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Zoom in on snow and ice in Greenland

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Individual tour
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 8 days
  • Price pr. person from 1.810 EUR
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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.

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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. " C. Olesen, traveller February 2013
Zoom in on snow and ice in Greenland

Itinerary

This trip includes a rich variety of trips which give you plenty of opportunities to encounter the Greenlandic nature and culture with exciting activities. These are more or less physical activities, where everybody can participate. A local tour guide will be available during the whole trip, so you may also form your own trip.

  • Day 1 Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq, accommodation and welcome meeting (Ice Cap Point 660)

    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 tour 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.

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    info The Ice Cap is only a few hours drive from Kangerlussuaq.
  • Day 2 Kangerlussuaq on your own (Dogsledding and northern lights/tundra tour)

    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 on a dog sled trip and a northern lights tour, if you travel before April, and a tundra tour if you travel in April.

    Dog sledding trip, 2 hours (optional)

    The dog sledge is one of the strongest icons of Greenland. An Inuit tradition, dating 1000 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 cannot be explained – you have to try it. The dog sled driver and his dogs take you across the thick ice on the fjord to let you experience the true Greenland. Don't miss this great experience!

    After March 28, the dog sled trip will take place on Day 6 in Ilulissat.

    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.  

    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.     
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    info The dog sledge is one of the strongest icons of Greenland, and the experience cannot be explained – you have to try it!
  • Day 3 Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat - accommodation, welcome meeting (guided tour of the town)

    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.  

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    info Ilulissat – Jakobshavn – was founded in 1741 and, today, it is the third largest town in Greenland with more than 4,500 inhabitants.
  • Day 4 Exploring Ilulissat on your own (sailing among icebergs)

    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.  If you purchaced the Excursion Package you can look forward to a very nice boattrip:

    Sailing among iceberg (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. 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.

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    info Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try a boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million ton of ice flow out into the fjord.
  • Day 5 Explore Ilulissat on your own (hike to Sermermiut)

    Hike to the Sermermiut 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. On this hike, we will pass "kællingekløften" where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Ice Fjord, before heading back again.

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    info Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat.
  • 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 arts and crafts workshops and look for souvenirs made from seal or tooth and bone.
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    info The kayak – a simple, elegant and seaworthy vessel, which is being used world-wide – is a Greenlandic invention.
  • Day 7 Explore Ilulissat on your own – experience the town

    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.   

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    info On a day without excursions, you could pay a visit to the Church of Zion, which overlooks the Ice Fjord.
  • Day 8 Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen

    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.     

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    info You will get a last impression of the huge icebergs in the Ilulissat Ice Fjord with a stunning view from the air above the entire area.

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
21-02-2017 Sold out
28-02-2017 Sold out
07-03-2017 Sold out
14-03-2017 Sold out
21-03-2017 Sold out
28-03-2017 Sold out
04-04-2017 Sold out
18-04-2017 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.810 EUR 1 Room Book tour
18-04-2017 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 1.970 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
18-04-2017 Single room Guaranteed departure 1.985 EUR Sold out
18-04-2017 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 2.310 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
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Info Flight schedule (local times): Normal departure from Copenhagen at 11.00 a.m. Return flights normally arrive in Copenhagen at 09.30 p.m. Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.
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Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: January - March 21 2017

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions and are adapted to the day program of your trip. We recommend that you book the package when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added and the package might be sold out. This excursion package consists of:

  • Northern Lights tour in Kangerlussuaq (2 hours)
  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Dog sled trip in Kangerlussuaq, rental of warm clothes and boots, 3 persons per sled (2 hours)
Price pr. adult 435 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 255 EUR
Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: March 28 - April 2017

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions and are adapted to the day program of your trip. We recommend that you book the package when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added and the package might be sold out. This excursion package consists of:

  • Tundrasafari in 4WD/bus (1,5 hours)
  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Dog sledding in Ilulissat, rental of warm clothes and boots, 2 persons per sled (2 hours)
Price pr. adult 420 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 255 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
    Return flight Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat
    Transfers

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    5 nights at Hotel Arctic
    2 nights at Polar Lodge (shared bath/toilet) (on the tour with departure on March 7, you will stay at Old Camp in Kangerlussuaq instead)

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  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast
    Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic
    Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Kopenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

  • andet
    Other

    Two information meetings*
    Transfers
    Towels and bedlinen at hotels and hostels
    All taxes and handling fees
    Booking

Not included

Lunch
Dinner
Travel Insurance

4-hours dogsledding
In the excursion package, we have included a two hour trip. It is possible for you to extend this to a four hour trip upon arrival. this is subject to weather, wind and availability but neither should be a problem on these trips.

 

Practical information

Flight times:
Departure: Copenhagen 11:00 AM
Return: Copenhagen 09:30 PM
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Luggage allowance:
20 kg of checked baggage
8 kg of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm).

Guaranteed
departure
On selected departures
  • Contact your Travel Specialist

    Peter Simonsen

    Peter has lived in Greenland and further had his own incoming agency in Ilulissat. Peter has been all around the country and you can be sure to get an answer to every kind of request relating to the country.

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