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.
Flexibility and comfort
D. R. Collins
Participant at Golden Triangle, 2013
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.
- 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
“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
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
- DAY 3: Flight Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut
- DAY 4: Explore Sisimiut on your own
- DAY 5: On board the coastal vessel cruising north along the west coast
- DAY 6: Calling at the town of Aasiaat and arrival at Ilulissat for accomodation at Hotel Arctic****
- DAY 7: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord
- DAY 8: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord
- DAY 9: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord
- DAY 10: Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord
- DAY 11: Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen