East Greenland Heliskiing
Explore the fascinating glacial region of East Greenland this winter and ski a landscape adorned with giant icebergs, fjords and Inuit villages.
Rates & Packages
Rates & Dates 2017 / 2018
|10600 USD per person|
|2700 USD per extra heli hour|
What is included / What not
- All Meals
- Guides & Pilots plus expenses
- Safety equipment
- 12.0 hrs helicopter time divided between each group
- Relocation costs of heli from West Greenland
Ski Touring in East Greenland
The ski touring program starts in Kulusuk where you fly to from Iceland to access East Greenland. There is a small hotel there that is also the base for a heliskiing operation run by “Shinsetsu International Ltd”. The helicopter will be used to access the remote Tasilaq Mountain Hut where you will spend up to 5 days (depending on weather) exploring the high glacial region surrounding the hut. The heliski operation will provide safety backup and logistics support as well. There are also options for snow mobile and dog sled on terrain close to the Kulusuk Hotel. There are a number of options for tours but like any mountain trip, weather will play an important part in where you go. On average you can expect 2.5 days of bad weather during which time the amount of touring you can do may be restricted.
Kulusuk Hotel is now well set up and to cater for our needs. We have a substantial amount of gear in Greenland including a supply of ski’s, poles and snowboards if guests do not want to bring their own equipment or in the case of lost luggage.
We have 5 sets of ski touring equipment for weather days but if you like touring and have your own gear it is a good idea to bring this. We also have a snowmobile!
Depending on what the group wants to do there is the possibility of an overnight in a small Inuit village although this needs to be organized well in advance.
I will try and put together 3 to 4 groups of 4 pax and use two helicopters. I have had delays in the past due to mechanical issues so have decided to run with a 2nd helicopter. This also allows an opportunity for groups to explore terrain that is further away and also for us to do overnight trips to the small village of Sermiligag and explore terrain further north.
For the repeat guests this trip will be all new terrain! With a 2nd helicopter we can also work with one group and travel a long distance. We had a group this year that wanted to ski where no one had been before and to explore the sea ice in search of polar bears. This was possible as we had a 2nd helicopter so could cater for everyone.
Another region that has never been explored is Schweizerland at the top of the Sermilik Fiord so for the group that wants to explore just that little bit further this is now possible. Having a larger group gives us more negotiating power for charter flights in the case of delays due to weather.
I always try and put together compatible groups that fit in socially as well as can handle the skiing. I have enough connections to find guests every year and don’t advertise randomly via the web. It is important to get the group right and I have had no problems achieving this to date.
While Kulusuk has an airport it is basically a small Island with a hotel 5 minutes for the airport and the village 20 minutes walk away. The airport services a much larger village (2000 people) 10 minutes flight to the south called Tasiilaq. In Tasiilaq there is a hospital with English speaking doctors and modern facilities.
Air Greenland operates a helicopter that services this region as well as some of the outlying villages. If we have a problem this machine is available as a backup however it is not an additional helicopter for Heliskiing.
Some weeks another guided group will also be operating in the region but based from Tasiilaq. The guides are friends of mine and we work together to offer support and are in regular contact in case of emergency. There are good communications via helicopter plus I carry a satellite phone.
Day 1: Arrive in Kulusuk from Iceland around 12:pm. Check into Kulusuk Hotel and sort equipment. Rescue exercise at Kulusuk Hotel. Local ski tour on Island. Dinner and Breakfast at Hotel Kulusuk.
Day 2 to Day 5: Fly by helicopter to the Tasilaq Mountains Hut. Ski touring in the Karale Glacier region. Tasilaq hut is situated in a prime position to offer many days of touring by heading inland or descending towards the fiords below. The hut is warm with all facilities and all that is required is a sleeping bag.
Day 7: Local ski touring
Day 8: A visit to Kulusuk village before catching the plane back to Iceland.
Note: This is just a rough schedule and can change depending on weather.