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Weekend out of the ordinary in the Discobay in Greenland

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Short Break
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 5 days
  • Price pr. person from 1.620 EUR
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Weekend out of the ordinary in Ilulissat in Greenland

Do you prefer shorter yet more intense experiences? This journey allows you to experience a bite of the best Greenland has to offer in a relatively short time.

We will fly you out to Ilulissat, the capital of icebergs, where big impressions and experiences await just outside the door. Not all experiences take place outdoors though; also the choice of hotel – with its exceptional location, spectacular view and the opportunity to indulge yourself in the hotel restaurant – makes the basis for a unique extended weekend.

So clear the calendar, and recharge your batteries in a very special way during this journey of indulgence to Greenland.  

Weekend out of the ordinary in the Discobay in Greenland

Itinerary

This trip gives you a comfortable point of departure for your activities in the beautiful ice fjord. Each season of the year will be reflected in the tour packages which will design your daily itinerary. Each excursion follows a pace which allows everyone to participate. Be aware that if you would like to see the Northern Lights, you should travel after the month of September.

  • Day 1 Arrival Ilulissat, welcome meeting and Ilulissat sightseing (optional)

    Departure from Copenhagen in the morning and after approximately 4,5 hours' flight you set foot on the world's largest island. Following a brief stop in Kangerlussuaq, we continue toward Ilulissat on a smaller plane. It is a beautiful 45-minute flight, which allows you to take in the magnificent icy landscape, the barren wilderness and the magnitude. During our approach to Ilulissat, the city will appear in the middle of nothing. The coloured houses are in stark contrast to the snow-clad mountains, and at the bump of the Dash plane touching down, you can look forward to the next days of ice, winter and dog sledging – combined with cultural elements from a highly traditional Greenland city.

    The bus of Hotel Arctic will pick you up at the airport, and you check in at the wonderfully situated four-star hotel. Here you will meet a guide from our local excursion office 'World of Greenland' who will brief you about the city, the area, dining and excursion possibilities. You can book excursions at the meeting, or have your pre-booked excursions confirmed.

    Guidet city walk (optional)

    The first excursion in the excursion package is a guided tour of the city. You will learn about the history of the city and experience its many interesting aspects; one of which being the many unavoidable sled dogs that live here. Most of the dogs stay outside of the city at a large dog site if they are not roaming the terrain.

    In the evening, a wonderful welcoming dinner is served at the hotel allowing your taste buds to get acquainted with a tasteful bite of Greenland.   

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    info Ilulissat means icebergs, which is rather self-explanatory once you get to see the beautiful Ice Fjord and the numerous icebergs majestically floating around in the fjord lit up by an almost magical light caused by reflections of the sun.
  • Day 2 Ilulissat, sailing among icebergs and northern lights safari (optional)

    The Disco Bay is one of Greenland's most popular tourist destinations. Primarily because of the ice, but also due to the beauty of the place, the many cultural attractions and the interaction between the traditional way of life and modern city life. Racks of kayaks and satellite dishes side by side.

    Ilulissat and the surrounding area offer excursion possibilities aplenty and perhaps the initial briefing has inspired you to make best use of your day – or perhaps you just want to take in the fantastic view across the Disco Bay and let time freeze.

    Sailing among icebergs (optional)

    Almost every visitor in Ilulissat choose to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once.

    More than 40 million ton of ice ice flow out into the fiord 24 hours a day. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 metres on each side and with a height on more than 100 metres above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them. An exceptional experience, you do not want to be without, while visiting Ilulissat.

    Remember to bring warm clothes or you can rent suit of sealskin.

    Northern Lights Safari (optional sep. 28 - dec.)

    When the sky is clear on winter nights you can see the most beautiful Northern Lights over Ilulissat. Aurora Borealis is without a doubt the night sky's most spectacular phenomenon. We are going to drive away from the lights of the town and go to where the darkness is most intense. The guide will tell us all about the causes of the phenomenon. You will also get tips and tricks to enable you to take the best pictures of the colored lights as they cross the night sky.

    The trip takes 90 minutes and coffee and tea is served.

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    info Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try a boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million ton of ice flow out into the fjord.
  • Day 3 Ilulissat, walk to Sermermiut (optional)

    If you have purchased the excursion package, you can look forward to today's guidet walk to the old settlement at the Icefiord.

    The old settlement at the Icefiord (optional)

    Beautiful Icebergs are the setting for the old settlement of the Sermermiut 1½ kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today, you can still see the relics which indicate their presence. Hear the story about the Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland, see the ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.

    On this hike we will pass “kællingekløften” where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Icefiord, before heading back again. During the hike, there will be time to talk about flora, fauna, geoplogy and not least the story behind the omnipresent ice.
    Included:
    Transfer from World of Greenland to the old heliport and back again
    2 hours hike with a guide talking about the area
    Coffee and tea

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    info Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat.
  • Day 4 Ilulissat or boattour to the Eqi Glacier or settlement sightseing Ilimanaq

    Use the final day to experience the atmosphere and life in the city, go back in time and feel a sense of history at the cosy museum established in Knud Rasmussen's parental home. The fishermen at the 'Board', the local marketplace, provide you with an impression of the interesting food products of Greenland that do not come fresher than this.

    When you have satisfied your appetite for visual experiences, it is time to pleasure your palate and fill your stomach. The restaurants in Ilulissat invite you on a journey through local specialities such as Greenland sushi, deep-fried ammasats (small salmonids), whale and seal – and in the cafés, freshly baked cakes will tempt your sweet tooth. This is indeed a journey that will overwork all your senses.

    Daytour to Eqi glacier - the calving glacier (optional aug. - sep. 21)

    Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fiord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible by boat to get very close to the glacier and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are enormous and the sight of the icebergs, crashing into the water, is breathtaking. 

    We sail in modern and convenient boats at the excursion to Eqi. The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen. Further on through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steepmountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our ice secured boats lie approximately 2 hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve, while a delicious lunch is served. An all-day excursion, where you will have a good opportunity to be immersed in the experience and the boat trip in the ice filled water.

    Please notice:
    The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier can last between 2 - 5 hours each way. It depends on the boat used the given day. The stop in front of the glacier lasts approximately 2 hours. 

    Settlement sightseeing Ilimanaq by boat (optional sep. 28 - dec.)

    On this day, you can choose to join this guided tour by boat to the settlement of Ilimanaq just south of the Ilulissat Icefjord. Ilimanaq is one the smallest settlements in Greenland but well worth a visit. In Ilimanaq, you will find beautiful old buildings from the colonial times.

    On this excursion, we sail from Ilulissat harbor to Ilimanaq and back. The sailing time is approx. 1-1,5 hours each way and we pass the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord along the way. We spend 2-3 hours in Ilimanaq and you can join a guided tour and get an introduction to the settlement which is also included in the price. Coffee and tea will be served on the boat.

     

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    info Eqi - the calving Glacier
  • Day 5 Departure: Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

    After an intense extended weekend, it is time to say your goodbyes to Ilulissat and Greenland, who are likely to have made quite an impressions on you that will spark a special feeling and flash a series of indelible mental images whenever you hear the word Greenland mentioned in the future.

    Departure from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq, arriving in Copenhagen by evening.

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    info It has been said, that Northern Lights means that the dead plays football with a walrus skull. However the scientific explanation is less dramatic.

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
17-08-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.755 EUR Sold out
17-08-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR Sold out
17-08-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 2.025 EUR 1 Room Book tour
17-08-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.230 EUR Sold out
31-08-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.755 EUR 1 Room Book tour
31-08-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
31-08-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 2.025 EUR 1 Room Book tour
31-08-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.230 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-09-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-09-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
07-09-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-09-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR Sold out
14-09-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR Sold out
14-09-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
14-09-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR Sold out
14-09-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR Sold out
21-09-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR Sold out
21-09-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
21-09-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR Sold out
21-09-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR Sold out
28-09-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
28-09-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
28-09-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
28-09-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
05-10-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR Sold out
05-10-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
05-10-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR Sold out
05-10-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR Sold out
12-10-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
12-10-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
12-10-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
12-10-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
19-10-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
19-10-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
19-10-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
19-10-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
26-10-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
26-10-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 1 Room Book tour
26-10-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
26-10-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
02-11-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
02-11-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
02-11-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
02-11-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
09-11-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
09-11-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
09-11-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
09-11-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
16-11-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
16-11-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
16-11-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
16-11-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
23-11-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
23-11-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
23-11-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
23-11-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
30-11-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
30-11-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
30-11-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
30-11-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-12-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-12-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
07-12-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.890 EUR 1 Room Book tour
07-12-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Outbound: Copenhagen 11:00 AM - Kangerlussuaq 11:40 AM.
Inbound: Kangerlussuaq 11:40 AM - Copenhagen 08:00 PM.
Departure 17/8: Arrival in Copenhagen 05.55 (22/8) Please note that the airline can change the times for departure. Flight times are local time.

Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: August - September 21, 2017

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions. We recommend that you book the package when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added and the package might be sold out.

  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
  • Sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)
Price pr. adult 425 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 215 EUR
Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: September 28 - December 2017

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions. We recommend that you book the package when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added and the package might be sold out.

  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
  • Sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Northern Lights tour in Ilulissat (1,5 timer)
  • Settlement Sightseing Ilimanaq (5 hours)
Price pr. adult 320 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 160 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq
    Return flight Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat
    Return transfer Airport hotel

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    4 nights at Hotel Arctic

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast
    Welcome dinner
    Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Kopenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome meetings*
    Guide service
    All taxes

    *Local tour guides are english speaking

Not included

Lunch
Dinner
Travel Insurance

 

Practical information

Flight times:
Departure: Copenhagen 11:00 AM
Return: Copenhagen 08:00 PM
Departure 17/8: Arrival in Copenhagen 05.55 (22/8)
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Luggage allowance:
20 kg of checked baggage
8 kg of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm).

Guaranteed
departure
On selected departures
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    Peter Simonsen

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