West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq
West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq
West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq
West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq
West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq
West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq
West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

The scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet is fascinating to everyone who sees it. Icebergs calve from glaciers to begin their long journey out to the sea - unique and powerful natural events. At the Ilulissat Icefiord, a UNESCO world heritage site, huge icebergs rise more than hundred meters above sea level and are stranded at the mouth of the fjord. The Arctic wildlife of Greenland is best seen in Kangerlussuaq where thousands of wild reindeer and musk oxen are grazing. During this 6-day journey to West Greenland we also take you whale watching, travel to the Inland Ice Cap and encounter the Greenlandic sledge dogs.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Culture, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Flying, Iceberg Watching, Midnight Sun, Wildlife
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Ilulissat Icefjord, Kangerlussuaq, Disko Bay, UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat.

You meet us at the departure location.
Copenhagen Airport
  • Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat-Kanagerlussuaq-Copenhagen

  • Hotel/airport transfers in Greenland

  • 4 nights at 4 star Hotel Arctic in standard room

  • 1 night in 3 star Hotel Kangerlussuaq in standard room

  • Welcome (day 1) & farewell dinner (day 4) at Hotel Arctic

  • Welcome meeting with local guide at Hotel Arctic

  • All taxes and fees

  • 1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat

  • 3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments

  • 6-7 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier including lunch

  • 35 minutes photo sightseeing flight over the Icefiord

  • 6 hours whale safari including packed lunch

  • 1 hour husky dog feeding

  • 3 hours hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments

  • 4-5 hours 4x4 tour to the Inland Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq

  • 1,5 hour Arctic nature tour in Kangerlussuaq

  • Any services that not listed under 'included'

  • Airport transfer in Copenhagen

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 in Ilulissat is included and Hotel Arctic is only five minutes drive from the airport. Please note there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome dinner and Midnight Sailing

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

The beginning of your journey starts in Copenhagen. You will head to the incredible town of Ilulissat. Ilulissat is situated in the mouth of the 56 kilometer long Ilulissat icefjord, which gives you a bunch of different activities to do for the next two days.

If you are so lucky that you arrive on a sunny day, the flight into Greenland will be a memorable experience. Seeing Greenland from above, gives you a great experience of the massiveness and deserted-ness due to all the mountains and ocean surroundings. The leftover snow from the winter gives the hilltops and mountains a blanket of whiteness in contrast of the darkness of the mountains.

Upon arrival you will be taken to Hotel Arctic where you will be spending the next three nights. When you have settled in it's time to go on a guided city walk.

After your guided tour around town, you will be having an arranged welcome dinner with delicious foods made of greenlandic goods. After the lovely meal you will join a boat out on the beautiful ice fjord under the midnight sun. An incredible experience seeing the icebergs getting the rosy color reflected in the still water.

After your boat cruise it's time to head back to your hotel and get a good night sleep.


Included in the daily itinerary:


Guided City Walk

Welcome Dinner

Midnight Sun Cruise

Day 2 - The Calving Glacier and Ice fjord Sightseeing Flight

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

You will have breakfast before departing on a boat to the Eqi Glacier. Experience up close towering ice cliffs of the glacier that send slabs of ice crashing into the water. The sound of the active glacier is quite remarkable while the sight of icebergs toppling into the water is breathtaking. On the way back to Ilulissat we stop for lunch at a former trading station. In the evening we take you on an Icefiord photo sightseeing on a 5-seat aircraft, where skilled and experienced pilots fly in low altitude and show you a world you will never forget!

Day 3 - Whale Safari

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

Have a nice breakfast before heading out on a boat whale watching in the Disko Bay. In summer time humpback whales feed on chapelin a small herring-like fish, and you might even be so lucky to come extremely close to the whale. Please be aware that we are not visiting a zoo and therefore we cannot guaranteed that the whales will "visit" our boat. Packed lunch is included.


Included in the daily itinerary:

Whale Safari

Packed Lunch

Day 4 - Inuit settlement at the Ilulissat Icefjord and Feeding the Greenlandic Dogs

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

After breakfast you will be transfered by bus as far as the road goes before you will head out on a guided walking tour towards Sermermiut Valley. Learn about local history and Inuit customs and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Sit down and try listening for the many different sounds of the ice. This is nature at its best. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut and Ilulisst Icefiord are about 1,5 km south of the town. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. Approximate excursion time is 3 hours and roundtrip hike is about 3 km.

Ilulissat is a dog sledge-area and the dogs in town are still used for both work and play every winter. We invite you to join in the feeding of a family of dogs. You can see, feel and certainly hear the howling of hungry husky dogs. The owner will demonstrate the equipment and tell about life as a sledge dog in Greenland.

you'll end this beautiful day with a farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.


Included in the daily itinerary:

Guided Walk to Inuit Ruins

Greenlandic dog feeding

Day 5 - Walk on Ice

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

After breakfast you'll have an early morning flight transfer from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq. Kangerlussuaq is known for it's fertile mountains, beautiful lakes and mesmerizing glacier rivers. A guided 4-wheel-drive tour takes you through an Arctic desert, along rivers, through ol glacier valleys and over small mountains directly to the Inland Ice Cap. If weather and road conditions are suitable you have the chance to walk on ice. Along the way we make several photo stops and walk to some viewpoints overlooking the fantastic Arctic landscape.

You will be staying the night in Hotel Kangerlussuaq.


Included in the daily itinerary:

Accommodation in Kangerlussuaq

Drive to Greenland Ice Cap

Day 6 - Arctic Wildlife tour

West Greenland Exploration | Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq

Breakfast at the hotel. The world's biggest population of wild musk oxen are living within close range of Kangerlussuaq. We drive by minibus to an area where it is possible to see musk oxen and reindeer. Please note that we are going into the wilderness; it is not a zoo. We cannot guarantee that you will see the animals, but the viewing rate is generally high. In the afternoon you'll have your flight back to Copenhagen.


Included in the daily itinerary:

Wildlife Safari

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