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Luxury  Adventures   Luxury  Adventures  is  a  family-­‐run  tour  operator  specializing  in  all-­‐inclusive  private  travel  in   Iceland,  Greenland,  Norway,  Finland,  Denmark  and  Sweden.         We   operate   our   own   a)   private   lodge   accommodation   b)   private   glacier/highland   camps   c)   vehicles   of   great   variety   from   standard   sized   cars   to   super   jeeps/SUVs   and   buses     for   self-­‐ drive  and  full-­‐service  with  driver/guides  in  many    languages  d)  hiking/glaicer  equipment  e)   high  class  atv/quad  bikes.       Additionally   we   offer   exclusive   resorts,   affordable   to   luxury   hotels,   helicopters,   private   charters  and  all  kinds  of  activities.       Our  services:  1)  private  all  inclusive  travel    2)  extreme  and  challenging  incentives  3)  wedding   planning  4)  accommodation    5)  chauffeuring  in  standard/   luxury  vehicles,  superjeeps/SUVs   and  buses    6)  helicopters  and  private  charters  7)  rental  cars  8)  activities  of  all  kinds  9)  private   hiking    10)  atv/quad  tours  and  expeditions.     The   company   is   owned   by   one   family.   The   backbones   of   the   company   are   Thorgrimur   Olafssson   and   his   wife   Solveig   Olafsdottir;   their   son   and   daughter–in-­‐law   Olafur   Thorgrimsson  and  Linda  Palsdottir.  Olafur’s  cousin  Jon  Sigurbjornsson  and  Karl  Olafsson  that   we  rate  now  as  one  of  the  family.  

 

 


Marina  is  the  director  over  Russia  and  the  Baltics.  She  was  born  and  lived  her  entire  life  in   Russia,  graduated  from  Moscow  State  University  of  Commerce  where  she  has  been  studying   at  the  faculty  of  trade  management.  

  When  you  have  gone  through  the  options  that  we  suggest  feel  free  to  contact  us  and  we  will   put  together  your  private  itinerary.     Bestustu,   Karl,  Olafur,  Jon  and  Marina   Luxury  Adventures  

Iceland  (www.lux.is)   Iceland   is   a   European   island   country   located   in   the   North   Atlantic   Ocean.   It   has   a   population   of  about  320,000  and  a  total  area  of  103,000  km².    Its  capital  and  largest  city  is  Reykjavík,   whose  surrounding  area  is  home  to  some  two-­‐thirds  of  the  national  population.  Located  on   the   Mid-­‐Atlantic   Ridge,   Iceland   is   volcanically   and   geologically   active   on   a   large   scale;   this   defines   the   landscape.   The   interior   mainly   consists   of   a   plateau   characterized   by   sand   fields,   mountains  and  glaciers,  while  many  big  glacial  rivers  flow  to  the  sea  through  the  lowlands.   Warmed   by   the   Gulf   Stream,   Iceland   has   a   temperate   climate   relative   to   its   latitude   and   provides  a  habitable  environment  and  nature.    


Private  all-­inclusive  travel   This  great  private  holiday  for  individuals  and  groups  should  be  one  of  the  best  experiences  in   your   life.   It   should   go   beyond   your   expectations,   refresh   you   in   mind,   body   and   spirit   and   provide  wonderful  lasting  memories.  Above  all,  it  should  be  great  fun.    We're  here  to  make  it   happen   for   you.   We   will   be   delighted   to   share   our   knowledge   and   enthusiasm   to   find   the   perfect   holiday   for   you   and   your   loved   ones.   We   are   the   leading   company   in   ground   transport   to   air,   accommudation   and   dining,   the   best   activities   and   leisure.   We   are   the   all   inclusive  agency.    

 

Extreme  and  challenging  incentives   We  have  it  all,  if  you  dare.  These  exciting  trips  have  the  most  challenge  and  variety  packed   into  one.  You'll  trek  glaciers,  climb  mountains,  river  raft  and  learn  to  ice  climb  from  Reykjavik   in  the  south  to  the  Skaftafell  mountains  in  the  east.  We  will  take  you  on  a  thrilling  ATV  tour   across   the   lava   fields   and   drive   up   the   volcanos   in   super   jeeps/suvs,   snowmobile   the   biggest   glaciers   in   Europe   and   walk   in   the   largest   lava   caves.   If   you're   up   for   the   challenge,   your   rewards  will  be  great  views,  great  memories  and  a  real  feeling  of  accomplishment.  Only  for   those  who  dare!    


Wedding  planning   This   can   truly   be   all   inclusive   wedding   package   including   all   vendors   required   for   the   wedding,  coordinating,  and  handling  the  details  of  the  event  from  the  day  the  bride  books,   until  the  last  guest  has  left  the  reception.  

 

Accommodation   We   always   offer   the   best   hotels   among   the   budget   ones   that   are   available   to   you,   all   specially  handpicked,  always  with  the  highest  standards  available.  Aslo  we  operate  our  own   private   lodge   and   have   access   to   majestic   mountain   resort.   If   you   want   to   experience   sleeping   out   in   the   Icelandic   nature,   on   top   of   a   glacier,   in   the   highlands   or   where   ever   your   journey  is  taking  you,  we  operate  our  own  top  of  the  line  base  camps  to  deploy.    

 


Luxury   Luxury   Adventures   is   specifically   designed   for   the   sophisticate   whose   prime   aim   when   travelling   is   to   experience   the   very   best.   Not   content   with   the   mundane   or   second   best,   you   actively  seek  out  the  ultimate  in  accommodation,  design  hotels  and  resorts  along  with  the   best    transport,  want  personalized  service  in  every  aspect  of  your  travel.  We  offer  complete   service   for   even   the   most   demanding   traveler.   Our   goal   is   to   meet   and   exceed   all   our   customer  expectation  and  allow  you  to  experience  the  best  Iceland  has  to  offer.    

 

 

Resorts   We  offer  Mountain  Resorts.    Treat  yourself  to  a  truly  unforgettable  luxury  resort  vacation,   marked  by  distinguished  style,  attentive  service,  and  picturesque  surroundings.    Does  your   dream   vacation   include   awakening   to   an   enchanting   Icelandic   view   of   towering   volcanic   Mountains?  Self  catering  and/or  full  service  depending  on  resorts.  

 


Lodges   We  offer  our  own  Lodge.  If  you  are  looking  for  a  higher  level  of  comfort,  exclusive  facilities,   modern  amenities,  attention  to  detail  and  plenty  of  quaint  or  luxurious  touches,  then  these   stylish  lodges  are  for  you.  You  can  expect  a  superb  overall  level  of  quality  and  character,  with   high   standards   of   décor,   fixtures   and   fittings.     Self   catering   or   full   service   up   to   you.     We   welcome  you  to  experience  dining  that  reaches  far  beyond  just  food  &  drink.  Join  us  at  day’s   end,   dining   with   panoramic   mountain   views   and   spectacular   painted   skies   with   your   own   private  chef.    

 

Private  glacier/highland  camps   We   offer   our   own   camps.   The   'Base   Camp'   of   a   mountain   is   an   area   used   for   staging   an   attempt   at   the   summit.   Base   camps   are  positioned   to   be   safe   from   the   harsher   conditions   above.   There   are   base   camps   on   many   popular   mountains   and   glaciers.   We   operate   in   various   locations   our   camps   weather-­‐   and   season   depending.   Iceland   is   perfect   due   to   its   huge  highlands  and  glaciers.    

 

Affordable   We  at  Luxury  Adventures  are  totally  committed  to  delivering  a  range  of  options  at  affordable   prices,  allowing  you  to  fulfill  your  complete  travel  and  leisure  requirements.  Specializing  in   Iceland,   and   giving   you   the   tools,   information   and   range   of   products   you   need   to   easily   plan   and   book   all   your   travel   requirements   from   hotels,   villas,   summerhouses   and   hostels.   Transfers,  car  rental,  theatres,  attraction  tickets,  ancillaries  and  much  more.    


Transportation   Your  journey  will  start  the  minute  you  will  see  the  driver/guide  and  we  employ  driver/guides   in  several  different  languages.  We  proudly  can  say  that  our  transportation  fleet  is  among  the   best  that  this  island  has  to  offer.  We  have  luxury  SUV’S,  amazing  glacier  jeeps  that  will  take   care  of  transportation  on  ground.  In  the  air  we  have  top  of  the  class  transport  from  private   charted  planes  to  helicopters.   We   pride   ourselves   on   our   professionalism   and   excellent   customer   service.   Our   driver/guides   are   fully   licensed   to   drive   private   hire   vehicles.   They   will   always   be   immaculately   dressed,   always   courteous   and   respectful   of   client   confidentiality.   Their   priority  is  to  make  you  feel  comfortable  and  relaxed  and  that  you  arrive  at  your  destination   safely  and  on  time.  Our  fleet  is  fully  insured  and  fully  licensed  for  private  hire  use  and  fully   covered  with  public  liability  insurance.    

 

 

Chauffeuring  in  standard/luxury  vehicles,  super  jeeps/SUVs  and  buses   Luxury   Adventures   is   a   leading   executive   transport   company   in   Iceland.   We   specialize   in   providing   premium   transport   solutions   to   suit   your   individual   requirements.   Our   fleet   is   available   for   guided   tours,   corporate   services,   weddings,   special   occasions   and   airport   transfers.  We  monitor  all  flights  and  airlines  for  changes  in  arrival  times  for  our  customers  to   be  always  on  time  at  the  airports  arrival  time.  We  also  offer  a  free  meet  and  greet  service  for   our  clients  with  easily  identifiable  name  boards,  so  that  you  can  locate  your  driver/guide  as   soon  as  you  arrive  in  the  arrival  hall.  Once  united  your  driver/guide  will  assist  you  with  any   luggage  and  escort  you  to  your  car.  Our  guides  are  fluent  in  various  languages.  Our  vehicles   are   of   great   variety   all   from   standard   and   luxury   vehicles   to   super   jeeps/SUVs/vans   and   buses.  


Helicopters  and  private  charters   We   offer   helicopters   and   charters.     Luxury   Adventures   meets   all   requirements   for   safety,   maintenance   and   reliability   as   we   seek   to   provide   cost-­‐efficient   helicopter     and   charter   services.   Whether   on   the   ground   or   in   the   air,   we   are   ready   to   meet   customer   requirements   by   helping   you   achieve   maximum   efficiency   and   productivity   –   essential   components   of   success  in  a  competitive  environment.  Heli-­‐sights,  heli-­‐skiing  and  so  forth  and  forth  are  just   expamples  of  how  unique  Iceland  is  when  it  comes  to  use  air  transportation.    

 

Rental  cars   We  operate  our  own  car  rental  and  self  drive  packages.    We  try  to  keep  things  simple  so  that   you   enjoy   the   best   possible   experience.   We   also   hope   that   booking   your   car   through   us   becomes  part  of  a  really  fantastic  trip  or  holiday  in  Iceland  where  we  set  together  a  package   deal  including  vehicle  for  unlimited  driving  and  accommodation.    


Activities   Luxury  Adventures  offers  a  great  variety  of  activities.    Four  of  the  largest  glaciers  in  Europe   to  snowmobile  on  all  year  around,  endless  black  sands  to  bike  on,  white  water  rivers  to  raft   and  fly  fish  in,  freshwater  lakes  to  dive  in,  52  golf  courses  to  have  fun  on  and  the  list  could  go   on.   Would   you   like   to   ski   down   an   active   volcano,   dive   between   Europe‘s   and   America‘s   tectonic   plates,   go   horseback   riding   on   a   black   sandy   beach   or   in   an   exotic   lava   field   surroundings   or   go   on   an   ATV/quad   expedition   in   the   highlands   next   to   glaciers   and   volcanoes?    

 

Private  hiking   We   focus   on   you   only.     The   single   most   important   question   to   ask   when   searching   for   a   private   guide   service   is:   "Who   is   actually   doing   the   guiding?"   If   you   are   not   100%   satisfied   with  the  answer,  look  for  another  organization.  Luxury  Adventures  guides  have  some  of  the   country‘s   most   experience.   Whether   you   are   a   novice   or   a   team   of   experts,   local   knowledge   is  worth  its  weight  in  gold.    Our  guides  can  adapt  to  serve  the  individual  needs  of  clients  at   any  level.  From  the  geothermal  areas  to  the  black  sandy  beaches  to  the  top  of  the  highest   peak  in  Iceland.    


ATV/quad  tours  and  expeditions   We  offer  our  own  ATV’s.    See  the  beautiful  backcountry  of  Iceland  "highlands"  from  the  seat   of  an  All  Terrain  Vehicle,  commonly  known  as  an  ATV.    ATVs  allow  access  to  places  where   few  people  go  all  over  the  country  overnight  tours  and  day  tours.    For  the  ultimate  in  off-­‐ the-­‐beaten-­‐track  travel  experiences  it's  difficult  to  beat  going  on  an  ATV  expedition.  If  you   embark   on   our   expeditions   you   will   travel   through   Iceland   most   hidden   places   with   extreme   environments.   ATV   expeditions   aren't   easy   going   and   they   are   most   definitely   not   for   a   traveler  that  likes  their  creature  comforts  -­‐  but  it's  precisely  this  fact  that  makes  going  on  an   ATV  expedition  such  an  exciting  prospect.  Going  on  an  ATV  expedition  gets  you  away  from   the  usual  tourist  trail  and  enables  you  to  see  some  incredible  places  few  other  people  ever   get  to  see.  

 

Greenland  (www.greenlandluxuryvacation.com)   Greenland  is  the  largest  island  in  the  world.  Owing  to  its  situation  in  the  north,  where  the   Atlantic  meets  the  Arctic  Ocean,  cold  ocean  currents  principally  surround  Greenland,  so  the   coasts  are  constantly  being  cooled.  This,  together  with  the  radiation  of  cold  from  the  inland   ice   gives   Greenland   its   Arctic   climate.   'When   you've   seen   the   world   there's   always   Greenland'   goes   the   old   travellers'   saying.   But   why   wait   till   then?   Vast,   empty,   glittering,   snowscapes   scoured   by   howling   winds,   freezing   waters   full   of   icebergs   sculpted   into   fantastical   shapes,   the   dancing   Northern   Lights   -­‐   the   Arctic   certainly   isn't   lacking   in   dramatic  


scenery  or  unusual  sights.  This  is  an  environment  that  swings  from  one  extreme  to  another   with   never-­‐ending   midnight   sun   in   the   summer   and   endless   polar   night   in   winter.   Yet,   in   spite   of   the   climate   the   area   is   alive   with   wildlife   and   has   been   occupied   by   man   for   thousands   of   years.   Warm,   friendly   people,   comfortable   modern   hotels   and   lively   nightlife   even  in  the  remotest-­‐seeming  of  locations  complete  the  itinerary  and  make  this  one  of  the   most   stimulating   and   unforgettable   travel   destinations   whether   you   are   touring   or   holding   a   conference.      Greenland  is  not  a  cheap  destination,  but  few  places  combine  such  magnificent   scenery,   such   clarity   of   light   and   such   raw   power   of   nature..   Greenland   also   offers   world-­‐ beating  but  charmingly  uncommercialised  opportunities  for  sea  kayaking,  rock  climbing  and   salmon  fishing.  

 

Private  all-­inclusive  travel   This  great  private  holiday  for  individuals  and  groups  should  be  one  of  the  best  experiences  in   your   life.   It   should   go   beyond   your   expectations,   refresh   you   in   mind,   body   and   spirit   and   provide  wonderful  lasting  memories.  Above  all,  it  should  be  great  fun.    We're  here  to  make  it   happen   for   you.   We   will   be   delighted   to   share   our   knowledge   and   enthusiasm   to   find   the   perfect   holiday   for   you   and   your   loved   ones.   We   are   the   leading   company   in   ground   transport   to   air,   accommodation   and   dining,   the   best   activities   and   leisure.   We   are   the   all   inclusive  private  operator.    

 

Accommodation   In   Greenland   there   are   a   number   of   youth   hostels   and   hostels   in   both   towns   and   settlements.  The  standard  varies:  some  have  been  built  to  cater  exclusively  for  hikers  (youth  


hostels)   and   provide   a   bed,   bathroom   and   kitchenette,   whilst   others   can   be   described   as   hostels  with  cafeterias,  the  option  of  renting  bed  linen,  sheet  sleeping  bags,  etc.  There  are   also   seamen’s   hostels   in   the   towns   of   Aasiaat,   Sisimiut,   Maniitsoq,   Nuuk   and   Qaqortoq   among  hotels  in  the  bigger  towns  like  tassilak  and  Ilullisat.  

Hotels   With   the   exception   of   Ittoqqortoormiit,   Kangaatsiaq   and   Upernavik   there   are   hotels   in   all   towns.  Many  of  the  hotels  are  classified  according  to  the  European  classification  system  with   up  to  4-­‐star  as  the  best.  The  4-­‐star  hotels  include  Hotel  Arctic  in  Ilulissat,  Hotel  Sisimiut  in   Sisimiut   and   Hotel   Hans   Egede   in   Nuuk   and   the   Hotel   Angmagssalik   .   All   hotels   have   en   suite   bathroom/toilet,  telephone  and  usually  also  TV.   The   hotels   also   include   the   four   seamen’s   hostels.   They   were   originally   used   as   cheap   and   basic   overnight   accommodation   primarily   for   sailors,   but   in   recent   years   have   been   modernised   and   today   are   of   hotel   standard.   All   seamen’s   hostels   have   a   cafeteria   where   you  can  enjoy  the  dish  of  the  day  or  a  cup  of  coffee  and  a  piece  of  home-­‐made  cake.  If  you   stay  overnight  at  a  hotel  in  Greenland,  breakfast  is  always  included  in  the  price.  

 

Bed  and  Breakfast   In   the   major   towns   the   tourist   office   can   arrange   B&B,   where   you   live   with   a   Greenlandic   family   and   thereby   get   a   good   insight   into   everyday   life   in   Greenland.   Often,   for   a   small   additional   charge,   you   will   be   able   to   eat   with   the   family   and   taste   some   homemade   Greenlandic   specialities.   In   South   Greenland   several   sheep-­‐farmers   offer   basic   overnight   accommodation.  


Hostels  and  youth  hostels   Cheap   alternatives   for   overnight   accommodation   are   provided   by   hostels   and   youth   hostels,   which   are   found   in   most   towns.   The   standard   hostels   varies   a   great   deal,   but   the   price   often   reflects   the   quality.   Some   can   be   compared   to   ‘hostels’   in   Europe,   whilst   others   are   more   like   ‘youth   hostels’,   in   which   you   will   be   sleeping   with   several   other   people.   There   are   no   showers   or   toilets   in   the   rooms   and   outside   the   large   towns   the   toilet   can   be   a   simple   earth   closet.  At  some  hostels  the  beds  are  made  up,  but  otherwise  you  need  to  bring  a  sleeping   bag.    You  do  not  need  a  youth  hostel  card  as  in  Europe  in  order  to  stay  overnight  at  hostels   and   youth   hostels,   where   there   are   good   opportunities   to   swap   experiences   with   other   travelers.  

 

Camping   If  you  are  travelling  to  Greenland  with  a  tent,  you  can  pitch  it  anywhere  except  in  the  vicinity   of   historical   ruins   and   next   to   lakes   and   rivers   that   supply   freshwater   to   towns   and   settlements.  Several  towns  have  established  special  areas  for  camping  with  various  facilities.  


Glacier  camps   We   offer   our   own   camps.   The   'Base   Camp'   of   a   mountain   is   an   area   used   for   staging   an   attempt   at   the   summit.   Base   camps   are   positioned   to   be   safe   from   the   harsher   conditions   above.   There   are   base   camps   on   many   popular   mountains   and   glaciers.   We   operate   in   various   locations   our   camps   weather-­‐   and   season   depending.   Greenland   is   perfect   due   to   its   huge  highlands  and  glaciers.    

 

 

Transportation   In  Greenland  there  are  no  roads  connecting  the  towns,  so  all  transport  takes  place  by  plane   or   by   ship.   The   Arctic   climate,   which   at   times   can   be   extreme,   places   great   demands   on   safety   during   transport,   demands   which   Greenland’s   transport   companies   satisfy   in   full.   When  travelling  over  shorter  distances  outside  the  towns  the  local  population  use  their  own   boats,  dogsleds  or  snowmobiles.  


Helicopter   There   are   three   ways   of   experiencing   a   flight   by   helicopter   during   your   stay   in   Greenland:   You   can   either   use   a   scheduled   service,   go   on   an   organised   tour   or   charter   your   own   helicopter.     All  helicopter  flights  are  carried  out  by  Air  Greenland.  Helicopters  fly  at  low  altitude,  and  this   provides   a   completely   different   experience   and   perspective   than   when   flying   in   a   plane   high   above  the  clouds.    

 

Snowmobiles   Most   of   Greenland   is   covered   by   snow   during   the   winter   months,   and   there   are   thus   fantastic   opportunities   for   snowmobile   enthusiasts.     For   many   people   in   Greenland   the   snowmobile  has  assumed  the  role  of  the  modern  successor  to  the  dogsled.  The  vast  majority   of   hunters,   however,   have   chosen   to   stick   to   the   traditional   sleds   and   in   certain   cases   hunting   is   not   allowed   on   snowmobiles.   The   snowmobile   is   therefore   first   and   foremost   a   vehicle  for  recreation  and  leisure.        


Boats   Sailing   in   Greenland   is   just   as   natural   a   part   of   everyday   life   as   driving   a   car   is   for   others.   However,  sailing  in  Arctic  waters  is  often  much  more  than  just  a  question  of  getting  from  A   to  B.  Sailing  is  a  lifestyle  and  almost  a  law  of  nature  in  and  around  the  world's  largest  island,   where  none  of  the  towns  are  linked  by  roads.    For  the  native  population  a  sailing  trip  into  a   fjord  is  the  natural  respite  and  highlight  of  a  working  week,  as  long  as  the  weather  permits  it   and   the   season   is   suitable   for   sailing.   The   majorities   ready   their   boats   in   May   and   take   them   ashore   during   the   autumn.   This   is   also   the   season   for   tourists   to   sail,   where   adventures   range  from  meeting  whales  up  close  to  the  chance  to  study  icebergs  and  go  on  excursions  to   settlements,  natural  phenomena,  cultural  sites  and  much  more.    

 

Dog-­sledding   Imagine  a  group  of  dogs  in  harness,  waiting  impatiently  for  the  driver  to  give  the  start  signal.   You’re   ready,   wrapped   up   snugly   in   the   warmest   sealskin   and   sitting   comfortably   on   the   reindeer  skin  on  the  sled  while  the  sun  bakes  down.  The  sled  moves  off  and  you  feel  at  one   with   Mother   Nature,   whilst   the   dogs   happily   pant   along   through   the   magnificent,   snow-­‐ covered  landscape.    If  you  ever  have  the  chance  to  experience  this  unique  form  of  transport,   it   will   probably   be   as   a   passenger   –   unless   you   wish   to   try   your   hand   at   driving   a   dogsled   yourself?    


Activities   Luxury  Adventures  offers  a  great  variety  of  activities.    Greenland  has  a  wealth  of  activities  to   offer  in  the  midst  of  magnificent  scenery,  the  like  of  which  cannot  be  found  anywhere  else  in   the   world.   Read   about   dogsled   driving,   hiking,   musk   ox   safari,   angling   or   about   one   of   the   many  events  and  sports  events  you  can  participate  in  all  year  round.  

 

Hiking   The   Greenlandic   nature   provides   magnificent   hiking   experiences   in   an   almost   untouched   landscape.   In   most   areas   of   the   country   you   do   not   need   to   walk   very   far   before   you   can   enjoy  the  deafening  silence  and  the  sight  of  wide  open  spaces.  Greenland  is  therefore  a  very   popular  hiking  country  for  people  who  love  the  great  outdoors.    

 


Fishing   Non-­‐residents  are  required  to  buy  personal  fishing  licenses  prior  to  going  fishing,  which  must   be   carried   when   fishing   in   Greenland.   A   fishing   license   gives   the   owner   the   right   to   fish   with   a  fishing  rod,  jig  or  similar  handheld  tool  in  accordance  with  rules  that  apply  to  sports  fishing   in  Greenland.  

 

Hunting   Distant  travel  destinations  and  exotic  wildlife  are  on  the  wish-­‐lists  of  many  trophy  hunters.   The  dream  of  a  unique  hunt  for  one  of  Greenland’s  iconic  land-­‐based  mammals  such  as  the   reindeer   or   the   musk   ox   is   just   a   2hour   flight   from   Iceland.     In   West,   South   and   East   Greenland  you  have  the  chance  to  go  on  a  trophy  hunt  accompanied  by  authorized  hunting   guides.    Greenland  is  a  huge  country  and  the  wildlife  is  free  to  roam  in  the  landscape.    There   are  no  fences  or  artificial  boundaries  –  only  the  natural  surroundings  and  your  own  fitness   define   what’s   possible.   Your   guide   can   of   course   make   a   qualified   guess   as   to   where   animals   can   be   found   –   but   whatever   the   circumstances,   you   should   expect   to   be   active   and   it’s   highly  recommended  that  you’re  in  good  shape.    

 

Kayaking   The   kayak   –   or   qajaq   as   it   is   called   in   Greenland   –   is   a   genuine   Inuit   invention.   Kayak   rowers   have  paddled  the  Arctic  waters  for  thousands  of  years.  The  experience  acquired  by  the  Inuits   during  this  time  has  more  than  inspired  contemporary  kayak  designers  and  rowers.  There  is   therefore   nowhere   else   in   the   world   where   it   is   more   appropriate   to   row   kayak   than   in   Greenland.    


Musk  Ox  safari   One  of  the  best  places  in  the  world  to  see  musk  oxen  is  around  Kangerlussuaq  –  the  main   gateway   to   Greenland.   A   musk   ox   safari   gives   you   a   unique   opportunity   to   see   musk   oxen   at   close  range.  The  excursions  that  are  run  by  a  couple  of  tourist  offices  are  classic  trips  that   have  almost  become  synonymous  with  the  area.    Although  the  musk  ox  is  used  to  humans,  it   is   still   a   wild   herd   animal   and   you   should   not   get   too   close;   this   will   be   explained   in   more   detail  by  the  guides.  On  some  trips  you  may  be  unfortunate  and  not  meet  any  musk  oxen  or   only  catch  a  glimpse  of  them  through  a  pair  of  binoculars.  It  is  this  unpredictable  charm  that   applies  to  all  wildlife  in  Greenland.  

 

Sailing   Sailing   in   Greenland   is   just   as   natural   a   part   of   everyday   life   as   driving   a   car   is   for   others.   However,  sailing  in  Arctic  waters  is  often  much  more  than  just  a  question  of  getting  from  A   to  B.  Sailing  is  a  lifestyle  and  almost  a  law  of  nature  in  and  around  the  world's  largest  island,   where  none  of  the  towns  are  linked  by  roads.    For  the  native  population  a  sailing  trip  into  a   fjord  is  the  natural  respite  and  highlight  of  a  working  week,  as  long  as  the  weather  permits  it   and   the   season   is   suitable   for   sailing.   The   majorities   ready   their   boats   in   May   and   take   them   ashore   during   the   autumn.   This   is   also   the   season   for   tourists   to   sail,   where   adventures   range  from  meeting  whales  up  close  to  the  chance  to  study  icebergs  and  go  on  excursions  to   settlements,  natural  phenomena,  cultural  sites  and  much  more.    


Snowmobiling   Most   of   Greenland   is   covered   by   snow   during   the   winter   months,   and   there   are   thus   fantastic   opportunities   for   snowmobile   enthusiasts.     For   many   people   in   Greenland   the   snowmobile  has  assumed  the  role  of  the  modern  successor  to  the  dogsled.  The  vast  majority   of   hunters,   however,   have   chosen   to   stick   to   the   traditional   sleds   and   in   certain   cases   hunting   is   not   allowed   on   snowmobiles.   The   snowmobile   is   therefore   first   and   foremost   a   vehicle  for  recreation  and  leisure.      Snowmobiling  does  not  always  go  hand  in  hand  with  dog   sledding,   however,   and   in   the   municipalities   in   which   there   are   sled   dogs,   there   are   often   rules  stipulating  that  snowmobiles  may  not  be  driven  on  traditional  sled  tracks  and  routes.  

 

Whale  watching   Many  different  species  of  whale  can  be  seen  along  Greenland’s  coasts.  And  you  are  left  in  no   doubt  when  there  is  a  whale  in  the  vicinity,  as  when  it  comes  up  to  the  surface  to  breathe,  it   blasts   its   breath   through   the   water   and   air   at   a   speed   of   several   hundred   kilometers   per   hour.  This  is  called  the  whale’s  spout  and  consists  of  small  droplets  of  water  that  crystallize   into  clear  funnel-­‐shaped  columns.  The  whales  can  sometimes  swim  very  close  to  land  when   eating  small  shoals  of  fish,  plankton,  etc.    The  whales  are  best  seen  from  a  boat,  where  you   can   get   very   close   to   the   enormous   marine   mammals   in   their   natural   element.   Your   heart   will  be  in  your  mouth  as  70-­‐tonne  (154,000  lb)  fin  whale  swims  underneath  the  boat.  Time   will  seem  to  stand  still  as  the  thought  crosses  your  mind  that  this  gigantic  marine  mammal   might  suddenly  flick  its  tail.  Of  course  it  does  not  happen  because  fortunately  the  whales  are   used  to  being  observed!  


Skiing   The   high   season   for   skiing   in   Greenland   is   in   the   months   of   March   and   April,   and   it   is   also   during  this  season  that  the  world’s  toughest  cross-­‐country  race,  Arctic  Circle  Race,  is  held  in   Sisimut   every   year   with   more   than   100   competitors   from   more   than   10   countries.   At   certain   places   in   Greenland   it   is   also   possible   to   go   skiing   during   the   summer   –   for   example   at   Apussuit   Adventure   Camp,   which   is   situated   on   the   top   of   a   glacier   just   25   km   (16   miles)   from  Maniitsoq.  

 

Heli-­skiing   The  heights  of  the  tops  of  the  fells  range  from  700-­‐1,500  m,  whilst  in  the  Fjord  of  Eternity  a   few  of  the  mountains  rise  more  than  2,000  m  into  the  sky.  The  difference  in  altitudes  on  the   various  'ski  runs'  ranges  from  600  to  1,500  m  (4,500  feet).  The  terrain  is  suitable  for  skiers  of   abilities   ranging   from   those   who   have   limited   experience   to   real   experts,   and   is   equally   suitable  for  both  skiing  and  snowboarding.      Heli-­‐skiing  is  also  possible  in  East  Greenland  and   -­‐  depending  on  the  season  near  Uummannaq.    In  this  region  the  huge  glacial  areas  extend  all   the  way  to  the  coast  and  cut  through  the  largest  area  of  alpine  fells  on  the  west  coast  of  the   country.  The  ski  slopes  are  located  on  some  of  the  biggest  islands  in  the  region  and  alongside   some  of  the  deepest  fjords,  which  in  many  places  are  covered  by  glaciers.  At  several  places   it's  possible  to  ski  all  the  way  down  from  the  top  of  the  fells  to  the  water's  edge.    Since  the   mid-­‐1990s   adventurous   skiers   have   regularly   made   the   trip   to   Maniitsoq   in   order   to   ski.   Initially,   the   region   was   primarily   the   preserve   of   professional   skiing   teams   and   film   companies  


Dog-­sledding   Our  dog  sledding  tours  to  Greenland  offer  a  glimpse  into  a  way  of  life  that  is  truly  Arctic.  Dog   sledding  is  a  classically  Greenlandic  way  to  travel,  and  also  an  extremely  ancient  form  of   transport.    It  was  developed  by  the  Inuit  thousands  of  years  ago  and  to  this  day  it  is  still  the   primary  means  of  transport  for  a  great  many  people  in  Greenland  during  the  winter  and   spring.    For  travelling  long  distances  through  the  frozen  fjordlands  and  for  hunting  seal  and   polar  bear,  the  dog  sled  is  second  to  none.  

         


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