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Bestseller: Summer, sun and huge icebergs in Greenland

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Individual tour
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 8 days
  • Price pr. person from 2.525 EUR
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Bestseller: Summer, sun and huge icebergs in Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq in Greenland

Get close to the Ice Cap and the UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice Fjord famous for its enormous icebergs – experience all of it in the magical glow of the midnight sun.

A trip to Greenland is an experience entirely on nature’s terms and on this 8-day visit, you will get up close and personal with nature: The Ice Cap and glaciers in Kangerlussuaq as well as ice and even more ice in Ilulissat beautifully accompanied by Greenland’s unique culture and traditional lifestyle in contrast to the influence of the modern way of life.

The contrasts in Greenland are best experienced during summer months where bright sunlight can suddenly be replaced by a foggy mist. Brown mountains with hints of green versus icebergs in shades ranging from pale opaque to turquoise. Deserted, pristine areas right next to towns with the characteristically brightly coloured houses. The light is also unique – especially with the midnight sun's soft glow around the clock. All in all; prepare yourself to be overcome by the forces of nature!

NEW! This tour is a bestseller that we have arranged for many years with great success. 

We offer another trip like this but that one is based on more simple accommodation. See Trip 7031.

"It was an amazing tour. Greenland and the destinations are indescribable - you have to see them yourself. The guides made us feel very safe, they were always there for us and they knew a lot about their job - and they liked it! Everything was under control, and the hotel (Icefjord) was "spot on"." F. Hartvig Pedersen
Bestseller: Summer, sun and huge icebergs in Greenland

Itinerary

The itinerary of this tour gives you the outline of a tour of a lifetime to Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat. Above this you may choose yourself if you would like to have the day for yourself or if you would like to fill it with excursions. This extra package takes you on a range of exciting tours to the main sights of the area. If you choose the excursion package, you will still enjoy sufficient time to explore on your own.

  • Day 1 Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq, welcome meeting and excursion to the Ice Cap (optional)

    Kangerlussuaq and the Greenland Ice Sheet

    Air Greenland flies from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq allowing you 4 hours to prepare yourself for your encounter with a truly unique world. During the flight, you can enjoy a meal, a movie as well as the first sight of Nunataks and the Ice Cap.

    Upon arrival, a guide from our local partner will welcome you and help you check in. You will be accommodated in the heart of Kangerlussuaq and only a glance from the fascinating nature. At the following information meeting, the guide will tell you about the area and the many excursions available.

    Kangerlussuaq is beautifully situated between soft hills and close to the Ice Cap. It is the only place in Greenland where you can experience both reindeer and musk oxen. Kangerlussuaq is also the perfect place to see and step onto the legendary Ice Cap, which covers 82% of Greenland. Join a guided trip to the Ice Cap and experience it for yourself.

    Ice Cap Point 660 (included in all excursions packages)

    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 Kangerlussuaq is beautifully situated between soft hills and close to the Ice Cap. It is the only place in Greenland where you can experience both reindeer and musk oxen.
  • Day 2 Flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat, check-in and guided town walk (optional)

    The tour continues by plane to Ilulissat. Ilulissat means icebergs, which is rather self-explanatory once you get to see the beautiful Ice Fjord and the numerous icebergs majestically floating around in the fjord lit up by an almost magical light caused by reflections of the sun.

    Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Hotel Icefiord beautifully situated with a view across the famous Ice Fjord. Even the most experienced traveller is blown away by this unique sight. At the following information meeting, a guide from World of Greenland will inform you about Ilulissat and the wide range of excursions available. You are now prepared for the next couple of days filled with adventures.

    Excursions and activities with a guide or on your own

    There are many options for excursions either arranged by us or our partners or some you can do on your own. Especially if you like to hike, there are many opportunities. However, we recommend that you join some of the guided boat tours where you will get to see the Disco Bay and experience the huge icebergs and the stunning surroundings of the bay. An excursion package is available for purchase and it includes the ideal tours for this season. We can book it all for you in advance.

    The World of Greenland tour office is located right in the middle of Ilulissat. It provides a wide range of excursions offering you a genuine impression of Greenland's mix of authentic culture, modern functioning society and its strong affinity with the fascinating nature. You can always contact World of Greenland if you have any questions about excursions and activities that you can do on your own.

    If you have purchased the Excursion Package:

    Cultural historic guided tour (included in all excursions packages)

    Some people might think: “we can just take a walk around the town on our own.” And yes, you probably could, but with the guided cultural historic tour you will get an enhanced understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history, which will give all your other experiences in Greenland a new perspective.

    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, the Greenlandic culture and contemporary life 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. 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.
    Duration: 2 hours.

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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 3 Ilulissat - hike to Ilulissat Icefjord and midnight sailing (optional)

    Ilulissat is located at the mouth of the 60-kilometre long and world-famous Kangia Ice Fjord, which in 2004 was listed as UNESCO world heritage. The ice is enthralling and can be experienced at sea, on land and from the air.

    The hometown of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen offers many exciting experiences whether you want to go on hiking trips in the hills or merely enjoy the cosy atmosphere in town and whether you want to be on your own or participate in guided excursions.

    Hike to the old settlement by the Icefjord (included in all excursions packages)

    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. During the hike, there will be time to talk about flora, fauna, geology and not least the story behind the omnipresent ice.

    Evening/midnight sailing among the icebergs (included in all excursions packages)

    The midnight/evening sun makes the icebergs glow in a unique play of colours that people return to experience again and again. Midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21st to July 24th.

    Sailing during the night with the sun still shining is a fantastic and unusual experience. 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. 

    The icebergs are a wonderful sight in every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are very beautiful, when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night. Taking the boat trip on a bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience.

    You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat. Remember to bring warm clothes - otherwise sealskin clothing is available for rent. Duration: 2½ hours.   

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    info Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat.
  • Day 4 Ilulissat - whale safari, surrounded by icebergs in the Disco Bay (optional)

    Whale Safari (included in all excursions packages)

    It is a great experience to get real close to large animals like whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland; three of these stay in Greenland during the winter, the narwhals, the beluga and the bow-head whale (also known as the Greenland right whale). The blue whale and the killer whale are only rarely seen.

    During the summer it is normally the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale, we see. The whales swim the entire Disco Bay during the summer; sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the ice fiord or up north by the island, Arveprinsens Ejland.

    We are in constantly radio contact, between the fishermen and the hunters, is our source of information about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback with its characteristic fin, is the one we see most of the time.

    The boat trip takes 4 hours and we use the fast boat Targa to cover more grounds.    

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    info During the summer it is normally the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale, we see. The whales swim the entire Disco Bay during the summer; sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the ice fiord or up north by the island, Arveprinsens Ejland.
  • Day 5 Adventures in Ilulissat - by boat to the Eqi glacier

    Today the programme varies depending on if and which excursion package you have bought. For those with excursion package standard or de luxe 1 or no package at all the day is at your disposal for great experiences in Ilulissat. The possibilites are numerous.

    Day tour to Eqip Sermia - the calving glacier (package de luxe 2)

    Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of icebergs crashing into the water is astonishing.

    We sail in modern and convenient boats during the excursion to Eqi. The route takes us north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted. Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately 2 hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip in the ice-filled water. Duration: 6-12 hours.

    Please note:
    The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier may last between 2 - 5 hours each direction. It depends on the boat used the given day. The stop in front of the glacier lasts approximately 2 hours.

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    info Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.
  • Day 6 Ilulissat - day tour to Eqi, Glacier Lodge Eqi or Ilimanaq Lodge

     

    Day tour to Eqip Sermia - the calving glacier (standard package)

    If you have bought the standard excursion package get ready for a great day tour to the Eqi Glacier. You find description of the tour in detail on day 5.

    One night in Glacier Lodge Eqi (package de luxe 1)

    You have the option of staying one night in Glacier Lodge Eqi by acquiring the excursion package with Eqi. Please note, we cannot verify vacant cabins until after you have placed your order. If you want to stay overnight, feel free to contact us beforehand to inquire about vacant dates. Glacier Lodge Eqi is very popular and it is selling fast so the sooner you book, the bigger your chances of getting a cabin. Please also note that you will not be asked to move out of your room in Ilulissat, even if you choose to stay overnight at Glacier Lodge Eqi.

    At approximately 2 P.M. the boat will arrive at Port Victor. Port Victor is the ”harbour” at Glacier Lodge Eqi. Only the ones that are staying at Glacier Lodge Eqi will get off the boat, the rest remain on board. On land, the camp guides will greet you and show everybody their huts. Coffee and cake will be served and practical information about the area is presented. The rest of the day could be spent by joining the excursion “hike to the lagoon, the moraine and the glacier” or simply by enjoying the view from the huts.

    The price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cafe Victor. The café also offers beverages such as soft drinks, beer and wine as well as sweets. 

    One night in Ilimanaq Lodge (package de luxe 2)

    More information to follow soon.

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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 7 Ilulissat - or return from Glacier Lodge Eqi or Ilimanaq Lodge

    On your own in Ilulissat. If you have purchased the de luxe Excursion Package, you will still be at Glacier Lodge Eqi. If not, you can spend the day taking a stroll in around town and sense the atmosphere – or you can just sit and take in the Ice Fjord; a view you will never forget!

    Hike to the Eqi Glacier and sailing to Ilulissat (package de luxe 1)

    From the huts we hike around the small lagoon at the southern end of the glacier. There are often large flocks of geese in the lagoon in the breeding season. The trip goes further up the moraine where we can look down into the enormous cracks in the glacier few meters away from us. From here we will also get an overview of the glacier-front and we will see the impressive calvings from the glacier.

    Departure from Port Victor is approximately 14.15. You will be sailing back to Ilulissat via the same route. Coffee/tea and cake will be served in the late afternoon. Seals and whales are often spotted during the trip. Duration: 1.5 day.

    Return from Ilimanaq Lodge (package de luxe 2)

    More information will follow soon.

     

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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 Flight Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq

    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.

    We guarantee you that you will go home with a luggage full of memories that will stay with you longer than any other holiday you have been on – at least that is what other travellers tell us.

     

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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
04-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
04-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
11-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
11-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
18-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 5 Rooms Book tour
18-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
25-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
25-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 1 Room Book tour
02-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 5 Rooms Book tour
02-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
09-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
09-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 1 Room Book tour
16-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 1 Room Book tour
16-07-2018 Familie værelse Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR Sold out
16-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
16-07-2018 Triple room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR Sold out
23-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
23-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 1 Room Book tour
30-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 5 Rooms Book tour
30-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
06-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
06-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
13-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
13-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
20-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
20-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
27-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.525 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
27-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.145 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Flight schedule (local times):
Departure from Copenhagen 09:15 AM. Return flights arrive in Copenhagen 8:00 (except on trip with departure to Greenland on July 10. The arrival time in Copenhagen is 9:30 PM on that trip).
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package standard

Excursion Package standard

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:

  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Midnight sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Whale watching in Ilulissat (3,5 hours)
  • Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)
  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
Price pr. adult 715 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 370 EUR
Package de luxe 1 (with Glacier Lodge Eqi)

Package de luxe 1 (with Glacier Lodge Eqi)

If you wish to book this package please indicate this in the comment box when booking and we will check up on the availability. This package cannot be booked at tour with departure 4/6.
Sold out on departures July 16 and July 23 2018.

  • 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)
  • Midnight sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Whale watching in Ilulissat (3,5 hours)
  • Glacier view hike at Eqi (3-4 hours)
  • 1 night in Glacier Lodge Eqi in standard hut, incl. transport and meals (Single room supplement EUR 130)
Price pr. adult 915 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 570 EUR
Package de luxe 2 (with Ilimanaq Lodge)

Package de luxe 2 (with Ilimanaq Lodge)

If you wish to book this package please indicate this in the comment box when booking and we will check up on the availability. This package cannot be booked at tour with departure 4/6. Sold out on the tour with departure July 9 2018.

  • 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)
  • Midnight sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Whale watching in Ilulissat (3,5 hours)
  • Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)
  • 1 night in Ilimanaq Lodge incl. transport and meals (Single room supplement EUR 180)
Price pr. adult 1.135 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 725 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq
    Return flight Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat
    Transfers
    20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    1 night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq
    6 nights at Hotel Icefiord

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast
    Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

  • andet
    Other

    Information meetings*
    All taxes and handling fees

    *Local tour guides are English speaking

Not included

Lunch and dinner
Travel Insurance
Excursion packages*

*The tour packages de luxe 1 and 2 cannot be booked online as it is booked "by request". This means that we will check availability after you have ordered. When ordering, please indicate in the comment box that you want this particular package.

 

Practical information

Flight schedule (local times)
Departure from Copenhagen 09.15.

Return flights arrive in Copenhagen 20.00.
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

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

Guaranteed
departure
On selected departures
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    Peter Simonsen

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