Are you keen for a different experience of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ilulissat Icefjord? Have you been curious about what an Arctic winter is like? Join us on this 5-day trip where you will experience all the top highlights of an Arctic winter in one of the most famous places in Greenland.
Many of the pictures you see of Ilulissat and the enormous icebergs for which it is known are taken during the Summer when the majority of people visit. This tour offers an alternate adventure, where you will travel by snowshoe, snowmobile, dog sled and boat to explore the area around Greenland’s 3rd largest town.
During your 5-day visit, you will see the incredible Ilulissat Icefjord from above and from the water-line, explore the back-country around the town via a modern (snowmobile) and ancient (dog sled) form of Winter transportation in the Arctic, and have the opportunity to witness one of the highlights of the darker months of the year – the colourful, dancing Northern Lights.
If this sounds like the perfect winter experience, scroll down to see more information in the full itinerary, and then reserve your place by clicking on “Book your tour” above.
Your winter adventure begins when we meet you at the Ilulissat Guesthouse and give you an overview of the program for the next 5 days. We will then help you get your bearings and make the most of your free time in Ilulissat by introducing you to the most important sites on a guided City Walk.
In the afternoon, we will walk out to the start of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed area where we will don snowshoes for the hike to the Ilulissat Icefjord. Haven’t used snowshoes before? No worries at all! It is quite easy to use them and we will help you with the equipment. Our snowshoe hike will take us through the Sermermiut Valley where we will pass the remains of Inuit dwellings, before delivering us to Icefjord for breathtaking views of this impressive natural wonder.
Today you will have a different view of the enormous icebergs released by the Ilulissat Glacier as we set sail on Disko Bay. Gliding slowly past these cathedrals of ice is a mind-blowing experience – it is impossible to comprehend how large they are until you are down at water level. Make sure you have extra batteries (the cold drains them faster) and plenty of space on your memory card, as the shapes of the icebergs constantly change as our boat weaves its way through them.
This evening, we will return to our snowshoes and head slightly out of town to witness one of the highlights of the Arctic winter – the magical Northern Lights. Of course, the weather has to cooperate (we will not see them if it cloudy), and we must hope for a good amount of Solar activity (that is what causes them to appear), but seeing them dancing over the icebergs is an unforgettable experience. Make sure you rug up in warm clothing and have fully charged camera batteries and preferably a tripod if you are planning on photographing them.
This day is all about exploring the back-country around Ilulissat on snow scooter. Mountains, valleys, frozen lakes and sea ice are just some of the potential highlights of our journey, with the exact route dependent on weather conditions. It may be that we visit the small settlement of Oqaatsut (population: 27), or head out to where the dog sleds are running between Ilulissat and the place where locals go ice fishing. We will let you know on the day.
Having experienced a modern form of winter transportation, today we set out to explore the area on a more traditional method – the dog sledge. Dogs have been used for hunting and transportation for thousands of years and are a proud and important tradition here in Greenland.
We will schedule this day according to the weather forecast and determine the exact route based upon conditions. We may drive along the shore to the North and head out onto the sea ice if it is safe, or head into the back-country for a spectacular view of the Icefjord.
Option: The dogsled tour is scheduled to be 2 hours long. However, it is possible to upgrade to 5 hours for an additional DKK 1800 per person.
Today we bid you goodbye and wish you well for your onward journey. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have time to browse the souvenir shops before your departure to pick up a memento of your winter Arctic adventure. Or, if you decide to stay for a few extra days, we look forward to seeing you around town! You might like to read the Ultimate Guide to Ilulissat for more ideas of what to do in the area if you are planning extra days.
Please note that this tour does not include flight to and from Ilulissat, or meals during your stay at our guesthouse.
It is mandatory for all solo-travellers to select the Single Room Supplement in the booking process. If this is not done, you will be charge an extra fee, after booking.
Remember to bring warm clothes. We advise you to dress after the onion-principle, and all outerwear most be insulated and wind- and waterpoof.
The scheduled itinerary can be altered.