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Classic: The “Golden Triangle” of Greenland

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Individual tour
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 10 days
  • Price pr. person from 2.960 EUR
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Classic: The "Golden Triangle" of Greenland

The Classic Golden Triangle of West Greenland. This is one of our all-time bestsellers and a very classic tour to the triangle of three towns in West Greenland: Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. The 11-day trip includes a coastal vessel cruise. You experience all the must-see sights of Greenland. Get ready to be impressed, as the wow factor is incredibly high.

You will cross the Arctic Circle. You get to encounter musk oxen. You will visit the Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq and see Sisimiut’s beautiful houses that appear as small coloured spots in the rocky landscape. Let the spectacular ice fjord in Ilulissat take your breath away with its myriads of ice – ranging from small cubes to gigantic chunks in various colours depending on the reflecting sunlight.

Getting from one destination to the next will happen by plane as well as coastal vessel. This offers a unique chance for you to get an impression of the vastness of the world’s largest island. The distance from the north to the south of the island corresponds to the distance from Scotland to the Sahara!

The trip is available from June to August, which is Greenlandic summer at its best, with midnight sun and contrasting impressions: Green mountains and white icebergs. Stark sunlight and misty fog. Soft flower valleys and cool glaciers. Rocks that cut through vast desolate spaces. Temperatures are mild and Greenland's national flower, Niviarsiaq, bluebells and mountain-batten dress the mountains in beautiful colours.

Please note this! The departures June 12, July 10 and August 7 have an extra day to the program presented below. On these tours, you depart on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays. This gives you an extra overnight stay in Kangerlussuaq and includes a sightseeing tour where we will visit base area, the harbor and the sled dogs of the settlement.

 

 

 

"This tour gave us a degree of independence and flexibility, whilst taking care of our overall travel needs. We didn't feel as though we were part of a big tour. We are not attracted to tours that feel highly organised so this was ideal for us." D. R. Collins
Classic: The “Golden Triangle” of Greenland

Itinerary

In the program of this tour you will truly experience the whole width of Greenland. Although all three cities are on the agenda of this tour, plenty of time is allowed for to experience the life of Greenland in a leisurely pace. Decide for yourself if you prefer to spend the day by yourself or add an excursion package to the biggest sights to your trip.

  • Day 1 Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq - accommodation, welcome meeting (sightseeing)

    Flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. During the 4.5-hour flight you can enjoy a light meal and a movie. Catching the first glimpse of Greenland, however, will make you forget all about the movie: Nunataks pop up amid the huge expanse of ice. Stepping off the plane, the crisp air and the sight of the mountains that surround the airport in Kangerlussuaq are your first encounter with a place like no other.

    A guide from our local partner welcomes you at the airport and helps you with the accommodation at Polar Lodge, which is beautifully situated overlooking the steep mountain Køkkenfjeldet and the chain of mountains leading towards Sisimiut. After having settled in your room, you are invited to an information meeting where the guide will tell you about Kangerlussuaq and the many different excursions.

    If you bought the excursion package it is time for some ice:

    Excursion to the Ice Cap, point 660 (included in excursion package)

    The four-wheel driven bus will take you through beautiful scenery. Near the Ice Cap, you will pass the Russell Glacier and a fantastic moraine landscape. At the end of your ride, you will walk to and on the Ice Cap. It is an unforgettable experience to visit this enormous world of ice, which gives natural beauty a whole new meaning. No matter where you look, the Ice Cap and the horizon seem boundless, and the cold from the Ice below your feet offers an extra dimension to the experience.

    During the tour, you will see large barren areas surrounded by hills wrapped in snow. Perhaps if you cross your fingers, you will be fortunate enough to see reindeers and musk oxen on your way.    
    

    Please note this! The departures June 12, July 10 and August 7 have an extra day to the program presented below. On these tours, you depart on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays. This gives you an extra overnight stay in Kangerlussuaq and in the program, day 2 becomes your day 3, etc. These trips are 11 days as opposed to the others that are 10 days. These trips also include a sightseeing tour on Tuesday where we will visit base area, the harbor and the sled dogs of the settlement.

    Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq (on tours starting June 12, July 10 and August 7)

    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.

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    info The Ice Cap is only a few hours' drive from Kangerlussuaq. As your flight approaches Greenland, you get a great view of the Ice Cap from above.
  • Day 2 Flight Kangerlussuaq - Sisimiut

    Today we head to Sisimiut, Greenland's second largest town with approx. 5,500 inhabitants. The town is beautifully set amid the rocky landscape with picturesque wooden houses in bright colours.

    After checking in at the centrally located Hotel Sisimiut, an information meeting will be held by a guide from our local partner, who will tell you a little about the town and the many excursions. Due to the central location of the hotel, you are close to everything: the town centre, the harbour and the beautiful nature and mountains.

    Tour of the town (included in excursion package)

    A nice tour that will take you a bit closer to the town and its history. Hear how the town was founded and learn of the town life of today. We will pass the open fish and meat market (Brættet), the city hall and visit the old town where the original colonial buildings from the 17th century now house the fascinating and very authentic museum.

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    info Sisimiut is Greenland's second largest town with approx. 5,500 inhabitants. The town is beautifully set amid the rocky landscape with picturesque wooden houses in bright colours.
  • Day 3 Explore Sisimiut on your own

    Sisimiut is an authentic Greelandic town with historical places, modern life and beautiful nature. The possibilities are numerous – you just have to pick out what best suits you.

    The Assaqutaq settlement and whales (included in excursion package)

    The Assaqutaq settlement is situated at the foot of Kællingehætten’s south side. In summer, it is being used as a venue for local schools and is a popular resort for the inhabitants of Sisimiut who fish for ammasets. While strolling through the settlement, we will pass the old fish production factory, the summer camp and the beautiful old church. The sea surrounding the settlement is also a favourite playground for whales (humpback and fin whales) - hopefully one of these giants will greet us with a spout. 

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    info Sisimiut is an authentic Greelandic town with historical places, modern life and beautiful nature. The possibilities are numerous – you just have to pick out what best suits you.
  • Day 4 On board the coastal vessel cruising north along the west coast

    The day is at your own disposal before we head north in the evening on board the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk. Pay a visit, for instance, to one of the town’s arts and crafts workshops where the local artists produce and sell jewellery and crafts in soapstone, ivory and bone.

    If you bought the excursion package, you will be taking a hike back in time:

    Hike back in time (included in excursion package)

    Despite Greenland’s enormous size, people have chosen the same sites for their settlements throughout the island's history. Tele Island, Sallinnguit, is one of those sites – where ancient meets contemporary. Several Inuit cultures have inhabited the site intermittently for the past 4,000 years. Even today, you can find artefacts from those ancient settlements side by side with modern telecommunications installations that have given the island its present Danish name. Hear the story of the Inuit people before the arrival of the Europeans, and of life in the early days of colonisation. See the ruins from different periods and enjoy the beautiful views of the island and the historic hunting grounds.

    Coastal vessel cruise

    Transfer from Hotel Sisimiut to the harbour where you should check in ½ -1 hour before departure at 9 o'clock in the evening. The course is set for Ilulissat further north of the west coast. Sailing in Greenland is a wonderful experience – you get to witness nature from the first row and may even be lucky enough to see whales in their very own element. So do not forget your camera and binoculars – and remember to keep your ears and nose warm.

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    info A visit to the old part of Sisimiut offers interesting insight into Greenlandic history.
  • Day 5 Calling at the town of Aasiaat and arrival at Ilulissat for accomodation at Hotel Arctic****

    Breakfast can be enjoyed overlooking the stunning Disco Bay. Before arriving at Ilulissat, the coastal vessel will be calling at the beautiful town of Aasiaat, located in the southwest corner of the Disco Bay and known for its archipelago, kayaks, whales and – as everywhere else – the pretty coloured houses scattered across the hilly landscape.

    As the icebergs come closer and closer, we recommend that you get on the deck. The arrival at Ilulissat is a breath-taking encounter with one of nature’s own masterpiece – the floating icebergs. This is truly an unforgettable sight.

    Upon arrival, you transfer to and check in at the beautifully situated Hotel Arctic**** in the first row to the Ice Fjord. At the following information meeting, you will hear more about the town and the many excursion options. The rest of the day you can relax and explore the scenery right outside the hotel – and in particular take in the view across the town and the renowned Ice Fjord. If you purchased the Excursion package it is time to enjoy a guidet tour:

    Cultural historic guided tour (included in excursion package)

    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.

    About Ilulissat

    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.

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    info The arrival at Ilulissat is a breath-taking encounter with one of nature’s own masterpiece – the floating icebergs. This is truly an unforgettable sight.
  • Day 6 Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for icebergs and is Greenland's third largest town. Approximately 4,500 inhabitants and just as many sled dogs are fortunate enough to be living in this amazing town at the mouth of the 50 kilometer long and UNESCO listed ice fjord Kangia. Ilulissat's location 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle means that the midnight sun rules until mid-July. It never gets pitch dark - everything is shrouded in an orange, almost magical hue. The stay in Ilulissat – and Greenland – ends with a lovely farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic on the last night.

    Many of the sights can be reached on foot. But we highly recommend that you join some of the guided tours that require travel either by boat or helicopter.

    Hiking trip to the abandoned Sermermiut settlement (included in excursion package)

    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.

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    info Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat.
  • Day 7 Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    This day is at your own disposal. Today we recommend:

    Day tour to Eqip Sermia – the calving glacier (included in excursion package)

    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 approved 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.

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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 8 Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    This day is at your own disposal. Perhaps it is time for a relaxing day in the town, write postcards, visit souvenir shops and take a coffee break in the café on the town "square".

    One of the most popular excursions in Ilulissat is sailing on the Ice Fjord. So, if you have not had enough of sailing, this is an ideal opportunity. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and can be done during the day or at night under the midnight sun.   

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    info A boat trip on the Ice Fjord is a must when visiting Ilulissat!
  • Day 9 Adventures in and around Ilulissat and the UNESCO listed Ice Fjord

    This day is at your own disposal. A whale safari among icebergs is one of many recommendations:

    Whale Safari – surrounded by icebergs in the Disco Bay (included in excursion package)

    It is a great experience to get really close to large animals like whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland; three of these stay in Greenland during winter, the narwhal, 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 summer, we usually get to see the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale. The whales swim the entire Disco Bay during summer – sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the Ice Fjord or up north by the island Arveprinsens Ejland. We are in constant radio contact with fishermen and hunters, who are our source of information about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback with its characteristic fin is the most commonly witnessed on these safaris.

    The day ends with a nice farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.   

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    info There are 15 species of whale in Greenland; three of these stay in Greenland during winter, the narwhal, the beluga and the bow-head whale - also known as the Greenland right whale.
  • Day 10 Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

    Enjoy the last look of the fjord from the aircraft to Kangerlussuaq, before flying onwards to Copenhagen with arrival 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 Gazing at the Ice Fjord never gets tiresome. Take it all in for one last time today, before travelling back home.

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
12-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.050 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
12-06-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.225 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
12-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.615 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
12-06-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.875 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
20-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
20-06-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
20-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
20-06-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
27-06-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
27-06-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
27-06-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
27-06-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
04-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
04-07-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
04-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
04-07-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
10-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.050 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
10-07-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.225 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
10-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.615 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
10-07-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.875 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
18-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
18-07-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
18-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
18-07-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
25-07-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
25-07-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
25-07-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
25-07-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
01-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
01-08-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
01-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
01-08-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
07-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.050 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
07-08-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.225 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
07-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.615 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
07-08-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.875 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
15-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
15-08-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
15-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
15-08-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
22-08-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 2.960 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
22-08-2018 Double Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.135 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
22-08-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 3.495 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
22-08-2018 Single Superior PLUS room Guaranteed departure 3.760 EUR 2 Rooms Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Flight schedule (local times):
Departure dates 12/6, 10/7, 7/8: Depature 11.00 (GL781). Return 20.00 (GL780)
All other departure dates: Depature 09.15 (GL779). Return 20.00 (GL780)
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Please note that accomodation at coastal ship is in bunk bed. We have a few cabins available. Please show your interest in the comment-field when booking this tour. Price for upgrade: Double Cabin: DKK 1.525 / per person. Single Cabin: DKK 2.575 / per person.

Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package

Excursion Package

Our excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions and are adapted to the day program. 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.

  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • Sightseeing in Sisimiut with bus (2 hours)
  • Historical hike in Sisimiut (2,5 hours)
  • Boat cruise to Assaqutaq, abandoned settlement near Sisimiut (3 hours)
  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)
  • Whale watching in Ilulissat (3,5 hours)
Price pr. adult 775 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 400 EUR

Included in tour

Included

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    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq
    Flight Kangerlussuaq – Sisimiut
    Flight Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq
    Coastal vessel Sisimiut - Ilulissat in bunkbed
    Transfers

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    1 or 2* nights at Polar Lodge with shared bath
    2 nights at Hotel Sismiut private bath
    5 nights at Hotel Arctic with private bath
    1 night at the coastal vessel in bunk bed
    *For tours with departure: 12/6, 10/7, 7/8

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

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

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome meetings in all 3 towns (Local tour guides are english speaking)
    Towels and bedlinen at hotels and hostels
    All taxes

    Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq on tours with departure: 12/6, 10/7, 7/8

Not included

Lunch
8 dinners (9 on trips beginning on June 12, July 10 and August 7)
Travel Insurance

 

Practical information

Luggage allowance:
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
  • 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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