Summary

An adventurous tour where you follow a Greenlandic hunter in his camp and experience the various aspects of Arctic living with roots that go back for centuries.

Duration

5 days

Difficulty

Hard

Price

1010 €

Description

Join a Greenlandic hunter in the wilderness and experience the traditional way of inland camping and hunting. Here you have the opportunity to feel and learn more about the ways of living that has supported different Arctic hunting cultures. At this camp a minimum of changes has been made due to the fact that you as a visitor are a part of the camp. In other words, you experience a hunting camp as it will be carried out when the hunter and his family are here. For millennia the inland hunting grounds have been the scene for the early caribou hunt. In former days the hunt was essential for getting the fur of caribou, which by weight is the warmest fur obtainable. As well as the antlers which was used for hunting tools. Meat was dried for conservation and could thereby by a food source lasting for winter.

Your guide will hunt, mainly for caribou*, meat will be dried, skin scraped or tanned and dried for use as sleeping mats or maybe clothing, we collect wood for cooking and simply live the hunting camp life with all its aspects. Therefore there is also no other itinerary than the day and time for start and end of the tour.

As any indigenous people the Greenlanders used any new commodity that would help ease the way of living. So will we off course in this camp. We might also experiment with tanning methods used by the native Americans or others to get the best possible hide out of the caribou skin. 

The camp is situated just South of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nipisat-Aasivissuit, with its long history of Arctic cultures who had their hunting grounds in this area for millennia.

*Your guide will hunt on his Greenlandic hunting license and is off course subjected to the hunting laws of Greenland. For some reason the Greenlandic government is most often very late at determining how the hunting rules are going to be. The hunt has for many years been from August 1st till end of September or end of October. However it is normally not until July the government announce the hunting regulations for the hunt starting August 1st. The caribou population in the area is considered very high and have been so for many years, so the risk of hunt shut down seems quite small. If the hunt for caribou unexpectedly would be banned, then we will turn towards other game where the hunt would still be open. This could be musk ox, snow hare, ptarmigan or geese.

Maximum 3 participants

Minimum age 16

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive at from Kangerlussuaq to the end of the road. Hiking 8 km to camp. There is a canoe at the lake by the camp. One person may join the guide canoe which will be loaded with all the equipment. The others will follow the last 2 km along the shoreline to camp.

Day 2-4: Hunting, scaping/tanning skin, drying meat, collecting firewood, cooking on open fire and all other activities related to a traditional hunting camp. It is northern light season and one night might be dedicated for seeing this amazing spectacle.

Day 5: Packing your belongings and meat obtained. Hike to the road for transport to Kangerlussuaq. The canoe will be used to get the load the first 2 km of the way.

Price

1010 €

Dates

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FAQ

For flights to Kangerlussuaq see Air Greenland website; https://www.airgreenland.com/

Your booking will support the children of Greenland. The Greenlandic children's organization MIO will receive 7 % of the revenue from our tours booked on this website.

Your booking will also support the work of limiting the human caused climate change. A CO2 compensation for the flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen is included through myclimate.org.

When booking your flight, please be aware that it is fine to arrive from Copenhagen, on the early flight that arrives at 9.40 or 11.40 in the forenoon, on the day the tour starts. If arriving from another destination in Greenland please arrive one day ahead, as there are very often delays and cancellations from the other destinations in Greenland.

On tour we will share tent all of us; one guide and maximum 3 participants. The tent is a 10-person Mountain Hardwear Stronghold.

Sled dogs are planned to help carry the load between the road and the camp. On route they will be in a leash. By choice you may also go with one dog. The dogs do not join the hunt. At camp the dogs are in chains.

On the hunt you may follow the guide as far as it seems reasonable not to scare of the caribou. The hunter then might go the last part alone to approach the caribou.

When butchering, drying meat, preparing skin, collecting of wood, cooking and so on you may participate as much as you like. The tour is a learning experience, either by watching or participating.

The meals are tentative, but will mostly be;

Breakfast; muesli with milk from milk powder.

Lunch; bread with toppings.

Dinner; caribou with rice, pasta or polenta.

Included

  • Local transfer.
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to lunch day 5.
  • English and Danish speaking tour guide.
  • Tent.
  • Cooking gear.
  • Plates and cutlery.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping pad.
  • Satellite phone brought by tour guide.

Not included

  • Airplane tickets to and from Kangerlussuaq.
  • Personal clothing.
  • Trekking shoes or boots.
  • Toiletries including tooth paste, soap, lotion, suntan lotion and towel.
  • Mosquito net.
  • Water bottles for total 1 liter.