Kulusuk and Tasiilaq
Tour ID: GA01
Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
Kulusuk is the gateway to East Greenland and this small settlement is an excellent introduction to the way of life in Greenland today. The village of Kap Dan has about 375 inhabitants. For them traditional hunting and fishing are still essential sources of income, but lately tourism and service industries are becoming increasingly important. The Inuit hunting culture is much in evidence in the village and many still rely on dog sledges and harpoons although more modern means have also been adopted.
Many handcrafted artifacts have their origin back in older times and some of these can be bought in the local village store.
Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland with about 2000 residents and is one of the fastest growing communities in Greenland. The town of Tasiilaq lies just south of the Arctic Circle and boasts long hours of daylight in the summer, and the splendour of the northern lights in the winter.
- Kulusuk island
- Kap Dan village
- Inuit way of life
- Icebergs and glaciers
- Greenlandic dogs
- Town of Tasiilaq
- Flower Valley
- Knud Rasmussen glacier
In June, July, August and September
Extra night w/full board: EUR 220
* Flights Reykjavík-Kulusuk-Reykjavík
* 1 night accommodation Kulusk, in double standard room with private facilities, including dinner and breakfast
* 3 nights accommodation in Tasiilaq, in double standard room with private facilities, including full board
* Airport/hotel transfers in Tasiilaq
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Check in for the flight to Kulusuk at Reykjavík domestic airport one hour prior to departure.
Upon arrival in Greenland meet and greet at the airport by your guide for the Kulusuk walking tour. Luggage transfer to Hotel Kulusuk where you stay overnight. The hotel is short distance away from the airport and also within walking distance from Kap Dan village (about 20 min).
Afternoon free to explore the area.
Or possibility for an optional boat tour to Apusiajik Glacier (1˝ hrs):
Sailing past fascinating variety of floes and icebergs a cross the local fjord, the tour takes you close to our local glacier Apusiaajik ('Little' glacier) with our open 10 person open boat (Warm clothes recommended). We consider the boat tour a must do because of the possibility to go near the glacier as safety permits.
Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Kulusuk for 1 night
Breakfast at the hotel. Mid morning transfer to Kulusuk harbour and a 30-min boat ride to Tasiilaq. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel Angmagssalik where you will stay the next 3 nights.
Afternoon free to explore the town of Tasiilaq.
Tasiilaq town walk and Flower Valley (4-5 hours):
The walk begins at the Arctic Dream office. Just next door to our office we find the local craft workshop and shop Skunk, where local artists manufacture and sell the most beautiful and renowned traditional handicraft. After a visit here we will continue our walk downhill to towards the harbour. On our way we will visit the town museum, where we can learn about the settlement and development of Tasiilaq over the decades and traditions of Eastern Greenland. The museum itself is housed in an old church, dating back to 1903 - making it one of the oldest buildings in Tasiilaq.
In the harbour you can witness the daily activity of the fishermen and processing of the catch on which Tasiilaq heavily relies.
From the harbour the walk continues long the shores of Kiung Oscar's fjord, past the hospital and up to the new church. Above the church is a small hill from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the whole town and surroundings. In this area you will encounter the oldest buildings in town, where the first colony manager; Johan Pedersen and the polar explorer; Einar Mikkelsen lived.
Before we leave the town behind you will have the opportunity to visit the local tourist office. Here it is possible to buy from a selection of handicrafts, books, maps, outdoor wear and postcards.
On the way to the flower valley we will pass the town church yard.
As the name indicates, you will be able to spot a whole range of different flowers in the valley; Arctic Thyme, Arctic Bluebell, Arctic Dandelion etc. Here you will also find the national flower of Greenland, the broad leafed willow.
We will continue the small curved path through the valley for a few kilometres, until we reach a small waterfall at the bottom of the valley. Here we will spend some time, enjoying the views, tasting the incredibly fresh water and relax before returning to town in the afternoon.
Knud Rasmussen Fjord boat tour (7-8 hours):
We begin in the morning from the harbour of Tasiilaq, at the southern side of Ammassalik island. After a quick traverse of the King Oskar's fjord we head north west towards the Ammassalik fjord. After about an hour's of sailing we will turn into the narrow and steep fjord with its jagged and imposing mountain peaks towering above us.
At the site of Ikateq, we will make a stop to explore the remains of a World War II American base. It was here that the Americans ran an airfield from 1942-47. During war times this was referred to as "Bluie East Two" and was built to facilitate Trans-Atlantic air traffic navigation, search and rescue operations and as a weather forecast station. You can still see the airfield, the corroded oil drums, vehicles and ruins. The need for a clean-up of the old base has been a occasional political issue, but to this date no action as been taken.
We will then continue our journey further north-east until we arrive at the mighty Sermiligaaq fjord. The name translates to English as "the beautiful glacier fjord" and it lives up to it's name. The landscape around us is now dominated by jagged mountains, narrow fjords and calving outlet glaciers with their fronts flowing into the fjord itself. At one point you will enjoy the view of two calving glaciers simultaneously, the Karale glacier on your left and the Knud Rasmussen glacier on your right side.
The skipper will navigate as close to the glacier front as it is safe to do and here we will go ashore to enjoy the packed lunch and hot drinks that we have brought with us.
After lunch, we will have the time to explore the immediate area by foot before we commence our return journey towards Tasiilaq in the afternoon.
In the morning transfer from Hotel Angmagssalik to the heliport and helicopter flight to Kulusuk, where you check in for your flight to Reykjavik, arriving in the afternoon or early evening.