Dog sled & Snowmobile

Your eight day stay in Greenland starts with a true adventure: a  three day dog sledding expedition from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut (about 100 miles long), a unique journey with two overnights in hunting cabins, sharing with the local inuit the magic of the Arctic and its northern lights. Once in Sisimiut, the second biggest town in Greenland, you will find yourself surrounded by a spectacular landscape of Ice Cap and snow-covered mountains. We propose three days –hotel stay- with optional activities like snowmobiling or boat excursions. From there, a short flight separates Sisimiut from Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

dog sledding and snowmobile in Greenland trip map

As trip Highlights:

  • Experiment a three day dog sledding expedition (100 miles)
  • Discover the surrounding area of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut
  • Snowmobile optional excursions
  • Explore a part of the Greenlandic wide open landscapes during the winter/spring season
  • Witness the northern lights from one of the world’s most special area
  • Cultural exchange with Greenlandic population
  • Visit of Nuuk, the capital of Greenland

Day 1: Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq

Arrival to Kangerlussuaq and check-in in the hostel located just few meters away from the airport. Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord in Danish) was a US air base since the SWW until 1992 and the area around the town  is  home to Greenland's fauna, including muskoxen and caribou.  Time to visit Kangerlussuaq by your own or  take part in some of the optional excursions  that are offered on the outskirts of the town:  4WD-vehicle excursion to Ice Cap  and Ice Trekking, Russel Glacier visit, Wildlife tour or  Ice Fishing, among others.

Accommodation in double/twin room with shared facilities.

Ice fishing in Kangerlussuaq, before the dog sledding and snowmobile in Greenland tour

Days 2, 3 and 4: Dog Sledding Expedition to Sisimiut

Journeying by dog sled from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut (about 100 miles) is an incredible experience. The conditions are similar to a real arctic expedition and we are all part of the expedition team and participate in the daily work along the way, such as cooking, packing the sled and feeding the dogs. The tour lasts three days and you will usually sleep in hunting cabins, though you may spend the night in a tent as well. Under controlled circumstances, we will experience the rugged and fascinating Greenlandic nature, where man, animal and wilderness are merged in perfect harmony.

Dog sledding from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, Greenland​

Please note that it is obligatory to rent polar clothing (seal skin or down) and boots unless you have proper polar equipment of your own. In our experience, very few participants bring adequate equipment. Our staff will determine whether you have proper clothes for this expedition.

Day 4: Sisimiut bus guided tour

Arrival to Sisimiut and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Sisimiut, the biggest Greenlandic city north of the Arctic Circle, it’s considered as an adventure travel hub and has the reputation to be described as rough, real and remote.

You will get more knowledge of Sisimiut in the Guided Sightseeing visit by bus. The tour starts at the old heliport which was Sisimiut’s gateway to the world until 1998. Today, the site is used for keeping sleds and the building has been converted to a youth club. On the way through town, we will stop at the fish and meat market, where we have a look to the catch of the day. Passing the town hall, we will make our way to the town’s southern parts, where quite a number of the original fishermen’s houses can still be seen. We drive up to the city’s highest vantage point where there is an impressive view to the south. Finally, we walk about in the historical town centre, where original colonial buildings from the 1700s are now home to Sisimiut Museum.

Return to the hotel Sisimiut and accommodation in double/twin room with private facilities.

Sisimiut, after the 3 day dog sledding journey

Days 5 and 6: Optional snowmobile or sea excursions in Sisimiut area

Sisimiut is one of Greenland’s best areas to practice snowmobiling by following the old sledge routes along the polar circle. Both through a short two hours excursion up to a whole day adventure, this is an opportunity to enjoy one of the best preserved nature reserves of all Greenland in a active way. Remember that only trained adventurers (minimum age 18 years old) will be allowed to drive the snowmobile by themselves. However, those without previous experience can share this experience with the guide or another traveller sitting behind the driver or in the trailer.

Also, Sisimiut is an important cruise destination for both expedition vessels and medium sized cruise ships, linking Nuuk and Kangerlussuaq with the Disko Bay area. So, you will be able to hire some of the optional boat excursions available from the town.

Overnight stay at the hotel Sisimiut. Accommodation in double/twin room with private facilities.

Snowmobiling on the Sisimiut area

Day 7: Flight to Nuuk, capital of Greenland

Reception at Nuuk Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Then, we will get a guided visit to the greenlandic national costume workshop and, from here, walk towards the home of a local family for a “Kaffemik”. Coffee, tea and homemade cake will be offered, having time to chat with the people and get a glimpse of the modern Greenlandic life.

Nuuk city centre is very dynamic. There are plenty of shops and restaurants with international and greenlandic specialities. As free activities, we can recommend the cultural centre of Greenland: Katuaq. It’s housing the Nordic Institute NAPA.

With its wavy wooden surface, Katuaq represents the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) and the beauty of the Greenlandic culture.

If you have time, you can visit and bath in the only swimming pool in the whole Greenland: Malik Nuuk Swimming. This is the most beautiful swimming pool in all Nordic countries, with panoramic views to the fiord and surrounding mountains.

Accommodation at Hotel. Small apartment with private facilities.

Nuuk, capital of Greenland

Day 8: Flight way back to Copenhagen or Reykjavik

Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

Departure flight way back to Copenhagen or Reykjavik.

3.795 €  departure from Copenhagen/return to Reykjavik

3.865 €  from/to Copenhagen

Supplement per single room: 280€

 

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Feb 02, 2017Mar 16, 2017From Copenhagen€3865Available

Physical Condition

This trip, considered as “active”, is physically challenging during the dog sledding journey. Adventurers should be well prepared for long dog sled daily itinerary and sometimes they may go running just close to sledges.  It’s is recommended only to adventurers who enjoys the outdoors, who doesn’t mind sleeping in a tent and goes skiing, hiking or trekking on a regular basis. Also, the cold (between -20ºC and -15ºC) and possible changes in the weather conditions, may convert the tour difficult.  For self-driving of snowmobiles, travellers have to be as a minimum 18 years old. Added to that, it’s required to present the driving license.

 

 

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Our commitments

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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Based on the ancient knowledge of the Inuit peoples, the Windsled developers have managed to create a means of transportation that combines tradition with modern means through kites that harness aeolian energy.

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Inuit Climate Change Patrol;

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This fear is the germ of the Inuit Climate Change Patrol, current project led by Ramon Larramendi (founder of Greenland.net)

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