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11 days, 3 unique sights and coastal vessel cruise

Classic: The “Golden Triangle” of West Greenland

The Classic Golden Triangle of West Greenland. This is one of our all-time bestsellers and a very classic tour to the triangle of three towns in West Greenland: Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. The 11-day trip includes a coastal vessel cruise. You experience all the must-see sights of Greenland. Get ready to be impressed, as the wow factor is incredibly high.

You will cross the Arctic Circle. You get to encounter musk oxen. You will visit the Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq and see Sisimiut’s beautiful houses that appear as small coloured spots in the rocky landscape. Let the spectacular ice fjord in Ilulissat take your breath away with its myriads of ice – ranging from small cubes to gigantic chunks in various colours depending on the reflecting sunlight.

Getting from one destination to the next will happen by plane as well as coastal vessel. This offers a unique chance for you to get an impression of the vastness of the world’s largest island. The distance from the north to the south of the island corresponds to the distance from Scotland to the Sahara!

The trip is available from June to August, which is Greenlandic summer at its best, with midnight sun and contrasting impressions: Green mountains and white icebergs. Stark sunlight and misty fog. Soft flower valleys and cool glaciers. Rocks that cut through vast desolate spaces. Temperatures are mild and Greenland's national flower, Niviarsiaq, bluebells and mountain-batten dress the mountains in beautiful colours.

What do other guests say?

Flexibility and comfort

D. R. Collins

Participant at Golden Triangle, 2013

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This tour gave us a degree of independence and flexibility, whilst taking care of our overall travel needs. We didn't feel as though we were part of a big tour. We are not attracted to tours that feel highly organised so this was ideal for us.

Travel itinerary

11 Days
  • 2 nights in Kangerlussuaq by the Ice Cap
  • 2 nights in Sisimiut by the west coast
  • 5 nights in Ilulissat by the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord
  • 1 night on board a coastal vessel
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“Big Arctic Five” - attractions

You can experience “Big Arctic Five” these attractions on this tour - Read more

  • WHALESSummer & Spring
  • dog sledgeDecember to April
  • IceAll year
  • Northern lightsOctober - March
  • CultureAll year

Itinerary - day by day

With English speaking tour guide
  • DAY 1: Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq - accommodation, welcome meeting (sightseeing)



    Flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. During the 4.5-hour flight you can enjoy a light meal and a movie. Catching the first glimpse of Greenland, however, will make you forget all about the movie: Nunataks pop up amid the huge expanse of ice. Stepping off the plane, the crisp air and the sight of the mountains that surround the airport in Kangerlussuaq are your first encounter with a place like no other.

    A guide from our local partner welcomes you at the airport and helps you with the accommodation at Polar Lodge, which is beautifully situated overlooking the steep mountain Køkkenfjeldet and the chain of mountains leading towards Sisimiut. After having settled in your room, you are invited to an information meeting where the guide will tell you about Kangerlussuaq and the many different excursions.

    If you bought the excursion package it is time for a guided sightseeing tour in Kangerlussuaq:

    Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq (optional)
    Kangerlussuaq is a former US air base. Today, the former air base is Greenland's main airport. The guide will share exciting stories about the origins of the base – from the Second World War to the Cold War – and its transformation into a modern international airport.
    The area around Kangerlussuaq has Greenland's longest road and here we will experience and see several interesting places and encounter the great Greenlandic nature. We will drive to the harbour to enjoy views of the beautiful fjord. The drive also takes us by Kellyville, a small research settlement, 12 kilometres from the airport and through the old base area. We will also visit the local kennel where you will get better acquainted with Greenlandic sled dogs. The scenic drive offers ample opportunity to take in the stunning nature.

  • DAY 2: Explore Kangerlussuaq on your own OR optional excursion

    Indlandsisen i Grønland

    Excursion to the Ice Cap, point 660 (optional)
    The four-wheel driven bus will take you through beautiful scenery. Near the Ice Cap, you will pass the Russell Glacier and a fantastic moraine landscape. At the end of your ride, you will walk to and on the Ice Cap. It is an unforgettable experience to visit this enormous world of ice, which gives natural beauty a whole new meaning. No matter where you look, the Ice Cap and the horizon seem boundless, and the cold from the Ice below your feet offers an extra dimension to the experience.

    During the tour, you will see large barren areas surrounded by hills wrapped in snow. Perhaps if you cross your fingers, you will be fortunate enough to see reindeers and musk oxen on your way.
    

     

  • DAY 3: Flight Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut

    Sisimiut i Grønland

    Today we head to Sisimiut, Greenland's second largest town with approx. 5,500 inhabitants. The town is beautifully set amid the rocky landscape with picturesque wooden houses in bright colours.

    After checking in at the centrally located Hotel Sisimiut, an information meeting will be held by a guide from our local partner, who will tell you a little about the town and the many excursions. Due to the central location of the hotel, you are close to everything: the town centre, the harbour and the beautiful nature and mountains.

    Tour of the town
    A nice tour that will take you a bit closer to the town and its history. Hear how the town was founded and learn of the town life of today. We will pass the open fish and meat market (Brættet), the city hall and visit the old town where the original colonial buildings from the 17th century now house the fascinating and very authentic museum.

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    fotos fra Grønland og sisimiut
  • DAY 4: Explore Sisimiut on your own

    Sisimiut i Grønland

    Sisimiut is an authentic Greelandic town with historical places, modern life and beautiful nature. The possibilities are numerous – you just have to pick out what best suits you.

    The Assaqutaq settlement and whales
    The Assaqutaq settlement is situated at the foot of Kællingehætten’s south side. In summer, it is being used as a venue for local schools and is a popular resort for the inhabitants of Sisimiut who fish for ammasets. While strolling through the settlement, we will pass the old fish production factory, the summer camp and the beautiful old church. The sea surrounding the settlement is also a favourite playground for whales (humpback and fin whales) - hopefully one of these giants will greet us with a spout.

  • DAY 5: On board the coastal vessel cruising north along the west coast

    Sisimiut i Grønland

    The day is at your own disposal before we head north in the evening on board the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk. Pay a visit, for instance, to one of the town’s arts and crafts workshops where the local artists produce and sell jewellery and crafts in soapstone, ivory and bone.

    If you bought the excursion package, you will be taking a hike back in time:

    Hike back in time (optional)
    Despite Greenland’s enormous size, people have chosen the same sites for their settlements throughout the island's history. Tele Island, Sallinnguit, is one of those sites – where ancient meets contemporary. Several Inuit cultures have inhabited the site intermittently for the past 4,000 years. Even today, you can find artefacts from those ancient settlements side by side with modern telecommunications installations that have given the island its present Danish name. Hear the story of the Inuit people before the arrival of the Europeans, and of life in the early days of colonisation. See the ruins from different periods and enjoy the beautiful views of the town and the historic hunting grounds.

    Coastal vessel cruise
    Transfer from Hotel Sisimiut to the harbour where you should check in ½ -1 hour before departure at 9 o'clock in the evening. The course is set for Ilulissat further north of the west coast. Sailing in Greenland is a wonderful experience – you get to witness nature from the first row and may even be lucky enough to see whales in their very own element. So do not forget your camera and binoculars – and remember to keep your ears and nose warm.

  • DAY 6: Calling at the town of Aasiaat and arrival at Ilulissat for accomodation at Hotel Arctic****

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

    Breakfast can be enjoyed overlooking the stunning Disco Bay. Before arriving at Ilulissat, the coastal vessel will be calling at the beautiful town of Aasiaat, located in the southwest corner of the Disco Bay and known for its archipelago, kayaks, whales and – as everywhere else – the pretty coloured houses scattered across the hilly landscape.

    As the icebergs come closer and closer, we recommend that you get on the deck. The arrival at Ilulissat is a breath-taking encounter with one of nature’s own masterpiece – the floating icebergs. This is truly an unforgettable sight.

    Upon arrival, you transfer to and check in at the beautifully situated Hotel Arctic**** in the first row to the Ice Fjord. At the following information meeting, you will hear more about the town and the many excursion options. Before the delicious welcome dinner in the hotel's restaurant you can relax and explore the scenery right outside the hotel – and in particular take in the view across the town and the renowned Ice Fjord.

    Cultural historic guided tour (optional)
    Some people might think: “we can just take a walk around the town on our own.” And yes, you probably could, but with the guided cultural historic tour you will get an enhanced understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history, which will give all your other experiences in Greenland a new perspective.

    Ilulissat – Jakobshavn – was founded in 1741 and, today, it is the third largest town in Greenland with more than 4,500 inhabitants. The guide will tell you about the history of the town, the Greenlandic culture and contemporary life 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. We will visit the fishermen at the harbour and the hunters at their trading post “Brættet”. We will show you the church and famous explorer Knud Rasmussen's place of birth.

  • DAY 7: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    Ilulissat i Grønland

    Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for icebergs and is Greenland's third largest town. Approximately 4,500 inhabitants and just as many sled dogs are fortunate enough to be living in this amazing town at the mouth of the 50 kilometer long and UNESCO listed ice fjord Kangia. Ilulissat's location 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle means that the midnight sun rules until mid-July. It never gets pitch dark - everything is shrouded in an orange, almost magical hue. The stay in Ilulissat – and Greenland – ends with a lovely farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic on the last night.

    Many of the sights can be reached on foot. But we highly recommend that you join some of the guided tours that require travel either by boat or helicopter.

    Hiking trip to the abandoned Sermermiut settlement (optional)
    Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 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 life of the Inuit people and their 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 Ice Fjord, before heading back again. During the hike, there will be time to talk about flora, fauna, geology and not least the story behind the omnipresent ice.

  • DAY 8: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    Eqi gletscheren i Grønland

    This day is at your own disposal. Today we recommend:

    Day tour to Eqip Sermia – the calving glacier (optional)
    Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of icebergs crashing into the water is astonishing.

    We sail in modern and convenient boats during the excursion to Eqi. The route takes us north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted. Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are approved for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately 2 hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip in the ice-filled water.

  • DAY 9: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    Sejlads ved isfjorden i Grønland

    This day is at your own disposal. Perhaps it is time for a relaxing day in the town, write postcards, visit souvenir shops and take a coffee break in the café on the town "square".

    One of the most popular excursions in Ilulissat is sailing on the Ice Fjord. So, if you have not had enough of sailing, this is an ideal opportunity. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and can be done during the day or at night under the midnight sun.

  • DAY 10: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    Ilulissat i Diskobugten i Grønland

    This day is at your own disposal. A whale safari among icebergs is one of many recommendations:

    Whale Safari – surrounded by icebergs in the Disco Bay (optional)
    It is a great experience to get really close to large animals like whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland; three of these stay in Greenland during winter, the narwhal, the beluga and the bow-head whale (also known as the Greenland right whale). The blue whale and the killer whale are only rarely seen.

    During summer, we usually get to see the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale. The whales swim the entire Disco Bay during summer – sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the Ice Fjord or up north by the island Arveprinsens Ejland. We are in constant radio contact with fishermen and hunters, who are our source of information about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback with its characteristic fin is the most commonly witnessed on these safaris.

  • DAY 11: Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

    Ilulissat isfjord i Grønland

    Enjoy the last look of the fjord from the aircraft to Kangerlussuaq, before flying onwards to Copenhagen with arrival in the evening.

Tour no.: 1140
Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

11

Price per person from:

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Departure dates

  • Tue 16. June 2015

  • Tue 23. June 2015

  • Tue 30. June 2015

  • Tue 7. July 2015

  • Tue 14. July 2015

  • Tue 21. July 2015

  • Tue 28. July 2015

  • Tue 4. August 2015

  • Tue 11. August 2015

  • Tue 18. August 2015

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FAQ

2 nights at Polar Lodge

Polar Lodge is the newest accommodation option in Kangerlussuaq, designed in 2006. The rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated with new and comfortable beds. Bed linen and towels are included. Bathrooms and toilets are in the corridor. Polar Lodge has a cozy dining and living room, where breakfast is served, and a modern kitchen where you can cook your food. Polar Lodge is as central as possible, right beside the airport building and the only supermarket in town.

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2 nights at Hotel Sisimiut - 4-star luxury

Hotel Sisimiut is about 10-minutes walk from the harbour, a few minutes walk from the center and a few minutes walk to the beautiful hinterland. All rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay. TV with 4 channels and radio, DVD service, wireless network, telephone, trouser press and hair dryer. Beds can be arranged so that they can both be 2 separate beds and a large double bed. The hotel has a French-inspired à la carte restaurant.

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5 nights at Hotel Arctic - 4-star luxury

The world's northernmost 4-star hotel with 5-star conference center. The hotel is located just outside the city about 15-minutes walk from the center with an excellent view of the bay. There is a free shuttlebus to / from the hotel. All rooms have sea or city views, contemporary furnishings and décor and artwork by local artists. Similarly, flat-screen TV with cable channels, while some rooms also have a minibar.

Standard Rooms
All standard rooms have been renovated in 2009 and overlooks the city and harbor. The rooms offer a reasonable comfort, simple solutions, minimalist bathrooms with Philip Stark sanitation, and they are decorated with original works of the Greenlandic artist Buuti Pedersen.

Superior Plus Rooms
Superior Plus rooms, the hotel's newest, has a high international standard and views towards the sea and icebergs. 32 "Philips TV, free DVD movies, mini bar, café-set with coffee and tea, elegant bathroom, bathrobe and slippers. The Greenlandic artist Miki Jakobsen has decorated the rooms with original works.

Superior Rooms
Superior Rooms all have views of the sea and the room is equipped with everything to make your stay extra enjoyable: 32 "Loewe TV, free DVD movies, trouser press, mini bar and café set with coffee and tea. Superior Rooms are more spacious and have all paintings by the Greenlandic artist Miki Jacobsen.

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1 night at M/S Sarfaq Ittuk

The ship was built in 1992 and was modernized and extended in winter 1999/2000. She now has a length of 73 meters and a width of 11 meters. With an engine of 2000 HP the ship has a max speed of 13 knots. The crew is 22 people.The ship has a café, lounge with panoramic windows, playroom and hospital clinic in case of injuries and acute illness on board.

The ship's capacity is 274 passengers. Accommodation facilities are 104 cabins, 85 4-bed coupés and 60 berths. The cabins are about 9,9 m2, tastefully decorated and have private bath/toilet. Compartments are about 4,2 m2 and the shower/toilets are in the corridor.

Safety on board
Sarfaq Ittuq (the coastal ship) is designed for sailing in polar waters and holds the highest safety standards.

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Sarfaq Ittuk Kahyt Sarfaq Ittuk restaurant Sarfaq Ittuk kystskib i Grønland

  • From: 22.495 kr. / pr. person

    Double room

  • From: 23.725 kr. / pr. person

    Double room, superior plus

  • From: 26.295 kr. / pr. person

    Single room

  • From: 28.755 kr. / pr. person

    Single room, superior plus

  • From: 19.495 kr. / pr. person

    Child (2-11 years) in double room

  • From: 20.725 kr. / pr. person

    Child (2-11 years) in double superior plus room




Flights and transportation included


  • Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq t/r
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq – Sisimiut
  • Flight Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq
  • Coastal vessel Sisimiut - Ilulissat in compartement*
  • Transfers

Accommodation included

  • 2 nights at Polar Lodge with shared bath
  • 2 nights at Hotel Sismiut private bath
  • 5 nights at Hotel Arctic with private bath 
  • 1 night in compartment at the coastal vessel

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners at Hotel Arctic

Other included

  • Welcome meetings in all 3 towns
  • All taxes

*Please notice that compartments are for 4 people.
If you are travelling alone or as a couple, you might have to share the compartment with other travellers.

There are a few cabins still available in "Cabin with private shower and toilet" and we willl be happy to check the availability on your tour.

The price is DKK 490 per. person in double cabin and DKK 1,375 in single cabin. Booking fee is DKK 350 per. person.


Other info
Sunrise and sunset in Greenland

Add ons

Excursion package, adult dkr 5,695/per person
Excursion package, child (2-11 år) dkr. 3,025/per person

Excursion package includes:

  • Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq
  • Excursion to the ice cap
  • Sightseeing in Sisimiut
  • Historical hike in Sisimiut
  • Cruise to Assaqutaq, abandoned settlement near Sisimiut
  • Sightseeing in Ilulissat
  • Hike to Sermermiut by the Ice Fiord
  • Whole-day cruise to Eqi
  • Whale watching in Ilulissat


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Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

11

Price per person from:

22.495 DKK

View prices and details BOOK ONLINE REQUEST TOUR
 
Call and order
+45 33 13 10 11
  • Free cancellation within 24 hours
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Departure dates

  • Tue 16. June 2015

  • Tue 23. June 2015

  • Tue 30. June 2015

  • Tue 7. July 2015

  • Tue 14. July 2015

  • Tue 21. July 2015

  • Tue 28. July 2015

  • Tue 4. August 2015

  • Tue 11. August 2015

  • Tue 18. August 2015