Icebergs and Adventure in Villages and the Wilderness

8 days in Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Oqaatsut, and Glacier Lodge Eqi

Get close to the Greenland ice sheet in Kangerlussuaq and continue your journey to Disko Bay, where you’ll experience an authentic settlement, Oqaatsut, the beautiful Glacier Camp Eqi, and, of course, Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can experience giant icebergs in the magical glow of the midnight sun.

On a 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.

The Ice Sheet Welcomes You to Greenland

Kangerlussuaq is the gateway to Greenland and the first stop on this journey. You’ll never forget the first time you set foot on Greenland’s soil and take in the fresh Greenlandic air. The hinterland is home to stunning scenery, with the enormous ice sheet dominating the landscape. Therefore, an excursion through the tundra to the ice sheet is on the program, and there is a good chance of seeing musk oxen and reindeer. And that’s even before we reach the main attraction of the area: the ice cap, which we’ll be walking on! Then, we head north to Disko Bay, where great adventures await at sea, on land, and the ice.

Ilulissat Icefjord

Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for icebergs. Ilulissat is beautifully situated at the mouth of the 60-kilometer-long and world-famous Ilulissat Icefjord, added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004. The ice is amazing, and you can sail on the Icefjord. It’s an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Oqaatsut

Oqaatsut is a traditional, cozy, small village about 15 kilometers north of Ilulissat as the crow flies. Despite only having about 45 residents, there is a church, school, pharmacist, shop, waterworks, power station, and even a small, cozy restaurant run by a host couple. We’ll stay here for a couple of nights while exploring the village and the area.

Glacier Lodge Eqi

Glacier Lodge Eqi overlooks a large glacier located 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat in a stunning natural area that is surprisingly lush due to its location by the ice. Here, we also spend a few days and nights with trips to the Ice Sheet, great food, and stunning views.

All excursions on this trip are included in the price.

Highlights

  • Visit the magnificent Eqi Glacier
  • Enjoy life in an eco-camp in the wilderness
  • Experience village life and kayaking at Oqaatsut
  • Walk on the Ice Sheet in two locations
  • Sail among icebergs on the Ilulissat Icefjord

Included

  • Flights Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq round trip
  • Flights Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat round trip
  • All transfers in Greenland
  • 1 night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq with a private shower/toilet
  • 2 nights at Hotel Arctic with a private shower/toilet
  • 2 nights at Hotel Nordlys with shared facilities
  • 2 nights in a Comfort Cabin at Glacier Lodge Eqi with a private bathroom/toilet
  • Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic (excluding drinks)
  • Sandwich on an excursion to Point 660
  • Packed lunch on the Ilulissat – Oqaatsut hike
  • 2 dinners at Restaurant H8 in Oqaatsut
  • Full board in Glacier Lodge Eqi (excluding drinks)
  • Food and drinks on the Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq return flight
  • Breakfast
  • Information meetings
  • Excursion to Point 660 in Kangerlussuaq
  • Tour of Ilulissat
  • Boat trip on the Isfjord
  • Hike to Oqaatsut
  • Kayak adventure and hiking in Oqaatsut
  • Hiking to the ice sheet and moraine at Eqi Glacier
  • All taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing
  • 20 kilos of checked baggage and 8 kilos of cabin baggage

Not included

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Travel insurances

Day program

Peter Schoerner
Day 1:
Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq, welcome and excursion to Point 660

Air Greenland flies from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, located in a world of its own. En route, enjoy a light meal, a movie, and your first sight of nunataks (mountain peaks jutting up through the ice sheet) and the ice sheet itself.

Welcome and Accommodation

After arrival, you will be met by a local guide who will help you check in. You will stay at Hotel Kangerlussuaq, located in the center of Kangerlussuaq and just a glance away from the great outdoors. An information meeting will be held where you will learn more about the area and its excursion possibilities.

Kangerlussuaq by the Ice Sheet

Kangerlussuaq is beautifully located between softly rolling mountains and close to the ice sheet. Kangerlussuaq is where you can experience and tread on the legendary ice sheet, which covers approximately 80 % of Greenland. The icy area is huge, and the forces of nature have flexed their muscles.

Excursion to the Ice Sheet, Point 660

The ice cap is about 25 km from the city, and we drive in a 4-wheel drive vehicle through a fantastic moraine landscape on a gravel road that takes us to Point 660. Here, we stop and walk up onto the ice sheet itself. Along the way, there is a good chance of seeing reindeer and musk oxen, not to mention the beautiful moraine landscape.

Anders Peter Amsnæs
Day 2:
Flight to Ilulissat, information meeting, city tour, and sailing on the Icefjord

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

Arrival and Accommodation

Upon arrival in Ilulissat, you will be transferred to Hotel Arctic, which has the most beautiful view of Disko Bay and the mouth of the Icefjord, where the large icebergs run aground.

An information meeting is held at the hotel, where the guide from our partner, World of Greenland, tells you a little about the town and the many excursion options. Afterward, you’ll be prepared for a fantastic stay in this amazing area.

Cultural and Historical Town Tour in Ilulissat

Start your experiences by gaining a deeper understanding of Greenland’s culture and history that will put all other experiences in Greenland into perspective. Ilulissat was founded in 1741, and today, it is Greenland’s third-largest town, with over 4,500 inhabitants. On this walking tour, your guide will tell you about the town’s history, Greenlandic culture, and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Along the way, we visit the fishermen at the harbor and the sellers at the local meat market and pass Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace and the old wooden church, Zion’s Church.

We return to Hotel Arctic, where a delicious welcome dinner (excl. drinks) will be served. Then, it’s time to go sailing.

Sailing among Icebergs

The rays of the midnight sun give the icebergs a unique color that people return to Ilulissat to see again and again. Almost all visitors to Ilulissat choose to try this iceberg cruise at least once. More than 40 million tons of ice flow daily from the glacier into the Icefjord.

The result is enormous icebergs that can be hundreds of meters long on each side and extend almost 70 meters above sea level. These giants are stranded at the mouth of the Icefjord, and here we have the opportunity to sail among them. Remember to bring warm clothes for the trip, because even in summer it’s cold on the water between the icebergs.

Albatros Arctic Circle
Day 3:
Hiking from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut

Today, we’re going on one of the longer hikes. You’ll leave Ilulissat on foot and walk along the old postal route north to the village of Oqaatsut, where we’ll stay for two nights and have plenty to do during the day.

The best news about this hike – apart from the view – is that your luggage is shipped to Oqaatsut so you can hike with just a daypack with water, snacks, and a packed lunch.
The route to Oqaatsut is marked with orange dots and is around 20 kilometers. Most people manage the hike in 6-7 hours, enjoying the magnificent day hike through the Arctic tundra and all the time with sea views. We stop at one point and enjoy our packed lunch. The difficulty of the hiking route is moderate and can be completed by anyone with a reasonable fitness level.

Oqaatsut is a small village beautifully situated about 15 kilometers north of Ilulissat. The village was originally called Rodebay, as it was home to Dutch whalers for centuries. Even today, a whale is occasionally hauled ashore in the old settlement.

Isolated small village communities are something special in Greenland. They have both internet and flat screens in the settlements, but life is lived at a different pace. A generation ago, most of the Greenlandic population lived in the many small settlements dotted the coastline. Today, most live in the larger towns, but around Ilulissat, there are still four settlements, of which Oqaatsut is one.

Oqaatsut has around 45 inhabitants and a school, church, and grocery store. The school and church are cleverly located in the same building; on Sundays, the school is transformed into a church. Oqaatsut is known for its restaurant, H8, which serves delicious meals made from local ingredients.

Once we arrive, we will stay at the cozy Hotel Nordlys, and in the evening, it’s time for a delicious dinner at Restaurant H8. Afterward, you can enjoy the view of Disko Island or the large icebergs floating by Disko Bay.

Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Day 4:
Adventure Day in Oqaatsut

Today is an exciting day of adventure in Oqaatsut. Naturally, we’ll start the day with breakfast to recharge our batteries before exploring.

We’ll go kayaking, and our experienced kayak guide will give you a thorough safety briefing and introduce you to the equipment. Dressed in kayaker suits, you’ll head out onto the icy blue water in your kayaks. Glide silently through the bay, which offers a unique tranquillity rarely found elsewhere. Experience the silence broken by the sound of your paddle as you navigate through ice-filled waters and fjords that hold adventurous surprises. Glide through the breathtaking surroundings and feel small in the vast landscape.
After this magical experience, it’s time to stop and enjoy another hike in the hilly hinterland. Walk along meltwater lakes and small rivers with the greatest views of Oqaatsut Bay and the spectacular icebergs. After a well-deserved coffee break, we’ll paddle back to Oqaatsut and explore the old whaling village.

In the evening, you’ll have a delicious dinner made from local Greenlandic ingredients at Restaurant H8 Explorer—a perfect end to a day full of adventure and natural beauty.

Dorthe Pedersen
Day 5:
Boat trip to Eqi Glacier and Glacier Lodge Eqi

We wake up, have breakfast at Hotel Nordlys, and then head back to Ilulissat to change to another boat. The next planned experiences are amazing hikes to the ice at Glacier Lodge Eqi.

Sailing to Eqi Glacier

Once in the second boat, we head north again on our boat trip to the calving glacier Eqi Glacier. The glacier flows into the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat, and by boat, it is possible to get relatively close to the glacier’s edge and watch it calve large chunks of ice from a safe distance. Our ice-safe ship lies before the glacier for about two hours, waiting for calving. Lunch is served here.

The length of the boat trip to and from Eqi Glacier can vary between two and five hours each way, depending on the type of boat used that day. The stay at Eqi Glacier lasts approximately 1-2 hours. At 2 pm, the ship docks at Port Victor, the ‘port’ of Glacier Lodge Eqi. Camp guides will welcome you and show you to your cabins. You will be given the necessary practical information and then have the day on your own.

Staying at Glacier Lodge Eqi

Glacier Lodge Eqi is a small, beautifully situated cabin village overlooking the active glacier. All cabins have a magnificent view of the calving Eqi Glacier. The cabins are cozily decorated in log cabin style. Your stay at Glacier Lodge Eqi includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Café Victor. At the café, it is also possible to buy drinks such as beer, sodas, wine, various spirits, and some sweets.

Joe Chan
Day 6:
Glacier Lodge Eqi and hike up the Ice Sheet

After breakfast, we’re off on our second trip up the ice sheet, but we won’t be driving this time – we’ll be hiking. The day will be a fascinating hike along the tracks left behind by French scientist Paul-Émile Victor when he conducted groundbreaking research at Eqi.

We experience landscape variations, including lush lowlands, windswept highlands, moraines, and the ice sheet, with impressive features such as crevasses, streams, and glacial wells.

We follow in the footsteps of Paul-Émile Victor and dive into the historic landscape where his research shaped the area. Here, we can admire the remains of the vehicles that once crossed this impressive terrain. The day culminates in an enchanting experience as you enjoy lunch in a beautiful valley overlooking an inactive glacier. We then hike across the moraine and approach the high point – the ice cap. This is a magical moment.

The dedicated guides, specially trained for ice walking, will be by your side with all necessary safety equipment, including a satellite phone, GPS, and first aid equipment. Although today’s tour doesn’t require technical skills like ice climbing, you’ll find that it’s a physically challenging journey that stretches over 25 km and contains around 1000 meters of altitude.

After a day of adventure and scenic experiences, you’ll return to camp tired but full of memories. The day ends with a well-deserved dinner.

Henrik Boëtius
Day 7:
Glacier Lodge Eqi and hike to the moraine of the Ice Sheet

Today starts with breakfast, and then it’s time to go hiking again. We check out of the cabins before hiking to the moraine so that the staff can prepare the cabins for the next group arriving in the afternoon.

Hike to the Moraine at the Edge of the Ice Sheet

From the cabins, we hike around the small lagoon at the southern end of the glacier. There are often large flocks of geese in the lagoon during the breeding season. The hike continues up to the moraine, where we can look down into the huge cracks in the glacier just a few meters away. From here, we also get an overview of the front of the glacier, and we will see the impressive calving wings.

The boat sails back to Ilulissat at approximately 2:15 pm. The trip back to Ilulissat follows the same route as coming here, and coffee, tea, and cake will be served along the way.

We will be picked up and driven to Hotel Arctic, where we will stay for the last evening. You are on your own to choose where you want to eat. There are many restaurants in Ilulissat, and at Hotel Arctic, there are two really good ones, one of which you have already tried. Both restaurants have excellent views, and the food is made from the finest Greenlandic ingredients. You’ll also find more restaurants in town.

In the evening, we recommend a walk on your own to Sermermiut by the Icefjord.

Hike to the Abandoned Settlement of Sermermiut by the Icefjord

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

You can see ruins from the time when the Inuit lived here, and if you walk to the end of the footbridge, you’ll also come to the Old Women’s Gorge, made famous by the 4th season of the TV series “Borgen,” which was largely set in Ilulissat.

Kirsten Kjer Pedersen
Day 8:
Flight Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen

With views of the Icefjord and the last sight of icebergs, the journey back home starts after many eventful and intense days. Air Greenland brings you from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen, arriving in the evening.

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

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Ilulissat

Oqaatsut

Glacier Lodge Eqi

Ilulissat

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

Hotel Nordlys

Hotel Nordlys

Hotel Nordlys (Hotel Northern Lights) is a cozy little hotel in the village of Oqaatsut, located about 15 kilometers north of Ilulissat. The hotel’s café offers panoramic views of the village and the surrounding area and has room for about 25 people. This is where you will have your breakfast in Oqaatsut. The entire hotel is smoke-free indoors, including in the rooms.

Excursions (Optional purchases)

On this trip it is not possible to buy extra excursions and excursion packages.

Practical information

Flight schedule (local times)

  • Departure from Copenhagen 09:00 AM.
  • Return flights arrive in Copenhagen 8:25 PM.

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.

Icebergs and Adventure in Villages and the Wilderness

8 days in Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Oqaatsut, and Glacier Lodge Eqi

Go on an adventure to the giant ice sheet, stay in a traditional Greenlandic village and a remote camp, overlooking the vast Eqi Glacier. And then there’s also Ilulissat Icefjord!

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4.530 EUR
per person in double room
June to September  | 8 days  | 7 nights Travel id: 7033 Departure from Copenhagen Guaranteed departure
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