First we must fly from Reykjavik to Kulusuk. Once in Kulusuk, we load our baggage onto a snowmobile and start to travel pulled by the snowmobile. After about 12 km we will find a boat by the ice edge that we will use to sail to Kuummiut, a village of about 350 people. When we arrive in the village in the late afternoon, there will probably be a “welcome committee” of village children waiting for us. We will spend the night in a sleeping bag accommodation in the village.
On this day, we will climb the 1050 m mountain above Kuummiut. We’ll climb with skins from the front of our accommodation up to a gorgeous ridge that we’ll use to reach the summit of Kuummiut mountain. We’ll admire the magnificent mountain view then descend down a small glacier to the Ammassalik fjord. We’ll spend the night in the same sleeping bag accommodation as the previous night.
Ascent / Descent approx. 1050 m. Skiing: 6 – 7 hours.
A snowmobile will help us travel to Tunu and then through a mountain valley to the Tasiilaq Mountain Hut, in the southern part of the formidable Sweitzerland mountains. Though we will be pulled behind snowmobiles during this leg of the trip, we will stop and ski some if time allows. Transportation time to the hut depends greatly on snow conditions. We’ll arrive at the hut at the foot of the granite peaks in the late afternoon. We’ll sleep in the cosy Tasiilaq Mountain Hut.
Ascent 1000 m. / Descent 200 m. Skiing: 8 – 9 hours.
On this day we discover the mountain range on skis. We’ll climb up to the Karale glacier tongue and discover the back side of the Tripples (2233 m). Very few people ever touch this area, so prepare yourself for immaculate snow and steep mountains all around you. We’ll spend the night again in the Tasiilaq mountain hut, and if the night is clear we can look out for the Northern Lights.
Ascent / Descent 700 m. Skiing: 6-7 hours.
We’ll begin by skiing down to the Tasiilaq fjord (800 m descent) and then take the snowmobile into a nearby valley. We’ll climb a 500 m col and perhaps up farther to a glacier above the col to get a nice descent. Then we’ll go back to Kuummiut.
Ascent 500-700 m. / Descent 1300 to 1500 m. Skiing: 8 to 9 hours.
On this day we cross the small fjord of Tunu to reach the magnificent mountains that tower over the village. We’ll use skins to reach a col at about 500 m and from there we can observe the islands to the south. We then descend back to Tunu. On the way home we have the option of a second climb to 500 m.
Ascent 500 m. (with another 500 optional) / Descent 500 m. Skiing: 6 to 7 hours.
We’ll head back to Kulusuk, first by boat and then for aprox 12 km by skis. We’ll arrive in the late afternoon to Kulusuk village and spend the night at the Kulusuk hostel.
We’ll have some time to explore the village of Kulusuk in the morning before we travel back to Iceland. We’ll walk for 3 km on skis from the village to the airport where from we take the flight back to Reykjavik.
The domestic airport in Reykjavík
2 nights in hut, 4 nights in sleeping bag accommodation in Kuummiut, 1 night in hostel in Kulusuk.
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