5-Days Above The Arctic Circle | Sisimiut | West Greenland
Experience summer in Greenland with this 5-day multiday tour in Sisimiut, West Greenland. You will get to experience the Greenlandic summer's sheer wealth of activities and attractions.
Sisimiut is located on the Arctic circle and is known as an outdoor lovers paradise with its incredible backdrop of mountains. There are plenty of opportunities to keep you occupied for several days in this beautiful town. The incredible playground of mountains and tundra do not only provide the perfect conditions for a summer holiday but also the endless amount of daylight the midnight sun, provides.
There are 2 day-tours on the program. You will join a knowledgeable guide for a city tour, where you will visit some of the most interesting sites in town. On the other tour, we will take you to the heart of the wild and beautiful Greenlandic nature. You will set out to sea and sail along the Arctic Circle to discover the wonders of the Arctic. To add many more great sights and activities, you can book optional activities in the booking process. For instance, you can join a kayak tour exploring the ancient hunting methods of the Inuit or hike to a nearby island to explore Inuit ruins.
While you are visiting Sisimiut, you will be staying in the comfortable rooms of Hotel Seamen’s Home. Hotel Seamen’s Home is more than a hotel. It is a sanctuary for both locals and foreigners. Leading by tradition the hotel unites locals and foreigners through the hotel's lunches, dinners and other activities. The profit from the hotel is used for welfare in the maritime environment and local community, here especially for children and young people. Therefore, when you book this tour, you help Hotel Seamen’s Home help others.
Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place on this summer exploration Sisimiut by clicking on Book Now.
Arctic Circle Trail
Welcome to Sisimiut
On the first stage of this five-day tour, you will arrive in Sisimiut.
Arriving at the airport, you will pick up your luggage and meet us outside for transfer. While driving to the hotel, you can enjoy the mountain landscape on the right, and a view of the sea on the left.
Arriving at the hotel, check-in, settle in and take in the experience.
The day is at your leisure. Recover from your day of travelling. Stroll through town to discover Sisimiut town. If you are eager to get your exploration started, we suggest that you head out on a self-guided arts and sculpture tour of 7 km.
Dinner can be enjoyed at Hotel Seamen’s Home.
Sismiut City Exploration
You will wake up in the beautiful surroundings of Sisimiut city.
On this day, you will head out on a 2-hour guided city tour by car with a local guide. You drive around Sisimiut town to explore the many great attractions and beautiful sights the town has to offer.
After having explored the city, you can head out to explore the backcountry on your own or book an optional spa experience in Hotel Seamen’s Home newly restored spa. The spa experience includes a massage, a seat in the spa’s sauna and a nice relaxing bath in the spa’s hot tub overlooking the water.
If you wish to take advantage of the midnight sun and the beautiful surroundings, we recommend that you head out on a self-guided mountain hike. We have several hikes described in our Ultimate Guide to Sisimiut.
UNESCO World Heritage
Your third day in Sisimiut brings you to sea.
Arriving at the harbour, your captain will equip you with a safety vest and seat you in his open vessel. While heading out to sea, you will be passing a set of small islands, inhabited by Greenlandic sled dogs. On the first stop of this tour, you will be visiting the abandoned settlement, Assaqutaq. Assaqutaq is a former fishing village, that was abandoned in the 1970’s. You will witness a place, where modernization is unknown, and time has taken its toll on human creation.
After an exploration of Assaqutaq the tour continues to the UNESCO world heritage, Nipisat. Nipisat means lumpfish and is a small island that was inhabited 4000 years ago by the Saqqaq culture and later by Danish-Norwegian missionaries/colonialist. The Saqqaq culture is one of the earliest Inuit migrations in Greenland, and you will witness the remains of their presence.
The captain returns you to Sisimiut, but if wind, weather, and time allow it, you can try your luck with fishing, and see if you are blessed by mother nature with a fish or two. Keep eyes and ears open for whales and seal, as they are frequent visitors of these waters.
Hike, Kayak or Bike
Your fourth day is at your leisure.
You have lots of options to explore Sisimiut’s outdoor paradise.
Head out on an optional kayak tour and paddle back in time with traditional kayak equipped with harpoons and avataq (flotation device). You will get the chance to hunt like the Inuit of North Greenland enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Sisimiut city.
Another option is to head into the backcountry of Sisimiut on a guided hike. From Sisimiut you will hike to the little island of Sallinnguit. Sallinnguit that is now the home of modern telecommunication installations, was once inhabited by the Saqqaq culture, Dorset culture and the Thule people. While hiking, your guide will tell you about Sallinnguits history and show you the remaining ruins from the Inuit
See you soon, or in Ilulissat, Aasiaat or Nuuk!
Your 5th day in Greenland marks the end of your stay in Sisimiut. We hope you had an amazing summer vacation with us in Sisimiut. If you are looking to stay in Greenland, we suggest that you book a getaway to either Ilulissat, Aasiaat or Nuuk.
We transfer you to the airport and bid you farewell.
- Accommodation in Hotel Seamens Home Sisimiut 4 nights/5 days
- If you are a solo traveller, the price includes 4 nights in a single room
- If you are 2 travellers, the price includes 4 nights in a double room
- If you are 3 travellers, the price includes 4 nights in a double room and a single room
- If you are 4 travellers, the price includes 4 night in two-double rooms
- Guided city tour
- Airport taxes and fees
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
- Transfer to optional excursions
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom). You may not need all of this on any particular day, but you should have it available. You should always bring a windproof jacket, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Day Pack
- Camera with extra batteries
- Water bottle
- There is no transfer for optional tours
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