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2023- March 15-22
What makes this trip special
- Stunning views of the Greenland Icecap, icebergs and fjords
- Glaciers, open bowls, steeps. Ski from Peak to Sea!
- Small group heli skiing with max 2 groups of 4 per helicopter
- Exploration and First Descents
- Experience traditional Greenlandic culture
East Greenland is one of the least explored places on the planet. It’s a land of glaciated peaks and unnamed ski runs that descend into iceberg-filled fjords. The terrain choices are as good as you’ll find in more popular heli ski destinations–couloirs, steeps, and spectacular descents with 360-degree views. At our pick-up points we’re occasionally visited by Greenlandic seal hunters curious about what we’re doing. Sometimes we cross paths with polar bears. Heli skiing here is a true bucket list adventure for those skiers who have skied everywhere else.
Tasiilaq – Our Heli Ski Base
From Reykjavik, we fly into Kulusuk, and are then transported by Air Greenland helicopter to the town of Tasiilaq, our base for the week. Tasiilaq has a population of around 2,000 Greenlandic people and is only accessible by sea or air. Greenlandic culture is infused in nearly every part of our trip, from the museum-like Angmagssalik Hotel and its stunning views over the harbour, to village visits and traditional food that may include whale, seal, polar bear and caribou (vegetarian options available).
The Angmagssalik Region offers everything we could want for a week of adventure heli skiing. Mountains tower over the fjords creating a spectacle like nowhere else. Our helicopters fly over the sea so often here that regulations require floats for water landings. We discover new terrain and make first descents on every trip.
Greenland Skiing Conditions
Deep powder skiing is possible until the end of March and often beyond. Spring weather in East Greenland is generally dominated by high pressure systems with blue skies, light wind and temperatures ranging from -10C to -3C, but colder temps and big snow storms are still common.
Late spring sees us skiing corn snow but still hunting down stashes of powder up high on north-facing slopes. The coastal snowpack here is deep and typically well-settled with good stability.
On down days (which average about one day per week, the same as most heli ski destinations) we organize traditional dog sledding or fishing excursions with Greenlandic guides. These can often be as exciting as the skiing.
Travel to Greenland
Greenland is open for travel for fully-vaccinated international visitors. A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required within 48 hours of departure to Greenland. Due to the lingering uncertainty of the pandemic and possible future disruptions to international travel, Expedition Engineering has created one of the best Worry Free* booking policies in the heli ski industry.
- 10.5 hours of flight time (its normal to use 2- 2.5 hours of flight time per day)
- Accommodation in Tasilaq
- All meals while in Tasilaq
- Helicopter transfer between Kulusuk to Tasilaq return
- 1 certified guide per 4 guests, 2 groups per helicopter
- Air bag, transceiver, probe, shovel
What's Not Included
- Accommodation in Reykjavik
- Flights to and from Kulusuk
- Flights to and from Reykjavik
- Personal ski equipment
- Personal Travel and Cancellation Insurance
- Transfers between domestic and international terminal in Reykjavik.
Day 1: Reykjavik
We start our journey by meeting at the domestic airport in Reykjavik an hour and a half before our flight to Greenland. We will take a mid morning flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. Upon arrival we will board a helicopter and shuttle to Tasiilaq. We will move into the Angmagssalik Hotel , complete a helicopter briefing and an avalanche safety training and go skiing in the evening.
Day 2: Tasiilaq
Our first full day of heli skiing will find us easing into the area with great runs at our disposal and close to Tasilaq.
Day 3: Tasiilaq
Today we will explore the northern reaches of the mountain range. Flying over Sermilik Fiord and marvelling at the icebergs and tidewater glaciers. Rugged mountain peaks and incredible glacier runs will see us skiing from peak to sea.
Day 4-5: Tasiilaq
Today we will explore the south-eastern ranges of this area. We will “Island hop” in the helicopter and ski glaciers and couloirs with 360 degrees of ocean views!
Day 6-7: Karale Glacier
Weather permitting, we will head North to an area featuring huge terrain, stunning peaks and loads of ski terrain some of which has never been skied. We will have stunning views of Sermilik Fiord, and the Greenland Icecap in the distance.
Day 7: Kulusuk
In the morning we will fly to Kulusuk to catch our flight to Iceland.
Angmagssalik Hotel -Tasilaq, East Greenland
East Greenland’s most established and luxurious hotel with elegant and private accommodation. The hotel is located directly above the town of Tasilaq and provides excellent views of the remote, rugged landscape and the picturesque King Oscar’s Bay. Guests will find their twin share rooms clean, simple and elegant. All rooms have a private ensuite, satellite TV and are individually heated. There is also WiFi at extra charge. Meals are enjoyed in the hotels dining room, where other adventurers come together to enjoy the oasis of comfort, food and company. Meals are a cultural fusion of East Greenlandic and Western style dishes.
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The best Heliskiing experience of my life, amazing snow, fantastic terrain. We’ll be back.
Stian Espelid – Beijing China
Thanks, Matt and Angela for an amazing Heli skiing trip to Greenland. Beyond exceptional.
Jan Sanderstrom – Geneva Switzerland
It was so sick, just an awesome experience.
Peter Hill – Verbier Switzerland
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