Our route is subject to weather and sea-ice conditions. The key to a successful expedition is to have flexibility in the plan, enabling us to adapt to changing conditions. Our local outfitter is used to working within the constraints of weather/sea ice conditions and will do everything possible to stick to the proposed plan, but changes could be necessary.
Temperatures in August range from 40-60 deg F., with little to no precipitation. There are 18 hours of daylight.
Aside from the days on which we’ve specifically planned for boat journeys, the boat is used expressly for moving our expedition gear between campsites. The boat will have other commitments with other teams during the day, and the driver won’t be coming back to camp with us, so use of the boat during the day isn’t an option (i.e. team members can’t just spend the day on the boat if they’re tired or don’t want to walk for a day.)
Each day make a plan with the boat driver where to leave our gear and we’ll then hike to that location, locate the gear, and start putting up camp. We usually camp close to the shore, but it’s sometimes necessary to carry gear a few hundred metres. We ask everyone to get involved and assist with this, and with setting up camp.
We’ll spend time on the first afternoon explaining how to set up camp, and after a couple days you’ll get good at it. Campsites are in rugged terrain with a few flat sections of coast. Some sites are a little lumpy, but that’s the nature of being somewhere “out of this world” like Greenland.
We use 4-season mountain tents, two people to a tent. Single tents are not available due to limited carrying space on the boat. There will also be a basecamp tent for dining and hanging out in bad weather; however, we usually sit outside in good weather. Once camp is set up, there might be a few tasks to share – collecting water, helping to cook etc., – but folks can relax. Some days will be longer, others shorter, allowing you to enjoy this truly special place.
In the morning we’ll strike camp, pack everything together in one place next to the shore and set off. The boat driver will collect the gear during the day and move it on for us. Our start times will vary, but it may be necessary to make some early starts as certain sections will need to be walked at low tide, so we’ll have to time our departures around the tide.
POLAR BEAR SAFETY
Polar bear encounters are a possibility. So, we will rotate shifts amongst the group taking a “bear watch” at night for safety. This is important, as bears can be dangerous, and we need to be able to scare the bears off from camp.
There’ll be lots of baggage to move each day; tents, food, personal baggage. Please follow our packing guidelines in the predeparture manual which we will send you after signing up.
Kulusuk is a small village, as are the cabins and the lodge. Last-minute changes due to delays or extreme weather are an intrinsic element of all of our expeditions in this extremely wild region. This can have the effect that we may end up with multiple teams in the village and so are unable to provide the accommodation as detailed in the current plan. We will do everything we can to accommodate all teams as best possible.
It’s important to know that Greenland produces no food whatsoever. Everything has to be imported, and these imports do not occur regularly, due to weather conditions. That limits our access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
We prepare tasty, hearty meals at the lodge, which will keep the team fueled up for the following day. Once we’re out camping, we cook basic, flavorful meals for breakfast and dinner, which include pasta, lentil dahl, freshly caught trout and mussels; potatoes and rice. We’ll take along some freeze-dried meals in case we get to camp late.
Breakfast is normally porridge and granola. Sometimes we’ll have pancakes on days when we don’t have to get going early.