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The Ice Cap & the UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord

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.   

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 Ice Cap
  • 6 days at your own 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 by 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 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)


    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. Near the Ice Cap, we will drive through the fantastic moraine landscape.

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

    Next item in the Excursion Package are the northern lights, if you travel in February or March:

    Northern lights tour (optional - only February and March)
    On evenings with a clear sky, the beautiful northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) are likely to 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 tour of the town)

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

    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, we get to hear more about the town and the many excursions available.

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

    Guided tour of the town (optional)
    Ilulissat – 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: Exploring Ilulissat on your own – (dogsled tour)

    Hundeslæde i Grønland

    The Disco 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-hour sled trip, we will go over the mountain Little Akinnaq about 7 kilometres, until we reach a beautiful vantage point. The ride goes through a hilly terrain, and you will see the dogs both in front of the sled and behind as breaks when the terrain is steep.

    The dogsled is one of the strongest icons of Greenland, an Inuit tradition, which goes back 2000 years. You will not find many other means of transportation, which has survived for that 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 cannot be explained – you have to try it for yourself.  

  • DAY 5: Explore Ilulissat on your own

    Ilulissat i Grønland

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

  • DAY 6: Explore Ilulissat on your own - (hike and sailing in the Ice Fjord)

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

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

    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. On this hike, we will pass “kællingekløften” where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Ice Fjord, before heading back again.

    Sailing among icebergs:
    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 7: Explore Ilulissat on your own – experience the town

    Ilulissat i Grønland

    You can spend the last 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.

    Do not miss out on the restaurants in Ilulissat. They take you on a journey, rich in taste with local specialties such as Greenland sushi, deep fried ammasats, whale and seal, and in the cafés freshly baked cakes will tempt anyone with a sweet tooth.   

  • DAY 8: Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen

    Ilulissat Isfjord i Grønland

    Offering one final view of the Ice Fjord and the captivating icebergs, the flight will take you back to Kangerlussuaq and onwards to Copenhagen where you will arrive 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

  • 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

  • Tue 14. April 2015

  • Tue 21. 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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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 with Air Greenland (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.

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 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


Purchasing excursion packages
Excursion packages can be purchased with Greenland Travel prior to departure. We will then make sure that all excursions are booked when you arrive and that they do not conflict with the itinerary of your trip.

If you purchase excursion packages while ordering your trip, you will not be charged an additional handling fee. If you purchase excursion packages at a later time, a handling fee of DKK 200 will be charged. Excursion packages must be purchased no later than 10 weeks prior to departure.

If you do not wish to purchase the full excursion package, the individual excursions can be booked directly with our local partners: worldofgreenland.com and wogac.com. You can, of course, also book the excursions after arriving in Greenland, but we recommend that you book the most important ones in advance.

Regardless of how you choose to book your excursions, there is no price difference. If an excursion is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.

Please note that some excursions can be reliant on a minimum number of participants. We will do our best to find an alternative. If this fails, you will get a refund for the excursion in question.


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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
  • Book online and save booking fee
Print

Departure dates

  • Tue 3. February 2015

  • Tue 17. February 2015

  • 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

  • Tue 14. April 2015

  • Tue 21. April 2015