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AUSFJ: Camp Ice Cap / 2 days
Departures from Kangerlussuaq

Spend one night - not close to - but actually ON the Inland Ice Cap, by adding this extension to your Greenland holiday. Experience the Arctic nature up close and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Upon arrival to Kangerlussuaq we will transfer you directly to Camp Ice Cap to begin your adventure.

Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq is not only an airport and gateway into Greenland, the area has much to offer travellers.

Greenland Wildlife: Kangerlussuaq is the best area in Greenland to see Arctic wildlife - close to the hotel you often see reindeer and musk oxen!

Fantastic weather: The location approx. 160km inland from the coast makes Kangerlussuaq one of the most weather-stable destinations in Greenland with lots of sunshine.

The Inland Ice Cap: No other destination in Greenland offers easier access to the Inland Ice Cap - here we drive in 4x4 vehicles directly to the amazing Ice Cap.

Stay on the Greenland Inland Ice Cap: A unique experience, which shouldn't be missed - it is truly an Arctic Adventure!

Day 1

Arrival to Kangerlussuaq. Meet and greet with your local guide in the airport. 

The guide will go through the equipment and prepare you for the upcoming adventure. We drive in our 4WD vehicle to Point 660 about 37km east of the town. Point 660 is the starting point for our Ice Cap ‘mini-expedition’.

We put on our backpacks and head out on the ice. If it’s slippery we will wear crampons and use our hiking poles, but usually we don’t need this equipment. Heading off in an easterly direction gives us about 2 hours of hiking, while we begin to understand what through the centuries has inspired intrepid explorers to cross the ice cap.

After we arrive and get settled into our tents, we will treat ourselves to coffee, tea and something sweet. There will be a "toilet tent" with basic facilities. If the weather permits, we will do a smaller evening hike and enjoy the adventure that unfolds around us. Don’t forget your camera; the ice cap combined with the light from the midnight sun make breathtaking photographs!

Late evening we will prepare our "Travel Lunch" dinner; a surprisingly good freeze dried pre-made meal, where you only add hot water. According to Greenlandic tradition we gather in our large mess tent and share anecdotes. After many impressions, we deserve a good nights sleep in our comfortable & warm sleeping bags.

Included meals: Dinner in the camp
Accommodation: Camp Ice Cap

Day 2

A new and exciting day on the Ice Cap awaits us. After breakfast in the mess tent it's time to venture out and explore the ice sculptured landscape. Our hike today - depending on weather - will take us towards the Russell Glacier. On our way across the ice fields we will see the many clear meltwater streams that are created each year on the Inland Ice during summer.

As we get closer to the Russell Glacier we will be able to get an impression of the huge crevasses (from a safe distance) that eventually create the calving glacier. We will bring our crampons and hiking poles; we do not use rope since we stay on safe terrain during the entire hike.

Lunch is enjoyed on the hike or in the camp depending on weather conditions. In the afternoon we pack up our camp and head back to the mountainside, where our vehicle awaits us. We will be back in Kangerlussuaq in the early evening. Transfer to your hotel for check-in (if you have accommodation booked for tonight).

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch 

 

 

You can easily combine this itinerary with one of our West Greenland tours.

Route map

Departures

  • 2018: Guaranteed departures Tuesdays and Saturdays from June to August

Included

  • Transfer to and from Camp Ice Cap
  • Overnights in tents on the ice
  • Full board whilst in the camp
  • Local English/Danish speaking guide

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Kangerlussuaq
  • Travel insurance
  • You must bring a small back pack for clothes, toiletries etc - all other luggage can be stored in Kangerlussuaq (extra cost paid on the spot)

Trip sheet

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