There is plenty to do on your own in Ilulissat so today, you can immerse yourself in these experiences. If you have bought the excursion package, you will go on hikes to the former settlement of Sermermiut and, later on, to see the northern lights.
Hiking to the Former Inuit Settlement of Sermermiut at the Ice Fjord (optional)
Today you are going to the former settlement of Sermermiut, which has been inhabited for millennia because of its great location on the Ice Fjord. Even though the view is astonishing, this was not the reason why the Inuit settled here. There are excellent hunting opportunities in the area as the lce Fjord still provides food for both fish and seals, which in turn has created the basis for human dwellings.
It is December in Greenland, so on this trip, it is likely that there will be snow everywhere. We drive from the World of Greenland office to the outskirts of the town. From here, we now have to walk towards the Ice Fjord. This walk is approximately one kilometer, along a path likely to be covered in snow. Since it is winter, you cannot see the remains of the settlement, as it is also covered by snow, but the guide will tell you about life in a Greenlandic settlement in the old days. On this hike, you also get a fantastic view of the Ice Fjord.
Northern Light Safari (optional)
Everyone is fond of the Ice Fjord and the northern lights. If we seem to be bragging about these things it is because we have never met anyone who has not been impressed by both. When you go outside on a frosty evening and watch the amazing northern lights move across the sky with the big icebergs bathed in the night light, you will be close to tears from the beauty.
Northern lights excursion (optional)
After dinner, we go for an evening walk, where we hope to see the northern lights. On evenings with clear winter skies, you can experience the beautiful northern lights above Ilulissat. We will drive away from the lights of the town and start walking. Your guide will tell you about the phenomenon and also about the Greenlandic legends about the northern light.
Be aware that northern lights can only be seen on clear winter evenings and not when it’s overcast. There is a risk that we will look for the northern lights on one of the other evenings instead.
Making Christmas Decorations
Before dinner, we will have fun, making traditional Christmas ornaments. Of course, it’s not mandatory to participate in this, but it is a great way to get to know your travel companions and also get into the Christmas spirit, even if your ornaments may look a bit dishevelled!
Christmas closing hours and alcohol
Greenland has a very restrictive alcohol legislation, which means that alcohol must not be served in public places on December 25. Also, most cafes, restaurants, and bars are closed during the Christmas days from December 24 to December 26, so buying supplies for the next few days may be a good idea. In the local supermarkets, you can buy candy, cookies, or alcoholic beverages. It is also possible to buy tax-free sweets and alcohol on arrival in Kangerlussuaq before flying on to Ilulissat.