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Two popular places in 8 days - the Ice Cap and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

Bestseller: Summer, sun and huge icebergs (hotel and hostel)

Get close to the Ice Cap and the UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord famous for its enormous icebergs – experience all of it in the magical glow of the midnight sun.

A trip to Greenland is an experience entirely on nature’s terms and on this 8-day visit, you will get up close and personal with nature: The Ice Cap and glaciers in Kangerlussuaq as well as ice and even more ice in Ilulissat beautifully accompanied by Greenland’s unique culture and traditional lifestyle in contrast to the influence of the modern way of life.

The contrasts in Greenland are best experienced during summer months where bright sunlight can suddenly be replaced by a foggy mist. Brown mountains with hints of green versus icebergs in shades ranging from pale opaque to turquoise. Deserted, pristine areas right next to towns with the characteristically brightly coloured houses. The light is also unique – especially with the midnight sun's soft glow around the clock. All in all; prepare yourself to be overcome by the forces of nature!

Other guests say

You have to see Greenland!

F. Hartvig Pedersen

Participant at "Summer, sun and huge icebergs", 2013

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It was an amazing tour. Greenland and the destinations are indescribable - you have to see them yourself. The guides made us feel very safe, they were always there for us and they knew a lot about their job - and they liked it! Everything was under control, and the hotel (Icefjord) was "spot on".

Travel itinerary

8 Days
  • 1 night in Kangerlussuaq by the Inland Ice Cap
  • 6 nights in Ilulissat by the UNESCO Icefiord
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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, welcome meeting and excursion to the Ice Cap (optional)

    Indlandsisen i Grønland ved Kangerlussuaq

    Air Greenland flies from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq allowing you 4 hours to prepare yourself for your encounter with a truly unique world. During the flight, you can enjoy a meal, a movie as well as the first sight of Nunataks and the Ice Cap.

    Upon arrival, a guide from our local partner will welcome you and help you check in at the Polar Lodge: A cosy and newly-renovated hostel right in the heart of Kangerlussuaq and only a glance from the fascinating nature. At the following information meeting, the guide will tell you about the area and the many excursions available.

    Kangerlussuaq is beautifully situated between soft hills and close to the Ice Cap. It is the only place in Greenland where you can experience both reindeer and musk oxen. Kangerlussuaq is also the perfect place to see and step onto the legendary Ice Cap, which covers 82% of Greenland. Join a guided trip to the Ice Cap and experience it for yourself.

    Ice Cap Point 660 (optional)
    Powerful four-wheel driven vehicles will take us through an incredibly beautiful landscape, through mountains, plains and semi-desert valleys. Near the Ice Cap, we will drive through the fantastic moraine landscape.

    At the end of the road, we walk to the Ice Cap and onto the vast ice sheet. We spend some time exploring this world of ice before returning to our vehicles. There are good chances of spotting reindeer, musk oxen and, depending on the season, many species of birds and flowers.

  • DAY 2: Flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat, check-in and guided town walk (optional)

    Ilulissat i Grønland

    The trip continues by plane to Ilulissat. 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.

    Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Hotel Icefiord beautifully situated with a view across the famous Ice Fjord. Even the most experienced traveller is blown away by this unique sight. At the following information meeting, a guide from World of Greenland will inform you about Ilulissat and the wide range of excursions available. You are now prepared for the next couple of days filled with adventures.

    Excursions and activities with a guide or on your own
    There are many options for excursions either arranged by us or our partners or some you can do on your own. Especially if you like to hike, there are many opportunities. However, we recommend that you join some of the guided boat tours where you will get to see the Disco Bay and experience the huge icebergs and the stunning surroundings of the bay. An excursion package is available for purchase and it includes the ideal tours for this season. We can book it all for you in advance.

    The World of Greenland tour office is located right in the middle of Ilulissat. It provides a wide range of excursions offering you a genuine impression of Greenland's mix of authentic culture, modern functioning society and its strong affinity with the fascinating nature. You can always contact World of Greenland if you have any questions about excursions and activities that you can do on your own.

    If you have purchased the Excursion Package:
    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.
    Duration: 2 hours.

  • DAY 3: Adventures in and around Ilulissat - hike to settlement

    Vandring til boplads

    Ilulissat is located at the mouth of the 60-kilometre long and world-famous Kangia Ice Fjord, which in 2004 was listed as UNESCO world heritage. The ice is enthralling and can be experienced at sea, on land and from the air.
    The hometown of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen offers many exciting experiences whether you want to go on hiking trips in the hills or merely enjoy the cosy atmosphere in town and whether you want to be on your own or participate in guided excursions.

    If you have purchased the Excursion Package:

    Hike to an old settlement by the Ice Fjord
    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 4: Adventures in and around Ilulissat - By boat to the Eqi glacier

    Eqi gletscheren i Grønland

    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.

    If you have purchased the Excursion Package:

    Day tour to Eqip Sermia - the calving glacier
    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 reinforced 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.
     
    Duration: 6-12 hours.

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

    If you have purchased the de luxe Excursion Package:

    Boat trip to Glacier Lodge Eqi/Standard hut 1 night
    The transportation to and from Glacier Lodge Eqi is by boat, which is an excursion in itself. 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 birdlife and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced 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.

    At approximately 2 P.M. the boat will arrive at Port Victor. Port Victor is the ”harbour” at Glacier Lodge Eqi. Only the ones that are staying at Glacier Lodge Eqi will get off the boat, the rest remain on board. On land, the camp guides will greet you and show everybody their huts. Coffee and cake will be served and practical information about the area is presented. The rest of the day could be spent by joining the excursion “hike to the lagoon, the moraine and the glacier” or simply by enjoying the view from the huts.

    The price includes breakfast in Cafe Victor. The café also offers beverages such as soft drinks, beer and wine as well as sweets. Moreover, you can get dinner and lunch in Café Victor or a sandwich for your morning hike.

    On the day of your return, departure from Port Victor is approximately 2:15 P.M. You will be sailing back to Ilulissat via the same route. Coffee/tea and cake will be served in the late afternoon. Seals and whales are often spotted during the trip.

    Duration: 1.5 day

  • DAY 5: Adventures in and around Ilulissat

    Zionskirken i Ilulissat

    On your own in Ilulissat. If you have purchased the de luxe Excursion Package, you will still be at Glacier Lodge Eqi. If not, you can spend the day taking a stroll in around town and sense the atmosphere – or you can just sit and take in the Ice Fjord; a view you will never forget!

  • DAY 6: Adventures in and around Ilulissat - whale safari – surrounded by icebergs in the Disco Bay

    Hval i Grønland

    Today you are going on a whale safari if you bought the excursion package:

    Whale Safari (optional)
    It is a great experience to get real close to large animals like whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland; three of these stay in Greenland during the winter, the narwhals, 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 the summer it is normally the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale, we see. The whales swim the entire Disco Bay during the summer; sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the ice fiord or up north by the island, Arveprinsens Ejland.

    We are in constantly radio contact, between the fishermen and the hunters, is our source of information about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback with its characteristic fin, is the one we see most of the time.

    The boat trip takes 4 hours and we use the fast boat Targa to cover more grounds.

  • DAY 7: Adventures in and around Ilulissat - midnight sailing among the icebergs

    Sejlads ved Isfjorden i Grønland

    Spend the day exploring Ilulissat on your own.

    If you have purchased the Excursion Package:

    Evening/midnight sailing among the icebergs (optional)
    The midnight/evening sun makes the icebergs glow in a unique play of colours that people return to experience again and again. Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21st to July 24th.

    Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a fantastic and unusual experience. Almost every visitor to Ilulissat chooses to go on this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million ton of ice flow out into the fjord. The floating icebergs are gigantic, sometimes measuring more than 100 metres wide and long – and with a height of more than 100 metres above the water surface as well. These giants gather at the end of the fjord providing you with a great opportunity to sail among them. 

    The icebergs are a wonderful sight in every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are very beautiful, when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night. Taking the boat trip on a bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience.
    You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat. Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise sealskin clothing is available for rent.

    Duration: 2½ hours.

  • DAY 8: Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

    Midnatssol i Grønland

    Offering one final view of the Ice Fjord and the captivating icebergs, the flight will take you back to Kangerlussuaq and onwards to Copenhagen where you will arrive in the evening.

Tour no.: 7030
Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

8

Price per person from:

16.995 DKK

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Departure dates

  • Mon 15. June 2015

  • Mon 22. June 2015

  • Mon 29. June 2015

  • Mon 6. July 2015

  • Mon 13. July 2015

  • Few seats

    Mon 20. July 2015

  • Mon 27. July 2015

  • Mon 3. August 2015

  • Mon 10. August 2015

  • Mon 17. August 2015

  • Mon 24. August 2015

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FAQ

1 night 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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6 nights at Hotel Icefiord in Ilulissat

Hotel Icefiord is centrally located in Ilulisat, approx. 1 km from the city center. Common feature is that there is lavished on detail - all rooms are decorated in a simple style with the Greenlandic nature and culture as inspiration. There are stunning views to the bay from all rooms. Separate shower and toilet, wifi and TV in all rooms

Standard room
Standard rooms are at the ground floor all with views of Disko Bay. All rooms are furnished with two single beds. Two of the standard rooms have kitchenette along with en suite opportunity to an adjacent room. Hence, they are perfect for families.

Standard plus room
Standard plus rooms are located on the 1st floor and they all have balcony doors facing Disko Bay. The rooms can be booked with either two single beds or a double bed.

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  • From: 16.995 kr. / pr. person

    Double room standard

  • From: 17.595 kr. / pr. person

    Double room standard plus

  • From: 20.495 kr. / pr. person

    Single room standard

  • From: 21.695 kr. / pr. person

    Single room standard plus

Flights and transportation

  • Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq r/t
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat r/t
  • Transfers


Accomodation

  • 1 night at Polar Lodge
  • 6 nights at Hotel Icefiord


Meals

  • Breakfast


Other

  • Information meetings
  • All taxes and handling fees

Flight times (local time)

Departures: 15/6, 29/6, 6/7, 20/7, 10/8, 17/8 and 24/8

Copenhagen kl 9.00 - Kangerlussuaq kl. 9.40 (Flight number GL781)
Kangerlussuaq kl 11.40 - Copenhagen kl. 20.00 (Flight number GL782)

Departures: 22/6, 13/7, 27/7 and 3/8

Copenhagen kl 9.00 - Kangerlussuaq kl. 9.40 (Flight number GL781)
Kangerlussuaq kl 10.50 - Copenhagen kl. 19.10 (Flight number GL782)

Please note that the airline can change the times for departure

On board Air Greenland (Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq) luggage, a meal, drinks and coffee/tea is always included
 

Guaranteed departure! 

Add ons

Prices for excursions packages
Standard, adult; 4.580 DKK
Standard, child (2-11)  2,350 DKK
De luxe, adult 5,875 DKK
De luxe, adult in single room 6,725 DKK
De luxe, child (2-11) 3,285 DKK

Excursion package standard:

  • Tour to the Ice Cap
  • City tour in Ilulissat
  • Hike to Sermermiut
  • Midnight cruise to the Ice Fiord
  • Whale safari
  • Boat tour (whole day) to Eqi

Excursion package de luxe:

  • Same as in standard package 
  • 1 night accommodation in standard hut in Glacier Lodge Eqi (no need to check out at your hotel)


Please note: For booking Excursion Package De luxe call us or write after you have made your tour booking. 


Other info
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Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

8

Price per person from:

16.995 DKK

View prices and details BOOK ONLINE REQUEST TOUR
 
Call and order
+45 33 13 10 11
  • Free cancellation within 24 hours
  • Book online and save booking fee
Print

Departure dates

  • Mon 15. June 2015

  • Mon 22. June 2015

  • Mon 29. June 2015

  • Mon 6. July 2015

  • Mon 13. July 2015

  • Few seats

    Mon 20. July 2015

  • Mon 27. July 2015

  • Mon 3. August 2015

  • Mon 10. August 2015

  • Mon 17. August 2015

  • Mon 24. August 2015