Greenland tour "Extraordinary Greenland"

Independent , Northern Lights
Kangerlussuaq & The Inland Ice Cap
5 days
Aug - Dec
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With easy access to the inland ice cap, Kangerlussuaq offers some extraordinary experiences. The village’s location approximately 160km inland from the coast makes it one of the most weather stable destinations in Greenland, with lots of sunshine. The area around Kangerlussuaq also offers superb opportunities to spot Arctic animal species such as Musk Oxen and reindeer.

Journey to the Inland Ice Cap and the awesome Russell Glacier, search for wildlife and (from late September to December) hunt for the Northern Lights.  

Day 1 Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
Make your own way to Copenhagen Airport for your flight to Kangerlussuaq.  As the aircraft approaches Greenland, the sight of Nunataks or glacial islands and the enormous icy desert give a tantalising glimpse of what awaits you! Kangerlussuaq welcomes you with a blast of fresh coldness.  A local guide will meet you upon arrival and help you to check in at the Polar Lodge, just next to the airport complex, with stunning scenery including views of the steep Mt. Hassel. After check-in, your guide will give you further information about the next few exciting days and your excursions. Then enjoy a guided tour of the old American airbase and the village, giving you an insight into the area's fascinating history and the natural environment.  

Day 2  Inland Ice Cap:  Point 666
The area around Kangerlussuaq is the only inhabited place in Greenland’s vast inland. Today you will enjoy a trip to the Inland Ice Cap Point 660, which gives you the unique opportunity to stand on top of ice that is many, many metres thick and very old!  The inland ice sheet covers 80% of Greenland’s surface and is second in size only to the ice sheet in Antarctica. Travel by 4WD through the Arctic desert, along rivers, through old glacier valleys and over small mountains directly to the Inland Ice Cap. En route, we make several photo stops and walk to some viewing points to better overlook this fantastic Arctic landscape. The actual part of the Ice Cap visited will depend upon the weather.

Day 3 Wildlife Safari and (departures 20 September - 06 December only) Northern Lights Hunt
Kangerlussuaq has an incredibly beautiful natural environment, and is home to the world's biggest population of wild Musk Oxen who are living within close range. Drive by 4WD through the stunning tundra landscape to an area where it is possible to see these fascinating beasts, as well as reindeer. Please note that as we are going into the wilderness, there is no guarantee that you will see the wild animals, but the viewing rate is generally high.

Tonight, if you are travelling from late September on, we search for the fabled northern lights. Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to see northern lights in Greenland because of it’s very stable climate. We drive away from the village into the dark night and watch for the stunning sight of nature's own light show to (hopefully!) start. To see the fluttering curtain of light in various shades of green is an unforgettable sight.

Day 4 Russell Glacier
Today visit the spectacular Russell Glacier, an impressive sight with its vertical wall of ice rising up to 60 metres, in sharp contrast to the surrounding land and icescapes. On the way, we will be on the lookout for wildlife, such as reindeer and musk oxen, and listen to stories from the guide about the area’s history. After arriving, walk along the glacier’s edge, or simply enjoy its immensity. Here, the roar of melting and morphing ice structures are the only sounds that disrupt the peaceful silence.

Day 5 Kangerlussuaq- Copenhagen
Breakfast at the hotel and free time until returning to the airport for the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen. On arrival at the airport in Copenhagen your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018: August 16, 23 and 30; September 06, 13, 20 and 27; October 04, 11 and 18; November 01, 15, 22 and 29: December 06

Includes: Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq; 4 nights at Polar Lodge in standard room with shared bathroom facilities; welcome meeting; village sightseeing; Inland Ice Cap excursion 4-5hrs; Wildlife Safari 1.5hrs; Russell Glacier excursion 4-5hrs; Northern Light Hunt 2hrs (departures 20 September - 06 December only); full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5.  

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2510.00
Single AUD$ 2743.00

Includes: Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq; 4 nights at Polar Lodge in standard room with shared bathroom facilities; welcome meeting; village sightseeing; Inland Ice Cap excursion 4-5hrs; Wildlife Safari 1.5hrs; Russell Glacier excursion 4-5hrs; full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5.  

The prices shown here are for departures from 16 August to 19 September 2018

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2604.00
Single AUD$ 2837.00

Includes: Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq; 4 nights at Polar Lodge in standard room with shared bathroom facilities; welcome meeting; village sightseeing; Inland Ice Cap excursion 4-5hrs; Wildlife Safari 1.5hrs; Russell Glacier excursion 4-5hrs; Northern Light Hunt 2hrs; full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5.  

The prices shown here are for departures from 20 September - 04 December  2018

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