Oqaatsut AUTHENTIC SETTLEMENT EXPERIENCE

Join us in a mind blowing three-day experience. Have you ever travelled to the Arctic? Want to visit isolated villages in the middle of a winter wonderland? We invite you to do both as you embark on an extraordinary adventure called the Authentic Settlement Experience in Oqaatsut.

From February 6th to April 22nd you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture. Oqaatsut is a region in Greenland with about 50 inhabitants. It is a place where icebergs roam the ocean and fishing boats provide the citizens with their summer source of income. Oqaatsut is fascinating. Not only does this small village allow it’s visitors to completely disconnect from modern day life, it also gives travellers the opportunity to witness pure peace and quiet.

There are no roads in Oqaatsut, therefore the only ways to get there are by snowmobile or dogsled. Stay where winter is cold but the people’s hearts are warm. Live the beauty of modern day Inuit culture by walking over the sea ice to see the Northern Lights, eating local food, meeting the local families, singing and dancing along to traditional songs, and playing Greenlandic games. This trip will be filled with many highlights including the opportunity to embark on a dogsled journey with a local!

DAY 1-Meet and Greet

The day begins with a snowmobile ride from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut. The Oqaatsut accommodation is in a small guesthouse run by locals. This is as authentic as it gets. Every traveller or couple receives their own room. The living room area will be shared, this is meant to inspire camaraderie and maintain intimacy.

You will get to enjoy the views of the frozen sea and the mountains while local families cook your meals. There will be a guide with you at all times. This person will double as a translator as well so you can chat with the locals! You will also have the opportunity to choose between two night activities. Your first option is to walk across the frozen sea in search of a bright full moon or the stunning phenomenal occurrence of the Northern Lights. And your second option is to remain indoors and spend time learning about Greenlandic culture through chatting, singing, dancing, and playing such as the Inuits have been doing for thousands of years.

DAY 2- Dogsledding

This will be the only full day at the settlement therefore it is important we make it count! Day two is for the extraordinary because there will be dogsledding! A local musher and his dogs will give you the tour of a lifetime. Day two is full of snow, speed, and smiles. You will get to travel around Oqaasut’s surrounding untouched areas as well as alternate dogsledding with other winter delights.

DAY 3-Farewell

Savor day three for it is the last. Enjoy a group breakfast and say your goodbyes to the stunning snowy surroundings. All travellers will head back to Ilulissat on snowmobile as they probably wonder when they’ll be able to come back.
Rest assured, we provide all the equipment necessary. Our expert guides will also teach travellers how to drive the snowmobile and ride the dogsled. We have you covered.

Description

Authentic Settlement Experience

Time of departure

15:00

Meeting Point

PGI Greenland office

Duration

3 days

Return details

Returns to original departure point

 Season

From 6th of February to 22nd of April (subject to snow and ice conditions)


NOTES

  • Group size: Min 2 – Max 5.
  • Age restrictions: 16 years old (minors should always be accompanied by one adult and cannot drive).
  • Difficulty: 3/5 (challenging).
  • Inclusions: Includes all the equipment for snowmobile activity (snowmobile, helmet, extra warm jacket and pants, mittens and boots) and dogsledding (sled, dogs, musher, extra warm jacket and pants, mittens and boots), 2 nights in a B&B, 2 breakfasts, 3 meals with local food and local English speaking guide.
  • Exclusions: Hotel transfers, travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
  • Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Note: Please note that due to unpredictable weather and conditions during winter, the itinerary of this tour is subject to change. While it is our goal to deliver the best tour experience possible, the safety of our clients is always our first priority.

WHAT TO BRING

  • First upper layer (thermal shirt, wool or synthetic)
  • First lower layer (thermal pants, wool or synthetic)
  • Thick socks (wool is ideal)
  • Second upper l-ayer ( fleece)
  • Second lower layer (hiking/ski pants)
  • Third layer jacket (Primaloft or down)
  • Third layer pants (wind and water proof pants)
  • Fourth layer jacket (wind and water proof jacket)
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  •  Personal clothes and hygiene items for 3 days and 2 nights.
  • Money to buy snacks, refreshments or other items in the local shop (not mandatory).
    (Please inform us if you have any medical condition that could a ect you during the activity).

Itineraries with a heartfelt destiny

The Kangia Icefjord is not just an ice paradise. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 20 million tons of ice that are generated each day, give rise to some of the biggest icebergs on the planet which rise more than 100 meters above sea level. It is not surprising that the expeditions carried out in this place are truly incredible.

The dogs sledge highway, Sermermiut Valley, or Disko Island, are part of this unique orography, and can be seen and admired by following our itineraries.

Holmens Bakke, the famous place where the greeting of the sun is celebrated after the long winter darkness. And the settlement of Sermermiut, cradle of the first Inuit culture, are other destinations we reach.

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