Northern Lights Trip
Northern Lights at 70 degrees North - Dog Sledge trip in the Ittoqqortoormiit Area
When : January/February/March
Duration : 7 nights in Ittoqqortoormiit Guesthouse / 6 days late afternoon/evening sledding (3 hrs per day)
Minimum Number of Participants : 2
Price per person/single sledge/ single room : please contact us for price
Price per person/double sledge /shared double room: please contact us for price
Included : 7 nights in local guesthouse w/self-catering; 6 days with 3 hours dog sled trip per day including tea/coffee , sledge outfit and winter boots.
Not included : tickets to/from Ittoqqortoormiit, meals in guesthouse Ittoqqortoormiit.
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The aurora is a bright glow observed in the night sky, usually in the polar zone. In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis , which is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. The aurora borealis is also called the northern lights.
The aurora borealis is best seen from September to April, since it is not visible in daylight and the we have 24 hours of daylight in the summer months.
“Arsarnerit” is the Greenlandic name for the northern lights . Directly translated it means “ the ones who played ball” . The old tale says that the souls of dead children play ball with a walrus skull in the sky. Also it was known that if one whistled, the lights became stronger – and might come and take you! This may not make any sense to you unless you’ve already experienced the phenomena. Today scientists say it is a electronic storm from the sun hitting the earth atmosphere.
The amazing lights (usually bright green in colour but, can be red, blue, white and purple) are constantly moving in the sky as if they were living creatures. The light takes different shapes and colours from one second to another. On a cloudless evening the conditions are perfect for watching the Northern Lights. In the Ittoqqortoormiit area, the lights can be observed almost year around, but the best time is from October to early April.
Situated at 70 degrees north, Ittoqqortoormiit is even further north than Iceland and therefore , the northern lights in this area are absolutely stunning.
Arrival at Constable Point airport (CNP). Shortly after, the helicopter will leave from CNP to Ittoqqortoormiit. A representative of the guesthouse will meet you at the helipad and escort you to the guesthouse and show you where the Nanu Travel tourist office and the supermarket are.
After settling in, all participants are going to meet at the tourist office. There you will be equipped with a suit for the sledge trips and boots. We will decide what time you should leave with the hunter the following day. You will also have the opportunity to buy extra gear like chemical hand warmers, head lamp etc.
Overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 2-7 :
Every day in the afternoon/evening , you will go out with a hunter to see the amazing northern lights. You will stay warm in your sled outfit and have hot tea/coffee within reach while you observe the glowing lights in the dark sky .
During day hours you have time to explore Ittoqqortoormiit or book extra sled excursions. You can also bring skis or rent a rifle and head out to the village of Kap Tobin and see the hot spring (62 degrees ) – the warmest in Greenland.
Overnights in the guesthouse.
Day 8 :
An employee of the guesthouse will take your luggage to check in. Shortly after, the helicopter leaves for Constable Point to connect with your scheduled flight home.
Be aware that the trip can be changed at short notice due to weather and snow conditions.