Greenland Expedition

8 Days from $4,845

START: Ilulissat

FINISH: Nuuk

AGES: 15 - 99

THEME: Explorer

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Description

There are so few places left on earth that can be described as truly remote and wild, but Greenland is surely one of them. Travel to the world’s largest non-continental island, where fewer than 60,000 people live in the tundra-like environment. Here, icebergs tower instead of skyscrapers and tiny settlements on the coast still rely on subsistence fishing to survive. Hike through boulder-strewn hillside to the ruins of an ancient Paleo-Inuit culture, breathe the purest air imaginable and crane your neck in awe of iceberg giants on this eight-day expedition.

Start: Ilulissat

Finish: Nuuk

Ages: 15 - 99

Theme: Explorer

Accommodation: Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (3 nights)

Destination: Nuuk

Highlights

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This Expedition is land-based, perfect for those suffering from sea-sickness who don't want to travel the region by cruise ship.
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Be welcomed into a local home to enjoy kaffeemik, a unique Greenlandic tradition and casual celebration where sweets and conversation are served up by the plateful.
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Stay on the edge of the famed Ilulissat Icefjord, watching frosted peaks of icebergs from the shore while you explore the village.
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Cruise through broken ‘bergs to the tiny fishing community of Oqaatsut, then embark on an unforgettable hike through archaeological sites, gorges and craggy hillside.
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Discover Greenland’s modern capital of Nuuk, where colourful Nordic houses are joined by alternative architecture, artisan clothing boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
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How many people do you know that have been to Greenland? This expedition puts the ‘adventure’ in adventure travel, showing you a part of the world few outsiders see.

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Welcome to Ilulissat! With fewer than 5000 residents (and about 1500 sled dogs), this is Greenland’s third-largest city, located on famous Disko Bay. The main drawcard here is the spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord, where apartment block-sized icebergs are visible from the shore. Ilulissat actually means 'icebergs', and there is a likelihood that the iceberg that sank the Titanic came from here. Your tour kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, when you can get to know your fellow explorers and tour leader.

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Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then set out on a guided walk of town. Over the course of a 2-hour stroll your leader will illuminate the history of Ilulissat from 1741 to the present. You’ll also learn a little about what daily life is like when icebergs are your neighbours and you live 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. See the colonial part of town, built by the Danish when it was still called Jakobshavn, visit fishermen at the harbour and at the fishmarket Brættet, pass the birthplace of pioneering anthropologist Knud Rasmussen and learn about the unique pressure facing shopkeepers in this part of the world at a supply store. Perched on a cliff edge and with icebergs floating behind it, the 18th-century Zion Church is a great place to take some photos. Following the tour, the rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace.

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Fortify yourself with breakfast and then embark on a 1-hour cruise towards the tiny settlement of Oqaatsut (also called Rodebay), passing towering icebergs that have broken free from the Ilulissat Icefjord en route. Around 40 people live here permanently, primarily occupied by fishing and hunting. Back in Ilulissat step off the boat and set out on a hike that takes you past historical and natural splendour. Begin at the old quarry and walk to Seqinniarfik hill, where you will stop to enjoy your picnic lunch with a view of behemoth icebergs. Continue to Nakkaavik (Old Ladies Gorge) where you’ll have unobstructed views of the Kangia Icefjord from your place on the rugged mountain. Finally, pass through Sermermiut, an archeologically significant site settled as early as 4000 years ago by the Saqqaq. Finish at an old heliport. During the hike your guide will illuminate the fascinating geological, environmental and cultural histories of this World Heritage-listed area. Return to Ilulissat town in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

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Aside from breakfast this morning your day is free and clear for you to do as you please. There are a few highly recommended optional activities on offer today, just note that they are not included in the price of your tour. A 3-hour iceberg sightseeing tour is a breathtaking way to get close to the white monuments that decorate Ilulissat Icefjord. 50 gigatons of ice flow out into the ocean here every year. While the views from the shore are spectacular, nothing beats cruising alongside these giants, some of which tower 100 metres above sea level. That’s as tall as Big Ben, for reference. If you’d like to see a different kind of giant, you might like to head out on a whale safari. Greenland’s waters are graced by three varieties: narwhals, belugas and bowheads. This cruise is your chance to have a close encounter with these wild creatures. Of course, you are also free to simply relax in town.

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After breakfast board your included flight to Nuuk, the largest town in Greenland. Transfer from the airport to your hotel and settle in, then head out on a city tour with your leader. This 2-hour tour will introduce you to the capital, established by Denmark in 1728 under the name Godthåb (Good Hope). Get your bearings and snap some pictures of the colourful houses that line the waterfront, then choose which of the sights to explore on your own. The National Museum of Greenland is a great place to begin. Collections here include mummies from the 15th century and the oldest umiaq (skin boat) in the world. Discover expressions of the country’s culture in the Nuuk Art Museum, where exhibitions display contemporary and historic art. In the evening, ask your leader for advice on where to grab dinner. Our stay in Nuuk is at a local hotel famed for exclusively using 'bæredygtige energiressourcer' (sustainable energy resources), and everyday operations at the property have sustainability and the reduction of the environmental footprint in mind so that future generations can experience the Greenland that exists today. This is especially significant as the hotel is located in an area that will be affected most by climate change.

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Grab some breakfast and then enjoy a so-called kaffeemik with a local family. Kaffeemik is a celebratory tradition where a fun, casual social gathering is held at someone's home. Leave your shoes at the door and sip coffee, munch sweets and ask your hosts about life in Greenland. Later, lace up your boots again and head out on a guided hike around the Quassussuaq region. Hike through rugged landscapes, past small freshwater streams and boulders to the summit of Little Malene mountain. It’s a steep ascent to reach the top of this 500-metre-tall mountain and while the hike isn’t difficult you will need to be physically fit to enjoy it. Once at the top you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the city of Nuuk and the untouched wilderness that surrounds it. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps resting after today’s hike.

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Enjoy a day as clear as the Greenland air. Today you have the option of exploring Nuuk on your own or partaking in a non-included boat tour to the hunting settlement of Kapisillit, where fewer than 100 people live. In many ways a typical Greenlandic village, Kapisillit is a fantastic place to observe the serenity and way of life in a tiny town on the edge of the world. The tour also visits the abandoned settlement of Qoornoq. If you’d prefer to stay in Nuuk, you may want to visit any of the museums you didn’t get a chance to see the other day. The Katuaq, a cultural centre designed to resemble the undulating shimmer of the northern lights, is open to the public most days and has a cinema playing both Hollywood blockbusters and European arthouse films. The centre also has art exhibitions and live performances, subject to scheduling. Your leader will have more information.

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After breakfast your Greenland adventure comes to an end. Chat to your agent or Intrepid representative at the time of booking to review your flight options. 

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Meals

7 Breakfasts
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Transport

Boat, On foot, Plane, Private vehicle
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Accommodation

Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
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Included Activities

  • Kaffeemik with Local Family

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Nuka Hostel

Kussangajaannguaq 32

Ilulissat

GREENLAND

Phone: +299 94 24 24

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Hotel Seamen's Home

Marinevej 3

Nuuk

GREENLAND

Phone: +299 32 10 29

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NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT

This trip requires a higher non-refundable deposit (AUD700, USD700, EUR500, NZD700, GBP500, CAD700, ZAR7,000, CHF500) in order to secure the flights included on this trip. The additional deposit paid at time of booking will be credited to the final balance of your booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

COSTS & PRICES

Greenland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to outdoor activities, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money. Stock up on food at a supermarket if you would like to opt out of eating at restaurants. Please make sure you read the trip notes carefully in order to know what is and what isn't included in the trip price.

NEW TRIP

While we have thoroughly researched this area of the world to put together this adventure, please be advised that this is a new trip for Intrepid. To be frank, things may not always go to plan. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones, but the warning is sincere. If this concerns you, we recommend you wait a year until the trip has been ironed out.

FLIGHTS TO/FROM GREENLAND

Ilulissat, the start location of this trip, is best reached by direct flight from Reykjavik (both Keflavik and Reykjavik's domestic airport have daily flights). Alternatively there are flights from Copenhagen that have a short stop in Kangerlussuaq. From Nuuk, the end location of this trip, again there are direct flights to Reykjavik, and flights to Copenhagen with a stop in Kangerlussuaq. If flying Air Greenland it is best to book all flights on one ticket as this will be more economical.

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All Intrepid group trips in Europe are accompanied by one of our local European group leaders. ’Local’ in this context means a leader who is European or lives in Europe. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader takes care of logistics, will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

At Intrepid we also aim to support local guides in the individual cities or locations we travel to. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend an optional local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

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Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trips. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety-field

FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

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Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Visas for Denmark (of which Greenland is part of) are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

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This Expedition is land-based, perfect for those suffering from sea-sickness who don't want to travel the region by cruise ship.

Be welcomed into a local home to enjoy kaffeemik, a unique Greenlandic tradition and casual celebration where sweets and conversation are served up by the plateful.

Stay on the edge of the famed Ilulissat Icefjord, watching frosted peaks of icebergs from the shore while you explore the village.

Cruise through broken ‘bergs to the tiny fishing community of Oqaatsut, then embark on an unforgettable hike through archaeological sites, gorges and craggy hillside.

Discover Greenland’s modern capital of Nuuk, where colourful Nordic houses are joined by alternative architecture, artisan clothing boutiques and gourmet restaurants.

How many people do you know that have been to Greenland? This expedition puts the ‘adventure’ in adventure travel, showing you a part of the world few outsiders see.

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This is an expedition trip and is new to our range this year. Despite rigorous planning and research, new itineraries can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a welcome surprise, but every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Ilulissat, the start location of this trip, is best reached by direct flight from Reykjavik (both Keflavik and Reykjavik's domestic airport have daily flights). Alternatively there are flights from Copenhagen that have a short stop in Kangerlussuaq. From Nuuk, the end location of this trip, again there are direct flights to Reykjavik, and flights to Copenhagen with a stop in Kangerlussuaq. If flying Air Greenland it is best to book all flights on one ticket as this will be more economical.

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All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

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While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in Greenland. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try in Ilulissat and Nuuk. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, meals aren't included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. Stock up on food at a supermarket if you would like to opt out eating at restaurants.

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

There are some basic breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar).

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CURRENCY

The official currency in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK). Plans to introduce the Greenlandic Krone were abandoned in 2009.

CASH

Please note that credit cards are virtually accepted everywhere throughout Greenland, and you can get by without withdrawing any cash. However if you do need an ATM, they are available in most towns. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Some banks will allow a cash advance against a major credit card which will incur a service charge of 5% or more. Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash.

SPENDING MONEY:

When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

BUDGET

Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. We suggest DKK 3,500.00 for meals not included on this trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less. Please remember that Greenland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to visiting a cafe, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money. Please stock up on food at a supermarket if you would like to opt out eating at restaurants.

TIPPING

If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. You may consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline DKK 30 to 40 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. Tipping is not a way of life in Greenland for meals, hotels or taxi drivers though.

CONTINGENCY FUNDS:

We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.

The recommended amounts are listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however the local currency is needed in the countries you are visiting.

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PACKING On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list

CLIMATE The Greenlandic climate is very unpredictable the whole year round thus we recommend to all our guests to bring good sturdy shoes with a good grip for hiking, a warm wind and rainproof jacket and trousers, gloves or mittens, good head wear and sunglasses. WHITE NIGHTS The closer you travel to the second half of June, the shorter the nights are in this part of the world. As many of our accommodations may not have suitable curtains to block out light you may want to consider bringing an eye-mask, especially if you are a light sleeper.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES Please note: Luggage allowances on this trip due to flight baggage restrictions are a maximum of 20 kilos checked baggage and 5 kilos hand luggage.

WATER BOTTLE Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Cold tap water is safe and good to drink so you can avoid the purchase of bottled water by refilling from the tap.

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Greenland can be cold throughout the year, especially at night. Rain is possible at any time of year. Please familiarize yourself with what climate to expect and bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, rain coat and anything else that you think may be applicable.

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Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.

Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking, and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.

The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. Your group leader has the right to remove any member of the group for breaking any of these rules, with no right of refund.

If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

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After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

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GENERAL ISSUES ON YOUR TRIP

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

If you have booked an arrival transfer, and you experience severe delays at immigration, baggage collection or customs, or if you are not able to find to the driver, please contact the transfer operator directly on the number listed in the joining point instructions in the section above.

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Greenland Operations Team can be reached on the number listed below:

Intrepid's Local Operator:: +45 2048 5964

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Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers and staff are trained on these principles, and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel.

Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting:

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/responsible-travel

Hotel Seamen's Home (Sømandshjemmet in Danish) is located conveniently between Nuuk's harbour and the town centre. All electricity at the hotel comes from 'bæredygtige energiressourcer' (sustainable energy resources), and everyday operations at the property have sustainability and the reduction of the environmental footprint in mind so that future generations can experience the Greenland that exists today. This is especially significant as the hotel is located in an area that will be affected most by climate change.

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OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

TWIN SHARE BASIS

Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

CHECK-IN TIME

Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION

If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

FACILITIES

Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

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Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php

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As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS:

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

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ITINERARY CHANGES:

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist.

Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

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