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Inland Ice & UNESCO site Ilulissat Icefiord

Zoom in on snow and ice

You never forget the first time you breathe the frosty fresh air the moment you step off the plane in Kangerlussuaq. It is a unique experience that is reinforced by the sight of the snow covered rocky landscape – this is a new sensation which blows you away.

The ideal months for a winter vacation are from late January to early May. The cold is inevitable at these latitudes. Temperatures range from approx. 5-30 degrees below zero, but because of the dry air it doesn’t feel so penetrating cold. Another tempting winter feature is the northern lights - lie in the snow, listen to the silence and enjoy the northern lights’ greenish nuances.

Kangerlussuaq is the gateway to Greenland. The hinterland hides a fantastic nature where the huge ice cap with its own life, sounds and cold is impossible to ignore. Are you looking for a trip that combines winter, great nature and culture you have chosen the right travel - and if you are also looking for a trip that gives you endless beautiful camera shots, you can be sure of getting full value in Ilulissat. Here you will get ample opportunity to focus on icebergs, the fascinating ice fjord and thousands of sled dogs.

Thank you for at great experience!

C. Olesen, traveller February 2013

C. Olesen

Participated in this tour in February 2013 - his first visit in Greenland.

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"Everything went fine: Booking, information, choice of accommodations and excursions. I experienced the things that I expected, and still there was time to also explore the cities a little on our own. I would also give a great credit to the friendly, dedicated and helpful guides. In the hotels I experienced also only smiling, nice and helpful people. "

Travel itinerary

8 Days
  • 2 days at the Inland Ice Cap
  • 6 days at leisure in the Disco Bay
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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 for day

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


    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 in your own pace and get ideas to what tomorrow should offer.

    If you bought the excursion package it’s time for a guided sightseeing tour:

    Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq (optional)
    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.

    If you travel in April you will also go on a Tundra and wildlife tour:

    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 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, musk oxen and, depending on the season, many species of birds and flowers.

    Next in the excursion package is the northern lights:

    Northern lights tour (optional - only February and March)
    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: Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat - accommodation, welcome meeting (guided town tour)

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

    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: On your own in Ilulissat – (dogsled tour)

    Hundeslæde i Grønland

    The Disko Bay is one of Greenland's most popular tourist destinations. First and foremost because of the ice, but also because of its beauty, its many cultural attractions and the interaction between the traditional lifestyle and modern urban life. Racks with kayaks jostle for space with satellite dishes.

    A ride on a dogsled is a magnificent experience, and it is part of the excursion package: On this 2-hours sledge-ride we will go over the mountain Little Akinnaq about 7 kilometres until we reach a beautiful viewpoint. The ride goes through a hilly terrain and you will see the dogs both in front of the sledge and behind as breaks when the terrain is steep.

    The dog sledge is one of the strongest icons of Greenland. An Inuit tradition, which goes 2000 years back in time. You will not find many other means of transportation, which has survived for so long without any changes. The basic principle is still the same as in the Viking age; some dogs tied to a simple construction of wood. The experience can not be explained – you have to try it

  • DAY 5: On your own in Ilulissat

    Ilulissat i Grønland

    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.

  • DAY 6: On your own in Ilulissat - (hike and Icefiord sailing)

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

    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:

    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.

    Sailing among icebergs:
    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 7: On your own in Ilulissat – experience the town

    Ilulissat i Grønland

    You can spend the last 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 8: Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

    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.: 7040
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

  • 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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5 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.

Superior Plus Rooms
Superior Plus rooms, the hotel's newest, has a high international standard and views towards the sea and icebergs. 32 "Philips TV, free DVD movies, mini bar, café-set with coffee and tea, elegant bathroom, bathrobe and slippers. The Greenlandic artist Miki Jakobsen has decorated the rooms with original works.

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

  • From: 12.995 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Standard, February and April

  • From: 13.495 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Standard, March

  • From: 14.195 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Superior Plus, February and April

  • From: 14.695 kr. / pr. person

    Double room Superior Plus, March

  • From: 14.495 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Standard, February and April

  • From: 14.995 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Standard, March

  • From: 16.895 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Superior Plus, February and April

  • From: 17.395 kr. / pr. person

    Single room Superior Plus, March

Transport

  • Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq r/t (See flight schedules below)
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat r/t
  • Transfers

Accommodation

  • 5 nights at Hotel Arctic
  • 2 nights at Polar Lodge (shared bath/toilet)

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic

Other

  • Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq, ca. 2 hours
  • Two information meetings
  • Transfers
  • All taxes and handling fees
  • Booking fee DKK 95


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 February and March
Adult DKK 3.280 / per person
Child (2-11) DKK  2.250 / per person

The excursion package includes

  • Excursion to the Ice Cap
  • City tour in Ilulissat
  • Hike to Sermermiut at the Ice Fiord
  • Boat tour to the Ice Fiord
  • Dog sled trip, 2 hours
  • Northern lights


Excursion package April
Adult DKK 2.785  / per person
Child (2-11) DKK  1.885 / per person

The excursion package includes

  • Tundra Tour
  • Excursion to the Ice Cap
  • City tour in Ilulissat
  • Hike to Sermermiut at the Ice Fiord
  • Boat tour to the Ice Fiord
  • Dog sled trip, 2 hours


Other info
Sunrise and sunset in Greenland

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Call: +45 33 13 10 11
Days:

8

Price per person from:

12.995 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

  • Tue 24. February 2015

  • Tue 3. March 2015

  • Tue 10. March 2015

  • Tue 17. March 2015

  • Tue 24. March 2015