Ice 24 expeditionIt is said that Greenland is the country of contrasts. The biggest contrast is to be found in the landscape, where the Inland Ice meets the bedrock. There are really good opportunities to experience all this hiking from Glacier Lodge Eqi. The treks start at Glacier Lodge Eqi, and from there we follow the footsteps of Paul-Èmile Victor all the way to the Inland Ice.
The transportation to and from Glacier Lodge Eqi is by boat, which an excursion by it self. We sail in modern and convenient boats at the excursion to Eqi. The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen. Further on through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our ice secured boats lie approximately 2 hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve, while a delicious lunch is served.
At approximately 3 pm. the boat will arrive at Port Victor. Port Victor is the ”harbour” at Glacier Lodge Eqi.On land, we will meet up with our guide and then depart on the hike to and on the inland ice. After having left you back pack at Base Camp Eqi, you continue onwards to the ice sheet, to experience this unique world of ice. After returning to Base Camp Eqi, a late dinner is served before everybody is ready to hit the sleeping bag in the tents and the opportunity for a little rest. Next morning after breakfast , you start the walk back to Glacier Lodge Eqi, so that you are back in time to catch the boat at 3 pm.
When the level of difficulty for these excursions are demanding, it is not because they require special training to walk on ice or climbing. The treks are not technically hard, but they are long and if you have to scale 1000 meters of altitude, you have to be in good shape.
Our guides are specially trained for these excursions, and they carry safety equipment such as satellite phones, GPS, avalanche sticks, and first aid equipment.