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 on its own, but along the way, we may be lucky and experience whales and seals, animals which are an important part of the Greenlandic oceanic wildlife.
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 off 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.
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- Transportation from meeting point from the harbour
- The length of the tour depends on the boat used that day (from 6h to 8h)
- Professional guide
- Tea and Coffee
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
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- You must wear warm clothing for the tour. It is usually colder at sea than on land, and the wind produced by the passage of the boat can be even colder.
- Please note that the exact length of the tour will depend on the boat used and weather conditions. Travelling the 80km to the glacier can take anywhere between 2 and 5 hours each way. Regardless of how long this takes, you will have about 2 hours in front of the glacier (unless the weather turns bad).
- The tour is not fully confirmed until there are at least 8 participants. If, on the day of departure, there are less than 8 participants the tour operator can choose to cancel the tour and will refund your money.
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2 reviews for Daytour to Eqi Glacier | Ilulissat | Disko Bay
2 545 DKK
Borge Petersen (verified owner) –
The trip was a great experience. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The boat was small for 10 people with little legroom for 7 hours as well as space for stranding outside to watch icecliff etc
Janel Calabucal –
Went on Sept 20, 2022, met the tour group at the tourist center and hopped into the tour van that drove us down to the boating docks.
The guide was a Greenlandic local and she spoke fluent English, Danish, and Greenlandic. Very amazing and very informative! The guide even brought the group some curry chicken sandwiches, hot cocoa, and coffee!
The boat ride was 2 hours long getting to Eqi glaciers, 2 hours viewing the Eqi glacier, and 2 hours going back so it was quiet a journey but you do see a lot of scenic spots as you go. There was some waterfalls, passed by settlements, see birds perching on the glaciers, and even got lucky enough to see 4 blue whales spouting from the water! Truly magical!
The boat is pretty strong too and is able to handle to get through the glaciers chunks floating in the water. It’s also a heated boat so when you do get cold outside, you can just come back in and enjoy your sandwich and hot drinks. The Captain of the boat was nice enough to get me some glacier ice from the water so I can cool down my hot cocoa haha. Very hospitable people 🙂
When you finally arrive to Eqi glaciers, we rest the boat in a safe distance where we can watch the glaciers calving, you can hear the rumbling noises echo throughout the area! We stay there and enjoyed the view and mingle with others. I was the only American on the boat along but all was friendly and spoke English to me.
After the tour is done, they drive us back to the tourist center in mid-town.
Most definitely recommend going on this tour!
Note: Guide to Greenland work with local tour operators so be aware your experience and schedule may differ and change depending on the weather and the amount of people visiting so make sure you’re open to the changes.
My schedule changed a couple of times, even a few days before the tour started, one day the weather was too rainy they had to cancel but they were able to refund me so please keep an open mind and a patient heart.
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