Summer Impressions of Greenland

8 days in three towns and on the coastal ship

Join us on one of our most diverse and wonderful tours to Greenland, where domestic flights and the coastal ship will take you on a journey of discovery. Experience the most popular sites and towns of Greenland on this tour; the Greenland Ice Sheet in Kangerlussuaq, the capital of Nuuk, and, of course, Ilulissat in the Disko Bay area by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world-famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

Greenlandic Summer – an explosion of lights

The tour departs in June, July, or August, at the height of summer in Greenland, where the sun reigns and darkness at night has been banished. This means that you get many hours of daylight to explore as you wish – with an abundance of nature to create an unforgettable holiday full of great impressions!

We have created an itinerary that allows you to have time on your own to discover and explore. The tour guide will always present you with information, stories, guided tours, and practical help.

Highlights

  • Stand on the actual Inland Ice Cap
  • Look for Arctic wildlife in the tundra and at sea
  • Experience the Greenlandic capital Nuuk
  • Cruise along the coastline of the world’s biggest island
  • Enjoy the midnight sun
  • Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord

Included

  • Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk with Air Greenland
  • Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
  • Coastal ship Nuuk – Ilulissat with MS Sarfaq Ittuk (Arctic Umiaq Line)
  • Transfers
  • 2 nights in a cabin at the coastal ship (private bath/toilet)
  • 1 night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq (private bath/toilet)
  • 4 nights at Best Western Hotel Ilulissat (private bath/toilet)
  • Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome dinner at Roklubben in Kangerlussuaq (excl. beverages)
  • Full board on the coastal ship from Saturday morning to Sunday lunch (excl. beverages)
  • Farewell dinner at Best Western Hotel Ilulissat (excl. beverages)
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Nuuk, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat with local English-speaking guides
  • Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut by the Icefjord* Admission to museums
  • Tour leader
  • All flight/transportation 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 listed above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions (we recommend pre-booking our Excursion Package)

Day program

Day 1:
Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq and optional trip to the Ice Sheet

We fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland’s Airbus. The first sight of Greenland is truly special, as you look forward to the eight days of excitement that awaits you. Upon arrival, we check in at the Hotel Kangerlussuaq.

After being welcomed by the tour guide, you get the chance to visit the impressive Ice Sheet.

Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet Point 660 (optional)

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second-largest ice sheet in the world and covers 80 percent of Greenland and has always attracted 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.

To round off the day, you will have a lovely welcome dinner at the Restaurant Roklubben (drinks not included).

Day 2:
Flight to Nuuk. Sightseeing tour and accommodation on the coastal vessel Sarfak Ittuk

After breakfast, we fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk, and before boarding the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk, there is time for some sightseeing.

The landmark of Nuuk, the Sermitsiaq mountain, gives you an almost majestic welcome and the fantastic fjord system reflects the wild nature, which provides the most incredible setting for the small metropolis. Nuuk’s more than 17,500 inhabitants benefit from more than 100 kilometers of asphalt roads. Although the town is busy, nature is not far away, and most citizens use nature actively all year round.

The Greenland National Museum with its famous mummies and the colonial harbor

During the tour, you will be introduced to some popular attractions, including the Greenland National Museum, the beautiful arts center Katauaq – whose façade is shaped like the northern light – and the equally beautiful old district with the statue of Hans Egede looking across the old colonial harbor, the fjord, and the mountain range in the distance.

Use the rest of the afternoon to explore the town on your own. If you are looking for local arts and crafts, a wide selection can be found in the souvenir shops of the city, selling everything from small, delicate earrings to sealskin fur coats.

Heading north with the coasting vessel, together with the Greenlanders

This evening, we embark on the ship Sarfaq Ittuk and ahead lie two days aboard, cruising towards Ilulissat. The coastal vessel sails up and down the west coast and is also used by Greenlanders themselves. As the vessel docks in the coastal towns, there is a wonderful atmosphere of activity and joyful reunion.

During the voyage, the trip and the passing scenery can be taken in from the indoor panoramic lounge located at the back of the vessel or from the many outdoor areas in which you can enjoy the clean air from a deck chair.

Sailing in Greenland can be a chilly affair, but it is incredibly beautiful! Remember warm clothes – as well as your camera and binoculars. The speed is nice and slow, fully allowing you to relax and enjoy the changing scenery.

Day 3:
On the sea, stop in Sisimiut with guided town walk

During the morning we will dock in both Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut, but will not disembark. It is always exciting, though, to stand and watch life on the harbor and in the village from the deck.

A visit in Greenland’s second largest town, Sisimiut

We arrive at Sisimiut around 6:00 PM. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland with slightly more than 5,500 inhabitants. The atmosphere in the welcoming town is warm and oozing of authentic Greenland. The color palette of the houses provides a stunning contrast to the undulating rocky area.

In Sisimiut, we visit the local museum. Along the way, we walk through the old, lovely district with the original colonial buildings, of which the museum is part. At the museum, you get an insight into life in the town through the ages.

This is a wonderful break on the sailing trip. We re-embark Sarfak Ittuk vessel and continue northwards.

Day 4:
Arrival to Ilulissat, disembarkation and guided town tour

As we approach Ilulissat, there is every reason to enjoy the sight of the icebergs. Some are just large-scale lumps of ice while others are almost towering over you. What a welcome and a fitting introduction to the magnificent Disko Bay.

We arrive in Ilulissat at 11:45 after a few hours of sailing. From the harbor, we are transported to Best Western Hotel Ilulissat where we check in. At the following briefing, you can hear more about the town and the many excursions into the interesting area. Ilulissat means icebergs, which is rather self-explanatory once you get to see the beautiful Ice Fjord and the numerous icebergs majestically floating around in the fjord lit up by an almost magical light caused by reflections of the sun.

Lead by the guide, we tour the city, allowing you to get more familiar with Ilulissat. You will be given an introduction to the history and culture of the city and will pass the museum, the old colonial houses, the beautiful and simple Zion’s Church, and the lively harbor.

Day 5:
Ilulissat, hike to the icefjord and optional evening sailing among icebergs

Enjoy Ilulissat at your own pace. There is a reason that this beautiful town is one of the most visited places in Greenland: The impressive Ice Fjord. The icebergs can be experienced by sea, by land, and from the air.

Hike to the old settlement Sermermiut by the Icefiord and walks in the town

Consider joining a hike to Sermermiut, an old settlement right at the mouth of the icefjord where giant icebergs have stranded on an old moraine.

Or why wander about on your own, drink a caffé latte at a cozy café, and find a quiet place where you can enjoy the view of the omnipresent icebergs.

Sailing among the icebergs (optional)

In the evening, take a lovely cruise between the icebergs that – regardless of the weather – are guaranteed to take your breath away. The midnight sun is low on the horizon, and it can be difficult to tell night from day. Reflections from the soft, warm light give the icebergs and mountain tops an orange tinge, and the water becomes almost purple.

Day 6:
Explore Ilulissat on your own or with a guide and optional excursions: Whale safari or kayaking

You can spend the day on your own, or you can go on a whale safari if you have purchased the excursion package.

Whale safari among icebergs (optional)

Most people are surprised how great an experience it is to get up close to such a large animal as the whale. In the waters of Greenland, 15 species of whale are seen.

During summer, we normally get to see the humpback whale, minke whale, and fin whale. The whales swim around the entire Disko Bay throughout the summer, sometimes near the town, other times in the Ice Fjord or up north by the Crown Prince Islands. We have radio contact with the fishermen and sealers of the town, who are our sources to information about whales in the bay. This way, we almost always spot them. The humpback whale, with its characteristic tail, is the one we see most often.

Today you also get the chance to experience kayaking in the country that invented the kayak.

Kayak Experience in Ilulissat (optional)

Inuit have kayaked in the Greenland waters for more than a thousand years, and you can do it too. The kayak glides silently through the water, and you see the huge icebergs rising around you. The midnight sun gives the ice a unique hue. In cloudy weather, the beautiful blue colors of the icebergs will be very clear. With a little luck, we also meet whales. All tours take place in stable double kayaks, and a boat follows close by. The excursion takes about 3½-4 hours, and we will be at sea for at least two of those hours.

Day 7:
Explore Ilulissat on your own or with guide or a daytour to the Eqi Glacier

Spend the last day in Ilulissat as you wish. If you have never been in a helicopter before – maybe now is the time. The helicopter takes you across the Ice Fjord and its giant icebergs at low altitude. The view of the 6-kilometres wide glacier edge provide an experience of grand proportions.

OBS! The helicopter trips are not part of our package but can be purchased separately – contact us for prices and availability.

You can also follow in the footsteps of Knud Rasmussen at the local museum and end your stay in Greenland with a shopping trip in the local stores and souvenir shops.

 

Day tour to Eqi Glacier – the calving glacier (optional)

Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which spills into in the fjord 80 kilometres 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 during the excursion to the Eqi Glacier. The route 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 full-day excursion where you will have a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip in the ice-filled water.

Please note: The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier may last between 2 – 5 hours each direction. It depends on the boat used the given day.

There is a farewell dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Day 8:
Return flights from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen

Bringing home a wealth of experiences from this amazing land, we fly to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq, arriving at Copenhagen Airport in the evening.

We guarantee you that you will return home with unforgettable memories that will stay with you longer than any other holiday you have been on – at least that is what other travelers tell us.

Map

Kangerlussuaq

Nuuk

Sisimiut

Ilulissat

Kangerlussuaq

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

Best Western Hotel Ilulissat

The 4-star Hotel Ilulissat opened in June 2022. Centrally located in Ilulissat, the hotel offers a shuttle service to and from the airport. The restaurant and the bar can be found on the top floor next to the roof terrace. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served here. You can also get coffee, drinks, and cakes.

There are 78 rooms in the hotel. We use superior rooms, all of which overlook Disko Bay. All rooms have a private shower and toilet, double beds. In addition, you will find free wifi, TV with chrome cast, kettle and coffee and tea, safe, hairdryer, toiletries, and bathrobes with slippers.

Best Western Hotel Ilulissat

Kaaleeraq Poulsenip Aqq. 4

3952 Ilulissat

Optional Extras

Meal packages

On this trip it is not possible to buy mealpackages.

Summer Impressions of Greenland

8 days in three towns and on the coastal ship

Great summer tour with the best highlights: The Greenland Ice Sheet in Kangerlussuaq, the capital of Nuuk and the UNESCO world heritage site, the Ice Fjord in Disko Bay. Coastal boat trip included.

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4.030 EUR
per person in double room
Jun 2021 - Aug 2022   | 8 days  | 7 nights Tour no: 9045 Departure from Copenhagen Guaranteed departure | incl. tour guide

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Flight schedule (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.

Guaranteed departures

Departures on July 14 and July 21 are guaranteed departures.

All other departure must have a minimum of 10 participants for the tour to be guaranteed.

Guide language

English and Danish-speaking tour guide: July 7, July 21, and August 5.

Danish and German-speaking tour guide: June 30, July 14, July 28, and August 11. 

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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