Use your final full day in Greenland to experience the atmosphere and life in the town. Go back in time and get a sense of history at the cozy museum established in Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace. The fishermen at “Brættet,” the local marketplace, provide you with an impression of the interesting food products of Greenland that do not come fresher than this.
When you have satisfied your appetite for visual experiences, it is time to treat your tastebuds and fill your stomach. The restaurants in Ilulissat invite you on a journey of discovery through local specialties such as Greenland sushi, deep-fried ammassats (small fish), whale and seal – and in the cafés, freshly baked cakes will tempt your sweet tooth. This is indeed a holiday that will imprss all your senses.
If your trip is during August to 9th September 2021 – you can also join this optional excursion:
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 the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are loud, and the sight of the ice crashing into the water is breathtaking.
We sail in modern and convenient boats at the excursion to the Eqi Glacier. The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen. Further on, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our ice secured boats lie approximately two hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve, while a delicious lunch is served. This is an full-day excursion, where you will have a good opportunity to be immersed in the experience and the boat trip in the ice-filled water.
The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier can last between 2 – 5 hours each way. It depends on the boat used the given day.
If you travel between 16 September and December 2021 the following optional excursion is available to book (min. 6 guests required)
Boat trip to the settlement of Oqaatsut/Rodebay (optional)
Life in a small isolated settlements are very unique in Greenland. Though they have internet and flat screens in the small homes, everyday life has another pace and is still influenced by century-old traditions. Just one generation ago, the majority of the Greenlandic people lived in the small settlements along the coast and throughout several centuries, the settlement of Oqaatsut was the resort of the Dutch whale hunters. Therefore another name for the settlement is Rodebay (Red Bay). Today, whales are still drawn ashore here once in a while. Oqaatsut is beautifully situated approximately 15 kilometers north of Ilulissat, and even though it only has 45 inhabitants, it has a school, church, shop and a small restaurant called “H8”, which is located in one of the old buildings from the colonial time.
On this excursion, we sail from Ilulissat harbor to Oqaatsut and back. The sailing time is approximately one hour each way, and we pass the impressive Ilulissat Ice Fjord along the way. We spend about two hours in Oqaatsut. Coffee and tea will be served on the boat.