“Base Camp Greenland” Showcases Arctic Coastal Wilderness
First luxury expedition ecolodge on the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet
The nine-day, eight-night adventure, limited to just 12 travelers, will be offered four times in 2015: August 1-9, August 9-18, August 18-26 and August 26–September 3.
“Till now, Greenland’s remote east coast, carved by glaciers and rent by deep fjords filled with icebergs, has been inaccessible to all but the hardiest travelers,” says Ben Bressler, Natural Habitat’s founder and president. “Base Camp Greenland is changing that.”
The centerpiece of the trip is a four-night stay at Base Camp Greenland on Sermilik Fjord, the heart of a region known as the “Arctic Riviera” for its many dry, sunny summer days. Amid Greenland’s most dramatic scenery, guests will go whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking, and visit traditional Inuit villages. Excursions are guided by Natural Habitat Expedition Leaders, among the Arctic’s most experienced naturalist guides.
The new expedition ecolodge offers all the amenities of a deluxe African-safari-style camp. Private tent-cabins will have heating, carpet, beds with duvets and pillows, en suite toilets and washbasins, and verandas with stunning views. Private hot showers are available in a separate facility. A camp chef prepares fresh and creative meals in the common area where guests gather for dining, relaxing and interpretive presentations.
The camp enjoys a view of the Greenland Ice Sheet—the worlds’ second-largest ice mass—where guests will have a close-up vantage point on the dynamics of global warming, as glaciers spawn gigantic icebergs and meltwater rivers form in front of the ice cap.
Base Camp Greenland is the vision of Natural Habitat’s ‘Chief Exploratory Officer,’ Olaf Malver, an Explorers Club member who has been to Greenland 26 times and pioneered many kayaking ‘firsts’ there. He says it’s designed to offer guests a chance to explore some of Greenland’s wildest territory in a new mode: neither a physically demanding backpacking expedition, nor a sedentary cruise on a ship with a hundred or more passengers.
Natural Habitat’s Base Camp Greenland trip begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a group flight to Kulusuk, Greenland, then continues by helicopter to Tasiilaq, the small administrative center of East Greenland. After a three-night stay in Tasiilaq focused on Greenland’s native Inuit culture, with whale-watching, kayaking and hiking excursions, the adventure continues with a boat ride from Tasiilaq to Base Camp Greenland for four nights, before returning to Reykjavik for a final night.
“In short, we are building the equivalent of a deluxe African safari tented camp in the middle of the ‘Arctic Riviera,’ an isolated section of the East Greenland coast known for its mild, dry summer climate and some of the most stunning landscapes in the Far North,” says Emily Deemer, marketing manager for Natural Habitat Adventures. “Daily hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac excursions provide an intimate introduction to this pristine wilderness.”
Odds of Encountering Children: Higher than zero, but slim. “Usually we recommend children be at least 12 years old, but we take it on a case-by-case basis if they are between 6 and 12,” says Deemer. “Unfortunately we do not generally allow children under 6 years old due to safety regulations, physical limitations, and concerns regarding group dynamics.” When we shared that we here at Getaways for Grownups don’t see that age restriction as “unfortunate” at all, she added, “Honestly, although we allow children 12 and over, there won’t be many (if any) on this itinerary. They tend to stick to our line of family trips. This trip is more active than our family trips, and not geared toward children.”
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a world leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1984. Small-group trips focus on exploring the planet’s most amazing nature destinations with renowned professional Expedition Leaders. As the world’s first 100% carbon-neutral travel company, NHA offers eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia, with a multitude of adventures in between. NHA is proud to be the travel partner of WWF.
– Press Release – Text & photos courtesy Natural Habitat Adventures