GREENLAND FJORDS TREK
ABOUT THE TREK
If you are an adventurer and you have a hunger to encounter the world's last wild places, you should explore Greenland’s still largely undiscovered and magnificent wilderness. Tusker’s Greenland Fjords Trek is true adventure, grounded in discovery and exploration.
Greenland’s remoteness, between the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic, has kept it well off the travel map. As one of the least visited and most spectacular places on earth, it is the perfect adventure if you’re at all curious and open to exciting challenges. Tusker transports you into an incredible wilderness – a world that is virtually without trails, and where you encounter staggering landscapes, colossal glaciers, monstrous icebergs, and panoramic views that will truly blow your mind.
GREENLAND IS ADVENTURE
Greenland is almost completely covered by an ice cap, and the entire coastline consists of deep fjords and gigantic icebergs. Fjords are long, deep, narrow inlets of water that stretch far inland. They have steep sloping sides, formed when a glacier slowly moves and carves a spoon shaped valley. Greenland is unique in that its terrain is so rugged, but ideal for hiking and trekking. It’s so totally immersive, it’s an absolute “must do” in your lifetime.
On Tusker’s Greenland trek, you travel by boat and your own two feet, through remote and rugged terrain where there are no paths, just pure unadulterated wilderness. It’s just you, your guide, your trek mates and the infinite beauty surrounding you.
The Ammassalik Fjord
Your trek begins on a small boat as you head up Ammassalik Fjord, where you can see massive icebergs drifting down the coast and you can often spot whales. You brush against the Schweizerland Mountains, a vast range of the highest peaks with the heaviest glaciation.
Bay of Tuno
You traverse a huge variety of terrain with rocky moraines, willow thickets and stream crossings. The bay is hauntingly calm and the early mornings stunning, with the mirror-like water reflecting mountain silhouettes on the far side of the bay.
Knud Rasmussen Glacier
The spectacular Knud Rasmussen Glacier is just one of four glaciers that feeds the Wolstenholme Fjord, and is often referred to as “the world’s largest ice machine.” You trek toward the calving face of this incredible glacier, 200-ft/60m high.
THE GREENLAND FJORDS
- Venture into the land of the Innuits and Vikings.
- Trek where there are no paths.
- The Northern lights could be your nightly entertainment.
- Come face to face with calving icebergs.
- Encounter nature's mirror at the Bay of Tuno.
- Watch whales and seals giving you a great sendoff.
“Our trek through the spectacular landscapes of Greenland was absolutely out of this world. My daughter was ecstatic as it was her first hike and she says that ‘I would not be able to do it without the help of your guides, Rich and Mel.’ The hike was challenging but a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for making this happen.” -- VIJAY A.
We created this trek to challenge your passion for adventure and discovery. Eddie and Amy Frank, Tusker’s owner/guides know that these are key underpinnings of a totally fulfilling adventure. They both learned at a young age that adventure and challenge go hand in hand. With the right guide you can experience this exciting feeling anywhere in the world. Your own journey of challenge and discovery should continue right here.
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THE NATURAL BEAUTY
If you have a love of nature, landscapes, and tranquillity in the wilderness, you’ll go crazy for Greenland. The rugged, varied terrain, magnificent glaciers, ancient deep fjords and massive dramatic mountains are breath-taking. You will encounter extremely diverse landscapes every day of the trek. You will find yourself smiling a lot, and you will feel an inner peace grow inside you – and you won’t want to leave.
A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Trekking along the fjords and shoreline of southeast Greenland is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Our Greenland Fjords trek is a highly challenging adventure that truly encapsulates life near the Arctic Circle. A bucket list experience builds self-awareness and understanding of the planet on which we live. Your passion for life and discovery will grow with each step in this magical land.
YOUR BUCKET LIST
Trekking along the Fjords and shoreline of Southeast Greenland is the ultimate bucket list adventure. Of all the treks that Tusker runs, our Greenland Fjords trek is a highly challenging adventure that truly encapsulates life near the arctic circle. A bucket list experience builds self-awareness and understanding of the planet on which we live. Your passion for life and discovery of yourself and the world around you will grow with each step in this magical land.
LODGING ON THE TREK
On the first and last day you’ll stay in a cozy lodge in Kulusuk with an awe-inspiring view of the bay. Then each day on the trek we all help build camp in the most amazing places you can ever imagine. There's nothing quite like sleeping and crawling out of your tent in full view of the pristine Fjords, packed with gigantic with glaciers. You sleep warm and cozy in all-weather 4-season tents.
HOW THE GREENLAND TREK WAS BORN
Eddie and Amy had been discussing a trek through Greenland for many years. In 2018, Tusker ran a private trek in Greenland for a group that travelled regularly with us. This was the trek of a lifetime in one of the world’s most spectacular wild areas. Now it’s one of our newest and most exciting treks.
The foundation of Tusker’s Greenland trek dates back many decades. In the 1970s, Eddie Frank went on his first mission to find adventure, and he found it on the first expedition he led across Africa. Since that first adventure, he’s crossed the Sahara 33 times and climbed Kilimanjaro on 54 occasions. It was on Kilimanjaro that he met guide extraordinaire Amy Frank. Together they forged an impeccable guiding team and have since then led countless travelers on wild expeditions around the planet.
"When you first land in Kulusuk, you wonder how people got to such a remote place so long ago. And as you take your first step into Greenland’s entrancing wilderness, you understand why they stayed – it’s captivating, it’s totally wild and untouched. Like nothing you have ever experienced before.”
GREENLAND'S MAGICAL COAST
Life in Southeast Greenland is unique. The coastline consists of dramatic mountains, along with countless fjords and glaciers. It is called “the world’s ice machine” because of the numerous glaciers calving into the water. In 2010, a 100-square mile mass of ice broke off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier. This gives you a rough idea of what you’ll encounter on this amazing adventure.
FLORA and FAUNA
With 70% of the landscape covered in ice, crops are not an option for the residents of Greenland. So, they exist on food from the ocean. Coastal food typically comes from seal, whale, fish, and other seafood, while on land, reindeer and musk ox is typical fare. On your trek, you will mostly encounter bird life and on vert rare occasioos you might spot a polar bear.
You would think that with all the ice in Greenland, the flora of would be limited. Nothing could be further from the truth. Greenland is surprisingly fertile with many native plants. The beautiful purple Niviarsiaq is its national flower, and you often find wild blueberries as you trek, which make for a great snack. There are almost 600 species of plants in Greenland.
THE ORIGINAL GREENLANDERS
The first people to set foot in Greenland were the Inuit, who arrived there 4,000-5,000 years ago from the North American continent. They migrated at a time when the sea was frozen in the narrow strait at Thule (Qaanaq) in north-western Greenland. Over time, six different Inuit cultures migrated in several waves. Today, Greenland’s population is descended from the last migration, the Thule culture, which arrived around the 9th century AD. This last Inuit migration occurred about the same time as the arrival in Greenland of the Norse settlers and Erik the Red, in 982 AD. The Norse population disappeared mysteriously from Greenland in the 15th century.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
SUMMER • Tusker's Trekking Season
June, July and August are typically the most active part of the year, with warm days and the most sunshine. You’ll find many people enjoying the outdoors and out on the water, sailing and fishing. This is when we run our Greenland treks.
AUTUMN / FALL
In September, October, and November you see the big transition from Summer to Winter. In Greenland’s spring, the days quickly shorten as Autumn colors are on display. As the nights lengthen, the Northern Lights begin their sky dance.
From December through April, you find the shortest days of the year with the least amount of sunlight. Winter activities are in full swing; sled dogs earn their keep and the Northern Lights might be putting on a display.
May is a very energetic month where transition from winter to summer is accelerated and intensified. The winter snow begins to melt, filling the streams and rivers, and you sometimes find happy dogs sledding in the warmth of the longer days.
THE MIDNIGHT SUN
In the summer months, the earth’s tilted axis keeps the sun visible on the horizon during most of the day. This is what we call the Midnight Sun. This is a summer phenomenon where the sun is visible at midnight local time. You will have 22 hours of daylight and your sunrises and sunsets will be awash in dazzling colors unique to the Arctic Circle.
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