Explore Greenland with Berg Adventures – Trip Description
Ski Mountaineering, Climbing, and Exploring above the Arctic Circle
The world's largest island, Greenland is one of the least known, least visited areas on Earth. Geographically and culturally it is a part of North America. There are native Inuit populations on the west of the island. Politically it is aligned with Denmark and our access is from the very Scandinavian country of Iceland. East Greenland is a vast, largely unvisited, expanse of arctic wilderness. We fly by ski plane from Akureyri, on the north coast of Iceland, across the Strait of Denmark, in ski-equipped Twin Otters. We land on the Watkins Glacier, and establish a base camp near where we unload the plane.
For the next two weeks we will be in an Arctic wilderness paradise. Long days and moderate weather are the rule in the Arctic summer. Snow conditions are excellent and we have terrain for exploring on skis, as well as laying tracks on moderate angle slopes we find everywhere around us.
BAI offers no other location in the world where you can climb and travel in such solitude. The number of visits that have been made to this area are well documented and the list is short. Our Primary mountaineering objective Gunnbjornsfjeld, (12,116 ft.) has seen a handful of successful ascents. The highest peak above the Arctic Circle, Gunnbjornsfjeld will require us to be above our base Camp for 3 to 4 days. It is a snow climb of moderate difficulty requiring basic glacier travel skills and ability to travel safely and confidently on slopes up to 45 degrees using an ice ax and wearing crampons.
After we have made our summit on Gunnbjornsfjeld, other peaks in the area will beckon us. Some have seen 1 - 4 previous ascents, some have never been climbed. Depending on our spirit and skills, we will have fantastic opportunities to put our stamp on the exploration of this amazing land.