Greenland’s hidden gem | 3 Days in Aasiaat | Disko Bay
Make the most out of your time in Greenland by joining this multi-day tour to one of Greenland’s hidden gems, Aasiaat, Disko Bay. On this 3-day getaway to Aasiaat, you get to spend time in a small, Inuit town, that is in close connection with nature and the surrounding marine environment. This tour is ideal for you who are visiting Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Kangerlussuaq or Nuuk, and wish to uncover as much of Greenland as possible.
An undiscovered corner of the world is what to be experienced on this 3-day getaway to Aasiaat. Located in the southeast of Disko Bay is Aasiaat. It is said the town is one of Greenland’s best-kept secret, as its immense and beautiful nature is a nature lover undiscovered paradise.
On this 3-day getaway, you will arrive in town to explore what Aasiaat has to offer. It is a place that almost has more sled dogs, than humans. It is a beautiful town, with colourful wooden houses scattered across the rocky Aasiaat Island. You will also explore the surrounding archipelago to learn about the Inuit’s close relationship with the marine environment. Here you will be visiting a historical site of beached whale bones and spot for whales waving their fin to gasp for air.
Included in this multiday tour is two nights of accommodation in Hotel Seamen’s Home, breakfast, transfer and a guided tour. Hotel Seamen’s Home Aasiaat is more than a hotel. It is a sanctuary for both locals and foreigners. Leading by tradition the hotel unites locals and foreigners through the hotel's lunches, dinners and other activities. 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 exploration of Aasiaat by clicking on Book Now.
Welcome to Aasiaat, Disko Bay
You arrive in Aasiaat and meet us outside the airport or harbor for transfer to Hotel seamen’s Home Aasiaat. Check-in, leave your bags in your room and head out to explore, what the town has to offer.
The surrounding archipelagoes are small mountains dotted across the coastline. The floating mountain landscape and sea views are simply stunning. Aasiaat is a fairly small town, with 3100 inhabitants. Walking through town is another experience than exploring towns such as Nuuk, Ilulissat, or Sisimiut. The local feeling, and the surrounding nature, will leave you with a sense of being in constant connection with nature. You are in the middle of nowhere with endless miles of sea and Arctic tundra – a place where the forces of mother nature are dominant.
Dinner can be enjoyed at Hotel Seamen’s home.
Arctic Archipelago Exploration
Your second day in Greenland brings you to the sea to experience the coastal beauty. We introduce you to an archipelago of islands outside of Aasiaat. You head out to sea in an open Poca 600 with a licensed captain and all statutory safety equipment. A few nautical miles out of Aasiaat, you arrive at a place named ‘The Whale Graveyard’. Here you experience the great value that the marine environment gifts the local community. The graveyard is a place where the Greenlandic hunters beach the whales, they have caught in the Aasiaat area.
It is of great value to the Greenlanders that everything from the whale is used. That is why only the skeletons are left. In the clear water, you will see large, old whale bones. Bones from ages of whale hunting are visible here.
Aasiaat was once the whaling capital of Greenland. Today, you can still see the local’s hunters sell their whale meat on the open fish market near the harbor. After this impressive sight, we will take a tour around the area to explore the beautiful archipelago. Often, we sight whales as they hunt their food in the deep waters. Humpback and Fin whales are the most common in these waters.
- Accommodation in Hotel Seamen Home Aasiaat 2 nights/3 days
- If you are a solo traveller, the price includes 2 nights in a single room
- If you are 2 travelers, the price includes 2 nights in a double room
- If you are 3 travelers, the price includes 2 nights in a double room and a single room
- Boat trip
- Transportation t/f Aasiaat
- All meals, excl. breakfast
- 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
- 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
- Water bottle
- Camera with extra batteries
- Flights to/from and within Greenland are provided by Air Iceland Connect and Air Greenland
- Boat transport to Aasiaat can be bought at Disko Line.
- 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.
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We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry. We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
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2 997 DKK