Imagine glamping in raw wilderness so remote and tucked into the end of an enormous fjord with Greenland’s best chef creating exclusive meals by revolutionising Greenlandic cooking using only local produce.
Accessible only by water via a 2 hour boat journey or via helicopter, this remote location allows for true solitude. Named “Kiattua or Kiagtua” by the Inuit, this translates to ‘warm place’.’ You feel welcome from the moment you see the glow of the camp in the distance. Witness icebergs floating past your camp and fall asleep under a blanket of stars to the sounds of capsizing icebergs which rumble like thunder.
Search for humpback whales fluking their tales in the mirror like waters as you cruise through fjords. Hike to remote waterfalls through some of the countries most spectacular landscapes. You are a world away from everything.
Welcome to Greenland! Upon arrival at the airport in the capital Nuuk, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel, through the small Arctic capital of Greenland.
Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences. Home to gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques, and the Northern Lights, Nuuk is the centre of modern Greenland. However, a stroll along the picturesque Old Harbour shows that history and traditions remain strong in this growing city.
At your hotel, you will be provided with an introduction to Greenland and a briefing for your upcoming tour including information about weather and other special conditions. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. (D)
4 nights at Hotel Hans Egede or similar
Today you will explore the most important sights of the city – the National Museum, the old colonial harbour and surrounding buildings. During this scenic tour, you also visit a private home to see how life is in 2018 in this Arctic capital. Lunch today is at Inuk Cafe which offers a scenic view over the fjord. After lunch, hike to the mountains in the hinterland for a breathtaking view over the city. This is a easy to moderate hike with a total length of 6km. Dinner this evening is all about embracing nature. Enjoy a barbeque in a valley with views towards the sea, mountains and waterfalls. (B,L,D)
Today it is time to hit the water! On this kayaking adventure, you will first cross the fjord on a boat and then continue in safe double kayaks, paddling through the calm narrow waters through the spectacular archipelago before reaching an abandoned settlement on the Island of Hope. This was the location of the initial settlement of the 18th century colonisation of Greenland. Weather torn buildings and churches are still here showing signs of this harsh environment. While on the island, your guide introduces you to local wildlife, plants and nature of this unique landscape. Refuel with lunch on land before continuing your journey in your kayak as you continue through nature at its best and breath in the incredibly fresh air with the only sound, the dipping of your paddles. Paddling will be up to 4 hours, but you will be followed by a boat as a support vessel should you wish to take a break. Cruise back to city life by boat and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening where your food will be made from fresh local ingredients. (B,L,D)
Today you cruise through a fjord with towering mountains which are amongst the oldest in the world. Continue on foot through a scenic remote valley where you will feel like the only people in the world. Enjoy lunch along the way in an amazing setting between mountains, water and wildlife. Your hike will end at a small isolated restaurant – the only one in the entire fjord. This is well known by locals as a ‘city getaway’. Here, you will see how a restaurant operates in such an isolated place. The chef will tell you about the local ingredients and his life in this isolated place before you then enjoy dinner at his remote restaurant. The hike today is 16km in a long valley and is rated as moderate. Hiking time is approx 7hrs including breaks. Return by boat passing through waterfalls and scenic mountains to Nuuk. (B,L,D)
Today you will cruise approx 80km deep into the world’s second largest fjord system, the Nuuk fjord. Along the way, you will scout for humpback whales that often traverse these waters. Once you reach your camp, enjoy a short hike to a beautiful waterfall behind the camp.
On site there is a dedicated chef – preparing all of your meals fresh using on high quality ingredients. All drinks are included. You can expect three course gourmet meals for your dinners such as:
Starter: Smoked halibut with salad and cucumber or Snow crab bisque with crab meat and garlic oil
Main menu: Grilled catfish with cauliflower, lemon blanquet and citrus herbs or Greenland halibut jaws served with roasted potatoes, pureed celery root from chiffon, and parsley foam.
Dessert: White and dark chocolate mousse with greenlandic rhubarb (B,L,D)
Your camp site has a main tent with kitchen, dining area and a small lounge area. there are up to 6 sleeping tents and 6 toilet tents. There is an outdoor hot tub for up to 5-7 people. The fibreglass lined hot tub has an internal wood heater and is located 50m from the main tent. There are also 2 sauna tents.
The campsite is approx 80km from the capital of Nuuk tucked away at the end
of the enormous fiord – Nuup Kangerlua. Since you are in the true wilderness, it is not possible to drive to the camp, you can only access the camp via a 2hr
boat ride or by a 20 minute helicopter trip.
The remote location allows our guest solitude, and only few boats by the camp. The two rivers are not connected to any lakes and only melted glacier water runs into them – this means there are no Arctic char or any other fish. And with no fish in the river, the locals luckily do not have any interest of the place leaving you to enjoy the raw nature in peace and quiet.
The campsite is only 20 km away from the Greenlandic ice sheet, making it
easy to go on day trip to the icefiord. Most of the summer, you can enjoy icebergs
floating by just outside the camp and the sound of icebergs capsizing are a
familiar sound which almost sounds like thunder.
Most areas in Greenland are named after the characteristics of the specific place. The inuits decided to call this place “Kiattua or Kiagtua” which is word for “the warm place” – we take this as a sign for the perfect spot.
Due to the good caribou hunting conditions and the easy access to the ocean,
the bay has been inhabited for hundreds of years. Both by the Thule Eskimos
and the Vikings also called the Norse settlers. Within 50m from the camp, you can find remains of both Inuit and Viking ruins.
The vikings lived in Greenland for 450–500 years from 985 to 1450–1500.
All tents have either a wood stove or a petroleum stove – all beds have an electrical heating blanket that can be adjusted to three different temperatures.
Each beds have two duvets, and extra blankets can be provided.
We believe that the meals are a big part of your total experience, and we work with the best chefs in the country and only to use ingredients of the highest quality. Our main chef Rune Collin, who has been voted Greenland’s best chef for many years, has revolutionised Greenlandic cooking.
The area around the camp are rich on various fish, mussels, arctic mushrooms, various herbs like angelica, arctic thyme, labrador tea and various berries link crowberry, blue berry, juniper berry. All items are used in daily cooking.
The small arctic farm in Neriunaq (20min boat ride away from the camp) provides the camp with potatoes and lamb.
4 nights Glamping
In the morning, enjoy breakfast which may consist of various kinds of fresh bread, jam, different kinds of cheese, smoked fish, sausage, fresh fruit, yoghurt, different kind of cereal products, boiled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, coffee, tee and juice.
Take a boat trip to the Kapisillit area, which is famous for being the Greenlandic Salmon breeding ground. You will hike in to the fishing area where you can fish with your bare hands and using traditional rods, then enjoy lunch next to the river. From here, you will walk to the settlement of Kapisillit and explore the area, meeting some of the 50 inhabitants. Visit a simple private home in this isolated settlement and enjoy coffee with the locals. You will also see the local church, the small shop and various other facilities which have been created to make this isolated way of life possible. This rich experience will provide you with a glimpse of the local settlement life. Sail back to camp where the chef has prepared a delicious dinner. (B,L,D)
Today you will take a cruise deep into the Nuuk fjord, stopping on the way at
the ice fjord. Here you’ll get the thrilling experience of swimming in the arctic
waters and standing on the ice, dressed in our survival suits. From there, your boat will sail to the most productive glacier and get nice and close to all of the peaks, waterfalls, and bays. Enjoy lunch on shore. Sailing back in the afternoon, you will arrive to camp where warm dinner and a hot tub await after a long day out in the open. (B,L,D)
Cruising further into the fjord, you’ll go on a hike that will take you directly to the shore of the Ice Fjord. Experience the stunning sight when the ice suddenly appears. In front of the Ice Fjord, lunch will be enjoyed with perfect scenic photo opportunities. On the way back, you will visit an old abandoned Christian colony on a small island. Here few buildings remain as well as a restored church. Your last evening will be spent in the camp with story telling. This will be the last
opportunity to enjoy the scenic view from the hot tub or using the sauna before
dipping your toes into the cold stream or arctic sea. Enjoy your last gourmet dinner prepared by our chef. (B,L,D)
Today you will leave the camp via boat and head for civilisation. Once back in Nuuk, you will have time for some last minute shopping before heading to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.