Day 1: WELCOME TO UUMMANNAQ
As is always the case in Greenland, try to get a window seat for your flight from Ilulissat to Qaarsut, and again for the helicopter transfer to Uummannaq. The views of the Uummannaq Fjord as you make the 15-minute journey are spectacular, and you will have the perfect overview of Uummannaq as you approach the island.
We will collect you at the heliport and transfer you to your accommodation to settle in. In the late afternoon, we'll dine together with the local hunters who will accompany us on our epic journey and brief you about weather conditions and plans for the upcoming days.
Day 2: DOGSLEDDING AND ICE FISHING
After breakfast, we’ll prepare the dogsleds, load them with luggage and gear, and embark on a 3-4 hour journey to a winter hut. You'll quickly get used to the panting of the dogs, the soft commands of the mushers, and the whisper of the sled runners as you make your way across the frozen fjord. It is a very peaceful way to travel that gives you plenty of opportunities to marvel at your surroundings and start to learn a little about dogsledding.
After we've dropped off all the gear at the hut and eaten, we'll head out ice fishing for Halibut. Here you have the opportunity to learn how to create a hole in the sea ice, as well as how to prepare and set the long lines which can be up to 500 metres in length!
Once the lines are set we'll return to the winter hut and relax at camp. Feel free to watch or join in as the local hunters maintain dog lines and fishing equipment. We'll enjoy a communal meal with traditional Greenlandic food and then head outside (if it is clear) to watch the magnificent northern lights dance overhead.
Day 3: FISHING AND HUNTING
We start the day by checking our long lines and reeling in our catch. With up to 500 metres of line and a large number of hooks, you can imagine that this will likely take a while! However, it is essential for the survival of the Inuit hunter as he must feed both himself and his dogs, and have some fish remaining to sell back in Uummannaq.
Once we are finished, we may start the hunt for seals by setting a net under the sea ice, or simply go for a hike - marvelling at the enormous icebergs that are stuck fast in the frozen fjord until spring.
In the afternoon we will dogsled to one of the nearby settlements where we will stay the night enjoying the hospitality of a local family. We'll indulge in good food, great company, amazing stories and perhaps more northern lights before turning in again for the night.
Day 4: HUNTING
Today we dogsled into the icefjord where we'll find many enormous icebergs that have broken off a glacier. Here we'll hunt for seals and perhaps also Arctic hare, Arctic fox and ptarmigan (grouse). Depending on the conditions, we may hunt with nets or with rifles and snow blinds.
In the afternoon, we will dogsled to another winter hut for another evening of equipment maintenance, Greenlandic food and, hopefully, northern lights.
Day 5: VISIT TO GLACIER AND SETTLEMENT
The Uummannaq Fjord is famous for its numerous glaciers - one of which we will visit today. Which one depends on ice and weather conditions and also where we have previously travelled in the fjord. We'll get as close as possible to the face of the glacier and spend time exploring this massive wall of ice from a safe distance.
From there we will continue by dog sled to another nearby settlement where we will once again dine and sleep with a local family.
Day 6: DOGSLEDDING BACK TO UUMMANNAQ
By this time, you should be quite accustomed to, and expert at, dog sledding. So the 4-6 hour journey from the settlement back to Uummannaq will be a piece of cake. An opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey through the beautiful landscape of the Uummannaq Fjord.
Once we are back in town, we will say farewell to the dogs and our hunter guides and return to our accommodation. You have the rest of the afternoon free to rest or start to explore Uummannaq itself.
Day 7: FAREWELL FROM UUMMANNAQ
Your flight from Uummannaq departs in the afternoon so you have all morning to relax or explore Uummannaq. We highly recommend you check out our What to do in Uummannaq page for self-guided excursions and ideas of what to see and do in town.
We'll then drop you at the heliport to say a temporary goodbye, as we are sure you'll come back to visit again - perhaps in the Summer.
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