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Off the beaten track in Greenland

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Individual tour
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 10 days
  • Price pr. person from 3.745 EUR
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Off the beaten track in Greenland

Explore Greenland off the beaten track on this new tour. The tour combines the most popular attractions in Greenland with two unique and unspoiled places in Northern Greenland. You will not find a more varied tour combining nature, culture and history in this way.

If you are an active and curious traveller, you should consider this tour. You will experience nature that is so impressive you will not believe your own eyes. We will be sailing, hiking, driving ATVs and even go glacier hiking through unspoiled areas.

We will take you to areas of unique natural beauty, where even the most experienced Greenland travellers dream of going. Along the way, we will be staying at hotels and lodges on premium locations that will satisfy every enjoyer of life.

Some highlights of the tour:

  • The Ice Cap near Kangerlussuaq
  • The whale capital, Qasigiannquit
  • A room with a view of the icebergs at Ilimanaq Lodge
  • The world-famous Ilulissat Icefjord
  • The secret Tasiusaq fjord and glacier hike

The tour offers you an insight into the way of life in Greenland today – in small villages and modern towns. You will also get a cultural insight into early immigration in Greenland. We will be visiting several former settlements and get a sense of the country's rich history.

Two new options and two musts in Greenland

We will be going to the most popular places in Greenland. First, we will step onto the Ice Cap near Kangerlussuaq. And by the end of the tour, we will have spent several days in the iceberg capital. Here, you will get close to the world-famous Ilulissat Icefjord in every way possible.

Ilimanaq Lodge and Qasigiannguit

We will be making a stop at one of the biggest new attractions in Greenland in recent years and stay at Ilimanaq Lodge with a view of icebergs, whales and the Diskobay. The doors to Ilimanaq Lodge opened for the first time in 2017. This tour will also be the first of our tours to feature a layover in Qasigiannguit – the whale capital. In summer, countless hunchback whales gather near the coast. Moreover, the area offers excellent hiking options and cultural experiences.

"I have been looking forward to present this unique tour to you. An active tour of Greenland combining four unique locations." Peter Simonsen, Product Manager
Off the beaten track in Greenland

Itinerary

Welcome to a tour with a varied and active itinerary. The tour offers many excursions, which are predefined but you also have several other options during the tour. This is a varied tour of Greenland, combining nature, culture and history. All excursions listed in the itinerary are included in the total price unless otherwise stated.

  • Day 1 Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq and Ice Cap excursion

    From Copenhagen Airport, your Air Greenland plane departs at 11:00 AM. We will land in Greenland at 11:40 AM local time. It is a direct flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, which takes about 4.5 hours. Your local guide will welcome you.

    Kangerlussuaq is located north of the Arctic Circle and as you take your first breath of Arctic air, you will feel that something is different. The air is dry and crisp. The Ice Cap is visible on the horizon. As your plane approached Greenland, you got a view of the enormous white Ice Cap from above, and now, you are standing just 25 kilometres from it.

    The airport and the town is surrounded by nature and is practically built upon Arctic tundra. Tundra is a term used for a type of landscape only found in the northern hemisphere. One of the characteristics of the tundra is the permafrost. Permafrost signifies that the upper layer of the ground is permanently frozen. This phenomenon creates an interesting landscape, which we will explore today.

    Central accommodation at Polar Lodge

    The location of Polar Lodge is as central as possible, only few metres from the airport and shops such as a supermarket, a small gear store and a few shops selling arts and crafts and souvenirs.

    Ice Cap excursion (optional)

    In Kangerlussuaq, you are just 25 kilometres from the edge of Greenland's Ice Cap. Following the initial briefing, we will go on an excursion to the Ice Cap. This is an awesome experience! You can also explore the area and the town by yourself, but we recommend that you join us on this excursion to the Ice Cap.

    A custom-built bus takes us to Point 660 where you can walk upon the ice itself. We are 660 metres above sea level but you do not sense that as you stand on the world's largest sea of ice.

    The excursion takes approximately 5 hours, and the drive to the ice takes about 2 hours with a few stops along the way. Coffee and tea will be served during the excursion. We recommend that you bring warm clothes and put some provisions in your backpack.

    Summer in Kangerlussuaq

    Summer in Greenland is brief, intense and often quite hot. The air is dry, and 15 degrees in the sun will feel like a hot summer's day. Due to its inland location, Kangerlussuaq has a continental climate. Kangerlussuaq is known for stable, warm days of summer, making the drive from the town to the Ice Cap even more fascinating as you will sense how the temperature drops the closer you get to the edge of the ice.

    Enjoy a Greenlandic dinner 

    In the evening, you can have dinner at one of the restaurants in town or cook your own meal at Polar Lodge. We recommend a visit to Restaurant Roklubben, which is situated on Lake Ferguson, outside of town. Here, you can enjoy today's specials or take a pick from the menu. The food is based on delicious local produce such as musk oxen, reindeer and fish. Due to the time difference, most people will go to bed early on the first day. When it is 9 PM in Greenland, it is 1 AM in Central Europe.

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    info Greenland's Ice Cap can be reached after a few hours' drive from Kangerlussuaq
  • Day 2 Flight Kangerlussuaq – Aasiaat, and by boat to Qasigiannguit

    This day offers varied experiences. We will leave the inland behind, travelling north towards the coast.

    After breakfast, you will have time to explore the area before we continue north towards the Disko Bay. We will take a domestic flight to Aasiaat, arriving at 12:20 PM. The flight only takes about 45 minutes and will take place at a relatively low altitude, which allows you to get a great view of the landscape from above all the way.

    As we land in Aasiaat, we will be driven from the airport to the harbour. From here, we will be sailing to Qasigiannguit later. Before that, however, you have time to explore Aasiaat. Depending on your departure date, you have between 1 and 4 hours to spend.

    Aasiaat – a Greenlandic city

    Aasiaat is home to about 3,000 people, which makes it the fifth largest town in Greenland. You should not expect a big city vibe, however. On the contrary, the colourful houses are idyllically situated on the rocks overlooking the skerries.

    Aasiaat is an active town. The local fish plant produces crabs and prawns. The town also has a shipyard. Many of the townspeople work in the fishing and hunting industry. The harbour in Aasiaat is therefore a lively place with light blue fishing boats and the inevitable sound of seagulls.

    Boat ride to Qasigiannguit – the whale capital

    Early afternoon, we will embark on a 4-hour boat ride in the southern part of the Disko Bay. From the skerries, we will head north but mostly west towards the mainland. Next stop is the small town of Qasigiannguit. We will be sailing with Diskoline, arriving in Qasigiannguit at dinnertime, around 7:15 PM.

    As we approach Qasigiannguit, you will quickly spot Hotel Diskobay, which is beautifully situated on a point overlooking the harbour. The rocks behind the town are up to 450 metres tall and create a striking contrast to the coast. We will walk the short distance from the harbour to the hotel while the luggage will be transported.

    Welcome dinner at Hotel Diskobay

    After we have checked in and a short briefing, you can look forward to dinner with a view. Hotel Diskobay offers a first-row view across the Disko Bay. You can even see the Disko Island 100 kilometres away. Hotel Diskobay is a relatively small hotel with an informal atmosphere. During summer, you can spot whales from the terrace as they swim right by, perhaps followed by a floating iceberg or two.

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    info Aasiaat is one of the largest towns in Greenland.
  • Day 3 Qasigiannguit and boat ride to the abandoned Akulliit village

    Look forward to spending two days in the small village where we will explore Qasigiannguit's cultural offerings and the scenic hinterland.

    Tour of the town and visit to the interesting museum

    After breakfast it is time to take a tour of the town. Qasigiannguit is an interesting town to explore, and we will be stopping by the local museum and an open settlement.

    The museum displays a great number of unique local findings. On Sundays, the museum often hosts an "Open settlement" – an event arranged by volunteers from town. They dress up in traditional seal skin clothes and make a display of many of the old traditions such as seal flensing, drum dancing, arts and crafts, skin clothes production and food cooked on an open fire.

    Qasigiannguit – traditional Greenlandic culture

    You will quickly learn that Qasigiannguit probably lives up to a lot of your expectations about Greenland. The town has about 1,300 inhabitants and is therefore a relatively large town by Greenlandic standards. It is a modern town with all that entails but the old village atmosphere is preserved. Sled dogs are a natural part of the townscape, and the harbour is a bustle of activity; boats set out to fish in the highly nutritious water near the giant icebergs and return with their catch.

    Qasigiannguit means "the small, gaudy seals" as this place has been home to a great number of these animals. There are still a lot of seals in the area and particularly many whales.

    Qasigiannguit – the whale capital in Greenland

    Qasigiannguit is also known as the whale capital among Greenlanders. A lot of hunchback whales gather here in the southern part of the Disko Bay. In the summer months (May-September), you will often see whales spurting and waving their tails on the horizon. The whales will often swim close to the coast allowing you to spot them from the hotel terrace.

    Boat ride to an abandoned village

    In the afternoon, we are going on a boat ride to an abandoned village in the hinterland and to Qeqertasussuk, an excavated settlement from the Saqqaq culture. The settlement is featured in an exhibition at the museum as it contains traces of early immigration in Greenland.

    We will also sail to the abandoned village of Akulliit. Today, the place functions as a holiday cottage area for families from Qasigiannguit. Here, we will take a coffee break and enjoy the picturesque scenery before returning to Qasigiannguit.

    In the evening, you can choose whether you want to have dinner at the hotel or another restaurant in town.

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    info Qasigiannguit has a lot to offer in terms of nature and culture
  • Day 4 Qasigiannguit: Hike to Qaqqarsuaq, boat ride to Ilimanaq Lodge

    Today, we will explore the surroundings on foot. The hinterland near Qasigiannguit offers great trails for hiking. If you do not wish to join the guided walk to the top of the Qaqqarsuaq mountain, you can take an alternative route through flatter terrain.

    Hike to the top of Qaqqarsuaq

    After breakfast, we pack our backpack for a day in the mountains. We will hike to the top of the Qaqqarsuaq mountain from the back where we are rewarded with an impressive view across the entire Disko Bay. If we are fortunate, we will also see some of the many musk oxen living in the area. The pace is slow so everyone in regular good shape can participate. The hike takes about 4-6 hours.

    Boat ride to Ilimanaq Lodge

    After this eventful day, our journey continues north to Ilimanaq. We depart at 6:45 PM and will arrive about two hours later. On board, we will be eating sandwiches brought from the hotel. As we leave the natural harbour, we can catch one last glimpse of the town's mountains.

    As we approach Ilimanaq, we also get closer to the Ilulissat Icefjord. You will be able to see the large icebergs on the horizon. It is a breath-taking sight, which still impresses experienced travellers in Greenland.

    In summer, the area is home to a great number of hunchback whales, and we will keep an eye out for them. When a boat passes a school of whales, it is called having "contact". The skipper will often slow down when there is "contact" giving you time to enjoy the sight.

    Ilimanaq Lodge – a room with a view of whales and icebergs

    Ilimanaq is one of Greenland's smallest villages. The contrast to Qasigiannguit is evident as the few, scattered houses appear. From the boat, we can also see the newly built lodges of Ilimanaq Lodge, which are situated on the rocks of the coast. It consists of 15 smaller lodges, which are all beautifully situated on the Ilulissat Icefjord.

    All lodges overlook the Disko Bay. Each lodge offers approximately 40 square metres, shower, toilet and modern furniture with a rustique, Nordic look. Moreover, each lodge is equipped with its own terrace where you can take in the view to the sound of the waves washing against the rocks.

    The lodges were built in the summer of 2016. The two listed buildings in town – the manager's house and the former grocery store – have been restored. They now function as reception and restaurant to the lodges, but also double as a museum and conference venue.

    You will be staying in your own private lodge just like on the rest of the tour. If you are travelling alone, you will get your own lodge, and if you are travelling with someone, you will get to share a lodge.

    When you have checked in, we recommend that you enjoy the splendid view from the terrace.

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    info The view from one of the lodges at Ilimanaq Lodge
  • Day 5 Ilimanaq: Tour of the village and hike to the Ilulissat Icefjord

    Today, you will wake up to a view of icebergs. Enjoy it from your bed or take a seat in the living room sofa and watch the small fishing boats sail by. Step out onto the terrace and breathe in the crisp morning air, feel the heat from the sun and perhaps spot a whale.

    Ilimanaq means expectation

    Ilimanaq is Greenlandic for "expectation" or "likelihood". And you can expect some unique experiences during your stay in Ilimanaq.

    The village's former Danish name is Claushavn, named after the Dutch whaling skipper Klaes Pietersz Thorp, who worked in the whaling industry here 1719-1732. Back then, the area was the most densely populated in Greenland, and small settlements were spread along the coasts.

    Today, Ilimanaq is one of the smallest villages in Greenland with approximately 50 residents. The many village houses in bright colours, sled dogs, dogsleds and skin kayaks reveal that life is lived here as it has been for many years in Greenland.

    Tour of the Ilimanaq village

    Ilimanaq is home to some of the oldest colonial buildings. The church in Ilimanaq is from 1908. You will also find a fishing cabin, a former coal storage, warehouses and a former train-oil factory.

    When you arrived in Ilimanaq, you were welcomed by the black-painted restaurant right beside the harbour area. Next to the restaurant is the reception of Ilimanaq Lodge. These two buildings have been restored in connection with the construction of Ilimanaq Lodge.

    During the morning tour of the village, you will get an insight into the village history and the many interesting buildings and their historic function. You will also get a sense of how everyday life works in a small village in Greenland.

    Hike to the Ilulissat Icefjord and the old burial site

    If you are travelling with a tour guide, the guide will take you on this hike. If you are travelling on your own, a local guide will take you out. We will have lunch after the village tour and pack the backpack before putting on our hiking shoes.

    Northern Houses (Nordre Huse) is located about 6 kilometres from Ilimanaq and is the destination for today's hike. The excursion begins with a spectacular view from one of the hilltops north of the village. You can look across the Disko Bay and see the large icebergs in the Ilulissat Icefjord.

    Along the way, we look for traces after early immigration, the so-called Thule culture, and we get close to one of the many hidden burial sites. After this, we will get another glimpse of the large icebergs in Ilulissat Icefjord from another hilltop. In clear weather, you can see the edge of the Ice Cap 65 kilometres away.

    From here, the edge of the Ice Cap resembles a wall of ice, unlike in Kangerlussuaq where the ice is flatter and spills out across the landscape.

    At this point, the gigantic icebergs lie right in front of you. Silence is only interrupted by the sound of the icebergs that calve and move.

    In the evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner made from local produce at the restaurant.

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    info View of the icebergs in the Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Day 6 Ilimanaq: Excursion to the secret Tasiusaq Fjord and glacier hike

    Excursion to the secret Tasiusaq Fjord (Addon)

    After breakfast in the restaurant, you can choose to join the one-day excursion to the secret fjord including a glacier hike. This excursion is not included in the price of the tour, and needs to be purchased seperately.

    ATV, fjord sailing and glacier hike

    On this full-day tour you will visit the glacier at the top of the Tasiusaq Fjord. By means of side-by-side off-road vehicles and boat trip up the fjord, you will experience the spectacular nature of the area up to the Sarqardliup Glacier - part of Greenland’s enormous inland ice sheet. An action-packed multifaceted tour, in which you for a whole day will come to experience the many sides of Greenland’s environment. 

    We will bring a pre-packed lunch and snacks. After yet another eventful day, you will once again be having dinner at the restaurant.

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    info Glacier hike on the Ice Cap at the Tasiusaq Fjord
  • Day 7 Ilulissat: Boat ride to Ilulissat passing the Ilulissat Icefjord and tour of the town

    After breakfast, we set out for an early departure toward Ilulissat – the town by the icebergs. We are going on a spectacular boat ride passing by the giant icebergs at the estuary of the Ilulissat Icefjord.

    The Ilulissat Icefjord is listed as UNESCO world heritage

    If you have seen pictures from Greenland of large icebergs, they have likely been taken at the Ilulissat Icefjord. During the boat ride, we will pass the enormous icebergs that can be as tall as 100 metres. After a 45-minute boat ride, we will arrive at the harbour in Ilulissat at 9 AM. As we approach the harbour, we will pass the town and our hotel, Hotel Icefiord.

    We will be driven to the hotel where we will be checking into yet another splendid view. All rooms overlook the Disko Bay. The hotel is centrally located in walking distance from the town centre. After we have checked in and a short briefing, it is time for a guided walk around the town.

    Guided walk around Ilulissat

    Ilulissat is Greenlandic for "the icebergs", and the town is located right on the Ilulissat Icefjord, which is essential to life in the town. It is Greenland's largest town with a population of approximately 4,500 people – or 10,000 souls if you include all the sled dogs as well. Ilulissat is an active town throughout the year.

    The town was founded in 1741 by Jacob Severin, and the Danish name for the town used to be Jakobshavn. Today, Ilulissat is the centre of the Disko Bay. During summer, Ilulissat is the most visited tourist destination. Many of the tourists come from cruise ships and just spend a day here.

    Do not let the number of tourists scare you. Instead, tourists are an advantage as tourism forms the basis for the many activities and the large supply of handmade arts and crafts. Moreover, Ilulissat is home to several world-class restaurants.

    During the tour of the town, we will visit the central part of town. The guide will tell you about the town history and the way of life in a modern Greenlandic town 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. We will be making several stops along the way – for instance at the harbour and the "board" where the catch of the day is sold.

    Experience Ilulissat on your own

    In the afternoon, you have time to spend as you wish. You can visit one of the town's museums. We can recommend Ilulissat museum, which was the birth place of the great Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen. Emanuel Petersen's art museum is also worth a visit.

    Beyond that, you can let yourself be tempted in the town stores and the local seal skin workshop. You can also enjoy some refreshments and a light meal in one of the cafés in the town centre while soaking up the atmosphere.

    In the evening, you can have dinner at the hotel or one the many great eateries in town.

    Midnight boat trip among the icebergs (optional)

    If you did not get enough of the icebergs in the Ilulissat Icefjord, you can go on a boat trip in the hue of the midnight sun. The midnight sun shines in Ilulissat from 21st May to 24th July.

    Each year, more than 48 cubic kilometres of ice flow from the Ilulissat Glacier and into the Icefjord. This results in enormous icebergs measuring up to several hundred metres on each side and towering more than 100 metres above sea level flowing toward the sea. At the fjord estuary, the icebergs run aground, allowing us to sail really close to them, while maintaining a safe distance of course.

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    info View across the Ilulissat Icefjord and Ilulissat town
  • Day 8 Ilulissat: Light hike to Sermermiut at the Ilulissat Icefjord and whale safari

    Today's itinerary features another two interesting experiences, but you can also spend the day as you wish.

    Light hike to Sermermiut at the Ilulissat Icefjord

    Sermermiut means "the glacier dwellers," referring to the fact that the place used to be a settlement. Throughout 4,000 years, different inuit cultures inhabited the Sermermiut Valley. It is located approximately 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Ilulissat, and the hike is an easy one. A path leads us all the way. Finding the remains of the former settlement is not easy though, at least not without a guide who knows the place.

    A visit to Sermermiut is a must when going to Ilulissat. The view is incredible. You can see the entire Ilulissat Icefjord and iceberg after iceberg as far as the eye can see.

    Whale safari in Greenland (optional)

    There are a lot of different whales in Greenland – especially in the Disko Bay during summer. So, you can choose to spend today going on a whale safari that will take you very close to the whales in their element.

    Greenlandic waters are home to about 15 species of whale. In summer, we will usually see the hunchback whale, the minke whale and the fin whale. Despite its 18 metres and 30 tons, the hunchback whale is an acrobat among the large whales. It can lunge out of the water and flip its tail and flippers. It is easily recognisable on its humpy dorsal fin and white flippers, and it usually lifts its tail when it dives.

    The safari lasts about 3.5 hours, and we will sail in a fast boat that can take us far and wide.

    Greenlandic buffet

    Several of the restaurants in town serve a Greenlandic buffet once a week. Ask your local guide upon arrival.

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    info The Sermermiut Valley at the Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Day 9 Ilulissat: Boat trip to the calving Eqi glacier

    This day is at your own disposal. We recommend a daytrip to the calving Eqi glacier 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. If, on the other hand, you have had enough of sailing, you have plenty of other options to choose from. 

    The calving Eqi glacier (optional)

    Near Eqi in Greenland, you can get close to the calving glacier front. The active Eqi glacier is located 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat.

    On a boat, it is possible to get close to the edge of the glacier and experience how large chunks of ice fall into the water. The crashes are deafening, and the sight of icebergs tumbling into the water is mesmerising.

    The trip to Eqi takes place on board comfortable tourist boats. We will lie in front of the glacier for approximately two hours waiting for the glacier to calve. A nice lunch will be served on board. The total duration of the trip is 6-12 hours depending on the boat used that day.

    From the boat, you can also see Glacier Lodge Eqi, which is a small group of red lodges and a common house with a restaurant. Glacier Lodge Eqi is built with respect for the surroundings and based on principles of sustainability. The lodges are heated via solar power, for instance.

    The boat trip takes us along the coast passing many interesting places along the way. Past Bredebugt, the Oqaatsut village and the large Pakitsoq fjord system where whales and seals often play in the water. From there, we continue up through Ataa Sund, which is surrounded by tall, steep mountains with birdlife and waterfalls.

    When we return to the hotel, the evening is yours to enjoy at one of the restaurants in town.

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    info The active Eqi glacier north of Ilulissat
  • Day 10 Flight Ilulissat – Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq

    After many days with experiences of a lifetime, the journey goes south towards Copenhagen Airport, Denmark. However, you will get one final experience to bring home with you. On the plane from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq, you will get a chance to see the Ilulissat Icefjord from above.

    Departing from Kangerlussuaq

    We will fly from Ilulissat after breakfast, landing in Kangerlussuaq sometime before noon. Here, you will experience how the airport is filled with passengers, who – just like you – have flown in from the coast. The airport is bustling with anticipation when the plane from Copenhagen is approaching.

    Greenland is a massive country, but with a population of about 56,000 people, many people know each other. You will witness joyfull reunions in the airport. You might also bump into other travellers that you have met during your tour of Greenland. It is easy and natural to begin a conversation with strangers in Greenland.

    Immaqa

    Greenlanders often say ”Immaqa”, which means maybe. Travelling in Arctic regions is subject to some uncertainty.

    The flight toward Copenhagen Airport is scheduled to depart at 11:40 AM. You will arrive in Copenhagen at 9:30 PM local time (CET) (on June 30th we leave Greenland a little earlier and arrive in Copenhagen at 8:00 PM).

    The plane from Kangerlussuaq can be delayed, however, as it is normal to wait for passengers from the coast. Please bear this is mind when you plan your onward journey from Copenhagen Airport. We recommend that you spend the night in Copenhagen. It is easy to get to a hotel from the airport.

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Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
13-06-2019 Sold out
20-06-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 4 Rooms Book tour
20-06-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
27-06-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
27-06-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
04-07-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 4 Rooms Book tour
04-07-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR Sold out
11-07-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 4 Rooms Book tour
11-07-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR Sold out
18-07-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
18-07-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
25-07-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 4 Rooms Book tour
25-07-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
08-08-2019 Double room Guaranteed departure 3.745 EUR 3 Rooms Book tour
08-08-2019 Single room Guaranteed departure 4.620 EUR 1 Room Book tour
More info about accommodation
Info Flight schedule (local times):Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.
Departure: Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq 11:00AM-11:40AM
Return: Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen 1:10 PM-9:30 PM

Excursion packages and add ons

Glacier hiking at Tasiusaq

Glacier hiking at Tasiusaq
Season: Summer

We will sail a few kilometers south of the village. On large ATV’s we'll explore the excellent views of the sandy plain south of Ilimanaq. Then we drive until we reach the Tasiusaq Fjord from where we sail into the the fjord to the southern bank and the edge of the ice. Afterward, we will hike onto and explore the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  • Sailing with boat
  • Drive with ATV
  • Glacier hiking and equipment
  • Lunch
  • Special guide
  • 4-12 participants (min. 4)
  • Duration: 8 hours
Price pr. adult 340 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 170 EUR
Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)

Day cruise to the Eqi glacier (6-12 hours)
Season: Summer

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

  • Boat tour to Eqi (return trip)
  • Lunch on board
  • 2-hour stay in front of glacier on board
  • Transfer between hotel and harbour b/w
  • Duration of the trip is depending on which boat is used on the day.
  • Duration: 6-12 hours
Price pr. adult 315 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 160 EUR
Iceberg sightseeing (Ilulissat)

Iceberg sightseeing (Ilulissat)
All year

The icebergs are beautiful every kind of weather; in the sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are very beautiful. The boat trip is definitely an extraordinary experience. 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.

  • Included:
  • Boat trip with smaller boat
  • Information about the ice on the way
  • Coffee and tea
  • Transfer from center of town to the harbour and back
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
Price pr. adult 95 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 50 EUR
Whale watching in Ilulissat

Whale watching in Ilulissat
Season: summer

It is a great experience to get real close to large animals like whales. The whales swim in the entire Disco Bay during the summer. Sometimes they are close to town, sometimes they are in the Icefiord and sometimes up north. The fishermen and the hunters are our sources of information about the whales and their whereabouts so we almost always find them.

  • Whale safari in fast boat
  • Guide
  • Information about whales
  • Coffee and tea
  • Transfer from center of town to the harbour and back
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
Price pr. adult 165 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 85 EUR
Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660

Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660
Season: All year

Powerful 4WD-vehicles will take us through an incredibly beautiful landscape, through mountains, plains and semi-desert valleys. At the end of the road, we walk to the Greenland Ice Cap and onto the vast ice sheet. We spend some time exploring this world of ice before returning to our vehicle.

  • Excursion in 4WD-vehicles to the Ice Cap, Point 660
  • Stay at the edge of the Ice Cap
  • Guide
  • Hot drink
  • Duration: 5 hours
Price pr. adult 85 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 55 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Return flight Copenhagen–Kangerlussuaq
    Flight Kangerlussuaq-Aasiaat
    Flight Ilulissat–Kangerlussuaq
    Boat Aasiaat–Qasigiannguit
    Boat Qasigiannguit–Ilimanaq
    Boat Ilimanaq-Ilulissat
    Transfers
    20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    1 night at Polar Lodge (shared facilities)
    2 nights at Hotel Diskobay (private facilities)
    3 nights at Ilimanaq Lodge in private lodge (private facilities)
    3 nights at Hotel Icefiord (private facilities)

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast
    Welcome dinner at Hotel Diskobay
    Evening meal day 4 (Sandwich to bring on board boat to Ilimanaq)
    Full board in Ilimanaq (excl. drinks)
    Food and beverages on board the flight Copenhagen–Kangerlussuaq RT

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome briefings in all towns by local guides*
    Town walk and visit to museum in Qasigiannguit (2-3 hours)
    Town walk in Iulissat (2 hours)
    Boat trip to abandoned settlement near Qasigiannguit (3-4 hours)
    Hike to the Qaqqarsuaq mountain in Qasigiannguit (3-4 hours)
    Tour of settlement in Ilimanaq (2 hours)
    Hiking to Northern Houses in Ilimanaq (3-4 hours)
    Hike to Sermermiut at the Ilulissat Icefjord (2 hours)
    All taxes
    Fee to the Danish Travel Guarantee Fond
    *) Local guides speak English

Not included

Meals other than those mentioned above
Beverages
Optional excursions
Travel insurance

 

Practical information

Flight times:
Departure: Copenhagen 11:00 AM
Return: Copenhagen 21:30
Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

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

Guaranteed
departure
  • 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.

  • Packing list for this tour

    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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