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Greenland Capturing Ice

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Day 1 – Kulusuk

After your pick-up from airport we walk 1 km to our boat (quart bike for luggage) and drive to Tasilaq where we will stop at interesting sights along the way.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 – KNUD RASMUSSEN FJORD

We begin in the morning from the harbour of Tasiilaq, at the southern side of Ammassalik island. After a quick traverse of the King Oskar’s fjord we head north west towards the Ammassalik fjord. After about an hour’s of sailing we will turn into the narrow and steep fjord with its jagged and imposing mountain peaks towering above us. At the site of Ikateq, we will make a stop to explore the remains of a World War II American base. It was here that the Americans ran an airfield from 1942-47. During war times this was referred to as “Bluie East Two” and was built to facilitate Trans-Atlantic air traffic navigation, search and rescue operations and as a weather forecast station. You can still see the airfield, the corroded oil drums, vehicles and ruins. The need for a clean-up of the old base has been a occasional political issue, but to this date no action as been taken. We will then continue our journey further north-east until we arrive at the mighty Sermiligaaq fjord. The name translates to English as “the beautiful glacier fjord” and it lives up to it’s name. The landscape around us is now dominated by jagged mountains, narrow fjords and calving outlet glaciers with their fronts flowing into the fjord itself. Here we cross the Arctic circle. At one point you will enjoy the view of two calving glaciers simultaneously, the Karale glacier on your left and the Knud Rasmussen glacier on your right side. The skipper will navigate as close to the glacier front as it is safe to do and here we will go ashore to enjoy the packed lunch and hot drinks that we have brought with us. After lunch, we will have the time to explore the immediate area by foot before we commence our return journey towards Tasiilaq in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

Day 3 – TINITEQILLAQ – SERMILIK FJORD

We start in the morning from the harbour of Tasiilaq, at the southern side of Ammassalik island and sail north along the coast of the island through a breathtaking landscape. Huge icebergs will gently flow by us, as we travel up the Sermilik Ice fjord. After about two hours of saiing we will reach the small settlement of Tiniteqilaaq, which in Greenladic mens “The strait that runs dry at low tide”. The small settlement has a spectacular view of the icefjord with its colossal icebergs and the enormous Ice Sheet dominating the horizon. According to Greenlandic statistics, 113 people lives permanently in Tiniteqilaaq as of January 2015. Upon arrival to the settlement the skipper will bring you ashore and you will have the time to stroll around the settlement on your own and fully take in the ambiance and scenery of the settlement, observing the local people going by their dailyday life, routines and work. Once you are finished exploring the settlement, we will then board the boat and travel further north in the fjord where we will enjoy a packed lunch on the water, enjoying the majestic icebergs that surround us. After lunch the skipper will start steering south for our return journey through the fjord. The boat will sail southwards the length of the fjord and then navigate the edges of the polar sea as we round the south of the Ammassalik island and through the King Oscar fjord to return to Tasiilaq.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D

Day 4 – Tasiilaq discover the valleys

Today we stay on land, after breakfast we will discover the valley of flowers and beautiful lakes by car. Tasiilaq is situated on the southern part of the Ammassalik Island, which takes its name from the Inuit word “Ammassat”, translating to English as capelin. These small fish can be found in abundance in the fjord during summer and is frequently hunted by the local hunters to support their livelihood. The island is characterised by several jagged peaks, glaciers, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There are vast green valleys and deep icefjords where the newly calved icebergs of the ice sheet drop into the sea; icebergs similar in size to hightower buildings. If you like the quietness of uninhabited areas in a magnificent, and unspoiled nature, then these kind of possibilities are plentiful right here on Ammasalik Island.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D

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ITINERARY

Day 5 – SERMILIK- JOHAN PEDERSEN FJORD

In the morning from the harbour of Tasiilaq, we go out again by boat. First we cross the King Oskar’s fjord and travel a short distance on the Polar sea before we enter the mighty Sermilik fjord, the second largest fjord in Greenland. The name Sermilik in Greenlandic translates to Icefjord, which will be quite obvious as we will navigate our boat in-between icebergs, which sheer size will make you feel very tiny compared to their mighty presence in front of you. With the impressive size you see above the surface, these frozen giant’s true size hides beneath the surface, where 90% of the total size of an iceberg is found. Having sailed for around an hour, we will reach the now abandoned settlement of Ikkatteq. Here we will stop the boat and you will have the opportunity to go ashore and explore the old church, school and other buildings. There is also a spectacular viewpoint from a small hill which you can climb. When you have finished exploring the abandoned settlement we will again go to the boat and set sail north, deeper into the fjord. Here the skipper will turn the boat west, into the smaller Johan Pedersen fjord. Now you will be surrounded by a magical landscape, sculptural icebergs floating on the surface of the water and steep outlet glaciers deriving from the mighty ice sheet of Greenland. We will sail to the calving glacier called Hann glacier. Going ashore at the side of the Hann glacier we will enjoy our lunch, overlooking the glacier front. After lunch, there will be time to enjoy a short scenic hike in the nearby area before we set the course back towards Tasiilaq.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D

Day 6 – KUUMIUT & APUSIAAJIK GLACIER

The trip begins in the morning from Tasiilaq where we set off from the harbour in one of our comfortable tourist boats. We make our ways on the sea towards King Oskar’s fjord and head north towards the picturesque glacier front of Apusiaajik. Should luck be on our side, you may witness the birth of an iceberg. Known as glacier calving, tension in the glacier makes huge chunks of ice which break off the front of the glacier whereby icebergs are formed. From here the skipper will navigate the boat to the nearby fishing and hunting settlement of Kuummiit. Once we arrive you will have time to explore the settlement on your own. Kummiit is Greenlandic for “The people who lives by the river”. According to Greenland Statistics, there are 309 people permanently living in the settlement. The majority being local fishermen and hunters. Once you have gained a good insight of life in a remote East Greenlandic settlement, its again time for us to continue our journey. Now we will travel north east up a narrow fjord called “Ikaasaulaq” with its step walls towing high above to both left and right of the boat. You will enjoy a fantastic view of the fjord and its surroundings, where jagged mountain peaks rise high up into the sky, and accompanied by narrow valley glaciers. Far into the valley we will go a shore, at the side of the calving Apuseeajik glacier. Now finding ourselves in an alpine looking landscape, we will enjoy a light lunch which we have brought with us. After lunch we will have some time to explore the nearby area by foot, before we set the course towards Tasiilaq where we will be arriving in the afternoon

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D

Day 7 – Tasiilaq with sunrise and Sunset by boat

Today we discover the town by is self and go out by boat at sunrise and sunset. The name of Tasiilaq translates into english as “Like a Lake”. The town of 2,000 inhabitants is perched on the foothills of the local mountain, The Sjoman (The Sea Man), above the shores of the King Oscar’s fjord. It is this setting, from which the town has got its name, as the bottom of the fjord has a circular shape and could be mistaken for looking like a lake. With it’s population of approximately 2,000 people Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland and the seventh largest town in all Greenland. Around it lies the seven smaller settlements of Kulusuk, Sermiligaaq, Kuummiut, Tiniteqilaaq and Isortoq. Due to its isolated location the town houses all the necessary facilities such as a school, a hospital, a police staton, a supermarket, kindergardens and so on. It also has a big harbour at the shores of the King Oscar’s fjord, the gateway to the great North Atlantic sea.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D

Day 8 – Kulusuk

Today after breakfast we go back to Kulusuk to the airport we walk 1 km from our boat (quart bike for luggage) and check in.

Included meals: B

DETAILS

Title: Greenland Capturing Ice
Start: Sep 14 2019
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Location: Greenland
Language(s): English, German
Host(s): Chris Marquardt, Tim Vollmer
Price: 3995 USD

Single Supplement: 350 USD

Shoe rating:
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How physical is this workshop/tour?


Rating for Greenland Capturing Ice:



This tour includes several boat rides in vessels of varying sizes. Also we expect to do some hiking. You should be able to walk on unpaved terrain for a few hours.

Legend:
easy (mostly in and around the classroom)
light (some walks, mostly easy terrain, no flip-flops please)
moderate (includes usually optional walks over mixed terrain, suitable shoes and clothing required if not mentioned otherwise)
heavy (includes trekking, hiking boots, altitude under about 10,000 ft)
very heavy (think trekking at altitude, Himalayan tours)

If you have questions about details, please don't hesitate to contact me any time via email at chris@chrismarquardt.com, on Twitter @chrismarquardt or on Facebook

Questions about this tour?
Email me chris@chrismarquardt.com
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OTHER INFOS

Included

✔ All meals as described in the itinerary
✔ 7 nights Accommodation
✔ All transfers
✔ 2 professional photography instructors

Not Included

✘ International flights to/from Kulusuk
✘ Optional tours
✘ Drinks/sodas
✘ Tips and Travel Insurance

Single supplement

Prices are per person in a double room. Single travelers must pay single supplement: US$ 350

Getting there

You will organise your own travel to and from Kulusuk (airport sign: KUS)

This is not a complete list, but depending on where you travel from, you might want to look into Air Iceland Connect or Greenland Air for flights. Among others, connecting airports are Copenhagen (CPH) or Reykjavik (KEF).

Photography Themes

  • Landscape
  • Seascape
  • People
  • Nature
  • Ice
  • Wildlife

Places

  • Kulusuk
  • Tasilaq
  • Knus Rasmussen Fjord
  • Tiniteqillaq
  • Sermelik Fjord
  • Johann Pedersen Fjord
  • Kuumiut
  • Apusiaajik Glacier

Registration and Payment

Payment for this tour will be split into two installments. To secure your spot on the tour you pay an immediate deposit payment of US$ 1000. This deposit is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due 5 months before the tour. Please read the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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