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The UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord

Dogsled ride for the adventurous!

Ever dreamt of going dogsledding in Greenland? Fulfill 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 seems never-ending. The white surface is covered with a topping of fresh snow, and the sun shines from a cloudless blue sky. The frost bites your 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. The speed pushes you back – so lean back and enjoy the ride.

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 get to stand on the infamous 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.

Ilulissat – town of sled dogs
Ilulissat is Greenland’s largest dogsled district which allows you to fully explore the Greenlandic winter and the 1000-year-old tradition. Let your adventure be inspired by the world-famous explorer Knud Rasmussen. 

Release your inner adventurer and participate on this sled trip during which you will experience 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 town life and cultural offerings in Ilulissat. 

The winter temperature in Greenland is between 30 and 5 degrees below zero (centigrade), so prepare yourself for a visit to this unique white world where nature sets the agenda!  

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Travel itinerary

8 Days
  • 2 days dogsledding at the UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord
  • 2 days by the Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq
  • 3 days in Ilulissat, home of the Icebergs
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“Big Arctic Five” - attractions

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  • 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 - accommodation, welcome meeting, sightseeing and Tundra Tour (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. Polar Lodge is located only a stone's throw from the airport and offers relaxed accommodation with kitchen facilities, a ‘living room’ and a souvenir shop.

    From the lodge, you enjoy 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 about 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 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.

    Tundra and wildlife tour (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.

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

    Today is at your own disposal, and the beautiful hinterland invites for various excursions. If you have purchased the Excursion Package, you will be going to the Ice Cap point 660:

    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. Nearing the Ice Cap, we will pass the scenic Russell Glacier and through a fantastic moraine landscape.

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

    Next in the excursion package is the northern lights:

    Northern lights tour (optional - only available in February and 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.   

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

    We now head towards Ilulissat. It is a beautiful 45-minute 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 seemingly pops up in the middle of nowhere. The coloured houses vie for attention among 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 beautifully situated Hotel Arctic, and at the following information meeting you get to hear more about the town and the many optional excursions.

    The first excursion in the Excursion Package is a guided tour of the town:

    Guided tour of the town (optional)
    lulissat – 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 and you will experience the town's many exciting facets. Seeing and especially hearing some of the many thousands of sled dogs is unavoidable. Most of them live on the outskirts of the town in large dog spaces – unchained puppies play under supervision by their mother, while the rest of the pack cannot wait to take you on a sled trip.

    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.

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

  • DAY 4: Two-day sled ride to "the Dead Glacier"

    Let the adventure begin. Before we start the tour, however, you are equipped with sealskin clothing and very warm Arctic Sorel boots. These boots can keep you warm down to minus 45 degrees centigrade. Well-equipped, you will meet the dogsled drivers and the dogs. And just like you, the dogs are eager to get going.

    We follow the sled track to Aattartoq where we will encounter the sea ice. The fjord next to the world-famous Kangia Ice Fiord is called Sikuiuitsoq, which means "ice all year", and here we continue on the sea ice in between the icebergs encapsulated by the frozen sea. It is an amazing view. At the base of the fjord, the beautiful Dead Glacier towers above us. At this very spot, we camp for the night, either in a tent or primitive hunting cabins. Food is prepared on a 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 atmosphere. You have been out in the open and cold air all day, so it is understandable if you are a little tired.

    Please note! If you feel like helping out with the dogs and the feeding, remember to inform the dogsled drivers.   

  • DAY 5: Heading back to the comfort of the hotel

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

  • DAY 6: Explore Ilulissat on your own

    Spend the day exploring Ilulissat on your own. If you like, you can visit one of the traditional handicraft workshops and look for souvenirs made from seal or tooth and bone.

    You can also spend this day in Ilulissat experiencing the atmosphere and life in the town. Step back in the footsteps of history and learn about the rich history at the museum that was Knud Rasmussen's place of birth. Fishermen and hunters at the open market (brættet) give you an idea of the exciting Greenlandic food products – it does not get any fresher than this.

    Do not miss out on 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 cafés, freshly-baked cakes will tempt those with a sweet tooth.  

  • DAY 7: Explore Ilulissat on your own - (hike and boat trip on the Ice Fjord)

    Another great day with many opportunities. If you have purchased the Excursion Package, this day offers a boat trip on the Ilulissat Ice Fjord and a light hike to the old Sermermiut settlement:

    Hike to the old settlement (optional)
    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. Coffee/tea is served at a vantage point overlooking the icebergs.

    Sailing among icebergs (optional)
    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. You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat.   

  • DAY 8: Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen

    Enjoy one final view of Ilulissat's Ice Fjord and the captivating icebergs while the flight takes you back to Kangerlussuaq and onwards to Copenhagen where you will arrive in the evening.    

Tour no.: 9006
Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

8

Price per person from:

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Departure dates

  • Tue 3. February 2015

  • Tue 17. February 2015

  • Few seats

    Tue 24. February 2015

  • Few seats

    Tue 3. March 2015

  • Sold out

    Tue 10. March 2015

  • Few seats

    Tue 17. March 2015

  • Tue 24. March 2015

  • Tue 7. April 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 and April

  • From: 18.995 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Standard, March

  • From: 19.695 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Superior Plus, February and April

  • From: 20.195 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Superior Plus, March

  • From: 19.995 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Standard, February and April

  • From: 20.495 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Standard, March

  • From: 22.395 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Superior Plus, February and April

  • From: 22.895 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Superior Plus, March

Transport

  • Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq return flight with Air Greenland (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.

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

Add ons

Excursion package February and March
Adult DKK 2,055
Child DKK 1,130

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


Excursion package April

Adult DKK 1,935
Child DKK 1,075

  • Excursion to the Ice Cap 
  • Tundra tour
  • 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
 
Call and order
+45 33 13 10 11
  • Free cancellation within 24 hours
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Departure dates

  • Tue 3. February 2015

  • Tue 17. February 2015

  • Few seats

    Tue 24. February 2015

  • Few seats

    Tue 3. March 2015

  • Sold out

    Tue 10. March 2015

  • Few seats

    Tue 17. March 2015

  • Tue 24. March 2015

  • Tue 7. April 2015