Roundtrip: Off the beaten track

8 days in beautiful surroundings

Join us on our off-the-beaten-track tour of Greenland. The trip combines popular destinations in Greenland with several unique and unspoiled places around the Arctic Circle. You’ll have to look far and wide for a more varied trip that combines nature, culture, and history.

If you’re an active and curious traveler, this trip is for you. You’ll have nature experiences so impressive you won’t believe your eyes. And in unspoiled areas, we’ll sail, hike, and even ride ATVs.

We take you to unique natural gems that even the most experienced Greenland traveler dreams of. Along the way, we stay in hotels and even in a camp on the ice sheet itself.

Overnight Stay on the Ice Sheet

The adventure starts on your first day when, after arriving in Kangerlussuaq, we head straight to the magnificent Greenland Ice Sheet. From the edge of the ice, we hike onto the ice to Camp Ice Cap, which we can call home on our first night in Greenland. The following day, we can recharge our batteries or go hiking in the hinterland of Kangerlussuaq before flying south to the small town of Maniitsoq on the third day, from where we sail out and experience the mythical Eternal Fjord.

Sailing on the Eternal Fjord

The Eternal Fjord has always fascinated people because of its length, the three significant bends it makes along the way, and not least, the beautiful glaciers from the ice sheet that flow into the fjord. The interest has not diminished since author Kim Leine wrote his bestseller The Prophets of the Eternal Fjord.

After a few days in Maniitsoq with visits to a stunning blue lake and, not least, Eternal Fjord, we continue north again to Sisimiut, Greenland’s second-largest town.

Adventure in Sisimiut

Sisimiut is known as the adventure capital of Greenland and is always busy, both in summer and winter. We’ll sail to the abandoned settlement of Assaqutaq, which is beautifully situated on a small island connected to the mainland only by a suspension bridge. We’ll also spend our last full day in Greenland on ATVs, where we’ll see a lot of nature.
In addition to the nature experiences, the trip gives you a good insight into life as it is lived today in small and large towns in Greenland. You will also get a cultural insight into the early Inuit migrations to Greenland. At several places along the way, we visit former settlements and feel the wings of history.

All excursions mentioned in the program are included in the tour price.

Highlights 

  • Spend the night in a safe camp on the Ice Sheet
  • Ride an ATV in the vast hinterland of Sisimiut
  • Experience life in small and large towns
  • Sail on the beautiful Eternal Fjord
  • Enjoy the views of the Turquoise Lake
  • Hike along the coast and in the mountains
  • Feel the tranquillity of authentic Greenland

Included

  • Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq round trip
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq – Maniitsoq
  • Flight Sisimiut – Kangerlussuaq
  • Coastal ship Maniitsoq – Sisimiut with Sarfaq Ittuk
  • Transfers in Sisimiut
  • 1 night at Camp Ice Cap on the ice sheet (with dry toilet)
  • 1 night at Polar Lodge (shared facilities)
  • 2 nights at Hotel Maniitsoq (private facilities)
  • 3 nights at Hotel Sisimiut (private facilities)
  • Breakfast all days
  • Full board at Camp Ice Cap (excl. drinks)
  • 2 dinners at Hotel Sisimiut (excl. drinks)
  • Packed lunch on ATV excursion in Sisimiut
  • Meals on flights from Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq round trip
  • Welcome meetings in Kangerlussuaq, Maniitsoq and Sisimiut
  • 2 boat excursions out of Maniitsoq – Blue Lake and the Eternal Fjord
  • Town tour in Sisimiut
  • Boat trip to the abandoned settlement of Assaqutaq near Sisimiut
  • Full-day ATV excursion in Sisimiut
  • All taxes and fees reported to Greenland Travel to date
  • 20 kilos of checked luggage and 8 kilos of hand luggage are included

Not included

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Maniitsoq transfers: Airport to hotel and hotel to port
  • Travel insurance

Day program

Christina Lundbye
Day 1:
Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq and Camp Ice Cap

Your trip starts in Copenhagen, where you will fly with Air Greenland in the morning and land in Kangerlussuaq approximately 4½ hours later, but due to the time difference, it is still morning. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide.

Kangerlussuaq is located north of the Arctic Circle, and you’ll notice something has changed with your first breath. The air is dry and fresh, and the ice cap is not far. On your flight, you’ve seen the gigantic white ice sheet from above, and now you’re just 25 kilometers from it.

The airport and town are near nature and practically on Arctic tundra. Tundra is a landscape only found in the northern hemisphere. One of the characteristics of tundra is permafrost. This means that the ground somewhere down below is permanently frozen. This phenomenon provides an exciting landscape that we will explore today.

Central Accommodation at Polar Lodge – but not Today!

Polar Lodge is centrally located and just a few meters from shopping and the airport. The local guide from our partner, Albatros Arctic Circle, tells us about the experiences of the next two days. We start with a real adventure, a full day and night on the Inland Ice, where you will stay in a tent camp on the ice itself.

You can leave some of your luggage at Polar Lodge, so you don’t have to lug everything onto the ice. We recommend that you pack your luggage at home so you can take a smaller backpack with you on your trip to the ice cap.

Camp Ice Cap

The tour begins in an off-road vehicle that has good panoramic windows so you can enjoy the changing landscape along the way. It’s about an hour’s drive to Point 660, where the tour guide presents the equipment and the next day’s events.

The climate in Kangerlussuaq is usually stable, and our route on the ice is relatively smooth, while the guide is highly experienced in hiking on ice. Once at Camp Ice Cap, you will be accommodated in the expedition tents. It’s time to enjoy some hot drinks and feel the total silence a few kilometers onto the ice. Weather permitting, and if you’re up for it, you can take a short hike and enjoy the winter landscapes here in summer. Dinner is simple and warm as it consists of freeze-dried food, which is easy to carry in these parts.

The sun stays up late in summer, so some people enjoy the camp while others go to bed early. The time difference is three hours, so 9 pm in Greenland is midnight back in Central Europe. The tents have nice and warm thermal sleeping bags, so you don’t have to worry about freezing at night.

Photographer: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Day 2:
Camp Ice Cap and Kangerlussuaq

After a nutritious breakfast and an adventurous night on the ice in warm sleeping bags, it’s time for a slightly longer hike than the day before. We have crampons and trekking poles but don’t need ropes as we always walk on safe terrain.

Our hike now takes us across the endless meadow of ice. Cracks in the ice in the distance testify that the ice is changeable and breaks up in summer, while the opposite is usually true in winter. We stay safe from danger while seeing some turquoise lakes and rivers forming on the ice in summer.

Depending on the weather, we can enjoy a packed lunch along the way or back at camp. Then, it’s time to pack up and head back to civilization.

We’ve put in a lot of hard work on this trip with an experience of the Ice Sheet that very few people get to experience. Now, we drive back to Kangerlussuaq, where we stay centrally at Polar Lodge. It’s a cozy hostel with simple, good rooms, communal showers, and toilets. In the area, you’ll find a grocery store, a small equipment store, and shops selling art, handicrafts, and souvenirs. You have the rest of the day to walk around the area at your leisure.

Dinner with Greenlandic Ingredients (can be purchased on-site)

In the evening, we would recommend dinner at the restaurant Roklubben. There is a shuttle bus to and from Roklubben, which is located on beautiful Lake Ferguson, six kilometers from Kangerlussuaq. Here, you can enjoy daily specials and a la carte dining. The food is based on delicious local ingredients such as musk ox, reindeer, and fish.

Maniitsoq Adventure Tours
Day 3:
Flight Kangerlussuaq - Maniitsoq and Boat Trip to the Turquoise Lake

We start our day with breakfast and then head south to Maniitsoq, located just north of the capital, Nuuk. In Maniitsoq’s hinterland, you’ll find the highest mountains on Greenland’s west coast, striking with their towering peaks.

Maniitsoq is an excellent place to go because it’s still relatively undiscovered by travelers, and you’ll likely see few (if any) other tourists there. Maniitsoq is a town with lots of personality. For breathtaking town views and to take great photos, head up one of the many staircases in Maniitsoq.

Visitors can view the works of several talented local artists (painters and sculptors) and learn about the history of Maniitsoq and Greenland in the four restored, historically significant buildings that make up Maniitsoq Museum. To see the artisans’ latest creations and perhaps buy something directly, stop by the yellow shop opposite Hotel Maniitsoq.

Hotel Maniitsoq, where we will be staying, has a fantastic location just above the harbor overlooking the fjord system. The hotel’s restaurant serves delicious food, and you can enjoy a social evening with those you are traveling with. The town of Maniitsoq is cozy and has many small rivers and bridges. Maniitsoq is considered the center of Greenland’s best ski area in winter and spring.

Today, we’re going on a short excursion to Turquoise Lake, which is located in a pot with pointed peaks rising above the water of the lake.

Boat Trip to the Turquoise Lake

It takes about 30 minutes to sail from Maniitsoq to Inussuit Tasersuat, also known as the Turquoise Lake. We sail through beautiful surroundings with opportunities to see whales before we land at a river. Now, we walk along the river for 10-15 minutes and then arrive at the most beautiful and clear lake.

You get to enjoy the view of the large lake, which we think is one of the most beautiful places in Greenland. Relax with a cup of home-picked herbal tea or coffee, locally smoked trout, and traditional Greenlandic cake. You will also hear about the place and Greenlandic culture.

After this beautiful experience, we return to the boat and sail back to Maniitsoq.

You can dine at the hotel or elsewhere in the town in the evening.

Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen - Visit Greenland
Day 4:
Boat trip to the Eternity Fjord

Whales, rich birdlife, tall waterfalls, and endless views of ice and rugged mountain peaks can be experienced while exploring the magnificent Eternal Fjord on a boat trip. This is the program for the day.

We start with breakfast and then head down to the harbor, where a boat awaits us.

The Eternal Fjord

The Eternal Fjord is an amazing place in West Greenland with steep mountains, glaciers, and bird cliffs. The fjord is located some distance away from the more popular tourism centers in Greenland, so even though the fjord is both striking and world-famous, it is not crowded, although cruise ships sometimes find their way here.

Kangerlussuatsiaq, as the Eternal Fjord is called in Greenlandic, is located north of Maniitsoq, with the village of Kangaamiut at the mouth of the fjord. The fjord extends about 100 kilometers east inland from Ikeq, and you have the Davis Strait to the west. The fjord has three almost perpendicular bends between steep mountains almost 2000 meters high. There are several impressive glaciers along the route.

You can experience various bird cliffs with birds such as taateraat, a local seagull species. The fjord, considered one of West Greenland’s most picturesque, attracts cruise ships, local tourist boats, and local hunters and fishermen.

If the fjord wasn’t well known before, it became so when Kim Leine, the now world-famous Danish-Norwegian author, published his book “The Prophets of the Eternal Fjord.”

After our tour of the Eternal Fjord, we head back to Maniitsoq, where we can relax again before we prepare to sail up the west coast of Greenland tomorrow.

Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen - Visit Greenland
Day 5:
Sailing with the Coastal Ship from Maniitsoq to Sisimiut

We have an early start today, as the coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk departs north from Maniitsoq at 6.30 in the morning.

Sarfaq Ittuk is our coastal ship that sails up and down western Greenland and is a lifeline for three small settlements and most of the towns along the coast. There is always a great deal of bustle and reunion joy when Greenland’s beloved coastal ship calls at towns and settlements. During the trip, the bridge occasionally reports whales in sight. A journey on the ship is not just transportation but an experience regardless of the weather. It’s also a great opportunity to get close to the local people.

As it is a long day trip, we have chosen to book berths on this stretch. This means you can lie down and flatten out if needed.

For lunch and dinner, you can go to the ship’s cafeteria and enjoy food and perhaps a glass of wine or whatever tempts you. At around 10 pm, we will arrive in Sisimiut. We will be picked up at the port and driven to Hotel Sisimiut, our home for three days.

Hotel Sisimiut
Day 6:
Sightseeing in Sisimiut and Boat Trip to Assaqutaq

Sisimiut is Greenland’s second-largest town, with just under 5,500 inhabitants (actually 6,500 if you count the dogs). The people of Sisimiut are known for their go-getter attitude, which makes it an incredibly active town. The annual Arctic Circle Race, marketed as the world’s toughest cross-country ski race, is just one example of this, and many opportunities to entertain yourself have been cultivated in Sisimiut’s hinterland. You can experience many things over the next few days here in town.

Tour of Town

In the morning, we take a tour by bus in the beautiful town, which is located in fairly hilly terrain among high mountains. The town has grown a lot since colonial times, and today, it is one of the fastest-growing towns in Greenland. There are educational institutions, a huge harbor, the headquarters of Greenland’s largest trading company, and beautiful museums in the old colonial quarter – and we’ll also find some great vantage points for you to take lots of good photos.

Afterward, you’ll have time to grab some lunch before the next excursion is scheduled.

Boat Trip to Assaqutaq

In the afternoon, we take a 3-hour boat trip to the abandoned settlement of Assaqutaq. It is an exciting historical site connecting ancient Inuit culture with modern Greenlandic society. In the 1960s and 1970s, more and more of the small settlements in Greenland were abandoned as people moved to the larger towns to find work. Assaqutaq is one of these. Today, the settlement is a summer camp for local elementary schools. In June, the place comes alive when people from Sisimiut go out to fish for ammasat (capelin), which is important for dog food and which we love as a healthy snack. You can see the old fish factory, a lovely little cemetery, the house now used as a summer camp, and the beautiful old church. In the last 5-10 years, large numbers of humpback whales have been spotted near the shores of Sisimiut because they are as crazy about ammasat as we are. This means you have a very good chance of seeing these magnificent animals on this boat trip. There are also chances to see minkewhales and fin whales.

After our tour of Assaqutaq and the lovely boat trip, we return to the hotel and enjoy a nice dinner.

Hotel Sisimiut
Day 7:
ATV Adventure in Sisimiut’s Hinterland

We start the day with breakfast at Hotel Sisimiut and then head out on an exciting ATV excursion in Sisimiut’s hinterland.

Full-day ATV tour

This is a spectacular full-day ATV excursion to explore the enchanting hinterland of Sisimiut. The town is one of the few in Greenland with a dirt road that extends 10 kilometers into the scenic hinterland and serves as the starting point for our full-day adventure. On this adrenaline-filled trip, we’ll explore the wild and breathtaking terrain where lush valleys meet majestic mountains.

Our route takes us through the charming sled dog area, over a picturesque bridge crossing the local river, and along the dirt road that winds around the small, enchanting places in the area. Along the way, we’ll enjoy our packed lunch and explore exciting places with stunning views that can only be experienced on this tour.
A valid driver’s license is required for those who want to feel the thrill of adventure behind the wheel of an ATV. If you don’t have one, don’t worry; you can take a passenger seat with one of the others. It’s a puzzle we can easily solve on the day. So get ready for a day that combines speed, beautiful scenery, and cultural discoveries – an experience tailor-made for you in the heart of Greenland!

Hotel Sisimiut
Day 8:
Flight Sisimiut - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

After a week of lifetime experiences, the journey heads back towards Denmark.

Flight from Sisimiut via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen

We fly from Sisimiut after breakfast and land in Kangerlussuaq during the morning. Here, the airport fills up with passengers who, like yourself, have flown in from the coast. There is a buzz of anticipation in the airport as the plane from Denmark is on its way from Copenhagen.

Greenland is a big country, but with a population of just over 56,000, many people know each other. Therefore, you see happy reunions at the airport as friends and acquaintances greet each other. You might also meet other travelers you’ve met along the way. It is often natural to strike up a conversation with strangers when traveling in Greenland.

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Maniitsoq

Sisimiut

Kangerlussuaq

Hotels on this tour

Polar Lodge

Polar Lodge is located at the airport in Kangerlussuaq, so you can easily get here after picking up your luggage at the airport.

Polar Lodge has a cozy dining and living room where breakfast is served, as well as a modern kitchen where you can prepare your food. Polar Lodge is not far from the restaurant or cafeteria at the airport hotel and the town’s only supermarket.

The rooms are spacious and simply furnished with comfortable beds. Bed linen and towel are included. Bathrooms and toilets are in the hallway.

Polar Lodge

Mitaarfiit Aqq – Box 1009

3910 Kangerlussuaq

 

Hotel Maniitsoq

Hotel Maniitsoq has a fantastic location right above the harbor with a view of the fjord system. The restaurant of the hotel serves exceptional food. Here you can enjoy a social evening with the ones, you are traveling with.

Camp Ice Cap

Camp Ice Cap is the closest you get to feeling like a real polar explorer on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

You can spend the night on the ice not far from the international airport in Kangerlussuaq. On arrival, you’ll start with a cup of coffee, and then we’ll get on with pitching tents if they’re not already pitched.

Participants stay in smaller expedition tents on thick pads and in warm expedition sleeping bags, so it’s quite comfortable. In addition, we use a large assembly tent for dining and socializing.

The toilet is a dry toilet located behind an ice mound, so it’s all private but with a lovely view of the rolling ice hills.

M/S Sarfaq Ittuk

The ship was built in 1992 and was modernized and extended in 2000. She now has a length of 73 meters and a width of 11 meters. With an engine of 2000 HP, the ship has a max speed of 13 knots. The crew is 22 people. The ship has a café, a lounge with panoramic windows, a playroom, and a hospital clinic in case of injuries and acute illness on board. The ship’s capacity is 274 passengers.

Couchettes

Couchettes are bunk beds in an open area on decks 1 – 3. All beds have single-use sheets, pillow, and pillowcases. It is possible to buy a single-use duvet. You can also choose to bring your own bed linen or sleeping bag. There are shared toilets and a shower in the hallways and the possibility to put luggage in a luggage room in the hallway. You will be allocated a place of accommodation upon boarding. You may be staying with other passengers. However, as often as possible, we take into account that people of the same sex will stay in the same areas.

Please note that you can only book a couchette in the booking flow. If you wish to upgrade to a cabin, this can only be done by requesting it in the comments box in the booking process. After this, we will check availability and get back to you as soon as possible.

Safety onboard
Sarfaq Ittuk (the coastal ship) is designed for sailing in polar waters and holds the highest safety standards.

Excursions (Optional purchases)

On this trip it is not possible to buy extra excursions and excursion packages.

Practical information

Flight schedule (local times)

Departure from Copenhagen at 10:00 AM.

Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 9:00 PM.

Departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Minimum number of participants

The departure demands a minimum of 6 participants.

Find the packing list for your trip here.

Travelers with reduced mobility and wheelchair users

Unfortunately, this trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users. Greenland Travel’s difficulty level advise on the excursions are intended for travelers who are not disabled. Of course, we are happy to provide you with information on the suitability of the trip, taking into account the needs you have. Please note that if you choose this trip based on a conversation with Greenland Travel, it is on your responsibility, as we do not have medical competence for advice.

 

Roundtrip: Off the beaten track

8 days in beautiful surroundings

Join us on this action-packed tour off the beaten track in Greenland: see the incomparable Eternal Fjord, ride an ATV near Sisimiut, sleep on the ice sheet, and much more!

From
3.900 EUR
per person in double room
June - August  | 8 days  | 7 nights Travel id: 1162 Departure from Copenhagen Guaranteed departure
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