Greenland Winter Adventure

5 days around Kangerlussuaq

Enjoy and explore northern lights, dog sledding, and the Greenland Ice Sheet! Grab a few extra days off and jump on the plane to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, only a 4½ hours flight from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark.

In the area around Kangerlussuaq, you will find lots of amazing experiences: The woolly musk oxen, lots of sled dogs and breath-taking mountains. Step onto the Greenland Ice Sheet, and look forward to seeing northern lights dance in the sky (on departures before April).

This is the perfect winter break!

Highlights

  • Get close to the unspoiled Arctic wilderness 
  • Walk ON the Inland Ice Cap 
  • Experience the Greenlandic tundra on a dogsled 
  • Marvel at the Northern Lights 
  • Don’t miss a trip to the impressive Russell Glacier 

Included

  • Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
  • 4 nights at Hotel Kangerlussuaq incl. bath/toilet
  • Breakfast
  • Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Welcome meeting with local English-speaking guide
  • Sightseeing
  • 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 and dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions (we recommend pre-booking the Excursion Package)

Four-hours dog sledding

In the excursion package, we have included a two-hour trip. It is possible for you to extend this to a four-hour trip upon arrival. This is subject to weather conditions and availability, but neither is expected to be a problem.

Day program

Day 1:
Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq, welcome meeting and sightseeing

You fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland, giving you 4½ hours to prepare for your Greenland adventure. As the aircraft approaches Greenland, the sight of nunataks (mountain peaks breaking through the Ice Sheet) and the enormous icy desert indicate what is in store for you.

Kangerlussuaq welcomes you with a blast of fresh coldness and exciting views as the small airport settlement is beautifully situated between soft hills and close to the Ice Sheet.

A guide from the local tour office will meet you upon arrival and help you to check in at Hotel Kangerlussuaq which is conveniently situated in the airport building.

After check-in, the guide has arranged an information meeting where you will get further information about the exciting Kangerlussuaq area and its many excursion options. It is now time to experience the old airbase on a guided tour by bus, giving you insight into the area’s fascinating history and nature.

Day 2:
Kangerlussuaq on your own or an optional excursion to the Ice Sheet

Kangerlussuaq is the only ‘inland’ area inhabited in Greenland as all other towns and settlements are located along the coast. The climate is continental with very stable weather conditions. This was the main reason the Americans chose this place for their airbase Bluie-West 8. If you go for a walk in the area, there are still remnants to see from that time.

The next days, you are free to explore as you wish.

We recommend a trip to Point 660, which gives you a unique opportunity to stand on top of Inland ice that is many, many feet thick and very old!

Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet, Point 660 (optional)

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice sheet in the world, covering 80 percent of Greenland and has always attracted the attention of expeditions and researchers. And with good reason: It is a truly unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel the forces of nature. Along the way, we pass the spectacular Russell Glacier, another breathtaking sight with its vertical ice wall of up to 60 meters.

Day 3:
Kangerlussuaq on your own or potential dog sledding and northern lights tour or tundra safari

Another day with many opportunities. We highly recommend a two-hour dogsled trip.

Two-hour dog sled trip (optional)

A dogsled trip across the frozen fjord is a wonderful and unique experience. Find the balance, sit back, and enjoy nature and the fresh air, wearing warm sealskin clothing – and always keep your camera ready.

Tundra safari (optional in April)

You can also go on a tundra and wildlife tour. Kangerlussuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk oxen. We will drive through the stunning tundra landscape in a 4×4 bus, and the guide will tell us in on the varied wildlife in this area. Maybe we will get the chance to spot musk oxen and learn more about these incredible creatures.

Wild musk oxen roam freely in the area around Kangerlussuaq. It is impossible to predict whether we can get close to musk oxen or look at them from a distance. The guide always brings binoculars, so there is a very good chance of seeing these amazing animals and other wildlife in the area. Do not miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore the stunning nature and wildlife around Kangerlussuaq.

Northern Lights tour (optional) (visible until mid or end of March)

If you travel in the season for northern lights, you are in with a good chance of witnessing this phenomenon. Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to see northern lights in Greenland (some say in the North Atlantic!) because of a very stable climate and virtually no light polution. We drive away from the base into the night and await the stunning sight of nature’s light show. To see the fluttering curtain of light in various shades of green is an unforgettable sight.

Day 4:
Kangerlussuaq on your own or potential excursion to the Russell Glacier

Excursion to the Russell Glacier (optional)

Over the years, many travelers have had great experiences at the Russell Glacier. The sheer magnitude of the glacier which will meet you at the end of the road is awe-inspiring with its vertical wall of ice rising to 40 meters. You may also be lucky enough to spot musk oxen, reindeer or even a hare roaming in the hills.

Day 5:
Return flight to Denmark

Your Greenland adventure has come to an end – for now at least. The Airbus is waiting to take you back to Copenhagen with arrival 4½ hours later.

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Kangerlussuaq

Greenland Winter Adventure

5 dage omkring Kangerlussuaq

Unspoiled nature near the giant Greenland Ice Sheet. A 5-day hotel holiday with the possibility of dog sledding, northern lights, and lots of winter activities.

from
1.130 EUR
per person in double room
Jan 2021 - Apr 2022   | 5 days  | 4 nights Tour no: 9008 Departure from Copenhagen

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Practical Information

Flight Schedule (local times)

  • Departure Monday from Copenhagen 09:00 AM
  • Return Friday at 8:00 PM

Please note that departure times are subject to changes.

Packing List

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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.

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

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You can call us at: +45 3313 1011