Greenland, the world’s largest island, is 80 percent ice—a challenging, elemental land where the largest city houses less than 17,000 people and transportation between settlements is mostly by sea, thanks to vast ice sheets that prevent any sort of extensive road system. So who better to explore this final frontier with than glaciologist Dr. Sarah Aciego and professional nature photographer Mindy Cambiar?
On Big Chill Adventures’ 12-day Summer Highlights of West Greenland, a maximum of six travelers, including yourself (so forget that garish tour bus), will embark on a wild journey along Greenland’s western coast, where every pursuit is all in the name of fantastic photo ops. Imagine witnessing calving glaciers in the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; boating past glowing icebergs; happening upon musk oxen, reindeer, and snow-white arctic foxes; visiting volcanic Disko Island and its steaming hot springs; and touring—by helicopter—the fjords surrounding the capital city of Nuuk before landing on a walkable ice sheet and exploring an ice cave.
If that’s not enough excitement, a 3-4–mile hike up steep cliffs to the Qeqertarsuaq ice cap is an optional add-on—grueling, perhaps, but worth it for the views, which reach as far as the Greenland Ice Sheet. Oh, and don’t forget to go dog-sledding while you’re up there. First tour departs August 5, 2015; from $8,750 per person.
Adrenaline Scale = ***(*)
* Child’s play.
** You’ll break a sweat.
*** Heart-pumping happiness!
**** Thrill junkie, much?
***** Balls to the wall, envy inducing, nutso.
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