Your Great Adventure — Greenland Ice Cap Trek
August 10th to 16th. Greenland
This is it, the big wilderness adventure that all your training in 2019 has been building towards. Turn Wild’s Greenland Ice Cap Trek will take a small team of adventurers to the edge of the Northern Ice Cap, on this epic six-day trek through dramatic and rapidly changing Arctic landscapes.
We will hike through the tundra, passing glaciers, moraines, erratics and kettle holes — vast lakes hollowed out by glacial melt. In this utterly wild environment, far from civilisation, your training will pay off as your pack feels light and you can fully immerse yourself in the environment. Greenland’s summertime fauna paints the whole landscape with swathes of rich colour, and you will be able to spot among it herds of reindeer, silky Arctic foxes and fearsome musk oxen weighing almost half a tonne.
As night draws in your wild camping skills take over, and we will set up camp to eat beneath the clearest night skies you have ever seen. You will fall asleep listening to the awesome power of the ice cap as it splits and cracks, launching chunks of ice the size of houses onto the tundra below. This alone is an experience like no other, and one that future generations may not have the privilege of enjoying.
How to book
Total cost is £1285. A deposit of 20 per cent (£257) is required to secure your place. Full payment is required 50 days before the August 11th (i.e. on June 17th). Cancellations made more than 50 days before the start of the expedition will result in the loss of the trip deposit. For cancellations made within 50-30 days of the trip commencement date Turn Wild reserves the right to retain 50 per cent of the balance payment. For cancellations within 30 days of the departure date, Turn Wild will retain 100 per cent of the full fee. Turn Wild reserves the right to cancel the trip if 3 persons are not booked in 50 days before scheduled departure of the trek. All paid monies will then be returned. If you book the Greenland Trek as part a larger package the required deposit will be 20 per cent of the total package cost.
Contact Ian on 07901 916 169 or Ian@turnwild.com
Find more about Turn Wild’s terms and conditions here.
Getting there and getting home
Trekkers will be expected to book their flight to and from Kangerlussuaq Airport, Greenland. The best way to get there is via Copenhagen. Generally, due to flight times, you will have to spend the night in Copenhagen and get the Air Greenland flight to Kangerlussuaq the following day. The expedition starts at 11am on August 11th, however, if you arrive in Greenland a day before the trek Turn Wild can book your overnight accomodation at the Old Camp hotel and even organise a preliminary day of trekking. You can also arrive on the day of the trek providing you land ahead of the meeting time. The meeting point is in the airport terminal next to the check-in desk by the stuffed musk ox. (The airport is small so this is an easy point to find.) We will then hike from the airport. We will return to Kangerlussuaq on the 16th and stay overnight at the Old Camp hotel (breakfast and bedding is included). In previous years members of the team have met up in the evening for a well-earned social. Your flight out of Kangerlussuaq Airport should be booked for the following day (August 17th).
What to bring
Rucksack (at least 75 litres)
Water bottle or reservoir (at least two litres)
High energy snacks (expedition food for six days of trekking will be provided, as will a portable stove)
Sensible hiking clothes
At least one non-cotton base layer, a breathable mid layer and a light warm layer
Hiking shorts and trousers
Spare socks and underwear
Hiking boots — which have been worn on at least one relatively long trek
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Sun cream, sun hat and sunglasses
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Small hotel soap
Personal medications (if required)
Light head torch
Sleeping bag (rated at least minus 5 degrees)
Passport and relevant travel documents, plus photocopies of all (a visa is not currently required for British travellers visiting Greenland)
Comprehensive insurance covering remote evacuation and repatriation to the UK, travel insurance, trip cancellation and medical insurance. In case of an emergency it is important that your insurance allows you to evacuate prior to notifying them in areas with no coverage. BMC is at least one insurer who offers this service.
Cash (Danish krone) and a credit or debit card (for airport meals and hotel fees)
Mobile phone and charger (check your mobile data plan before travelling — your guide will carry emergency communication equipment including a satellite phone and GPS locator beacon)
Additional luggage can be left at lockers within the airport
Day One — Hike from Kangerlussuaq Airport
After a quick final equipment check, we leave civilisation behind us and begin the trek towards Camp 1 (the infamous T-33 plane crash site).
Distance: 8km | Height gain: 500m | Total hiking time: 4 hours (not including stops)
Day Two — Towards the ice cap
Trek to Camp 2 situated next to a lake offering spectacular views of the ice cap.
Distance: 16km | Total height gain: 250m | Total hiking time: 8 hours (not including stops)
Day Three — Ice cap approach
A shorter day trekking to Camp 3 where your guide will provide a wilderness stretch class to ease any sore muscles.
Distance: 10km | Height gain: 250m | Total hiking time: 4 hours (not including stops)
Day Four — Ice cap day
Arrive at this incredible wonder of the Arctic world and set up camp at its edge. There will be lots of stops on this day for amazing photo opportunities.
Distance: 15km | Height gained: 500m | Total trekking time: 6 hours (not including stops)
Day Five — Leaving the glacier
Start the long trek back to Kangerlussuaq via a different route, taking in some of the Arctic Circle Trail route. A long day to reach Camp 5 but easier underfoot.
Distance: 23km | Descent: 175m | Total trekking time: 8 hours (not including stops)
Day Six — Return to Kangerlussuaq
The long journey home where we will spot reindeer, Arctic hares and musk ox along the way.
Distance: 24km | Descent: 270m | Total trekking time: 8 hours (not including stops)
What is included?
The professional guiding services of Ian McClelland, a professional international mountain leader
Group equipment, including stoves, cooking fuel, tents, water purification equipment and a medical kit
Emergency communication: a satellite phone and GPS locator beacon
A kit check in London on the 6th of August covering personal equipment check, advice on what snacks and meals to pack, shopping assistance for kit required, a camp craft lesson and a physical assessment
A night in a hostel after the trek has finished
All your major meals supplied by wilderness gourmet provider Firepot
What is not included?
All snacks on the trek, although a food planner will be made with you on the training days (training days are booked seperately) or the equipment check day
All personal equipment, including sleeping bags, rucksacks, boots, eating utensils and clothing
Expenses incurred in the unlikely event of an evacuation
Expenses incurred after the expedition has finished in Kangerlussuaq
Expenses incurred in getting to Kangerlussuaq airport for 11am on the 14 August
Cost of using a locker at the airport for storing valuables not needed on the trek
Comprehensive insurance covering remote evacuation and repatriation to the UK, travel insurance, trip cancellation and medical insurance
Personal use of satellite communication equipment