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Icebergs in the midnight sun in Disco Bay in Greenland

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Short Break
  • Departure from Reykjavik
  • Duration 4 days
  • Price pr. person from 1.525 EUR
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Icebergs in the midnight sun in Discobay in Greenland

The most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq, is overwhelming in size and productivity as it produces up to 86 million tons of ice a day. Overwhelming is also the rugged beauty with which the many thousands of icebergs that sail out into Disko Bay welcomes you to the wonderful world of the Arctic.

Ilulissat is located 290 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and is the destination for this trip from Iceland. With its 4,600 inhabitants and 3,300 sled dogs it is a thriving and vibrant town where old and new meet in perfect harmony. Here you will experience the Greenlandic culture, and, of course, nature is located right on your doorstep ready to be both admired and explored.

In Ilulissat, you are in the safe hands of our tourist office "World of Greenland" who will send a guide to your hotel and welcome you upon arrival. World of Greenland has a wide variety of excursions for sale and these can be ordered either before departure or after arrival in Ilulissat.   

"The guide assigned to this tour was excellent and maximised my enjoyment by making brilliant recommendations. The trips were absolutely mind blowing and the quality and professionalism of all the staff was most impressive. The hotel was perfect and the food served there outstanding. The travel arrangements were exactly as stated and very much to schedule, everything just dove-tailed into place. Thank you for a memorable experience! " Howard Cartz, participant at "Icebergs in the Midnight Sun"
Icebergs in the midnight sun in Disco Bay in Greenland

Itinerary

The trip presents the framework of this tour, meaning that when you arrive in Ilulissat you can decide for yourself which excursions that will fill your days. You can also choose our excursion package with three sailing tours, a trekking tour, and a guided city tour. You may also decide to skip a trip and enjoy the proximity to the icefjord, a listed UNESCO world heritage site. It's a magnificent view which you will never get tired of!

  • Day 1 Flight Reykjavik (Iceland) – Ilulissat (Greenland), welcome meeting, excursions (optional)

    You will travel with direct flight from Reykjavik to Illulissat. You are picked up at the airport and transported to your hotel in Ilulissat.

    Along the way, you will have a good view of Greenland from the plane. Even though we travel at night, we are in the Arctic and up here the sun shines all night in the summertime.

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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 2 Explore Ilulissat with great excursions

     After breakfast, a guide from our local excursion office will welcome you and inform you about the different excursions available but also about experiences you can make on your own during your stay in Ilulissat.

    We recommend that you start your adventure with a guided walk around Ilulissat. You get familiar with the town and the guide can point out places to visit on your own at a later time. If you have bought our excursion package, you will go on thre excursions today. The cultural histrocal walk starts after the welcome meeting, the trip to Sermermiut in the afternoon and at night, after dinner, you will go sailing among the icebergs.

    Cultural historic walk (optional)

    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.

    This cultural historic walk is a great shortcut to a lot of knowledge.  

     

    Afterward, you can have lunch and get ready for the next excursion. The midnight sun makes the days very long, and you will feel full of energy to explore and really take advantage of the entire day.

    The sunny nights can only be experienced north of the Arctic Circle where the sun during summer never sets behind the horizon. In Ilulissat, the midnight sun is present in the period from 22 May to 24 July, but also throughout August there will be very bright nights.

    Hike to the Ice Fjord and the abandoned 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. Visitors often ask, if they can walk these treks themselves? The answer is yes. But it is our experience that most people find it safe having a guide the first time they hike in the Greenlandic mountains.

    Furthermore, historic places will be pointed out on the way, and these can be difficult to find on your own. And, besides, it is always nice to share the experience with somebody. Coffee/tea break at “Kællingekløften” with a beautiful view of the Ice Fjord before we head back.

    Then it's time for dinner before we venture out again, this time by boat.

    Sailing among the icebergs (optional)

    Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at midnight 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. 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. Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise sealskin clothing is available for rent.

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    info Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million ton of ice flow out into the fjord.
  • Day 3 Option to go to Eqi Glacier

    Today, you can explore the town of Ilulissat or go with us on a boat trip to Eqi.

    Full-day trip to Eqip Sermia – the calving glacier (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.

    This excursion can be chosen both as a one-day trip or a trip with overnight stay(s). Read about the options of overnight accommodation at wog.gl.

    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.  

    Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise sealskin clothing is available for rent.

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    info The Eqi Glacier is 5 kilometers wide. We will stay in the boat in front of the glacier for a while, hoping to see it calve.
  • Day 4 Option to go Whale Watching. Flight Ilulissat - Reykjavik

    Today, you will still have a lot of time to explore as we are not leaving Ilulissat until 5:00 PM. You have this day to discover Ilulissat on your own. You could take a hike in the mountains or you can go and experience the city some more.  However, if you bought the excursion package, now you get the opportunity to go on a whale watching trip.

    Whale watching (Optional excursion)

    It is a fantastic experience to get close to large animals such as 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 whale). Blue whales and killer whales are not seen very often.

    During the summer we normally encounter the humpback whale, the common minke whale and the fin whale. The whales swim in the entire Disco Bay during the summer. Sometimes they come close to the town, sometimes they are in the ice fiord or up north by the Crown Prince Island.

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

    The trip lasts approx. 4 hours. We use the fast boat Targa, so we can get around. After this boat trip, you will still have time to do some more explloring in Ilulissat.

    In the late afternoon, it's time to return to Iceland. After having spent some memorable and unforgettable days in this Arctic paradise, it is time for you to return to Reykjavik in Iceland. 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.

    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.  

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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.

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Info Flight schedule (local times)
Departure from Keflavik International Airport (Reykjavik) 10:55 PM. Return flights arrive in Keflavik International Airport (Reykjavik) at 9:55 PM.
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

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 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.

  • Cultural Town Walk (2 hours)
  • Hike to Sermermiut by Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
  • Midnight sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord (2,5 hours)
  • Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)
  • Whale Watching by boat (4 hours)
Price pr. adult 385 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 195 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Reykjavik Domestic Airport - Ilulissat return
    Transfers from airport to hotel (return)

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    3 nights at Hotel Icefiord with private facilities

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  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome meeting upon arrival*
    All taxes
    *Local tour guides are english speaking

Not included

Lunch and dinner
Travel Insurance
Excursions

 

Practical information

Flight schedule (local times)
Departure from Keflavik International Airport (Reykjavik) 10:55 PM. Return flights arrive in Keflavik International Airport (Reykjavik) at 9:55 PM.

Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Luggage allowance:
20 kg of checked baggage
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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    The right clothing is essential when travelling in the Arctic. Before you pack your bags, take a look at our packing list. Please do not hesitate to ask us for advice.

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