Price: EUR 2950 per person
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Dates: May 24 – May 31, 2021
Terrain: trails, gravel roads, and a bit of pavement
Average daily running distance: 15 km
Single supplement: Euro 340 per person
Longest run: 30 km
Group size: 12 people + 2 guides
TABLE OF CONTENTS
May 24th, 2021. Day 1, Arrival in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Depart Copenhagen at 9 am and arrive in Kangerlussuaq at 9.40 am.
We check-in at Old Camp Hostel, where we enjoy lunch, and then it’s time for our first trail running.
We start from our lovely Old Camp hostel and head towards the American base that was established during the 2nd world war. All buildings and barracks are still intact, so our run through the base feels like a time warp back to the 1940s. We then cross the river and head towards our first climb towards the local mountain Tacan while enjoying amazing views of the Tundra. With a bit of luck, we spot musk ox and reindeer.
Our trail run continues over the Tundra and towards Lake Ferguson. Once by the lake, we follow the shore towards the old Rowing Club that is today a restaurant. This trail run is finalized by running back to Kangerlussuaq along a gravel road and straight towards a nice hot shower.
Distance: 20-25 km
May 25th, 2021 – Day 2, Inland Ice
We enjoy breakfast at Old Camp while trying to contain our excitement of one of the very highlights of the trail running holiday. In a 4×4 bus, we drive 30 km through the tundra towards the inland ice. The road ends at “Point 666” which is the elevation above sea level (in meters ;-)). Together with the guide, we walk on the inland ice, which is also the second-largest ice cap in the world. The inland ice is up to 3 km thick on this ice cap.
Then it’s time to lace up as we run from the inland ice and back to Kangerlussuaq. An incredibly stunning route where we pass numerous lakes, enjoy views of the inland ice, pass the active Russel glacier and an old crashed plane. We cross the sandplain where the Greenlandic national flower Gederemsen blooms. Distance 30 km.
Once back in Kangerlussuaq we shower and freshen up and in the evening we have dinner at Restaurant Roklubben. We travel via bus to and from the restaurant.
May 26th, 2021 – Day 3, Ilulissat, Capital of Icebergs
We start the day with breakfast at Old Camp and then we fly to Ilulissat, a 45 min plane journey. Already as we fly into Ilulissat you will enjoy stunning views of the icefjord and its mind-blowing icebergs. Our luggage is driven to the guest house, while we on the other make our own way to the guest house by running. This is a 6 km city running tour, where your guide will give you all the ins and outs of Ilulissat and you will run past the small harbor as well as through the center of Ilulissat.
Ilulissat is the 3rd largest city in Greenland with approximately 5000 inhabitants. It’s the most visited place in Greenland due to the icefjord and its UNESCO heritage. After the run, it’s time to enjoy some free time and dinner will be at the guest house.
May 27th, 2021 – Day 4, UNESCO Heritage and Icefjord Sailing
We eat breakfast at the guesthouse and then the day is all about trail running in the UNESCO-heritage area. We start with an easy run through the Sermermuit Valley to the old Inuit settlement. For thousands of years, different Inuit cultures have settled and we will see remains from the Thule culture. After a short break at “Kællingekløften” (English translation avoided, as it would be offensive in today’s language) enjoying magnificent views, we continue our trail run. We stop by some Inuit graves and continue along the icefjord until we reach a meltwater river and thereafter the lake. Our route leads us through a gorge to the quarry, where we are met by the run’s steepest climb over Great Aginak. During winter, this is the same route hunters and dogs follow to reach the fishing locations. Once at the top, we are rewarded with unrivalled views of the icefjord and Ilulissat. Distance: approx 15 km.
Back at the guest house, we fire up the panoramic sauna, where we can reminisce over today’s run while enjoying the heat and views of the icefjord (bucket list experience, anyone?)
Later that evening we walk to the harbor, where we start our 2½ hour boat trip to the icefjord where we experience the gigantic icebergs. The reflection of the evening sun on the icebergs is magical!
May 28th, 2021 – Day 5, Free time
This day is all about you. It’s a free day where you can rest or buy additional experiences such as kayaks, SUPs, boat trips, or do a run on your own.
May 29th, 2021 – Day 6, The Old Post Route – Settlement Visit
We sail north to the settlement Oqaatsut after the usual breakfast at the guesthouse. There are 30 people living in the settlement, which is an old Dutch settlement for whalers. It is today still a place where the whales from the whale hunting in the Disco Bay are pulled to shore.
After visiting Oqaatsut, we run on the old 22.5 km post route leading back to Ilulissat. This route is the exact same as for the classic running race “Cecilie Løbet” that takes place every year in July. The route leads us along Bredebugten (Broad Bay) spoiling us with views of the water and we enjoy our lunch in a small hut along the way.
In the evening we suggest enjoying some Greenlandic live music at the local venue Naleraq.
May 30th, 2021 – Day 7, Easy run and free time
We eat breakfast at the guesthouse and start the day with an easy 8 km run. We will run one of the routes in the UNESCO heritage area and take in the last views of the amazing icebergs.
The afternoon is free to enjoy other activities and in the evening we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner with local specialities.
May 31st, 2021 – Day 8, Travel back to Copenhagen
We enjoy our last breakfast at the guesthouse before heading to the airport. We depart at 11.50 am and arrive in Copenhagen at 9.30 pm.
Voila – an unforgettable 8 days of running and amazing nature, that will stay with you for the rest of your life!
Departure from Copenhagen, Denmark.
All participants will depart from Copenhagen, which means that travelers from abroad will have to travel to and from Copenhagen. Once you arrive in Copenhagen all flights are included.
You do not have to be an elite trail runner to run. You have to love running and be in good shape. That means you have to be able to run a half marathon while still smiling the last kilometer. The trails are not super technical but experience or being comfortable with trail running is an advantage.
The way we do it!
We include breaks along the routes, walk the steep parts to ensure a social and enjoyable run for everyone.
We value the social aspect of being a group of people all passionate about running. We value getting to know each other and a significant part of the holiday is the unique experiences we will share. Prior to the trip, we will invite you to an introductory meeting (in Copenhagen or virtual) where we share more information and also squeeze in a run in the Danish capital.
In Kangerlussuaq, we stay in Old Camp. Old Camp is situated two kilometers from the entrance to the airport in a beautiful area in between Mount Hassel and Søndre Stømfjord (the fiord) with a view over Lake Ferguson and the mountains. The hostel consists of four wooden constructed longhouses with 37 rooms shared between the three houses. In the fourth house, you find the reception and a small kiosk. The double rooms are furnished with beds, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe, and a clock-radio. You will find modern shower facilities and toilets in the hallway in every building and an eating and a common room with a tv, a DVD player and a stereo. Breakfast is included.
In Ilulissat Guesthouse is owned by Arctic Friend and the guesthouse has an amazing view of the ice fiord. Most of the houses have 3 DBL rooms sharing toilet and shower facilities in the hallway. We have full access to kitchen facilities for self-cooking and we can enjoy our meals in the living room while enjoying the view of the icebergs floating by.
What’s Included in the Price?
- Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
- Flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
- Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
- Taxes and fees
- 2 nights in a double room in Old Camp Hostel
- 5 nights in a double room in Ilulissat Guest House
- Linen and towels
- 7 x breakfast, 5 x lunch & 4 x dinner
- Run: Kangerlussuaq and Tacan
- Run: Russel Glacier
- Run: Running Tour of Ilulissat
- Run: Along the icefjord and UNESCO heritage area in Sermermiut valley by the icefjord
- Run: Around the Radio mountains in Ilulissat
- Icefjord Boat trip
- Boat to Oqaatsut from Ilulissat
- 2 running guides from Arctic Friend & Go Running Tours
What’s NOT Included in the Price?
- Meals not described in the itinerary
- Additional experiences not described in the Itinerary
- A mandatory fee for the Danish Travel Foundation EUR 15 per person
- Travel insurances
- Single Room (Additional cost: eur 340)