New Year’s Eve in Greenland

5 days around Ilulissat

New Year’s Eve in Greenland is a unique experience. Not just because of the beautiful fireworks lighting up the polar night, but also because you get to celebrate the New Year twice: At 8:00 PM for Denmark (and other CET countries) and at midnight for Greenland!

Greenland’s nature is beautiful all year, not least in the wintertime. It is wonderful when it is covered by a blanket of snow and ice, which i turn creates a myriad of opportunities under the northern lights. On this 5-day trip to Ilulissat, you will experience fireworks, northern lights, sled dogs, huge icebergs, and snow-covered rocks.

We offered this trip for the first time for the New Year of 2017/18, and it was a great success. Our guests loved the unique light you experience even though this is during the polar darkness of winter – and they were very impressed with the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve in Greenland

On December 31, we invite you to attend a gala dinner in the restaurant at Hotel Arctic. Enjoy a lovely dinner with good food and entertainment – and some breaks at the right moments, so we can get to go outside to enjoy the fireworks several times during the evening.

Ilulissat lce Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ilulissat is located by the world-famous Ilulissat lce Fjord. The Ice Fjord was included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 2004, and that is not a coincidence. The icebergs can tower up to 100 meters into the air, and they are a sight you will never forget.

It’s going to be warm inside

This being midwinter, it’s going to be dusk most of the day and dark at night. Inside the hotel, we will have time to enjoy the central heating – and the guide will entertain with small informal talks and quizzes about Greenland, and we will also have time to play games.

Guide languages

English and Danish


  • 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 in across the sky


  • Flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq return
  • Flight Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat return
  • Transfers
  • 4 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 onboard 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

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 where we change planes, we continue towards Ilulissat. After flying over the wonderful Ilulissat Icefjord, we land in Ilulissat Airport. You will be picked in Hotel Arctic’s bus and driven to the cozy hotel which lies by the waterfront of Ilulissat. Here, you will meet a guide from our local tour office, “World of Greenland.”

After check-in, the guide will organize an information meeting, telling you about the town, the area, and possible excursions. Note that there may be changes to the order in which the excursion are run. This is because daylight hours are limited, as are the availability of tours boats, so we may have to split the group into smaller parties on some days e.g. while some people go sailing, others will go dogsledding. World of Greenland are experts at logistics like this so no one will be missing out.

Then it’s time for a guided city tour for everybody

Ilulissat is Greenland’s third largest town and 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, but 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 ‘k’). You will see many buildings that are linked to this time. 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.

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

Day 2:
Ilulissat on your own or optional dog sledding and New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Tonight it’s New Year’s Eve! However, before we get to the evening’s festivities, you will go on a dogsled ride if you bought our excursion package.

Two-hour dog sled ride (optional)

Today, you can look forward to a two-hour dog sled ride. The ice fjord is an impressive sight, both in summer and winter. We ride over the mountain Small Akinnaq and, seven kilometers ahead, we reach the great vantage point. The trip takes place in hilly mountain terrain, and you will see the dogs both in front of and behind the dog sled. The reason for this is that they not only pull the sled but also act as brakes when the tracks take us downwards. There are two people on the dog sled beside the driver.

Gala Dinner at Hotel Arctic

The New Year is now fast approaching, and tonight you will attend a gala dinner at Hotel Arctic. It’s a five-course dinner. There will be a break at 8:00 PM because, at that time, almost the entire population of Greenland go outside and celebrate the CET New Year and send up fireworks in honor of all their friends and family in Denmark (there are about 15,000 Greenlanders living in Denmark and numerous people who have lived in Greenland).

After this, you go back to the dinner table and the entertainment. When the clock strikes midnight, it’s out in the snow again, this time to celebrate the ‘real’ New Year. Then you go back in and enjoy a glass of bubbly. When you want the night to end is totally up to you.

Day 3:
Ilulissat on your own or optional excursions: Hike to Sermermiut or Northern Lights Safari

There are many things to do in Ilulissat on your own. The guide will tell you all about this on your first day. Today, you can explore it on your own.

If you have bought our excursion package, today’s program is a hike to the former settlement of Sermermiut, and later you will go on a northern light tour.

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

Today, you will hike to the former settlement of Sermermiut that 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 both fish and seals, which in turn has created a basis for human settlements for millennia.

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 are going to drive away from the lights of the town and go to where the darkness is at its most intense. The guide will tell us all about the causes of the phenomenon. You will also get tips and tricks to enable you to take the best pictures of the colored lights as they cross the night sky.

Day 4:
Ilulissat on your own or potential boat trip to the Ice Fjord

It’s time for a boat trip if you have bought the excursion package.

The Disko Bay is Greenland’s most popular tourist destination. This is because of the ice, but also because the place holds a special beauty and many cultural attractions. One of the great gems in the area – and certainly the most famous – is Ilulissat lce Fjord.

Sailing to Ilulissat Ice Fjord (optional)

You will start the year with one of your life’s highlights, a trip to the mouth of Ilulissat Ice Fjord.  You will cruise around some of the huge icebergs that are created when they break of the glacier front. At the mouth of the fjord, through millennia, icebergs have pushed a sandbank forward, and now the enormous icebergs get stuck here. When the pressure from behind gets too high because of new icebergs being produced by the glacier, or because some of the big icebergs melt in the summer, the icebergs finally pass the sandbank and float out into the Disko Bay.

Day 5:
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 on to Copenhagen, where you will arrive in the evening.





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New Year’s Eve in Greenland

5 days around Ilulissat

New Year’s Eve in Greenland is something quite special. The beautiful fireworks are a dazzling contrast in the polar night and, on the days around New Year’s Eve, you get to experience the winter wonderland at Ilulissat.

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December  | 5 days  | 4 nights Travel id: 9017 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 8:00 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

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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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