Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North
Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North
Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North
Photo: Barbara Vang
Photo: Barbara Vang
Photo: Barbara Vang
Photo: Barbara Vang

With this tour you can in six days see some of the most wonderful places! Travel to Greenland and experience amazing landscapes, huge icebergs and an interesting culture - a fusion of village and big city life, far  north!

This unique tour includes visiting the really green South Greenland, the modern capital Nuuk, and ends in Ilulissat - the town with the ice. By plane you will easily come from one place to another.

Visit Narsaq in South Greenland

Narsaq is one of the most beautiful towns with colorful wooden houses, surrounded by fields and fjords. Cattle and horses from the farm outside town are seen on the green grass, with majestic icebergs in the fjord as background.

This area also historically rich - some of the Viking ruins here are among the oldest Viking ruins found in South Greenland dating back to AD 1000.

Visit Greenlands capital Nuuk

Nuuk is the largest and oldest city in Greenland with more than 16,000 inhabitants. The urbanization is very clearly seen here, with new buildings being brought to life each year. This gives Nuuk a very diverse architectural look, from the earliest wooden houses to the most modern energy friendly housing projects, and brand new suburbs.

In the old part of town, you find Nuuk Art Museum and Greenlands National Museum filled with history, art, and artifacts. Greenlands Cultural Centre named »Katuaq« is a vital part of the cultural scene, with theater plays, cinema, music festivals, art exhibitions and a cafe who also serves brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Ilulissat the town of icebergs

The 4000-year old Inuit settlements which are found close to town, tells a story that the city's location is not random. Here are good hunting grounds and fishery, and a natural harbor gives shelter on most days, for the many fishermen and hunters who live here.

It is possible to walk, hike, sail and fly to the icefjord, and the rewarding view when you get there is breathtaking.

Ilulissat Ice Fjord with its huge icebergs and massive production of ice are labeled a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Why such a tour

Greenland is the size of Europe. There is a clear difference between south and north, both in the mountains and in the rest of nature, the people and the cities.

A trip from south to north therefore gives a wonderful impression of the vast land and the culture of the people who live here.

The daily itinerary is described below. Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Choose a date’’ above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Culture, City Walk, Flying, Iceberg Watching, Midnight Sun
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Danish
  • Highlights: Ilulissat Icefjord, Nuuk, Narsarsuaq
Pickup information:
    You meet us at the departure location.
    Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup
    • Return flights from Copenhagen incl. all taxes

    • Domestic flights in Greenland

    • Transfers

    • Accommodation with private facilities (Hotel Narsaq, Hotel Arctic & Hotel Hans Egede)

    • 1 dinner at Hotel Narsaq & 2 dinners at Hotel Arctic

    • Guided city tours in Narsaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat

    • Destination guide in Narsaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat

    • Travel insurance

    What to bring:
    • Warm and light clothes, ideally dress in layers so you can regulate the temperature

    • Wind and waterproof outer layer

    • Good shoes or boots for walking

    • Hat and gloves

    • Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion

    • Personal prescription drugs if necessary

    Good to know:

    The price per person is based on double room prices. If traveling alone make sure to choose the single room supplement when booking this tour.

    Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather.

    In Greenland the currency used is Danish Kroner (DKK), foreign currency is not widely accepted. It is recommended to bring Danish Kroner. In the towns credit cards are accepted in most stores. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required. It is however handy to have some cash, in case of problems and if you for example wish to buy souvenirs directly from local artists.

    Make sure to bring suitable clothes and footwear. The Greenlandic summer can be mild, but also cold. Bring light and warm clothes, that you can wear in layers and a wind/waterproof outer layer is advisable.

    Please note that the distances in Greenland are big and there are no roads connecting towns and settlements. You have the option to book optional tours when you are in Ilulissat. When you book optional day tours, make sure they are in the Ilulissat area and that you have time for it in regards to the itinerary.

    NOTICE: Terms and conditions can be found in the supplier description.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Narsaq - South Greenland

    Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

    Today your adventure starts with a morning flight from Copenhagen, Denmark, straight to Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland.

    The airport in Narsarsuaq is an old American airbase from second World War, that was used as a stop when flying from America to Europe. Today it serves as one of Greenlands few international airports. It is a small village with around 150 inhabitants.

    You will not spend much time in Narsarsuaq, as a boat lies ready at the harbour to take you to the town Narsaq. You will sail through the great Erik's Fjord! Stand on the deck of the boat and enjoy the view and fresh, crisp air. All around you will see the rough, yes gentle nature. South Greenland both has green rolling hills and steep mountains, you might even pass an iceberg on your way.

    You will check into Hotel Narsaq and meet a guide to have a welcome meeting, where you get all the necessary information for your trip. After the meeting you will be taken on a tour around Narsaq, so you can get to know the town.

    In the evening there is arranged a welcome dinner.

    Day 2 - Explore Narsaq

    Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

    Today you will have breakfast at the hotel before you can go out and explore Narsaq. 

    There might be some places that you would like to get back to after yesterdays tour or maybe some new places to see.

    There are many historical places to explore, as Narsaq is one of the places where the norsemen - vikings - settled when they came to Greenland more than thousand years ago. On the outskirts of the town you can find ruins from the old Dyrnæs church and on the other side of town, the ruins from the Landnám farm area.

    From Narsaq it is also possible to go on day tours to some of the surrounding settlements, for example Qassiarsuk and Igaliku, where you can visit Greenlandic farms but also see some very well preserved Norse ruins.

    Day 3 - From Narsaq to Nuuk

    Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

    After breakfast at the hotel it is time to get back to Narsarsuaq. If the circumstances allow it, you will be flown by helicopter. If it is not possible to go by helicopter you will sail back, like when you arrived. 

    From Narsarsuaq you will continue on a domestic flight to Greenlands capital, Nuuk. From the airport in Nuuk you will be taken to your hotel, located right in the city center! After you have checked in it is time to see the city on a guided tour. You will be introduced to the history and daily life in the capital and also visit the National Museum, with its very rich collection of old inuit artifacts and even some well old, very well preserved inuit mummies.

    After the tour you can walk around on your own. The city center is very small, so you can easily walk from the hotel to where ever you like. 

    In the evening there are plenty of different places to have dinner. In Nuuk there you find a variety of restaurants and cafés serving both international and local cuisine.

    Day 4 - From Nuuk to Ilulissat

    Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

    Have a filling breakfast at the hotel before you will be taken back to the airport, where you will have a flight north, across the arctic circle to the town of icebergs - Ilulissat.

    Get a window seat and enjoy the changing view of the landscape, the further north you get! After more or less one and a half hour you will land in Ilulissat. From the airport there will be a transfer to the hotel. You will be staying at Hotel Arctic, the worlds northernmost 4 star hotel! When you have checked in at the hotel an information meeting is arranged with the guide and you will be taken on a guided tour of the town.

    After the tour you have some time to either relax and enjoy the view from the hotel or walk around on your own. In the evening you are invited to a welcome dinner at the hotel. A lovely dinner based on local ingredients. After the dinner, go out on the terrace, breathe the fresh air and just enjoy the view over the bay filled with icebergs.

    Day 5 - Explore Ilulissat

    Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

    In the morning you can enjoy breakfast at the hotel with a view over the fjord filled with icebergs. The rest of the day you can explore Ilulissat on your own or book optional day tours. This is your last full day in Greenland.

    At yesterdays guided tour you might have seen some places that you wanted to go back to and explore further. You can either walk around the town and browse for souvenirs or go and explore the nature. You should not miss the local artisan workshop, located on the way to the harbour. At the workshop local artist produce different objects and jewelry from reindeer antlers, bone and other local materials. Often you can see artists work and buy souvenirs from them.

    Ilulissat is most famous for its enormous Icefjord and it is hard not to keep gazing out to the sea and being amazed by the huge icebergs. There are different walks to the Icefjord, that go along well marked paths. Go to the tourist information in town if you are interested in these nature walks and get a map.

    There is a wide variety of optional day tours in Ilulissat, offering something for everyone. You can experience the city and surrounding nature in many ways - by foot, on the sea and even from the air.

    North of Ilulissat you find the Eqi Glacier, a very active glacier, that each day calves tonnes of ice, filling the sea with icebergs in all sizes. With a boat tour you can see this natural phenomenon with your own eyes.

    For the animal lover, the Disko Bay in the summer becomes home to a great amount of humpback whales, that feed on the rich sea. You can join on a boat trip out from Ilulissat to get close to these huge, yet peaceful mammals - a truly unique experience.

    The more active traveler would maybe like to join on a kayaking tour, another way to get really close to the icebergs. You can go on tours both in the morning, afternoon and even at night, as the northern summer nights are very light and in periods the midnight sun will even be shining!

    As this is your last night in Greenland you are invited to a farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic this evening.

    Day 6 - From Ilulissat to Copenhagen

    Greenland by Air | 6 Days | South to North

    It is time to have all bags packed and travel back to Copenhagen. 

    Before you leave Ilulissat you will of course have breakfast at the hotel and then there will arranged transfer to the airport.

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