Mt Gunnbjörn, Greenland



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ITINERARY

DAY

 

1  

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland or early the next morning

2

Team briefing and gear checks 

3

Fly Reykjavik to Akureyri, then from Akureyri to Greenland. Establish Base Camp

4  

Move to High Camp (if used)

5  

Ascent of Mt Gunnbjörn summit and return to High Camp

6  

Spare day to climb Mt Gunnbjörn or other summits in the Watkins Mountains

7  

Flight back to Iceland. Trip ends

We recommend that team members book ‘open’ air travel tickets to cater to changes in itinerary at the end of the trip.

HOW THE EXPEDITION WILL OPERATE

The expedition will begin in Reykjavík, where you will meet with the rest of the team and expedition leader for an initial briefing and gear check.

The next morning we fly to Akureyri and then on by privately chartered ski-plane to Greenland. After taking off from Akureyri, a brief stop will be made in Ísafjörður; a small fishing village in the Westfjords of Iceland, in order to fuel up to have a completely full tank and the shortest direct distance to destination. Because of the limited capacity of the ski-plane, more than one flight might be needed to get the group to Greenland. 

We can establish our Base Camp close to the landing site, right in the middle of the Watkins Mountains, but might decide to move a bit higher on the glacier, closer to the mountain to gain more altitude and make the summit day shorter.

Mt Gunnbjörn will be climbed in one long day from Base Camp. Gentle slopes lead to the summit ridge where snow shoes will be left behind and the rest climbed using crampons.  As the peak is located high in the Arctic, the air is thinner than on similar altitude summits elsewhere so feels higher than its 3694m.

From the Watkins Mountains, we fly back to Akureyri and from there to Reykjavík, where the expedition officially ends.

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