A long weekend out of the ordinary!

5 days around Ilulissat

Experience world-class nature and luxury! Stay in Greenland’s best hotel with views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

Do you prefer shorter yet more intense experiences? This journey allows you to experience a bit of the best Greenland has to offer in a relatively short time. Clear your schedule and recharge your batteries in a very special way during this journey of indulgence to Greenland.

We will fly you to Ilulissat, the capital of icebergs, where big impressions and experiences await just outside the door. Not all experiences take place outdoors though; the choice of hotel, with its exceptional location, spectacular view and the opportunity to treat yourself in the hotel restaurant, sets the scene for a unique extended weekend.

Highlights

  • Experience authentic Inuit life in the Town of Icebergs, Ilulissat
  • Try authentic dog sledding
  • Marvel at the Northern Lights
  • Stay overnight in an igloo!
  • Get close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Ice Fjord

Included

  • Return flights Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
  • Return transfer between airport and hotel
  • 4 nights at Hotel Arctic with private bath and toilet
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic
  • Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Welcome meeting with local English-speaking guide
  • Guide service
  • All flight/transportation taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing
  • 20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage

Not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions (we recommend pre-booking our Excursion Package)

Day program

Day 1:
Flights Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat. Info meeting and optional tour of the town

Departure from Copenhagen in the morning and after approximately 4½ hours’ flight you set foot on the world’s largest island. Following a brief stop in Kangerlussuaq, we continue toward Ilulissat on a smaller plane. It is a beautiful 45-minute flight, which allows you to take in the magnificent icy landscape, the barren wilderness, and the magnitude of the Arctic. During our approach to Ilulissat, the town will seem to be located in the middle of nowhere. The colored houses stand in stark contrast to the snow-clad mountains, and you can look forward to the coming days filled with ice, winter, and dog sledding – combined with cultural elements from a modern, yet highly authentic, Greenlandic town.

Hotel Arctic’s shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport, and you will check in at the wonderfully situated four-star hotel. Here you will meet one of our guides, who will brief you about the town, the area, dining, and excursion possibilities. You can book excursions at the meeting, or have your pre-booked excursions confirmed.

Guided tour of the town (Included in excursion package)

The first excursion in the excursion package (should you have purchased it) is a guided tour of the town. You will learn about the history of the town and experience its many interesting aspects, including the many sled dogs that live here. Most of the dogs stay outside of the city in a large kennel if they are not roaming the terrain.

Ilulissat means icebergs, which is rather self-explanatory once you get to see the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of  Ilulissat 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.

At night, you will have a lovely welcome dinner in the hotel’s amazing restaurant (drinks not included).

Day 2:
On your own or optional excursions: Sailing among icebergs or northern lights safari/hike to Sermermiut

Disko Bay is one of Greenland’s most popular tourist destinations. Primarily because of the ice, but also due to the beauty of the place, the many cultural attractions and the interaction between the traditional way of life and modern town life.

Ilulissat and the surrounding area offer excursion possibilities aplenty, and perhaps the initial briefing has inspired you to make the most of your day – or maybe you want to take in the fantastic views of Disko Bay and let time stand still for a few hours?

Sailing among icebergs (Included in excursion package)

Almost every visitor in 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 icebergs are gigantic, sometimes measuring more than 100 meters wide – and with a height of more than 60 meters 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.

Remember to bring warm clothes, or you can rent sealskin clothing.

Northern lights hike (Included in excursion package January – March)

When the sky is clear on winter nights, you can see the most beautiful northern lights over Ilulissat. Aurora Borealis is, without a doubt, the night sky’s most spectacular phenomenon. We are going to drive away from the lights of the town and head to where the darkness is at its most intense. The guide will tell us all about the causes of the phenomenon. You will also get tips and tricks to enable you to take the best pictures of the colored lights as they flicker across the night sky.

According to local legend the northern lights come from the dead playing ball with a walrus skull. However, the scientific explanation is less dramatic.

Hike to the Sermermiut Settlement (Included in excursion package April)

Beautiful iceberg vistas provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement. Hear the story about the life of the indigenous people and their traditions before the Europeans arrived in Greenland. On this hike, we will pass “Kællingekløften” where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Ice Fjord, before heading back again.

Day 3:
On your own or optional excursions: Dog sled ride or an overnight stay at Igloo Lodge

If you have purchased the excursion package, you can look forward to today’s two-hour dog sled ride:

Dog sled ride (Included in excursion package)

The estuary of the Ice Fjord is an impressive sight, be it summer or winter. The trip will take you through rolling mountain terrain, and you get to experience the dogs both in front of and behind the sled where they function as a brake when riding down a steep slope. The dog sled is one of the strongest icons of Greenland and a thousand-year-old tradition for the Inuit. Not many means of transportation have existed for centuries without changing appearance or technology: A pack of happy dogs in harnesses tied to a simple wooden sled. This is a truly authentic Greenlandic experience – you simply have to try it for yourself.

Igloo Lodge (optional)

On days 3-4, you can experience a real igloo where you will spend the night and, from here, go on some unique excursions.

Our subsidiary in Ilulissat, World of Greenland, has been very successful with their summer lodges at the Eqi Glacier and in the settlement of Ilimanaq. Now, they also offer winter lodges in the shape of igloos. You will be taken on a snowmobile into the wonderful winter landscape where we hope to see the northern lights dance in the sky in the evening.

Here, at the foot of the mountains, you will spend the night in an igloo (with the possibility of staying in a heated cabin). Igloo Lodge consists of five spacious igloos, each of which accommodates two people. Reindeer pelts and warm winter sleeping bags are covering the beds. There are also candles on the bedside table, which means that the temperature is around the freezing point inside the igloo. It is comparatively warm compared to the minus 20 degrees Celcius/ minus 4 Fahrenheit outside. The wooden cabin by the lodge is where we will eat our meals. In the wooden cabin, there is also an outhouse type restroom.

While staying at the Igloo Lodge, you are going on two excursions. The first excursion is a snowshoe trip where we head to a vantage point, overlooking the Kangia Icefjord. The second is a snowmobile ride to the huts overlooking the winter fishing spots at Aattartoq in the Ilulissat hinterland.

The trip to Igloo Lodge itself is an adventure! You are driven on snowmobiles for about an hour into the Ilulissat hinterland with amazing views along the way. You will be met at the cabin with coffee and lunch. Afterward, you will go on the excursions mentioned above, have an afternoon coffee with cake, dinner, and evening coffee followed by a look outside to see if the northern lights are out. Then you will stay overnight in an igloo, and, in the morning, breakfast is served and, finally, there’s the snowmobile trip back to civilization.

Please notice: If you are interested in our outdoor package, please contact us by phone or email, so we can check if there is space at the time you want to go. As mentioned, the other excursions are also included in the outdoor package. However, if you choose the outdoor package, some of these other excursions will be moved to other days than those mentioned in the day-to-day program.

Day 4:
Explore the town on your own

Use the final day to experience the atmosphere and life in the town, go back in time and feel a sense of history at the cozy museum established in Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace. The fishermen at ‘Brættet,’ the local marketplace, provide you with an impression of the interesting food products of Greenland. They do not come any fresher than this.

When you have satisfied your appetite for visual experiences, it is time to treat your palate and fill your stomach. The restaurants in Ilulissat invite you on a journey through local specialties such as Greenlandic sushi, deep-fried ammassats (small fish), whale and seal – and in the cafés, freshly-baked cakes will tempt everyone with a sweet tooth. This is indeed a journey that will put all your senses to work.

And gazing at the Ice Fjord will never get tiresome, by the way.

If you purchased the outdoor excursion package, you will today return home from your Iglo overnight stay with the option of a 2-hour dog sled ride. (see day 3)

Day 5:
Flights from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen

After an intense, extended weekend, it is time to say your goodbyes to Ilulissat. Greenland is likely to have made quite an impression on you that will spark a special feeling and flash a series of indelible mental images whenever you hear the word Greenland mentioned in the future.

You will depart from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq, arriving in Copenhagen by evening.

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Ilulissat

Kangerlussuaq

Hotels on this tour

Hotel Arctic

Greenland’s most famous hotel is Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat. It is located with a fantastic view of Ilulissat town, Ilulissat Ice Fjord, and Disko Bay. Hotel Arctic is the world’s northernmost 4-star hotel, and on top of that, the hotel features a 5-star conference center. The hotel is located just outside the town, approximately a 15-minute walk from the town center (app. 1.5 km from the central intersection in town).

The hotel has two great restaurants, and the large terrace outside the restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while the sun shines its golden glow at midnight over the icebergs at Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

NOTE: The hotel offers airport transfers, but there are not transfers in connection with excursions or such.

Hotel Arctic

Mittarfimmut Aqq. B-1128

3952 Ilulissat

Optional Extras

On this trip it is not possible to buy mealpackages.

A long weekend out of the ordinary!

5 days around Ilulissat

Experience world-class nature and luxury! Stay at Greenland’s best hotel – with a view of a UNESCO world heritage site, the Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Options for dog sledding and sailing among icebergs.

from
1.815 EUR
per person in double room
Jan 2021 - Apr 2022   | 5 days  | 4 nights Tour no: 9015 Departure from Copenhagen Guaranteed departure

When do you want to leave

  • Departure
  • Duration
  • Price per person in double room
  • Comments

Loading departures

Practical information

Flight times (local time)

  • Departure from Copenhagen at 09:00 AM
  • Arrival upon return in Copenhagen at 09:00 PM

Please note that departure times are subject to changes.

Packing List

Find the packing list for your trip here.

Baggage included

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

Travelers with reduced mobility and wheelchair users

We do not recommend this tour for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users. Greenland Travel’s advice regarding difficulty levels on our excursions is intended for travelers who are not disabled. We are always happy to provide you with information on the suitability of the trip, taking into account the specific needs you may have. Please note that our advice is not based on medical knowledge, and ultimately it is YOUR responsibility to decide if a tour is right for you.

Book online and save a handling fee of 30 Euro.

Can we help you?

You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions regarding your trip or if you need advice or guidance.

We strive to respond to inquiries within 24 hours on weekdays.

You can call us at: +45 3313 1011