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April to June 2023

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April to June 2023

Greenland Ski & Sail

An arctic expedition among peaks and fjords

Skiing the mountains of West Greenland is an experience like no other. 
In a stunning arctic environnement, we will ski straight from the boat, from the ocean to the peaks...and back ! 
Thanks to the long spring days we'll be able to summit peaks over 1700m asl, do several runs a day from one fjord to the other, or simply chill on the Skydancer's deck in the sweet Arctic light...
 

Trip Essentials

Activity:
Ski Touring
When:
April to June 2023
Where:
West Greenland
Level:
intermediate to expert

Vi bor på fjorden i Vestgrønland

Å finne de beste løypene, og best mulig snø og vær er det som gjør en god skitur, men å bo sammen på en vakker båt, spise deilig mat i godt selskap er det som gjør en ski- og seiltur eksepsjonell!

Skydancer er en 73 fots skonnert som har plass til 10 gjester. Du kan lese alle detaljer om skipet på deres nettside.
Estella & Nick vil være våre verter om bord. De utviser stor gjestfrihet og vil få deg til å føle deg hjemme i det fra første stund du tråkker på Skydancers dekk!
Begge jobber hardt for å sikre at vi skal kunne seile trygt fra det ene skiturstedet til det andre, mens vi spiser god mat og tilbringer kvalitetstid på skipet.

Deres vennlighet, fleksibilitet og lidenskap til eventyr vil gjøre oppholdet ditt uforglemmelig!



 

Estella og Nick, våre verter på Grønland


Itinerary & Program

Day 1

Flight to Greenland via Copenhaguen and Kangerlussuaq.
We'll get installed onboard the SkyDancer in teh afternoon.
After a safety briefing from the Captain, we'll start sailing towards our first anchorage.

Day 2

First turns in Greenland !
This is gonna be our new routine for the week : breakfast, gear check, dinghy, ski touring, back to the boat, relax and get ready for dinner.

Day 3 to 6

Skiing in Greenland requires flexibility, as we have to cope with the weather, the sea, and the snow conditions, therefore we don't make any plan to make sure we go after the best possible ski touring conditions. 
Every evening around the map table we'll discuss the next day, before sailing to a new spot.

Day 7

Last ski day in our arctic paradise, and last dinner on board with our hosts Estella and Nick, moment of celebration for a whole week opf ski adventures in the fjords of West Greenland.
 

Day 8

Flight back home.
 





 

Ski touring in Greenland : what to expect ?

The west coast of Greenland offers most of what any skiers can dream of, and it all come in size XL !
Whatever you are used to, get ready : this is next level...

Terrain :

In Greenland, we'll ski mostly on glaciers.
They are all over the place, from the huge inlandsis that we will sometimes contemplate from a peak, to the glaciers carving their way to the ocean on the slopes of the fjords. These glaciers are often moderately steep and overlooked by steeper couloirs, a great combination to fulfill all skiers wishes.
The region we'll be exploring, from Maniitsoq in the south to Sisimiut in the north is one of the best suited for ski touring, with fjords easily giving boat acces to the skiing. No long flat walks before hitting the slopes, it all starts close to the shore. 
Depending on the group and the conditions, we'll be able to go for summits from 1000 to 1800m above sea level, and we'll ski mellow summits, huge bowls or couloirs. 

Climate & Snow :

There is no Gulf Stream in Greenland, and with the ocean cooling the temperatures you can expect a longer ski season than at the same latitude in Europe.
At 65 degrees north, the winters are long and we will ski cold snow until late May.
In early June, when the Norwegian coast is already getting warm, the temperatures in West Greenland are still oscillating around 0, and it becomes then possible to ski both powder and corn !

Daylight :

During our expedition, we'll be between 65° and 67° North, so almost precisely on the arctic circle.
In late April the days will already be very long, with a few hours of twilight that will shrink day after day until mid june when the midnight sun comes.
This season is great for ski touring with the long days giving us many opportunities to make the best out of the weather.
The challenge will be to adjust to a whole new rythm. No need for "alpine starts" at 5am...but we might be out skiing late in the evenings !



 

 





 

 


 

Budget

Included:

  • Guide service for the whole duration of the trip (IFMGA mountain guide)
  • Airport transfer
  • Accomodation full board on Skydancer
  • shore landings, outings and ski touring as much as weather permits
  • sailing and wildlife watching 24h/day

Not included:

  • flights to Greenland
  • hotel nights in greenland if required by your flight schedule
  • drinks
  • customary gratuity (staff and guides)
  • your personal insurances
Price
4850€
in a group of 6

Dates 2023 / Informations & Bookings

Getting ready for Greenland starts with a good chat!
Fred will be more than happy to talk with you:
0033624657365
fred@upguides.com

For 2023 the following weeks are available:
-28th of April / 5th of May (Nuuk)
-26th of May / 2nd of June (Maniitsoq)
-3rd to 10th of June (Maniitsoq-Sisimiut)

You want to enjoy more skiing in Greenland?
Why not staying longer, from the 26th of May to the 12th of June?
Get in touch for a quote