New Year’s Eve among the Icebergs

7 days in Ilulissat

Our 5-day New Year’s trips have been a coveted trip since 2017. They were a success right from the beginning. Many did not think it was possible to sell trips to Greenland in December, but it quickly turned out that this was wrong. According to some of our customers, the only problem is that the trip is a little too short, so this year we are doing our New Year’s trip in two versions: A 5-day and a 7-day trip!

This is the slightly longer version of the New Year’s trip. Again, we listened to the customers, who did not think there was a lack of excursions on the trip. Instead, they lacked extra time for relaxation and contemplation. See the shorter trip here.

New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is quite special in Greenland because we celebrate it twice: At 8 PM for Denmark and at midnight for Greenland! Most of us have family and friends in Denmark that we think about a lot, so we want to show it by celebrating the New Year with them when their clock strikes 12. That’s why, at 8 PM, we do fireworks for them to invite them happily into the new year. Then we go back in, eat some more, have fun, and wait for us to celebrate our own New Year.

The Polar Night
Our guests love the unique light we have in the middle of the polar night season. You are here in the middle of winter, so the day feels like dusk, and it’s dark at night. You can enjoy the warmth of the hotel indoors, and of course, you have to take advantage of that. You can also play cards, watch movies, and read books – the possibilities are endless. Our skilled tour guides give small lectures and have a few quizzes up their sleeve – and there will also be time for play and games.

Experiences
Greenland’s nature is beautiful all year round. In winter, it is wonderful when it is covered with a blanket of snow and ice, creating the opportunity for countless experiences under the northern lights.

You will experience fireworks, sled dogs, northern lights, huge icebergs, and snow-capped cliffs, but you also get days on your own where you can relax or walk out on your own – and the possibilities are many.

Guide languages
English and Danish

Highlights

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Greenland
  • Stay in the Town of Icebergs, Ilulissat
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Ice Fjord up close
  • Sail among gigantic icebergs
  • Watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky

Included

  • Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq return
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat return
  • Transfers
  • 6 nights at Hotel Arctic with private facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner in Ilulissat, excl. drinks
  • Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve at Hotel Arctic, excl. drinks except for a glass of champagne
  • Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq return
  • Information meetings
  • English and Danish speaking Greenland Travel Tour Leader
  • Sightseeing in Ilulissat
  • 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 other than mentioned above
  • Excursions (we recommend you pre-book the Excursion Package)
  • Insurances

Day program

Photographer: Lisa Michele Burns - Visit Greenland Day 1:
Flights Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat, information meeting, and tour of the town

We board Air Greenland’s red plane in Copenhagen and fly to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. It is a trip of 4½ hours. Ahead of us are five exciting days around New Year’s in Ilulissat, but there is still one more flight to get there.

 

After a short stop-over in Kangerlussuaq to change planes, we continue towards Ilulissat. After crossing the amazing Ilulissat Icefjord, we land at Ilulissat Airport. You will be picked up by Hotel Arctic’s bus and taken to the cozy hotel by the waterfront in Ilulissat.

After check-in, the guide organizes an information meeting, telling you about the town, the area, and possible excursions. There may be changes to the order of the excursion. Daylight hours are limited, as is the availability of tours boats, so we may have to split the group into smaller parties on some days, and while some people go sailing, others will go dog sledding. The staff at World of Greenland are experts at logistics like this so that no one will be missing out.

Guided town walk

Ilulissat is Greenland’s third-largest town and is considered one of the four main towns, along with Nuuk, Qaqortoq, and Sisimiut. People have lived in the area surrounding Ilulissat for 4,500 years. Still, the town itself was established as a village in 1727, and, in 1741, the Icelandic merchant Jacob Severin established a trading post called Jacobshavn (Jacob’s Harbour). Later on, the town changed its name to Jakobshavn (now with a ‘k’). You will see many buildings that are linked to this time. For example, Knud Rasmussen, the world-famous polar explorer, grew up in Ilulissat in the building that now houses the historical museum. You can look forward to an exciting tour and get lots of information that you can use in the coming days.

You will have a tasty welcome dinner at the hotel’s very good restaurant (drinks not included).

Day 2:
Hiking and dog sledding (optional) and time on your own

There are many things to do in llulissat on your own – the guide will have told you about this at the information meeting yesterday. If you have purchased the excursion package, on days 2 and 3, you will either go on a hike to Sermermiut on one day and go out on a dog sled ride on the other.

Hiking to the former Inuit settlement of Sermermiut by the Ice Fjord (optional)

You will hike to the former settlement of Sermermiut, which has been inhabited for thousands of years because of its amazing location at the Ice Fjord. Although the view here is incredible, it was not the scenery that brought the Inuit here. There are excellent hunting opportunities in the area since the Ice Fjord provides food for fish and seals, which has created a basis for human settlements for millennia.

1 ½-hour dog sled ride (optional)

Today, you can look forward to a 1 ½-hour dog sled ride. The dog sled is one of the most famous Greenlandic icons and a thousand-year-old tradition for the Inuit. Not many vehicles have survived such a long period without changes in appearance and technology: a pack of happy dogs in harnesses tied to a simply constructed wooden sled. The experience cannot be explained – it must be tried.

This trip usually takes place in flat terrain on a plain near Ilulissat. Apart from the sled driver, you are two participants on each sled, so if you have booked the excursion on your own, you may share a sled with another person. However, all dogs are different, so if you are out with family and friends, we can not guarantee that you will be riding together on the entire trip as some dogs are fast, and others are not. This trip is recommended for those with neck or back problems or if you are immobile. Participants must be 12 years and older.

Photographer: Laali Berthelsen Day 3:
See the program for Day 2

There is still plenty of time to go out and experience on your own. You can also enjoy the fireplace next to the hotel lobby, relax in your room, or at the many other vantage points scattered around the hotel and the hotel grounds.

Tourists on a boat tour sailing by a giant iceberg near Ilulissat in North Greenland - Photographer: Day 4:
Ilulissat on your own. Meet the Sled Dogs (optional)

As we wrote in the introduction to this trip, some of our former guests wished that the trip was a little longer so there was time for relaxation. So that’s what this day is for.

Meet the Sled Dogs (optional)
However, if you have bought the excursion package, you will get to meet some sled dogs today. You get to visit the sled dogs at their home, and you can see, feel, and especially hear them when they are fed.

The dog’s owner will also demonstrate how the sled, the straps, and the whip work, and he will tell us about the life of these amazing dogs.

If you want to experience more, you can always consult with the guide about what our subsidiary World of Greenland offers in excursions.

Fireworks in Ilulissat - Photographer: Shutterstock Day 5:
Boat trip (optional) and New Year's Eve dinner

Tonight is New Year’s Eve! But before we get there, you have to go sailing on the Icefjord if you have bought the excursion package. Disko Bay is Greenland’s most sought-after tourist destination. This is especially due to Ilulissat Ice Fjord, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sailing to the lce Fjord (part of the excursion package)

You end the year with what will probably become one of the highlights of your life, a sailing trip to the mouth of the lce Fjord. Here, you get to sail among the huge icebergs stranded here. The ice has created a sandbank throughout millennia, on which the huge icebergs now run aground. At some point, the ice melts less, there will be a swell or the ice is pushed forward by more ice from the fjord, and then the large icebergs can finally move further out into the deeper Disko Bay and from there to the Baffin Bay.

Gala dinner at Hotel Arctic

The New Year is now only a few hours away, and tonight you are going to a gala dinner at Hotel Arctic. The hotel offers a five-course dinner, where, as mentioned, there is a break at 8 PM because all of Greenland goes outside to celebrate the Danish New Year and sends up fireworks in honor of friends and family in Denmark. Then we go back to our tables. There will be some entertainment at the hotel, and, at midnight, we will go out into the snow again and celebrate Greenland’s new year. Then we go in and get a glass of bubble water, and then you can judge for yourself how long you keep going.

Day 6:
Ilulissat on your own and potential northern lights safari

You will have January 1 on your own to relax. If you have bought the excursion package, you will look for the northern lights at night.

Northern Lights Safari (optional)

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 will drive away from the lights of the town and go to where there is total darkness, apart from the stars and northern lights. The guide will tell us all about the causes of the phenomenon. You will also get tips and tricks to make the best pictures of the colored lights as they cross the night sky.

Day 7:
Flights from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen

Today, we head back towards Denmark. With one of Air Greenland’s Dash 8’s, you leave Ilulissat Airport for Kangerlussuaq and then fly to Copenhagen, where you will arrive in the evening.

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Ilulissat

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 Disco 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 center of town (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

New Year’s Eve among the Icebergs

7 days in Ilulissat

We love the Greenlandic New Year! The fireworks light up the dark sky and light up the snow in all colors. On this 7-day trip, you get exciting experiences but also time to relax.

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2.810 EUR
per person in double room
December-January  | 7 days  | 6 nights Travel id: 9021 Departure from Copenhagen
Possible experiences
Northern LightsDog SleddingInuit Culture

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Flight schedule (local times)

  • Departure from Copenhagen at 10:00 AM
  • Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 8:15 PM

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

This tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 20 participants.

Guide languages
English and Danish

Packing Lists
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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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