Natural Habitat Adventures Debuts Greenland’s First Luxury Expedition Camp

24 Mar Natural Habitat Adventures Debuts Greenland’s First Luxury Expedition Camp

Natural Habitat Adventures has announced that the company is building a base camp in Greenland, which will open in 2015 and will be incorporated into its Greenland tour.

Luxury Camping in Greenland
© Olaf Malver

The 9-day, 8-night adventure, limited to just 12 travelers, will be offered four times in 2015: August 1-9, August 9-18, August 18-26 and August 26–September 3.

“Till now, Greenland’s remote east coast, carved by glaciers and rent by deep fjords filled with icebergs, has been inaccessible to all but the hardiest travelers,” said Ben Bressler, Natural Habitat’s founder and president. “Base Camp Greenland is changing that.”

The centerpiece of the trip is a four-night stay at the company’s Base Camp Greenland on Sermilik Fjord, the heart of a region known as the “Arctic Riviera” for its many dry, sunny summer days. Amid Greenland’s most dramatic scenery, guests will go whale watching, sea kayaking, and hiking, and will visit traditional Inuit villages. Excursions will be guided by Natural Habitat Expedition Leaders.

Sea Kayaking in Greenland
© Olaf Malver

The new base camp will offer all the amenities of a deluxe African-safari-style camp. Private tent-cabins will have heating, carpet, beds with duvets and pillows, en suite toilets and washbasins, and verandas with stunning views. Private hot showers will be available in a separate facility. A camp chef will prepares meals in a common area where guests will gather for dining, relaxing, and interpretive presentations.

The camp enjoys a view of the Greenland Ice Sheet – the worlds’ second-largest ice mass – where guests will have a close-up vantage point on the dynamics of global warming, as glaciers spawn gigantic icebergs and meltwater rivers form in front of the ice cap.

Base Camp Greenland is the vision of Natural Habitat’s Chief Exploratory Officer, Olaf Malver, who has been to Greenland 26 times and pioneered many kayaking firsts there. He says it’s designed to offer guests a chance to explore some of Greenland’s wildest territory in a new mode: neither a physically demanding backpacking expedition, nor a sedentary cruise on a ship with a hundred or more passengers.

See Polar Bears in Greenland
© Olaf Malver

Malver says Base Camp Greenland’s location is ideal. “It’s remote, majestic, and nature feels huge here, like few other places in Greenland. Yet it is relatively easy to reach from Iceland.”

Natural Habitat’s Base Camp Greenland trip begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a group flight to Kulusuk, Greenland, then continues by helicopter to Tasiilaq, the small administrative center of East Greenland. After a 3-night stay in Tasiilaq focused on Greenland’s native Inuit culture, with whale-watching, kayaking and hiking excursions, the adventure continues with a boat ride from Tasiilaq to Base Camp Greenland for four nights, before returning to Reykjavik for a final night.

For details, visit the trip webpage. To see a full listing of trips with Natural Habitat Adventures, visit the company’s website.

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