Pulka-skiing the Disko Bay in Geenland
A beautiful roaming trek with pulks, starting from Ilulissat.
Day 1 Flight Paris - Reykjavik or Copenhagen.
Arrival in the afternoon at Keflavik airport and transfer to Reykjavik or Copenhagen depending on the flight schedule. Free evening to visit the capital and have diner at your own convenience.
Accommodation : Guesthouse
Day 2 Flight for Ilulissat
Taxi transfer to the airport and flight for Ilulissat. After a 3 hour flight, here we are at our destination on the western coast of Greenland.
Our guide will welcome us and we'll settle in the guesthouse for the night.
Accommodation : Guesthouse
Day 3 Departure of the raid in the UNESCO zone along the Icefjord
Today is the start of our raid. Pulks are loaded, we put on our snowshoes or skis, and harness, take our poles... The crossing of the city, between sled dogs, snowmobiles, and 4x4, is sometimes epic, often accompanied by laughing kids ! Soon we'll be alone and we make our way with our pulks between granit hills carved with time and ice. We settle our camp in this decor, on the North side of the Kangia fjord. It is saturated with ice as the Sermeq Kujaleq glacier, biggest icebergs debtor of the northern hemisphere, leads up to.
Positive difference in altitude : around 380m | Negative difference in altitude : around 80m | Accommodation : Tent
Days 4 to 5 Ice pack on the Sikuiuitsoq fjord and ice front of the Avannarleq glacier
After discovering the numerous lakes of Navdluarssûpp Tsia, we join the Sikuiuitsoq fjord on the sled dog track. The ice pack covers totally this fjord, trapping the icebergs transported by the polar cap. Between icebergs trapped in the ice pack and polar cap, we evolve in a polar ambiance and settle our camp near the ice pack and the polar cap.
Distance : around 35km in 2 days.
Positive difference in altitude : Day 4 : around 120m | Negative difference in altitude : Day 4 : around 420m | Accommodation : Tent
Day 6 Immersion day in the Greenlandic Inlandsis, biggest ice surface of the Northern Hemisphere
Today, we leave our pulkas at the camp to explore one of the most mysterious and inhospitable place of the planet. Indeed, if the ice allows us, we will walk during a few hours on the ice cap overcoming Greenland, as numerous explorers, of which the famous Paul-Emile Victor before crossing to join the East coast, 600km further. We walk along the serac zone to arrive on the cap by the flat area. The cold is getting intense as we are progressing in this iced immensity.
Distance : 13km
Positive difference in altitude : around 340m | Negative difference in altitude : around 340m | Accommodation : Tent
Days 7 to 8 Crossing of the Iviangernarssuit massif and the Inuit village of Oqaatsut
We return to the West towards the Disko bay through the mountain massif of Iviangernarssuit in direction of the inuit fisherman village of Oqaatsut. Around 50 fishermen are still living there in the traditional ways and in colorful wooden houses on the sheltered bay.
Distance: 28km in 2 days
Positive difference in altitude : Day 8 = around 400m | Negative difference in altitude : Day 9 = around 400m | Accommodation : Tent
Day 9 Immersion and exploration in the Greenlandic fishermen village of Oqaatsut
Spare day which will allow us to immerse ourselves in teh traditional inuit culture as we will spend the day around the village. This is the opportunity to observe the Inuit people going hunting by sleigh, putting the fishing net and condition the caught fishes... We hike for a few hours in the surroundings, in direction of the Disko bay and its icebergs.
Distance : 4km
Little difference in altitude as we are evolving on the ice pack.
Accommodation : Tent
Day 10 Ice pack and icebergs in the Disko bay
We load one last time our pulkas and walk along the Disko bay coast towards the South in direction of Ilulissat. For a few years, this bay is particularly ice free in winter and it is thus in the fishermen boats sight that we pursue our adventure.
Positive difference in altitude : 180m | Negative difference in altitude : 160m | Accommodation : Camp
Day 11 Arrival to Ilulissat
Last kilometers before getting back to civilisation and the colorful village of Ilulissat. We settle in a guesthouse to spend the night.
Distance: 8 km
Positive difference in altitude : 150m | Negative difference in altitude : 140m | Accommodation : Guesthouse
Day 12 Hiking along the Icefjord, classified by UNESCO
Today is an exceptional day to end as it should this discovery of Greenland ! We put on one last time our snowshoes for a hike to the famous iced fjord. Walking in the valley of Sermermiut, we progressively discover this fantastic fjord listed as Unesco's World Heritage. Gigantic ice cathedrals are stuck in the fjord, frozen by the ice pack and offering a breath taking panorama.
Return to our accommodation and last night in the Greenlandic environment
Day 13 Ilulissat - Reykjavik or Copenhagen
We pack up the material before having some free time in Ilulissat, before hoping on a transfer in the afternoon to Reykjavik or Copenhagen, depending on the flight schedule. Transfer from the accommodation and free evening.
Accommodation : Guesthouse or hostel
Day 14 Retour en France
Retour en France
Dates & prices
No departure for now
Trip code: 66EGROSKD
- Flight Paris/Ilulissat via Keykjavik or Copenhagen
- Flight taxes
- Accommodation : 2 nights in a lodge in Reykjavik or Copenhagen and 2 nights in a lodge in Greenland (dormitories from 4 to 8 beds)
- The infrastructure during the expedition : food, pulks, tents, collective equipment, stoves...
- Specific equipment : great cold jackets and duvets, skis, skins, poles, great cold shoes, snowshoes
- Full board, except for meals in Reykjavik or Copenhagen
- A high mountain guide's supervision
- Registrations fees : 18 euros
- Insurance / assistance : research fees and helicopter rescue, hospitalisation and repatriation mandatory
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc...) at your own convenience
- Meals in Reykjavik (around 30€ per meal)
- Extra fees in case of flights modification or bad weather
- Carbon compensation for your trip to Greenland : 8€ per person
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Waterproof jacket (with a hood)
- Waterproof trousers/salopettes
- A balaclava (fleece)
- Appropriate warm neck wear
- A warm hat (wool)
- A warm jacket (synthetic down)
- 3 sets of thermal underwear (long johns & long sleeved tops)
- 1 or 2 pairs of thin socks
- 3 or 4 pairs of thick socks
- Two pairs of good gloves
- Sunglasses (UV 400)
- A ski mask
- Sun cream and protective lipsal (not water-based - water freezes)
- Any personal medication
- Mini toiletary kit and toilet roll
- A 1L thermos flask
- Head torch & spare batteries
- A pair of warm comfortable boots for the evenings (in addition to the boots provided)
- An extra jumper/fleece jacket
- Energy bars
- Wet wipes
- Blister plasters
- A suitable camera
- Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
- A small inflatable pillow
- Personal medicine
- Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Local disinfectant
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light sleeping pills
- Broad spectrum antibiotic
- Vitamins C
Health information & recommendations
- Be prepared
- Stick to trails and camp overnight right
- Stash your trash and pick up waste
- Leave it as you find it
- Be careful with fire
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors