Traveller Q&A: Hiking in East Greenland with Cathy Harlow
Two of our clients, Andrew and Anne travelled on our Hiking in East Greenland escorted holiday in August 2018, so we caught up with them to find out more about their trip and why you should follow in their footsteps!
1. Prior to your visit, what made you choose East Greenland and this holiday?
East Greenland provided the perfect opportunity to combine seeing icebergs and spectacular scenery with our love of walking.
2. What were your highlights?
There were too many!
Watching a large iceberg float into view from Angmagssalik, climbing the mountain above Angmagssalik and experiencing crystal clear panoramas from its summit. Enjoying spectacular views from the helicopter transfers witnessing seas of harebells and other arctic flowers, together with miniature trees growing horizontally across rocks. Marvelling at a surprise display of the Northern Lights dancing across the sky above the hotel. Walking past adorable husky puppies playing in the sunshine.
Seeing the brightly coloured houses with fish hung up to dry. Experiencing excellent optional extras, including a helicopter trip to the edge of the inland ice cap, flying low over whales, icebergs and the snout of the glacier; and a boat trip with close-range views of vast icebergs and fluking humpback whales. Overall, the whole trip exceeded our very high expectations!
3. Describe East Greenland in 3 Words…
Spectacular, rugged, spacious
4. Why should future travellers choose Hiking in East Greenland with Cathy Harlow?
Cathy is an excellent, energetic, inspiring and knowledgeable guide, with a wonderful enthusiasm for this special country. The trip provides a great opportunity to experience the large-scale scenic grandeur of Greenland while not overlooking interesting details such as the beautiful arctic flowers and the distinctive culture of the local people.
5. Do you think anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can enjoy the hikes?
Yes. The hikes were well paced, but with plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.
6. What was your most rewarding moment?
Seeing such a good display of the northern lights so early in the viewing season.
7. Finally, have you got any top tips you would like to share?
Be patient when awaiting the northern lights – don’t give up viewing too soon! Go for the optional extras, especially the helicopter ride to the edge of the inland icecap and the boat trip among vast icebergs and fluking whales.