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Greenland in autumn colours and northern lights

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Individual tour
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 8 days
  • Price pr. person from 1.895 EUR
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Greenland in autumn colours and northern lights in Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat

Greenland is incredibly beautiful, no matter which season you choose to visit. The autumn is calm and peaceful after a short, hectic summer, so you will have it more or less to yourself – together with the locals of course.

The autumn is also a time when nature likes to reveal all its different sides – from stunning sunny days dressing the mountains in shades of golden brown, a must-see, to violent autumn storms that mesmerize you with their harsh beauty, but also demand proper clothing.

Northern lights in Greenland

Autumn brings black skies at night, and the quite incredible natural phenomenon of northern lights. On a cloudless night you just have to get out there and look upwards. Greenland does not have the same interfering electric lights as Europe, and this combined with low humidity, which gives a crystal clear air, means that a myriad of stars and a stunning, clear Milky Way can be seen far above.

The Greenland Ice Sheet welcomes you in Kangerlussuaq

Kangerlussuaq airport is the gateway to Greenland and the first stop on this trip. The hinterland is home to stunning scenery where the enormous Ice Cap dominates the landscape. A trip to the Ice Cap is therefore an absolute must and a great opportunity for spotting musk oxen and reindeer. The next stop on the trip is Ilulissat, famous far and wide for its Ice Fjord with the biggest and the most icebergs in all of Greenland.

Greenland in autumn colours and northern lights


The itinerary of this beautiful autumn trip to Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat will allow you plenty of contact with the Greenlandic nature and culture with a varying excursion package – and if you would travel in October or November you may get lucky and see the Northern Lights. Still there will be plenty of time for you to explore Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat at your own. The stay in both towns starts with an info meeting.

  • Day 1 Arrival at Kangerlussuaq, check-in and welcome meeting

    We fly with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Ahead awaits a 4.5-hour flight and an 8-day winter adventure.

    A guide from our local tour office World of Greenland Arctic Circle will welcome you upon arrival and assist you with the check-in at the Polar Lodge. The Polar Lodge is located just a stone's throw from the airport and offers relaxed accommodation with kitchen facilities, a ‘living room’ and a souvenir shop.

    Once you have checked in and unpacked in your room at the lodge, the guide will call everyone together for an information meeting. You will get practical advice about the town, the area, places to eat and go, and here you can confirm any excursions you have booked from home.

    It is also possible to book excursions at the meeting, but we recommend to book in advance. We have put together a trip we think best covers what Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat have to offer.

    After the meeting, you can take things at your own pace getting to know Kangerlussuaq and deciding what you want to do the following day. 

    info Kangerlussuaq is the perfect place to see and step onto the legendary Ice Cap, which covers 82% of Greenland.
  • Day 2 Exploring Kangerlussuaq on your own – trips available to the Ice Cap and to see northern lights

    You are free to do as you please today, and the stunning hinterland offers several excursions.

    Excursion to the Ice Cap
    If you have purchased the Excursions Package, the first trip will take you to the Ice Cap, which is point 660 on the programme. Kangerlussuaq is known as the gateway to the Ice Cap and this is a guided tour to the immense ice sheet the size of Western Europe. We will drive in four-wheel driven cars through a stunning and varied terrain.

    As the road comes to an end, we will approach the Ice Cap itself - a unique experience. We will spend some time in this enormous world of ice before returning to our vehicles. The trip offers great opportunities for spotting reindeer, musk oxen and – depending on the season – many different species of bird and flowers. Join this trip for a unique opportunity to climb the Ice Cap. It is quite something to feel the extreme cold and let your eyes wander across the vast ice surface.

    Northern lights trip - Aurora Borealis
    The next stop on the Excursion Package programme is a trip to see the northern lights. On cloudless evenings we often witness the most stunning northern lights in Kangerlussuaq.
    We will drive out into the landscape, where we will not be disturbed by artificial lighting, and let nature begin its own light show.
    Later, as we drive back, the guide will talk about the northern lights and the many Greenlandic myths associated with them throughout the ages. A cup of tasty Greenlandic coffee will also be served during the trip.

    Please note that on departures in September, the northern lights tour is replaced by a full-day tour by boat to the Glacier Eqi near Ilulissat (day 6) - because september is too early to see northern lights.    

    info On cloudless evenings we often witness the most stunning northern lights in Kangerlussuaq.
  • Day 3 Flight from Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat, welcome meeting
    We now head towards Ilulissat. It is a beautiful 45-minute flight giving you a perfect chance of really enjoying the beautiful icy landscape, the desolate expanse and grandeur. During the approach to Ilulissat, the town seemingly pops up in the middle of nowhere. The coloured houses vie for attention among the snow-covered peaks and at the bump of the Dash aircraft landing, you can look forward to the next few days full of ice, winter and dogsleds - combined with cultural highlights from a very traditional Greenlandic town.

    Information meeting upon arrival
    You will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel. Here you will meet a guide from our local tour office, who will arrange an information meeting to tell you about the town, the area and places to eat. You can book excursions at the meeting, or you can confirm the excursions you have already booked from home.

    In the evening a delicious welcome dinner will be served at the hotel.     

    info Ilulissat
  • Day 4 Explore Ilulissat on your own -optional guided tour of the town

    The Disco Bay is one of Greenland’s most popular tourist destinations. Firstly, because of the ice – and secondly, because of the sheer beauty of the area. But also the many cultural attractions and the interaction between the traditional lifestyle and modern urban life attract people. 


    The tour options are numerous in and around Ilulissat, and perhaps the information meeting has inspired you to go on one – or perhaps you simply want to enjoy the amazing view across the Disco Bay and let time freeze.  

    Guided tour of the town (optional)
    The first excursion in the Excursion Package (additional purchase) is a guided tour of the town. You will learn about the town’s history and experience the town’s many exciting areas. Seeing and especially hearing some of the many thousands of sled dogs living here is unavoidable. Unless out on a trip most of the dogs gather outside the town in large dog areas.
    info Ilulissat – Jakobshavn – was founded in 1741 and, today, it is the third largest town in Greenland with more than 4,500 inhabitants.
  • Day 5 Explore Ilulissat on your own - optional boat trip on the Ice Fjord

    Today, you are free to do as you please, and the options are plentiful. Do not miss out on a trip to the sewing workshop where souvenirs are made from sealskin, or to the craft shops selling artefacts made from teeth and bone. 

    Boat trip on the Ice Fjord (optional)
    Almost every visitor to Ilulissat chooses to go on this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million ton of ice flow out into the fjord. The floating icebergs are gigantic, sometimes measuring more than 100 metres wide and long – and with a height of more than 100 metres above the water surface as well. These giants gather at the end of the fjord providing you with a great opportunity to sail among them. You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat.    


    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 6 Ilulissat – optional hike

    Yet another day filled with possibilities. If you have purchased the Excursion Package, you will go on two trips today. These can also be bought on-site, and if you are a seasoned hiker, you can do the hike by yourself.

    Hike to the deserted Sermermiut settlement (optional)
    Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and, today, you can still see the relics, which indicate their presence. Hear the story about the life of the Inuit people and their traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See the ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands. The hike lasts approx. 2 hours.

    If you travel in September you will go on a boattrip to the calving Glacier Eqi:

    Day tour to the Glacier Eqi (optional)
    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.      

    info Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat.
  • Day 7 Explore Ilulissat on your own – discovering the town

    Spend the last day in Ilulissat experiencing the atmosphere and life in the town. Step back in the footsteps of history and learn about the rich history at the museum that was Knud Rasmussen's place of birth. Fishermen and hunters at the open market (brættet) give you an idea of the exciting Greenlandic food products – it does not get any fresher than this.

    Not only your eyes need nourishment, but also your tummy. At the restaurants in Ilulissat you can try local specialities such as Greenlandic sushi, deep-fried “ammasatts” (small salmon), whale and seal, and the cafés offer freshly-baked cakes. All your senses will get a work-out on this trip!

    And you will never get tired of looking out across the Ice Fjord ... 

    info 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.
  • Day 8 Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

    Enjoy one final view of Ilulissat's 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.  

    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
30-10-2018 Sold out
06-11-2018 Sold out
27-11-2018 Sold out
04-12-2018 Double room Guaranteed departure 1.895 EUR Sold out
04-12-2018 Doubleroom, Superior PLUS Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR 1 Room Book tour
04-12-2018 Single room Guaranteed departure 2.095 EUR Sold out
04-12-2018 Singleroom, Superior PLUS Guaranteed departure 2.370 EUR 1 Room Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Flight schedule in local times. Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.
Departure from Copenhagen at 11.00 a.m. (GL781)
Return flights normally arrive in Copenhagen at 09.30 p.m. (GL782)

Excursion packages and add ons

Excursion Package

Excursion Package
Period: September 25 - December, 2018

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

  • Northern Lights tour in Kangerlussuaq (2 hours)
  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • City walk in Ilulissat (2 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
Price pr. adult 295 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 165 EUR

Included in tour


  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq (See flight schedules below)
    Return flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
    20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage

  • overnatning

    2 nights at Polar Lodge (shared facilities)
    5 nights at Hotel Arctic (private bath/toilet)

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider

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

  • andet

    Sight seeing in Kangerlussuaq, about 2 hours*
    Information meetings in both towns upon arrival*
    Towels and bedlinen at hotels and hostels
    All taxes

    *Local tour guides are english speaking

Not included

Lunch and dinner
Travel Insurance


Practical information

Flight times
Departure from Copenhagen at 11.00 a.m. (GL781)
Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 09.30 p.m. (GL782)

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

On selected departures
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    Peter Simonsen

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