Zoom in on snow and ice
You will never forget the first time you breathe the crisp frosty 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 will blow you away.
The ideal months for a winter vacation in Greenland 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, the coldness does not feel so penetrating. Another appealing feature of winter is the northern lights – lie down in the snow, listen to the silence, and enjoy the greenish hue of the northern lights.
Kangerlussuaq is the gateway to Greenland. The hinterland hides a fantastic nature where the vast Ice Cap with its own life, sounds and cold is impossible to ignore. If you are looking for a trip that combines winter, great nature and culture, you have chosen the right one. And if you are also looking for a trip that provides you with an infinite amount of motifs to be captured by your camera, Ilulissat is guaranteed to give you full value for your money. Here are 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 Ice Cap
- 6 days at your own 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
- CultureAll year
Itinerary - day by day
DAY 1: Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq - accommodation, welcome meeting (sightseeing and tundra tour)
We fly with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Ahead awaits 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 located just a stone's throw from the airport and offers relaxed accommodation with kitchen facilities, a ‘living room’ and a 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 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 at your own pace and get ideas to what tomorrow should offer.
If you have purchased the Excursion Package, it is time for a guided sightseeing tour:
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.
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)
- DAY 3: Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat - accommodation, welcome meeting (guided tour of the town)
- DAY 4: Exploring Ilulissat on your own – (dogsled tour)
- DAY 5: Explore Ilulissat on your own
- DAY 6: Explore Ilulissat on your own - (hike and sailing in the Ice Fjord)
- DAY 7: Explore Ilulissat on your own – experience the town
- DAY 8: Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen