GREENLAND CROSSING - AN EXPEDITION IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN
For April / May of 2020 Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions are offering, together with their on-the-ground partners a superb expedition across the Greenland Glacier, the world’s second biggest sheet of ice.
The aim is to cross the interior of Greenland from Ammassalik on the east coast to Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) on the west coast. The entire expedition will take up to 34 days in total. So far, the success rate with our guides is 100% over 10 previous Greenland expeditions.
It takes about 10 days to climb up to the highest part of the ice sheet on this route, topping off at 2500m. The gradient is gradual and the use of skins makes sure that the skis move you forward. From the summit it takes about a week to get to the phantom radar station DYE 2, surely one of the most bizarre buildings on the planet that was used to monitor the Russians during the Cold War. From this strange place it takes from around 5 days to get to Terra firma - Hill 660, the landfall on the westerns side of the ice sheet.
Depending on the snow conditions and the weather you encounter the expedition can last from 21 - 30 days in total including transport at the beginning and the end.
For any back country enthusiast this is the ultimate expedition, where one needs to overcome several challenges, and not all of them physical!
Cross country skiing: 4 to 5 weeks polar expedition.
Walking per day: 6 to 8 active hours.
Total distance: 540 kilometers (335 miles)
Altitude: 900 – 2.500 m (2.950 - 8.200 feet)
Max elevation one day: 250 m (820 feet)
Duration: 4 - 5 weeks
Dates: April to May 2020
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Preparatory meeting in the morning with the expedition leader. Exact time and location to be announced
Flight Reykjavík – Kulusuk – Tasiilaq
Final preparation, the necessary inspection of gear etc - overnight in Tasiilaq guesthouse.
Transfer to Isortoq/Hahn glacier – start of the Crossing.
Skiing up to the summit. It takes about 10 - 15 days to climb up to the highest part of the Ice sheet on this route, topping off at 2500 m.s.l. The gradient is gradual and the use of skins make sure that the skis move us forward.
Skiing down on the west side of the Ice sheet, arriving at Hill 660.
Hiking from Hill 660 to Kangerlussuaq (optional).
Flight to Reykjavík (scheduled on the 15th of May), expedition ends.