East Greenland Ski Touring
In the heart of the deep fjords of East Greenland, surrounded by steep granite mountains, a small village called Kuummiut lies buried in snow. This Inuit hunter’s village of 350 inhabitants finds itself at the edge of one of the most impressive mountain ranges one can find on the planet. This is the ideal place to discover the still existing Inuit hunters culture at the same time as one enjoys the finest alpine touring skiing one could possibly dream about.
As trip highlights:
- Discover the edge of the great “Sweitzerland“ massif by staying a couple of nights in the Tasiilaq mountain hut.
- All transport of baggage is assured by a snowmobile, which also helps skiers with the long legs of the trip.
- This trip is a discovery on alpine touring skis of these magnificent Arctic landscapes.
- Meet the great people that have survived for thousands of years in this hostile environment.
Day 1. Flight Reykjavík - Kulusuk
Flight from Reykjavík (Iceland domestic airport) to Kulusuk. There, we load our baggage to a snowmobile and start our trip. After 12 km we will find a boat waiting for us at the ice edge, from where we sail to Kuummiut. Arriving to Kuummiut in the late afternoon.
Night in a sleeping bag accommodation in the village.
Day 2. The Kuummiut mountain
Climb of the 1050m high mountain above Kuummiut. We put on the skins and climb a beautiful ridge up to the summit. Magnificent mountain view awaits us at the top before a beautiful descent down a small glacier and the on the moraine down to the Ammassalik fjord again. Night in the same accommodation as the night before.
Ascent / Descent approx. 1050 m. Skiing: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 3. From Kuummiut to Sweitzerland
With the help of a snowmobile we cross over to Tunu (the backside) and then through a mountain valley towards the Tasiilaq Mountain Hut, situated in the southern part of the very impressive Sweitzerland mountains. We ski between impressive steep granite summits and hanging glaciers. In the late afternoon we arrive to a mountain hut at the foot of huge granite peaks. Night in the Tasiilaq mountain hut.
Ascent 1000 m. / Descent 200 m. Skiing: 8 - 9 hours.
Day 4. Sweitzerland mountains
Discovery on skis of the mountain range. We climb up to a col to get a view over the huge Karale glacier tongue and discover the back side of the Tripples (2233 m).
Ascent / Descent 700 m. Skiing: 6-7 hours.
Day 5. Tasiilaq fjord
We start the day by skiing down to the Tasiilaq fjord (800 m descent) and from there we travel with the help of a snowmobile to a narrow valley. We climb to a small col at 500 m and depending on conditions up to a glacier above the col to get a nice descent. We then continue back to Kuummiut.
Ascent 500-700 m. / Descent 1300 to 1500 m. Skiing: 8 to 9 hours.
Day 6. Tunu
We cross the small fjord of Tunu to get to some of the magnificent mountains towering the village. With skins we reach a col at aprox 500m where from we enjoy the view over the islands towards the south. Descent back to Tunu and crossing over to the village. 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.
Day 7: Kuummiut - Kulusuk
Travel back to Kulusuk, first with boat and then aprox 12 km by skis. Arrival in late afternoon to Kulusuk village where we stay over the night in sleeping bag accommodation at the Kulusuk Hostel.
Day 8: Kulusuk- Reykjavík
Short discovery of Kulusuk in the morning. By skis we walk the 3 km from the village to the airport where from we take the flight back to Reykjavík.
March and April 2016
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Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some skiing experience is required. 6-8 hours walk per day. Often involves carrying your own gear.
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Environmental sustainability. We believe in a responsible tourism with unspoilt nature of Greenland, so all our trips are planned to have the least possible impact on the environment.
Safety. All our guides are expert about Greenland and know when either it is or it is not convinient to carry out an activity. Our safety records are unmatchable.
Local population. Our Inuit Climate Change Patrol ensures the maintanance of Inuit traditions by involving local people in utilization of a sustainable tourism.
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