Discover Greenland: The Natural Habitat Experience Explore the Remote Arctic on Land & by Sea from Our Luxury Northern Safari Camp
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Trip Details: Days: 9 Days Price: From $10995
Discover Greenland: The Natural Habitat Experience Explore the Remote Arctic on Land & by Sea from Our Luxury Northern Safari Camp “All true wisdom is only to be found far from the dwellings of man, in great solitudes.” — Knud Rasmussen, DanishInuit polar explorer As technology shrinks our planet and its farthest reaches become more accessible, novel adventures are ever
Months: July - September Physical Requirements: Moderate
rarer. But we're offering a genuine first: In East Greenland, one of the most isolated places on Earth, our guests alone experience this raw Arctic landscape in supreme comfort. Greenland in summer is glorious: Once the snow melts, miniature wildflowers dot the tundra with color. By summer's end, tiny lowbush blueberries and crowberries ripen as dwarf birch turns to gold and russet. Whales frequent the fjord, while icebergs, spawned from massive glaciers, glitter in the light of a late sunset. Beneath granite peaks that tower over deep inlets, Greenland’s east coast—the “Arctic Riviera”—offers some of the best hiking and kayaking in the North. Nothing compares to Greenland for an epic Arctic adventure—and there’s no better way to experience it than from our wilderness base camp!
Trip Highlights Join the select few to stay in seclusion at our exclusive luxury safari camp in view of the Greenland ice sheet, surrounded by pristine wilderness Explore fjords and islands via boat excursions and guided walks, and witness climate change in action as melting glaciers calve huge icebergs into the sea Enjoy cultural encounters with local Inuit villagers and learn about how indigenous people past and present have sustained a hardy northern lifestyle
Itinerary At A Glance Day 1 Keflavik, Iceland / Reykjavik
Discover Greenland: The Natural Habitat Experience Itinerary
Day 2 Reykjavik / Kulusuk, Greenland / Tasiilaq
Explore the Remote Arctic on Land & by Sea from Our Luxury Northern Safari Camp
Day 3 Tasiilaq—Iceberg Cruise & Hiking
You are met on arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to our hotel in Iceland's
Day 4 Tasiilaq / Base Camp Greenland
ahead in Greenland during a welcome presentation and dinner with our Expedition Leader.
Day 1: Keflavik, Iceland / Reykjavik capital of Reykjavik, about a 45-minute drive. If you arrive very early, you may store your bags at the hotel while you enjoy exploring the compact city. This evening, learn about all that lies
Days 5–7 Base Camp Greenland—Exploring Sermilik Fjord Day 8 Base Camp Greenland / Kulusuk Day 9 Kulusuk / Reykjavik / Depart
Day 2: Reykjavik / Kulusuk, Greenland / Tasiilaq Drive the short distance to Iceland's domestic airport where we board our flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. From Kulusuk, we make a scenic transfer by helicopter to Ammassalik Island, landing in Tasiilaq, the small administrative center of East Greenland. Though it's just a 10-minute flight, it offers a preview of the magnificent scenery to come, with icebergs drifting below and perhaps even a chance to spot a whale from the air. Tasiilaq's charming collection of brightly painted wooden houses hugs King Oscar’s Bay, surrounded by pointed peaks iced with glaciers. The town of 2,000 is a hub for outdoor adventure, from hiking and kayaking in summer to dog sledding and glacier skiing in winter. Most of East Greenland is uninhabited, however, except for a handful of small subsistence hunting communities. Greenland's east coast is often called "the back side " by those on the west, where most of the population, its capital and institutions are located. East Greenland's people had no contact with the outside world till the turn of the 20th century, and that isolation has fostered a distinct and resilient culture. Our introduction to Greenland begins here where arctic wilderness and traditional lifestyles meet. On arrival, convene at our hotel for a briefing before exploring the area around Tasiilaq on foot, hiking into the Valley of Flowers above the scenic bay that fronts the town. Bring your camera: the ice-clad gneiss and granite peaks provide a backdrop for waterfalls and small lakes fringed by Arctic wildflowers in season.
Day 3: Tasiilaq—Iceberg Cruise & Hiking Though interior Greenland is covered by a massive ice cap, a few habitable areas exist around the bays and coastal islands. The region we visit enjoys a surprisingly mild and dry summer climate, earning it the nickname “Arctic Riviera.” Our exploration starts with a half-day excursion by enclosed private motorboat in the open waters of the Greenland Sea, providing our first close-up views of icebergs. In addition to large chunks of ice calved from glaciers that feed the region's fjords, we'll also see tabular icebergs—ocean-going slabs of ice, some of which have been drifting for months or even years, driven down the coast by the strong East Greenland Current. Glaciologists believe that some even travel from northern Canada, hundreds of miles away. Once they reach the outer edge of Greenland's fjords, they collide with ice that has broken off the Greenland ice sheet to form gigantic composites, sometimes mingling with brash ice to create frozen mosaics. Whales are also found seasonally in these waters, when ice conditions permit, and we'll look for fin, minke and humpback whales, as well as seals. Back on shore, we explore the coastline on a scenic walk and visit Tasiilaq's small history museum to learn about the culture and traditions of the Inuit, at home in this region for centuries.
Day 4: Tasiilaq / Base Camp Greenland Depart via boat or helicopter for our exclusive wilderness Base Camp, located on the east side of Sermilik Fjord. Our destination is near the tiny hamlet of Tinit , which we'll visit at some point during our stay. The village is one of the most picturesque outposts in East Greenland, surveying a panorama of Sermilik Fjord littered with huge icebergs and the ice sheet beyond. Behind the town, glaciated peaks rise over a mile high, jutting up like sharp black teeth through the ice. Tinit is home to fewer than a hundred hardy people who subsist by fishing and hunting amid challenging weather and constantly shifting ice. Keep an eye out for whales as we travel, as they are frequently seen in these waters when ice conditions permit. The area is filled with evidence of ancient habitation, including graves and ruins of old Inuit sod house foundations, and it is an evocative place to learn more about Inuit history and lore. Reaching Base Camp Greenland, we find ourselves in one the most remote places on Earth. After settling in to our deluxe private cabins, sit down for coffee, tea and lunch. Later we’ll convene for an orientation to our environs, followed by dinner and a lecture to acquaint us with the region's remarkable natural history. Through presentations and personal visits during our stay, we also learn about Greenland’s cultural heritage and aspects of modern life. Traditional Inuit identity remains at the forefront in East Greenland, and during our time out at camp, we'll share an authentic encounter with this enduring culture that subsists largely in harmony with nature.
Days 5–7: Base Camp Greenland—Exploring Sermilik Fjord The landscape along Greenland’s isolated and rarely visited east coast is dramatic. Great fjords indent the coastline, penetrating far into sheer-sided mountains capped by the world’s second-largest ice sheet—and Sermilik Fjord is the mightiest of them all. Our base camp provides a safe and comfortable outpost from which to explore this vast expanse of wild terrain just below the Arctic Circle. Though we are profoundly secluded, the wider region is dotted with a few isolated villages where Greenlandic Inuit people subsist on this uncompromising Arctic environment. In varied encounters, we learn about their culture and how they are retaining their traditions while adapting to contemporary life in the 21st century. On Zodiac excursions, we navigate among a flotilla of icebergs in an array of wild shapes, some as big as buildings. Look for whales and seals, both of which are present depending on the ice. Guided sea kayaking is also an option for water-level views on the frigid waters around us. We spend plenty of time ashore, too, with hikes for varying ability levels. Traverse the mountainsides and wander near glaciers that wind down from the Greenland ice sheet. This huge ice mass—second in size only to Antarctica—stretches more than 1,500 miles from north to south, is nearly 2 miles deep at its thickest point and covers 80 percent of the island. We learn about the crucial role it plays in regulating Earth’s climate and see with our own eyes how rapidly it is being affected by climate change. Amid fields of Arctic cotton grass, look for Arctic fox and birdlife, including eiders, loons and possibly peregrine falcons. Long hours of summer daylight allow for extensive exploration. Each evening, we retreat to our base camp for creative meals prepared by our accomplished chef. After dinner, gather for interpretive presentations by our naturalist Expedition Leaders, who share their extensive knowledge of Greenland's geology, glaciology and human history. And, though the sun gleams bright through much of the night here near the Arctic Circle, a good night's sleep is in order to refuel for the next day's adventures. Given that our wilderness cabins are wrapped in profound silence and have have real beds with cozy bedding, you're sure to get it. Guests on later-season departures may even have a chance to glimpse the northern lights, if the aurora is active in the darkening night sky.
Day 8: Base Camp Greenland / Kulusuk This morning, we make our way back to Kulusuk. Weather and ice conditions dictate which transportation mode we will take, but both offer spectacular views. By helicopter, survey jagged peaks and huge U-shaped valleys gouged by glaciers. By boat, we navigate the imposing fjord system, keeping an eye out for whales and seals among the ever-shifting tableau of drifting ice. On arrival in Kulusuk, we check in to our hotel, drinking in the surrounding views. Celebrate an extraordinary adventure of discovery, wild beauty and camaraderie over a farewell dinner on our last night together in Greenland.
Day 9: Kulusuk / Reykjavik / Depart Though today is devoted to journeying back to the urban world, it is filled with magnificent Arctic scenery on display from the air. We meet our plane for the return flight to Reykjavik's domestic airport, where our adventure together ends. From here, a transfer is included to the group hotels or Keflavik International Airport for homeward flights.
Please Note: This itinerary is meant as a guideline and can change due to weather and ice conditions. On some occasions, adverse conditions may require us to deviate from our intended itinerary, in which case we will provide the best available alternative. And weâ€™ll make a great adventure of it!
Accommodation Details: Base Camp Greenland Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Discover Greenland: The Natural Habitat Experience Accommodations Explore the Remote Arctic on Land & by Sea from Our Luxury Northern Safari Camp
Base Camp Greenland
A singular, exclusive refuge of comfort in the Arctic featuring
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rustic luxury surrounded by raw wilderness: eight private, heated safari-style tent cabins offer surprising amenities.
Hotel Reykjavik Marina Set in the vibrant art district of the worldâ€™s northernmost capital, the Icelandair Reykjavik Marina Hotel enjoys an expansive ocean view from a newly renovated building on Reykjavik's lively harbor.
Hotel Angmagssalik Perched high above the picturesque village of Tasiilaq in remote East Greenland, 30 simple yet comfortable rooms offer guesthousestyle ambience with stunning views from a spacious contemporary lounge.
Hotel Kulusuk The only lodging in this small and traditional Inuit hunter community, Hotel Kulusuk enjoys a scenic perch on Greenland's rocky east coast, with views of Apusiaajik Glacier and Isikajia Mountain.
Nat Hab's Deluxe Base Camp — The Best Way to Experience Greenland! For adventure travelers looking for the ultimate Arctic experience, this is it. Experience the rugged beauty of Greenland in complete comfort, while still wholly immersing in some of the most remote wilderness on Earth. Previously this region was accessible only via hiking or kayaking while camping in tents, or on a very limited basis by ship via short day excursions. The debut of Base Camp Greenland brings our travelers have a whole new (and better!) option.
An Exclusive Itinerary—We Go Where No One Else Does Natural Habitat is the only travel company to offer this unique itinerary into an exceptionally remote realm known for its huge icebergs, whales and close-range views of the Greenland ice sheet. While other outfitters offer trips to Greenland, none has the experience and expertise that we do in leading groups into the most impressive section of Greenland's legendary east coast: the Sermilik Fjord complex.
The Only "Luxury" Base Camp in Greenland Constructed in 2015, our Arctic expedition camp offers creature comforts you'd never expect in one of Greenland's most far-flung sectors—including hot showers, private toilets and excellent gourmet meals. From camp, we have access to close-up views of the Greenland ice sheet by Zodiac. Our location near the edge of mighty Sermilik Fjord grants us an eye-level vantage point on huge icebergs floating by, and we occasionally see whales and seals in the frigid waters.
A Small-Group Wilderness Immersion Our camp accommodates a maximum of 12 travelers. This small group size ensures a quiet wilderness experience and personal attention from your guides. It's a markedly different experience to explore Greenland in this manner, rather than with hundreds of other travelers aboard a ship who all go ashore together. You'll also benefit from enlightening evening lectures presented by our guides, who are expert Arctic naturalists.
Scenic Helicopter Flight from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq To expedite our arrival to Ammassalik Island where our Base Camp adventure begins, we make a scenic transfer via helicopter from Kulusuk to East Greenland’s small administrative capital of Tasiilaq. It’s much faster than traveling by boat, and you may even spot whales from the air. Depending on weather and ice conditions, we may also utilize helicopter transfers over the snowcapped coastal mountains to return from Base Camp.
An Authentic Experience of Contemporary Greenland Culture In addition to our time at Base Camp, we spend time in Kulusuk; Tasiilaq, the capital of East Greenland; and the tiny village of Tinit, a 20-minute boat ride from camp. We’ll enjoy encounters with the people and culture of East Greenland and learn about their history on walks and a visit to the town museum in Tasiilaq. Most visitors never get to these remote communities, but our overnight stays allow us to meet the locals, appreciate their enduring culture and traditions, and gain insight into the challenges and rewards of life in modern Greenland.
Unmatched Depth of Greenland Guiding Experience Our company boasts more East Greenland experience than any other outfitter. Our CEO, "Chief Exploratory Officer" Olaf Malver, pioneered commercial trips on Greenland’s east coast in the 1980s, including many historic exploratory "firsts." Our Greenland Expedition Leaders are the most experienced in the business. We know a nature adventure is only as good as the guide at the helm, so we’re committed to providing the very best!
The Absolute Best Equipment As part of our unwavering commitment to safety and comfort, we use the best and most up-todate expedition Zodiacs and kayaks available, as well as top-of-the-line safety gear. Our equipment is meticulously maintained, reducing the chance for unexpected mishaps. We also provide the highest-quality Mustang expedition suits for our guests' safety and comfort while on the water. When safety counts, only the best will do—and not every outfitter provides it.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Greenland Adventure When you travel with Natural Habitat, you receive our exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel We all care about the Earth, and when you travel with us, you benefit from knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, an important element when you're concerned, as we are, about a rapidly changing Arctic and other areas and habitats threatened by a rapidly warming planet.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, we have been chosen by World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud.
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Pricing 2018 Prices Trip Price $10995 to $11295 Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. For a single room, addÂ $1595. Trip price includes helicopter transport from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq. Internal airfare, including round-trip flights from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kulusuk, Greenland, is an additional $1275 per person. All internal airfare will be arranged through Natural Habitat's Travel Desk upon booking. A $1000 perperson nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your space.
2019 Prices Trip Price $12995 to $13295 Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. For a single room, add $1595. Internal airfare, including round-trip flights from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kulusuk, Greenland and a helicopter flight from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq, is an additional $1995 per person. All internal airfare will be arranged through Natural Habitat's Travel Desk upon booking. A $1000 per-person nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your space. 2019 dates are not yet confirmed. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.
Location of Adventure Southeast Greenland and Iceland
Group Size Limit Maximum 12 Travelers A very important feature of our Greenland adventure is the limited group size, which facilitates the most intimate and authentic experience of our remote Arctic environs. In addition to enhancing safety, a small group limits our impact on this pristine ecosystem.
Included Transfers between the airport and our tour accommodations, helicopter flight between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq (2018 only), all activities, accommodations, and land transportation as detailed in the itinerary including exclusive occupancy of Natural Habitat's Base Camp Greenland, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the final day, drinking water throughout the trip, soft drinks at meals and wine/beer with dinner while at camp, services of NHA professional Expedition Leaders, boat and camp staff, optional sea kayaking excursions, gear including Mustang expedition suits for Zodiac excursions, Page 15
kayaking gloves and booties, mosquito head nets and dry bags, all kayaking equipment, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Not Included Round-trip transportation from your home city to and from Keflavik, Iceland, airport transfers to and from accommodations other than the ones used in our itinerary, round-trip air between Reykjavik and Kulusuk (to be added to your invoice), helicopter flight between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq (with the exception of 2018 departures, to be added to your invoice), alcoholic beverages (other than those mentioned above), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, Internet, etc.), some gratuities, airline baggage fees, optional travel insurance, required medical evacuation insurance.
Physical Requirements Moderate Our Discover Greenland adventure is a genuine wilderness experience. Our deluxe safari-style camp, accessed via a scenic 4- to 5-hour boat transfer and/or short helicopter flight, is located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area. Guests must be prepared for typical activities that take place in such a setting and in unpredictable weather conditions. Good health and general physical fitness are a must, as we are far from medical facilities. Our off-trail walks and hikes require strong mobility and stability. Although all activities are optional, and alternate activities are usually available at varying levels of physical demand, all guests must be able to walk unassisted at least two miles over uneven, rocky and sometimes steep terrain without trails. We use open Zodiac boats to access the shore for exploration, and landings can be unstable. Landings may be either wet (requiring you to walk a short distance in shallow water) or dry (disembarking directly onto land), and may require walking over rocks or large boulders that can be slippery with seaweed. Our staff is available to assist for safety purposes, but guests need to be able to comfortably negotiate such uneven and unstable conditions. While at Base Camp, daily activities include nature walks or hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions of varying durations. Zodiac outings in the nearby fjords can last up to 8 or 9 hours (including stops), with opportunities for hikes ashore to explore geological and historic sights. We expect to operate in generally calm seas, but conditions can and do change quickly, and we may be exposed in the open boats to cold, windy or rainy weather. Travelers who have health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions should take this into consideration. In Tasiilaq, our hotel is located atop a very steep hill high above town , and vehicle transportation is provided to and from our group activities for those who prefer to ride rather than walk.
Important Information About This Trip Our journey to Base Camp Greenland offers the only opportunity to encounter one of the planetâ€™s most isolated locations via luxury camping. As we head way off the grid on Greenland's remote east coast, guests must be prepared for all the vagaries that come with travel to such an isolated destination. These include inclement weather, varying ice conditions and a scarcity of operational materials, all of which makes a journey to our exclusive Base Camp Greenland an adventure in the truest sense. At times, flights may be canceled due to poor weather, routes may be closed due to changing ice conditions, and amenities may become unavailable until a new shipment arrives. But the adventure is Page 16
part of the excitement, and we will use our 25 years of Greenland operating experience to make the best of even substantial itinerary changes, should they occur. Guests who desire a higher level of activity may participate in longer hikes and sea-kayaking excursions (weather, ice and local conditions permitting). These extended hikes will take place near sea level with some elevation gain, depending on the fitness level of those who opt to participate. Optional longer sea-kayaking excursions may also potentially be offered, with varied itineraries for individual desires and capacities. Our intent is to paddle in largely calm seas, though again, the weather can change with little notice, and excursions can occur in windy or rainy conditions. Shifting ice may also force us to alter our kayaking itineraries. All kayaking activities, whether scheduled easy excursions or optional longer excursions, are accompanied by a guide and safety boat. Please note that mosquitoes and tiny black flies can be quite prevalent and a real nuisance at camp and on outings ashore, particularly during several weeks at the height of the summer season (we cannot predict exactly when this will be). For our guests' comfort we provide head nets, but if you have allergies or are particularly sensitive to mosquito bites, please come prepared with proper clothing, adequate skin protection and anti-itch cream, if necessary.
Mandatory Insurance Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety. To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-5438917.
Getting There & Getting Home Please arrive at the Keflavik International Airport no later than 3:30 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. The transfer from the airport to our hotel near the Reykjavik harbor takes approximately 1 hour. Â The adventure ends and guests are free to depart Reykjavik in the evening on the final day of the trip. Our scheduled flights from Kulusuk, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland arrive in Reykjavik at varying times throughout the season. Please contact your Adventure Specialist for flight details specific to your departure to see if a connection with your international flight is possible, keeping in mind that the Page 17
transfer from the Reykjavik domestic airport to Keflavik International Airport takes approximately 1 hour. Note that based on current flight times available to us, as well as the transfer distance between airports, our return flight from Kulusuk will most likely not arrive in time to connect with flights back to the U.S., necessitating an overnight in Reykjavik. Regardless of whether or not an international connection is possible, as weather can be extremely unpredictable in this part of the world and our flight from Greenland to Iceland can be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we strongly recommend staying an extra night in Reykjavik to ensure that you do not miss your connecting flight. Many guests choose to take this opportunity to spend a few additional nights in Iceland in order to explore this fascinating city and the surrounding countryside.