Best Of Ilulissat | Disko Bay
Come along this adventure to beautiful Ilulissat. This tour is for anyone, in love with the wonders of the arctic, from the majestic glaciers to the sea creatures playing hide and seek between the waves. This vacation package, is paired with hiking, sailing and sleeping under the midnights sun!
Ilulissat in itself, is an arctic wonder. Surrounded by its birth name, lies Ilulissat surrounded by majestic ice azures. You and your fellow explorers, will experience the best of Ilulissat, as you venture into the wild, wonderful and vast Greenlandic nature - each day of your adventure.
You will be exploring, experiencing and examining Ilulissat.A guided city walk, ice cruising under the midnight sun, the majestic Eqi glacier and sleeping in the surrounding huts and the Inuit valley – Sermermiut, is waiting for you to explore on this tour.
The itinerary is described below.
Pull on your warmest hat and bring your binoculars for this amazing arctic adventure! Check the booking availability and book your tour now!
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Today your adventure begins! Check-in at Reykjavik domestic airport for the flight to Ilulissat is at least 1 hr prior to departure. You will depart from Reykjavik 10:15 or 10:45, here a 3 hours flight awaits you. You will be travelling high above the icecap of Greenland and the sky high Greenlandic mountain tins, on your journey to Ilulissat. You arrive in Ilulissat 11:30 or 12:00, depending on the departure of the day.
After arrival, you will be transfered to your hotel accommodation. When you have settled in, a guided city walk awaits you! With the culture-historical walk, you will get an enhanced understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history. The guide will tell you about the history of the city, the Greenlandic culture and the modern life 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. Included in the guided city walk, is a visit to the local museum and church. The museum is located in the house, once owned by the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen and the church will enchant you with its beautiful interior.
For your evening adventure – you will be sailing in the orange rays of midnight sun in the UNESCO World heritage, Ilulissat ice fjord. This an exceptional experience you do not want to miss out while visiting Ilulissat. During the year, more than 46 km3 of ice flows into the fiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 metres on each side and with a height on more than 100 metres above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them. This boat trip at bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience!
You wont find a place as beautiful as Ilulissat. Wonders of the arctic, such as Ilulissat icefjord is not the only to be found. Your adventure of the day, takes you to the Glacier, Eqi.
You depart from Ilulissat in your boat transfer 07:00 AM. You will be traveling in a modern and convenient tourist boats, with a heated salon and an outdoor deck. A small and light breakfast will be served on board, there is also tea and coffee on board and the opportunity to buy beer and water.
Your journey will take you through the west Greenlandic nature, in the presence of icebergs making their way into the Atlantic ocean! Be on watch for the Great Greenland whale, playing hide and seek between the waves. When nearing the glacier, lunch will be served with a nice view overlooking the glacier from a distance.
From here you will move closer to the majestic ice brink, and stand in the soaring of the calving glacier. Next destination of the day, will be Port Victor. Port Victor is the docking area for you and your fellow explorers, staying at Eqi camp.
Adventures awaits for you at Eqi Camp! It's possible to take an optional hike from Camp Eqi:
Approx. 4-5 hour hike to the lagoon, the moraine and the glacier.
From the huts you hike around the small lagoon at the southern end of the glacier. There are often large flocks of geese in the lagoon in the breeding season. The trip goes further up the moraine where you and your fellow explorers can look down into the enormous cracks in the glacier few meters away from us. From here you will also get an overview of a large part of the 70m high glacier-front and we will see the impressive calvings from the glacier.
There are other smaller hikes available in the area. The details will be briefed at Cafe Victor.
Today, you have hopefully spend the day exploring the surrounding of Camp Eqi, and met the camp mascot – an arctic fox, that roams the area. You and your fellow explorers return the same way you came, as the route never stops to impress. Let the arctic winds slip through your fingers, as you venture out on the Greenlandic seas. When returning to Ilulissat, be on the look out for arctic sea creatures. Even for the trained eye, it is hard to spot the whales and seals – so the captain will be at your assistance. From The harbor you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Today you are going to explore the inuit lands of Sermermiut valley. Sermermiut have been inhabited by different inuit cultures for 4000 years, and today you can still find artefacts of the vanished ages. You will on first hand witness the presence of their existence! Hear the story about the life and the customs of the Greenlanders before the Europeans´ arrival; see the ruins, the kitchen mitten, and feel the permafrost with your own hands. It is possible to do the hike yourself, as Sermermiut valley is located 1 ½ kilometres outside Ilulissat City – but we prefer to guide you safely to the area. Your guide will brief you about the safety precautions, that apply hiking the Greenlandic tundra. When returning to Ilulissat, we will make a stop at ‘’Kællingekløften’’, which is a large, cliff diving into the icy ocean. The cliff holds ancient stories, as the cliff was used by the inuits for survival. The elders would sacrifice themselves, by jumping into the ocean.
Get up early and bring your fellow explorers, for an optional tour or short hike in the area, before returning to Iceland. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. You land in reykjavik 18.25 and this is where your adventure ends!
Tours in Ilulissat can be found, by searching in the search field, for ''Ilulissat''.
- Flights Reykjavík-Ilulissat-Reykjavík, with airport taxes
- 3 nights accommodation in double/twin room in Ilulissat incl.breakfast & airport transfers
- Boat trip to/from Eqi Glacier Lodge incl. lunch on board
- 1 night accommodation at Eqi Lodge, comfort hut for 2 persons with breakfast and dinner at Café Viktor
- Cultural/historical city walk of Ilulissat
- Guided hike to the old settlement
- Midnight/evening iceberg boat tour
- Lunch & Dinner at the Hotel
- Single traveller supplement mandatory if travelling alone
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
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Most airlines allow 20kg of language weight.
- Dress after the 3-layer structure there is adequate, whereby each has its own specialized purpose: a moisture transfer base layer next to your skin, then one or more adjustable insulating layers, and finally an outer shell to protect you from rain and wind.
- Departure from Reykjavík domestic airport.
- As all local tours depend upon weather and ice conditions, they can only be booked after arrival. Flight schedules may change due to unfavorable weather or ice conditions.
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