Land of Icebergs | Disko Bay
Experience a world of ice in the summer!
Ilulissat means "The Iceberg" in Greenlandic. Ilulissat is the city located by the mouth of the stunning Icefjord. You will see the amazing huge ice-sculptures quietly drift very slowly past the town, making their way to the sea. This is a place like nowhere else in the world. In the summer you will experience the never setting sun, as the midnight sun provides bright summer nights. Perfect for doing a midnight hike along one of the Icefjord paths or a midnight boat tour, sailing between the giant icebergs, seeing them in the soft light.
Ilulissat is also where the famous Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen was born. In his family's house there is now a museum telling the story of his life and life in Ilulissat – that you and your fellow explorers will get to experience, explore and examine on this tour.
You will get to experience the very best of Ilulissat through a guided city tour, midnight sailing in icefjord, hiking to Sermermiut valley and a settlement visit to the distant and remote settlement of Oqaatsut. These destination are the quintessence of what Ilulissat has to offers.
The itinerary is described below.
Tie your hiking boots and bring your gloves for this adventure! Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Choose a date’’ above.
- Available: Jun. - Sep.
- Duration: 4 days
- Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Seal spotting, Photography, Arctic Wildlife
- Difficulty: Easy
- 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
Departure time : Morning / noon departure
Reykjavík domestic airport.
3 nights hotel accommodation in double/twin room with breakfast
Airport transfers in connection with flights in Ilulissat
Cultural city walk of Ilulissat
Hike to the old settlement
Midnight boat tour sailing amongst icebergs
Oqaatsut boat tour
Dinner & Lunch
What to bring:
Gloves & Hat
Credit cards are widely used, but some cash [Danish Kroner] is advisable to have on hand.
Camera equipment: Greenland is a photographer’s paradise and you should ensure to have enough memory cards with you.
Binoculars: to scout for wildlife.
Moisture Transferring Clothes
adjustable insulating Clothes
Outer shell to protect you from rain and wind
Summer Season Extras
Good walking shoes/boots
Good to know:
The price per person is based on double room and starting from 20101 DKK.
Most airlines allow 20kg of language weight. So it is good to know what you really will need for your journey. But, of course, this depends on what you are planning to do and when. A general list of what to bring, can be found above.
A 3-layer structure is adequate for this adventure, whereby each has its own specialized purpose: a moisture transfer base layer next to your skin, then one or more adjustable insulating layers, and finally an outer shell to protect you from rain and wind.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions for this tour, can be found in the supplier description.
Day 1 - Arriving in Ilulissat
Today your adventure begins! Check-in at Reykjavik domestic airport for the flight to Ilulissat is at least 1 hr prior to departure. You will depart from Reykjavik 10:15 or 11:30, here a 3 hour flight awaits you. You will be traveling high above the icecap of Greenland and the sky high Greenlandic mountain tins, on your journey to Ilulissat. You arrive in Ilulissat 11:30 or 12:45, depending on the departure of the day.
After arrival, you will be transfered to your hotel accommodation. When you have settled in, a guided city walk awaits you! With the culture-historical walk, you will get an enhanced understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history. The guide will tell you about the history of the city, the Greenlandic culture and the modern life 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. Included in the guided city walk, is a visit to the local museum and church. The museum is located in the house, once owned by the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen and the church will enchant you with its beautiful interior. After have explored the museum and church, you will get to explore with your senses - the local fish market ''brættet'' is the next destination of the day.
Day 2 - Hiking and Midnight Boat Tour
Today you will have the morning off to explore the town on your own. This time you can maybe use for writing postcards while enjoying a cup of coffee at a café, visiting the artisan workshop by the harbour or go souvenir shopping in one of the other shops.
In the afternoon there is planned a 2 hours guided hiking tour to the old settlement by the Icefjord. We follow a well kept trail to the old Sermermiut settlement around 1,5 km. south of Ilulissat. This is a place where you can still find remains from the 4000 years old Inuit culture. You will learn about the old way of life and traditions of the Inuit people. We will also pass by the magnificent "Kællingekløften", a gorge where you can get magnificent view of the Icefjord before we go back to the city.
The evening will be for sailing. You will be taken on a Midnight boat tour between the huge floating icebergs. This is an magnificent experience with some very picturesque landscape. You will see the amazing giant icebergs in the soft light of the midnight sun, which never sets. This tour is however also beautiful on a more overcast day, where the icebergs get another glow. The boat trip at bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience.
Day 3 - Boat trip to Oqaatsut settlement
Today we venture out on a five hours boat trip. This place served in several centuries as a base for Dutch whale hunters and is still occasionally used as a shore for whale hunting. From the Dutch time it has also gotten the name Rodebay.
This settlement is beautifully located about 15km north of Ilulissat.
Even though it only has 45 inhabitants it has got its own school, church, shop and a small restaurant called “H8”, which is one of the old buildings from the colonial time. Oqaatsut settlement, will grant you a unique insight to life outside of the larger towns of Greenland.
Day 4 - Departure day
This is your last day in wonderful Ilulissat. You will have some free time in the morning to enjoy the city and maybe do some last souvenir shopping, a short hike before the transfer to the airport. The departure will be at either 12:15PM or 1:30PM, arrival at Reykjavik domestic airport at 6:25PM or 7:40PM