Icebergs, gigantic glaciers and authentic Inuit traditions in North Greenland
North West Greenland’s “capital” is the town of Ilulissat with approximately 5,500 inhabitants. Ilulissat is situated in the Disko Bay, a few kilometres north of the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord with gigantic icebergs floating from the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The many offers of Ilulissat and surroundings are very often what clients want to experience when they as for Greenland, and it is by far the most popular destination in Greenland.
Greenland Travel guide team
In 2020 we have our own team of guides in Ilulissat from February to April and form May to September. Our expert guides are very dedicated with an indepth knowledge of Greenland and the local area. It is their prime responsibility to take care of Greenland Travel clients, ensuring that your travellers have best possible Greenland holiday.
World of Greenland
Greenland Travel has a subsidiary in Ilulissat, WORLD OF GREENLAND, a local tour operator that carries out a wide range of excursions and operates three of our famous lodges in Greenland: Glacier Lodge Eqi, Ilimanaq Lodge, and Ataa Camp. In the winter season they also operate the Igloo Lodge where you can sleep in a real igloo for a night.
There are good connections from Iceland to Ilulissat almost year round. In Ilulissat and the Disko Bay, you will find all the iconic adventures that Greenland is famous for: Icebergs, Inuit culture, whales, settlement living, midnight sun, northern lights, dogsledding, wilderness lodges etc.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord
The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is an incredible sight and you owe it to yourself the opportunity to experience the Ice Fjord from every possible angle. In the summer there are daily hiking trips, fjord cruises and helicopter and flightseeing trips available.
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site has meant an increase in visitors but it still an area which is relatively unspoilt.
You can hike to the former Inuit settlement of Sermermiut, see the Woman’s Ravine and marvel at the enormous masses of ice from several vantage points. On boat trips to the estuary you can experience the massive icebergs at close range – this is the most popular excursion in Greenland. Many tend to repeat their day trip in the evening where the midnight sun gives the ice a stunning golden hue.
Dogsledding in Ilulissat
Ilulissat is home to a large number of sled dogs and the dogsled culture is highly ingrained in daily life here. The local fishermen use dogsleds when they go out on the Ice fjord and to catch large Greenland halibut. A sled is a useful tool as it has been for more than a thousand years and most of the hunters have learned their hunting and sled building skills from their fathers, who again were taught by their fathers.
This ancient but still perfect way to travel in the winter, also gives visitors the unique opportunity to have add a truly authentic experience to their trip as it is possible to go dogsledding with local hunters and learn more about the life and challenges that face them on a daily basis.
These amazing excursions can last from a few hours a full day or for the truly adventurous and resilient traveller; several days, where you get an insight into how the Greenlanders have survived for centuries. These tours are not for your average client but, for those with high levels of fitness and ability to cope in extreme weather conditions, it will be the most amazing thing, they have EVER done!
North of Ilulissat:
Further north, in the Uummannaq area and beyond, Greenland gets more inaccessible but also more adventurous and off-the-beaten-track. The beauty of nature is equal all over Greenland, but in the far north life is tougher and the Inuit way of life more traditional. There is only a single hotel north of Ilulissat (in Qaanaaq, formerly known as Thule), but several more basic places of accommodation can be found.
Be very aware that travelling to the northern most regions of Greenland is a timely and expensive undertaking which does offer much in the way of tourist facilities or indeed luxurious accommodation. You are very much ‘at the end of the world’ and only seasoned travellers should consider this region as a destination – instead we recommend that the Uummannaq area and further onto to Thule are best visited by cruise ship.