Hiking & Sailing

Boat trip to Upernavik Ice fiord
 
From Upernavik we go east through the spectacular archipelago. Passing a few smaller islands where the Eider duck is breeding we finally get to the ice fiord, where the amount of ice differs from time to time. In the ice fiord we approach the glacier and on the way fishing vessels can be seen. They are catching halibut at approx. 6.000 feet. In front of the glacier we will have our lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery. On the way back we will pay a short visit at Aappilattoq where you have the opportunity to see a north Greenlandic settlement. Afterwards we will proceed towards Upernavik.
 
Period: July – September
Duration: 5-6 hours

 

 
 
Boat trip to Kangersuatsiaq and Upernavik Kujalleq
 
Kangersuatsiaq has for several years been elected as the best settlement of Greenland. It is nice and clean and the school, the shop and administration are all well functioning. The hunters and fishermen from these southerly settlements have always been among the most productive in Greenland.
 
We leave Upernavik in the morning. Heading south we will pass several bird cliffs in a distance. Depending on the time of the summer there should be good possibilities of watching seals and in august there should be looked out for Minke whales and Fin whales. After a visit to Kangersuatsiaq we proceed towards the mainland. Following the mainland on our way to Upernavik Kujalleq you should look out for musk ox as well as reindeer. Going south the geology and terrain changes from gneiss and granite to basalt formations. In Upernavik Kujalleq we will have a look at this beautifully situated settlement and afterwards the boat will take us back to Upernavik.
 
Period: June – September
Duration: 10 – 12 hours

 
 
A visit to Tussaaq by boat
 
True it is – there is only one single man living in this settlement. His name is Peter, he was born here and he refuses to leave. The settlement was never closed even thou that might have been the intention when the shop was closed down in the beginning of the nineties.
 
On our way to Tussaaq we will pass the Kingittorsuaq mountain where the famous runic stone from the Norsemen were found back in 1824. In Tussaaq we will have a look at this semi abandoned settlement, where the houses still stand. On our way back we will pass the island of Inussuk where a major archaeological excavation was done in 1929.
 
Period: June – September
Duration: 3-4 hours

 
 
Archaeological excursion
 
In 2004 a team of Archaeologists started a thorough investigation of the prehistory of Upernavik. On this excursion we will follow in the wake of these archaeologists and learn about their discoveries. The ruin groups will give you an impression of the chronological development of the Thule culture. At one certain spot you will have the possibility of being an archaeologist yourself: The ruins of the palaeo Eskimos (Stone Age) are very difficult to find in this area but on the beach evidence of their activities are to be found.
 
Finally we will visit Langø where the ruins of a huge settlement with up to 100 people are to be found.
 
It should be emphasized that it is not allowed to dig or excavate in any ruins on this tour. Any items that might be found should be presented to Upernavik Museum.
 
Period: June – September
Duration: 6 hours

 
 
Dog sledge ride in the vicinity of Upernavik
 
Whenever the ice situation aloud it the local organisation of Hunters and Upernavik Tourist Information arranges dog sledge excursions. In a few hours you will have the opportunity to feel the real life of a north Greenlandic Hunter. This form of transportation has been essential to survival of Inuit people through nearly 1.000 years. Nowadays still used by many Hunters as the safest way of getting around in winter time.
 
Period: February – April
Duration: 2-3 hours

 
 
Dog sledge ride to Aappilattoq
 
At very good ice conditions dog sledge rides to the nearest settlement, Aappilattoq, will be arranged. Aappilattoq with the fish factory is now the centre of halibut fishing in the Upernavik Ice Fiord. In Aappilattoq a visit will be made to a local family who will serve a warm meal, coffee and tee. Afterwards you will return to Upernavik.
 
Period: February – April
Duration: 8-9 hours

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hunting trips from the northern Settlements
 
Join the local Hunters on their exciting hunting trips after seals, bears, belugas and narwhales. Depending on the season a variety of extreme hunting trips can be offered.
 
Polar bear hunting is not allowed for tourists, but you will have the opportunity to get as close to the real polar bear as possible. The hunter is doing the job he and his forefathers has done for thousands of years. The only difference is probably the rifle and the heating system for the tent – and thanks for that. In the old days the spear would be used to kill the animal, but now the rifle is much more efficient, making the hunt a proper matter.
 
This is certainly an extreme trip including dog sledging, extreme temperatures and over night stay in tent.
 
Period: February – April
Duration: 1-2 weeks
 
Seal hunting in May is also performed with the dog sledge as the only mean of transportation. Hidden behind a white screen the hunter is sneaking up behind the half sleeping seal. The obedience of the dogs combined with the skills of the hunter is essential to the success of the hunt. With a hunting license it is possible to go hunting yourself - but make sure, that you strictly follow the instructions from the hunter.
 
Period: May – June
Duration: 3 – 7 days
 
Hunting from the ice edge is also an extreme experience under the midnight sun. Walruses, belugas, narwhals and seals are hunted from the ice edge or larger cracks. The best period is May and June. Join a group of Hunters on their hunting trip to the ice edge and experience their free but tuff way of life. From the ice edge seals are shot and with some luck a flock of narwhals or a single walrus will pass on the way north. Here at the ice edge the traditional kayak is still used as an important part of the hunting culture. There are now quotas for as well belugas as narwhals, which means that certain hunters are allowed to shoot a single whale.
 
This is a fine way of experiencing the real life of the hunters – dog sledge, kayaks and the cooking pot filled with fresh seal meat.
 
Period: June
Duration: 1 week

 



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