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Weekend break at the Greenland Ice Sheet

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Short Break
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 5 days
  • Price pr. person from 810 EUR
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Weekend break at the Ice Cap

This is the perfect autumn weekend break! Enjoy and explore northern lights and the Ice Cap in Greenland! Grab a few extra days off and jump on the plane to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland - only a four-hour flight from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark.

In the area around Kangerlussuaq you will find a lot of amazing experiences: The puffy musk oxen, one of the world’s longest fjords and the breathtaking mountains. Take a trip up on the ice cap - and look forward to an evening where the northern lights dance on the sky.

 

"I am still so happy about my participation on this tour. I had an unforgettable experience, and it became one of the best chapters of my life. Every day I am telling people about this fantastic tour to Greenland." M. Akale
Weekend break at the Greenland Ice Sheet

Itinerary

The itinerary of this trip includes a set of tours which take you to the most popular sights around Kangerlussuaq. Everybody can participate in the given activities. If you travel in October or November, you may get lucky to see the Northern Lights.

  • Day 1 Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq, welcome meeting, sightseeing

    You fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland, giving you 4 hours to prepare for your Greenland adventure. As the aircraft approaches Greenland, the sight of Nunataks and the enormous icy desert indicate what you have in store.

    Kangerlussuaq welcomes you with a blast of fresh coldness. A guide from our local tour office World of Greenland - Arctic Circle will meet you upon arrival and help you to check in at the cozy and newly renovated Polar Lodge, located less than 100 meters from the airport complex with the stunning scenery right on your doorstep - including the steep Mt. Hassel.

    After check-in, the guide arranges an information meeting where you will get further information about the exciting Kangerlussuaq area and its many excursion options. It is now time to experience the old American airbase on a guided tour by bus giving you insight into the area's fascinating history and nature.   

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    info 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.
  • Day 2 Explore Kangerlussuaq on your own or join excursions - maybe Ice Cap Point 660

    The area around Kangerlussuaq is the only inhabited place in Greenland’s inland. The climate is continental with very stable weather conditions. Orginally, this was also the main reason the Americans chose this place for their base. If you go for a walk in the area, there are still remnants to see from that time.

    The next days, you are on your own to do what you want. We recommend a trip to the Ice Cap Point 660, which gives you a unique opportunity to stand on top of ice that is many, many feet thick and very old!  

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    info We recommend a trip to the Ice Cap Point 660, which gives you a unique opportunity to stand on top of ice that is many, many feet thick and very old!
  • Day 3 Explore Kangerlussuaq on your own or join excursions – maybe tundra safari and northern lights

    Another day with many opportunities.  We recommend a tundra and wildlife tour. Kangerlusssuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk oxen. We will drive through the stunning tundra landscape in our four-wheel driven truck, and the guide will fill us in on the varied wildlife in this area. Maybe we will get the chance to spot musk oxen and learn more about these incredible creatures.

    The musk ox lives wildly in the area around Kangerlussuaq. It is impossible to predict whether we can get close to musk oxen or simply look at them from a distance. But the guide always brings binoculars, so there is a very good chance of seeing these amazing animals and other wildlife in the area. Do not miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore the stunning nature and wildlife around Kangerlussuaq.

    If you travel in October or November, you must embrace the opportunity to witness the northern lights. Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to see northern lights in Greenland because of a very stable climate. We drive away from the base into the dark night and await the stunning sight of nature's own light show. To see the fluttering curtain of light in various shades of green is an unforgettable sight and will give you an even heavier luggage of grand impressions.   

     

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    info On cloudless evenings we often witness the most stunning northern lights in Kangerlussuaq.
  • Day 4 Explore Kangerlussuaq on your own or join excursions – maybe the Russell Glacier

    Many participants over the years have had great experiences at the Russell Glacier. On a tour to the Russell Glacier, you get to experience the spectacular Russell Glacier, which is an impressive sight with its vertical wall of ice rising up to 60 metres. You may also be lucky enough to spot musk oxen, reindeer or even a hare roaming in the hills.  

    If you travel in May, you can go on a sightseeing flight around Kangerlussuaq and over the Ice Cap. We fly up through Sandflugtdalen valley, passing the distinctive mountain Sugar Loaf on our way towards the Russell and Leverett glaciers. From there we head over the Ice Cap where we fly across Navigator's Rock, a steep cliff surrounded by the Ice Cap and see how the giant sheet of ice is pressed against the mountain.

    We continue on through the desert valley in the direction of the Garnet Mountain where there are good chances of spotting musk oxen, until we finally arrive back in Kangerlussuaq.

    We fly in a comfortable 2-engine Partenavia with room for 5 passengers. All seats are window seats including individual headsets with built-in noise reduction.   

     

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    info Russell Glacier is an impressive sight with its vertical wall of ice rising up to 60 metres.
  • Day 5 Return to Denmark

    Your Greenland adventure has come to an end – for now at least. The Airbus is waiting to take you back to Copenhagen with arrival 4-4.5 hours later.   

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    info Today, Kangerlussuaq is Greenland's most essential airport. The history of the town is interesting, beginning during World War II, through the cold war and developing into a modern international airport.

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
31-08-2017 Double room, Old Camp Guaranteed departure 810 EUR 6 Rooms Book tour
31-08-2017 Single room, Old Camp Guaranteed departure 930 EUR 6 Rooms Book tour
07-09-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 9 Rooms Book tour
07-09-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR 7 Rooms Book tour
14-09-2017 Double room, Old Camp Guaranteed departure 810 EUR 9 Rooms Book tour
14-09-2017 Single room, Old Camp Guaranteed departure 930 EUR 7 Rooms Book tour
28-09-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 4 Rooms Book tour
28-09-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR 4 Rooms Book tour
05-10-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 945 EUR 8 Rooms Book tour
05-10-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 1.070 EUR 7 Rooms Book tour
12-10-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 945 EUR 9 Rooms Book tour
12-10-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 1.070 EUR 7 Rooms Book tour
19-10-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 945 EUR 7 Rooms Book tour
19-10-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 1.070 EUR 7 Rooms Book tour
02-11-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 5 Rooms Book tour
02-11-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR Sold out
16-11-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 6 Rooms Book tour
16-11-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
23-11-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 6 Rooms Book tour
23-11-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
30-11-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 6 Rooms Book tour
30-11-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
07-12-2017 Double room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 875 EUR 6 Rooms Book tour
07-12-2017 Single room, Polar Lodge Guaranteed departure 995 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Outbound: Copenhagen 11.00 AM.
Inbound: Copenhagen 08.00 PM.
Please note that flight schedules are subject to change by the airline. All times are local times.

Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: August - September 2017

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions and are adapted to the day program of your trip. 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. This excursion package consists of:

  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, Russell Glacier (4 hours)
  • Tundrasafari in 4WD/bus (1,5 hours)
Price pr. adult 205 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 130 EUR
Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: October - December 2017

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions and are adapted to the day program of your trip. 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. This excursion package consists of:

  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, Russell Glacier (4 hours)
  • Tundrasafari in 4WD/bus (1,5 hours)
  • Northern Lights tour in Kangerlussuaq (2 hours)
Price pr. adult 255 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 160 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    4 nights at Polar Lodge or Old Camp* with shared bath/toilet
    *Departure 31/8 and 14/9

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast
    Food and beverages on board the flight Kopenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome meeting*
    Sightseeing*
    Towels and bedlinen at hotels and hostels
    All taxes

    *Local tour guides are english speaking

Not included

Lunch and dinner
Travel Insurance

Full board package (is ordered at the welcome meeting after arrival)
Adult EUR 160 / per person
Child EUR 115 / per person

3 x lunch (lunch package/sandwich - handy for the excursions
4 x dinner in Restaurant Rowing Club including one night with Greenlandic buffet
The restaurant is located approx. 4 kilometers outside Kangerlussuaq next to a lake.
Transport to/from the restaurant is also included.

 

Practical information

Flight times:
Departure: Copenhagen 11:00 AM
Return: Copenhagen 08:00 PM
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
  • Contact your Travel Specialist

    Peter Simonsen

    Peter has lived in Greenland and further had his own incoming agency in Ilulissat. Peter has been all around the country and you can be sure to get an answer to every kind of request relating to the country.

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