Adventure North and South of Ilulissat Icefjord

8 days around Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, and Ilimanaq

This is a variation of our summer bestseller. You get close to the Greenland Ice Sheet at Kangerlussuaq and the unique tundra landscape. Afterward, you continue your journey to the heart of Disko Bay, the town of Ilulissat. The town is located by the famous Icefjord, where you can experience giant icebergs in the magical glow of the midnight sun.

On your journey to Greenland, you’ll get up close and personal with the amazing wonders of nature, beautifully paired with Greenland’s unique culture and traditional way of life set against the influence of modern life.

Kangerlussuaq is the gateway to Greenland and the first stop on this journey. Here, the hinterland offers stunning scenery, with the enormous ice sheet dominating the landscape. An excursion to the ice sheet is always a must, and there are good chances of seeing musk oxen and reindeer.

The next stop on the journey is Ilulissat, famous worldwide for its Icefjord with the largest icebergs in Greenland. Ilulissat is also the largest dog sledding district in Greenland, where thousands of dogs make their mark on the town with a fantastic howling concert a couple of times a day.

After some days in Ilulissat, you’ll travel south of the Icefjord and spend a few nights in the lovely Ilimanaq Lodge, located in Ilimanaq, one of the oldest villages in the country.

Our skilled local guides will welcome you to all destinations, who will ensure you have the best possible stay and experience in our amazing Greenland.

Highlights

  • Walk ON the Greenland Ice Sheet
  • Stay in the Town of Icebergs, Ilulissat
  • Sail among giant icebergs
  • Experience a dramatic, calving glacier
  • Experience the traditional Greenland in the village of Ilimanaq
  • Go in search of Arctic wildlife by boat or on foot
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Ice Fjord up close
  • Enhance your trip with an overnight stay at Glacier Lodge Eqi

Included

  • Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Return flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
  • Boat trip to Ilimanaq b/w
  • All Transfers in Greenland
  • 1 night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq
  • 4 nights at Hotel Arctic with a private bath/toilet
  • 2 nights in a private cabin at Ilimanaq Lodge with full board (drinks not included)
  • Breakfast
  • Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Welcome dinner on Day 1 at Hotel Arctic (drinks not included)
  • Information meetings with local English-speaking tour guides
  • All flight/transportation taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing
  • 20 kg baggage and 8 kg hand luggage

Not included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Excursion packages

Day program

Day 1:
Flying to Kangerlussuaq and seeing lots of ice

You will fly with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. Along the way, you can enjoy a light meal, a good movie, and your first sight of our nunataks – mountain peaks jutting up through the vast ice sheet.

Welcome and accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be met by a local guide who will help you check in. You will stay at Hotel Kangerlussuaq, located in the airport building, but when you step out the door,  you are just a few minutes away from the great outdoors. An information meeting will teach you more about the area and its excursion possibilities.

Kangerlussuaq by the Ice Sheet

Kangerlussuaq is beautifully located between soft mountains and close to the ice sheet. It is the only place in Greenland with easy access to see both reindeer and musk oxen up close. Kangerlussuaq is also a place where you can actually walk on the legendary ice sheet, which covers approximately 80 % of Greenland. The icy area is basically the same size as Western Europe.

Join us for a guided tour to the ice sheet and see for yourself.

Excursion to the Greenland Inland Sheet at Point 660 (included in excursion packages)

If you’ve purchased one of our excursion packages, it’s time for an excursion. The ice cap is about 25 km from the village, and we drive in a 4-wheel drive vehicle through stunning scenery along a gravel road that takes us to Point 660.

Point 660 is actually nothing more than a parking lot made by nature itself, and when it was named, it was located 660 meters above sea level. However, the funny thing is that the ice is organic, so the height of this spot can vary from year to year, but the name stuck. But that’s not the important thing – the important thing is that you can easily step onto the ice sheet here. It’s a super impressive experience because the ice is so incredibly large!

Along the way, you’ll have a good chance of seeing reindeer and musk oxen, not to mention the beautiful moraine landscape.

Day 2:
Flight to Ilulissat, information meeting, and a town walk

Your journey continues to Ilulissat and the Icefjord by plane. The fact that Ilulissat means icebergs in Greenlandic is undeniably linked to the beautiful Icefjord and the number of icebergs floating around at their own pace.

Arrival and accommodation

Upon arrival in Ilulissat, you will be transferred to Hotel Arctic, with the most beautiful views of Disko Bay.

Approximately one hour after check-in at the hotel, you can attend an information meeting where a guide will tell you a little about the town and the many excursion options. After this, you’ll be prepared for a fantastic stay in this amazing area.

Suggestions for excursions and activities with a guide or on your own

You will find our subsidiary, Arctic Excursions, in the hotel lobby in Ilulissat. They offer many excursions that will give you an impression of the town’s ideal mix of authentic culture in a modern, thriving society – and its strong connection to fascinating nature. Please ask your guide if you have any questions about excursions and activities.

Cultural-historical town tour of Ilulissat (included in all excursion packages)

On our cultural-historical city walk, we go a step deeper than if you walk alone with a map in your hand. Here you can start your experiences by gaining a deeper understanding of Greenland’s culture and history, giving all your other experiences in Greenland more perspective.

Ilulissat was founded as a trading post in 1741, and today, it is Greenland’s third-largest town, with over 4,500 inhabitants. On the walking tour, your guide will tell you about the history of the place, Greenlandic culture, and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Along the way, we pass the harbor, meet the vendors at the local food market, and pass Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace and the old wooden Zion Church.

In the evening, a lovely welcome dinner is served in the hotel restaurant (drinks not included).

Day 3:
Ilulissat with the option to hike to Sermermiut and sailing among icebergs

As mentioned, Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for icebergs. The town is beautifully situated at the mouth of the long and world-famous Ilulissat Icefjord, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. The ice is stunning; you can experience it from water, land, and air.

Hike to the former Sermermiut settlement at the Icefjord (included in all tour packages)

The beautiful icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord form the backdrop for the ancient settlement of Sermermiut, one and a half kilometers south of the town. For 4,000 years, the different Inuit cultures lived at the settlement, and today you can still see many remains that testify to their presence.

You’ll hear the story of Greenlanders’ life and customs before the arrival of Europeans, see ruins and old kitchen middens, and feel the permafrost with your hands. On the short hike, we turn around at the viewpoint at Kællingekløften, which was made famous in the Danish TV show Borgen.

Many people find having a guide on their first hikes in the Greenlandic hills mountains reassuring.

At night you get to see the icebergs from the sea.

Sailing among Icebergs (included in all tour packages)

The rays of the midnight sun give the icebergs a unique color that some people return to Ilulissat to experience again and again. Almost every visitor to Ilulissat chooses to try this iceberg cruise at least once. More than 40 million tons of ice flow daily from the Ilulissat Glacier into the Icefjord.

The result is enormous icebergs that can be hundreds of meters on each side and extend up to 70 meters above sea level. These giants are stranded at the mouth of the Icefjord, and here you have the opportunity to sail among them. Bring warm clothes for the trip or rent a sealskin suit because even in summer, it’s cold out here on the water between the icebergs.

Day 4:
Ilulissat on your own or a day of whale watching or kayaking among icebergs in Disko Bay

Today you have the opportunity for more water adventures.

Whale watching (included in all tour packages)

Most people are surprised by what a great experience it is to get close to animals as large as whales. Once you’ve experienced it, it’s a thrill of a lifetime and an experience you’ll never forget. In Greenlandic waters, you can encounter around 15 species of whales.

During the summer months, you’ll usually see humpback, minke, and fin whales. The whales swim around the entire Disko Bay in the summer, sometimes close to the towns, sometimes in the Icefjord or up north at Arveprinsens Ejland.

We use the fast Targa boat type to cover a lot of ground. In addition, the skippers are in contact with the fishermen, so they know where to find the whales.

Today you can also try your hand at kayaking in the homeland of the kayak.

Kayak Experience in Ilulissat (optional excursion)

The Inuit have been kayaking in Greenlandic waters for over a thousand years, and you can try it, too. The kayak glides silently through the water, and you’ll experience paddling among ice floes and icebergs.

The sun gives the ice a unique play of colors, and the ice can range from chalky white to golden hues. In cloudy weather, the beautiful blue colors of the icebergs will stand out. With a bit of luck, you may also encounter whales. The tours take place in stable double kayaks, and you are accompanied by a support boat. The excursion lasts 3½-4 hours, and you’ll be on the water for at least two hours.

Day 5:
Sailing to Ilimanaq Lodge

Today, we sail south of the Icefjord to Ilimanaq, where you will stay two nights in the fantastic cabins at Ilimanaq Lodge.

We depart in the morning and sail past the mouth of the Icefjord before docking at the harbor in Ilimanaq about 45 minutes later.

The cabins at Ilimanaq Lodge are amazing: They have two floors with sleeping spaces upstairs. When you wake up in the morning, you can step down to the living room, sit on the sofa and watch the small fishing boats chug by on the crystal clear water. You may enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace and wave to a passing whale, blowing you a “good morning water” with water from its blowhole. Ilimanaq Lodge combines magnificent nature experiences with luxurious comfort.

Once you’ve checked into your cabin, you’ll learn more about the village and go on a short tour.

Ilimanaq is located 15 kilometers south of Ilulissat and has about 50 inhabitants. Ilimanaq offers the entire color palette, from the brightly colored village houses to the landscape’s seasonal changing shades. Ilimanaq is a traditional Greenlandic settlement where the main industries are still hunting and fishing.

Afterward, you can relax, enjoy life in a quiet village, and perhaps laze on the terrace.

In the evening, dinner is served in a restored colonial building.

Day 6:
Experiences in Ilimanaq

This morning, there are more treats at the delicious breakfast.

Today, you have the day on your own in Ilimanaq and can enjoy a nice lunch and dinner (drinks excluded). You can spend more time in the village, or alternatively, you can go hiking in the area.

You can also book the excursion describes below. It starts early in the morning – just after breakfast.

Ilimanaq Glacier Adventure

On this exciting tour, you’ll go speedboating, off-road with ATVs, and trekking on a glacier! Then you sail from Ilimanaq south to Itilliup Ilua. Here, you get off the boat on a very wide sandy beach, and now we drive off-road in ATVs to Tasiusaq Fjord. We board another boat and sail deeper into the fjord between the icebergs until we see two glaciers and the ice sheet.

We go ashore and enjoy a packed lunch and the view. Then we hike a bit and finally climb onto the huge ice sheet.

This tour is not recommended if you have severe neck or back problems; participants must be 12 years old.

Restaurant KOKS

Tonight, you also have another option that doesn’t exist on Tuesday nights. Restaurant KOKS had planned to be at Ilimanaq Lodge for two seasons from 2022-23 but has chosen to be there in 2024 as well, but only open on Wednesdays to Saturdays. Therefore, you can stay in the village of Ilimanaq today and enjoy the place or hike in the area, and then have dinner at Restaurant KOKS at night.

KOKS Tasting Menu

You can upgrade your dinner on Wednesday at Ilimanaq Lodge to a KOKS Tasting Menu (you can purchase the wine or juice menu separately on-site). We guarantee you’ve never tried anything like it.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot do the Glacier Adventure excursion AND dine at KOKS, as the two activities overlap.

Day 7:
Ilulissat on your own or a day trip to Eqi Glacier

In the morning, there is an early departure from Ilimanaq. Enjoy your last day in Ilulissat: shopping, lounging in a cafe, and enjoying the magnificent views. You can also choose to take a boat trip to Eqi Glacier.

Day trip to Eqi Glacier (optional excursion)

We set out in the morning from Ilulissat. The Eqi Glacier flows into the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. By boat, getting relatively close to the glacier’s edge and watching it calve large chunks of ice from a safe distance is possible. Our ice-safe ship lies in the water near the glacier for about two hours, waiting for the ice to calve. A good lunch is also served here.

The length of the trip to and from Eqi Glacier can vary between two and five hours each way, depending on the type of boat used that day. At 2:00 PM, the ship arrives at Port Victor, the ‘port’ of Glacier Lodge Eqi, where some passengers disembark and others board. Then it’s time to go back to Ilulissat.

Day 8:
Flight from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen

With a view of the Icefjord and your last view of the icebergs, you journey back home again after many eventful and intense days. Air Greenland brings you from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen, where you arrive in the evening.

We guarantee you will return home with your mental luggage filled with memories that will linger with you longer than other vacation memories. At least, that’s what our visitors tell us.

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Ilulissat

Ilimanaq

Hotels on this tour

Hotel Kangerlussuaq

The Hotel Kangerlussuaq is located as centrally as possible, in the airport building itself, so you have to pick up your luggage and carry it to the reception to check in. All rooms are spacious and have a view of the so-called Kitchen Mountain or views of the town and the surroundings.

The hotel has a restaurant and a very famous cafeteria, which is the meeting place for all the inhabitants of the area and the 220,000 passengers who pass through Kangerlussuaq every year.

Hotel Kangerlussuaq
Tankeqarfiup aqq.
3910 Kangerlussuaq

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

Ilimanaq Lodge

Ilimanaq Lodge consists of 15 cabins and opened in 2017. The cabins are operated by World of Greenland, which also operates the cabins at Glacier Lodge in Eqi north of Ilulissat. Near the cabins, you find two central, protected houses from the colonial era. They contain the reception and a restaurant respectively, but also a museum and conference facilities. These are some of the oldest buildings in Greenland.
The 15 cabins all have direct views of Disco Bay. Each cottage can accommodate 1 to 4 people, and each has a private bathroom and toilet. The cabins are a little more than 40 square meters (430 square feet) and furnished with modern furniture in a rustic, Nordic look. Also, all cabins have a private terrace where you can enjoy the view and enjoy the sound of the waves against the rocks.

Ilimanaq Lodge
Kussangajaannguaq 7
3952 Ilulissat

Excursions (Optional purchases)

Practical information

Flight schedule (local times)

  • Departure from Copenhagen 09:00 AM.
  • Return flights arrive in Copenhagen 8:15 PM.

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

Packing list

Find the packing list for your trip here.

Baggage included

20 kilos of checked baggage
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.

Adventure North and South of Ilulissat Icefjord

8 days around Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, and Ilimanaq

Our summer bestseller to Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat, spiced up with two days in Ilimanaq! Experience the ice cap, icebergs, summer sun ,and wildlife and immerse yourself in the silence.

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3.280 EUR
per person in double room
May-Sep  | 8 days  | 7 nights Travel id: 7034 Departure from Copenhagen
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