Ittoqqortoormiit is one of three areas in Greenland where the Inuit still use the dog sledge at their means of winter transportation. This tour offers you the chance to experience this and gain insight into the Inuit way of life in the Arctic.
- Aerial views of East Greenland
- Helicopter flight over Hurry fjord
- Views of glaciers, icebergs and pack ice
- Ittoqqortoormiit village
- Observing Inuit way of life
- Greenlandic dogs
- Dog sledging in Liverpool Land
- Arctic wild life
Check in at Reykjavik domestic airport for your flight to Nerlerit Inaat (Constable Point) which is operated via Akureyri where you change to a smaller King Air or Twin-Otter aircraft that takes only 8 passengers and the payload.
After landing at Nerlerit Inaat airport near the base of Hurry Fjord we continue to Ittoqqortoormiit by helicopter. This short, 15-minute flight offers great views of the fjord surrounded by the mountains and glaciers of Liverpool Land and the Jameson land plateau.
Day 2 – 7:
We stay in the guesthouse in Ittoqqortoormiit for two nights which gives us a chance to get acquainted with the village and gives us a glimpse into the life of an Inuit community.
Then we start on the 4-day dogsledge tour: the 3 nights during the tour we stay in tents or in small huts. The coastline and wildlife north of Ittoqqortoormiit is a paradise for those interested in observing nature. In the springtime it is a fantastic experience to visit some of the biggest bird cliffs in the world.
Temperatures may be around -15 – -20°C. We travel over the mountain passes of Liverpool Land, across the sea ice north along the east coast to some of the capes and off-shore islands then west through Liverpool Land and south along Hurry Fjord, before returning to the village again. Experienced Greenland expeditioners say that Liverpool Land is one of the most beautiful parts of Greenland. Solid 1500m high mountains without any vegetation, glaciers, fjords, islands, hot springs and icebergs. These shores are a sailor’s nightmare and many vessels have been wrecked in the pack-ice along the coastline. The most famous one is perhaps the German vessel Hansa which was wrecked in the ice in 1869 near Rathbone Island. By surviving on the ice floes, all the crew made their way to safety many months later in South Greenland. As we travel along the coast there will be lots of opportunities to study birds and wildlife, both on land and sea. On the ice we will often see the breathing holes of seals and dark spots near them: seals enjoying the sun. Many seals are hunted each year and they are very alert to the slightest movement.
After four days of travelling we come back to Ittoqqortoormiit. It is like a fairy tale village with colourful painted wooden houses, a lovely church and the KNI general store, where you can purchase almost everything you need. At the post office you can get a certificate of crossing the Arctic Circle stamped with the local stamp of Ittoqqortoormiit. We stop for another two nights and enjoy the sights, visit the local Museum and relax observing the locals at their daily life.
Time to return to Iceland: by helicopter to Nerlerit Inaat and to Reykjavik, again via Akureyri. Arrival in Reykjavik estimated in the evening.
Departures: March – May 2019
Flights operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Price per person from : EUR 4.160
(With minimum 2 dogsledges)
Single sledge supplement: EUR 1.170
Single room supplement (in guesthouse/4 nights): EUR 205
Included in the price:
*Flight Reykjavík-Nerlerit Inaat (CNP)-Reykjavík /via Akureyri
*Helicopter flight CNP-Ittoqqortoormiit-CNP
*4 nights in Guesthouse Ittoqqortoormiit, sharing double room, self-catering
*Dogsledge tour with local hunter, 4 days/3 nights; 2 guests sharing sled with hunter; overnight in tents or hunters’ huts; full board; 1 meal with local Greenlandic family in Ittoqqortoormiit
*City sightseeing tour of Ittoqqortoormiit
Polar Bears are no strangers to this part of the world. If you decide to go off on your own, please let someone know about your program, and at all times carry signal flares when walking alone. They can be purchased at the KNI store.
Depending on day of the week the flight is either operated from Reykjavík domestic airport direct to Nerlerit Inaat (CNP) or via Akureyri where the passengers change to a smaller aircraft.