Best Of Ilulissat | 5 days | Disko Bay
Come along this 5 days 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 in the evening, here a 3 hours flight awaits you. You will be traveling high above the icecap of Greenland and the sky-high Greenlandic mountain tins, on your journey to Ilulissat.
You will have late evening light 21:30-00:00.
After arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel accommodation where you will stay all 4 nights.
We will start our day with guided city walk. 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!
We will finish the day with 2 course dinner at the hotel! Please note drinks are not included.
Meet Greenlandic dogs & go to the small settlement
Today is an exciting day, in the morning we will get to know Greenlandic culture by going to the Greenlandic dog visit center. During the visit, you will learn why dogsledding is such an important part of Inuit culture! You will see how dogs live in summer, how you should put harnesses on the dogs, what a winter tent looks like, and much more.
In the afternoon we will also do some sailing to settlement up north from Ilulissat. Oqaatsut settlement is a small settlement with 42 people living there. They have a small church, shop, fishing factory, cute colorful houses and beautiful views of icebergs. You will have dinner with Greenlandic ingredients in a local restaurant. After great day we will sail back to Ilulissat.
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.
From the morning You will be traveling in a modern and convenient tourist boat, with a heated salon and an outdoor deck.
Your journey will take you through the west Greenlandic nature, in the presence of icebergs making their way into the Atlantic ocean! Be on the 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.
You will be staying in front of the glacier for 2 hours so you will have a great chance to see the glacier calving! It is a "MUST DO" tour while you are visiting Ilulissat in the summer.
Depending on the boat that will be used today it will be 6-8 hours tour. You will come back full of amazing memories and pictures!
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.
In the evening you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your night flight to Iceland.
- Evening flight Keflavík- Ilulissat (flight departure from Iceland at 21:30, landing at midnight)
- Airport taxes
- 4 nights' accommodation in a double/twin room in Ilulissat (with private facilities)
- Transfer to your hotel/airport
- 2 course welcome dinner on day 2
- Guided city walk (2 hours tour)
- Guided hike to the Sermermiut settlement (UNESCO area) (2 hours tour)
- Boat tour sailing among the icebergs (2 hours tour)
- Boat tour to Oqaatsut including dinner at H8 restaurant (7 hour tour)
- Meeting the sled dogs (1 hour tour)
- Eqi calving glacier full day tour (including lunch)
- Late evening flight Ilulissat- Keflavík
- Lunch & Dinner at the Hotel
- Single traveler supplement mandatory if traveling alone
- Flight supplements
- Additional activities
Please note extra charges for room upgrades can accrue after the booking as the availability of accommodation is very limited.
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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32 400 DKK