9 Days (6-12 members)
August 10 - 18, 2021
$4,590 - $5,460
August 10 - 18, 2022
$4,820 - $5,735
Local flight Iceland-Greenland: $920 - $965
Tusker has designed this truly exciting trek that explores the breathtaking rugged terrain on Kulusuk Island, on Greenland’s remote east coast.
It is adventurous and wild. We do not follow other people or any established paths.
The terrain is challenging and the ground undulates constantly. We hike down into small gullies and then climb back up over headlands, so you need to be in excellent hiking condition.
We pass through numerous fjords where some of the fastest moving glaciers in the northern hemisphere empty their ice into the water.
We trek through a stunning valley which connects the Ammassalik Fjord and the Bay of Tuno. The bay is shallow and calm and the early mornings here can be spectacular, with the mirror-like surface of the water reflecting a perfect silhouette of the mountains on the far side.
On our way back to the lodge, we follow a stretch of coastline up to another area of massive calving glaciers – it'll blow your mind.
You will need to spend the night of August 11 in Reykjavik, Iceland as the flights to Greenland do not connect. We suggest you spend a couple nights here, as it's a fun city.
On August 12 fly from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kulusuk, East Greenland. It's a spectacular flight over the icebergs of the Denmark Strait, giving expansive views of Greenland’s coast and the pack ice as you get closer. We meet our guides at the airport outside the village for the 30 minute walk to the lodge, in the heart of Kulusuk. In the afternoon we’ll do a gear check and pack bags to be ready for our departure the next morning.
We take a walk around the village to stretch our legs. There are often beautiful sunsets, and if the weather is good we'll hike up one of the small hills in the village to watch the sun set over the mountains. Overnight at our lodge in Kulusuk.
Hiking Distance: 8 km/4.5 Miles
In the morning we pack bags onto the boats for the journey north up Ammassalik Fjord.
The fjord often carries icebergs which drift down the coast and is a good place to spot whales. The journey to the start of the trek takes around 1hr 30 minutes and takes us into the edges of the Schweizerland mountains, a vast range of alpine peaks and huge glacier systems.
From our drop-off point, we’ll head south down the fjord to following an intermittent path, with a few stream crossings, to our first camp of the trip – a good introduction to hiking in Greenland. Camp at Tasilak Fjord.
Hiking Distance: 14 km/8.7 Miles
Today sees us climb gently into a lush valley which provides the link between Ammassalik Fjord and the bay of Tuno, where we make camp for the evening.
We encounter a huge variety of terrain, from rocky morraines to thickets of dwarf willow and crowberry bushes, with a few stream crossings along the way.
The bay at Tuno is shallow and calm and the early mornings here can be stunning, with the mirror-like surface of the water reflecting perfectly the silhouette of the mountains on the far side. Camp at Kuummiut Tuno.
Hiking Distance: 13 km/8 Miles
After breakfast, we pack up camp and load up the boat. Our route today takes us across a wide, sandy delta formed by the outflow from the major glacier systems high above us.
After a number of stream crossings we get back onto dry land, and tackle a succession of small ascents and descents, following the coast.
We end the day in Ikateq, on the lookout for ripe blueberries on the bushes which grow here on the south facing slopes. Camp at Ikatek.
Hiking Distance: 14 km/8.7 Miles
We start our morning crossing a stream which flows from a small lake, and is often teeming with arctic char. Once across, we continue north-east along the valley side, just above the level of the fjord for a few kilometres.
After a couple more kilometres we climb up the hillside a short way before descending and following easier angled terrain to reach our campsite in a small bay looking south toward the Denmark Strait. Camp at Nunartivaq.
Hiking Distance: 9 km/5.6 Miles
The valley above the camp is strewn with huge boulders, once part of the impressive peaks above.
We follow the stream uphill before turning away to make a steep climb of a few hundred metres to a col. From here, the views to the north open up, giving our first glimpse of the huge calving face of a nearby glacier.
Now we traverse, with a series of ascents and descents leading us past a small waterfall to a rocky ridge. Here the view gets better, looking out over numerous glaciers and towering alpine spires. Descending past some small lakes, we eventually make it back to sea level and our shore-side camp at Karale.
Hiking Distance: 10 km/6.2 Miles
Today we leave the camp set up and walk along the coastline in sight of several big glaciers. It’s an opportunity for our team to enjoy being somewhere really spectacular – we have a relaxed start and take our time.
Walking to the constant rumble of the glaciers pushing toward the ocean, we turn inland slightly to make an ascent of a low peak, which gives views into the Schweizerland Alps, a system of major glaciers and big alpine peaks.
We return to camp at Karale the same way.
Hiking Distance: 8 km/5 miles
After breaking camp, the boat will arrive to transfer us across the fjord toward the Knud Rasmussen glacier. We spend the day walking along the shoreline beneath the snouts of glaciers, toward the calving face of the glacier - a 60m high, 3km wide wall of ice.
We’re able to walk within a kilometer or so of the face, where the scale of the ice is truly awe-inspiring. After some time taking it in, the boats come to retrieve us for the trip back to Kulusuk, which takes around 2 hours. Lodge at Kulusuk.
In the morning before the flight out you have a last chance to explore the village and hopefully take a look at the little museum in Kulusuk.
Run by a local family, there are some fascinating pieces of clothing and traditional hunting equipment. It’s open by appointment, and the family who runs it also teach full time in the village school, so visits have to fit around their schedule.
Fly from Kulusuk to Reykjavik City Airport in Iceland.