Greenland Autumn Exploration

8 days around Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat

Greenland is incredibly beautiful, no matter which season you choose to visit. The autumn is calm and peaceful after a short, hectic summer so you will have it more or less to yourself – together with the locals, of course.

The autumn is also a time when nature likes to reveal all its different sides – from stunning sunny days dressing the mountains in shades of golden brown, a must-see, to forceful autumn storms that mesmerize you with their harsh beauty, but also demand proper clothing.

Northern lights in Greenland
Autumn brings black skies at night and the incredible natural phenomenon of northern lights. On a cloudless night, you have to get out there and look upwards. Greenland does not have the same level of light polution as elsewhere in the world and, combined with low humidity, it creates a crystal-clear sky, bursting with a myriad of stars and a stunning, clear Milky Way to be seen far above.

The Greenland Ice Sheet welcomes you in Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq airport is the gateway to Greenland and the first stop on this trip. The hinterland is home to stunning scenery where the enormous Ice Sheet dominates the landscape. A trip to the Ice Sheet is therefore an absolute must and a great opportunity for spotting musk oxen and reindeer.

UNESCO World Heritage in Ilulissat
The next stop on the trip is Ilulissat, famous for the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004 and an unforgettable natural phenomenon producing icebergs in all shapes and sizes.

Please note:

  • Northern lights trip can only be purchased from and including departure 21 September 2021
  • Day trip to Eqi can be purchased until departure 14  September 2021

Highlights

  • Walk ON the Inland Ice Cap
  • Go in search of Arctic wildlife
  • Marvel at the Northern Lights
  • Get up close to the impressive Russell Glacier
  • Experience town life and the colorful houses
  • Sail among gigantic icebergs

Included

  • Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Return flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat
  • Transfers
  • 2 nights at Polar Lodge (shared facilities)
  • 5 nights at Hotel Arctic (private bath/toilet)
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic (drinks are not included)
  • Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq, about two hours with local English-speaking guides
  • Information meetings in both towns upon arrival with local English-speaking guides
  • Towels and bed linen at hotels and hostels
  • All flight/transportation taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing

Not included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions (we recommend pre-booking our excursion package)

Day program

Day 1:
Arrival at Kangerlussuaq, check-in and welcome meeting

We fly with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. It is a 4½-hour flight. Your guide from the local tour office will welcome you upon arrival and assist you with the check-in at the Polar Lodge. The Polar Lodge is located just a stone’s throw from the airport and offers relaxed accommodation with kitchen facilities, a communal area and a souvenir shop.

Once you have checked in and unpacked in your room at the lodge, the guide will call everyone together for an information meeting. You will get practical advice about the settlement, the area, places to eat and go, and here you can confirm any excursions you have booked from home.

It is also possible to book excursions at the meeting, but we do recommend booking in advance. We have put together an excursion package which includes the best of what Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat have to offer.

It is now time to experience the old American 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 optional trips to the Ice Sheet and to see northern lights

You are free to do as you please today, and the stunning hinterland offers several excursions.

Excursion to the Ice Sheet, Point 660 (optional)

If you have purchased the Excursions Package, the first tour will take you to the Ice Sheet. Kangerlussuaq is known as the gateway to the Ice Sheet, and this is a guided tour to the immense ice sheet the size of Western Europe. We will drive in a 4×4 bus through a stunning and varied terrain.

As the road comes to an end, we will approach the Ice Sheet itself by Point 660 – a unique experience. We will spend some time in this enormous world of ice before returning to our vehicles. The trip offers great opportunities for spotting reindeer, musk oxen and, depending on the season, many different species of birds and, possibly, some hares. Go on this trip for a unique opportunity to stand on the very Ice Sheet. It is quite something to feel the extreme cold and let your eyes wander across the vast ice surface.

Northern lights trip – Aurora Borealis (Optional. Can only be purchased from and including departure 21 September 2021 )

The next trip in the excursion package is a tour to see the northern lights. On cloudless evenings, you will often witness the most stunning northern lights in Kangerlussuaq. We will drive out into the landscape, where we will not be disturbed by artificial lighting, and let nature begin its light show.

Later, as we drive back, the guide will talk about the northern lights and the many Greenlandic myths associated with them throughout the ages. A cup of tasty Greenlandic coffee will also be served during the trip.

Please note that on departures in September, the northern lights tour in the Excursion Package is replaced by a full-day tour by boat to the Eqi Glacier near Ilulissat (on day 6) because September is too early to see northern lights.

Day 3:
Flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat, welcome meeting

We now head towards Ilulissat. It is a beautiful 45-minute flight, giving you the perfect chance to really enjoy the beautiful icy landscape, the desolate expanse, and grandeur of the Arctic. During the approach to Ilulissat, the town seemingly pops up in the middle of nowhere. The coloured houses vie for attention among the snow-covered peaks and as the aircraft lands, you can look forward to the next few days full of ice, autumn colours, and sled dog – combined with cultural highlights from a very traditional, Greenlandic town.

Information meeting upon arrival

You will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel. Here you will meet a guide from our local tour office, who will arrange an info meeting to tell you about the town, the area and places to eat. You can book excursions at the meeting, or you can confirm the excursions you have already booked from home.

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

Day 4:
Explore Ilulissat on your own or optional guided tour of the town

Disko Bay is one of Greenland’s most popular tourist destinations. People are attracted by the ice and the many cultural attractions and the fascinating mix of traditional lifestyle and modern urban life.

The excursion options are numerous in and around Ilulissat, and the information meeting may well inspire you to go on one – or perhaps you want to enjoy the amazing view across the Disko Bay and let time freeze.

Guided tour of the town (optional)

The first excursion is a guided tour of the town. You will learn about the town’s history and experience the town’s many exciting areas. Ilulissat was founded in 1741 and, today, it is the third largest town in Greenland with more than 4,500 inhabitants.

Seeing and especially hearing some of the many thousands of sled dogs living here is unavoidable. Unless out on a trip, most of the dogs are kept outside the town in large dog areas.

Day 5:
Explore Ilulissat on your own or optional boat trip on the Ice Fjord

Today, you are free to do as you please, and the options are plentiful. Do not miss out on a trip to the sewing workshop where souvenirs are made from sealskin, or to the craft shops selling artifacts made from teeth and bone.

Boat trip on the Ice Fjord (optional)

Almost every visitor to Ilulissat goes 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 floating icebergs are gigantic, sometimes measuring more than 100 meters wide – and with a height of up to 100 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.

Day 6:
Ilulissat on your own or optional excursions: Hike to Sermermiut or a boat trip to the Eqi Glacier (September only)

Another day filled with possibilities. If you have purchased the excursion package, you will go on one or two trips today.

Hike to the deserted Sermermiut settlement (optional)

Beautiful icebergs 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 Inuit people and their traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. Depending on the time of the year you arrive, you may be able to see the ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.

If you travel in September, you can also go on a boat trip to the calving Eqi Glacier.

Day tour to the Eqi Glacier (Optional. Can only be purchased until departure 14  September 2021.)

Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which spills into the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.

We sail in modern and convenient boats on a route which takes us north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted. Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately two hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile, a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip in the ice-filled water.

Day 7:
Explore Ilulissat on your own

Spend the last day in Ilulissat experiencing the atmosphere and life in the town. Step back in the footsteps of history and learn about the rich history at the museum that was Knud Rasmussen’s place of birth. Fishermen and hunters at the open market give you an idea of the exciting Greenlandic food products – it does not get any fresher than this.

The sight of all the fresh produce has probably made your belly rumble! At the restaurants in Ilulissat, you can try local specialties such as Greenlandic sushi, deep-fried “ammassats” (small fish), whale and seal, and the cafés offer freshly-baked cakes. All your senses will get a work-out on this trip!

And you will never get tired of looking out across the Ice Fjord.

Day 8:
Flights from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen

Enjoy one final view of Ilulissat’s Ice Fjord and the captivating icebergs, as the small aircraft  take you back to Kangerlussuaq and onwards to Copenhagen where you will arrive in the evening.

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Ilulissat

Kangerlussuaq

Hotels on this tour

Polar Lodge

Polar Lodge is located at the airport in Kangerlussuaq, so you can easily get here after picking up your luggage at the airport.

Polar Lodge has a cozy dining and living room where breakfast is served, as well as a modern kitchen where you can prepare your food. Polar Lodge is not far from the restaurant or cafeteria at the airport hotel and the town’s only supermarket.

Polar Lodge

Mitaarfiit Aqq – Box 1009

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

Optional Extras

On this trip it is not possible to buy mealpackages.

Greenland Autumn Exploration

8 days around Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat

In October, the northern lights appear in Greenland. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greenland, Kangerlussuaq with the Ice Sheet and Ilulissat Ice Fjord in the Disko Bay.

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Oct 2020 - Dec 2021   | 8 days  | 7 nights Tour no: 7042 Departure from Copenhagen Guaranteed departure

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Flight schedules (in local times)

  • Departure from Copenhagen at 10:00 AM
  • Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 9:00 PM

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

Packing Lists

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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