From  £4380
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Travel by dogsled & enjoy remote stays in mountain huts
  • See the Northern Lights in Greenland
  • Go snowshoeing in the mountains
  • Spend 3 nights in the lively Reykjavík
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East Greenland Dog Sledding Expedition

11 Day Tour, from £4380 per person
Itinerary Dates
2023
22 Feb  -  01 Mar
01 Mar  -  08 Mar
08 Mar  -  15 Mar
15 Mar  -  22 Mar
22 Mar  -  29 Mar

For thousands of years dogs have played a crucial role in the hunting communities of East Greenland and they still play an important part for local hunters today. This dog sledding expedition travels on an amazing journey through the magnificent Ammassalik island. Explore the island with native mushers and their dogs, driving up and down glaciers and mountains and riding on the icy fjords whilst enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful icy scenery. Visit a small settlement and experience the way of life in this very remote part of Greenland. Go snowshoeing up mountains for a magnificent view over the Sermilik ice fjord with all its icebergs, and also go looking for seals with a local Inuit.

This trip is a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent, raw and icy wilderness in the most authentic way possible so conditions are quite basic. Travellers should be in good physical condition and be physically active on a regular basis (i.e. 2-4 hours per week). Nights are spent in basic mountain huts with sleeping bags in shared accommodation, and some outdoor facilities. A full packing list will be given to you but please bear in mind when you come to book that conditions are basic whilst you are out with your dog sledding teams.

*This is a very popular trip with limited departures and places available - early booking is recommended.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO REYKJAVIK
Hallgrímskirkja church & Northern Lights in Reykjavík - Iceland

Fly from the UK to Reykjavík and transfer to your hotel. Have the evening free to explore this cosmopolitan city with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars as well as intriguing museums and a thriving arts scene.  

DAY 2
EXPLORE REYKJAVIK
Reykjavík in Winter - Iceland

Spend the day exploring the Icelandic capitals Reykjavík at leisure. Discover shops, galleries and cafés by walking on Laugavegur street or opt for an optional watching boat tour.* (B)

 

*Please remember to take your PCR test today, now required prior travelling to Greenland

DAY 3
REYKJAVIK TO TASIILAQ
Kulusuk village - East Greenland

Make your way from your hotel to the domestic airport (about 10 minutes in a taxi from the city centre) for your flight to Kulusuk. On arrival, transfer by helicopter* to Tasiilaq on the island of Ammassalik, in the remote eastern corner of Greenland with a population of just 2,000 people. Reach your guesthouse and after settling in enjoy dinner and discuss the plans for your trip with your guide and the rest of your group. If the conditions are right, after dinner you can step outside with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. (B,D)

 

*Please note that this is weather-dependent and you may travel by boat

DAY 4
DOG SLEDDING
Dog team - East Greenland

This is what Greenland is all about - after breakfast meet your dog team and musher and head to King Oscar’s fjord, via the Qordlortoq lake where the dogs will take a breather whilst waiting for the other teams to join them. Head through the mountain valleys and relax at a remote mountain hut with some refreshments. From there climb up to 500 metres with views across the Sermilik Ice Fjord, before descending and spending the night in a hut close to the shores of the fjord. The accommodation is relatively basic, with shared facilities, but you will hear nothing but the creaking ice and the voices of your fellow travellers. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
SERMILIK ICE FJORD
Northern lights - East Greenland

Today enjoy the majestic surroundings of your location. From the edge of the fjord you can sit and watch the icebergs float past and simply sit whilst blanketed by the silence of a true wilderness. If you are feeling energetic the experienced guide can lead you on a snow-shoeing expedition through the area’s local fells and lower mountains. In the evening, with very few unnatural lights within miles, clear skies will mean that this is one of the best locations in the world to see the aurora borealis. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 6
DOG SLEDDING TO TINITEQILAAQ
Tiniteqilaaq village - East Greenland

After a day’s relaxation pack up the sleds and head to the settlement of Tiniteqilaaq—today’s journey will be hard work ascending and descending the steep fells and traversing the Tinit glacier. En-route there will be regular stops for refreshments and photo opportunities, and you will be rewarded with views across the iceberg filled fjord. On arrival in the settlement, depending on the weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to join one of the locals on a boat ride in the fjord, and in the evening have dinner with a local family where you can learn about life living in this remote area and local customs. The accommodation is still relatively basic, but there are showers available in the settlement. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 7
DOG SLEDDING TO PITSERPAAJIK
Dog sledding - East Greenland

Start the day by leaving Tiniteqilaaq behind and heading south going over the straight that separates Tiniteqilaaq and Ammassalik Island. Pass large glaciers and snowy landscapes to Pitserpaajik peninsula to find your hut accommodation for the night. The hut is basic with outdoor toilets. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 8
PITSERPAAJIK TO TASIILAQ
Whale - East Greenland

Returning to Tasiilaq takes you across high glaciers and is hard work for not only the dogs, but also the mushers and passengers. Reach Tasiilaq (journey will take about 5-6 hours) and check in at the guesthouse where you can take advantage of the more modern facilities than you will have experienced whilst out on your dog-sled adventure. Enjoy a hearty dinner with your travelling companions whilst reflecting on your adventure. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 9
TASIILAQ
Iceberg - East Greenland

Have a day free to explore Tasiilaq. There are walking trails leading from the settlement and you can visit the town museum to learn about local culture, as well as a craft workshop  and church. The harbour provides you with a glimpse into traditional Greenlandic life where you can see the locals heading out to catch their dinner. (B,D)
 

DAY 10
FLY TO REYKJAVIK
Reykjavík - Iceland

Transfer from your accommodation to the heliport for the short trip to Kulusuk for your flight to Reykjavík. On arrival, make your way to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. If you would to book optional excursions or extra time in Iceland, please contact one of our specialists. (B)

DAY 11
FLY TO THE UK
Northern lights over Reykjavík - Iceland

Transfer back to the international airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £4380 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Iceland
  • Return international flights from Iceland to Greenland
  • Return helicopter flights or boat from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq
  • All airport taxes
  • 3 nights accommodation in a three-star hotel in Reykjavík
  • 7 nights accommodation in guesthouse in Tasiilaq and in huts during the dogsledding trip
  • Return airport transfers by Flybus plus shuttle in Iceland
  • English-speaking guide in Greenland
  • Meals as specified by BLD (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Transfer from hotel to Reykjavík domestic airport and vice versa
  • Additional excursions - please contact us for details

     

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

  • This tour runs with a minimum of 2 people and due to the nature of the weather in Greenland the itinerary may be subject to change - this will all be discussed at your meeting before dinner when you arrive in Greenland. If you would like to add extra nights in Tasiilaq, Kulusuk or Reykjavik please let us know.
  • East Greenland is a remote location where accommodation often has shared facilities and whilst dog-sledding some shared sleeping bag accommodation - this trip is designed for adventurous travellers looking to explore the wilderness and a reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Sled dogs in Greenland are working dogs, used by the local population for transport and hunting, and as such are very much working dogs and unlike the sled dogs you might expect to see in places such as Lapland which are often used primarily for tourist trips.
Itinerary Dates  
22 Feb 2023
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01 Mar 2023
01 Mar 2023
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08 Mar 2023
08 Mar 2023
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15 Mar 2023
15 Mar 2023
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22 Mar 2023
22 Mar 2023
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29 Mar 2023

Tour Route Map


  1. Iceland, Reykjavik
  2. Greenland, Kulusuk
  3. Greenland, Tasiilaq
  4. Greenland, Kulusuk
  5. Iceland, Reykjavik

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