Boat Tours
Find the largest selection of boat tours in Greenland, you can sail to the icefjord to glaciers such as Eqi, go whale watching or on a fjord cruise, go fishing and get it prepared for dinner, find icebergs or just charter a boat if you have your own private arctic adventure in mind.

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Boat Tours

Find the largest selection of boat tours in Greenland, you can sail to the icefjord to glaciers such as Eqi, go whale watching or on a fjord cruise, go fishing and get it prepared for dinner, find icebergs or just charter a boat if you have your own private arctic adventure in mind.
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Boat Trip among the Icebergs | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Explore the towering cathedrals of ice for which Ilulissat is famous on this 2.5 hour boat trip amongst the icebergs. The enormous icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord are impressive no matter which way you experience them. Some of their peaks stand more than 100m above the level of the water (remember this is only 7-10% of the total size!), but it is only by looking up at these skyscrapers of ice from the perspective of a boat that you get a true sense of their massive scale. On this tour we will sail slowly across the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, exploring the fantastic shapes and structures of the ice. They are beautiful in every kind of weather (shades of blue and green on overcast days and brilliant white under the daytime Sun), and are simply magical when silhouetted against the brilliant colours of Arctic sunsets. Don’t be worried about booking a late night sail - there will still be plenty of light and it is perhaps the best time of all for those who are keen photographers. We encourage you to dress as warmly as possible for the tour as you will want to spend as most of your time out on deck. The very best views are to be had from here. That being said, if you do get cold and need to take a break, our heated cabin is available at any time and we provide hot tea and coffee during the excursion.  To book your boat excursion to this open-air, natural sculpture museum, select your date of travel and click on Book Now.
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Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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Daytour to Eqi Glacier | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Experience one of the most active glaciers in Greenland on this full-day excursion to Eqip Sermia - the Eqi Glacier. Leaving Ilulissat, we will sail ~80km north along the coastline, passing the small settlement of Oqaatsut/Rodebay, the huge fjord system of Pakitsoq, and through the Ataa Straight lined with tall mountains to arrive at our destination. This journey is beautiful in and of itself and we may be lucky and see whales and seals along the way. The Eqi Glacier is about 5km wide and known as “The Calving Glacier”. We get as close as possible (ice conditions and safety dependent) before turning off the engines and sitting back to watch. Usually, we don’t have to wait long before we start to see chunks of the glacier face break away and fall into the fjord. Occasionally a larger chunk will fall - a real highlight! Just make sure you are sitting down or hanging onto the railing when the resulting wave reaches the boat! You are almost guaranteed to see some activity during the ~2 hours we spend in front of the glacier face. Listening to the crack of the ice and trying to figure out which bit may fall off next is half the fun, and we have plenty of time for pictures and to enjoy our delicious packed lunch. Make sure you dress very warmly for this tour, regardless of which month you are visiting. Although you can retreat into our heated cabin, the best views are from the outer decks and you will want to spend as much time out there as possible. To reserve your place, select your date of travel and click Book Now.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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3,5 hours
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May. - Sep.
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4 hours
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Duration:
2 hours
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Duration:
7 hours
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May. - Oct.
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Duration:
2 hours
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May. - Sep.
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Duration:
2 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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Glacier Adventure by boat | Tasiilaq | East Greenland

Go on a boat tour to the beautiful Sermilik Icefjord, and experience the incredible Hann Glacier.  The journey will begin at Tasiilaq harbour and sail towards the southern part of Ammassalik Island where we'll slowly enter the Sermilik Fjord. A beautiful and breathtaking journey among icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Sermilik means “Icefjord” in Greenlandic, and the fjord certainly lives up to its name. Behind every corner you will find an iceberg bigger than the previous, giving every passing-by traveller the feeling of how small we are compared to the impressive giants of the sea. After about an hour into the journey, we will see the abandoned settlement Ikkatteq, situated on a small island. You will have the opportunity to go onshore and explore the village and take a sneak peek into the building where the school and church are joined. The small classroom with books and notes and the church are still neatly left behind. The view from the abandoned village overlooking the water is a breathtaking sight - imagine how the people in this settlement must have lived. Living off nature and very limited resources, both very fulfilling but also very difficult. The trip will shortly continue after the shortstop, heading north to Johan Pedersen Fjord. From what you have experienced up until this point, it will be nothing compared to what you are about to experience. The enchanting landscape is an astonishing and thrilling sight of ice sculptures, light blue water, and most importantly the Hann glacier. With the possibility of witnessing huge chunks of ice falling from the grand Greenland Ice Sheet. This grand adventure is waiting for you, all you have to do is pull on your warmest hat and bring your binoculars for this adventure! Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Choose a date’’ above.
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Duration:
8 hours
Available:
Jul. - Aug.
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Boat Shuttle Express | Kapisillit | Nuuk

Come aboard, this fast travelling boat shuttle from Greenland's capital, Nuuk to Kapisillit. This boat shuttle is perfect for you who would like to experience Greenland, its nature and its culture. Kapisillit offers unique opportunities for exploring Greenlandic culture and the beauty of the Arctic nature. Kapisillit is a small settlement, living off its surrounding nature - by fishing and hunting. The settlement has approximately 60 inhabitants and is surrounded by endless miles of Arctic tundra and unimaginable beauty.  With this boat shuttle, you will be transported to Kapisillit Friday, and return to Nuuk Sunday. Book a two-day stay at the local hostel, rent a cabin for a weekend or camp in the surrounding nature. This is the perfect opportunity if you would like to create your own Greenland holiday. For cultural activities, visit a local family, join the cultural celebration – Kaffemik, attend a church ceremony or go on a self-guided settlement tour and chit chat with the locals. Visiting Kapisillit is a true insight into what Greenland is like, outside of the capital. The surrounding nature offers a fjord of opportunities, for fishing and hiking. The area is known for its large lakes and river system, with breeding arctic char and salmon. Kapisillit means salmon and the settlement is named after its rich waters of salmon.   There are tons of hiking opportunities. Only an hour or two by foot, you can visit the ice-filled fjord, Nuuk ice fjord. The fjord houses the Narsap Sermia Glacier, which produces endless icebergs, flowing into the fjord. The many icebergs create a picturesque landscape with icebergs as far as the eyes can see. The hike is quite easy and can almost be done by all ages. Please note that these tours are without a guide. Departure is:  FRIDAY Nuuk – Kapisillit 16.00 Kapisillit – Nuuk 18.30 SUNDAY Nuuk – Kapisillit 12.00 Kapisillit – Nuuk 14.30 Pack your camera and fishing equipment for this out-of-town settlement visit. Check the booking availability by pressing 'Choose a date' above.   

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Jun. - Aug.
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Sea Safari | Sisimiut | North Greenland

Come along on an adventure by sea, which is paired with wildlife scouting and sailing in the neighboring waters of Sisimiut! Combining the two always make for great Greenlandic adventures. This tour is for anyone who loves the wonders of the arctic, from the archipelago paradises to the humpback whales playing hide and seek between the waves! The sea has through many centuries been the main source of sustainable food source for greenlandic people all over the island. The sea has always been a very important part in the Greenlandic identity. In myths and legend the sea is a massive ancient power which permeates lifestyle and the understanding of the whole world. It has also provided the primary source of food up to this day, where fishing without competition is the primary source of income in Greenland. On this tour you will get a totally different picture of what Greenland is all about, seeing the harsh living conditions which the greenlandic people have overcome to survive. Learn about the massive teamwork that is required for for example caching a whale, how much effort and man power it takes not only to hunt it but also to cut it straight after the kill. Afterwards the meat is divided into the families who helped with the hunting. You will be sailing in the Archipelago and the fjords around Sisimiut, where you also will get to see the spectacular Mount Nasaasaaq. Along the trip will be great chances to spot the many species of birds around Sisimiut area.If you are lucky you might even get to see the majestic whales or curious seals along your journey. In the winter season you will be able to sail among breathtaking ice sculptures and to top it of, experience the northern lights whilst on the sea. A once an a life time experience. Hold on to your warmest hat and bring your binoculars for this sea safari adventure! Check the booking availability by pressing ''Choose a date'' above.

Duration:
2 hours
Available:
Apr. - Oct.
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Whale Watching and Iceberg Safari | Tasiilaq | East Greenland

Join this 3-hour whale safari, departing from Tasiilaq! You will be scouting for whales, while drifting through the most beautiful surroundings of white icebergs, contrasting the dark blue sea. Already when leaving Tasiilaq, you will be met by the many icebergs that characterize the fjord of Sermilik. While you enjoy the scenery, the captain will be scouting for whales of all kinds. We'll be heading out of the fjord, towards the open sea. Here the good chances of spotting Humpbacks, Minkes and the enormous Fin whales. If we're extremely lucky we might even see the Orcas! The humpback whales are wonderful to come across, as they are not as  shy as other whales and will often show their white-spotted tail as they dive. As it can grow up to 18 meters it is a big whale, but it is also the most acrobatic of the large whales. The humpback can leap completely out of the water, a rare and incredible sight for the lucky few. Many of the whales come here for the large schools of capelin, a small fish similar to herring. These fish provide an excellent food source for both whales and the local people. A local delicacy is to dry them in the sun and eat them whole.  The orcas, however, are looking for young whale calves that aren't yet strong enough to defend themselves, and there are plenty of seals to come by as well. As we have set out in the evening we get to enjoy the colours of the midnight sun, a wonderful sight, sometimes with incredible colours. We can never guarantee to see whales but it is one of the best areas in Greenland to find them, If this sounds like the tour for you then go ahead and press 'Choose a date' above, and find a day that suits your next whale watching adventure!

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
Mar. - Sep.
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Sailing to Karale & Knud Rasmussen Glacier | Tasiilaq | East Greenland

Sail into the wonderful wilderness of the vast east coast and experience 2 massive glaciers side by side. We’ll venture into the astonishing Arctic landscape, sailing among icebergs of incredible shapes and sizes getting as close as safely possible to the Karale and Knud Rasmussen Glacier. The journey will start with a visit to the famous Bluie East Two, in an area named Ikateq. This place is often visited by tourists and locals as it used to be an airbase during the 2nd World War. The US military used this airfield to refuel their planes and as a medical station for the wounded. They used the area to navigate for search-and-rescue operations and, very importantly, to improve weather forecasts. Today it is mostly known as an open-air museum mostly due to the abandoned facilities, fuel drums and vehicles, and has been an occasional political issue in the US, as it is basically left behind trash, however, it is still a very special insight into our history during the war. After a short tour around the wreckage we will head on to Sermiligaaq Fjord. An enchanting area of jagged mountains and two glaciers colliding. Sermiliqaaq means “The Beautiful Glacier Fjord” and certainly lives up to its name. The two glaciers Karale Glacier and Knud Rasmussen are both elegant and massive giants trying tp dominate each other. A place where you with almost certainty will see one or both glaciers calve, a an unimaginable sight, with sounds of thunder as the ice crack off and hit the ocean. The views are astonishing but the sound is like nothing else, thrilling and scary, but you will be in safe hands with the sailor’s knowledge and experience. Depending on the conditions of the ice, we will go ashore nearby the Knud Rasmussen Glacier and enjoy our packed lunch. A chance to hike around is possible before we will be heading back to Tasiilaq. Do not miss out on this authentic and mind-blowing experience! Check out the booking availability by pressing ‘Choose a date’ above and book your adventure.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
Jul. - Sep.
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Duration:
6 hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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UTV Glacier Expedition | Ilulissat - Ilimanaq | Disko Bay

Join this ride into the wilderness south of Iliminaq, leading to the soaring Icecap of Greenland. If you are in Ilulissat, the adventure starts at Kussangajaannguaq 7 where you will meet your fellow explorers. Together you will head on to a boat and travel through the ice packed passages in the presence of playful sea creatures (please note, that if you are in Ilulissat you will also have to book the boat transfer to Ilimanaq). While setting the sails towards Ilimanaq, enjoy the breathtaking landscape and look over the crystal blue waters reflecting the sun. After a short landing in Ilimanaq, you will head back on the sea for the highlight of the adventure. When arriving at the beach south of Ilimanaq, your next destination is the Tasiusaq fjord, where you will drive on a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) through the untouched arctic tundra. Tasiusaq fjord has been a popular place since ancient times, and Inuit migrate waves have been coming and going since they first arrived in Greenland. The last bit to reach the glacier is by speed boat throuhg the stunning fjord system. Before venturing onto the ice, you will have a little break to enjoy the lunch pack and the amazing views. The huge glacier walls, will decorate any visiting explorer and welcome you into its home. When getting up on the glacier, you will get the impression of an infinite glacier, stretching 1000 of kilometres in each direction, that will emotionally drain you with its beauty. It is possible to book an overnight stay at Ilimanaq lodge, by following this link: https://guidetogreenland.com/accommodation/hotels/ilimanaq-lodge/70 If Staying at Ilimanaq lodges, book boat shuttle return through the accommodation site.  Tie your hiking boots and bring you inner explore, this is a trip for the adrenaline rushing lovers and for the explorers searching for a true adventure! Check availability by pressing '' Choose a date'' above.

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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Qooqqut Nuan | Nuuk

Hop on board, to join this fish n' dish tour to Qooqqurt Nuan - Nuup Kangerlua’s most beautiful locations and most popular attractions. You will be dining in one of the worlds most secluded restaurant, catching your own dinner and experience the magical fjord landscapes of Nuuk fjord.  You will be departing from the Tidestairs, by the Atlantic harbour. Depending on the wind, waves and weather, sailing from Nuuk to Qooqqut take approximately 50 minutes. You will be heading into Nuuk fjord and towards Qooqqut. Just near Qooqqut, in Qooqqut fjord, there is a perfect place for fishing. Here you can fish for cod, arctic char and redfish. And while fishing, you can enjoy endless views of beautiful nature, where ever you look. Once you have gotten enough fish on the hooks, you deliver your freshly caught fish at the summer restaurant Qooqqut Nuan’. The skilled chefs will turn your fish into a delicious dinner. The capital of Greenland lies in the mouth of Nuup Kangerlua, the fjord is the second largest fjord system in the world. Even though you’re only 1-hour boat ride away from the city’s bustle, you are isolated from civilisation by the fjords great mountains and beautiful nature! There are many different activities in the fjord all year round. In the summer berry picking is very popular and in the winter the Greenlandic people enjoy hunting, but one activity that is enjoyed all year round is fishing! Because of the rich waters, you are almost guaranteed to get a fish on the hook. You can tell that the Greenlanders loves to fish, and there is no doubt that you’ll enjoy it too! You do not have to be experienced and you do not need any fishing equipment, the captain and the guide will take care of it! Book this trip and pack your warm clothes, mosquito net and snacks. Check out the availability by pressing "Choose a date" above.

Duration:
5,5 hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Boat tour to Apusiaajik Glacier & Kuummiit Settlement | East Greenland

Embark on this beautiful sailing tour to the incredible Apusiaajik glacier and Kuummiit settlement. An experience of a lifetime Arctic wonders of fjord landscapes, potential calving glaciers and wildlife.  Your tour starts from the harbour in Tasiilaq, from where we’ll sail north of Kulusuk to the glacier front of Apusiaajik Glacier, through King Oscars Fjord. Along the way, there are great chances of encountering wildlife and icebergs.  Arriving at the glacier is a magnificent sight, as the glacier brink and moraine steeply rises into the surrounding mountain landscape. We’ll spend time here, listening to sounds of the glacier that might turn into a thundering roar if it suddenly calves. Next destination of the tour, brings you to the settlement of Kuummiit. In Kuumiit we’ll get off the boat, and onto land, so you can it explore it on your own. Kuummiit translates to “the people from the river”. The settlement only has about 300 inhabitants, so you can get a good impression of the village in a short while. From Kuummiit we’ll continue sailing into a narrow fjord known as Ikaasaluaq. Sailing along this fjord makes you feel tiny with the high mountain peaks on each side with several glaciers creeping down the valleys. We’ll sail close to another part of the Apuseerajik glacier and go ashore to enjoy lunch with the most incredible views. We’ll spend about 2 hours here before it’s time to head back to Tasiilaq. Whenever we’re sailing it’s a good idea to keep a lookout for the wildlife in the area, you can find seals and several species of whales if we’re lucky. If this sounds like the tour for you then go ahead and click on ‘choose a date’ and find a day that suits you!  

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
Jul. - Sep.
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1. Why should I go on a boat trip?

There are no roads connecting town to town in Greenland. A trip into the fiord will take you close to icebergs and glaciers, or to small settlements in the area.  The fiords are the highways in this country.

Did you notice that every single Greenlandic town and settlement is by the sea? This is because Inuit have always earned their living from the sea. Going out to the fiords with a local will give you a glimpse of what Greenlanders really enjoy in their life. The rhythm of the tide, catching fish for dinner, a glimpse of the round head of a seal, birds nesting on cliffs, and perhaps a local’s summer tent in the middle of nowhere.

2. How big are the boats?

Many tour boats in Greenland are between 25 to 35 feet, and take 6 to 12 passengers. There are some that are larger which can take about 30 people. It’s a good idea to check whether it’s a boat with a cabin or an open boat.

3. How should I dress for a boat trip?

A windproof layer is essential, to be on the deck and take photos. Dress warmly, because the boat moves and the wind factor makes you feel colder. Warm hats and gloves are a must. Keep your neck warm too. You usually don’t need rubber boots, unless you are going to a remote place with a local hunter.

4. What happens when the weather is bad?

In Greenland, locals will tell you ”Sila naalagaq” which means the weather is the boss. Arctic weather conditions can be harsh, and this simple principle has been a key to survival for millennium. If sailing is not possible because of strong winds or ice conditions, tours will be rescheduled if possible. We give full refund if you can’t go on a tour that has to be changed because of the weather. This land is both grand and harsh. Come see and feel it for yourself.