Join IFMGA certified mountain guide Matt on this unforgettable experience exploring 'Tunu', the east coastline of Greenland for an immersive adventure into the wild. Glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, traditional Inuit hunting methods and more!
With three-quarters of its landmass covered in ice, Greenland is more white this it is green. Nonetheless, a short but powerful summer transforms the landscape into a unique place to explore.
With human habitation going back 4,500 years there are rich cultural traditions that sporadically settle this wilderness. The east coastline (Tunu in Inuit language) with its rich marine life and special land wildlife will be the destination for this trip.
You will have the chance to discover some of the least visited locations on the planet with ginormous glaciers, rugged mountains and iceberg filled fjords amongst them. Your discovery will be made easier by using light day packs whilst our boat will transport the heavier possessions and our camp.
We will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland and then fly together to Kulusuk Island, we will spend the night in this small village. Kulusuk is comprised of about 250 Inuits who continue to subsist with hunting.
Our trek will see us traverse fjords, visit rich tundra, observe the wild arctic fauna and pass nights camped overlooking stunning glaciers as they calve into the sea.
On occasions that we travel by boat we will glide between pristine icebergs and hopefully observe whales feeding.
The summer in Greenland brings with it a surprising quantity of flora including Arctic Poppies, Arctic Willow, Speedwells, Alpine Gentians and Saxifrage.
The coastal waters around us will be teeming with marine life such as Minke, Fin, Humpback, Narwhal, Orca, Seals and Walruses. On the land, arctic foxes will be on the lookout for easy camp food. Its possible polar bears could pass through but we take all the necessary safety measures.
Myself and my team are highly experienced and we know this coastline intimately. We will use all our local and expert knowledge to provide the most exhilarating yet safe trip possible.
There are no major ascents to tackle on this trip (400m the highest climb) but we will traverse rocky shorelines, boulder-filled hillsides and untracked land. For this reason you should have confidence on uneven and exposed terrain. We advise regular hiking practice to prepare for the trip.
This excursion into the wilderness of the Greenland arctic is not one to be missed, sign up now and I will be ready to lead you on this once in a lifetime experience!
If a shorter trip would suit your timetable then join me on this 8-day adventure on the spectacular eastern coastline of Greenland for the chance to witness a pristine and wild environment up close and personal.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
Pleas contact us about 2019 dates
What's Not Included:
International return flights from your home country to Iceland
Any accommodation required in Reykjavik, Iceland during transit
Personal expedition equipment
Rental equipment costs
Any extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances (eg. delayed flights)
For return flights to Iceland from the UK the total would start from
£2986 (GBP) including Iceland - Greenland return flights
* final cost dependant of current airfare costs
Fly Reykjavik to Kulusuk – Air Iceland.
A spectacular flight of icebergs and Greenland’s mountainous glaciated coastline.
We will meet you at Greenland airport.
We often head for a spot above the fjord to watch the sunset.
We’ll overnight in a typical local wooden cabin.
A day exploring Kulusuk Island.
including: Bays, Inlets, Old hunting grounds and wild vistas.
By boat from Kulusuk to Kuummiut, about 1.5 hours.
Coastal hike from Kuummiut covering 7-9km
Today we will cover 11km of sandy delta, stream crossings, small ascents & descents until we reach Ikateq.
Today we will cover 9km. Crossing streaming, observing Arctic Char.
Our camp will be positioned at the bottom of a pristine valley with waterfalls
Either a short day covering difficult ground to our next camp or we will spend time exploring the valley behind last nights’ camp, before moving on to the next camp.
Distance: 5km (or more if we explore the valley above camp)
Over about 9km we’ll follow the stream uphill where the views to the north open up, giving our first glimpse of the huge calving face of a nearby glacier.
Much more exploration will will culminate by us descending past some small lakes, we make it back to our shore-side campsite.
We’ll start with a short hop across the fjord to a small bay and head north from there.
We’ll set up camp looking out toward the calving face of a glacier, and spend our last night in the wild listening to the cracks and groans of the glacier as it grinds it’s way into the fjord.
After a relaxed start, we’ll pack up camp and take a short walk onto a morraine overlooking the glacier; the sheer scale only now becoming apparent.
Then we’ll make the journey back to Kulusuk, constantly on the look our for whales.
Time to explore the village and its museum before flight.
Flight 1.50 hours
We will start the expedition in Nanoq Lodge in the village of Kulusuk. Built to withstand severe arctic conditions, the lodge has running water (a rare thing in the village!) and is set up as a comfortable and practical place to launch our expeditions from. During the hike we will have a comfortable camp that is transported by boat each day and then assembled in our next spectacular location.
Reykjavik is a great place to spend some days before or after your trip, with lots to do in the surrounding area and a big range of cafes, restaurants and bars to explore.
There is a small but significant risk of meeting polar bears in East Greenland. We don’t leave it to chance: with the right equipment, experience and systems, we carefully manage this risk.
Tomas and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides & leaders and rock climbing instructors (Anna, Andrea, Elis, Enrico, Ivan, Julia, Lucia, Marika, and Oreste) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Italy.
Whether you wish to climb the Gran Paradiso or go on an exciting via ferrata in the Dolomites, among other amazing options, they will be able to show you the top spots and the ropes to ensure you have an unforgettable and safe adventure.
Tomas will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will be able to help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.
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There are no words to express the extraordinary experience I had not only of doing my first via Ferrata but having Enrico as my guide. The coordinating logistics process was outstanding despite changes on my part along the way and the E-S Adventure Guides staff was very prompt in responses and adjustments. They were very knowledgeable of routes and specific questions I had. On thé Via Ferrata itself, the entire time I felt 100% safe with Enrico despite being on a challenging route and weather starting to fade. He is truly the best company for a climb and I’m grateful for his endless positive encouragement. I was lucky to have met such an inspiring human being. I aim to do many more via ferratas now and when location is possible, I’d go only with E-S Adventure Guides (& Enrico!)
A bit confusing at first to find the prices, but good services.
Robert was an incredible guide for our via ferrata experience! It was by far, our favorite day on our two week vacation in Italy. Robert is very experienced, and we felt completely safe and comfortable for the whole hike. We also left our hike with some incredible restaurant and hotel recommendations from him! If we make it back to the dolomites one day, we will definitely be booking another trip with Robert!
LUCIAN TICU RUSU
Everything was OK. Marcello is a very good guide, he is very kind, a true professional. It was a great experience! Thank you!
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Very beautiful trip, with several different interesting types of challenges (need for snow shoes, crampons, varying temperatures, etc.) - We did the ascent in May which still means a lot of snow making the trip quite tough (you need to be in decent shape and have a some experience to enjoy the trip).
We had wonderful days and a lot fun. All arrangments were perfect and easy! Our guide Paolo has been not only an excellent mountain and skiing guide but also he is very nice and empatic person who shared his love and knowledge of the Aosta valley! Wonderful days and skitouring, well organised, we will come again!
Paolo made the ski trip a total success in difficult conditions. His knowledge and enthusiasm are worth the investment to get the max from this ski area. Thanks again
Greetings to Marica - excellent arrangements !
We had a great trip, the weather on the particular day was unfortunately bad but our guide was very adaptable and motivated.
We loved our guide and our adventure. She was very accommodating to our needs and nice to be around. I would totally book with explore share again.
We did a 1 day Ferrata with Marica. We've both never climbed a Ferrata before but we are both good hikers. We enjoyed our trip very much and you don't need to be a climber. Marica took good care of us and she is very informative with the local geography and history. We felt very safe with her. If you are traveling near the Dolomite and want to try something a bit out of your comfort zone, I highly recommend doing a ferrata especially with Marica. We did both ferrata ra gusela nuvolau and ferrata-averau. It took us about 6 hours.
I had an amazing time with Marika! It was a great day!
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Wonderful climb with a very experienced guide. Thank you!
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