Our expeditions in Greenland are more than simply dog-sledging or skiing experiences - we travel to Liverpool Land and live with the Inuit, spending some time in their village, Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresby Sund), where some of the inhabitants still make their living by hunting seals. We also go further north and to the remote west coast with its spectacular icebergs and fjords.
North east Greenland at latitude 75 degrees north is a remote and dramatic part of the High Arctic and is known as ‘The Arctic Riviera’ because of its fine settled weather. In this unspoilt wilderness the only sounds are those of the wind in the valleys, the streams and rivers, the birds, and even wolves. Conditions are near perfect for camping and we amble at a leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery and wildlife or make more vigorous ascents of mountains to get better views.
Greenland’s wildlife includes over 100 species of flowering plants, including arctic poppies, many kinds of saxifrage and delicate alpine gentians and speedwells. Birds include knots, dunlins, sanderlings, barnacle and pink-footed geese, red-throated divers, snow buntings and long-tailed and arctic skuas. You should see musk oxen, which can sometimes be approached quite closely, arctic foxes, hares, Greenland lemmings, stoats and possibly wolves which are re-occupying the area from the North, having been hunted out in the last century.
“Icebergs floating in the world’s largest fjord enhanced the beauty of the short Arctic summer. Our time on the boat was equally as fantastic as walking on colourful tundra. The Inuit guides were fascinating to travel with.”
Fiona’s travel tipsRead: Sirius Patrol by Peter Schmidt Michelson.
What to expect: Greenland weather is extremely changeable so be prepared for flight delays or last minute contingency plans.
Best time to go: Spring for Greenland sledging, summer for wonderful hiking.
“The whole holiday was absolutely amazing!!!! Please stay in touch and we are filling everyone’s minds with Greenland and going with you. We can’t wait to go back and it was ALL thanks to you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Jamie and Julia Korner, Greenland
“Your office admin was excellent with total information that was relevant, clear instructions and efficient booking etc. Greenland was total magic. Lorraine did a great job feeding us all and keeping us organised. I was impressed with the guides, vehicle pick-ups, etc. What was really good was, of course, the magnificence of the scenery and all that ice in its wondrous forms. The boat trips were superb and peaceful so that I could really absorb the Arctic - wild flowers, birds, and the amazing walk on the ice cap.”
E Powley, West Greenland, July 2011
“It has been a wonderful experience, particularly to have the opportunity to hike onto the inland ice. I have been in the Ilulissat area before and still found it an exciting, varied and challenging trip which I thoroughly enjoyed.”
Christine Birchall, West Greenland, July 2011
“A big `THANKS` for leading us through a memorable visit to that beautiful and interesting part of Greenland, and laying on such great weather.”
Duncan Currie, West Greenland, July 2011