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Ammassalik Fjord 15-day Ski touring expedition, East Greenland

Join Matt, an IFMGA-certified guide, during this 15 day exploration of the remote landscapes of Greenland. Enjoy skiing many first-descents and uncharted summit-to-sea lines, while staying in a basecamp on the edge of a stunning fjord.

Duration15 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Develop new lines and ski uncharted peaks during our time in a remote wilderness

  • Option for many first descents

  • Enjoy the beauty of a harsh, rugged winter lanscape at the edge of the world

  • Experience the traditional way of life of the Inuit inhabitants of Greenland

Description

Explore uncharted terrain and complete spectacular first descents during this 15 day expedition through the stunning alpine wilderness of Greenland!

This 15 day trip is designed for those skiiers who seek to explore untouched terrain with pristine conditions.  We will enjoy first descents, summit-to-sea lines, and remote alpine terrain in a harsh and rugged, yet magical and mysterious, landscape. It will be an incredible experience filled with amazing bowl and couloir runs, steep mountain faces, and relaxing glacier runs.

We will begin the adventure in the village of Kulusuk before heading north to a mountain hut in an even more remote location. As we pass small Inuit settlements, you will have a chance to appreciate the way the inhabitants have preserved a traditional way of life in order to survive the harsh climate. After a couple of days skiing the area round the remote mountain hut, we head even further north. We will establish our basecamp on the edge of a fjord, where we will have access to many unexplored mountains. We will be based in a tent, but will make sure we have enough fuel and food to make the stay as comfortable as possible. You will certainly sleep well in the pure solitude and tranquility of the area after our active days on the mountain. For more information on the itinerary, please review the “Day-by-Day” section below.

Participants should be experienced skiiers, able to confidently ski in a controlled manner on a wide variety of terrain. Experience with kick turns and skinning is also required. Some mountaineering skills will likely be required, including basic use of ice axe and crampons. For other glacier travel skills, your guide will provide you with tips and techniques. Participants should have a strong level of physical fitness to ascend 1000-1400m per day at a pace of 450m per hour.

Book now for this incredible opportunity to make exhilarating first descents and explore new lines as you enjoy the stunning wilderness, pristine conditions, and breathtaking landscapes of Greenland.

Check out my other backcountry ski trips in Greenland: 11-day Backcountry skiing in East Greenland, 8-day Backcountry ski trip in East Greenland, or Greenland 15-day guided Ski expedition!

 

 

 

 

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Accommodation

We will begin and end the journey in our simple yet cozy lodge in the village of Kulusuk. We will also spend some time in our remote, stove-heated mountain hut. Then, during our time exploring the fjord, we will camp in a tent - a big, double-wall tent that will allow us to stay warm and comfortable during the evenings and nights.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kulusuk

Note: The following itinerary is subject to change due depending on conditions and some flexibility may be required.

Arrival in Kulusuk from Reykjavik. In the afternoon, we’ll have a training on avalanche rescue and gear check. Dinner at our lodge in the village.

Day 2: Traverse to Remote Hut

We set off on our traverse of the island, ascending a peak before the descent takes us to our remote wilderness hut. Sled support will take our gear to the hut.

Day 3 to 4: Ski days - Remote Wilderness Hut

We spend a couple of days exploring the terrain around our remote wilderness hut. From here, we can explore one of three different glacier systems, and many other peaks, from which it is possible to ski down from the summit.

In the evenings, we relax in the hut and, if we’re lucky, stay up to watch the stunning northern lights dance across the sky.

Day 5: Boat to basecamp

We haul our gear to the edge of the ice, where a boat meets us for the northward journey up the fjord. Once we arrive, we establish our basecamp.

Day 6 to 12: Backcountry exploration

From our basecamp, we explore the uncharted terrain that surrounds us. Every day, we can choose a different peak, making our decision based on the best conditions and the interests of the group. Our focus will be on discovering new routes and lines.

Basic crampon and ice axe skills may be required. Along the way, we will practice any glacier travel skills you may need, and your guide is always available help you in this regard.

We will take rest days as needed.

Day 13: Return to Kulusuk

We break camp for our boat transfer back to Kulusuk. Depending on conditions, this may require a few hours of hauling our gear on sledge.

Once we arrive at the lodge, we enjoy hot showers and a delicious, home-cooked meal.

Day 14: Final ski day from Kulusuk

We enjoy a final day of skiing from Kulusuk. Many options to choose from, and we may use snowmobiles to access the mountains with the best conditions.

Day 15: Return to Reykjavik

Morning flight to Reykjavik, where services end.


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 3906 each

Group of 2

GBP 3906 each

Group of 3

GBP 3906 each

Group of 4

GBP 3906 each

Group of 5

GBP 3906 each

Group of 6

GBP 3906 each

Group of 7

GBP 3906 each

Group of 8

GBP 3906 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Price per person for joining group departure date without flights. To include round trip flights between Greenland and Iceland, price per person is: 4511 GBP.

Price includes: Ski bag carriage, other luggage transfer, accommodation in lodge, transfers including by boat, snowmobile support, group equipment, base camp supplies including heaters and tents, food and fuel, satellite beacon and phone, professional mountain guide.

Does not include: Flights, any extra accommodation in Reykjavik, insurance, personal and ski equipment, other rental equipment, any misc. expenses.


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