Day 1: Kulusuk - Tasiilaq - Welcome Barbecue
Today you arrive in Kulusuk in East Greenland. At the airport, you will be picked up and taken to colorful Tasiilaq, the biggest town in East Greenland. For the next four nights you will be staying at a local guesthouse. We will hold a short meeting on how your trip is organised the following days and have our first dinner together as a group. If the weather gods are with us our chef will prepare a welcome BBQ on the terasse. We spend our first night in Tasiilaq.
Day 2: Boat tour to Ikateq & Knud Rasmussen Glacier (7-8 hours)
We leave in the morning from the harbour and sail into the impressive Ammassalik fjord. After about an hour of sailing, the fjords are getting more narrow and the surrounding mountain peaks even more breathtaking. Shortly after we will stop in Ikateq, an old American military base, also known as "Bluie East Two" during war times. The airbase was operational from 1942 to 1947 and was placed in this strategic spot to facilitate transatlantic air traffic, navigation, search-and-rescue operations as well as weather forecast. When the airport was moved to Kulusuk the US army left considerable fuel drums, vehicles and buildings behind. The rusted relics of the past offer an interesting and disputed contrast to the beautiful wilderness surrounding Ikateq. Our journey continues towards Fjord Sermiligaaq. Sermiligaq in Greenlandic means "beautiful glacier". And this is exactly where we are heading. At the end of the fjord the two majestic glaciers Karale and Knud Rasmussen calve into the sea. With our safe boats we will try to get as close as save to Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Here we will also go ashore and enjoy our lunch break with a mesmerizing view. We spend 1-2 hours in the area before heading back to Tasiilaq.
Day 3: City walk in Tasiilaq & hike to the flower valley (4-5 hours)
We start with a city walk of Tasiilaq. We will first have a look to the Skunk, the workshop where local artists manufacture the most beautiful and renowned handicraft. We continue with a visit of the museum located in the old church built in 1903, where you could learn about the live and history of East Greenland. We walk then up to the new church from where we will have a beautiful view over the whole town. From up there you can see the oldest houses of the town. We will head further to the beautiful Flower Valley. On the way, we could see as the name indicates, many different flowers, such as arctic thyme, arctic bluebell, arctic dandelion, the national flower broad-leafed willow herb, and many others. We will continue the small curved path along the river, until we will reach a small waterfall. Here we will stop for a while and enjoy the beautiful landscape and quietness, before heading back to Tasiilaq. Night in Tasiilaq.
Day 4: Ikkatteq - Sermilik Fjord - Hann Glacier in Johan Petersen Fjord (7-8 hours)
Today we head out by boat to explore the ice-filled Sermilik Fjord. The name translated from Greenlandic means "Icefjord". Various glaciers calve into Sermilik Fjord so it will be no surprise that we will encounter plenty of giant icebergs. But first we travel around the southern part of Ammassalik Island and stop after roughly 1 hour at the abandoned settlement Ikkatteq. We stop at the ghost settlement, visit its remains like the old school and church and enjoy the view from the hill. We will continue our journey north and finally turn into Johann Petersen Fjord. Here we will be surrounded by a magical landscape of sculptural chunks of ice floating in the water, and steep outlet glaciers diving down from the eternal Greenland Ice Sheet. We will sail to one of the calving glaciers called Hann Glacier. There we will go ashore for our lunch break and enjoy a spectacular view on the glacier. We will also have time to hike closer to the ice before heading back to base in Tasiilaq. On our way back, we will pass again Sermilik Fjord which will provide us again with the great opportunity to photograph the frozen giants spread in the fjord. Night in Tasiilaq.
Day 5: Tasiilaq - Kulusuk
After breakfast, we will be transferred back to Kulusuk. End of the trip in Kulusuk.