Greenland; Thule Winter Expedition DF03

19 Days From £0 (11,265 USD)

Exclusive Greenland tour in the footprints of the Arctic Pioneers as we undertake this dogsleddding expedition, travelling with Polar Inuit at the latitude of 78 North.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group - 5 People
Start Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
End Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Accommodation: Hotels & Huts
Period: 11-29 Apr 2011
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 25

Explore a fascinating polar wilderness in winter - the ultimate adventure and experience and learn from the Inuit.

With the name "Thule" we associate many famous pioneers, e.g. Robert E. Peary, who first conquered the North Pole, Knud Rasmussen, Peter Freuchen, Fridtjof Nansen...
Thule has been the start-off point for many important conquests in Arctic history. Until today Thule is difficult to reach.

Thule is also the home of the northernmost Eskimo, the "Polar Inuit", who are still maintaining their traditional lifeways as hunters. In winter, they entirely travel by dog-team, having banned the snow-scooters. Your expedition-leader has been living quite some time among them, he knows them, is talking their tongue. His friends will accompany you during this tour. Accordingly, this expedition offers the rare window to a way of life, which has disappeared elsewhere.

We'll travel with the hunters by their means, roughly by the same conditions which Peary had to his avail a hundred years ago. You will undergo a real adventure in an environment which has not changed since and experience outstanding winterly sceneries in one of the remotest regions on earth.

Notes
Average-temperatures in April/May are between 0 to -25 degrees Celsius. Daylight lasts already for 24 hours. That means, we may travel even at night.
This journey leads into a region with no touristic infrastructure. The comfort is very basic: There is no water for washing during the sledge-tour. Drinking water will have to be melted.
You will get a highly insulating mattress, but nevertheless, you will sleep on the floor and on ice!
Important is: The routing is highly dependent on the actual ice- and weather-conditions. No-one can guarantee a fixed itinerary. Changes of the routing might occur and be necessary anytime. You are ready to acknowledge to this condition and you are willing to adapt to the pace, which is given to us by nature.

You are also ready to actively cooperate with your co-participants in all necessary activities, e.g. the establishment of the camps. Our Inuit-partners are equal to us and NOT our servants ! We want the expedition to be successful, that's why we all have to contribute our share.

Are you qualified?
The daily sledge-trips last three to eight hours. You should be healthy. Besides of that, no special physical condition is required. However: Patience and psychic calmness are important psychic characteristics in the Arctic. You should be equipped with it!
If you like to, you may easliy bring your skis and walk parts of the tour. In this case of course, you need specific skills and condition.

A valid passport is necessary.
We need your personal data upon booking (copy of passport).

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Complete organisation of the journey, leadership through experienced guide
- 1 dog-sledge per person, dog-team-leader
- special mattress
- big tent, kitchen equipment
- all meals from and to Qaanaaq
- radios, MayDay-transmitter, GPS
- emergency-pharmacy
- 2 nights in Copenhagen (****-hotel, double/breakfast)
- 3 nights in Ilulissat (***-hotel, double/breakfast))
- nights in Qaanaaq (guest-house, double)
- nights in huts
- nights in tent
- all air-travels - and transfers

Note - Special suits and boots or Eskimo-fur-equipment can be rented

Excludes

- lunch and dinners in Copenhagen, Ilulissat, Qaanaaq;
- personal overweight charges
- overnights and meals in case of flight-delays, if not accepted by the Airline
- entrance fees, travel insurances.

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Flight to Copenhagen. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02. Flight Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat You'll have the opportunity to visit this famous little town at Greenland's west-coast. Two Overnights in the hotel.
Day 03. As Day 2
Day 04. Transfer to the airport, flight to Thule-Qaanaaq across a marvelous winterly landscape, transfer to the guest-house. We'll stay for two nights, check the equipment and shall prepare for our trip first.
Day 05. This day serves us to adapt to the clima. We'll walk around in the Inuit-settlement with approx. 800 inhabitants, visit the museum.
Day 06. We set out to our sledge-journey. Every participant has his own sledge and dog-team-leader. The equipment will be tied on the sledges and after that, you'll hear the whips of our Eskimo companions. We drive across the frozen sea, traveling in a fantastic landscape of unbelievable vastness. Every two hours, we'll have a tea-break to warm up. After a long day we shall reach the northernmost village of the world: Siorapaluk. The friendly people will come to the shore to welcome us. We'll stay overnight in a hut.
Day 07. The next route is going to be remote. Already during the old times, the Inuit travelled further North to Neqe and Pitorarfik during this season. The reason are so-called Polynias, areas with constant open water, even during hard winters. That's the place to see and catch walrusses. If you like to, we might accompany the Inuit once they are catching some animals from the ice-edge with their harpoons. By the way: they are not hunting for pleasure. They badly need the meat to feed their dogs. Hunting is their existence. If you are too sensitive, better stay away. We drive as far as we can, stay overnight in a hunting-cabin or shall build up a camp. If we put up the big tent, we furnish it like a snow-igloo. I.e we'll sleep on a step, a little bit higher than the base. We'll sleep one next to the other, some say like tinned sardines. The primuses (stoves) will run the whole night. You'll soon enjoy the noise, because they will warm up the tent approx. ten degrees. Our Inuit-companions will build up their tent along the same pattern. If the ice is too thin for a trip to the North, we'll turn South again and follow the salmon-fjord eastward to it's far end. We'll build up our camp in a river-bed, where salmon is being caught during summer. Part of the group may stay in a small cabin. The following day will be very spectacular, crossing two frozen lakes and sqeezing in between two glaciers, which lead down to the Bowdoin Fjord. At the end of the day we reach Kangerdluarssuk, an old hut, which has been built during Peary's time. We'll continue to the biggest fjord of the Thule District the Inglefield Bredning, shall reach Koinissut, an old whaling place being used for centuries. The bones are hardly covered by snow, we also see the remains of old turf-houses. The landscape changes now, is getting steep, the mountains high. Now and then our companions will stop to watch out for seals, sunbathing on the sea-ice. We finally reach a fantastic crystal world of ice and snow, will be surrounded by five glaciers flowing into the sea. During summer that's the place, where huge icebergs are born. You will never forget this primeval panorama. In the evening we'll put up our tent at a very remote place and shall stay for one day to explore this spectacular environment on foot or by ski.
Day 08. As Day 7
Day 09. As Day 7
Day 10. As Day 7
Day 11. As Day 7
Day 12. As Day 7
Day 13. As Day 7
Day 14. Let us continue another day at slow speed. We may thus fully admire the majestic magnitude of the Tracy Glacier and the spectacular beauty of the Heilprin Glacier. We'll slowly approach Keqertat in the evening, probably the least touched settlement in Greenland. It is also the most traditional village in the whole Thule-District.
Day 15. Keqertat has been the home of your expedition-leader years ago. Personal ties with the inhabitants, to former hunting-companions and their families don't vanish. We'll be very welcome here and will certainly enjoy the opportunity to share the daily routines of the Inuit.
Day 16. Our dog-team-leaders will take us back to Qaanaaq. We are passing the fortress of Thule, steep walls of a mountain with bizarre rock-needles, which - in the mist - look like the battlements of Count Dracula's castle. Overnight in the guest-house. You'll be pleased with the first shower after a long tour
Day 17. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon, flight along the Greenlandic West-Coast to Ilulissat with a short stop-over in Ummanaq. Last opportunity for shopping. In the evening we celebrate the expedition with an opulent dinner: the famous Greenland Buffet of Hotel Hvide Falk - with all delicacies Greenland has to offer! Overnight in the hotel
Day 18. Flight to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq, overnight in Copenhagen in the hotel
Day 19. Flight to Germany or elsewhere.