Be among the first to hike the 'Arctic Alps'

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Greenland (Photo: Explorer's Corner)
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Provider: Explorers' Corner
Length: 13 days
Price: $3,490

Few places in the world can claim to be as "untouched" as the Arctic, yet as new areas become accessible due to melting ice caps, there are more opportunities to be an explorer in these pristine destinations. Greenland is one such place that has heated up (both literally and metaphorically) as a destination for exploration. On Explorers' Corner's new Wild Arctic Hiking trips this coming summer, you can be one of the few travelers to trek among the 6,000-foot mountains of the Tassilaq Fjord Archipelago, where many of the peaks are still unclimbed, and the glaciers still unnamed.

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"We created this trip because hiking in wild untouched places with gorgeous scenery is in demand, in particular in safe places," says company founder Olaf Malver, a real life explorer who's ventured into territories as far flung as Antarctica and the Indian Ocean's Nicobar Islands.

On this supported trek you'll cover a distance of almost 80 miles, skirting around fjords clogged with blue and white icebergs, traversing glaciers, and walking through meadows blooming with Arctic wildflowers. You'll also have the chance to visit small Inuit villages, and possibly spot whales along the coast.

Trip planning

Trips depart July 17 and 31, and August 14, 2008. The price includes all accommodations and meals, technical equipment, guides and porters, ground and boat transportation, and airport transfers to and from Reykjavik, Iceland, the trip's start point. Airfare is not included. Flights between Iceland and Greenland cost $650 round-trip; prices for round-trip July flights between New York and Reykjavik start at $944 on Icelandair, including taxes.

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