicopter to Tasiilaq - the main town on the East coast of Greenland with about 2,000 inhabitants.
Either way, it will be a beautiful experience flying above or sailing in between spectacular icebergs to the neighboring island. You will be taken to your guesthouse where you will be staying the next 4 nights and later there in the day there will be an information meeting and dinner with the other participants. If the weather allows it, the chef will prepare a lovely barbecue on the terrace.

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Day 2

Boat Excursion to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier (7-8 hours)

The excursion starts at the harbor of Tasiilaq, heading towards northwest into the broad Ammassalik Fjord. After about an hour sailing we will turn into narrow and steep fjords with breathtaking mountain peaks.
We will make a stop at Ikateq and look at some remnants of World War 2. It was here the Americans ran an airfield from 1942 – 47, in wartime code-names called “Blue East Two”. It was built in order to facilitate transatlantic air traffic, navigation, search-and-rescue operations and weather forecast. You can still see the airfield, and rusted fuel drums, vehicles and ruins.
We will continue our journey and arrive in Sermiligaaq Fjord, which means “The Beautiful Glacier Fjord”. The name will not disappoint you. At some point you will be able to have the view of two calving glaciers simultaneously, Karale Glacier on your left side, and Knud Rasmussen Glacier right ahead of you. We will sail as close as the situation allows to Knud Rasmussen Glacier, go ashore and enjoy lunch here. After about 1-2 hours, we will head back to Tasiilaq.
Note: Bring some warm clothes with you, but in case you are freezing, we will have a down cover for you. Lunch, warm drinks and refreshments are included.

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Day 3

Boat Excursion to Tiniteqilaaq and Sermilik Icefjord (7-8 hours)

We start in the harbor in Tasiilaq and sail toward north along the Ammassalik Island trough a breathtaking landscape, passing floating ice that looks like sculptures. After 1 – 2 hours, we will arrive in a small settlement called Tiniteqilaaq (which means in Greenlandic “the strait that runs dry at low tide”). The settlement has a spectacular view on the Sermilik Fjord (in Greenlandic “Icefjord”) with colossal icebergs and on the horizon the Greenland Ice Shield touches the sky. 113 people lived permanently in Tiniteqilaaq on January 2015.
You will have the possibility for a stroll around the settlement by your own. After that we will continue to Sermilik Fjord and enjoy our lunch with a view on the gigantic icebergs. Then we head southwards in the Sermilik Fjord and sail around the Ammassalik Island passing more icebergs and return to Tasiilaq.

Note: Bring some warm clothes with you, but in case you are freezing, we will have a down cover for you. Lunch, warm drinks and refreshments are included.

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Day 4

City Walk and Flower Valley (4-5 hours)

The city walk will take us to a workshop where local artists make beautiful and renowned handicraft. Then towards the harbor and visit the museum, which is the old church built in 1903. The museum has many historical treasures, and you can learn about the life and history of East Greenland.

The walk continues along the shore to the Hospital and up to the new church. Above the church, you will enjoy a beautiful view over the town. In this area, you will be able to see the oldest houses of the town where the first colony manager Johann Pedersen or the polar explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen lived.

Before heading to the Flower Valley, you can visit the tourist office Skæven where it is possible to buy handicraft of all kinds, maps, etc. As the name of the valley indicates, you will be able to see many different flowers, such as arctic thyme, arctic bluebell, arctic dandelion, the national flower broad-leafed willow herb, and many more.

We continue the small curved path along the river for a few kilometers, until we reach a small waterfall. Here we will spend some time to enjoy the beautiful landscape and peacefulness, before heading back to Tasiilaq.

Note: It is an easy walk through town, but we recommend sturdy shoes for the walk in the Flower Valley. We recommend you to bring some refreshments with you.

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Day 5

Goodbye East Greenland

Today is a traveling day. In the morning you will take the helicopter or the boat back to Kulusuk where your flight out will be waiting for you.

 Note: The itinerary can be subject to shift in order of the excursions. The content of the tour will remain the same.

Departure Dates 2018:
July 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29.
August 1, 5 and 8.

Price is from $1,990 per person for 2 persons sharing a double room.

Price is subject to change, and can only be confirmed when booking is made. We can arrange for you additional accommodation and transfer in Iceland.

 

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Highlights

  • Spectacular Icebergs & Calving Glaciers.
  • Inuit Culture & History.
  • Arctic Wildlife.

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