Greenland trekking holiday, The Iceberg trail

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
04 Aug 2017
£ 2490
excluding flights
Available
Click here to enquire about or book the 04 Aug 2017 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Greenland trekking holiday, The Iceberg trail

Environment

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children”. Old Kenyan proverb. This proverb has been the foundation for our ‘Mission Statement’ since 1988 when it was featured in our first brochures.

Travel on this trip is as low carbon as possible. While backpacking on this trip, our travel is energy efficient. We use boat transfers rather than helicopter transfers in Greenland, in order to use less fuel and to employ local boatmen.

On trek we follow the principles of ‘No Trace Travel’ by doing the following:
We choose campsites carefully, choosing durable ground
We remove all signs of each campsite before leaving
All rubbish carried out or burnt, with care taken to extinguish the flame
We don’t pick flowers or remove rocks from the landscape
We respect the flora, fauna and local people
Human waste is buried, toilet paper is burnt


We buy local goods from local people as much as possible and maintain close relationships with a number of East Greenlanders who provide us with boat transport, local advice, and invaluable support.

We encourage group members to take an interest in the flora and fauna. On this trip we often see whales, seals, the occasional arctic fox, snow buntings, lapland buntings, wheatears and, if we are lucky, can listen to the haunting call of the great northern diver (loon). Where possible, we choose food with minimal packaging to reduce plastic waste and are guests are advised as to how to dispose of waste responsibly. As there is no suitable recycling available for batteries, we encourage group members to dispose of used batteries safely in their home country

We set an example in our own office - we recycle paper and ink cartridges and minimise the amount of printing we do etc.

We are aware that a trip to Greenland involves air travel. We encourage each traveller to consider how to redress this by reducing their carbon footprint at home. Friends of the Earth offer guidelines: http://www.foe.co.uk/carbon_calculator/elements/pdf/total_tips.pdf

Community

We support the local economy by buying local goods from local people and employing the services of local Greenlanders for boat transfers. Over the years we have developed friendships with many of the locals in Tasiilaq and Kulusuk who offer substantial backup. They keep us in touch with any events, weather or sea ice issues. On our travels there are several opportunities to buy hand made souvenirs made by local people we have come to know, which helps to support more rural communities. We also visit local museums and arts and craft outlets in the villages we visit.

For accommodation, we avoid larger hotel chains, preferring locally-owned accommodations with a traditional flavour.

On several occasions a young local has joined one of our groups. This provides a valuable exchange of cultures as well as a mutual platform for exchanging language skills. We always encourage learning a little Greenlandic. ‘Good morning’, ‘Thank you’. ‘Goodbye’ and encourage their use.

We keep our group sizes small (12) meaning that we fit better into the communities we visit and don't impose too much. We brief our guests on cultural issues and ask group members to avoid consuming any alcohol in the presence of local people for example, due to the problems alcohol has created in the local community. We encourage discussing current issues, recent Greenlandic history, environmental and economic issues effecting Greenland and the local community etc



Popular similar holidays

Greenland photography tour, icebergs, glaciers & Inuit Settlements

Greenland photography tour, icebergs, glaciers & Inuit Settlements

Incredible photographic adventure in stunning West Greenland

From £3900 10 days excluding flights

Arctic cruise adventure holiday

Arctic cruise adventure holiday

Sail from Spitsbergen to Greenland on an arctic adventure

From £3499 15 days excluding flights

Greenland holiday, Disko Bay & Eqi Glacier

Greenland holiday, Disko Bay & Eqi Glacier

Tailor-made adventure in Greenland

From £2669 7 days including domestic flights only

East Greenland cruise

East Greenland cruise

Dramatic Arctic Mountains, Inuits, Towering Icebergs Whales

From £2650 8 days excluding flights

Convert currencies