to hundreds of mountains offering all kinds and levels of outdoor activities
and sports. Want to do a multiday, big wall climb? A short hike up the valley
over the pass to watch the icebergs in the Sermiliq Fjord? A day climb on
the Polhems Field offering a 150 miles, 360 deg view to the IceCap, the
Schweizer Land mountains and the Strait of Denmark? Want to explore the
Karale Glacier (larger than any glacier outside the Arctic/Antarctic) on
skis during summer? Want to hike 2 weeks through the arctic wilderness visiting
the small settlements where part of the traditional way of living is maintained?
Want to explore the fjords in kayak or inflatable canoe? Want to cross the
IceCap (400 miles) on skis or with dog sledge? Want to…..
are almost endless. Tasiiilaq, the main town in the district of Ammassalik
on the East coast of Greenland is developing into the Arctic Chamonix, but
without all the drawbacks of the real Chamonix: There are not the lines
at the popular climbs, you’ll meet few or no one on your hikes, you’ll
be able to do real exploring in 24 hours daylight during the summer months.
And well, yes, there are not the vast amount of cafes, shops and hotels
in Tasiilaq - but accommodation, food, fuel and logistics can be taken care
of without any problems. Guided expeditions can be arranged in advance.
The season starts in March for backcountry skiing, dog sledging and winter
climbing. IceCap crossing season from late april through august. Hiking,
climbing late June through September.
There are some
classic trips that has to be mentioned: The hike across the Ammassalik Island
can be done from the small Settlement of Tiniteqilaq. Take the once-a-week
ferry (or charter a boat) from Tasiilaq to Tiniteqilaq, it’s a 5-6
hrs trip between the icebergs, stay overnight in Tiniteqilaq, arrange a
short speedboat trip across the sound from Tiniteqilaq to The Ammassalik
Island and start your hike. Either up across the 6 miles long glacier or
avoiding it on the west side, camping at 700 meters elevation with a view
over the IceCap and the Sermiliq Fjord. Continue south through the valleys
camping next night at one of the two big lakes before you start on the last
leg towards Tasiilaq.
Or you go to the Tasiilaq Mountain Hut at the Karale Glacier. You need to
charter a boat (or a helicopter) before you can hike the tough trail 4-8
hrs up to the fully equipped mountain hut at 750 meters elevation. The hut
is situated spectacularly on a rocky outcrop and from here you can ski or
walk the glacier, or you can climb the mountains just at the door of the
hut. You can return either to the drop off point of hike all the way to
the settlement of Kuummiut (a two day hike - or a very long day hike). During
winter season the hut can be reached on skis or with helicopter.
The Classic trek Solporten (“Gate of Sun”) to Tiniteqilaq or
Tasiilaq is a serious more-than-one-week trek.
For the Hard-core
climbers the walls of the Trillingerne and Pikkelhuen offers almost 2000
altitude meters of climbing. Only a few climbers have dared to try this
area. The famous US climber Mike Libecki has been there twice and done some
covering greenland is only a short distance away. It’s the largest
glacier on the northern hemisphere. The “short” way across to
the west coast is 400 miles - choose Reinhold Messners route and you’ll
find yourself on a 1200 miles ski trip to Thule. Both private and commercial
expeditions do the “short” crossing that usually takes 20-28
days (fastest crossing a bit less than 9 days, Frithjof Nansen did his first
crossing in 41 days). Doing this trip will guarantee that you’ll experience
the feeling of remoteness and grandeur of nature that is reserved for the
in the area are plenty and ideal for kayaking. The tourist office rents
out special inflatable canoes that are very safe, holds 2-3 persons and
a lot of cargo. These canoes have proven themselves to be ideal for the
to get there:
There are flights between Kulusuk and Reykjavik (Iceland) 6 days a week
during summer. And 2 days a week during winter. All year 2 days a week between
Kangerlussusaq and Kulusuk. Connection to Kangerlussuaq from Copenhagen.
Tasiilaq offers several different accommodations. The new Hotel
Nansen is a budget hotel especially designed for out-door tourists.
The Arctic Team Challenge during last week of July, is the ultimate test
of human endurance and survival skills. International teams compete during
5 gruelling days.