5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

This amazing trip starts from the domestic airport in Reykjavik, where you will fly to Ilulissat. Upon arrival you will go to where you have booked your accommodation, and when unpacked you can head out. Ilulissat is a very beautiful town with a breathtaking scenery of icebergs, mountains and colors. It's almost looking at a painting, when the sun shines on the icebergs slowly gliding across the fjord and the wind softly blowing in your ear. The icebergs come in from the vast Sermeq Kujalleq ice sheet, and with the hugeness of their size, you get a better understanding of how thick the ice is in the winter.

Ilulissat is located 250 km north of the arctic circle, which means that in winter the sun rarely shows itself, and in summer it doesn't go down. To many not used to this, find it fascinating, and a bit confusing. Their brain having to get used to that even thouh the sun is up it's past midnight, but this is the perfect opportunity for some incredible pictures in day time and night time.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - May.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Dogsledding, Culture, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Snowshoe, Kaffemik
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Ilulissat Icefjord, UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 11:45

You meet us at the departure location.
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Included:
  • Return flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including airport taxes

  • Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland

  • 4 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

  • Full day dog sledge adventure (1 person per sledge) including polar suit fur

  • Home visit

  • Icefiord cruise

  • Snow shoe hike

  • Easy hike

  • Airport transfer in Reykjavik


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and footwear


Good to know:

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.

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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Ilulissat City Walk and Welcome Dinner


5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay


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, in your room 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 welcome dinner, when afterwards you should take the chance to go outside to look for the northern lights. If clear skies the chances are quite good, but just have in mind that this also means it will be chilly, so make sure you have warm clothing on.

These spectacular sky-light shows are also known as the Aurora Borealis and are frequently seen in Greenland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of Northern Lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Accommodation

City Walk

Welcome Dinner


Day 2 - Dog Sled Adventure


5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay


You will eat breakfast when afterwards getting clothed warm for your trip today. You will be heading down to meet your dog sled driver and the greenlandic huskies before heading out and enter the Arctic Wonderland of ice covered fjords, ice sculptures whilst traveling back in time into the world of the old polar explorers, hearing only the snow crunching underneath the sled and the dogs panting. You get to experience the quite while feeling the cold breeze on your face and the driver shouting and encouraging his dogs.

These dogs are extremely strong and are not pets, even though they look harmless it is not the case. Only by the consent and watchful eye of the driver, are you allowed to approach these animals. In certain areas in Greenland it is illegal to mix the greenlandic husky with any other breed due to the function and use of these working dogs. It takes a lot of commitment for a dog sled driver to train and get to know his dogs individually. But none the less it is extremely rewarding when he has earned their trust. You get to experience the outcome of this action, seeing how well the driver and dogs communicate to accomplish teamwork.

The route is dependent on the conditions of the ice and snow, these tours are only operated from mid December to late March. Fur clothing rented is included, but be aware when booking a dog sled tour, that you are physically able. If you have any injuries, aches and pains this is not recommended, due to the uneven-ness of the terrain. This trip will take approximately five hours with only one people on each sled.

Lunch will be on the trip.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Dogsledding Trip

Packed lunch


Day 3 - Home Visit and Iceberg Cruise


5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay


Go join a local family for coffee and cake. This is very common in Greenland, because of the small community socializing is a big part of Greenlandic way of life. "Kaffemik" is an invitation for everyone to celebrate any occasion worth celebrating, all from christening, birthdays, confirmation and even funerals. A traditional "Kaffemik" includes a table filled with greenlandic food, a table with all sorts of cakes and coffee and the. People arrive whenever they have time, either for a short greeting or for a longer chat.

You will be invited in to a greenlandic home and being able to see the national costume and learn about life in the isolated arctic and join in on the latest gossip.

After the home visit you have the opportunity to sail in the Ilulissat Icefjord among the enormous icebergs and ice sculptures created by nature. Please note this tour is only operated when there is open water and takes approximately two and a half hours including refreshments.

Then the rest of the day is free for whatever your heart desires. Either a stroll around town or an optional tour, ask around for what is possible to do of exciting activities.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Home Visit

Iceberg Cruise (Only available if ice conditions allow)


Day 4 - Snow Shoe Expedition and Farewell Dinner


5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay


If you feel like you want to hike, GJ Travel offers a snowshoe hike that takes approximately two hours with an experienced guide that will lead you on a safe trail that is fairly easy. The hike will go to Sermermiut Valley where approximately 12 km from town. From the viewpoint you will be able to see the Kangia fjord and the Disco Bay. No previous experience is required, and everybody can learn how to move safely into the winter terrain with the snowshoes. The rest of the day is free at leisure to explore Ilulissat or book an optional sightseeing flight.

At dinner time you will have your Farewell Dinner at Hotel Arctic, and afterwards if the conditions are good, go down to the wooden boardwalk. This place is a great place to scout for the northern lights above you.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Snow Shoe Hike

Farewell Dinner


Day 5 - Hike to the Icefjord and travel back to Iceland


5 Days Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay


Today you will go on a guided walk to the old inuit settlement in the Sermermiut Valley by the Icefjord of Ilulissat. You will be learning about the local history and customs, while admiring the view of the breathtaking Icefjord. The rest of the day is for you to do what ever your heart desires.

Spend the morning doing the last souvenir shopping for your loved ones back at home, before heading to the airport and head back to Iceland.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Guided Walk to Inuit Ruins


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