Greenland Base Camp

from £9449
excluding flights *
8 nights Jul-Sep

Overview

Stay in comfort and seclusion in a safari-style camp, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of East Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord. Search for whales, kayak through brash ice and hike across glaciers on this small-group adventure in the heart of the wilderness.

Highlights

  • Cruise or paddle amongst mighty icebergs in search of whales and other wildlife
  • Hike through wildflowers, over glaciers and alongside deep fjords
  • Sleep in an isolated Arctic safari-camp for a true sense of life in the wilderness

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • All meals
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Return flights from Iceland to Greenland

Full description

Immerse yourself in the cultural traditions and spectacular scenery of East Greenland with a stay at this brand new luxury eco-lodge on the edge of the Greenland ice sheet.

Situated on the shores of Sermilik Fjord, Base Camp Greenland offers the chance to sleep in the heart of the Arctic wilderness, exploring by kayak, zodiac or on foot each day and returning to the surprising comfort of camp for gourmet meals and informative presentations each evening. Sitting on your cabin’s private deck you will be surrounded by towering mountains, deep fjords, glittering icebergs and glaciers and swathes of vivid wildflowers – spectacular views exclusive only to you and your fellow guests at Base Camp.

This expedition is designed with a flexible set of activities to accommodate personal preferences and physical ability levels. With a maximum of just 12 guests, it is possible to adapt each activity to suit individual guests' desires and capabilities. Guests who desire more activity have a multitude of options, including longer hikes and sea kayaking excursions, whilst others can experience their spectacular surroundings with less exertion on shorter or less demanding outings. All activities from camp are optional and weather-dependent, however, a reasonable degree of fitness and mobility is a safety requirement in this remote region, and will also enhance enjoyment of your trip.

Typical daily activities will include hiking, kayaking and/or Zodiac excursions of varying durations. Hikes will take place near sea level, walking cross-country over trail-less terrain, perhaps with the opportunity to hike onto glaciers (under expert guidance). Sea kayaking excursions will be offered both for the adventurous paddler who wishes to explore further afield and for those who prefer shorter outings along the coastline near camp. All kayaking excursions are accompanied by an expert sea kayaking guide. Your excursions will take in scenic highlights, wildlife sightings and visits to isolated Inuit communities, offering a comprehensive introduction to Greenland and the Arctic.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £100 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

Departure Duration Single Price Twin Price (PP) Itinerary
Fri 20 Jul 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Thu 26 Jul 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Tue 31 Jul 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Sun 5 Aug 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Fri 10 Aug 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Thu 16 Aug 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Tue 21 Aug 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Photo Special
Sun 26 Aug 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Fri 31 Aug 2018 8 nights £10,676 £9,449 Standard Tour
Wed 5 Sep 2018 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Fri 19 Jul 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Thu 25 Jul 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Tue 30 Jul 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Sun 4 Aug 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Fri 9 Aug 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Thu 15 Aug 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Tue 20 Aug 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Sun 25 Aug 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour
Fri 30 Aug 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Photo Special
Fri 6 Sep 2019 8 nights £12,768 £11,542 Standard Tour

What's Included

  • All rooms with private facilities:
  • 1 night in Reykjavik; 2 nights at Hotel Ammassalik, Tasiilaq; 4 nights at Base Camp Greenland; 1 night at a hotel in Kulusuk
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 9
  • Beer/wine/soft drinks with meals while at Base Camp
  • Excursions as per itinerary including whale watching, optional kayaking and hiking, Tasiilaq city tour and museum admission
  • Services of Natural Habitat Adventures' professional Expedition Leader(s), boat and camp crews
  • Return flights from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kulusuk, Greenland
  • All transportation as per itinerary by boat, helicopter and transfer buses
  • Survival suit loan for boat trip excursions

What's Not Included

  • International flights to and from Iceland
  • Some gratuities (guidance will be given)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Please note: All dates are provisional and the prices above are a guideline only. This tour uses a dynamic pricing policy which means that the price may change according to the time of booking and popularity of the tour – early booking is therefore highly recommended to secure the best possible price. Please contact our team for up to date prices and departure dates.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Reykjavik and overnight

You will be met on arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Iceland's capital of Reykjavik, about a 45-minute drive (transfer provided in connection with restricted flights only). If you arrive very early, you may store your bags at the hotel while you enjoy exploring the compact city. This evening, learn about all that lies ahead in Greenland during a welcome presentation and dinner with the Expedition Leader.

Day 2: Reykjavik - Kulusuk - Tasiilaq

Drive the short distance to Iceland's domestic airport and board the flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. From Kulusuk, make a scenic transfer by helicopter to Ammassalik Island, landing in Tasiilaq, the small administrative centre of East Greenland. Though it's just a 10-minute flight, it offers a preview of the magnificent scenery to come, with icebergs drifting below and perhaps even a chance to spot a whale from the air.

Tasiilaq's charming collection of brightly painted wooden houses hugs King Oscar’s Bay, surrounded by pointed peaks iced with glaciers. The town of 2,000 is a hub for outdoor adventure, from hiking and kayaking in summer to dog sledding and glacier skiing in winter. Most of East Greenland is uninhabited however, except for a handful of small subsistence hunting communities. Your introduction to Greenland begins here where arctic wilderness and traditional lifestyles meet. On arrival, convene at the hotel for a briefing before exploring the area around Tasiilaq on foot, hiking into the Valley of Flowers above the scenic bay that fronts the town. Bring your camera: the ice-clad gneiss and granite peaks provide a backdrop for waterfalls and small lakes fringed by arctic wildflowers in season.

Day 3: Tasiilaq - Iceberg Cruise & Hiking

Though the interior of Greenland is covered by a massive ice cap, a few habitable areas exist around the bays and coastal islands. This region enjoys a surprisingly mild and dry summer climate, earning it the nickname “Arctic Riviera.” The exploration starts with a half-day excursion by enclosed private motorboat in the open waters of the Greenland Sea, for close-up views of icebergs. In addition to large chunks of ice calved from glaciers that feed the fjords in this region, you will also see tabular icebergs—these are ocean-going slabs of ice, some of which have been drifting for months or even years, driven down the coast by the strong East Greenland Current. Glaciologists believe that some have even come from northern Canada, hundreds of miles away. Once they reach the outer edge of Greenland's fjords, they collide with ice that has broken off the Greenland ice sheet to form gigantic composites, sometimes mingling with brash ice to create frozen mosaics.

Whales are also found seasonally in these waters, when ice conditions permit, so look out for fin, minke and humpback whales, as well as seals. Back on shore, explore the coastline on a scenic walk and visit Tasiilaq's small history museum to learn about the culture and traditions of the Inuit, at home in this region for centuries.

Day 4: Tasiilaq - Base Camp Greenland

Depart via boat or helicopter (variable due to weather and other factors) for the wilderness Base Camp, located on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. Your destination is near the tiny hamlet of Tinit. The village is one of the most picturesque outposts in East Greenland, surveying a panorama of Sermilik Fjord, littered with huge icebergs, and the ice sheet beyond. Behind the town, glaciated peaks rise over a mile high, jutting up like sharp black teeth through the ice. Tinit is home to fewer than a hundred hardy people who craft a subsistence fishing and hunting existence around challenging weather and constantly shifting ice conditions.

Keep an eye out for whales, as they are frequently seen in these waters when ice conditions permit. The area is filled with evidence of ancient habitation, including graves and ruins of old Inuit sod house foundations, and it is an evocative place to learn more about Inuit history and lore. Reaching Base Camp Greenland, you will be in one the most remote places on Earth. After settling in to your deluxe cabin, sit down for coffee, tea and lunch. Later convene for an orientation, followed by dinner and a lecture to acquaint you with the remarkable natural history of the region. Through presentations and cultural visits during your stay, you will also learn about Greenland’s cultural heritage and aspects of modern life.

Days 5–7: Base Camp Greenland - Exploring Sermilik Fjord

The landscape along Greenland’s isolated and rarely visited east coast is dramatic. Great fjords indent the coastline, penetrating far into sheer-sided mountains capped by the world’s second-largest ice sheet—and Sermilik Fjord is the mightiest of them all. The Base Camp provides a safe and comfortable outpost from which to explore this vast expanse of wild terrain just below the Arctic Circle.

On Zodiac excursions, navigate among a flotilla of icebergs in an array of wild shapes, some as big as buildings. Look for whales and seals, both of which are present depending on the ice. Guided sea kayaking is also an option for an eye-level view on the frigid waters. You will spend plenty of time ashore, too, with hikes for varying ability levels. Traverse the mountainsides and wander near glaciers that wind down from the Greenland ice sheet. This huge ice mass—second in size only to Antarctica—stretches more than 1,500 miles from north to south, is nearly 2 miles deep at its thickest point and covers 80 percent of the island. Learn about the crucial role it plays in regulating Earth’s climate and see how rapidly it is being affected by climate change. Amid fields of Arctic cotton grass, look for Arctic fox and birdlife, including eiders, loons and possibly peregrine falcons.

The long hours of summer daylight allow for extensive exploration. Each evening, retreat to the Base Camp for creative meals prepared by an accomplished chef. After dinner, gather for interpretive presentations by the naturalist Expedition Leaders, who share their extensive knowledge of Greenland's geology, glaciology and human history. And, though the sun gleams in the sky much of the night near the Arctic Circle, a good night's sleep is in order to refuel for the next day's adventures. Guests on later-season departures may even have a chance to glimpse the northern lights, if the aurora is active in the darkening night sky.

Day 8: Base Camp Greenland - Kulusuk

This morning, make your way back to Kulusuk. Weather and ice conditions dictate which transportation mode will be taken, but both offer spectacular views. By helicopter, survey jagged peaks and huge U-shaped valleys gouged by glaciers. By boat, navigate the imposing fjord system, keeping an eye out for whales and seals among the ever-shifting tableau of drifting ice. On arrival in Kulusuk, check in to the hotel, drinking in the surrounding views. Celebrate an extraordinary adventure of discovery, wild beauty and camaraderie over a farewell dinner on your last night in Greenland.

Day 9: Kulusuk - Reykjavik

Though today is devoted to journeying back to the urban world, it is filled with magnificent Arctic scenery on view from the air. Meet the plane for the return flight to Reykjavik's domestic airport where the adventure ends. From here, a transfer is included to the group hotel or Keflavik International Airport for homeward flights.

Notes

Please note that the above itinerary is intended as a guideline only and all activities are dependent on weather conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the Arctic!

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