MANIITSOQ - ETERNITY FJORD - KANGAAMIUT - KEKERTARMIUT
Ski touring through the fjords and isolated glaciers of the west coast of Greonland.
Greenland is definitely one of the places in the world that all ski touring enthusiasts should visit once in a lifetime… unforgettable memories guaranteed!
Our ski area is located along Davis Strait in the Maniitsoq and Eternity Fjord region. Completely isolated, with no road access, the boat is absolutely essential to us.
Each anchorage is wilder than the previous one and gives access to a fantastic playground for ski touring: granite peaks plunging into the sea, gigantic glaciers like those of the Oberland, Valais and Mont Blanc massifs combined which tip their icebergs into the fjords… At the latitude of the polar circle, the snow is often powdery until the beginning of June.
What you will do during your trip
You will sleep in a comfortable and well heated boat,equipped for navigation in the polar environment.
Skiing 6 days on the wild glaciers flowing from the ice sheet.
Realizing descents from 1000 to 1700 meters vertical with sometime some powder snow all the way to the beach.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
TRAVEL BAG AND SKI BAG
As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.
BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.
You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.
Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.
If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.
Yes, and that’s all we’ll be doing – there won’t be any ski lifts around!
If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.
The 9V guides use and recommend 80 mm to 95 mm wide touring skis, depending on your build. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings, preferably with ski stops, these skis are light enough for climbing with skins on, and a joy to ski down. We recommend 3 or 4-hook touring boots with 60° of travel.
DAY 1: Meet at Maniitsoq air strip
Meeting with your guide at Maniitsoq air strip and transfer to the boat. After getting on board, a welcome drink allows us to get to know each other and present the program for the next 6 days.
DAY 2 – DAY 7 : Ski touring in the Greenlandic fjords
We start sailing towards the north and the fjord of eternity. Every day, the boat takes us to the foot of one of the glaciers that flow in the waters of the Labrador Sea. After a resourcing night on board, we leave the boat in the morning on a wild beach or directly on the ice floe to conquer unspoiled spaces. At the latitude of the polar circle, the quality of the snow does not change during the day and since in May the sun never sets, we have time ahead of us to take advantage of the best weather conditions… After a hearty breakfast, we set off for the mountains and climb elevations ranging from 800 to 1700 meters on average. When we come back from skiing, we are served a hearty “snack” which will allow us to wait for the evening meal. In general, sailings of connections are done at the end of the afternoon. Every evening we are at a completely isolated anchorage, with no road access. Fish are plentiful in the fjords, and we will have plenty of fishing opportunities. On board you can enjoy a hot shower and a restful sleep. For the evenings, our floating base camp offers all the comfort and warmth necessary to live comfortably.
DAY 8 : End of the trip
Breakfast and transfer to the Maniitsoq aerodrome.
The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.
Hotels and Huts
Hotels and Huts
True floating refuges, the boats we charter have in common an appreciable and necessary comfort so that everyone can recover at ease after a beautiful day of skiing.
To do so, we only choose well-heated boats, offering several living spaces that allow you to isolate yourself a little, as well as several showers and toilets in order to enjoy the amenities as freely as possible.
Full-time supervision by a fully qualified UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide.
7 nights full board on a comfortable boat, breakfast, a snack on the way back from skiing and a hearty dinner. The heating on board is 20 °.
Bed linen is provided (duvet, duvet cover, pillow).
Transportation by taxi from the airport to the boat and back.
GLACIER SKIING GEAR
Towels are not provided.
Beers for sale on board. Bring your bottles of wine, it is very dificult to find wine once in Greenland.
SNACK AND ENERGY BAR
Bring your favorite dried fruits, cereal bars, energy bars to keep fit during hikes.
All plane tickets are at your expense.