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UNESCO site Ilulissat Icefiord

Dog sled ride for the adventurous!

Ever dreamt about dogsledding in Greenland? Fulfil your dream on this 8 day trip to Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat with 2 days out on the dogsled.

The silence is overwhelming, and the horizon never seems to end. The white surface is covered with a new topping of snow and the sun shines from a cloudless blue sky. The frost bites the cheeks and the dogs are eager to get going. The air is full of expectation. On the command of the driver the sled takes off. You are being pushed back. The speed surprises you as well as the significant smell from the dogs…

The Ice Cap welcomes you to Greenland
You will spend the first two days in Kangerlussuaq, which is the only place in Greenland where you can both see and stand on the infamous Ice Cap.  This white ice desert is an impressive experience and the tour is led by an informative guide. Large flocks 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.

Ilulissat – town of sled dogs
Ilulissat is Greenland’s largest dogsled district which – inspired by the world famous explorer Knud Rasmussen – to its fullest explore the Greenlandic winter and the 1000 year old tradition.
Release your inner adventurer and participate on this sled trip experiencing the best of Ilulissat in winter time. The two day sled trip will give you lots of highlights of some of the most striking experiences in the grand nature full of snow, ice, silence and the magical northern lights combined with Ilulissat’s town and cultural life.

The winter temperature in Greenland is between 30 and 5 minus degrees so we welcome you to this unique white world where the nature sets the agenda!

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Travel itinerary

8 Days
  • 2 days dogsledding at the UNESCO site Ilulissat Icefiord
  • 2 days by the Inland Ice in Kangerlussuaq
  • 3 days in Ilulissat, home of the Icebergs
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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 for day

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

    We fly with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Ahead lies an approximately 4 hour flight and an 8 day winter adventure. A guide from our local tour office World of Greenland Arctic Circle welcomes you upon arrival and assists you with the check in at Polar Lodge. Polar Lodge is a stone's throw from the airport and is a relaxed accommodation with kitchen facilities, a ‘living room’ and souvenir shop.

    From the lodge there is a direct view of both aircrafts and maybe a little hare hiding in the gray-brown rocks. The crackling sound in the snow echoes in the silence and automatically makes you forget the everyday life.

    At the following information meeting the guide will give you practical advice about the area and the optional excursions. It is now time to experience Kangerlussuaq on a guided sightseeing tour:

    Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq (included)
    Kangerlussuaq is a former American air base, but today it is the main airport of Greenland. The guide will share exciting stories, starting from the origins of the base, from the Second World War to the Cold War, 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 meet the great Greenlandic nature. We drive to the harbour to enjoy views of the beautiful fjord. We drive past Kellyville, a small town for science, 12km from the airport and tour the old base area. We will also visit the village kennel where we'll get better acquainted with Greenlandic sled dogs. We'll have ample opportunity to take in the stunning nature during the scenic drive.

  • DAY 2: Kangerlussuaq on your own (Ice Cap Point 660 and northern lights)

    Today is at your own disposal and the beautiful hinterland invites to various excursions. If you bought the excursion package you will go to the Ice Cap Point 660:

    Ice Cap Point 660 (optional)
    Powerful 4WD-vehicles will take us through an incredibly beautiful landscape, through mountains, plains and semi-desert valleys. Near the Ice Cap, we drive to the scenic Russell Glacier and through a fantastic moraine landscape.

    At the end of the road, we walk to the Greenland Ice Cap and onto the vast ice sheet. We spend some time exploring this world of ice before returning to our vehicle. There are good chances of spotting reindeer and musk oxen.

    Next in the excursion package is the northern lights:

    Northern lights tour (optional)
    On evenings with a clear sky, the beautiful northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) often appear. On this excursion, we head out into the landscape where artificial light does not prevent us from seeing the spectacular northern lights.

    Afterwards the guide will tell us more about the phenomenon of northern lights and the myths it has created throughout time. Also, our guide shows us how to 'make' northern lights while preparing the incredibly tasty Greenlandic coffee for us to enjoy.

  • DAY 3: Flight to Ilulissat, welcome meeting (guided town tour)

    We now head towards Ilulissat. It's a beautiful 45 minutes flight giving you a perfect chance of really enjoying the beautiful icy landscape, the desolate expanse and grandeur.

    During the approach to Ilulissat the town pops up in the middle of nowhere. The colored houses vie for attention with the snow covered peaks and at the bump of the Dash aircraft landing you can look forward to the next few days full of ice, winter and dogsleds - combined with cultural highlights from a very traditional Greenlandic town.

    We check in at the beautiful situated Hotel Arctic and can on the following information meeting hear more about the town and the many optional excursions.

    The first excursion in the excursion package is a guided town tour: 


    Guided town tour (optional)
    Ilulissat – Jakobshavn - was founded in 1741 and it is today the third biggest town in Greenland with over 4500 inhabitants. You hear about the town’s history and experience the many exciting facets. You cannot avoid seeing and especially hearing some of the many thousands of sled dogs. Most of them live in the outskirts of the town on large dog spaces – loose puppies play surveyed by the mother and the rest of the gang cannot wait to take you on a sled trip.

    We will visit the fishermen at the harbour and the hunters at their trading post “Brædtet”. We will show you the church and the house where the famous explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.

    In the evening we enjoy a nice welcome dinner at the hotel.

  • DAY 4: Two days sledge-ride to "The dead glacier"

    Let the adventure begin. Before we start on the tour you are well-equipped with seal skins clothing and very warm arctic Sorel boots. These boots can keep you warm down to minus 45 Celcius degrees. Well equipped you will meet dogsled drivers and the dogs. The dogs are eager to get going.

    We drive out of the dogsled track to Aattartoq where you meet the sea ice. The fiord next to the world famous Kangia Icefiord is called Sikuiuitsoq, which means "ice all year", and here we continue on the sea ice in between frozen icebergs. It is an amazing view. At the bottom of the fiord the beautiful “dead glacier” rise op in the air. At this very spot we camp for the night, either in tent or in primitive hunting huts. Food is prepared on Primus and you are very welcome to join in and help with the practical work, however you are also free to just relax and enjoy the tour. You have been out in open and cold air all day, so it is ok if you are tired.

    Please note that if you feel like helping out with the dogs and the feeding remember to say so to the dogsled drivers.

  • DAY 5: Heading backwards to the comfort at the hotel

    On the way back we will have a look at the track that goes up and on to the Inland Ice Cap and see if it is possible to drive there. If so you get the chance to actually stand on the Inland Ice Cap. Today’s route is 45 kilometres and we are back in town late afternoon. A warm and nice room avaits you at Hotel Arctic.

  • DAY 6: On your own in Ilulissat

    A day in Ilulissat on your own. If you like you can visit one of the traditional handicraft workshops and look for souvenirs in seal or tooth and bone.

    You can also spend this day in Ilulissat experiencing the atmosphere and life in the town. Go back on the wings of history and learn something about the rich history at the museum that is Knud Rasmussen's birthplace. Fishermen and hunters at the open market (brættet) give you an idea of the exciting Greenlandic food products – it doesn’t get any fresher.

    Don’t miss the restaurants in Ilulissat. They take you on a journey, rich in tastes with local specialties - such as Greenland sushi, deep fried ammasats, whale and seal and in the cafes freshly baked cakes tempt.

  • DAY 7: On your own in Ilulissat - (hike and Icefiord sailing)

    Another great day with many opportunities. If you bought the excursion package this is the day for a boat tour on the Ilulissat Icefiord and a light hike to the old settlement Sermermiut:

    Hike to the old settlement (optional)

    The beautiful icebergs of Ilulissat create the wing for the abandoned settlement Sermermiut, which is situated one and a half kilometre south of the city. The different Inuit cultures have lived here during the last 4000 years, and today you can still find artefacts, which witness their presence. Hear the story about the life and the customs of the Greenlanders before the Europeans´ arrival; see the ruins, the kitchen mitten, and fell the permafrost with your own hands. Cofee/tea is served at a wievpoint overlooking the Icebergs.

    Sailing among icebergs (optional)

    Almost every visitor in Ilulissat choose to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. More than 40 million ton of ice ice flow out into the fiord 24 hours a day. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 metres on each side and with a height on more than 100 metres above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them. An exceptional experience, you do not want to be without, while visiting Ilulissat.

  • DAY 8: Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen

    Enjoy the last view of the Ilulissat ice fjord from the plane on the way to Kangerlussuaq, where the Airbus fly to Copenhagen with arrival in the evening.

Tour no.: 9006
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Days:

8

Price per person from:

18.495 DKK

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Departure dates

  • Tue 3. February 2015

  • Tue 17. February 2015

  • Tue 24. February 2015

  • Tue 3. March 2015

  • Tue 10. March 2015

  • Tue 17. March 2015

  • Tue 24. March 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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4 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.

Hotel Arctic Standard værelse Hotel Arctic Superior Plus værelse Hotel Arctic Grønland

  • From: 18.495 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Standard, February

  • From: 18.995 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Standard, March

  • From: 19.695 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Superior Plus, February

  • From: 20.195 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Superior Plus, March

  • From: 19.995 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Standard, February

  • From: 20.495 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Standard, March

  • From: 22.395 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Superior Plus, February

  • From: 22.895 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Superior Plus, March

Transport

  • Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq return flight (See flight schedules below)
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat return flight
  • Transfers

Accommodation

  • 2 nights at Polar Lodge (shared bath/toilet)
  • 4 nights at Hotel Arctic
  • 1 night in tent or simple cabin

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic
  • All meals on the dog sled tour

Other

  • Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq, ca. 2 hours
  • 2 information meetings
  • 2 days dog sled tour
  • Sleeping bag on the sled tour
  • Sealskin pants and anorak on the sled tour
  • Sorel boots on the sled tour
  • All taxes and handling fees


Flight schedules (local time)

Outbound:
Departure Kastrup Airport 9.00 AM - arrival Kangerlussuaq 9.40 AM (Flight no. GL781)
Inbound:
Departure Kangerlussuaq 1.10 PM - arrival Kastrup Airport 9.30 PM (Flight no. GL782)

Please note that the airline can change departure times.

Add ons

Excursion package DKK 2,055

Excursion package includes:

  • Excursion to the Ice Cap 
  • Northern lights
  • City tour in Ilulissat
  • Hike to Sermermiut at the Ice Fiord
  • Boat tour to the Ice Fiord

Please note: Greenland Travel do not recommend more than one day dog sled tours for children under 12 years.

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Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

8

Price per person from:

18.495 DKK

View prices and details BOOK ONLINE REQUEST TOUR
 
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Departure dates

  • Tue 3. February 2015

  • Tue 17. February 2015

  • Tue 24. February 2015

  • Tue 3. March 2015

  • Tue 10. March 2015

  • Tue 17. March 2015

  • Tue 24. March 2015