Excursions

Excursions in Greenland

At our main destination Ilulissat, our own guides take care of hikes and other services. Tours by boat, helicopter, dogsled, etc. are handled by our subsidiary World of Greenland. At other destinations we promise that we work with the most reliable and service-minded suppliers.

The excursions described below are add-ons to the tours that you can book at each destination. These tours are the topping on the cake and what really makes your guests’ trip extra memorable.

 

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Summer: Excursions near Ilulissat

Almost every visitor in Ilulissat goes on this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. During one year, more than 48 km3 of ice flows into the fiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 meters on each side and with a height on more than 75 meters above the water surface. These giants strand at the mouth of the fjord, and that gives us the opportunity to sail among them.

 

The icebergs are beautiful in every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are seen best when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night.

 

Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21st to July 24th. The midnight/evening sun gives the icebergs a unique play of colors that people return to experience again and again. Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a fantastic and unusual experience; you do not want to be without, while visiting Ilulissat.

 

Duration: 3 Hours

Min. participants: 5

Season: All year

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: 2½ hour boat trip, information about the ice by a guide, coffee and tea

Our Guided City Walk is a perfect shortcut to good knowledge and funny stories about Ilulissat and Greeland. The guide will tell you about the history of the city, about Greenlandic culture and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We stop several places along the way, among other by the fishermen at the harbor, the hunters at “brættet” and we pass the famous polarexplore Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace and the old wooden church Zionchurch.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 4

Season: All year

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Danish and english speaking guide

The Eqi Glacier calves into the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible by boat to get very close to the glacier and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are amazing and the sight of the icebergs crashing into the water is breathtaking.

 

We sail in modern and convenient boats at the excursion to Eqi. The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen. Further on through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls.

 

Our ice secured boats lie approximately 2 hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve, while a delicious lunch is served. An all-day excursion, where you will have a good opportunity to be immersed in the experience and the boat trip in the ice filled water.

 

Duration: 6-10 Hours

Min. participants: 8

Season: June – September

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Boat trip to the calving glacier and back, approx. 2 hours in front of the glacier on board the boat, lunch on the boat

It is a surprise to most people what a great experience it is to get close to the large whales. In Greenland waters, we see around 15 whale species. In summer, it is usually the humpback whale, minke whale and the fin whale we see. The humpback whale is despite its up to 18 meters and 30 tons the acrobat among the great whales. It can throw itself out of the water and turn the tail and flippers.

 

The whales are swimming in the Disko Bay during the summer, sometimes close to the city, sometimes in the ice fjord or up north at Arveprinsens Ejland. The tour lasts 3 hours and we are using the fast boat – Targa, so we can cover a larger area.

 

Duration: 3 Hours

Min. participants: 8

Season: Summer

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: 3 hour trip in a fast boat, a talk about whales by your guide, coffee and tea

This excursion is the only option to get all the way to the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site area. It is not possible to get this close to the gigantic glacier by boat or by foot.

 

Ilulissat Glacier is the most productive glacier, not only in Greenland, but in the northern hemisphere. The glacier is 7 kilometres wide and more than 1 kilometre steep. It produces 43 million tons of ice and moves about 50 metres a day. It is an amazing sight to see this infinite amount of ice and experience the enormous power of nature.

 

The helicopter takes off from Ilulissat Airport and flies, as low as safety permits, crossing hills, lakes and ice fiords. We land in the middle of the preserved area, and for half an hour we are going to enjoy the greatness of the wonderful nature surrounding us.

 

We fly above the edge of the glacier and the icebergs in the icefiord on the ride back to Ilulissat. Some of the biggest icebergs strand on a moraine underneath the water just outside town, and it makes a perfect climax to this excursion.

 

A helicopter flight is per definition a great experience, and combined with the scenery in these surroundings, the excursion is an absolute classic.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 8

Season: Summer

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Introduction and information about the ice and the area before departure.

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, where 50 minutes is actual flighttime. Approximately 30 minutes ground stop on land by the Ilulissat Glacier.

Beautiful icebergs are the setting for the old settlement Sermermiut, located one and a half kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today you can still see many remains that indicate their presence.

 

A trip to Sermermiut is an absolute must when visiting Ilulissat, hear the guide tell stories about Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See turf hut ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.

 

An area so special that UNESCO named it World Heritage in 2004. It is estimated that up to 30,000 guests visit Sermermiut every year, for this reason there is a wooden walkway to protect the area against wear. Therefore anyone can go on this trip.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 4

Season: All year

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Transfer from World of Greenland to the old heliport and back again, 2 hours walk with a guide talking about the area, coffee and tea

Summer: Excursions near Kangerlussuaq

The Greenland Ice Sheet is a fantastic natural formation that has developed over millions of years as layers of compacted snow and ice, gasses, dust and water accumulated. Although the landscape appears to be a frozen mass that has stood unchanged for eons, the Ice Sheet is active just like a living, breathing, evolving organism.

 

As the excursion to Point 660 begins, the route to the Greenland Ice Sheet winds along the beautiful valley of Sandflugtsdal and its equally long, milky turquoise meltwater river. The terrain alternates between fertile moor and dense scrub with sandy dunes and barren mountain slopes. A few kilometers from the ice sheet’s outer periphery lies the Russel Glacier, an impressive sight with vertical ice walls rising as high as 60 meters.

 

Our final destination, Point 660, is nearby at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area on foot and breathe in the ice sheet’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

 

After an hour on the ice, we will have time to warm-up on the bus as we drive through Greenland’s beautiful tundra landscape during our return to Kangerlussuaq. There is a good chance we will spot reindeer, musk oxen and, depending on the season, many species of birds and flowers.

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: 2 of 5

Season: Year-round

Participants: 4 or more

Greenland’s geological history is a fascinating transformation through billions of years where mountain ranges sprouted and eroded into erupting volcanoes, where ice ages transformed into tropical climates with blossoming trees and where icebergs of the surrounding oceans melted into coral reefs.

 

Today in Kangerlussuaq, the impacts of climate changes are evident on the barren rock surfaces and you can clearly see how ice has shaped the mountainous landscape. The area’s vegetation includes dwarf birch (Betula nana), crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), and Rhododendron (Rhododendron groenlandicum). The aroma of these plants lingering in the fresh mountain air is very special.

 

This tour begins with a drive (by car or bus) to the top of Tacan, a mountain shaped by the last ice age that offers excellent views of the surrounding area. From Tacan, we will circle the Great Salt Lake. Most of the walk is descending, but a few hill climbs should be expected.

 

After 2.5 to 3 hours, we will arrive at Garnet Rock. Now, it is time to put your hammer and chisel to good use as our search begins for semi-precious garnet gemstones. During our quest for these jewels, there will be time to pause and enjoy lunch. If we are lucky, we can spot peregrine falcons nesting on the mountainside or encounter foraging musk oxen.

 

After we explored the garnet-rich rock, our journey will return along the shores of Lake Ferguson, where we hope to see the beautiful Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer) at its nesting grounds and listen for its very distinctive call, which can be heard for miles. After making our way to the lake’s end, we will be picked by and driven back to Kangerlussuaq.

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 8 hours

Difficulty: 3 of 5

Season: May – September

Participants: 6 or more

Long before Europeans arrived in Kangerlussuaq, the area was first established as a favorite residence of the Inuit. Dating back some 4,000 years ago, the Saqquaq culture, recognized as the earliest Paleo-Eskimo culture of West and Southeast Greenland, discovered that the area was a rich hunting ground and the ideal location for a bountiful summer settlement.

 

Present-day Kangerlussuaq was first established in 1941 as the American-operated military base, Bluie West Eight, and later renamed Sondrestrom Air Base. In partnership with Denmark, the air base supported efforts during World War II and played an important role as part of the North Atlantic air ferry route that operated between America and Europe. During the Korean War and Cold War, it served as a supply station for the Distant Early Warning Line bases, DYE 1, 2, 3 and 4. At its peak, 1,400 personnel were stationed in Kangerlussuaq.

 

Eventually, the military base became inactive and all operations were handed over to the Greenlandic Home Rule. On this sightseeing excursion, we will hear fascinating stories about the earliest populations of primitive Kangerlussuaq and fast forward to the settlement’s significance during World War II, the Korean and Cold Wars, and today.

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: 1 of 5

Season: February – November

Participants: 4 or more

Summer: Excursions near Sisimiut

This is where the traditional and the modern Greenland meet. Sisimiut is a melting pot of old and new and everything in between. The area has been inhabited by humans in the last 4,500 years, so there is no doubt that the place is filled with history and tradition. The past 250 years the city has undergone rapid development, which began with the construction of the colony Holsteinsborg and till today, where Sisimiut is Greenland’s second largest city. A city where modern industry, educational institutions coexist with the traditional hunting profession.

 

On this guided bus tour you will be taken through the city’s history and present from the local meat and fish market at the port, from dog town to the museum. Virtually the entire city is visited and you get a good idea of the size and features of the buildings and the history of the town.

 

Originally, the colony was at the plateau above the harbor, but today it has grown out of the mountainsides and into the country, so there are some great vantage points where we hold photo stop. This tour provides a great overview of the city, that will make it easier to move around afterwards.

 

Season: All year

Duration: 1,5 hours

Difficulty: Level 1

Group size: 2-8 per

Travel back in time and experience a place, where people have been living for the last 4,000 years.

 

Sisimiut is Greenland’s second largest city, beautifully located between the ocean and the tall, steep mountains just north of the Arctic Circle. In the summer you will experience the eternal summer nights, where the sun never sets.

 

This tour takes you to the little island Sallinnguit, which in English is called “The Tele Island”, because it is where the modern telecommunications installations are located. This little island has been an attractive place for thousands of years: First for the settlement for different Inuit cultures as the Saqqaq culture, Dorset culture and the Thule people. Today you’ll find the shrimp-peeling factory of Royal Greenland and also historical residential houses from the early industrialized period in Greenland. Sallinnguit is no longer a separate island, it is now connected to the city with a little bridge, as it has been a central part of the development.

 

Season: Jun – Oct

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: Level 3

Group size: 2-18 per

There are very few places in the entire world where the Arctic Circle is so close to a city as it is to Sisimiut. The Arctic Circle is the most Northerly of the five major circles of latitude, and it separates the Northern Temperate Zone with the Arctic. North of the Arctic Circle there is a  24-hours period, at least once a year, where the sun is above the horizon (midnight sun) and a 24-hours period where the sun is below the horizon.

 

When we start sailing, we will be heading South following the coastline directly to the Polar Circle. On the way we will pass several abandoned villages, which were abandoned during the 60s and 70s, beacuse of the centralization policy. We sail past Nipisat , an Island that contains a very peculiar bite of Greenlandic history, since it was here the Danes buildt a fort to prevent whale-hunting by Dutch whale Hunters.

 

We stop the boat at 66°34′ N, which is right on the Polar Circle, so everyone has a chance to take pictures. After passing the Polar Circle we will find a place with calm water, where we’ll enjoy our packed lunch, surrounded by high Mountains and fresh air.

 

We will visit Itilleq, a charming and colourful little village, which can be found along the coast – a place where it seems like time is standing still. On our tour around the village we will for example see the church and the school. After the visit, we will head back north to Sisimiut.

 

Season: Jun – Aug

Duration: 7 hours

Activity: Boating, walking, visit and sightseeing in the settlement of Itilleq.

Difficulty: Level 3

Group size: 6-12 per

Summer: Excursions near Nuuk

A guide takes you on tour by car or bus through all the neighborhoods in Nuuk. You visit the newest suburb in Nuuk, where you will hear about everything from architecture to the everyday life of the town’s 16,000 inhabitants. From Qinngorput we go ‘back in time’ through the 70’s buildings in the suburb of Nuussuaq, through the 50s apartment buildings in the city center, the colorful type houses in ‘Nuutoqaq’ and finally ending the tour in the colonial harbor where it all started when Hans Egede arrived in the 1700th century.

 

This historical insight to the city will give you a greater understanding of the conditions and customs of this country. During the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures or take a short walk up to the Hans Egede Statue next to the Cathedral. The tour can conveniently end at the national museum of Nuuk, where you can easily spend a couple of hours.

 

Duration: 1,5 Hours

Number of participants: Minimum 2 people

Season: All year round

Language: English/Danish

Be adventurous and joins us in this amazing guided hike exploring to ascent one of the most emblematic peaks and enjoy its unique views of the Fiords dominated by Sermitsiaq.

 

No previous experience is required, but only the physically fit should attempt this challenging peak to enjoy an absolutely unbeatable view of the city.

 

Duration: 4-5 Hours

Number of participants: Minimum 1 person – Maximum 6 people

Physical requirements: 3/5

Season: June – October

Included: Trekking poles, helmet, chicken soup, energy bars and hot chocolate, transfer from the tourist office and return.

The boat tour sails in the fjord of Nuuk, where you will get a chance to view the colorful houses from the seaside.

 

The captain and the guide actively hold a look out for whales and maybe with the help of the passengers, you might spot a whale or two. Seals, Icebergs, seabirds and the beautiful waterfall coming off the Sermitsiaq Glacier are also in focus on this tour.

 

Duration: 4 Hours

Number of participants: Minimum 6 people – Maximum 12 people per boat

Season: All year

Whale Season: May – October (not guaranteed)

Language: English/Danish

Included: English/Danish speaking guide, tea and coffee will be served onboard.

Summer: Excursions near Narsarsuaq

We sail from Narsarsuaq to the underwater moraine at the mouth of the Qooroq Ice Fjord. Many icebergs run aground here, forcing us to weave our way among these colossal pieces of ice until we reach the fjord, where we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of thousands of icebergs, sheer cliff faces and an enormous glacier.

 

The glacier calves about 200,000 tons of ice at day into the fjord. Many of these icebergs have a rich turquoise color. In the fjord, we have time to enjoy the panorama, turn off the engine and drift quietly with the current. The absolute silence is only interrupted by the sound of the distant icebergs as they break free from the glacier front and come crashing down into the fjord.

 

On the trip, we gather ice for our cocktails and listen to the popping sounds as countless, tiny thousand-year-old compressed air bubbles escape from the ice cubes in our glasses.

 

Duration: 1½-3 hours

Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip

Price includes: Sailing and refreshment with ice – more than 1000 years old!

The village of Qassiarsuk is situated across the fjord, 15 minutes by boat from Narsarsuaq. Today, sheep farmers cultivate exactly the same land that the Viking Eric the Red chose for his settlement more than 1,000 years ago. Take a stroll through the village, which beautifully combines ancient history and modern living, and visit the Brattahlid open-air museum, which consists of the replicas of Tjodhildur’s Church and a Norse longhouse (admission fee is not included).

 

You can also hike on your own from Qassiarsuk along the gravel road towards Sermilik Fjord. Halfway there, weather permitting, you will enjoy an amazing view of both fjords; Sermilik is usually filled with ice floes and the scenic landscape is dotted with small, blue lakes. If you follow the road all the way, it ends up at the Tasiusaq sheep farm (16 km return).

 

Duration: From 3 hours to one day

Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip

Price includes: Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Qassiarsuk (return). Leaflet with a map.

The trip goes through Erik’s Fjord to Itilleq – the harbour that serves the settlement of Igaliku. You now have a short walk (4 km) on the King’s Road (named after the Danish King’s visit in 1952) to the small historic settlement of Igaliku, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Greenland.

 

From the highest point on the road, you overlook the colorful houses, the green hills and the milky-blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord towers Illerfissalik Mountain with its snow-covered peak piercing the clear blue sky. Igaliku was the Episcopal seat during the Norse period and the ruins from that time are very impressive. Today the town thrives from sheep farming. There is a school, a church and a shop.

 

You can enjoy lunch made with local products at the café in the Country Hotel. The return journey is by boat to Narsarsuaq in the late afternoon/evening.

 

Duration: 1 day

Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip. Bring good walking shoes.

Price includes: Boat transfer Narsarsuaq – Itilleq (return). Walk from Itilleq to Igaliku. Supplement for car transfer. Leaflet with a map.

A short drive takes us up to Hospital Valley, from where we walk through the picturesque Flower Valley and up to Narsarsuaq Glacier. The first kilometres of the hike is quite easy. We pass small streams and may even catch a glimpse of sea eagles hovering overhead.

 

To get a view of the gigantic mass of ice, we have to climb about 300 m to a plateau. The ascent is not dangerous, but you may find it a bit strenuous. We have lunch at the plateau with a magnificent view of the glacier. After the lunch, you can continue all the way down to the edge of the glacier.

 

As we get closer, we discover that what appeared from a distance to be an uneven surface is in reality an entire landscape of ice, with high ridges and deep crevasses. You may be surprised to find small, colourful flowers growing close to the edge of the ice.

 

Duration: 1 day

Requirements of participants: Good physical condition is necessary for this trip. It includes more demanding walking, occasionally over difficult terrain, with some steep climbs and descents. Bring good hiking boots.

Group size: 4 – 12 participants

Price includes: Transport to the Hospital Valley (return). Lunch packet and guide

Summer: Excursions near Qaqortoq

Hvalsey Church ruin is located in the inner part of Hvalsey Fjord, on a lush green meadow, only 30 minutes by boat from Qaqortoq. According to the sagas, it was Eric the Red’s cousin Thorkell Farserk who took possession of the land at Hvalsey. Thorkell was one of the men who came with Eric to Greenland in the year 985 and he probably died as a heathen himself.

 

However, Christianity arrived in Greenland around the year 1000 and soon thereafter the Norse started to build churches at many locations throughout South Greenland. The present church ruin at Hvalsey dates from a later period and is thought to have been built during the 14th century. It is one of the most well-preserved medieval ruins in South Greenland, with thick walls up to 6 m high.

 

On the tour, you will have plenty of time to walk around the historic site and explore the ruins and the peaceful countryside before returning to the bustling town Qaqortoq.

 

Duration: About 2½ hours

Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip

Group size: Min. 2 participants

Price includes: Boat transfer and about 1 hour on shore. Leaflet with a map

We cross the wide Ikerssuaq Fjord and make our way among drifting icebergs to reach what the locals call the Twin Glacier. This is an amazing spot where you can go ashore and literally touch the ice cap! It is also one of the places where you can actually see on recently exposed rocks that the glaciers have receded over the past few decades!

 

In the 1980’s the Twin Glacier was still calving copious amounts of ice into the fjord. Today, the ice breaks off on land! However, it is a beautiful place and you feel particularly small standing next to this giant mass of ice!

On the return trip we pass by bird cliffs and a scenic waterfall.

 

Duration: About 4½ hours

Requirements of participants: There are no special requirements to join this trip

Group size: Min. 4 participants

Price includes: Boat tour and about 1 hour on land

Uunartoq is famous for its delighful 38°Celsius (100°fahrenheit) water temperature all year round. The pools are located on an island roughly 40 miles south of Qaqortoq, near the small town of Alluitsup Paa. Enjoy soaking in the hot springs while icebergs drift by in the nearby fjord surrounded by high mountains.

 

We travel by boat roughly 2 1/2 hours each way and usually pass by colossal icebergs. There are plenty of opportunities to see whales along the way, so keep your eyes peeled. And don’t forget your swimsuit!

 

Period: June – mid-September

Duration:

Experiments are conducted here with new varieties of livestock, crops, plants and trees that can thrive in Greenland. Upernaviarsuk also includes an agricultural school where aspiring young farmers receive training. The guide will tell you about agriculture in Greenland and the challenges that farmers face in the subarctic climate – including the future possibilities in a situation with a warming climate, as a consequence of Global Warming.

 

Duration: 1-2 Hours

Summer: Excursions near Kulusuk

Within15-20 minutes of walking from Hotel Kulusuk, lies on of Greenland’s most popular villages which, despite being close to an airport, remains a settlement of fishers and hunters. There is a small harbor, shop, church, and a workshop for sealskins and carving. You will get a true glimpse of traditional Inuit living in Greenland.

 

Duration: 2 hours

Period: June – September

Near Kulusuk you find the Apusiajik Glacier. Sailing past a fascinating variety of ice floes and icebergs across the local fjord, the tour takes you close to our local glacier Apusiaajik (‘Little Glacier’). We go with our open 10-person open boat (Warm clothes recommended).

 

We consider the boat tour a must because of the possibility to get as near to a glacier as safety permits.

 

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Period: May – September if ice conditions permits

Travelling by vehicle, we drive up an 8-kilometer long road. The tour takes us to a former US military radar station. From here we have a view towards the majestic coastal mountains and to the ocean, seeing ice floes and icebergs drifting in the distance.

 

A wonderful chance to have a panoramic view of our stunning landscape.

 

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Period: May – September if snow conditions permits

Summer: Excursions near Tasiilaq

We are taking off from Tasiilaq heliport, heading towards Johan Petersen’s Fjord. Flying past the majestic mountains of East Greenland, we enter the vast Sermilik Fjord with its stunning icebergs and flows of pack ice. We land near this magnificent Glacier on the mainland of Greenland. The wall of the glacier is truly a sight to remember.

 

Duration: Flight: approx. 40 minutes Ground stop: 15 minutes

Enjoy the evening light of the Arctic by boat, seeing the unique East Greenland pack ice and floating icebergs. During the trip we will offer you a glass of sparkling wine to finish this truly wonderful Arctic experience.

 

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Period: June – September

An impressive sailing trip into the pack ice. The ice is tough sea ice, deriving from countless winters in the Polar Ocean and often 10 meters or thicker. The ice from the Polar Ocean flows mainly outwards between Spitzbergen and East Greenland. Amongst the Pack-ice are enormous icebergs, pieces of inland ice often criss crossed by blue and green stripes where melt water from the glaciers has run into crevasses in the many thousand year-old ice. A “must” for photographers!

 

Duration: 2 hours

Period: June – September

This hike takes visitors out of Ammassalik into a lush valley where one sees the Arctic summer’s flora and landscape. We follow a rough track (in the early summer with snow pockets) but the terrain is not difficult. At a leisurely pace, we have time to examine the tiny but beautiful flowers of which there is a surprising variety.

 

Duration: 1-2 Hours

Period: May – September

Boat tour to the remote, uninhabited hunting village of Ikateq. Sailing southwards we arrive at the entrance of the vast, often ice-filled Sermilik fjord (3 glaciers disgorge icebergs into the head of this fjord) and a typical Greenland village.

Remains of earlier simple stone and turf houses stand beside the colorful small wooden dwelling, and a tiny, charming church, which is also the schoolhouse. One arrives here in the summer by boat, and in winter, over land by dogsled! The sailing route may give the bonus of a whale sighting.

 

Duration: 5 Hours

Meal included: Yes

Period: June – September

Winter: Excursions near Ilulissat

Almost every visitor in Ilulissat goes on this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. During one year, more than 48 km3 of ice flows into the fiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 meters on each side and with a height on more than 75 meters above the water surface. These giants strand at the mouth of the fjord, and that gives us the opportunity to sail among them.

 

The icebergs are beautiful in every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are seen best when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night.

 

Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21st to July 24th. The midnight/evening sun gives the icebergs a unique play of colors that people return to experience again and again. Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a fantastic and unusual experience; you do not want to be without, while visiting Ilulissat.

 

Duration: 3 Hours

Min. participants: 5

Season: All year

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: 2½ hour boat trip, information about the ice by a guide, coffee and tea

Our Guided City Walk is a perfect shortcut to good knowledge and funny stories about Ilulissat and Greeland. The guide will tell you about the history of the city, about Greenlandic culture and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We stop several places along the way, among other by the fishermen at the harbor, the hunters at “brættet” and we pass the famous polarexplore Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace and the old wooden church Zionchurch.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 4

Season: All year

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Danish and english speaking guide

Beautiful icebergs are the setting for the old settlement Sermermiut, located one and a half kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today you can still see many remains that indicate their presence.

 

A trip to Sermermiut is an absolute must when visiting Ilulissat, hear the guide tell stories about Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See turf hut ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.

 

An area so special that UNESCO named it World Heritage in 2004. It is estimated that up to 30,000 guests visit Sermermiut every year, for this reason there is a wooden walkway to protect the area against wear. Therefore anyone can go on this trip.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 4

Season: All year

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Transfer from World of Greenland to the old heliport and back again, 2 hours walk with a guide talking about the area, coffee and tea

This excursion is the only option to get all the way to the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site area. It is not possible to get this close to the gigantic glacier by boat or by foot.

 

Ilulissat Glacier is the most productive glacier, not only in Greenland, but in the northern hemisphere. The glacier is 7 kilometres wide and more than 1 kilometre steep. It produces 43 million tons of ice and moves about 50 metres a day. It is an amazing sight to see this infinite amount of ice and experience the enormous power of nature.

 

The helicopter takes off from Ilulissat Airport and flies, as low as safety permits, crossing hills, lakes and ice fiords. We land in the middle of the preserved area, and for half an hour we are going to enjoy the greatness of the wonderful nature surrounding us.

 

We fly above the edge of the glacier and the icebergs in the icefiord on the ride back to Ilulissat. Some of the biggest icebergs strand on a moraine underneath the water just outside town, and it makes a perfect climax to this excursion.

 

A helicopter flight is per definition a great experience, and combined with the scenery in these surroundings, the excursion is an absolute classic.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 8

Season: Summer

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: Introduction and information about the ice and the area before departure.

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, where 50 minutes is actual flighttime. Approximately 30 minutes ground stop on land by the Ilulissat Glacier.

The dog sled is one of the most beloved icons of Greenland. An Inuit tradition, dating 2,000 years back in time! You will not find many other means of transportation, which has survived for so long without any changes. The experience cannot be explained – you have to try it.

 

Ilulissat is the biggest dog sled district in Greenland and offers many great dog sledge experiences. The dog sled driver may take you towards “Bredebugt” where you can enjoy the view of the Disko Bay. He might even take you onto the sea ice if this is thick enough. Another route goes into the hinterland, towards a viewpoint of the Icefjord, but before getting there, you have to go over “little Akinnaq” a hill top, that is not really that small. This only makes it more fun, when you have to go down it again!

 

On sledge rides, there is no guarantee that the driver speaks Danish or English. However, we can promise you that a lot can be understood using sign language.

 

You can rent arctic jacket, trousers and boots.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 1

Season: Winter

Levels of difficulty: 2

The excursion includes: Introduction and information about what to do and how to sit, approx. 2 hour sled ride with a Greenlandic dogsled driver, coffee and tea

On winter evenings when the sky is clear you can see the beautiful Northern Lights over Ilulissat. We will drive away from the blinding lights of the town and go out where the darkness is most intense. Your guide will tell you all about what causes the phenomenon and give tips and tricks so that you can take the best pictures of the colours as they wander across the night sky.

 

Aurora Borealis is the night sky’s most spectacular phenomenon. Solar storms over the polar region provide the best conditions to see the Northern Lights in Greenland, and the winter darkness let us experience it almost every day in Ilulissat.

 

Duration: 2 Hours

Min. participants: 4

Season: Winter

Levels of difficulty: 1

The excursion includes: 1½ hour guided tour, coffee or the

Winter: Excursions near Kangerlussuaq

The Greenland Ice Sheet is a fantastic natural formation that has developed over millions of years as layers of compacted snow and ice, gasses, dust and water accumulated. Although the landscape appears to be a frozen mass that has stood unchanged for eons, the Ice Sheet is active just like a living, breathing, evolving organism.

 

As the excursion to Point 660 begins, the route to the Greenland Ice Sheet winds along the beautiful valley of Sandflugtsdal and its equally long, milky turquoise meltwater river. The terrain alternates between fertile moor and dense scrub with sandy dunes and barren mountain slopes. A few kilometers from the ice sheet’s outer periphery lies the Russel Glacier, an impressive sight with vertical ice walls rising as high as 60 meters.

 

Our final destination, Point 660, is nearby at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area on foot and breathe in the ice sheet’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

 

After an hour on the ice, we will have time to warm-up on the bus as we drive through Greenland’s beautiful tundra landscape during our return to Kangerlussuaq. There is a good chance we will spot reindeer, musk oxen and, depending on the season, many species of birds and flowers.

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: 2 of 5

Season: Year-round

Participants: 4 or more

Long before Europeans arrived in Kangerlussuaq, the area was first established as a favorite residence of the Inuit. Dating back some 4,000 years ago, the Saqquaq culture, recognized as the earliest Paleo-Eskimo culture of West and Southeast Greenland, discovered that the area was a rich hunting ground and the ideal location for a bountiful summer settlement.

 

Present-day Kangerlussuaq was first established in 1941 as the American-operated military base, Bluie West Eight, and later renamed Sondrestrom Air Base. In partnership with Denmark, the air base supported efforts during World War II and played an important role as part of the North Atlantic air ferry route that operated between America and Europe. During the Korean War and Cold War, it served as a supply station for the Distant Early Warning Line bases, DYE 1, 2, 3 and 4. At its peak, 1,400 personnel were stationed in Kangerlussuaq.

 

Eventually, the military base became inactive and all operations were handed over to the Greenlandic Home Rule. On this sightseeing excursion, we will hear fascinating stories about the earliest populations of primitive Kangerlussuaq and fast forward to the settlement’s significance during World War II, the Korean and Cold Wars, and today.

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: 1 of 5

Season: February – November

Participants: 4 or more

Spending any time above the Arctic Circle during the winter sledding months certainly calls for a classic dog sledding experience. Not only will you gain new respect for the Greenlandic sled dog’s keen abilities and innate environmental awareness, but you will also better understand the importance of sled dogs to man’s survival and everyday life north of the Arctic Circle. It is truly a heartwarming cultural experience.

 

Here in Kangerlussuaq, the fjord offers the opportunity for a sledding excursion across the frozen, flat ice, which can provide a more pleasant and smoother ride than when driving across hilly terrain. To ensure you are comfortably warm during the drive, we provide the same type of outerwear and footwear that actually many drivers prefer, including warm fur clothing and good boots with appropriate insulation that can withstand the biting cold temperatures and wind.

 

The sled team will lead you over the fjord to enjoy the magnificent nature, as well as the love these dogs have for pulling the sled across the frozen terrain. Sled dogs work as a team with a clear hierarchy, where the driver is head of the pack. To begin, the driver will lead the team halfway, and then provide a lesson on how to control and care for the dogs. Before the excursion is over, you will have a chance to drive the sled and lead the team!

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: 2 of 5

Season: January – April

Participants: Max 3

Greenland is one of the most isolated countries and least-densely populated with just over 56,000 residents. That’s roughly 0.03 people per square kilometer or 0.07 per square mile! Kangerlussuaq, home to only 500 residents, is known as one of the best places in the world to witness the mesmerizing glow of the Northern Lights.

 

The town lies within the shelter of Greenland Ice Sheet, the fjord and mountains, which contribute to its stable climate, minimal cloud cover and roughly 300 clear nights per year. Adding to this, Kangerlussuaq utilizes artificial lighting sparingly and the backcountry’s cloak of darkness lies just a short drive away.

 

Beginning our Northern Lights tour, we set off into the backcountry by bus, and quickly find ourselves in total darkness beneath Kangerlussuaq’s starry skies. Gazing skyward, you are likely to see brilliant, green bands or flapping curtains of color waving across the celestial sphere. Shades of red, blue and violet are likely as well. This ethereal light display is the result of a scientific phenomenon where gaseous protons and electrons from solar wind collide with molecules in Earth’s atmosphere.

 

It’s such a beautiful and captivating sight, even residents of Greenland never grow tired of the display, but instead can be seen gazing in wonder. After time spent with an eye to the heavens and hopefully witnessing Mother Nature’s impressive light display, we will return to our camp for a cozy evening, where our guide will share both scientific highlights as well as Greenlandic legends.

 

Destination: Kangerlussuaq

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: 1 of 5

Season: Feb-Apr, Sept-Nov

Participants: 6 or more

Winter: Excursions near Sisimiut

The sled dog is an important part of the Greenlandic culture and has historically been the only means of transportation when the landscapes were frozen and covered in snow.

 

The dog sled ride will go exactly as the locals do it. Which are owned by locals who use the dogs for hunting, fishing as well as tourism, but some just own the dogs as a spare time activity. Both types of owners playsan incredibly important role in the preservation of the dog sled culture in Greenland. Which one of the dog sled owners you will join on a dog sled ride, depends on which one is available on that given day. Some owners are talkative and are multilingual, whereas some are quiet and introvert. But what both have in common, is, that they want you to have a unique experience.

 

You will be seated as a passenger right behind the dog sled owner, who sits in the front of the sled to control the dogs. On tour you drive in a varied and hilly terrain where you truly experience sled dog workability and the driver’s skills.

 

The half day tour goes to the viewpoint Qiterlinnguaq, where you can enjoy the beautiful snowy landscape after some strenuous climbs. Just below the top is a funny hut shaped like a UFO. The UFO can be entered if requested and can actually be a nice place to have a meal.

 

Season: Dec – Apr

Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: Level 3

Group size: 2

This trip allows you to combine your newly acquired skills on a snowmobile with a great tour of the beautiful hilly mountain landscape just east of Sisimiut. This tour is perfect for beginners and we recommend that everyone who is not familiar with snowmobiling, to start with this great introduction to the sport.

 

Your tour guide will introduce you to basic driving skills, and you’ll start on a training track before you are led on groomed trails to get the real fealing of snowmobiling. During the tour, their will be one longer stop to get a snack and a hot drink, and their will of course be plenty of opportunities to snap some beutiful photos.

 

After completing the trip, you will receive certificates for completed training and then it’s time for

The Back Country Tour.

 

This is our most popular snowmobiling tour, because it offers a little bit of everything and is a perfect next step from the “Snowmobile intro tour”. On the tour, you drive through groomed scenic trails in to the mountains.

 

The terrain is hilly with good descents, climbs and slopes. Besides the dazzling thrill of freedom, you get while driving the snowmobile through the crisp, cool air, the absolute highlights of the tour are the spectacular view over the David Strait, and the endless view over the rugged winter landscape from Qerrortusup Majoriaa.

 

Season: Dec – Apr

Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty: Level 3

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