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ILULISSAT & UUMMANAAQ FJORDS

Iceberg nirvana under the midnight sun

HIGHLIGHTS

midnight sun zodiac cruise in the world heritage site of the Ilulissat icefjord

insanely big icebergs throughout the entire trip

great chances of spotting humpback whales

visit to the small & remote Inuit community of Niaqornat

once-in-a-lifetime camping spot during an easy overnight hike on Ikerassak island

chasing reindeer & muskoxen in the lush valleys of remote Svartenhuk peninsula

packrafting near the snout of a huge calving glaciers in Karats Isfjord

ABOUT THIS EXPEDITION
ABOUT THIS EXPEDITION

A myth states that when you visit the Ilulissat and Uummannaq regions, a piece of your heart remains there forever, summoning you back for the rest of your days. And we have to agree. This is a truly sensational wilderness: huge mountains rise straight up from the iceberg-dotted fjords, which teem with humpback whales and seals. Tiny, forgotten Inuit settlements  are located in isolated bays with a splendor beyond imagination, and huge crevassed glaciers slide down from Greenland’s ice sheet towards the fjords. It is impossible to adequately describe this unique spot, and the memory of it will haunt you down and make you long to come back.

This area is home to some of the most productive glaciers on earth; they calve incredible numbers of icebergs into the fjords. Some have the size of an entire village, and one never gets tired of marvelling at their endless variety of colors, shapes and texture. During the last ice age, these glaciers carved their way through the coastal mountain ranges, leaving behind a true coastal labyrinth of deep fjords, sea straits and alpine mountains which are a perfect playground for expedition sailing.

This is the northernmost area Puffins visits. It takes until early July until the sea ice breaks up and the fjords become accessible for small sailing yachts. July and early August bring warm and stable weather to this region– sunshine hours are even comparable to the Mediterranean region, and it hardly ever rains. A real arctic desert! What is more, we are accompanied by the golden glow of the midnight sun, so you can enjoy the scenery even longer. On these trips, you will need your alarm clock to go to sleep rather than to wake up.

Log

Day 1: flight from Copenhagen to Qaarsut or Ilulissat; midnight sun zodiac cruise
Day 2- 9 or 2-10: 8 or 9 days of expedition cruise in Ilulissat & Uummanaaq Fjords
Day 10 or 11: flight from Qaarsut or Ilulissat to Copenhagen

Detailed day-to-day planning

Available on request (differs per travel dates)

Price

on request

Number of participants

Minimum 6 / maximum 8

TESTIMONIALFROM THE GUESTBOOK

“The most spectacular trip I’ve ever made, for so many reasons. Packrafting between icebergs and whales. Crazy! This was the first overnight bivouac for me and I enjoyed the polar bear watch. But if I have to mention just one reason to travel with Puffins, then it sure is the excellent guidance and the fantastic crew. It is incredible I could experience this together with my dad.”
– (Jonas, political spokesperson, 34, Belgian)

“Mind blowing experience. By far, the best trip I have made so far. Incredible mix of wild nature, active adventure and peaceful boat trip in an inspiring setting. One long list of highlights: zodiac cruise between icebergs, packrafting between icebergs and whales… But also the surrounding of Uummanaaq was magical. And all of this thanks to a supermotivated and talented team who knows what they are doing. TOP!”
–  (Pieter, pilot, 32 Belgian)

TESTIMONIALFROM THE GUESTBOOK

“The most spectacular trip I’ve ever made, for so many reasons. Packrafting between icebergs and whales. Crazy! This was the first overnight bivouac for me and I enjoyed the polar bear watch. But if I have to mention just one reason to travel with Puffins, then it sure is the excellent guidance and the fantastic crew. It is incredible I could experience this together with my dad.”
– (Jonas, political spokesperson, 34, Belgian)

“Mind blowing experience. By far, the best trip I have made so far. Incredible mix of wild nature, active adventure and peaceful boat trip in an inspiring setting. One long list of highlights: zodiac cruise between icebergs, packrafting between icebergs and whales… But also the surrounding of Uummanaaq was magical. And all of this thanks to a supermotivated and talented team who knows what they are doing. TOP!”
–  (Pieter, pilot, 32 Belgian)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Climate

In July, daytime temperatures vary between 6-10°C along the coast and 8-14°C in the fjords. The dry and sunny climate renders excellent walking conditions. In summer, the fjords near Uummanaaq are as dry and sunny as the Mediterranean!

Personal equipment

A detailed luggage checklist will be provided to the participating pioneers; no special items are required. For outdoor clothes, our customers enjoy significant reductions at the Mounteqshop (also an online store).

Meals

All meals on board are provided by Puffins, including breakfast, snacks, lunch and a varied three-course dinner with local produce and imported vegetables, including wine. Extra alcoholic beverages on sale in the bar.

More info

Visit our FAQ page or contact us. All participating pioneers receive detailed travel information before departure.

Price includes:

  • VAT & file costs
  • detailed travel information
  • international flights Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
  • all domestic flights in Greenland
  • accommodation in double cabins with private ensuite bathroom
  • all meals from arrival on board until departure
  • all activities mentioned in the day-to-day travel scheme
  • local permits
  • use of high quality gear (packraft etc.)
  • professional service of the bilingual guide (EN/NL)
  • professional service of the sailing crew

Not included:

  • flights to/from Copenhagen
  • optional extended stay in Copenhagen (ask Puffins for advice)
  • any required travel documents (please check your foreign affairs public service)
  • travel insurance (click here for the optional travel insurance provided by Puffins)
  • excess luggage charges (Air Greenland allows up to 20kg of checked-in luggage)
  • alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge, to be paid cash upon departure)

Price includes:

  • VAT & file costs
  • detailed travel information
  • international flights Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
  • all domestic flights in Greenland
  • accommodation in luxury rooms with private ensuite bathroom
  • all meals from arrival on board until departure
  • all activities mentioned in the day-to-day travel scheme
  • local permits
  • use of high quality gear (packraft etc.)
  • professional service of the bilingual guide (EN/NL)
  • professional service of the sailing crew

Not included:

  • flights to/from Copenhagen
  • optional extended stay in Copenhagen (ask Puffins for advice)
  • any required travel documents (please check your foreign affairs public service)
  • travel insurance (click here for the optional travel insurance provided by Puffins)
  • excess luggage charges (Air Greenland allows up to 20kg of checked-in luggage)
  • alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge, to be paid cash upon departure)
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THE BIRD ITHE WORD

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