Join us for a unique and exciting 10-day expedition into a wild, rugged and remote stretch of mountains on the east coast of Greenland. Starting in Kulusuk, we’ll use boats and dogsleds to take us, and our gear, to the Tasilaq Hut, deep in the Ammassalik Fjord. The journey will see us cruising through incredible frozen fjords along the jagged coastline, stopping first in the small Inuit village of Kuummiut, where we’ll spend a couple of nights and get the chance to explore the area on skis before continuing up to the Tasilaq Hut. Once there, we’ll spend 4 days in the relative comfort of a backcountry hut, ski touring up and down a number of incredible peaks.
We’ll be skiing on the east coast of Greenland in a region named Angmagssalik, known for its breathtaking mountains and large fjords that spill down from the Greenland ice cap. The highest peaks in the region top out at 2000m but, generally, most of the mountains are around 1000m and rise directly from the ocean. Because the fjords are mostly ice-filled and the surrounding ocean pack ice, this region is only accessible by boat in the summer months. The terrain surrounding Tasilaq Hut is perfect for ski touring with a wide variety of circuit options, including complex glaciers and a few mountaineering objectives, all of which offer stunning, steep descents.
Kulusuk and Kuummiut
We’ll start the trip with a 2-hour flight form Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, to one of the world’s smallest airports, located on the island of Kulusuk, a typical Greenlandic fishing and hunting community. The adventure begins just a short distance from the runway, where we’ll take snowmobiles or a boat to the remote village of Kuummiut. We’ll transport our gear straight onto the sea ice, where our boats or snowmobiles await!
In the heart of the deep Ammassalik fjord, surrounded by steep granite mountains, a small village called Kuummiut lies buried in snow. This is an Inuit community of 300 inhabitants at the edge of one of the most impressive mountain ranges on the planet. It is the ideal place to discover the traditional culture of Inuit hunters and set out on our ski adventure. We’ll spend two nights in Kuummiut in a basic, but warm and comfortable, hut.
The Tasilaq Hut
The Tasilaq Hut, built with Danish lottery winnings, is situated in a prime position to offer many days of ski touring, either by heading inland or descending towards the fjords below. Sleeping quarters are separated from the kitchen/common room, and there’s a kerosene heater as well as a propane cooking stove. The hut sleeps 10 people comfortably; the only thing that is required is a sleeping bag.
Wildlife in Greenland
East Greenland is home to polar bears. We will take measures to stay away from these animals and will view them from a safe distance, if spotted. Rifles will be brought on this trip, as will bear warning systems.
Getting to Kulusuk, Greenland
Air Iceland Connect flies to Kulusuk from Reykjavik Domestic Airport twice or three times a week and the flight takes about 2 hours. Check airline website for details: www.airicelandconnect.com. Icelandair has direct flights to Reykjavik from Vancouver and Edmonton, and good connection times to catch the flight to Greenland the same day as arriving in Reykjavik from Canada. Check airline website for details: www.icelandair.com. Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport is about an hour’s drive from the domestic airport in Reykjavik where you will depart for Greenland.
What Makes This Trip Special?
Bagging first descents in the remote, untouched Arctic wilderness
First tracks, second tracks, third tracks… you get it
Walrus! Whales! Polar bears!
Mountains that stretch from the ocean to the sky
A unique cultural immersion in the Greenland way of life
A true, all-mountain experience that incorporates skis, boats and even dogsleds