Greenland Base Camp

Greenland Base Camp

from £12,006 including flights

  • 9 nights
  • Jul-Aug
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Greenland Base Camp

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  • 9 nights
  • Jul-Aug

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Highlights

In pictures
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Sleep in a safari camp for a true sense of life in the wilderness

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Kayak among strikingly beautiful icebergs

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Hike through wildflowers, over glaciers and alongside deep fjords

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Search for whales on Zodiac excursions

Why this trip...

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Conservation/Eco-tourism

This itinerary has a strong focus on wildlife and natural habitat conservation, one of our pillars of sustainability

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Stay in great locations

This holiday features accommodation in incredible locations

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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 in this largely uninhabited region.

Immerse yourself in the cultural traditions and spectacular scenery of East Greenland with a stay at this 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.

Adaptable Activities

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive in Iceland

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Iceland's capital of Reykjavik. This evening, learn about all that lies ahead in Greenland during a welcome presentation and dinner with the Expedition Leader.

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Iceland's capital of Reykjavik. 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

Fly from Reykjavik airport to Kulusuk in East Greenland and take a scenic helicopter transfer to Tasiilaq on Ammassalik Island. Tasiilaq's 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.

Transfer to your 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.

Fly from Reykjavik airport to Kulusuk in East Greenland and take a scenic helicopter transfer to Tasiilaq on Ammassalik Island. Tasiilaq's 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.

Transfer to your 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.

View over Tasiilaq, East Greenland

Day 3 exploring around Tasiilaq

Head out on a half-day excursion by enclosed private motorboat in the open waters of the Greenland Sea, for close-up views of icebergs. You may 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.

Whales are also found seasonally in these waters, when ice conditions permit, so look out for fin, minke and humpback, 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.

Head out on a half-day excursion by enclosed private motorboat in the open waters of the Greenland Sea, for close-up views of icebergs. You may 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.

Whales are also found seasonally in these waters, when ice conditions permit, so look out for fin, minke and humpback, 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

Set off by boat or helicopter depending on the weather and local conditions, keeping an eye out for whales, to the wilderness Base Camp near the tiny hamlet of Tinit on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. The village is one of the most picturesque outposts in East Greenland, surveying a panorama over the fjord, which is littered with huge icebergs. Behind the town, glaciated peaks rise over a mile high, jutting up like sharp black teeth through the ice.

After settling in to your deluxe cabin, enjoy lunch followed by an orientation then dinner and a welcome lecture focusing on the natural history of the region.

Set off by boat or helicopter depending on the weather and local conditions, keeping an eye out for whales, to the wilderness Base Camp near the tiny hamlet of Tinit on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. The village is one of the most picturesque outposts in East Greenland, surveying a panorama over the fjord, which is littered with huge icebergs. Behind the town, glaciated peaks rise over a mile high, jutting up like sharp black teeth through the ice.

After settling in to your deluxe cabin, enjoy lunch followed by an orientation then dinner and a welcome lecture focusing on the natural history of the region.

Days 5-7 exploring Sermilik Fjord

Spend the next few days exploring this isolated and rarely visited part of East Greenland. On Zodiac excursions, navigate among a flotilla of icebergs in an array of shapes and sizes and look out for whales and seals. 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 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.

Guests on later-season departures may even have a chance to glimpse the northern lights, right at the start of aurora season.

Spend the next few days exploring this isolated and rarely visited part of East Greenland. On Zodiac excursions, navigate among a flotilla of icebergs in an array of shapes and sizes and look out for whales and seals. 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 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.

Guests on later-season departures may even have a chance to glimpse the northern lights, right at the start of aurora season.

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Day 8 Base Camp - 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.

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.

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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 for a final night stay in the city.

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 for a final night stay in the city.

Day 10 depart Reykjavik

You will be transferred to the airport today for your flight home.

You will be transferred to the airport today for your flight home.

Base Camp

Offering a taste of luxury in the Arctic, Base Camp Greenland is surrounded by the raw wilderness of East Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord. More expedition lodge than ‘camp’, it features eight safari-style tent cabins that house two persons each.

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Cabins and Dining

Cabins have twin beds outfitted with cosy duvets and comfortable pillows, writing desks with chairs, a carpet runner and an en suite dry toilet and sink. Hot showers are taken in separate bathhouses segregated by gender. Each cabin is warmed by a heater and also has a large private veranda where guests can relax and enjoy the long summer days gazing across a panorama of the wilderness as they sip drinks chilled with chips of 10,000-year-old ice straight from the Greenland Ice Cap.

Socialising takes place in the lodge common room, which houses the kitchen and dining area and serves as a lecture space for presentations. Excellent meals are created by the camp chef, with fresh and varied ingredients arriving regularly.

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Eco-friendly

A hallmark of Base Camp Greenland is its eco-friendly construction and operation. In such a pristine environment, every care is taken to ensure that footprints are minimal. A true eco-camp, lodge facilities are set up for two months in the summer and taken down each year, to reduce impact. In order to accomplish this, water piping and plumbing systems must be relatively simple and located in only one building, hence the shared shower block. Camp solid waste is disposed of in a biodegradable manner at the municipal dump in Tasiilaq – nothing whatsoever is left on site. Only biodegradable soap is used in the kitchen and showers. Although the Arctic summer offers nearly 24-hour daylight, cabins also have interior lights powered by small individual solar panels.

Accommodation

During this trip seven nights are spend in Greenland including four night at Base Camp, two nights at a hotel in Tasiilaq and one night at a hotel in Kulusuk. You will also spend two nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland at the start and end of the trip.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £12,006 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights between Reykjavik and Kulusuk, Greenland
  • Hotel accommodation for 5 nights with private bathroom
  • Base Camp accommodation with private WC and shared shower facilities
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 9
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • All transportation as per itinerary by boat, helicopter and transfer buses
  • Services of expert guides
  • Survival suit loan for boat trip excursions
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2021 Prices From

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21 Jul 2021 £12,006 £13,282
26 Jul 2021 £12,006 £13,282 Climate Change
01 Aug 2021 £12,006 £13,282
06 Aug 2021 £12,006 £13,282
12 Aug 2021 £12,006 £13,282
17 Aug 2021 £12,006 £13,282
22 Aug 2021 £12,006 £13,282
27 Aug 2021 £12,006 £13,282 Photo Special

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.

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