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Summer in Greenland at the edge of the Icecap

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  • Destination Greenland
  • Travel Category Short Break
  • Departure from Copenhagen
  • Duration 5 days
  • Price pr. person from 1.275 EUR
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Summer in Greenland at the edge of the Icecap

On this new 5-day summertrip to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, you can depart from Copenhagen. You will get to experience a small town situated in the middle of an amazing and unique wilderness – and it’s the only place in Greenland with a road leading to the Ice Cap. The trip includes a welcome dinner at the beautifully located Restaurant Roklubben.

With the additional purchase of our excursion package, you will get to set foot onto and explore the biggest Ice Cap in the Northern hemisphere! You will also go on a boating trip in the Kangerlussuaq Fjord and on an excursion into the Arctic tundra on the lookout for musk oxen and reindeer.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices and travel dates for summer trips 2019 will be made available on our website from the middle of August.

Summer in Greenland at the edge of the Icecap

Itinerary

The idea of this trip is to let you experience the Ice Cap up close but it also gives you the chance to explore Kangerlussuaq and its surrounding on your own. You can purchase our excursion package which will give you some unforgettable experiences in the area.

  • Day 1 Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq, welcome meeting, sightseeing and dinner

    You fly from Copenhagen in Denmark to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. As the aircraft approaches Greenland, the sight of nunataks protruding the Ice Cap and the enormous ice desert indicate the size of Greenland, the world’s biggest island.

    Welcome meeting and sightseing

    Upon arrival you will be greeted by the summer air of Kangerlussuaq. A guide from the local tour office will meet you in the airport and help you to check in at either the cozy and Old Camp or at Hotel Kangerlussuaq which is part of the airport complex.

    After check-in, you will gather with the other travelers for a welcome meeting. Here, you will get further information about the exciting Kangerlussuaq area and its many options. After the welcome meeting it is time to explore town and the area on a sightseing.

    Dinner at the Rowing Club Restaurant

    After a day full of impressions it is time for some nice local food. Restaurant Roklubben is the Danish term for The Rowing Club and the restaurant is situated 5 km from the airport at the edge of the beautiful Lake Ferguson. After dinner, you will be taken back to the hotel or Polar Lodge. This being a summer night in Greenland, it will be light outside until very late. We are below the Polar Circle so Kangerlussuaq doesn’t offer midnight sun but it’s still light outside almost 24/7.

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    info The Ice Cap near Kangerlussuaq (Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland)
  • Day 2 Excursion to the Ice Cap point 660 (optional)

    The Kangerlussuaq area is the only inhabited place in Greenland’s inland –all other towns are situated along the coast of Greenland. The climate is continental with very stable weather conditions. Orginally, this was also the main reason the Americans chose this place for their base. If you go for a walk in the area, there are still remnants to see from that time.

    There are lots of roads around Kangerlussuaq that you can explore on your own. The town itself with its curious remnants of the American military base that used to be situated here, the river delta, the surroundings hills and mountains – and obviously the Ice Cap which can be reached in many ways.

    There’s a museum, several shops and a supermarket and in the summertime it’s possible to rent mountain bikes and go exploring. Kangerlussuaq boasts one of the northernmost 9-hole golf courses in the world. Just don’t expect well-trimmed greens…

    If you buy the excursion package, this afternoon we will take you on a trip to the Ice Cap Point 660, which gives you a unique opportunity to stand on top of ice that is many, many feet thick and very old! The Greenland Ice Cap covers more than 80 % of the country and nowhere but in Antartica will you find this much ice in one place.

    The Ice Cap is 30 kilometers away and the ride there in big specially built vehicles will take you through a beautiful and ever-changing landscape. While you will have green hills on one side, you will get to see an Arctic desert on the side of the truck, complete with tiny tornados that will whirl up the sand. Arriving at the edge of the Ice Cap, we walk from here up onto the beautiful icescape. You will never forget it. Remember some warm clothes. Even though it may be ‘shorts and T-shirt weather’ in Kangerlussuaq, stepping on to the Ice Cap is a cold affair.

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    info The Ice Cap
  • Day 3 Kangerlussuaq on your own

    Today you can choose to explore the landscape surrounding Kangerlussuaq and we recommend that you pack a small rucksack and head out into the beautiful landscape on foot (or bike). There are many fine hiking opportunities. You can go up on Mount Hassel and enjoy the view over the Ice Cap or take a relatively short hike to a nice (but small) waterfall.

    It is also possible to take a guided hike to the Garnet Rock where you clearly will see the many pieces of Garnet (minerals) in the mountain. With a hammer and chisel you will have plenty of time to try to get your own piece of rock to bring home. So far, noone has gone home empty-handed.

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    info Hiking on the Ice Cap
  • Day 4 Kangerlussuaq: Boat trip on the long fjord (with the excursion package)

    On the fourth day in Greenland, you can continue exploring the surroundings.

    The Kangerlussuaq area is the only inhabited place in Greenland’s inland –all other towns are situated along the coast of Greenland. The climate is continental with very stable weather conditions. Originally, this was also the main reason the Americans chose this place for their base. If you go for a walk in the area, there are still remnants to see from that time.

    There are lots of roads around Kangerlussuaq that you can explore on your own. The town itself with its curious remnants of the American military base that used to be situated here, the river delta, the surroundings hills and mountains – and obviously the Ice Cap which can be reached in many ways.

    There’s a museum, several shops and a supermarket and in the summertime it’s possible to rent mountain bikes and go exploring. Kangerlussuaq boasts one of the northernmost 9-hole golf courses in the world. Just don’t expect well-trimmed greens…

    If you have booked the excursion package, it has become time to go on a boating trip. We will go the 12 kilometers to the harbour by bus where we board the boat which is a 12-seater motor boat. Now we sail out onto the fjord that has also given its name to the area and the village, Kangerlussuaq, which means the long fjord.

    We enjoy the surroundings and the mountains that rise majestically on either side of the fjord. We go ashore on the fjord's southern coast and those who would like to try a little fishing will get the chance. Our local catch is cooked on the mountain side (and don’t worry, in case we don’t catch anything, we have brought alternatives). You will also get the possibility of a small hike in the area before sailing back to the harbor (if you want to try fishing, you will have to buy a fishing permit which is about 7-8 Euros).

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    info Kangerlussuaq means 'The Long Fjord' (Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland)
  • Day 5 Flight Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

     

    On your last day in Greenland there is no need to stress. Your plane leaves Kangerlussuaq at 11.40 with arrival in Copenhagen in the evening at 20.00 local time. You have plenty of time to eat breakfast and pack your things. Upon arrival in Copenhagen we recommend that you spend a night in Copenhagen if you need a flight to your home destination. 

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    info Musk oxen in the Kangerlussuaq area

Dates & prices

Departure Accommodation Guaranteed departure Price pr. person Availability
20-08-2018 Sold out
More info about accommodation
Info Flight schedule (local times):
Departure from Copenhagen 09.15 (GL779)
Return to Copenhagen 20.00 (GL780)
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 local excursions and are adapted to the day program of your trip. We recommend that you book the excursion package when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added and you may also run the risk that your package is sold out. This excursion package consists of:

  • Excursion to the ice cap with bus, point 660 (5 hours)
  • Boattour at Kangerlussuaq fjord with lunch (5 hours)
  • Tundrasafari in 4WD/bus (1,5 hours)
Price pr. adult 335 EUR
Price pr. child (2-11) 205 EUR

Included in tour

Included

  • fly
    Flights and Transportation

    Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq
    Flight Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen
    20 kg of checked baggage and 6 kg of cabin baggage

  • overnatning
    Accommodation

    4 nights at Hotel Kangerlussuaq (private bath/toilet) or Old Camp (shared bath/toilet)

    More info about accommodation
  • måltider
    Meals

    Breakfast
    Welcome dinner (excl. beverages)

  • andet
    Other

    Welcome meeting*
    Sightseeing with bus
    All taxes
    *Local tour guides are English speaking

Not included

Travel Insurance
Excursions
Lunch & dinner except welcome dinner

 

Practical information

Flight schedule (local times):
Departure from Copenhagen at 09.15. Return flight arrives in Copenhagen at 20.00. Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Luggage included:
20 kg of checked baggage and
6 kg of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 35 x 25 cm).

Guaranteed
departure
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    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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