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Winter adventure in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Individual tour
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 8 days
  • Price pr. person from 1.485 EUR
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Winter adventure in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut

Clear blue skies, blinding white snow, packs of sled dogs and the chance to watch the northern lights unfold in the night sky are just some of the experiences awaiting you on a winter trip to Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. 

You will spend the first two days in Kangerlussuaq, which is the only place in Greenland where you can both see and get to stand on the Ice Cap. This white ice desert is an impressive experience and the tour is led by an informative guide. Large herds of musk oxen and reindeer are another typical feature of the Kangerlussuaquan landscape, and if you are lucky, you might get to see some of these Arctic animals in their natural habitat.

The journey continues to Sisimiut where you will spend the next five days. This picturesque town lies north of the Arctic Circle. It is the northernmost town in Greenland to have an ice-free harbour throughout the winter season, and, at the same, it is the southernmost town to have sled dogs, which even in the more modern Sisimiut are a common sight during winter. With 5,500 inhabitants, Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town. Here you will meet Greenlanders running traditional businesses, including fishing and hunting, while young students study to become Arctic engineers.   

There is no shortage of fine, clean snow here during winter. In February and March, you get to experience a proper Arctic winter in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut with average temperatures dropping to around minus 15 degrees centigrade. During particularly cold spells, the temperature might drop as far as minus 30-40 degrees. Fortunately, it never feels as cold as it sounds, thanks to bone-dry air, bright sun and clear blue skies.

There are many ways to explore the winter-clad Sisimiut, and you have an abundance of opportunities to try dog sledding, hikes, cross-country and alpine skiing, boat trips, snow scooters, museum visits and watching handicraft artists at work. And when the day is over, simply turn your gaze upwards to marvel at the magic of the northern lights unfolding in the sky. A real Greenlandic winter adventure!  

Winter adventure in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut

Itinerary

This wonderful winter trip to Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut includes a great variety of options to allow you to design your trip in your own style. Still, this program will take you to some of the highlights of the hinterland and the town. The given activities are suitable for everyone.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kangerlussuaq - welcome meeting and sightseeing (optional)

    We fly with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Ahead awaits a 4.5-hour flight and an 8-day winter adventure. A guide from our local tour office World of Greenland Arctic Circle will welcome you upon arrival and assist you with the check-in at the Polar Lodge.

    Once you have checked in, the guide will call everyone together for an information meeting. You will get practical advice about the town, the area, places to eat and go, and here you can confirm any excursions you have booked from home.

    After the meeting, you can take things at your own pace getting to know Kangerlussuaq and deciding what you want to do the following day. You can do this on your own, or you can join the guided sightseeing tour in Kangerlussuaq and the surrounding area.

    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.
    Duration: Approx. 2 hours

    You will be having dinner either at the hotel’s cafeteria or in ”Restaurant Roklubben”, which is beautifully located on the shores of Lake Fergusson, approx. 4 kilometres from the airport. Transport to and from Restaurant Roklubben will be organised by our guide. 

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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.
  • Day 2 Kangerlussuaq – excursion to the Ice Cap point 660 and northern lights/tundra safari (optional)

    Ice, ice and more ice! “Point 660" is the less than charming name for the stunning terminal at the edge of the Ice Cap. Here, approx. 45 kilometres from Kangerlussuaq, is where the road ends and all further travel is by foot. In the evening, you can join a northern lights tour. The trip to Point 660 and the northern lights tour are included if you buy the the Excursion Package.

    Ice Cap point 660 (optional)

    Kangerlussuaq is known as the gateway to the Ice Cap, and this is a guided tour to the immense ice sheet the size of Western Europe. We will travel in four-wheel driven vehicles through a stunning and varied terrain. As we approach the Ice Cap, we will pass the Russell Glacier and an amazing moraine landscape. At the end of the road awaits the Ice Cap itself - a truly unique experience. We will spend some time in this vast world of ice before returning to our vehicles. The trip offers great opportunities for spotting reindeer and musk oxen. Join this trip for a unique opportunity to climb the Ice Cap. It is quite something to feel the extreme cold and let your eyes wander across the seemingly infinite ice surface. The trip lasts approx. 5 hours, and coffee/tea/water is served en route.
    Duration: Approx. 5 hours

    Northern lights in Kangerlussuaq (optional - only in Jan. - March)

    On evenings with a clear sky, we often get to witness the beautiful northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis). On this excursion, we head out into the landscape where artificial light does not prevent us from seeing nature's spectacular light show.

    Afterwards, the guide will tell us more about the phenomenon of northern lights and the many myths it has created throughout the ages. Also, our guide will show you how to 'make' northern lights while preparing the incredibly tasty Greenlandic coffee for you to enjoy.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Tundra safari (optional - only in April)

    Kangerlusssuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk ox. We will drive through the stunning tundra landscape in our 4WD truck and the guide will fill us in on the various wildlife in this area. Maybe we'll get the chance to spot musk oxen and learn more about these incredible creatures.

    The musk ox lives wildly in the area around Kangerlussuaq. Whether we can come close to musk oxen, or simply look at them from a distance, is not predictable. But the guide always brings binoculars, so there is a very good chance of seeing these amazing animals and other wildlife in the area. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to explore the stunning nature and wildlife around Kangerlussuaq.

    If you have not purchased any excursions in advance or if you want to try more excursions than those included in the Excursion Package, you can view the options available on the website of our subsidiary World of Greenland Arctic Circle here: www.wogac.com. Booking of individual excursions must be done directly.

    Dinner is served either in the cafeteria or Roklubben.   

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    info Kangerlussuaq is the perfect place to see and step onto the legendary Ice Cap, which covers 82% of Greenland.
  • Day 3 Kangerlussuaq - excursion to Russel Glacier (optional)

    Today is at your own disposal, and if you have purchased the Excursion Package, you will be going on a trip to experience the impressive Russel Glacier.

    The Russel Glacier (optional)

    Driving partially off-road, we take the fascinating route to the spectacular Russell Glacier. The glacier is an impressive sight with its vertical ice walls rising as high as 60 metres. We will get close enough for some great photo and video opportunities. The surroundings are spectacular, and chances are good for spotting musk oxen and perhaps even ptarmigans and Arctic hare.  

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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 4 Flight to Sisimiut - infomeeting and sightseeing (optional)

    The journey continues to the coastal town of Sisimiut, which lies approx. half an hour and 130 kilometres west of Kangerlussuaq. The hotel bus will fetch you from the airport and you will check in at the 4-star Hotel Sisimiut, which will be your comfortable base for the next five nights. Check-in is followed by an information meeting with the local guide. The meeting will inform you about the town, the area, places to eat and go, and you can confirm the excursions you booked from home. It is also possible to book excursions at the meeting.

    If you have purchased the Excursion Package, the information meeting will be followed by a cultural historic bus tour of the town. The bus tour around Sisimiut will give you a good idea of the town and what life is like here.

    Sightseeing by bus (optional)

    The trip starts at the old heliport, which was one of the only entryways to Sisimiut until 1998. Today, the landing site is used as a dog kennel, and the building as a youth club. Our journey through town will stop at "brættet", the local market that is full of freshly caught fish and game. We will pass the city hall on the way to the southern part of the town where many of the original hunting and fishing houses can still be seen. We will take a drive up to the city’s highest vantage point to take in the impressive view towards the south. Finally, we will visit the old town in the centre where original buildings from colonial times in the 1700s are now home to the city’s museum.
    Duration: Approx. 1.5 hour

    In the evening, you can look forward to a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel's restaurant, ”Nasaasaaq”.  

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    info In Sisimiut, you have a wealth of opportunities for making interesting experiences far beyond what is usual – even for Greenlanders.
  • Day 5 Sisimiut - dogsled ride (optional)

    These days are entirely at your own disposal in Sisimiut. Nature in the mountains and culture in the city provide plenty of entertainment opportunities, and Hotel Sisimiut offers a range of excursions. See more here http://hotelsisimiut.com/turistinfo. Ordering individual excursions must be done directly.

    If you have purchased our Excursion Package in advance, you will be enjoying a short dogsled ride today.

    Two-hour dogsled ride (optional)

    Dogsledding is Greenland at its best. For thousands of years, the hunter and his dogs have lived together in this harsh, infinite and stunning part of the world. The sled dog is therefore an important part of Greenlandic culture and used to be the only means of transportation when the landscape is frozen and covered in snow. This is where you will experience complete peace, with only the occasional interruption by the sled driver shouting orders to his dogs. You will be sitting still on the sled while taking in the scenery, so you should wrap up really warm. The sled trip will take you to the foot of Niujarfik, a natural stop before the steep climb northeast of Sisimiut. There will be a short break before the return journey – a good time to take photos while the sled driver untangles the leads. The trip lasts approx. 2 hours. The price does noy include polar clothing and boots, and you will be 2 persons on each sled.

    This sled trip is just to give you a taste of dogsledding. If you think you can handle more of the winter life in the company of dogs, the hotel can organise a longer trip for you. You can organise this during your stay in Sisimiut.  

     

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    info The dog sledge is one of the strongest icons of Greenland, and the experience cannot be explained – you have to try it!
  • Day 6 Explore Sisimiut on your own

    Today is at your own disposal. You can participate in excursions from the hotel, or you can take a walk on your own in the second largest town in Greenland.   

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    info On a day in Sisimiut without excursions, you could pay a visit to the museum. The museum offers local history but also cultural historical treats that give you a real sense of what life used to be like in all parts of Greenland.
  • Day 7 Sisimiut - Winter Safari (optional)

    On this last day in wonderful Sisimiut, you can go on a snowmobile winter safari.

    Winter safari (optional)

    Enjoy the stunning mountain landscape surrounding Sisimiut. On this sightseeing tour, you will be sitting comfortably in a snowmobile sleigh basking in nature's grandeur from the valley to the mountain top. This tour takes you through the vast snow-covered mountain scenery and the Kangerluarsuk Tulleq fjord. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way. A packed lunch will be enjoyed on the roof of the world with the Davis Strait as a backdrop.
    Duration: 1.5 hour, incl. winter boiler suit.  

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    info On a Winter Safari, you will be sitting comfortably in a snowmobile sleigh basking in nature's grandeur from the valley to the mountain top.
  • Day 8 Sisimiut - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

    Your Greenland adventure has come to an end – for now at least. You will head back to Denmark, flying against the time zone, so it will be early evening by the time you arrive in Copenhagen.    

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    info Food is good at Hotel Sisimiut.

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
18-04-2017 Sold out
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Info Flight schedule (local times):
Normal departure from Copenhagen at 11.00 AM. Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 09.30 PM.
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: April 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.

  • Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq with bus (2 hours)
  • 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)
  • Sightseeing in Sisimiut with bus (2 hours)
  • Winter Mountain Safari in Sisimiut in snowmobile sleigh (3 hours)
  • Dog sledding in Sisimiut, 2 persons per sled (2 hours)
Price pr. adult 535 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 300 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq t/r with Air Greenland
    Return flight Kangerlussuaq-Sisimiut
    Transfers

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    3 nights at Hotel Kangerlussuaq
    4 nights at Hotel Sisimiut

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  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast all days
    Welcome dinner at Hotel Sisimiut (excl. drinks)
    Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Kopenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome meetings in both towns*
    All taxes and fees

    *Local tour guides are english speaking

Not included

Lunch
Dinner
Travel Insurance

 

Practical information

Flight times:
Departure Copenhagen 11.00 AM
Return arrival Copenhagen 09.30 PM

Luggage allowance:
20 kg 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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