Natural Habitat's Base Camp Greenland - EXPLORATORY TRIP!
“All true wisdom is only to be found far from the dwellings of man, in great solitudes.” – Knud Rasmussen, Danish-Inuit polar explorer
As technology shrinks our planet and its most remote reaches become more accessible, novel adventures are ever rarer. But we have a genuine first to offer: Natural Habitat’s Base Camp Greenland, a new luxury ecolodge at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet! In East Greenland, one of the most isolated places on earth, our guests alone will experience this stunning Arctic landscape in supreme comfort. Greenland in summer is glorious: Wildflowers burst into color on the verdant tundra. Lowbush blueberries invite picking. Pods of whales feed in the bay in view of our camp. Icebergs, spawned from massive glaciers, glitter in the midnight sun. Beneath granite peaks that tower over deep fjords, Greenland’s east coast – the “Arctic Riviera” – offers some of the best kayaking and hiking conditions in the Far North. Nothing compares to Greenland for an epic Arctic adventure destination – and there’s no better way to experience it than from our new ecologically designed base camp.
- Explore the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet via boat excursions and guided walks by the ice, and witness the effects of climate change as melting glaciers calve massive icebergs into the sea
- Join the select few to stay at our new luxury ecolodge near Sermilik Fjord, an awesome realm of pristine wilderness where you'll paddle and hike alongside our veteran Expedition Leaders
- Enjoy authentic cultural encounters with local Inuit, and visit ancient Eskimo ruins to learn about how indigenous cultures past and present have sustained a hardy northern lifestyle
Why You Should See Greenland from Nat Hab's Luxury Base Camp
- An Exclusive Itinerary – We Go Where No One Else Does
Natural Habitat is the only travel company in the world to offer this unique itinerary into an exceptionally remote realm known for its huge icebergs, whales, and spectacular views of the Greenland Ice Sheet. While other outfitters offer Greenland trips, none have the experience and safety expertise to lead groups into the single most impressive section of Greenland's legendary east coast: the mighty Sermilik Fjord complex.
- The Only Luxury Base Camp Deep in the East Greenland Wilderness
Brand new for 2015, we have built the one and only luxury Arctic expedition lodge in East Greenland – close to Greenland Ice Sheet and far from any vestiges of civilization. From here we have easy access to the ice cap by Zodiac. Our location on the edge of the vast Sermilik Fjord complex grants us a vantage point on huge icebergs floating by, and we occasionally see big whales in the bay below.
- A Small-Group Wilderness Immersion
Our camp accommodates a maximum of just 12 travelers. Our small group size ensures a strong commitment to safety and personalized attention from your guides. It's a markedly different experience to see Greenland’s dramatic coast in this manner, rather than with a hundred or more guests aboard a ship all going ashore together in motorized Zodiacs at one time. Our camp chef provides excellent meals, even in this remote locale – and you'll enjoy enlightening lectures and slideshows in the evenings presented by our guides, who are expert Arctic naturalists.
- Round-Trip Helicopter Flight from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq
To expedite our arrival to Ammassalik Island where our Base Camp adventure begins, we fly via helicopter from Kulusuk to East Greenland’s small administrative capital of Tasiilaq. It’s a much faster and more reliable mode of transportation than traveling via boat, and you'll have an excellent chance to spot whales from the air.
- An Authentic Experience of Contemporary Greenland Culture
In addition to our time at Base Camp, we spend three nights in Tasiilaq, the remote capital of East Greenland. We’ll enjoy an encounter with Tasiilaq's people and culture and learn about their history on a visit to the town’s museum. Most visitors never get to Tasiilaq; our overnight stays afford an opportunity to meet the locals, appreciate their traditions, and gain insight into the challenges and rewards of life in modern Greenland.
- Unmatched Depth of Greenland Guiding Experience
Our company and guides have more East Greenland kayaking experience than any other outfitter in the world. Our CEO, Chief Exploratory Officer Olaf Malver, pioneered commercial trips on Greenland’s east coast, and we’ve been leading expeditions here since 1988, including many historic paddling “firsts.” No one matches our depth of experience when it comes to keeping our travelers safe. These are potentially dangerous waters, with strong currents and laden with ice – highly experienced guides are essential, and our Greenland Expedition Leaders are the best in the business. We know that a nature adventure is only as good as the guide at the helm, so we’re committed to providing the very best! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- The Absolute Best Equipment
As part of our unwavering commitment to safety and comfort, we use the best and most up-to-date expedition Zodiacs and kayaks available on the market, as well as top-of-the-line safety gear. Our equipment is meticulously maintained, reducing the chance for unexpected mishaps as we travel. When safety counts, only the best will do – and not every outfitter provides it.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Greenland Adventure
When you travel with Natural Habitat, you receive our exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the Earth, and when you travel with us, you benefit from knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, an important element when you're concerned, as we are, about a rapidly changing Arctic and other areas and habitats threatened by a rapidly warming planet.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, we have been chosen by World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud.