Best of winter in Greenland | 5 Days in Sisimiut, West Greenland
Join this brilliant 5-day winter adventure in Sisimiut, West Greenland. This tour is the perfect opportunity for those looking to discover Greenland’s winter wonders. You will get the rare opportunity to go chase the northern lights and experience the Greenlandic wilderness by dogsled, ski, and snowmobile. Greenland is the best destination in the world to experience the wonders of the Arctic winter and its sheer wealth of activities. Sisimiut in particular, is the outdoor lover’s paradise, both in summer and winter. With this epic package, you will have 5 days to enjoy the top highlights of the Arctic winter on six different guided tours. By daytime, you will head out on dogsled to experience the serene and beautiful Greenlandic wilderness, hike back in time on a guided snowshoe hike to the Island, Sallinnguit, and learn how to snowmobile with a guide. To end your days, you will be hunting for the beautiful northern lights (Aurora Borealis) on a guided tour, and join an optional spa experience to warm up after a full day in the snow. To get the most out of your winter exploration of Greenland, you let us see all the planning and details of your trip. This trip includes accommodation, transfer, and 3 fully guided tours. When you are not exploring the snow and ice-covered backdrop of Sisimiut, you’ll spend your time in the lovely hotel, Hotel Sisimiut Seamen’s home. Hotel Sisimiut Seamen’s home is more than a hotel. Leading by tradition, the seamen's home unites foreigners and locals with their lunch, dinners, and activities. All of 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 active winter exploration of Sisimiut by clicking on Book Now.
Northern Lights Chase
At the beginning of your 5-day winter vacation in Greenland, you’ll land in Sisimiut airport. Once you have collected your luggage, you meet us outside for transfer to the Hotel Sisimiut Seamen's Home. To reach the hotel, you’ll be driving with the ocean on the right and a snow-covered mountain landscape of Sisimiut on the right. A spectacular winter wonderland.
You have several options for how you can spend your day first day in Greenland. Stay in to recover from your day of travelling. If you are eager to explore Greenland, head out on an exploration of the town. It is possible to do a 7-kilometre self-guided, art- and culture walk, through town. If you can’t wait to hit the slopes, you can rent a pair of cross-country ski in the reception of Hotel Seamen's Home.
After dinner, you meet at the reception for a guided northern light chase. Your guide will take you out of town by car, to a dark spot, so you can enjoy the lights in full effect. Greenland is the perfect place to watch the northern lights, due to the country’s little light pollution and winter darkness – offering front row seats to natures show of green lights. While enjoying the magical sight, your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the aurora’s and serve a hot cup of something good.
Dogsledding into the wild
Your second day in Greenland brings you on top of a dogsled and into the wild.
With a local musher and his litter, you’ll head into the wild for an extraordinary nature experience. You transfer from the hotel to the dogsled traces, just outside of town. Here the musher introduces you to the art of dog sledding. He will teach you how to move from side to side, when the sled turns and how to approach the dogs. Greenlandic sled dogs are the purest dog race, in the world. They are bred to work, and it is therefore not safe to approach the dogs on your own.
You’ll head into the wild, surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountains, frozen lakes, and the Arctic tundra. There are no better ways of experiencing the exquisiteness of the Arctic wilderness than on a dogsled. Traveling through the dramatic scenery of snow and ice, while listening to the sound of paws running on the frozen terrain, is a surreal experience.
Snowshoeing to Inuit ruins
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to explore Sisimiut’s white covered backcountry. Your third day in Greenland takes you 4500 years back in time, on a fully guided snowshoe hike to the Sallinnguit peninsula.
Departure takes place from the hotel. To reach the Sallinnguit settlement, you first have to head off into the white wilderness, which has a temperature of approximately -20 degrees Celsius. Your experienced wilderness guide will keep up a good pace, to keep you warm in the frigid temperatures.
Every step on the guided snowshoe hike offers gorgeous views of the spectacular winter wonderland, be sure to make stops so that you can photograph your experiences. Arriving on-site, your guide will tell you all about the peninsula’s history. Today the peninsula is the home of modern telecommunication equipment but was once an Inuit winter settlement.
Arriving back at the hotel, you can warm up with the hotel’s spa experience. Make sure you book your spa experience in the booking process and reserve a time at the reception during the day.
Snowmobile among the mountains
Your fourth day in Greenland pack in some adrenaline-fueled adventure to your winter exploration of Greenland. You will be heading on a snowmobile adventure of a lifetime into the mountain landscape, behind Sisimiut.
Before departing for your tour, you will be equipped with a full-body insulated overall. You will be transferred from the hotel to the snowmobile traces, just outside of town. Here your guide will give you a thorough run-through on how to operate the snow scooter.
When you are ready, you’ll head into the scenic backcountry and play around the snow. Snowmobiling is one of the greatest ways to discover Greenland’s unique sceneries, as you can cover large distances in a short time.
See you soon, or in Ilulissat, Aasiaat or Nuuk!
Your 5th day in Greenland marks the end of your stay in Sisimiut. We bid you farewell at the airport for your flight departure to wherever you are heading next.
We suggest that you continue your travel up the coast to Ilulissat for another week of exploring Greenland or a 3-day getaway to Aasiaat.
- Northern Lights tour
- Fully guided snowshoe hike
- Snowmobile tour
- Accommodation in Hotel Seamen's Home Sisimiut 4 nights/5 days
- For solo travellers, the tour includes 4 nights in a single room
- For 2 travellers the tour includes 4 nights in a double room
- For 4 travellers the tour includes 4 nights in two double rooms
- For 6 travellers the tour includes 4 nights in three double rooms
- Flight t/f Sisimiut
- All meals, excl. breakfast
- Optional excursion
- 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
- Warm winter wear. Ideally, you should dress in layers: at least one thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), and insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket). The outer layer must be proper winter gear which typically has lots of insulation and is windproof. Think ski jacket and pants if you come from a warmer climate.
- Warm hat, thick windproof gloves, buff or scarf
- Insulated winter boots
- Sunglasses and sunscreen - snow is very bright and even the winter sun can cause sunburn
- Camera with extra batteries (the cold drains the batteries faster)
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Flights to and within Greenland are provided by Air Iceland Connect and Air Greenland
- Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. We therefore strongly recommend that you do not book onward international flights directly after your trip to Greenland. Give yourself at least one extra day to make an international connection. We also recommend purchasing travel insurance that will cover any expenses should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather.
- The airlines that fly to Greenland only allow 20 kg of checked-in baggage. If you go over this limit, there is a fee (often strictly enforced) for the extra weight.
- It is important to bring cash in the form of Danish Krona to Greenland. While credit cards are accepted in larger locations (eg hotels, supermarkets), they may not be accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency is often not accepted.
- There is a 4-hour time difference between Denmark and West Greenland.
- There is a 3-hour time difference between Iceland and West Greenland in the winter and a 2-hour time difference in the summer.
6 211 DKK