Greenland Icecap Crossing
“The expedition's difficulty was exactly at my level and I found my hidden reserves with the guide's help. The guides were like mother and father to me and are beyond any criticism. It was a great adventure and a lot of hard work. I will remember most the huge energy reserves and mental resources of our guides.”
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Greenland Icecap Crossing
Thousands of people visit Greenland every year to witness its remarkable beauty and experience the warm and resilient culture. Very few of these visitors ever make it beyond the coastal villages of the island, leaving the vast interior, home to Earth's second largest icecap, virtually untouched. And fewer still travel in traditional style, on ski with dogsleds for support (one of our two expedition options). The "inland ice" stretches for 550 km from west to east and it has many moods, from brilliantly calm and sunny to ferocious, with winds that can batter relentlessly. Whether you go by ski/pulk or by ski with dogsled support, this expedition will challenge and reward you to the max.
Dates & Rates
Tentatively Aug. 15-Sept. 15 (Ski & Pulk)
May 04 – May 29 (Dogsled supported)
May 04-June 04 (Ski & Pulk)
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$27,500 USD (Dogsled supported)
Contact us for ski/pulk details.
Participants receive a discount on our 5-day Polar Shakedown Training. Click here for more details.
Includes all group equipment, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear, dinners and breakfasts while on the ice.
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq (or Tasiilaq). Transfer to hotel. Evening welcome reception provides time to meet other team members and review itinerary.
A day in Kangerlussuaq (or Tasiilaq) to review expedition procedures and equipment, and to take care of last minute details.
The ski/pulk team will depart for the edge of the icecap, a location known as "Point 660"(if skiing W-E) or the small town of Isortoq, and then to the edge of the icecap (if heading E-W). The dogsled supported ski team will fly to a pre-determined "dog camp" on the icecap where they will meet up with the mushers and dogs.
The ski/pulk team will continue their ascent through the icefall. The dogsled supported ski team will begin their traverse of the icecap, heading towards Dye-2.
This expedition is for people who are in good shape, and who are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. You need the mental toughness wake every morning ready for a challenge, day after day, without a break. Though the skiing is quite demanding, it does not require significant skill. You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to pull a heavy sled (on our ski/pulk expedition) for several hours at a time, with only short pauses. Most importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature and energy so that you do not get too cold, or too hot, or "hit the wall" with fatigue. Towards the end of the day it is critical that you have the energy reserves to set up camp and help out with the basic necessities of camp life including making water, cooking, etc.
This expedition will encounter extreme conditions including high winds, limited visibility, snow, possibly rain, and cold temperatures. Living in such cold conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging. This expedition demands that you stay well-fed and hydrated. You need to be proactive about keeping yourself healthy and free of injury. An evacuation from this expedition is very costly and logistically difficult.
You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.
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Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants. Please contact us for more information about your personal gear and group gear for this expedition.
Several items on our equipment checklist are available from our store.