Accommodations; services of professional expedition leaders, local guides and camp staff; all meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on the final day; some alcoholic beverages; most gratuities; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day; gear including Mustang expedition suits for Zodiac excursions and all kayaking equipment; all activities and entrance fees; all taxes, permits and service fees.
Travel to and from the start and end point of the trip; some alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees (if any); optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes (if any); required medical evacuation insurance; optional travel protection insurance (strongly recommended); insurance of any kind; cost of internal air ($1,998 in 2023), which includes round-trip flights between Reykjavik, Iceland, and Kulusuk, Greenland, and a helicopter flight between Kulusuk and Tasiilaq (to be added to your invoice); dinner in Reykjavik on Day 9.
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 is required per person at time of booking. Deposit may be transferred to a new departure date of this trip anytime before the balance of the trip price is due, 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 100% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.
Arrival & Departure
The Discover Greenland adventure begins and ends at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Rekjavik, Iceland. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Keflavik no later than 3:30pm on Day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 5:30pm. The transfer from the airport to your hotel near the Reykjavik harbor takes approximately 1 hour.
Plan flights to depart Keflavik anytime in the evening on Day 9. Your scheduled return flights from Kulusuk, Greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland, arrive in Reykjavik at varying times throughout the season. Please contact your Adventure Specialist for flight details specific to your departure. Note that based on current flight times available, as well as the transfer distance between airports, the return flight from Kulusuk will most likely not arrive in time to connect with flights back to the U.S., necessitating an overnight in Reykjavik. We strongly recommend this overnight stay in Rejkavik at the end of your trip as weather can be extremely unpredictable in this part of the world, and your flight from Greenland to Iceland can be delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.
Required internal group flights on Day 2 and Day 9 between Reykjavik and Kulusuk are not included in the fare of this trip; the helicopter flight from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq is also not included; see the mandatory transfer package information listed in Exclusions. Travel by boat will substitute this helicopter transfer if necessary.
Discover Greenland is a genuine wilderness experience, located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area that is accessed via a scenic 4- to 5-hour boat transfer or short helicopter flight. Activities take place in this remote and rugged environment with unpredictable weather, so be prepared for a true wilderness adventure.
Good health and general physical fitness are a must, as camp is far from medical facilities. Walks and hikes require strong mobility and stability. All activities are optional and alternate activities are usually available at varying levels of physical demand, yet all guests must be able to walk unassisted at least two miles over uneven, rocky and sometimes steep terrain without trails. In Tasiilaq, the hotel is located atop a very steep hill high above town, and vehicle transportation is provided to and from our group activities for those who prefer to ride rather than walk.
Open Zodiac boats are used to access the shore for exploration and landings may be unstable, either wet (requiring you to walk a short distance in shallow water) or dry (disembarking directly onto land). They may require walking over rocks or large boulders that can be slippery with seaweed. Staff is available to assist for safety purposes, but guests need to be able to comfortably negotiate such uneven and unstable conditions.
Base Camp Activities
While at Base Camp, daily activities include nature walks or hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions of varying durations. Zodiac outings in the nearby fjords can last up to 8 or 9 hours (including stops), with opportunities for hikes ashore to explore geological and historic sights. Expect to operate in generally calm seas, but conditions can change quickly, and you may be exposed in the open boats to cold, windy or rainy weather. Travelers who have health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions should take this into consideration.
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $1,595 supplement (2023) in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share, please ask your Adventure Specialist about the possibility of matching with a roommate; this program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found.
Families & Children
Due the expedition nature and isolated location of this program, children must be 15 years old at time of departure.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance, then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.
Reykjavik, Iceland Accommodations
If you plan to make your own hotel reservations in Reykjavik, we strongly recommend that you book any necessary extra hotel nights as soon as possible. Due to Iceland’s rising popularity as a travel destination, hotels are likely to sell out early. The costs of services in Iceland have increased substantially due to extremely high demand and very limited availability.
Variable Departure Details
2023 rates and dates are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your Adventure Specialist will confirm details at time of booking.