EXPERIENCE THE DESTINATIONS

PRE-TOURS

Pre-Tours

Experience The Destinations

Experiencing the destinations firsthand is important to understand what they have to offer. Therefore, selected buyers have the opportunity to join a pre-tour to Greenland before the Vestnorden event. Iceland and The Faroe Islands will offer this year’s Post-Tours. Please select in the registration system which pre-tour and / or post-tour you would like to be considered for. Due to limited capacity, only a few buyers can join a pre- or post-tour. The pre- and post-tours are subject to additional fees. Please check the description and prices on www.vestnorden.com.

At cancellation of a pre- or post-tour participation after 1 August, the participation fee is not refunded.
Cancellation can only be done by email to vestnorden@sena.is.

This pre-tour is going to be a true time of your life! In the course of six nights you will do a clockwise circumnavigation of South Greenland to experience the southeast coast in a highly exclusive way all the way to the northern fjords within the region – and then some!

Date: 13 September
Time: 11:40 Iceland Time
Location: Reykjavik Airport

Day: 19 September
Time: 15:25
Location: Nuuk

Min: 6
Max: 9

DKK: 3500
EUR: 470

  • Flight/transport to the region
  • Transfers
  • Fully guided tours
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner all days

All luggage you need for Vestnorden – but pack so that you can leave unneeded luggage and materials in Narsarsuaq for the duration of the pre-tour; you will collect them again on 18 Sept they day before travelling to Nuuk

  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day
  • Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!
  • Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!
  • Loose fitting hiking pants
  • Lightweight to medium weight wool sweater
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Windproof / waterproof pants
  • Hat
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • Backpack (minimum 40L in size)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera & battery packs
  • Portable power bank, if desired
  • Small binoculars, if desired
  • Journal, if desired

South Greenland is a can’t miss multi-season adventure region with a delicious food scene, immense landscape contrasts and a rich cultural history. Do not be surprised if some of your experiences here defy many of the narratives you might have heard – forests do exist in Greenland, and so does sustainable agriculture!

This pre-tour is going to be a true time of your life. In the course of six nights you will do a clockwise circumnavigation of South Greenland to experience the southeast coast in a highly exclusive way plus explore our national highlights like Uunartoq hot springs, Tasermiut Fjord, inuit farms with their ‘own’ Norse ruins on site and so much more. You will fly with a helicopter and sail with several boats, big and small. We cannot wait to welcome you in South Greenland! This program has been planned especially for Vestnorden 2022 by Visit South Greenland in cooperation with many local operators.

Please read the trip headlines here. And please follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @visit_southgreenland.

Tuesday 13 September
Arrival to Narsarsuaq, crossing the Greenland Ice Sheet with helicopter, overnight sailing expedition in remote Southeast Greenland (accommodation onboard an expedition ship)

Wednesday 14 September
Small boat exploration in Southeast Greenland, sailing from east to west through the iconic Prince Christian Sound (accommodation in a hotel in Nanortalik)

Thursday 15 September
Walking tour of Nanortalik town & museum, full day of adventure in the famous Tasermiut Fjord, (accommodation in a high-comfort tent camp)

Friday 16 September
Tasermiut Glacier visit by boat, soaking in Uunartoq hot springs (accommodation in a waterfront boutique hotel in Alluitsup Paa)

Saturday 17 September
Norse history discovery at the well-preserved Hvalsey Church in Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage Site (accommodation in a four-star hotel in Qaqortoq, the regional capital)

Sunday 18 September
Walking tour of Qaqortoq, lunch & beer tasting at a microbrewery in Narsaq, meeting inuit sheep farmers in the UNESCO World Heritage Site (accommodation in a hotel in Narsarsuaq)

Monday 19 September
Forest walk in the Greenland Arboretum, departure from Narsarsuaq toward Nuuk for the Vestnorden conference.

Name: Sarah Woodall
Email: sw@isg.gl
Phone: +299 544427

A remote place with culture and with a big nature

Date: 14 September
Time: 10:45
Location: Reykjavik Airport

Day: 18 September
Time: 13:50
Location: Kulusuk Airport

 

Min: 6
Max: 10

DKK: 3500
EUR: 470

  • Flight/transport to the region
  • Transfers
  • Fully guided tours
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner all days

All luggage you need for Vestnorden

  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Windproof / waterproof pants
  • Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!
  • Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!
  • Loose fitting hiking pants
  • Lightweight wool sweater
  • Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Backpack (minimum 40L in size)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

East Greenland is an isolated area of the country, but ‘remote’ is in the eye of the beholder. As with most places in Greenland, this region is characterized by a special relationship between people and the extreme nature that stands just at the front door. What makes the region stand out, however, is the continued important role which a belief in an unseen spiritual world plays in East Greenlandic culture.

14 September
Arriving in Kulusuk, going by helicopter across the fjord to Tasiilaq,
In Tasiilaq you will be going on a Guided city tour, Visit the local museum, Visit the church with a local choir, storytelling about the greenlandic dogs and see the dogs, have dinner at Hotel Angmagssalik, evening drum dancing in the hotel Lobby.
(Accommodation at Hotel Angmagssalik)

15 September
Hike to the flower valley and waterfall. Dinner at Hotel Angmagssalik.
(Accommodation at Hotel Angmagssalik)

16 September
Walk to the harbour, going on a boat trip with Sermilik Adventures to Naddivii for a walk on the icecap, on a combined Safari amongst icebergs with whalewatching
(Overnight at Tiilerilaar in a house)

17 September
Boat transfer to Kulusuk with Aron and Ulrik. Check in Hotel Kulusuk. Exploring Glacier & ice cave with Pirhuk Greenland Mountain Guides near Kulusuk. Dinner at Hotel Kulusuk. Northern Light Photo tour evening walk.
(Accommodation at Hotel Kulusuk)

18 September
Departure to Nuuk

Experience urban living, in the middle of nature and discover Nuuk’s hidden gems on this 4-day life-changing journey!

Date: 15 September
Time: 10:00 from Copenhagen
Location: Nuuk

Day: 19 September
Time: TBA
Location: Nuuk

Min: 6
Max: 10

DKK: 3500
EUR: 470

  • Flight/transport to the region
  • Transfers
  • Fully guided tours
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner all days

All luggage you need for Vestnorden

  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Wool socks
  • Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear)
  • Lightweight thermal shirt
  • Loose fitting hiking pants
  • Lightweight to medium weight wool sweater
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Windproof / waterproof pants
  • Hat
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • Backpack (minimum 40L in size)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera & battery packs
  • Portable power bank, if desired
  • Small binoculars, if desired
  • Journal, if desired

Are you ready to experience urban living in the middle of nature, in one of the most exciting and fastest developing cities in the Arctic? Welcome to Nuuk, the capital of Greenland!

Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences. With a unique blend of indigenous traditions and modern traits, this city offers a wide variety of experiences for the soft, immersive and extreme personalities.

Please read the trip headlines here:

Thursday 15 September
Upon arrival at Nuuk Airport, you will be greeted by your local host. The journey begins with an introduction to the local Greenlandic cuisine, served with a story to enrich your taste buds, before you will be sleeping at our 4-star hotel. (accommodation at Hotel Hans Egede)

Friday 16 September
Get ready for a day at sea! Today you will be experiencing our vast beautiful fjord by boat, the perfect setting for whale watching and home to a rich geological history. 100 kilometers within the fjord you will be met by Kapisillit, a functioning settlement hidden close to the Greenlandic Icecape. Lunch will be served with a view to remember, followed up by a guided tour and “kaffemik”.
You will be picking mussels or catching fish for dinner, on our way to Camp Kiattua, a rare experience of luxury in the fjord. You will be served food straight off the fire by a professional chef, and you will be spending the night in extravagant tents.

Saturday 17 September
After a luxurious rest, you will be invited to what the surrounding nature has to offer; a wilderness bath, hiking or maybe try to stand on an ice flake? Following the impression of nature, you will be sailing to one of the most remote restaurants in the World. You will get a local dining experience based on your own catch.
Going back to the city by boat, you will be hunting for Aurora Borealis, and watching Nuuk Skyline by night. You will be spending the night at a brand-new boutique hotel situated in the authentic part of old industrial Nuuk. (accommodation at Hotel Aurora)

Sunday 18 September
After days experiencing the fjord and city from the ground, the time has come to fully take it in from the air, as you will be going on a small private plane for a tour of the Nuuk area.
When you have landed you are invited to join the Two Ravens for a guided hike, and a mountain top lunch that will add some urban vibes, right in the middle of the magnificent nature.
After a short rest, we invite you to a farewell dinner at the top floor of Hotel Hans Egede, an intriguing venue featuring excellent produce of the season delivered by local suppliers.
(accommodation at Hotel Aurora)

This amazing pre-tour is only possible due to our local providers: Greenland Escape, Hotel Hans Egede, Inuk Hostels, Inuk Travel, Arctic Boat Charter, Asimut Tours and Camp, Nomad Greenland, Nuuk Water Taxi, Hotel Aurora, Air Safari, Two Ravens.

Name: Magnus Biilmann Trolle
Email: mbtr@sermersooq.gl
Phone: +299 26 81 31

With the country’s largest ice-free area and an enormous backcountry to explore, Destination Arctic Circle is Greenland’s adventure capital.

Whether it’s dogsledding, skiing, or snowmobiling during the winter, or hiking, sailing, fishing, or whale watching during summer – we invite everyone to embrace their inner #naturebeing and join us in the great outdoors.

In this pre-tour, you’ll experience both Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut – the two towns located at either end of Greenland’s newest UNESCO site: Assivisuit – Nipisat: Inuit hunting ground between ice and sea, and the end points for the famous Arctic Circle Trail.  But you’ll also spend a night in the wilderness – camping upon the Ice Sheet itself!

If your clients love the outdoors and adventure, the Arctic Circle region should be part of your Vestnorden experience. Our trip itinerary is below, and we’d love it if you would follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @destinationarcticcircle

Date: 15 September
Time: 10:00 from Copenhagen
Location: Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut

Day: 19 September
Time: 18:15
Location: Nuuk

Min: 6
Max: 10

DKK: 3500
EUR: 470

  • Flight/transport to the region
  • Transfers
  • Fully guided tours
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner all days

All luggage you need for Vestnorden

  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Windproof / waterproof pants
  • Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!
  • Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!
  • Loose fitting hiking pants
  • Lightweight wool sweater
  • Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Backpack (minimum 40L in size)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Kangerlussuaq from Thursday 15 September-17 September
Staying at: Hotel Kangerlussuaq & Camp Ice Cap
Activities provided by: Air Zafari and Albatros Arctic Circle

Thursday 15 September
Upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq, we will take off again for an unforgettable scenic flight over the Greenland Ice Sheet. Keep an eye out for musk oxen as you fly from Kangerlussuaq as this is one of the few areas in Greenland where you can see them. Then imagine yourself as Fridtjof Nansen making the first crossing this vast expanse of ice in 1888 as you look down on the intricate crevasse patterns and strikingly blue meltwater lakes. (note: if the scenic flight does not occur on this day, it will the next)

Once you’re back on the ground, we’ll drive you to the end of the Ice Road to experience the unique frozen world that covers 80% of Greenland for yourself. We’ll hike up onto the ice sheet and set up camp in one of the world’s most surreal locations with nothing but ice as far as the eye can see. Dinner will be hot but necessarily simple, and if we are lucky – the Northern Lights will dance above us once it is dark.

Friday 16 September
We explore more of our frozen surroundings before hiking back to the edge of the ice sheet and the normal world. As we drive back to Kangerlussuaq, try to spot more of the area’s wildlife – not just musk oxen, but reindeer, arctic hare and arctic fox. If we were not able to fly the day before, we will enjoy our bird’s eye view of the ice sheet during the afternoon, before indulging in a feast featuring dishes made with local Greenlandic ingredients.

Sisimiut from Saturday 17 September – Monday 19 September
Staying at: Hotel Sisimiut
Activities provided by: Hotel Sisimiut and Tours

Saturday 17 September
The flight between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut is short but with unparalleled views of the Arctic tundra. After checking in, we embark on a day-tour to Greenland’s most remote lodge – Erfalik – about 50km/31mi south of the town. We’ll spend the afternoon hiking and exploring the wilderness before enjoying an open-air dinner and hot tub. Make sure you bring your bathing suit!

Sunday 18 September
Today we’ll visit several of the most important sites within the Assivisuit – Nipisat UNESCO area. We’ll call in at Assaqutaq – an abandoned settlement that has been partially restored and from which there is a 10km hiking trail back to Sisimiut; Sarfannguit – a still-functioning small settlement known as “the living UNESCO site” and home to the architecturally stunning, award-winning, crystal igloo; and Nipisat Island with its clearly visible archaeological remains. You can also channel your inner local and try your hand at jig-fishing.

Monday 19 September
This morning we’ll take a short ATV excursion through the backcountry near Sisimiut and visit “dogville” where most of the Greenlandic Sled Dogs are kept. Here you have the opportunity to get close to these working dogs, learn about the cultural significance of dog sledding in Greenland, and the challenges faced in keeping this traditional practice alive.

After a final lunch spent together out in nature we say “Takuss” for the moment as you board your flight to Nuuk.

This outdoors and adventure-focused pre-tour is only possible due to our local providers: Air Zafari, Albatros Arctic Circle, Hotel Sisimiut and Tours.

Name: Lisa Germany
Email: lisa@acb.gl
Phone: +299 863500

On this pre tour, the focus will be on attractions that are characteristic in Disko Bay region, where cultural and outdoor adventures will be in focus.

Date: 16 September
Time: 09:00 from Copenhagen
Location: Aasiaat

Day: 19 September
Time: TBA
Location: Nuuk

Min: 6
Max: 10

DKK: 3500
EUR: 470

  • Flight/transport to the region
  • Transfers
  • Fully guided tours
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner all days

All luggage you need for Vestnorden

  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Windproof / waterproof pants
  • Lightweight thermal pants (long
  • underwear) – no cotton!
  • Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!
  • Loose fitting hiking pants
  • Lightweight wool sweater
  • Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Backpack (minimum 40L in size)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Transportation from place to place will be on a fast boat where you can be sure that in case of cold weather and precipitation, you will be comfortable no matter what. There is no doubt that you will see lots of icebergs – and gigantic ones at that too!

16 September
From Aasiaat Departure and overnight stay at Camp Qinngua (Qasigiannguit, staying in 2 pax tents)

17 September
Departure to Qasigiannguit, Visit the museum – the reenactment project – A taste of Greenland for lunch
City sightseeing and visit the sled dogs Departure to Qeqertarsuaq, Barbeque for dinner
(accommodation at Hotel Disko Island)

18 September
Guided hiking around Angakkussarfik, Snow crabs for lunch, Hotel Disko Island
2 Activities to choose between
– Kuannit from the sea – Qeqertarsuaq Boat Tours
– Visit the museum
Visit a local spiritual storyteller followed by a Traditional Greenlandic dinner made by the locals, Mini concert at the church
Departure to Aasiaat
(accommodation at Hotel SØMA)

19 September
Visit the museum and a traditional turf, City sightseeing
Departure to Nuuk

Name: Linda Kleist, Destination Manager
Email: destination@diskobay.gl
Phone: +299  293950

The Ilulissat Icefjord is known for the constant flow of massive icebergs from one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers, breathtaking wildlife, high-quality hotels, and exquisite culinary experiences.

Date: 16 September
Time: 09:00 from Copenhagen
Location: Ilulissat

Day: 19 September
Time: Dep Nuuk 13:55
Location: Vestnorden Nuuk

Min: 6
Max: 10

DKK: 3500
EUR: 470

  • Flight/transport to the region
  • Transfers
  • Fully guided tours
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner all days

All luggage you need for Vestnorden

  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Windproof / waterproof pants
  • Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!
  • Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!
  • Loose fitting hiking pants
  • Lightweight wool sweater
  • Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Backpack (minimum 40L in size)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

In the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sermeq Kujalleq is a glacier in Ilulissat icefjord that calves 40m ice per day. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest moving and most active glaciers in the world. It calves approx. 10 pct of all Greenland calf ice. Ilulissat Icefjord and the coast of the Disko Bay can be filled by massive icebergs, creating a unique experience of nature and ice.

Friday 16 September
Arrival to Ilulissat, visiting the Icefjord center, Dinner at hotel Hvide Falk
Free Evening (accommodation at Hotel SØMA)

Saturday 17 September
Flightseeing with Air Zafari, walking the yellow route, Dinner with Greenlandic Vibes and a stunning view over the icefiord on the Rooftop at Hotel Ilulissat
(Accommodation at Hotel Ilulissat)

Sunday 18 September
Sailing amongst the icebergs with Lunch, Kayaking, SUP boards, for the adventures Sauna + Cold tub or visit Museums and handcraft workshop,
Dinner at Hotel Icefiord followed by a Sled Dog visit and meet a musher
(accommodation at Hotel Icefiord)

Monday 19 September
Departure to Nuuk

Name: Asbjørn Bargsteen and Suusaat Matthiassen
Email: Asdb@avannaata.glsuma@avannaata.gl
Phone: +299 387778

Registration is closed for 2022

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