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About the trip

For the past 15 years, we have been based 60 kilometers north of Maniitsoq, in the tiny village of Kangaamiut. Kangaamiut sits on a small island just south of the Arctic Circle. As we are here in mid-Spring, days are already long (18-20hours) and you will notice daylight increasing each day. For 2024, we will base ourselves out of the hotel Maniitsoq. This won’t be the raw cultural experience I’ve enjoyed all these years, but it will be a lot more comfy! Martin the chef creates the most divine food! And the view over the harbor watching the ships come and go while savoring his latest local dish is mesmerizing.

The easiest transfer by far is via Copenhagen. From there it is a 4 and half hour Airbus flight to the International Airport at Kangerlussuaaq, followed by a short turbo-prop flight to Maniitsoq. We depart Copenhagen on Thursday morning and will be in Maniitsoq early afternoon. A 5-minute car ride takes us to the Hotel Maniitsoq. We’ll get settled into the hotel, sort out gear and possibly do a heli briefing. The following Thursday, we retrace our steps and arrive back in Copenhagen around 7pm.

Hotel Maniitsoq offers a unique and picturesque setting for its guests. It is located across the harbor, providing stunning views of the Davis Strait. This area is known for being frequented by whales during the summer months, and some unlucky whales in winter.

The rooms are modern and well-equipped, most offering views of the archipelago and the Apussuit glacier on the mainland. The rooms have a shower and toilet, telephone, and a 32″ flatscreen TV with free satellite channels. Guests can also enjoy free wifi throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s location in Maniitsoq, which means “the rugged place,” allows us to access the greatest heli ski runs easily.

Air Greenland supply AeroSpatiale Squirrel (aka A Star/Ecureil) AS350 B3 helicopters equipped for Arctic flying (HF radio, inflatable skids, survival bags). These are operated with four guests in the rear seat and the guide flying up front in a single seat.

Pilots have both heliski and Arctic experience.

Each machine has sat phone and GPS. Flight following is via VHF radio to the Tower in Kangerlussuaaq and Air Greenland heli-base in Nuuk. There is emergency back up from another Squirrel operating to the south of us and if required a 19 seat Sikorsky is one and a half hours away in Nuuk.

All guides carry a sat phone.