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Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland
Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland
Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland
Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland
Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland
Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland
Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

Come and experience Greenland in the winter! This trip takes you far above the Arctic Circle to Uummannaq, where the fiord freezes in the winter and local traffic is by dogsled over the sea ice. On our way, we also make a stop at Ilulissat, to experience the gigantic icebergs that flow from the World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord. 

Meet the locals and travel together with them. Enjoy the silence. When you take a walk, the only sounds you hear are dogs howling in the distance and the squeaking of your boots on the snow. Greenlandic homes are warm and cosy. Let’s enjoy stories and good laughs together. We welcome you into our everyday life, to give you an experience of life in the north. 

We will go dogsledding, try ice fishing to catch your own dinner, enjoy dinner with locals, and visit a small settlement. In February and March, there may be chances to see the northern lights. In April, you will have long hours of sunshine, with beautiful sunsets late at night.

Come along and join us for this Arctic adventure! Check the booking availability by pressing 'Choose a date' above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Apr.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Snowmobiling, Sightseeing, Dog Sledding, Cultural Activity, Fishing, Iceberg Views, Boat Tour, Food Tasting, Settlement Visit
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English, Danish, Greenlandic
  • Highlights: Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Uummannaq
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 11:50.

Reykjavik Domestic Airport

You will be picked up upon your arrival to Uummannaq.

  • Flights from Reykjavik Domestic Airport, via Ilulussat, to Uummannaq, and return

  • Accommodation and all meals in Uummannnaq

  • Ice fishing in Uummannaq

  • Dogsledding around Uummannaq island

  • City tour in Uummannaq

  • Snowmobile ride to a settlement

  • Accommodation and breakfast in Ilulissat

  • Hiking tour to Sermermiut Valley in Ilulissat

  • Boat tour among icebergs in Illulssat

  • Optional tours will be included, only when you book them on the right side

  • Lunch and dinner in Ilulissat

  • Flights from your home town to Iceland

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Day pack

Good to know:

There can be changes to the itinerary depending on weather conditions. Uummannaq is deep into the Arctic, and mother nature can be harsh when she chooses to do so. Living as a part of nature, as the locals do, means that you listen to the environment and adjust to what it brings.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - To the land of icebergs

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

Enjoy the scenic flight from Iceland to Greenland. As you near Greenland, the patterns of the sea ice flowing from the North Pole will be visible from the window of your plane. Glaciers flowing among pointed peaks appear as you fly over East Greenland, and then the vast expanse of the inland ice.

Ilulissat is the capital of icebergs, known for the gigantic icebergs just outside town, which flow from the World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord. We will take a hike to the Sermermiut Valley. This valley was first inhabited 4000 years ago, and has a fantastic a view over the Ilulissat Icefiord. Enjoy the Arctic landscape and listen to the crunch of snow under your boots.

Keep a watch on the sky when it gets dark. With luck, the northern lights may come out to entertain you.

Accommodation in Ilulissat

Ilulissat budget

All rooms have kitchenettes, own toilet and bath. Restaurants and cafes are within short walking distance. Breakfast is served. Free airport shuttle.

Ilulissat comfort

Enjoy the view of Disko Bay, with icebergs floating by, boats coming and going, amazing sunsets, and northern lights in the winter. Cozy restaurant with fresh local material, free airport shuttle.

Ilulissat quality

Hotel Arctic is a 4-star hotel with beautiful views to the Ilulissat Icefjord, superb service and one of the finest restaurants in Greenland. Free shuttle bus to airport and town center, free wifi.

Day 2 - Boat tour to the the icebergs

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

Let's get close to the huge icebergs you see from town. A boat trip will take you close to the towering icebergs, which change shape every moment as the boat moves by. The colors of the ice are sparkling shades of blue and green in the sun, change as they reflect the sunset in the sky, or can be a mysterious white on other days.

A visit to the Ilulissat Museum will give you insight into the World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord and why there are so many huge icebergs right in front of town. The museum, which is the birthplace of the Greenlandic explorer Knud Rasmussen, also has an exhibition on his dogsled expeditions all over the Arctic, including across Arctic Canada all the way to Siberia.

Optional tours in the evening

Go out in the evening and enjoy the stars. The snow makes the landscape surprisingly light. With luck, in February and March, the northern lights may appear. To join an optional tour, book it in the box on the right side.

Chasing the Northern Lights

We drive to the outskirts of towns to look out for northern lights. Your guide will give you tips on how to capture the scene on your camera. 2 hours, min. participants 4.

Snowshoe in the Northern Night

A short hike on snowshoes will take you to a hut just outside town, with a view over icebergs under the starry sky. 2 hours, min. participants 2.

Inuit myths & legends

A cozy evening of storytelling, wrapped up in warm furs in a tipi just outside town. Greenlandic snacks and the Greenland coffee will be served. 3 hours, min. participants 4.

Day 3 - To the frozen fjord of Uummannaq

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

Today we travel further north to the small town of Uummannaq, situated on an island at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain - which is the namesake of the town meaning "like a heart". The fjord of Uummannaq has many glaciers flowing into the sea, and in the winter, icebergs from the glaciers are frozen into the fjord.

From Ilulissat, a short flight takes you to the airport of Qaarsut, and from here, it is a scenic helicopter flight, with a great view of icebergs below, as you fly towards the heart-shaped mountain. You will be met at the airport, and greeted by the howl of sled dogs as we drive into town. Walk around and take in the surroundings of the charming town. But don’t pet or feed the dogs, you can touch them only when the owner says yes, and is together with you.

Dinner is a warm pot of muskox, very tasty and totally organic. All local food in Greenland is organic, which is a luxury that we have up here. Let's talk about the plans for the following days, and we will also tell you stories about the area.

Day 4 - Catch your own dinner, make your own souvenir

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

The landscape in front of town is different every winter, because the icebergs frozen into the sea are never the same. We walk past the dogs tethered on the sea ice in front of town, ready to go out fishing and hunting. There may be a nice big iceberg close enough to take a walk to.

Ice fishing is a favorite pass time for locals, and an important industry for the fishermen, who go further out into the fiord to catch halibut. Let's go out onto the sea ice to give it a try. Your catch for the day will be dinner, so let’s get some nice tasty fish!

Back in town, we will have some local material ready, such a tusk or bone, and different kinds of fur. Nothing of what we catch is wasted. The tradition to make clothing, mittens, or hunting tools is still alive today, and is a favorite way for locals to spend the dark winter days. We help you make your own little souvenir from Greenland, such as a pendant or a key holder.

Day 5 - Dogsledding around Uummannaq island

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

We will hitch the dogs to the sled and take a tour around the island of Uummannaq. Dogsledding has been the local means of transportation for generations, and is still used to go to hunting and fishing grounds, and to visit settlements in the area.

Let's check out the icebergs, stopping to admire the impressive shapes. We may meet some fishermen on the way, or see some seals on the ice in the distance. Lunch will be out in the nature on the sea ice, in the area north of the island.

We will make a stop at Santa’s House, and go inside for some coffee, tea, and cookies. Santa may be busy and out on his sled, but you will hear the stories about him and his elves in Greenland.

When we complete the dogsled trip around the island, you will have a lot of stories in your backpack and photos on your camera.

Day 6 - Cultural tour of the town, and a snowmobile ride to a settlement

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

We will take a tour around the town in the morning. Life in Uummannaq is a mixture of traditional and modern lifestyles. The town has a history of missionaries, whalers, and merchants coming in the 1700’s, and before that a long history of Inuit life in the area. Greenland is remote, but infrastructure is modern, and the young generation travels out to the world. Our tour follows your interests and what you would like to know.

In the afternoon we visit one of the small settlements in the area by snowmobile. Life in the settlements is very close to the rhythm of nature. The weather, where the animals are, the movement of ice and tide, are what governs traditional life in the Arctic.

Day 7 - From Uummannaq to Ilulissat

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

On your last morning in Uummannaq, you may want to visit a friend you have made in town, or take another walk to the nearest iceberg.

Enjoy your helicopter flight from Uummannaq. The fjord will look different, now that you know how the locals live from the gifts of nature under the sea ice.

Your afternoon in Ilulissat is free time. You can drop into the museums and souvenir shops, or go for a walk to get a good view of the icebergs.

Day 8 - Departure

Experience Winter in the Arctic | Uummannaq & Ilulissat | from Iceland

Your flight back to Iceland is around noon. Enjoy the view of icebergs in the morning, and we hope to see you in Greenland again.

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