Land of Icebergs | Disko Bay
Experience a world of ice in the summer!
Ilulissat means "The Iceberg" in Greenlandic. Ilulissat is the city located by the mouth of the stunning Icefjord. You will see the amazing huge ice-sculptures quietly drift very slowly past the town, making their way to the sea. This is a place like nowhere else in the world. In the summer you will experience the never setting sun, as the midnight sun provides bright summer nights. Perfect for doing a midnight hike along one of the Icefjord paths or a midnight boat tour, sailing between the giant icebergs, seeing them in the soft light.
Ilulissat is also where the famous Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen was born. In his family's house there is now a museum telling the story of his life and life in Ilulissat – that you and your fellow explorers will get to experience, explore and examine on this tour.
You will get to experience the very best of Ilulissat through a guided city tour, midnight sailing in icefjord, hiking to Sermermiut valley and a settlement visit to the distant and remote settlement of Oqaatsut. These destination are the quintessence of what Ilulissat has to offers.
The itinerary is described below.
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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 11:30, here a 3 hour 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 arrive in Ilulissat 11:30 or 12:45, 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. After have explored the museum and church, you will get to explore with your senses - the local fish market ''brættet'' is the next destination of the day.
Today you will have the morning off to explore the town on your own. This time you can maybe use for writing postcards while enjoying a cup of coffee at a café, visiting the artisan workshop by the harbour or go souvenir shopping in one of the other shops.
In the afternoon there is planned a 2 hours guided hiking tour to the old settlement by the Icefjord. We follow a well kept trail to the old Sermermiut settlement around 1,5 km. south of Ilulissat. This is a place where you can still find remains from the 4000 years old Inuit culture. You will learn about the old way of life and traditions of the Inuit people. We will also pass by the magnificent "Kællingekløften", a gorge where you can get magnificent view of the Icefjord before we go back to the city.
The evening will be for sailing. You will be taken on a Midnight boat tour between the huge floating icebergs. This is an magnificent experience with some very picturesque landscape. You will see the amazing giant icebergs in the soft light of the midnight sun, which never sets. This tour is however also beautiful on a more overcast day, where the icebergs get another glow. The boat trip at bright night is definitely an extraordinary experience.
Today we venture out on a five hours boat trip. This place served in several centuries as a base for Dutch whale hunters and is still occasionally used as a shore for whale hunting. From the Dutch time it has also gotten the name Rodebay.
This settlement is beautifully located about 15km north of Ilulissat.
Even though it only has 45 inhabitants it has got its own school, church, shop and a small restaurant called “H8”, which is one of the old buildings from the colonial time. Oqaatsut settlement, will grant you a unique insight to life outside of the larger towns of Greenland.
Today is your free day! You can just relax and enjoy a beautiful day or add an additional tour to your itinerary. We have a wide selection of tours in Ilulissat from kayaking in Ilulissat icefjord to sailing to Eqi glacier. Find all-day tours in Ilulissat here.
This is your last day in wonderful Ilulissat. You will have some free time in the morning to enjoy the city and maybe do some last souvenir shopping, a short hike before the transfer to the airport. The departure will be at either 12:15PM or 1:30PM, arrival at Reykjavik domestic airport at 6:25PM or 7:40PM
- Flights Reykjavík-Ilulissat-Reykjavík
- Airport taxes
- Airport transfers in connection with flights in Ilulissat
- Hotel accommodation in double/twin room with private facilities, including breakfast
- Welcome dinner (2 courses) on arrival day
- Cultural city walk of Ilulissat
- Hike to the old settlement, Sermermiut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Evening boat tour sailing amongst icebergs in Ilulissat Icefjord
- Boat tour to Oqaatsut (Rodebay), incl. lunch in Oqaatsut
- Single supplement (if traveling alone)
- Travel insurence (recommended)
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). For winter, your 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. 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 in Summer, insulated boots in Winter)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Head net and insect repellent (in case of mosquitoes)
- Camera with extra batteries
- Day pack
|The price per person is based on double room.
Most airlines allow 20kg of language weight. So it is good to know what you really will need for your journey. But, of course, this depends on what you are planning to do and when. A general list of what to bring, can be found above.
Flights to and from Greenland is highly dependent on weather conditions. We advise to stay in Iceland at least one day before and one day after your scheduled trip to Greenland.
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