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8-day Backcountry ski trip in East Greenland

Join Matt, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for this 8-day backcountry ski trip in the remote landscape of Greenland! Enjoy incredible snow conditions in this beautiful, pristine landscape!

Duration8 days
Offer periodMar
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Enjoy incredible ski conditions in one of the most remote areas on the planet

  • Get a feel for the unique way of life of local Inuit people in remote Greenland

  • We will be based in simple yet comfortable lodges in Kulusuk and the wilderness

Description

Explore one of the most remote landscapes on the planet during this 8-day guided backcountry ski tour of Kulusuk Island in East Greenland!

Imagine skiing through a stark white landscape at the northern reaches of the planet. Greenland offers some of the best backcountry skiing on the planet due to the wildness and vastness of its remote location. Rocky peaks rise up from crisp white icefields, traditional villages nestle against the edge of frozen fjords. The ski terrain is largely alpine, with bowls and couloirs, steep mountain faces, and mild glacier runs. Since everything within eyes distance is frozen, it is relatively easy to connect runs for full days of skiing and exploration.

During our 8 days together, we will  be based in the traditional village of Kulusuk, a place where Inuit customs live on, customs refined over generations to deal with a harsh and unforgiving climate.  We will also have the opportunity to spend a couple nights in our remote mountain lodge, where you will fully appreciate the true scope of the untouched wilderness and severity of the landscape.

From our simple yet cozy bases, whether in town or in the wilderness, we will depart on our many exciting ski adventures. There are infinite number of options, so that we can choose the best one for the group depending on your preferences, skill level, and snow conditions. There are a number of first descents still waiting to be made, as well as some fantastic runs that take us from summit to the sea. On the coastal range, summits average at about 800m of ascent/descent, and we can expect to make a few of these each day. Inland, a single summit can involve up to 2000m of vertical gain.

This program is suitable for experienced backcountry skiiers. Participants should also be comfortable making kick turns and skinning on variable snow surfaces, as well as skiing in a controlled manner regardless of the snow surface. Participants should also have the fitness to make ascents and descents of between 1000-1400m each day, moving at a pace of about 450m per hour. Lastly, some experience using crampons and ice axe is also required.

Book now for a unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible ski conditions of one of the most pristine and untamed places in the planet!

Check another exciting program I offer: Greenland 15-day guided Ski expedition!

 

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Accommodation

Nanoq Lodge in the tiny village of Kulusuk, with a couple nights in a remote wilderness lodge.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kulusuk

Note: Due to the wild and remote nature of Greenland, the below itinerary is subject to change and flexibility will be required.

Fly from Reykjavik to Kulusuk. We will enjoy lunch when we arrive in Greenland. Following, a short tour to introduce the area, including a safety briefing.

Day 2: Ski First Peak - Kulusuk

Following a hearty breakfast, a snowmobile transfer takes us to our first mountain objective. There are many great peaks we can ski during our time together, so we will choose based on our interests and the conditions.

After the day’s adventure, snowmobile transfer back to the village.

Day 3: Ski another Peak - Kulusuk

Another exciting day of skiing based on where the best conditions are. In the evening, we relax in the village and enjoy delicious fresh meals

Day 4: Ascent and Ski Descent - Wilderness Hut

We pack the snowmobiles and head to the wilderness. Most likely, we will explore the peaks above Apuslaajik Glacier, meaning that we first must ascend past the calving face of the glacier, a truly magisterial sight.

Once we summit and enjoy the incredible views of the vast glacial wilderness, we have several options we can take, from very steep to  more moderate.

In the evening, we return to our remote wilderness hut.

Day 5: Ski Tour Day - Wilderness Hut

Today we have the full day for ski touring around our remote wilderness hut.

Options include: the mountains surrounding Apuslaajik Glacier or crossing a valley and skiing some lovely bowls in the mountains to the south.

We return at the remote wilderness hut for the night.

Day 6: Ski Tour Day - Return to Kulusuk

We head out on another ski tour day. While we’re out, our team will collect our gear and return it to Kulusuk, where we will end the day in our lodge.

Day 7: Ski Day - Kulusuk

Our last full day of skiing. We have several options – either snowmobiling to another nearby peak, or beginning from the village itself we may explore the lovely peak of Qalorajaarneq, which has incredible views across the island.

One final evening in the village – you can choose a peaceful, quiet evening or, if you’d like, the weekly village party.

Day 8: Transfer Out to Reykjavik

Transfer out and flight to Reykjavik, where services end. Choose to spend some time exploring the charming capital of Iceland or continue on to your home country.


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 3153 each

Group of 2

GBP 3153 each

Group of 3

GBP 3153 each

Group of 4

GBP 3153 each

Group of 5

GBP 3153 each

Group of 6

GBP 3153 each

Group of 7

GBP 3153 each

Group of 8

GBP 3153 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Luggage transfer during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Price per person for joining group departure. Price: £3781 to include round trip flights between Kulusuk, East Greenland and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Includes: Ski bag carriage, transfer of other luggage, 5 nights accommodation in lodge, 2 nights accommodation with sleeping bag in mountain hut, breakfasts and dinners, snowmobile support during journey, group equipment, satellite phone, hill food, professional guiding services.

Not included: Flights, accommodation in Iceland if necessary for transit purposes, insurance, personal ski or rental equipment, other personal gear, other miscellaneous expenses.


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