GREENLAND FJORDS TREK
ABOUT THE TREK
This is the ultimate adventure if you’re the kind of person seeking to blaze your own path to experience the raw, unbridled power of nature - up close and personal.
Greenland's remoteness keeps it well off the travel map, making it one of the least visited destinations by tourists. But for those brave enough to take on this highly immersive, challenging adventure, the rewards are beyond measure. This is an opportunity to explore a land that remains untouched by modernity, to immerse yourself in a world of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable wonders.
“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.
GREENLAND IS ADVENTURE
Greenland is a land of icy wonders, exploding with an entire coastline of deep fjords and colossal icebergs. These long, deep inlets of water stretch far inland and feature steep, sloping sides carved by slowly moving glaciers. And the best part? This rugged terrain is perfect for hiking and trekking, making it an absolute "must do" adventure during your time on the planet.
Tusker's Greenland trek will take you on a journey through remote and rugged terrain, where there are no paths, just pure, unadulterated wilderness. Travel by boat and your own two feet, as you venture into a world of infinite beauty, with nothing but your guide and your trekking mates by your side.
This is a journey that will test your limits, but the sense of accomplishment that you'll feel when you conquer Greenland's rugged terrain will be beyond compare. So prepare your mind for an adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime.
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.
THE NATURAL BEAUTY
Greenland is a wonderland of rugged terrain, magnificent glaciers, and ancient deep fjords that will leave you breathless, as you experience nature like never before. You'll encounter diverse landscapes every day, with massive dramatic mountains that inspire awe and wonder. This is a journey that will awaken your senses, ignite your spirit, and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Prepare to be awed beyond belief as you embark on the ultimate adventure of trekking along the fjords and shoreline of southeast Greenland. The Greenland Fjords trek is a challenging journey that will take you to the very edge of the Arctic. As you explore this magnificent landscape, you'll discover a world of unimaginable beauty, where every step will fill you with wonder and amazement. From the towering glaciers to the deep fjords, this eye-popping experience will ignite your senses and leave you breathless.
This is more than just a trek; it's a transformative experience that builds self-awareness and a special understanding of the planet on which we live. With each step, your passion for life and discovery will grow, and you'll come away with a newfound appreciation for the majesty of nature.
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
This is a journey that has been years in the making, and now, it's finally here. In 2018, Tusker ran a private trek in Greenland for a select group of adventurers who regularly travel with us to far-flung places. And what an adventure it turned out to be! This was the trek of a lifetime, in one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring places on earth.
Now, Tusker's Greenland trek is one of our most exciting adventures, designed to take you on a journey through rugged terrain, deep fjords, and breathtaking landscapes. This is not for the faint of heart, but for those who seek the ultimate adventure and are ready to soak up true, well-earned adventure. So, get ready to be blown away by the beauty of Greenland's untamed wilderness, on an epic journey that will leave you with experiences of a lifetime.
"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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