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11-day Backcountry skiing in East Greenland

Join Matt, an IFMGa-certified mountain guide, for this incredible 11 day ski trip in the remote backcountry wilderness of Greenland! It will be an incredible experience skiing in some of the most pristine conditions imaginable!

Duration11 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Enjoy untouched snow and ideal conditions as you ski classic alpine terrain

  • Experience the traditional Inuit way of life with your local guide

  • Get a feel for the vastness and harsh beauty of this unique wilderness

Description

Discover a remote, harsh, and breathtaking winter landscape from your skis during this 11-day journey through the wilderness of Greenland!

Greenland is an incredible destination for your next ski adventure. As an isolated island in the planet’s far northern reaches, it is known for its harsh beauty and snow-covered terrain. In order to survive in such a rugged landscape, the people of Greenland’s small villages maintain the traditions and customs passed down from Inuit ancestors. Experiencing this way-of-life is a rare treat for those who venture to this magical and mysterious place.

Experience some of the best ski conditions from our base on the East Greenland island of Kulusuk during our 11 days together. We will spend time alternating between our lodge in the village Kulusuk, a traditional cabin in the even smaller settlement of Kummiut, and basic hut in the remote wilderness, away from even the smallest human settlement. Here, you will have the chance to truly appreciate the scale of the glaciers, fjords, and mountains. If we’re lucky, this will be the best opportunity to witness the legendary Aurora Borealis, or northern lights. For a comprehensive overview of the itinerary, please refer to the “Day-by-day” section below.

The terrain we will ski is largely alpine, and will combine exhilarating bowls and couloirs with steep faces and relaxing glacier runs. Vertical gain for each averages at about 800m, and we can aim to complete several of these peaks each day. On the high end, inland peaks range all the way to 2000m of vertical gain. Participants should have the physical fitness to complete at least 1000 – 1400 m of vertical gain per day, ascending at a pace of 450 m/hr. Additionally, strong skiing skills are required, and participants should be comfortable skiing on variable terrain, as well as skinning and completing kick turns.

Book now – it will be an incredible 11 days experiencing the magisterial landscape of Greenland, as you discover the incredible vastness of this remote and special place!

Be sure to check out my other fabulous ski trips in Greenland – 8-day Backcountry ski trip in East Greenland and Greenland 15-day guided Ski expedition!

 

 

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Accommodation

Nanoq Lodge, a simple yet comfortable lodge, in the village of Kulusuk. The lodge features running water. We will also spend time in a traditional cabin near the even smaller settlement of Kummiut, as well as a few nights in a remote wilderness hut.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kulusuk

Note: The below itinerary is subject to change due to the remote location, severe climate, and lack of infrastructure in Greenland. Flexibility may be required.

From the domestic airport in Reykjavik, flight to the village of Kulusuk, on an island of the same name in East Greenland.

Once we arrive and enjoy lunch, we’ll embark on a brief tour and safety overview. Overnight at our base in the village.

Day 2 to 3: Skiing Day - Kulusuk

From our lodge, a snowmobile transfer takes us to our destination for the day, which we will choose based on the interests of the group and conditions. A snowmobile return will take us back to our cozy lodge at the end of the day for hot showers and a delicious meal.

Day 4: Mountain traverse to Kummuit

Today will be a long day, as head northward and traverse the island of Kulusuk. Our descent takes us through some excellent powder.

Then, for the next hour we skin to the edge of the fjord. From there, a boat transfer takes us to the remote Inuit settlement of Kummuit. We spend the night in our basic cabin in the area (sleeping bag).

Day 5: Ski day - Kummuit

We explore the area around Kummuit on skis today. We will choose the exact destination based on conditions. Options include skiing a fantastic peak with a couloir and bowl descent that ends right at the shore.

Day 6: Ski Day - Kummuit

We spend another day exploring the area around Kummuit. We may even take a short 20 minute boat transfer to access even more terrain.

Day 7: Traverse to wilderness hut

Today, we set off on another adventure. After a short boat ride, we begin our ascent of a nearby glacier, skinning to the summit. We end our ski descent at our remote mountain hut.

Luckily, we will only have to ski with day packs, since food and sleeping bags will await us at the hut. The hut may be basic, but it gives us the chance to fully appreciate the vastness of the landscape.

Day 8: Ski Day - Remote Hut

Beginning from the remote mountain hut, we embark on another thrilling day of skiing. There are many great options to choose from, including 4 different glaciers and numerous mountains. We return to the remote hut for the night.

Day 9: Ski Day - Back to Kulusuk

We depart from the remote hut with the goal of traversing the island on our way back to Kulusuk. This will involve summiting at least one peak, and passing by an impressive glacier actively calving.

Near the end of the journey, dog sleds or snowmobiles will meet us for the remaining distance back to Kulusuk, where we will enjoy warm showers and a hot dinner at our lodge.

Day 10: Final Ski Day - Kulusuk

We have several options for our last day of skiing. We may take a snowmobile transfer to a nearby peak. Alternately, beginning from the village we can ascend Qalorajaarneq, the most prominent peak on the island and a great end to the trip.

Day 11: Return to Reykjavik

Morning flight back to Reykjavik, where services end. You may want to spend time enjoying the charming Icelandic capital; it is frequently necessary to overnight here due to flight times. If you’d like to keep skiing, we can happily recommend some great spots in Iceland!


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM high mountain guide, based in Kulusuk, East Greenland.

I am from Scotland, where I grew up between the hills and kayaking. My first trip to Greenland was at 19 and it took me no time at all to fall in love with the place. I was on a mountaineering expedition, and it was the first of more than 25 I've done so far. I have skied and climbed in many places around the world, but Eastern Greenland remains my favourite. I feel like home in its glaciers, mountains and fjords.
You may think it's boring to go so many times to the same place. Not at all! The land is huge and there are endless possibilities. My trips have included everything: kayaking in the fjords, sailing to remote corners, dog-sledding to reach virgin slopes...
My passion is the mountains, which is why I specialized in different disciplines over time. Ice climbing, telemark and exploratory alpinism are some of them. I particularly love ski mountaineering and free skiing.
The motivation behind it all is to live the best adventures in stunning and wild places, and to share them with people that love this as well.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 3669 each

Group of 2

GBP 3669 each

Group of 3

GBP 3669 each

Group of 4

GBP 3669 each

Group of 5

GBP 3669 each

Group of 6

GBP 3669 each

Group of 7

GBP 3669 each

Group of 8

GBP 3669 each

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Price includes

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Price quoted per person for joining group departure excluding flights. Including flights, price per person is: 4281 GBP.

Price includes: Ski bag carriage, transfer of other luggage, accommodation, snowmobile support, breakfasts and dinners, group equipment, hill food, satellite beacon and phone, professional guiding services.

Does not include: Flights, any extra lodging in Reykjavik, insurance, personal gear (including skis), rental equipment, other misc. expenses.


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