5 Days Winter Experience | 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. - Apr.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Dogsledding, Culture, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Iceberg Watching, Kaffemik, Sailing, Settlement Visit
  • 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

  • 2 hour dog sledge adventure (2 persons per sledge)

  • Home visit

  • Icefiord cruise

  • Boat trip to Rodebay incl. lunch

  • 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 Experience | 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 Experience | 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 two hours with only two people on each sled.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Dogsledding Trip


Day 3 - Home Visit and Iceberg Cruise


5 Days Winter Experience | 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.

This place is a great place to scout for the northern lights above you.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Home Visit

Iceberg Cruise (Only available if ice conditions allow)


Day 4 - Visit a Hunter Village


5 Days Winter Experience | Ilulissat | Disko Bay


Today you will be taken to a small village Oqaatsut, located 21 km north of Ilulissat. Oqaatsut is a very small village with only 42 residents, making this place the 8th smallest village in Greenland. The name means "Cormorants", a name of a black bird that is common in the area. Before the name was changed, it was called "Rodebay" given by Dutch whalers meaning "Red Bay". Oqaatsut has a direct view to the Disco Bay, an incredible view in the middle of the arctic deserted area. The locals of this place are dependent on hunting and fishing, just like in the old days. Sharing the catch of the day with everyone especially with whales and other large animals. Catching a whale takes a lot of boats and man power and coordination. When you arrive you will see sheds covered with dry fish or other meat drying. Here you will spend a few hours, guided through the history and living conditions for these residents and eat lunch in the restaurant H8.

Then it's time to head back to town. You will be traveling by dog sled over the frozen ice, and when arriving back to town, it's time for the farewell dinner.

Make sure you keep your eyes on the skies to scout for the northern lights.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Boat Trip to Oqaatsut Settlement

Lunch in H8 Restaurant

Farewell Dinner


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


5 Days Winter Experience | 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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