Greenland is the least populated, wildest country in the world. Most of it is covered by a huge ice cap and the population of 56,000 clings to the green fringe along the coast. It is spectacularly beautiful: soaring mountains tower over fjords choked with blue-tinged icebergs, sheep graze in deep green meadows, and Viking ruins remind us of the population that survived here for 400 years, and Inuit farms and tiny towns are testaments to the people who have carved out a living here for over 4500 years. We'll spend time camped across from a huge glacier, listening to its creaks and groans and exploring a small part on crampons. We'll hike to the top of a mountain from where we can look across to Inlandis, the ice cap. We'll kayak in a bay off of Sermilik Fjord among icebergs that come off the huge Egaloruutsit glacier. We'll learn about Viking and Inuit history and shelter. This trip offers a rare combination of experiencing Greenland's wilderness and still having shelter if the weather turns. Maximum group size: 11
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This trip is suitable for women with prior outdoor experience, endurance, enjoyment of very rustic conditions, the ability to stay active for 3 to 5 hours a day, and a very flexible approach to travel. A rating of 3 requires aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 4 times a week. Rating: 1 2  4 5.
Our primary activities on this trip are hiking, kayaking, and simply experiencing the raw power of Greenland's wildness and beauty. Some hiking is on dirt roads that are shared with all terrain vehicles, and some is off trail. The kayaking is leisurely and not a good choice for someone whose interest is in kayak expeditions.
In Reykjavik we'll stay in a 3-star hotel, double occupancy, with ensuite bathrooms. A limited number of single supplements are available for this portion of the trip. In Greenland our accommodations are very basic. We'll spend the first three nights at Qaleraliq Glacier Camp with large geodesic domes - there are 4 people in two bunkbeds in each dome and there is also a larger one for cooking and meals. We'll sleep in roomy domed tents for the kayak portion; and in between we'll stay in hostels where we'll stay in rooms for 2 to 8 women, all of which share one bathroom with several shower stalls, basins, and toilet stalls.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Loved it all
The beauty of Greenland. The sense of adventure we all shared.
whales, seals, people
Women in our group. Amazing country. Able to do all I loved: hiking daily, kayaking, seeing new things, meeting new people in our group.
The trip was stellar. Being in Greenland was special just in itself. Being outside in various settings doing different things with great people made the trip feel full, in a good way. The great guides gave us access to experiences not accessible on our own—walking on a glacier, kayaking among icebergs, zipping around in RIB boats, hiking on dunes, dipping in a glacial lake. The variety of experiences and the emphasis on outdoor activity were what I had hoped for.
Greenland was a bucket list item. And I’m so thankful I was able to make the trip. What an awesome place to explore!
The scenery ~ culture ~ personal physical endurance were the highlights for me!
I've been waiting to take this trip for 2.5 years and it did not disappoint! I wanted to see and experience Greenland before it melts, and we got a full Greenland experience from sunny days to freezing rain and cold. The people on the trip all had good attitudes and the dynamic was good. Greenland guides were excellent, and Lainie was a great advocate for us (e.g., finding alternatives to camping, requesting fewer stops). The scenery and hikes were great, and the kayaking, while cold, was fun.
Guides were fabulous, the scenery was beyond amazing. Icebergs, wild flowers, complete remoteness, boat rides...
The trip was wonderful. I really had no expectation as Greenland is a unique adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, the guides and the company on the trip. Par for all AGC trips.
1. The location 2. The guides - both Eva and Anne Brewer were outstanding 3. Glacier camping 4. Combination of hiking, kayaking, and culture
So, I didn't know what to expect and unlike other trips just went not knowing what I would find. I was so taken by the stark, rugged beauty and unbelievable remoteness. Glacier camp, kayaking next to mammoth icebergs, listening to the ice rumble at night and incredible guides were all highlights.
Everything!!! . . . The land, the people, the guides, the history - truly an incredible experience
Hike to glacier and the kayaking among waterfalla
As a last minute participant on this trip, I had very little expectation. I was extremely amazed by the beauty of Greenland. Although for me the physical activity was rather mild the cultural information and the shear awe of the landscape far exceeded any possible expectation. I also truly enjoyed the dynamics of an all women’s group.
The guides made this trip....the enthusiasm and professionalism of Eva combined with the gentle knowledge and pride of our Greenalandic guide Berta were invaluable to the great experience
Loved the glacier walk. I thought it would be scary, but once you get used to the crampons, it was delightful (sunny day helped). Also really enjoyed the slow RIB ride out to see icebergs, where we were able to take some close up photos of the beautiful icebergs. It was great to be the first group of the season to travel to Greenland, because we had Glacier Camp and the hostels to ourselves,
Would have liked more hiking.
Greenland scenery, interesting experiences, fantastic local guide - Eva
Loved the kayaking and glacier walks. Really liked the hikes, I wish there had been more/ longer!
Camping in such a remote area; seeing glaciers and icebergs daily and up close; clean, clean air and drinking water from the streams; good times with a bunch of great women
The remoteness and quietness. As we discussed on the trip---there are no "words" to describe the beauty of this place and the feeling it brings to you.
The glacier walk; Eva the guide; the organization; the variety of places/geography/sleeping arrangements; the amount of territory we covered in the week; Anne was great and a terrific representative of the company; good mix of people -- the group really provided "good company"
It was a great group of travelers - really fun and ready to have a good trip. Both the hiking and the kayaking were fabulous. There were a few snafus along the way but Anne and Francesco managed everything really well.
Hiking and kayaking were amazing, the first day of kayaking was a bit austere with the wind and all but so much better the second day. It would have been nice if somehow we could have had the kayak instruction part the day prior (even if it meant missing something) because by the time we hiked to the bay, got all suited up, loaded the kayaks and got the instruction (which was very helpful and important) it was almost 5pm. And it would be nice if they could have some smaller kayaks as being a small (short-legged) woman, it was very difficult to steer the kayak with the food pedals with the wind and all. Luckily I got Anne B the second day who did the steering (and most everything else) and she was terrific!
Location, hiking and kayaking in such a gorgeous place.
Oh my goodness, it is impossible to pick out just a few highlights! I loved every single second of this trip! One of the best experiences in my life! Loved the glacier climbing, the mountain hiking, and the iceberg kayaking. Loved the camaraderie of the group! Also loved the cultural aspects.
Mostly with how packed the schedule was...I thought Greenland would be a dead country, but our partner company, TaserMiut, showed us AGC ladies just how alive a vacation in Greenland could be. Some of my favorite parts were using cramp-ons for the first time when hiking a bonafide glacier, camping out in a remote space in the mountains after kayaking from our hostel (that place was my favorite places of all the ones we visited, it was so beautiful), having the chance to eat traditional Greenlandic food (which was delicious, by the way, even the dried seall), and the overall goodness of everyone we interacted there, including the Spanish partner company and the locals. They were all very jolly people.
The jaw dropping beauty of the country along with the experience of the tasermuit guide and the leadership of the AGC guide made for a great trip. The only negative was the 3 hour boat ride to glacier camp on the first night. It would have been better if we could have waited until the next morning so we could have enjoyed the ride.
Camping at glacier camp, setting up tents on a beach overlooking icebergs with free roaming sheep and horses, kayaking with icebergs, hiking through magical trails with breathtaking views, fabulous guides( both Anne and Francesco), and last but not least a wonderful group of women!
Greenland as a natural space was STUPENDOUS, and the itinerary allowed us to experience different natural delights on every day. Eva, the local guide, was competent, enthusiastic, safety-oriented, and friendly.
Greenland is a gorgeus, unique and untrammeled place. My favorite park was the varied hiking, the incredible views (of icebergs, glaciers etc),the isolation, the access to Viking history, to climate change, to the north. On our last night the other Tasermuit group (out at the same time with a dif guide) joined us at the hostel and this, most of all, made me appreciate experiencing Greenland with AGC (rather than European men who smoke and wander around the hostel in their undies)
Our Greenland guide, Eva, was AMAZING! Her commitment to her profession and knowledge about Greenland were an added value.
Highlights: Greenland, glacier hiking, kayaking among the icebergs, glacier camp, hearing the glaciers thunder in the night, zodiac rides, finding out I like musk ox sliders, figuring out how to kayak on the fly, being someplace without a lot of other tourists; drinking a coke poured over a chunk of iceberg on a zodiac in an iceberg-choked fjord under a brilliant blue sky with a glacier in the background
i liked how remote, wild, and pristine the area was. also liked the unique experience that Greenland offers. Great trip AGC!!