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.
C. Olesen, traveller February 2013
Participated in this tour in February 2013 - his first visit in Greenland.
"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. "
- 2 days at the Inland Ice Cap
- 6 days at leisure in the Disco Bay
“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 only
- CultureAll year
Itinerary - day for day
DAY 1: Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq - accommodation, welcome meeting (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 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.
- DAY 2: Kangerlussuaq on your own (Ice Cap Point 660 and northern lights)
- DAY 3: Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat - accommodation, welcome meeting (guided town tour)
- DAY 4: On your own in Ilulissat – (dogsled tour)
- DAY 5: On your own in Ilulissat
- DAY 6: On your own in Ilulissat - (hike and Icefiord sailing)
- DAY 7: On your own in Ilulissat – experience the town
- DAY 8: Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen