sailboat & Mountain running adventure
14th-21st of August 2018
Location: East Greenland
Guide: Inga Fanney
The east coast of Greenland is an awesome wilderness. Only 3,500 people, scattered among small towns and settlements, inhabit its 2,600 kilometres of stunning coastline. This is the Arctic with all its breathtaking beauty and striking scenery.
This trip is suitable for mountain runners, interested in experiencing the magic of early autumn in East Greenland. Cruising in the sheltered ice-filled fjords of the Ammassalik area onboard our expedition sailing yacht the Aurora, we welcome all mountain runners with experience of technical running.
When on firm land, we will aim for the hills and mountains. There are hardly any trails where we go, so the terrain is technical. Participants must be experienced runners and prepared to carry mandatory kit during the time on land for all participants safety.
This is true exploration—the final itinerary only gets decided upon after setting sail from the Kulusuk harbour. We will take into account weather and sea-ice conditions and always look for the best possible option. The following description gives an idea of how a day-to-day plan might materialize:
We will run up mountains, around lakes and along fjords. We will visit the big Sermilik ice-fjord, walk the streets of Tasiilaq and cruise the sounds and channels between the villages in the East. We will spend nights in spectacular, remote anchorages.This is early autumn in the Arctic and the northern lights will surely light up the night sky for us. We will feel the winter approaching and it will be quite possible to see a sprinkle of fresh snow on the mountaintops. The trip will start and end in the village of Kulusuk, from which there are daily flights to Iceland and other parts of Greenland.
The expedition sailboat Aurora is our movable ‘backcountry hut’ and awaits us at the end of every day with gourmet meals, warm and comfortable bunks, and friendly conversation.
No detailed itinerary will be released for this adventure
East Greenlandic terrain is very technical and challenging. This trip is only for experienced runners who are used to run off trails. On this trip there is less distance but more technique. Typically we spend 4-5 hours on land each day, enjoying what the nature on land has to offer. We are not running the whole time, everybody at their own pace take the time to enjoy the scenery, we stop for photos, lunch etc. Technical, but easy going days.
The short summer in Eastern Greenland can exhibit all kinds of weather — most of which is governed by the warm gulf current between Iceland and Eastern Greenland. The weather pattern is an unpredictable mixture of marine low-pressure systems mixed with the more stable high-pressure inland climate (generated by the immense, cold Greenland icecap). The temperatures range from 0 to 15 degrees Celsius. In other words, you should prepare for sunshine as well as showers. Winds can shift quickly and we might experience the ferociously katabatic Piteraq hurricanes (very rare, but nonetheless possible). Given the area’s proximity to the Arctic Circle, while it´s a bit early in the season, it may still be possible to see the Northern Lights at night.
WILDLIFE IN GREENLAND
East Greenland is the homeland of polar bears. We will take measures to stay away from these beautiful animals, and view them from a safe distance, if spotted. It is advisable not to go for a walk alone or without letting the guide know. The waters are teeming with various species of seals and whales. On land we may meet the Arctic fox as well as various species of birds.
Mandatory kit list to carry during the day out on the run
Windproof long trousers
Warm layer (jumper/jacket)
Price: 2.950 euros per person
Included: 8 days (7 nights) on a yacht, guided trail runs and land excursions, sailing instruction, services of guides and crew, guided paddling in sea kayaks amongst the fjords for those who want, use of stand up paddle boards (SUP), use of wet weather sailing clothing, all meals for the duration of the trip.
Not included: alcohol, international flights
Thule Trails can assist with getting to and from Kulusuk if requested. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.