The 2021 Icefjord Midnight Race Events have been canceled due to COVID-19. The 2022 dates are tentative. Once confirmed, details will be updated.
On this tour we will start by sailing to a point in Bredebugt, and hike among a tranquil route on the last leg of orange route between Ilulissat and Oqaatsut. This route is about 3 to 4 hours light hike from our drop-off point. Along the route we will see a few summer huts and streams of fresh water. If we are lucky we might even see a trouts and other fish in the many lakes around Bredebugt. After arriving in Oqaatsut we will eat a refreshing lunch, before joining a short tour of Oqaatsut. Oqaatsut is a small authentic settlement with approx. 30 inhabitants about 18 km north of Ilulissat. Our local English speaking guide will translate, so you understand and learn about the Greenlandic culture, history and everyday life from the locals in Oqaatsut. Afterwards we will board our boat which will take us speedily back to Ilulissat. On the route back there is plenty of scenery to enjoy. The 70 million year old volcanic Disko Island to the west and the green mainland to the east. We will pass Ilulissat Airport and the popular bay Bredebugt, which is surrounded by small cabins owned by locals.
Kayak among Icebergs (3 hours) - Offered June 3 (8:00 PM). June 4 (8:00 PM) and June 7 (8:00 PM)*
Ilulissat is known as the capital of icebergs, and you will see why as we paddle our way through the gigantic ice fjord just south of the city. You can smoothly slice your way through the water while keeping your eyes open for whales - 15 species regularly inhabit Greenlandic waters in the summertime! There will be morning guided kayak groups on several days. In the mornings, you can experience the serenity of the landscape as we calmly paddle our way among the “floating mountains.” On 6 June, we'll also offer an evening kayak excursion, where you can paddle out under the extraordinary midnight sun. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, the icebergs offer beautiful reflections – the sun will emphasize their sparkle, while clouds evoke the deep blue color of the ice. Your guides will provide information on the ice sheet and its glaciers, as well as the story of the original kayak that was made from sealskin and wood and will answer any other questions you may have. Thanks to our certified kayak guides, modern equipment, and safety protocols, it is possible for you to paddle through this remarkable landscape. The tours are open to all levels, whether you are a master paddler or it’s your first time in a kayak. We take pride in providing a safe and comfortable experience for everybody, and want everyone to be able to experience the magic of floating among the largest collection of icebergs in Greenland.
Kaffemik and Dog Sleds (2 hours) - Offered June 5 (10:00 AM)*
We'll begin our excursion at the home of Thrine, a local musher who will meet us outside next to her dogs. She will tell us about raising the pups, the expeditions she has been on, and mushing itself. We'll also be able to observe the dogs, but please remember that these are working animals and not pets - they are not meant for cuddling. After the explanation of the dogs, we'll head into Thrine's house for our kaffemik. The literal translation of ‘Kaffemik’ is ‘via coffee,’ and it has been the traditional way to celebrate everything from births to birthdays to first days of school – in other words, a celebration of life. For this Kaffemik, Thrine will serve us the traditional coffee, tea, and various homemade cakes. She will explain all about the tradition, including how long it takes to prepare – sometimes, weeks!
Traditionally, the Kaffemik is an all-day affair at the home of the host. Friends, family, and acquaintances come and go throughout the day, often spending a relatively short time there. For our Kaffemik, we will linger a bit longer and have plenty of time to learn about Greenlandic traditions. This is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of Greenland’s authentic culture and to ask a real local any questions you may have. Please note that only 16 people can join in Thrine's house at one time so first come first served!
Eqi Glacier (6 hours) - Offered June 6 (10:00 AM)*
Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. By boat, it is possible to get very close to the glacier and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off (called 'calving'). The sounds are enormous and the sight of icebergs crashing into the water is breathtaking. We will sail on modern boats that will get us quickly to the glacier. The route heads north along the coast, passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut, and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often seen. Further along we will pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains and boasts waterfalls and a rich bird life. Upon reaching Eqi, we will anchor at a safe distance and idle for approximately an hour in front of the glacier. While we wait for the ice to calve, we will enjoy a packed lunch that we've brought with us from the hotel. After we've thoroughly enjoyed the sight of the glacier, we'll head back to Ilulissat.
*Please note that if the min. number is not reached for all excursions, we reserve the right to either move participants to another departure day or cancel the excursion. If the excursion is canceled, you will be refunded.
Additional details will be shared after you book your tour and excursions.
Day 1 - June 1: Arrival Day | Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Tundra Safari
We will meet at Copenhagen airport where a 4.5 hour flight will bring us to Kangerlussuaq. We arrive in Kangerlussuaq in the early afternoon. Upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq, we will check in and drop our belongings off at the Polar Lodge, and we'll have time to purchase lunch. Then, we will begin our arctic adventure with a tundra safari. The trip takes place on one of our tough, off-road 4WD coaches, which are outfitted to accommodate transport in the Arctic’s summer and winter terrain. We will follow a route through the beautiful tundra landscape, while the guide tells us about the surrounding flora and fauna. With a bit of luck, we will observe musk oxen roaming freely in their natural habitat around Kangerlussuaq and learn about these incredible creatures. Musk oxen can be aggressive and charge without warning, so we are unable to confirm how closely we can observe their behavior. However, the guide will always bring a pair of binoculars, ensuring you have a chance to watch these impressive animals. In the evening, we will head back to Kangerlussuaq for a well-deserved dinner at Roklubben. (Dinner included)
Day 2 - June 2: Ice Sheet & Russel Glacier
Today, we will continue our arctic exploration. In the morning, we will board a bus that will drive out of town and into a stunning landscape of mountains, plains, and semi-desert valleys. The route winds along the beautiful valley of Sandflugtsdal and its equally impressive milky turquoise meltwater river. Our destination is Point 660, where land meets ice. Kangerlussuaq offers the only road in Greenland that leads directly onto the ice, and here we will meet the Ice Sheet personally for the first time. We will have some time here to explore the surrounding area by foot and breathe in the ice sheet's one-of-a-kind atmosphere. We'll also be given a sandwich lunch to eat while enjoying the views. Please note: The surface of the ice can be slippery and uneven. To access the ice sheet you have to be able to ascend and descend icy hills via a curvy path that has been prepared for walking, but not everyone finds it easy. Some people might benefit from bringing hiking poles or wearing spikes/light crampons on your shoes. After an hour or so has been spent on the ice, we'll get back on the bus and drive to Russell Glacier, an imposing glacier whose walls rise up to 60 meters. We'll drive partially off-road until we stop to take in the spectacular surroundings. Our viewpoint offers excellent photo opportunities, and we'll enjoy a barbecue dinner here in view of the glacier, which creaks and groans as it advances. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 3 - June 3: Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat
Today we will make our way from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat for the start of your race package. (Breakfast included)
Day 1 - June 1: Arrival Day | Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Ice Camp
We will meet at Copenhagen airport where a 4.5 hour flight will bring us to Kangerlussuaq. We arrive in Kangerlussuaq in the early afternoon. Upon arrival, we will depart for the Ice Camp. With all-terrain vehicles, we will drive about an hour toward our destination: Point 660 on the edge of the ice cap. Here, we will have an important briefing on safety and the coming activities. Following our experienced guide, we will then venture onto the Greenland Ice Sheet, following in the footsteps of legendary explorers. We will hike a few kilometers to our destination, where our first priority is setting up camp. After our accommodations are in order, it is time to relax with a warm beverage and enjoy the total silence that the ice sheet imposes. Dinner will be wholesome, simple, and warm, consisting of freeze-dried food that is easy to carry on such an expedition. In an environment where no other food sources are available, this humble meal will feel like even more of a gift. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Day 2 - June 2: Ice Camp - Kangerlussuaq
Following a night spent snuggled in our warm sleeping bags and an energy-packed breakfast, we will head out on our hike. We will proceed with care over seemingly eternal fields of ice, following our guide and always being careful of any potential ice fissures. Throughout the duration of this expedition, we will maintain a safe distance from danger and plot a route across secure terrain. Crampons and trekking poles will provide each guest with extra stability. Ropes will not be used. Please note: As a participant on this trip, we expect you are willing to pull a sled with your own/group equipment from the ice edge to the camp. This effort is considered by the majority of participants to be a fairly easy and natural task to perform, but be aware it is expected. Depending on weather conditions, we will either enjoy our packed lunch whilst hiking or back at base camp. As our adventure concludes, we will break camp, pack up our goods and leave only our footprints behind. We will then drive back to Kangerlussuaq to check into the Polar Lodge, where we will stay for the evening. Dinner will be at Roklubben. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
Day 3 - June 3: Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat
Today we will make our way from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat for the start of your race-package. (Breakfast included)