Dates for Camp Ice Cap 2017:
The price for Camp Ice Cap in Winter (March/April and Oktober) is DKK 2.450
The price for Camp Ice Cap in Summer (May - September) is DKK 2.250
Included in the price
- Transport from Kangerlussuaq to the Ice Cap and back
- All equipment incl. tent, sleeping bag, crampons, hiking poles
- Basic toilet facilities
- Full board and drink
- Experienced guide & safety equipment
What to bring
- Hiking boots; we use crampons, so shoes are not sufficient
- Min. 40 liters back pack (can be rented, 125 DKK)
- Water bottle
- Sun block & sunglasses
- Wind- and waterproof jacket & trousers
- Long thermal underwear
- Woolen hat & gloves
- Personal items
Available for rent
- Backpack (125 DKK for 2 days)
Itinerary for Camp Ice Cap
Experience the great outdoor adventure for both children and adults on the Greenland ice cap. Imagine a clear blue sky where the rays of the midnight sun are reflected by the ice and the crystal blue ice lakes – this is where you will hike and spend the night. While you are admiring the breathtaking landscape with blue and white colours, valleys, melt water lakes and glacial rivers, you can enjoy a cup of hot coffee or chocolate. When the midnight sun is closest to the horizon, we snuggle up in our warm sleeping bags still processing the fantastic impressions of the first day on the ice cap!
We fly into Greenland to the town of Kangerlussuaq 670N (Søndre Strømfjord) just north of the Polar Circle. We drive from town through tundra and moraine valleys to the immense Greenlandic ice cap that rises 3000m high, only exceeded by Antarctica. Enroute to the ice cap we might spot musk ox, arctic fox, Greenlandic reindeer and if we are very lucky the peregrine falcon. Meanwhile we get a chance to enjoy some of the world's most beautiful glacier and moraine landscapes.
The ice cap is an extreme environment, but the area where we will be walking is relatively flat and completely stable. The equipment we use is designed for the harshest conditions although the weather is usually very stable during the summer season. That is why it is a 2-day uncomplicated "expedition" on the inland ice with an overnight in Camp Ice Cap. No doubt an opportunity to experience a unique and "different world" on the ice.
We meet at Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq around noon and the guide will go through the equipment and prepare you for this exciting experience. We drive in our 4WD vehicle to Point 660 about 37km east of the town. Point 660 is our starting point for the ice cap ‘mini-expedition’.
We put on the backpack and head out on the ice. If it’s slippery we will wear crampons and use our hiking poles, but usually we don’t need this equipment. Heading off in an easterly direction gives us about 2 hours of hiking, while we begin to understand what fascinated explorers to cross the ice cap.
After we arrive and get settled into our tents, we will treat ourselves with coffee, tea and something sweet. There will be a "toilet tent" with basic facilities. If the weather permits, we will do a smaller evening hike and enjoy the adventure that unfolds around us. Don’t forget your camera; the ice cap combined with the light from the midnight sun make breathtaking photographs!
Late evening we will prepare our "Travel Lunch" dinner, a surprisingly good freeze dried pre-made meal, where you only add hot water. According to Greenlandic tradition we gather in our large mess tent and share anecdotes. After many impressions, we deserve a good nights sleep in our comfortable & warm sleeping bags.
A new and exciting day on the Ice Cap awaits us. After breakfast in the mess tent it's time to venture out and explore the ice sculptured landscape. Our hike today – depending on weather - will take us towards the Russell Glacier. On our way across the ice fields we will see the many clear melt water streams that are created each year on the inland ice during summer.
As we get closer to the Russell Glacier we will be able to get an impression of the huge crevasses (from a safe distance) that eventually create the calving glacier. We will bring our crampons and hiking poles, we do not use rope since we stay on safe terrain during the entire hike.
Lunch is enjoyed on the hike or in the camp depending on weather conditions. In the afternoon we pack up our camp and head back to the mountainside, where our vehicle awaits us. We will be back in Kangerlussuaq in the evening.