PHOTO TOUR – June 12/20, 2022
Stunning landscapes and special adventures that only Greenland can offer!
* Targeting stunning landscapes and glaciers.
* Beautiful villages.
* Arctic scenes & culture.
* Arctic nature.
* Professional WPA Photo guide – your images come first!
* include flights – Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat.
* All accommodation.
* All land transport and special local tours.
* Meals as per itinerary.
* Local expert guide.
We are offering a land based tour of the mystical island of Greenland. We include exclusive adventures from treks to experience huge glaciers and the famous ice cap, to the best of Greenland – home visits of the locals, boat cruises for whales and quality time at colourful villages.
Note that we include flights – Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat in your package.
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
The Greenland Ice Sheet is a fantastic natural formation that has developed over millions of years as layers of compacted snow and ice, gasses, dust and water accumulated. Although the landscape appears to be a frozen mass that has stood unchanged for eons, the Ice Sheet is active just like a living, breathing, evolving organism. In fact, with an average thickness of 2 to 3 kilometres (1.25-1.75 miles), the immense weight continues to push the ice outward toward the sea, which is why this so-called inland ice sheet can also be seen along much of Greenland’s coast.
We will explore diverse environments and some of the creatures that live in these locations. We will also visit a local home, this offering unique images and the chance to ask questions and understand how the locals truly live in this beautiful Arctic land.
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YOUR ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
DAY 1 – Copenhagen
We meet in Copenhagen today at 4pm at our hotel. A chance to get information, we include a short workshop and meet your guide and fellow travellers. We include accommodation tonight.
DAY 2 – Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq
We transfer to the nearby airport and fly to Greenland. This flight is included in your package
On arrival, we check in at our lodge, followed by lunch. Kangerlussuaq means the long fjord and is the only place in Greenland situated inland. The position means that summers are warmer than by the sea and winters are colder. Kangerlussuaq as we know it today, was built by the Americans and acted as a military base from 1941 to 1992 when it became a civil airport and also the main entrance to Greenland. Kangerlussuaq doesn’t come across as a normal Greenlandic village, but is the only place in Greenland with easy access to the Inland Ice Sheet. The area was also the summer hunting grounds for the inuits 4,000 years ago (the Saqqaq culture) and was announced a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. We explore Point 660 this afternoon, in our exclusive vehicle, which will pass Kangerlussuaq’s makeshift golf course, a miniature forest of conifers and a roughly 400-meter high cone-shaped rock called Sugarloaf. As Kangerlussuaq fades in the distance, we enter a stunning landscape of mountains, plains and semi-desert valleys. The route to the Greenland Ice Sheet winds along the beautiful valley of Sandflugtsdal and its equally long, milky turquoise meltwater river. The terrain alternates between fertile moor and dense scrub with sandy dunes and barren mountain slopes. By Greenlandic standards, this landscape is mild with rich flora and speckled with lakes, yet it is still relatively arid. A few kilometres from the ice sheet’s outer periphery lies the Russel Glacier, an impressive sight with vertical ice walls rising as high as 60 meters. Our final destination, Point 660, is nearby at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Its towering backdrop of glacial foothills stretches from north to south as far as the eye can see, and is quite a remarkable sight to behold. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area on foot and breathe in the ice sheet’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere. After an hour on the ice, we will have time to warm-up on the bus as we drive through Greenland’s beautiful tundra landscape during our return to Kangerlussuaq. There is a good chance we will spot reindeer, musk oxen and many species of birds and flowers.
Lodge accommodation – (L,D)
DAY 3 – Arrival in the Town of Icebergs
We include your domestic flight this morning to Ilulissat. Ilulissat means “the place with icebergs”, which it is indeed what our key target is for this location, along with creative landsacapes. The Kangia Glacier nearby Ilulissat, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Icebergs can be seen from all over town and if the weather is clear you will also be able to see the icebergs when flying into the small town with about 4,000 inhabitants.
Meet our local guide and hike to Sermermiut along the famous icefjord. You will be able to see natural graveyards from our ancestors. In the old days (not that long ago) our ancestors were put to rest in places where they could see the sea. And since we have permafrost in Greenland we couldn’t just dig a hole. Instead we covered them in rocks, that you will still see today – you may even be able to see their bones. If that is too scary, we will just focus on the fantastic view of massive icebergs. On our way to or from the Sermermiut hike we will have time to stop and pet the sled puppies. What a treat!
Hotel accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – Town Walk & Midnight Cruise
Get to know the small town North of the Polar Circle on a walk through town with your guides. Your professional WPA photo guide will offer some great creative concepts. Evening – Midnight Cruise among the Icebergs looking for Humpback Whales (Departure time is seasonal.) Your seafood platter is served onboard while enjoying the view. Keep your camera in your other hand! Humpback whales come to the Disko Bay in the summer to eat large amounts of krill and small fish. The whale typically comes from Haiti and Puerto Rico, where they breed in winter. Humpback whales can grow up to 15 meters long and can weigh up to 30 tons. The humpback whale is the whale we usually see in the Disco Bay, and it is easily recognizable. To experience these giants of the sea at close range is almost a spiritual experience that overwhelms many. The glacier producing icebergs is called Sermeq Kujalleq. It is located approx. 70 km inside the ice fjord, where all sailing is impossible. It is the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere and the world’s fastest ice stream with 40 meters per day. Ice production is 46 cubic kilometres per year (equivalent to U.S. annual water consumption). The largest icebergs are 1.5 cubic kilometres.
Hotel accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 5 – Boat Tour to the Calving Glacier, Eqi Glacier
The Eqi glacier is fascinating and chances of seeing the glacier calve are good. The glacier is more than 100 meters high and 5 km wide and one of the fastest-calving glaciers. You have the chance to get very close to…