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GREELAND

Greenland Adventure

Highlights

True Pioneering Journey

Icebergs & Whales

Ilulissat Ice Fjord

Hike & Kayak Excitement

Inuit Culture

Summary

Calling all travel pioneers.. Greenland awaits!  Greenland is the world’s largest island, with 75% of its landmass above the Arctic Circle and 80% encased in ice.  The population is only 60,000 people.  Join Meaningful Trip founder, Joe Staiano, on this special ‘Founders Journey’. Kayak and boat through iceberg-choked bays, hike on a glacier and across vast tundra, search for whales under a midnight sun, and so much more.  7 nights lodging and 1 nights deluxe camping.

At-a-Glance

Days: 9

Date: August 2021

Land Cost: $5,695 (airfare extra)

Single Supplement: $700

Group Size: 4-10

Minimum Age: 15

Level: Moderate

*Special ‘Founders Trip’:
Join Meaningful Trips founder, Joe Staiano, on this unforgettable exploratory journey!

Note: This trip starts from Copenhagen, Denmark!
Passengers need to arrive in Copenhagen a day early and get accommodations at their own expense.

Overview

Day 1: Fly Denmark to Greenland

Day 2: Fly to Ilulissat

Day 3: Kayaking Oqaatsut

Day 4: Whale Safari

Day 5: Qasigiannguit

Day 6: Tundra hike, camping

Day 7: Hike to Ilimanaq

Day 8:  Glacier Adventure

Day 9:  End, Fly to Copenhagen

 

Important Notice:

*Special Founders Exploratory Trip:

Join Meaningful Trips founder, Joe Staiano, on this unforgettable journey!

 

Note:   This trip starts from Copenhagen, Denmark!

This trip starts on Day 1 with a flight from Copenhagen, Denmark to Greenland. This necessitates travelers arriving into Copenhagen the night before or earlier.  Accommodation recommendations will be given to travelers; However, Pre-trip accommodations are not included.  The trip ends on Day 9 with a flight from Greenland to Copenhagen. Depending on return flights home, it may be necessary to overnight again in Copenhagen.

B = Breakfast,  L = Lunch,  D = Dinner


Day 1: Fly from Copenhagen, Denmark to Greenland

Fly from Copenhagen, Denmark to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.  Kangerlussuaq sits at the end of a deep fjord and is Greenland’s major international transportation hub.  Take an exciting walk on the Greenland Ice Sheet!  Basic, hostel-style accommodations for this first night.  Dinner.


Day 2: Fly to Ilulissat.

Short flight to Ilulissat, Greenland. Ilulissat means “the place with icebergs”. Icebergs can be seen everywhere thanks to the nearby Kangia Glacier.. a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hike the Sermermiut Blue Trail along the incredible icefjord, past stunning lakes and soaring mountains. Inuits have lived in this area for more than 4000 years. Learn about the history and culture of the Inuit and how ice shaped their culture and how it continues to impact life today.   

Guest lodge.

(Hike Distance: 6 miles, Duration: 4 hours)


Day 3 - Kayaking in Oqaatsut

Dress in our kayaking best and transfer by boat to the tiny settlement of Oqaatsut, 20 km north of Ilulissat. On the way, you will be awestruck as we pass massive icebergs and enjoy the stunning coastline. The ‘metropolis’ of Oqaatsut is bursting at the seams with a whopping 25 inhabitants!  Spend a couple of glorious hours paddling, exploring icebergs and small caves. If we’re lucky, we may even spot a whale or two.  We use sturdy 2-person kayaks. After kayaking and a clothing change, we will enjoy a traditional Greenlandic lunch.  Back in the 18th century, this area was a trading post for Dutch whalers. Remains of this settlement’s past are still visible today.  After lunch, walk around the settlement marveling at the colorful houses and massive boulders.  At days end, return to Ilulissat by boat.


Day 4 - Whale Safari

Besides living and breathing responsible adventure tourism as a force for good in the world, Meaningful Trips’ founder, Joe Staiano, loves whales!  Today, we’ve planned a 3-hour ‘Whale and Iceberg Safari’. Humpback whales love Greenland’s west coast in the summertime.


Day 5 - Qasigiannguit

Morning boat ride to Qasigiannguit, 1 hour 15 min. Check in at our lodge. Choose between a cultural town walk and meeting and learning about sled dogs, OR, take a 3 hour hike to Qaqqarsuaq (meaning “the big mountain”).


Day 6 - Qasigiannguit - Ilimanaq hike - camping

Wilderness hike and glamping in Greenland… uh, YES PLEASE!  Hike, with just day pack and essentials, through the quaint town of Qasigiannguit and follow the trail towards Eqalunnguit Fjord.  Arrive at the end of the fjord to our camp already set up, our luggage and gear placed in the tents.  Relax with a nice cup of something warm. Anyone want arctic char for dinner? Great, all we have to do is catch it the traditional way… with our hands! 

(Hike Distance: 8 miles, Duration: 6 hours, carrying only a daypack w essentials)


Day 7 - Reaching Ilimanaq

Continue our hike in the backcountry; marvel at the many wildflowers and keep an eye out for musk ox, arctic fox, hare, or eagles. Overnight at Ilimanaq Lodge. Treat yourself to a memorable meal at a most special place, Restaurant Egede. Restaurant Egede is the oldest house in Greenland. Choose between 2 or 3-course dinner of fresh, locally-sourced selections which may include reindeer, muskox or lamb. (Dinner not included)

(Hike Distance: 7 miles, Duration: 5 hours, carrying only a daypack w essentials)


Day 8 – Glacier Adventure Day

A unique 7-hour tour today. Sail south to the sandy beach of Itilliup Ilua Bay. Our ‘chariots’ await - two large ATV’s. Fantastic vistas of the mountains and the vast fields unfold as we traverse the tundra, until reaching the Tasiusaq Fjord. For thousands of years, the fjord was a beloved fishing area, but alas, no longer.  Continue our voyage on the water, between icebergs at the bottom of the fjord. After about an hour’s sailing we arrive at the Sarqardlip Glacier, on the fjord’s western bank. Marvel at this unique world, where land meets ice. Our guide will describe the region’s history and how the ice formed the landscape we see all around us.  The walk takes you now along the edge of the enormous glacier, until you find a place, where it is safe enough to set foot upon the ice sheet and snap a photo of this once-in-a-lifetime-moment.  Shuttle boat back to Ilulissat and transfer to your accommodation.

Important Note: ATV through wilderness will definitely be bouncy and rough. You are advised to not participate in this Glacier Adventure activity if you have any serious difficulties with your back, neck, or other body parts.


Day 9 - Sweet Goodbye to Greenland

Check out from your accommodation. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Iceland

Note on Itinerary:

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Additional Information: 

Please be sure to scroll through website tabs for information on:

  • Pricing
  • What’s Included
  • General Information
  • FAQ
  • How to Reserve

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$5,695 land price

(Per person, double occupancy)
International airfare to Denmark is NOT included.
Flights from Denmark to Greenland are NOT included. (est. $1,700)

Single Supplement: $700

Single Supplement is for those specifically requesting their own room throughout, based on availability. Meaningful Trips will pair same-gender participants as roommates. If a roommate can not be found, you will be requested to pay 50% of the Single Supplement Fee.

 

SAVE Big

Grab your friends. When a family or group of 3 friends joins together, each person saves $200. (Land Price only, Airfare is not included)

Payment Schedule and Cancellation Policy:

Payment

Deposit of $500 due at time of reservation.
Second Payment of $2,000 due 120 days prior to departure
Final Balance due 90 days prior to trip departure.

Cancellation

Any deposits made in 2020 for tours in 2021 can be cancelled for any reason and receive a full refund. As of Jan 01, 2021, if you cancel prior to departure (we need written notice), cancellation fees are:
120 or more days… $0
91 – 119 days… $500
61 to 90 days… $1000
31 to 60 days… 50% of Trip Cost
0 to 30 days….. 100% of Trip Cost

Included:

  • 7 nights in lodges
  • 1 night deluxe camping
  • Airport transfers in Ilulissat
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Boat rides
  • Kayaking and all gear
  • Whale watching
  • Glacier Adventure
  • English-speaking guides

NOT included:

  • International Airfare
  • Greenland flight (Denmark-Greenland rt, approx $1,700)
  • Additional hotel nights in Copenhagen Denmark
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Meals not noted on the itinerary
  • Guide gratuity

Trip Insurance

 

The Government of Denmark requires all travelers to Greenland to have  comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation. See our Link for Travel Insurance

 

Safety

 

Greenland is safe. Crime on foreigners is almost unheard of. Be mindful of uneven terrain while hiking, never kayak near icebergs, and never pet adult sled dogs.

 

Visa and passport

 

Must have a US Passport valid for 6 months beyond the tour end date. Visa is not required for US citizens.

 

Advance Booking Necessary

 

Transport to and accommodations in Greenlandare booked far in advance. Booking your tour 6 – 9 months in advance is highly encouraged.

 

Getting to Greenland

 

This Greenland adventure starts and ends with flights from/to Copenhagen, Denmark.  Passengers will need to arrive into Copenhagen a day or two prior to the start of this Greenland Adventure. Please do not purchase any airfare until you have received word form Meaningful Trips that your trip is confirmed with the necessary minimum number of passengers.  Meaningful Trips will assist with the purchase of  roundtrip flights from Denmark to Greenland to Denmark.

 

Weather

 

Greenland has an Arctic climate with average summertime temperatures of 50 – 55 F, with nighttime lows around 40-42F. The air quality in Greenland is among the best in the world due to the country’s geographical position to the high north.

 

Lodging

 

This trip includes 7 nights in lodges and 1 night deluxe camping where our camp is set up for us upon arrival. Our arrival lodge has simple accommodations with share bathroom facilities.

 

Activity Level: Moderate

 

This trip is rated Moderate. This is a very active trip. Persons with good hiking experience and a spirit of adventure are welcome. Hikes range from 4 – 11.8 miles over uneven terrain.  The longest hike is 11.8 miles (7 hours), carrying only a daypack, and ends with camping overnight. Kayaking lasts 3 hours. On the Glacier Adventure day we utilize all terrain vehicles. The terrain is very bumpy and those with back or neck conditions are advised to skip this activity.

 

Save Big!

 

Grab two additional friends. When a family or 3 friends all join together, each person receives a $200 discount.

 

 

 

Additional Trip Information

 

Prior to reserving your tour, please carefully review our ‘Pricing’, ‘How to Reserve’ and ‘FAQ’ sections for helpful information on topics such as cancellation penalties, inclusions, food, water, and more.

 

 

 

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully. Additional pre-departure information including a Packing List, Medical Form, and Liability Release Form is emailed upon sign-up.

 

 

 

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Some answers to common questions. Upon Sign-up, travelers receive a Packing List, Pre-Departure Info and Important Forms

Do I Need a Passport for Greenland?

Yes, a passport is needed and must be valid for 6 months after your trip date.

Do I Need a Visa for Greenland?

No. As a tourist with a US Passport, no visa is required.

Are any vaccinations required for Greenland?

No.

We highly recommend that all persons who travel internationally should be current on these three routine immunizations: Annual Influenza (flu) shot; Tetanus Booster (Tdap) (good for 10 years); and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). Additionally, Hepatitis A is highly recommended for all international travelers. Meaningful Trips are not medical experts. Always consult your own doctor and always refer to the CDC website for updated vaccination and country-specific information.

How to get to Greenland?

One can only arrive by sea or air from Denmark or Iceland.  The flight time from Copenhagen, Denmark to Kangerlussaq, Greenland is approximately 4 hours; and, the flight time from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Ilulissat, is approximately 3 hours.

Is Greenland Safe?

For travelers, crime is practically non-existent. Take care while hiking on uneven terrain. While kayaking, stay clear of icebergs. Do not approach or pet adult sled dogs.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Yes, for this trip, Travel Insurance is required. Travelers must purchase of comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, delays, medical matters, and emergency evacuation.

When is the best time to go to Greenland?

Summer, June to September, is the best time to visit. Daytime temperatures are 50 – 55 degrees. Midnight sun means lots of daylight hours to hike, kayak, whale-watch and explore.  Those who brave the winter cold will have a chance to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

How far in advance should I book a trip to Greenland?

Flights and accommodations are booked far in advance. We highly encourage booking your tour 6 – 9 months in advance.

Getting around in Greenland?

In Greenland, towns are not connected by any roads. You have to either fly, sail or walk to get from place to place.

How active is this Greenland trip?

This trip is rated Moderate. This is a very active trip. Persons with good hiking experience and a spirit of adventure are welcome. Hikes range from 4 – 8 miles over uneven terrain.  The longest hike is 8 miles (7 hours), carrying only a daypack, and ends with camping overnight. Kayaking lasts 3 hours. On the Glacier Adventure day we utilize all terrain vehicles. The terrain is very bumpy and those with back or neck conditions are advised to skip this activity.

What are hotels like in Greenland?

We use small lodges. In rare instance, the group may be split between two lodges. Our arrival lodge has simple rooms with shared bathrooms. For our one night camping, our campground and tents are already pre-set for us.

What is the food like in Greenland?

Please do not be surprised to see items such as whale meat, musk ox, or reindeer served. Expect lots of fish dishes including shrimp, halibut, cod, Arctic char, mussels. Vegetarian diets are quite limited as 99% of vegetables are imported from Europe. Vegan, Halal, kosher and Jain diets can unfortunately not be accommodated.

What wildlife is there in Greenland?

Land animals include arctic fox, arctic hare, musk ox and reindeer. Whales: humpback, fin, minke, as well as seals, porpoise and white-beaked dolphin. Lots of great birdwatching in Greenland. Buntings, finches, ravens, ptarmigan, white-tailed eagles, peregrine falcon and gyrfalcon will delight birders.  Don’t excpet to see polar bear, walrus or narwhals, as they would only be found in remote northerly regions of Greenland.

What is the currency in Greenland?

Greenland uses the Danish Krone (DKK). One US dollar equals approximately 6 DKK. There are ATM’s in major towns to withdraw DKK. It is advisable to always have some DKK on hand for small purchases. Visa and Mastercard may be accepted in some places.

STEP 1 – Click ‘Book Now’ and Complete Reservation Form to Hold Your Space(s)

STEP 2 – Mail $500 Deposit via Check.

Reservation is guaranteed upon receipt of a $500 deposit per person. Deposits are held in Trust Account. Deposits are fully refundable for any reason if you cancel before Dec 31, 2020.  After Jan 01, 2021, regular cancellation policy applies.  A ‘Second Payment’ of $2,000 is due by check on April 01, 2021.  Final Payment is due 90-days prior to departure and payable by Check, Zelle, Stripe, ApplePay, Visa, Mastercard.

Mail Check Deposit to:

Meaningful Trips
1416 NW 46th St
Suite 105-343
Seattle, WA 98107

 

Upon reserving a trip and submitting a deposit, each traveler will receive:

  • A Confirmation email
  • Invoice
  • Pre-departure Information
  • Trip Application with Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Packing List
  • Medical Form

Terms & Conditions and Liability Release
At the time of Deposit, participants must read and agree to Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions and Liability Release Form. Please read this information carefully.

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