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Schweizer Land 13-day backcountry skiing traverse, East Greenland

Join Matt, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, on this ski traverse through the incredible wilderness of Greenland. Test your fitness as you discover the awe-inspring rugged landscapes of the Schweizerland Alps.

Mountain RangeSchweizerland Alps
Duration13 days
Offer periodApr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Cover 175km through incredible arctic wilderness

  • Local, professional guide knows the best routes to keep you safe

  • Establish camps along the way, allowing you to fully appreciate the vastness

  • Every day enjoy incredible views of glaciers, mountains, icefields, and the sea

Description

Test your fitness and stamina as you discover the remote arctic landscapes of Greenland during this breathtaking 175 km ski traverse!

The icefields, frozen fjords, and snowy glacier slopes of Greenland are the perfect site for this adventurous expedition. We will journey beyond the small Inuit settlements in order to discover the vastness of this remarkable untouched, snow-covered wilderness. Throughout the adventure, we will marvel at incredible views of the sea, breathtaking web of fjords, and the rugged peaks of the Schweizerland Alps that tower above us.

This is an ideal expedition for those with some experience with Nordic or Alpine ski touring, and even those who want to prepare for even more arduous polar expeditions. While there are a couple of huts along the way, for the most part we will be establishing our own camps. This means we will be hauling our gear on sledges, although we will take advantage of a boat transfer if we can. The route is circular, beginning and ending in the village of Kulusuk.

Participants should have a high level of physical fitness to complete this journey, as we will aim to cover about 15 km per day. This pace will allow us a couple of rest days. Of course, deep snow or unfavorable weather might lead to longer, more challenging days. If you have never used a sledge, don’t worry – it’s much easier than carrying weight in a pack, and we will take turns breaking the trail in the case of deep snow.

Book now for an incredible 17km, 13-day ski traverse through the remote, rugged, and awe-inspring landscapes of Greenland!

Check out my other exciting ski tour adventures in Greenland: Ammassalik Fjord 15-day Ski touring expedition, East Greenland, 11-day Backcountry skiing in East Greenland, or Caledonian Alps 15-day Ski touring expedition, East Greenland!

Accommodation

While there are a couple of huts along the route, we will mostly be establishing our own camps along the way. We will provide 2-3 person tents that are suitable for the rugged conditions.

More info

While you may use nordic skis provided by us, you are also welcome to bring your own. We prefer using either nordic fjell skis or light alpine touring skis with comfortable boots.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kulusuk

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

Fly from Reykjavik to Kulusuk in East Greenland. We have the afternoon for gear check and exploration of the village. We spend the night in a traditional hut.

Day 2: Ski Traverse

As boats cannot reach Kulusuk due to the ice that crowds the fjords, we haul our gear by sledge through a mountain pass and into a valley, where we set up camp.

 

Day 3: Kummiut

We continue north until we meet our boat transfer, which takes us to the small settlement of Kummiut. We set up our camp outside of the village.

Day 4: Ski Traverse

We continue north-east over ice, which helps speed up our progress. After crossing a frozen fjord, we arrive on the mainland. We establish camp at the base of a breathtaking glacier.

Day 5: Ski Traverse

We cross the glacier. The descent takes us to a frozen lake. We next ascend a col, which gives us a great view of the surrounding glaciers. Overnight in a simple mountain hut.

Day 6: Ski Traverse

The flat terrain takes us to a glacier plateau, the site where 5 different glaciers meet right in the midst of the impressive peaks of the Schweizerland mountains. We camp for the night.

Day 7: Ski Traverse

We cross a low col. We don’t expect crevasses to be an issue due to the amount of snow on the ground, but we will remain alert throughout the traverse and use ropes if necessary.

Day 8: Ski Traverse

Gentle downhill traverse back to the icy fjords. Overnight in a very basic hut.

Day 9: Ski Traverse

We continue along the fjords, moving southeast to the ocean. We may spot an iceberg today.

Day 10: Ski Traverse

We reach islands, known for strong currents, which may effect the ice, meaning that your guide’s local knowledge is especially important. Overnight in a camp with great views of the ocean.

Day 11: Ski Traverse

We continue the journey, crossing a low col and glaciated terrain. Camp at the base of a glacier.

Day 12: Return to Kulusuk

We ascend and descend the glacier back to the sea ice of the fjords. We then cross the bay for our return to Kulusuk.

Day 13: Depart to Iceland

Depart back to Iceland. End of services.


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 3398 each

Group of 2

GBP 3398 each

Group of 3

GBP 3398 each

Group of 4

GBP 3398 each

Group of 5

GBP 3398 each

Group of 6

GBP 3398 each

Group of 7

GBP 3398 each

Group of 8

GBP 3398 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person for joining group departure, excluding flights. With flights to/from Reykjavik, Iceland, price per person of: 3939 GBP. Price includes: Professional guiding services; baggage transfers; sleeping bag accommodation in Kulusuk; boat transfer up fjord; group equipment; use of nordic skis, skins, and poles; expedition equipment including tents; food and fuel; weather updates during expedition; satellite beacon and phone. Not included: Flights; accommodation in Iceland; insurance; personal gear and ski equipment; rental equipment; misc expenses.


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