Ilulissat Adventure | Iceland To Greenland
This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 4 guided excursions. Visit a UNESCO world heritage site. Take a trip to the Arctic – untouched wilderness and exciting traditional Inuit culture. Located on the west coast of Greenland - 300 kilometers above the Arctic Circle – the famous Ilulissat Icefiord is filled with icebergs from "Sermeq Kujalleq" which is the most producing glacier in the northern hemisphere. Ilulissat town is an exciting mix of Inuit culture, modern life and thousands of sled dogs pulsing under the magical light of the midnight sun.
- Available: Jun. - Aug.
- Duration: 3 days
- Activities: Sight Seeing, Cultural Activity, Boat Excursion, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Photography
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English
Get lost in the sound of soaring icebergs retracting, explore untouched arctic tundra and experience an extraordinary gastronomic get-away. Ilulissat is well known for its breathtaking ice fjord, found nowhere else in the world.
Background of Ilulissat City
Ilulissat is the 3rd largest city in Greenland, attuning both traditional- and modern culture.
The balance between modern- and traditional culture is seen through the use of traditional means of transportation and the occupation the area holds, in a modern world.
Ilulissat holds around 4500 inhabitants, 4 hunting and fishing settlements and is the capital of the Disko Bay. The town is the entrance to North Greenland, as it is the center of culture, transportation and administration.
The city inherited its name Ilulissat, meaning icebergs, due to its rich ice fjords, calving out from the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier. Ilulissat is situated at the stunning mouth of the 40 kilometer long Kangia Icefjord. The icefjord surrounding the city, has forced Ilulissat, with its beauty, to claim the frozen bodies of water as its trademark, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Ilulissat icefjord is a part of the world heritage list of UNESCO, due to its azure colossal ice sculptures, hiding vanished ages deep within its core.
Ilulissat is more than the icefjord, as the city offers plenty of opportunities for the nature loving explorers. Hike the arctic tundra, explore veins of the fjord system surrounding Ilulissat, get a taste of Greenlandic gastronomy or go on an adventure in the lands of ancient inuits.
Listen to the rhythmic sounds of dog paws, moving along the winter ice, as you sit on a dogsled venturing out in the majestic nature of Ilulissat. Dogsledding is adored by all locals, and will take you to unimaginable beautiful locations. Venture into the fjords of Ilulissat, on a whale safari. Stand on deck, while the arctic winds long to play with your hair, in the presence of arctic sea creatures. The humpback whale resides the neighbouring seas, and it is guaranteed that you will have a glimpse of the majestic creature hiding in between the waves, while visiting Ilulissat. The town is surrounded by arctic tundra, stretching endless miles. Hike the lands, once inhabited by Inuits and explore the untouched nature of Ilulissat, visit a nearby settlement enroute and be granted a unique insight to the life of a traditional Greenlandic family. Take advantage of the midnight sun, as you camp in the wild, vast and wonderful Greenland.
Stroll through Ilulissat, in the noise of the soaring icebergs retracting from start to end and visit the cultural venue. Ilulissat is known as the Greenlandic Gastronomy getaway, and offers extraordinary dining experiences. Dine at restaurant Ulo, known as the countrys best, serving greenlandic commodities, depending on the giving season.
Ilulissat will enchant you to explore more of this mesmerizing country, with its stunning nature and loving people!What to see & what to do in Ilulissat
- Ilulissat Icefjord
- Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier
- Eqi Glacier
- Villages & settlements
- Whale safari
- Boat tours
- Traditional culture
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Return flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including airport taxes
Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland
2 nights at 4 star Hotel Arctic in standard rooms
Welcome & farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic
Welcome meeting with local guide at the hotel
All taxes and fees
1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat
3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments
8 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier and Inuit settlement Ataa including lunch and refreshments
3 hours hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments
Any services that not listed under 'included'
Airport transfer in Reykjavik
What to bring:
Warm clothing and footwear
Good to know:
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. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from West Greenland.
Depending on availability for flights to Greenland a flight supplement of DKK 3700 per person might apply.
Important to bring Danish Krona to Greenland. Foreign currency is not everywhere accepted. Credit cards are accepted only at few locations. i.e. at the hotels and larger stores. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required.
Airport transfer is included and Hotel Arctic is only five minutes drive from the airport.
Please note there is a 3-hour time difference between Iceland and West Greenland in the winter time and a 2-hour time difference in the summer time.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions can be found in the supplier description of GJ Travel.
Day 1 - Iceland - West Greenland, guided city walk ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Midnight Sailing
You will be flying with Air Iceland from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to West Greenland Ilulissat, takes approximately 3 hours. Meet and greet whereafter you will be transfered to Hotel Arctic, a beautiful hotel and an outstanding view. When you have settled in you will be going on a guided city walk. Then you will have time to explore on your own, a good chance to go and visit the local museum and observe Greenland and see the busy harbor. At dinner time you will be heading back to Hotel Arctic where you will have a 2-course welcome dinner. Around 22:00 we depart for a midnight sailing trip to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world's largest ice sculpture park. The experience is overwhelming, lights and colours change constantly and enjoy a late Martini on "the real rocks". The duration of the trips is about 3 hours. Dress warm.
(Note: The season for midnight sun is approx. May 22-Jul 24. Outside this season the excursion is operated as an evening cruise with the beautiful sunset reflecting over the icebergs).
Day 2 - Boat Trip to Eqi - The Calving Glacier
You will have breakfast before departing on a boat to the Eqi Glacier. The glacier is 8o km north of Ilulissat and runs into the fjord, and is a breathtaking sight. You can get close to the edge of the glacier by boat as we cruise in front of the glacier for around one hour and might see the calving process. The front of the glacier is 3,4 km wide! The sound of the active glacier is quite remarkable while the sight of icebergs toppling into the water is breathtaking. Afterwards we continue to the small settlement of Ataa, the former trading station, where we will enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch including a glass of wine. On the way back to Ilulissat we will keep our eyes open and hopefully spot some whales. The trip to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat and takes about 8 hours.
In the evening, a 3-course farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic is included.
Day 3 - Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefjord and return to Iceland
After having breakfast at the hotel, you'll go by bus as far as the road goes and then continue on a guided walking tour to the old settlement Sermermiut valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that was inscribed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 2004. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 km south of the town is surrounded by Ilulissat's beautiful icebergs. Various different Inuit cultures have lived here over the past 4,000 years, and you can still see remains from ancient times. Learn about local history and customs before Europeans arrived. See plots settled for thousands of year and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. Approximate 3 hours. The short Ilulissat adventure has come to an end and you return in the afternoon by flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.