Ilulissat Tours
Find the largest selection of Ilulissat tours on Guide to Greenland. Here you can find sailing tours along the famous Ilulissat Icefjord where whales often reside, experience the Eqi glacier, hiking tours to the Sermermiut UNESCO World Heritage area, or fly to the grand Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

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Find the largest selection of Ilulissat tours on Guide to Greenland. Here you can find sailing tours along the famous Ilulissat Icefjord where whales often reside, experience the Eqi glacier, hiking tours to the Sermermiut UNESCO World Heritage area, or fly to the grand Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.
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Boat Trip among the Icebergs | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Explore the towering cathedrals of ice for which Ilulissat is famous on this 2.5 hour boat trip amongst the icebergs. The enormous icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord are impressive no matter which way you experience them. Some of their peaks stand more than 100m above the level of the water (remember this is only 7-10% of the total size!), but it is only by looking up at these skyscrapers of ice from the perspective of a boat that you get a true sense of their massive scale. On this tour we will sail slowly across the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, exploring the fantastic shapes and structures of the ice. They are beautiful in every kind of weather (shades of blue and green on overcast days and brilliant white under the daytime Sun), and are simply magical when silhouetted against the brilliant colours of Arctic sunsets. Don’t be worried about booking a late night sail - there will still be plenty of light and it is perhaps the best time of all for those who are keen photographers. We encourage you to dress as warmly as possible for the tour as you will want to spend as most of your time out on deck. The very best views are to be had from here. That being said, if you do get cold and need to take a break, our heated cabin is available at any time and we provide hot tea and coffee during the excursion.  To book your boat excursion to this open-air, natural sculpture museum, select your date of travel and click on Book Now.
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3 hours
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May. - Sep.
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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 in and of itself and we may be lucky and see whales and seals along the way. 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 away 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. To reserve your place, select your date of travel and click Book Now.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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Glacier Adventure Flightseeing | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Fly over some of the amazing glaciers and icebergs around one of Greenland's top destinations - Ilulissat Icefjord, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Join this one-hour long flight to experience Greenland from a whole new perspective. The flight starts from Ilulissat Airport. The pilot will provide you with a safety briefing and orient you about the planned route and flight conditions. On the way to the plane, the pilot seats the participants. You might be seated in the front with the pilot, or at the back together with your fellow explorers. Regardless of where you are seated, there is a guarantee of great views from the large windows in the plane. Onboard the pilot goes through the safety instructions and asks you to take on your headset, through which you can communicate. Immediately after take-off, you will see Greenland from one of the very best angles. You will now be heading for the spectacular Isua Glacier. Within 10 minutes you will be able to see the moraine edge of Kangia, where a mixture of rocks and ice is pushed forward by the force of the glacier. Before long you will experience the glory of Ilulissat Icefjord. You will experience the endless flow of icebergs in all shapes and sizes - quietly drifting through the fjord on their journey to the sea. Some of the icebergs can reach a height of 100 meters over sea level. When flying over the giant icebergs you will get close to them in a different way and sometimes see azure blue lakes with melted water on the icebergs. To see the icebergs and edges of glaciers from above is a lifetime experience that you should not miss. You might also be lucky to spot a whale or other Arctic wildlife while flying around the area. Do not hesitate to book this trip to one of Greenland's top destinations. You can check the booking availability by pressing "Choose a date" above.

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1 hour
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May. - Oct.
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4 hours
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3,5 hours
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Glacier & Icefjord Flightseeing | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join on this amazing tour and bring home the best pictures from Ilulissat! Let AirZafari fly you over the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ilulissat Icefjord and see Greenland from a whole new perspective. The flight starts from Ilulissat Airport. Before departure, you will be briefed by Air Zafari's skilled pilot. The pilot will orientate you about the planned route and flight conditions. On the way to the plane, the pilot seats the participants. You might be seated in the front with the pilot, or at the back together with your fellow explorers. Regardless of where you are seated, there is a guarantee of great views from the large windows in the plane. Well, onboard the pilot goes through the safety instructions and asks you to take on your headset, through which you can communicate. Immediately after take-off, the great view will appear for you. We'll fly to the closest glacier, known as the northern glacier and then fly out over the Icejord the icebergs will appear in all imaginable shapes and sizes, some reaching a height of 100 meters above sea level. When you fly over the giant icebergs you will get close to them in a different way and sometimes you will see small azure blue lakes with melted water on the icebergs. There is a never ending flow of icebergs coming through the fjord on their way to the sea and every day the sight is different. You might also be lucky to spot a whale while flying. Do not hesitate to book this trip to one of Greenland's top destinations. You can check the booking availability by pressing "Choose a date" above.

Duration:
1 hour
Available:
May. - Oct.
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Iceberg Classic | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Total Fascination and the overwhelming feelings of the forces of nature is to be explored in this trip, among icebergs in Ilulissat Ice fjord. Sailing with Ilulissat Water Taxi is a nice and easy way to get to some of the top attractions close to Ilulissat city. You book the trip and Water Taxi will pick you up on one of two spots at the harbor - just like a Yellow Cab. Ilulissat is Greenlandic for "icebergs". On this trip you will get an unforgettable experience of icebergs in all shapes and sizes, that are pushed into the fjord. The ice fjord is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the glacier moves about 30 meters each day. This process produces approximately 20 billion tons of ice every year, making it an incomparable natural area. This cruise takes you to one of the most beautiful places in the area. The Mouth of the fjord, where the large icebergs make their start out on the great journey into the Atlantic Ocean. The largest icebergs can be around 1.5 cubic kilometers and rise like cathedrals towards the sky. This is a top attraction and a must see when visiting Ilulissat. When sailing there may be the opportunity to see whales and seals in the arctic waters. There is only one thing to say - the natural phenomenon, that is to be experienced by you! Please note that the price is for chartering the whole boat for this excursion. This will include one to six passengers. When booking you will register one person and following choose how many extra passengers are on the trip. It is important for the Captain to know how many people will be attending the adventure. Find your inner explorer and bring your binoculars for this grand adventure, into Ilulissat Ice fjord! Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Choose a date’’ above.

Duration:
2 hours
Available:
May. - Dec.
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3 hours
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4 hours
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Master Exploring Ilulissat Icefjord From Above | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Explore the best of Greenland on this flight over the top attractions around the Ilulissat area. If you want to experience the very best of Ilulissat, do not hesitate to join this tour! it all you should join in this tour! The flight starts from Ilulissat Airport. The pilot will give you a safety briefing and orientate you about the planned route and flight conditions. On the way to the plane, the pilot seats the participants. You might be seated in the front with the pilot, or at the back together with your fellow explorers. Regardless of where you are seated, there is a guarantee of great views from the large windows in the plane. Onboard the pilot goes through the safety instructions and asks you to take on your headset, through which you can communicate. Immediately after take-off, you will see Greenland from one of the very best angles. We will fly north to the amazing Eqi glacier, which is a very productive glacier that calves huge icebergs every day. The edge of Eqi glacier is a four-kilometre-wide wall of ice. From here we fly to the Greenland Icecap, which covers most of the country's surface. Imagine only seeing the ice with amazing structures, filling the whole horizon. We will continue over the tundra, where the colours change from white to all kinds of green and rusty colours. Here we might be lucky to spot caribou or musk oxen. But hold on, we are not finished yet. The tour continues back to Ilulissat and the UNESCO World Heritage of Ilulissat Icefjord, over the Isua Glacier and the moraine edge of Kangia, where you can see the traces of rocks being pushed forward by the ice. When flying over the Icefjord you will see the endless stream of icebergs in all thinkable shapes and sizes. Some as big as islands, drifting quietly to the sea. You might also be lucky to spot a whale or other Arctic wildlife while flying around the area. To see all this by plane is a lifetime experience, that you should not miss when travelling in Greenland. Do not hesitate to book this trip to one of Greenland's top destinations. You can check the booking availability by pressing "Choose a date" above.

Duration:
1,5 hours
Available:
Mar. - Aug.
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Oqaatsut Kayaking Day | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join this marvelous trip combining kayaking with cultural visit to the charming hunting village Oqaatsut. If you always have wanted to experience Greenland along with visiting Ilulissat, then this is something for you. As you will sail the arctic ocean from Ilulissat to the little settlement of Oqaatsut among humongous icebergs with the beautiful nuances of blue and white. When you have arrived in the village you will be joined with an experienced kayaking instructor who will take you through the basics and help you along the journey. As you will go through the safety instructions, you will get the best introduction of how to operate a kayak. Shortly after you will head onto the water. With your fellow explorers, you will get the thrilling experience of strolling across the water surface as you will get to sail among icebergs and get up close to the giants of the sea. If you are lucky you might even get to sail in the company of humpback whales. Curious and gentle creatures that are often spotted in the Greenlandic seas. From whales to a traditional village where you will get to see local hunters go out or come back from a hunt, but usually in the summer, they catch huge numbers of fish. Use your free time to walk around the settlement and greet the friendly locals. You will also get to enjoy lunch in a local home and get the full experience as you will get to see the beautiful decorations on the walls and the cozy feeling of a home. Tag along on this adventure just outside of Ilulissat and experience kayaking in the fjord of Oqaatsut. See the availability by pressing on ‘Choose a date’ above.

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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UTV Glacier Expedition | Ilulissat - Ilimanaq | Disko Bay

Join this ride into the wilderness south of Iliminaq, leading to the soaring Icecap of Greenland. If you are in Ilulissat, the adventure starts at Kussangajaannguaq 7 where you will meet your fellow explorers. Together you will head on to a boat and travel through the ice packed passages in the presence of playful sea creatures (please note, that if you are in Ilulissat you will also have to book the boat transfer to Ilimanaq). While setting the sails towards Ilimanaq, enjoy the breathtaking landscape and look over the crystal blue waters reflecting the sun. After a short landing in Ilimanaq, you will head back on the sea for the highlight of the adventure. When arriving at the beach south of Ilimanaq, your next destination is the Tasiusaq fjord, where you will drive on a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) through the untouched arctic tundra. Tasiusaq fjord has been a popular place since ancient times, and Inuit migrate waves have been coming and going since they first arrived in Greenland. The last bit to reach the glacier is by speed boat throuhg the stunning fjord system. Before venturing onto the ice, you will have a little break to enjoy the lunch pack and the amazing views. The huge glacier walls, will decorate any visiting explorer and welcome you into its home. When getting up on the glacier, you will get the impression of an infinite glacier, stretching 1000 of kilometres in each direction, that will emotionally drain you with its beauty. It is possible to book an overnight stay at Ilimanaq lodge, by following this link: https://guidetogreenland.com/accommodation/hotels/ilimanaq-lodge/70 If Staying at Ilimanaq lodges, book boat shuttle return through the accommodation site.  Tie your hiking boots and bring you inner explore, this is a trip for the adrenaline rushing lovers and for the explorers searching for a true adventure! Check availability by pressing '' Choose a date'' above.

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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Hike Along The Icefjord | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along this invigorating guided hike along the enchanting and spell-binding Kangia Icefjord. On this tour, you will experience the very best of Ilulissat, from the Arctic fauna to mountain in all shapes and sizes to the peacefulness resting on the arctic tundra. This is an extended Sermermiut adventure, you will never forget. Enroute the guide will tell you and your fellow explorers about fauna, geology and the history of the area.  Enjoy the never-ending view of icebergs resting on the Disko Bay waters! Your adventure starts at Kussangajaannguaq 7 and takes you out of town to the old quarry. From the quarry, we venture towards Seqinniarfik, the place where we welcome the sun. Every year on January 13th, the local inhabitants of Ilulissat gather at this place after the long polar night and welcomes the sun by singing. Seqinniarfik holds an outstanding view of the Icefjord, enjoy your lunch and the mesmerizing view of giant ice azures.  Next destination of the day, takes you to Nakkaavik. Nakkaavik is near the Sermermiut settlement and is one of Ilulissat's most popular viewpoints. When the Inuit use to inhabit Sermermiut, the elders would sacrifice them self by jumping off the cliff into the icy Kangia Icefjord, for the better of the settlement. When you are done enjoying Nakkaavik's view, the tour continues toward Sermermiut. Sermermiut is an old Inuit settlement and has been inhabited for over 4000 years by different Inuit cultures. Here you will get to explore hidden Inuit graves and the remains of the last Inuits who lived there. We return to Ilulissat by the wooden path towards the old heliport.  Join this guided hike along the Kangia Icefjord, showing you the very best of Ilulissat! Tie you hiking boots and bring your fellow explorers. Check the booking availability by pressing 'Choose a date' above. 

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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The Calving Glacier Eqi | Private tour | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Experience the Arctic wonder, Eqi Glacier on this 6-hour boat tour! The magnificent Eqi glacier is a must-see when visiting Ilulissat. The glacier is known for its remarkably large glacier front, that stretches over 4 kilometres. An overwhelming sight that truly shows the grandeur of the Greenlandic nature! Your adventure of a lifetime starts by Ilulissat Harbor, where you will be welcome aboard our closed cabin boat. Eqi is located around 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat, approximately two hours of sailing. During these two hours, there are great chances of seeing whales in all sizes and 100 %  chance of seeing icebergs. We will be sailing through the beautiful Ataa fjord, and while sailing you can enjoy the picturesque snow-covered mountaintops that circumscribe the waters of the fjord - a sight worth a tour itself. By the bottom of the fjord, we will arrive by the glacier front.  Visiting the glacier front is quite unique, as conditions allow us to get quite close to a calving glacier – but please keep in mind, that we only sail as close to the glacier, as safety allows. As you enjoy the pristine view of the glacier front, you can hear the crackling noises of air bubbles trapped inside glacier and icebergs. If you are lucky, you might witness the dramatic sight and sound of an iceberg calving from the glacier. The waters of the fjord is an ever-flowing stream of icebergs in all shapes and sizes. Here they start their journey towards the open sea. To see a part of the Greenland Ice Sheet, book your tour today! Check the booking availability by pressing ' Choose a date' above. 

Duration:
6 hours
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Jun. - Oct.
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2 Day Hiking and Kayaking Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join this authentic trip to Oqaatsut settlement with plenty of exciting activities to do on this trip. This journey is for everyone who seeks a unique adventure through the arctic summer landscape. With our guide you will get to hike the grounds around Oqaatsut and investigate the arctic flora and admire the rivers and rocky plains. All to kayaking among humongous icebergs, so close you can almost touch them. The journey starts with a hike from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut, where we will get to see plains of arctic floras, sky high mountains and rocky terrain. A peaceful hike through the wonderful landscape leaves every explorer breathless, surrounded by astonishing views in every direction. Meet the friendly locals and watch the daily activity of hunters going out and coming back from a fishing trip or a hunt. Take your time to study the houses and imagine living in a place surrounded by breathtaking nature and the harsh living conditions in winter time. Around the settlement you will see Greenlandic dogs situated outside houses and some with puppies. Most of them will come to you as they are curious small dogs and love a belly rub. Take your time to look at the many drying racks of fish and maybe polar bear skin. Surrounded by stunning nature you should take the advantage of exploring the arctic tundra. Come along this adventurous journey to the charming settlement of Oqaatsut and enjoy a 2-day trip of cultural activities and other activities. See the availability by pressing on ‘Choose a date’ and book your tour today. 

Duration:
2 days
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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Whales & Ice | Private tour | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Experience the best of both worlds on this tour combining whale watching with sailing between the huge icebergs in the amazing Ilulissat Icefjord, which since 2004 has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sailing with Ilulissat Water Taxi is a nice and easy way to get to some of the top attractions close to Ilulissat city. You book the trip and Water Taxi will pick you up on one of two spots at the harbor - just like a Yellow Cab. In the summer the beautiful humpback whales travel the big oceans from Haiti and Puerto Rico heading straight to the Disko Bay. They come here to feed on the huge amounts of small fish and krill, they find in the fresh Greenlandic sea. The humpback whales are huge, beautiful mammals that you can see swim peacefully between the waves without making a sound. These giants can be up to 15 meters long and weight 30 tons. On this tour there are biggest chances for spotting the humpback whales with their iconic tail waving as they dive into the sea. You might also be lucky to see Bowhead whales sometimes. One thing that however is sure is that you will see the beautiful icebergs, that the area is known for and named after, as Ilulissat in Greenlandic means iceberg. Bring your binoculars and come along on this exciting adventure. Check the booking availability by pressing ‘’Choose a date’’ above. *Please note that the price is for chartering the whole boat for this excursion. This will include one to six passengers. When booking you will register one person and following choose how many extra passengers are on the trip. It is important for the Captain to know how many people will be attending the adventure.
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Snowshoe Hiking | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Step right up to join this fully guided tour and uncover Ilulissat's valleys of snow, conquer steep mountainsides and gaze upon mesmerizing views! This tour is for anyone who would like to spice up their Ilulissat holiday, while still visiting Ilulissat's most popular attraction.  This tour takes you to the spell-binding and magical Sermermiut Valley. Sermermiut valley is known as a UNESCO World heritage because of the ancient Inuit traces and its unimaginable beauty. Sermermiut has been inhabited by different Inuit cultures and was first inhabited around 4000 years ago. Due to the hard arctic climate, exploring Ilulissat's UNESCO world heritage becomes difficult.  Snowshoeing allows you to reach almost inaccessible places, as the snowshoe easily can conquer the steep mountains sides.  Your tour starts at Kussangajaannguaq 7, where you will be introduced to your guide, who will lead you safely through the winter wonderland. From there you and your fellow explorers will be transferred to Ilulissat’s powerhouse. At the powerhouse a valley of adventures awaits you! You will be following, what the locals call the “Yellow route”.  Tie your snowshoes and come along! The route takes you around Sermermiuts headland and will provide you with panoramic views of Sermermiut, Disko Bay and spell-binding views of icebergs in all sizes and shapes. You will feel the unforgiving arctic cold bite your cheeks and the sweat run down your back! En route, there will be lots of opportunities for capturing moments lasting a lifetime through your camera lens.  The headland will provide you with unimaginable beauty, as you can see the Icefjords many icebergs on their voyage to the Atlantic ocean. The route ends at the heliport, where transfer back to Ilulissat will be waiting.   This tour is for anyone who would like to explore the winter wonderland of Sermeriut. Do not hesitate to join this action-packed and exciting tour, the tour can be done by everyone – experienced or not!  Put one your warmest hat and bring your camera. See the availability and book this tour by pressing 'Choose a date' above. 
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1. How do I get to Ilulissat?

If you are coming in the summer, there are flights from both Iceland and Denmark. From Copenhagen, Denmark, there are flights every day during the summer, with up to 10 flights a week. You transit at the hub airport Kangerlussuaq, that has good connections to Ilulissat. From Reykjavik, Iceland, there are direct flights that take you to Ilulissat, with departures from both Keflavik (Reykjavik International) and Reykjavik Domestic airports.

In the winter there are 4 flights a week from Copenhagen, to which there are smooth domestic connections to Ilulissat. Flights from Iceland are closed during mid-winter, but open twice a week from late winter to spring, in time for the dogsledding season.

2. What do you recommend to do in Ilulissat?

The gigantic icebergs in front of town, which come from the UNESCO World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord is the biggest attraction. Boat trips to sail among them, and hikes to the Icefjord are very popular all year round. 

There are many things to do - hiking, kayaking, whale watching, or just relaxing under the midnight sun in the summer; dog sledding, snowshoeing and northern light tours in the winter. It’s also nice to explore the whole Disko Bay area, to visit other towns, go to the small settlements of Oqaatsut (Rødebay) and Ilimanaq, or spend time in camps or cottages such as at Eqi Glacier.

3. I can't find available rooms in Ilulissat. What can I do?

There are a good number of hotels and hostels in Ilulissat, but they can get full in the summer season. You can try airbnb , as there are quite a few in Ilulissat. Or if you can come earlier or later in the season, that could also be a solution. 

 Another way is to go to neighboring towns in Disko Bay, such as Qeqertarsuaq, Qasigiannguit or Aasiaat. You can experience both Ilulissat, which is a tourist hub with many attractions, and the other towns, each which have a unique charm and a different atmosphere from Iulissat.

4. How can I travel from Ilulissat to other towns in the region?

The boat company Disko Line provides scheduled traffic in the whole area. There are boat charters such as Ilulissat Water Taxi. Tours that go to the nearby settlements of Oqaatust (Rødebay) and Ilimanaq include boat transportation. 

5. What is winter in Ilulissat like?

Winter and early spring is a fantastic season to visit Ilulissat. Northern lights dancing over the huge icebergs from Ilulissat Icefjord is a very special experience. Boat tours to see the icebergs operate year-round, you can join a dog sledding experience, and snowshoeing tours allow to to venture into the Arctic landscape easily.