Winter at the Ice Sheet | 5 days | Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland
Come along on this winter tour on your next vacation. Experience dog sledding, see the northern lights, visit the Russell glacier, and last but not least stand on the Greenland Ice Sheet!
With just one flight from Denmark, you arrive into a winter wonderland! During your 5 days winter adventure, you will experience all the "MUST things to do" in Kangerlussuaq. Besides enjoying the beautiful snowy landscape, this area of Greenland is also perfect for spotting wild animals such as musk oxen and reindeer if we are lucky.
Choose the day and book your adventurous winter package now!
Arriving in Kangerlussuaq & sightseeing tour
You will fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland. As you approach Greenland, the sight of the endless icy desert indicates what you can look forward to.
Kangerlussuaq is beautifully situated between soft hills and close to the Ice Sheet and the city will welcome you with a blast of fresh coldness.
A guide will meet you upon arrival and help you to check in at either Old Camp or Polar Lodge. There will be provided towels, bedlinen and breakfast, thus the bathrooms are shared.
After check-in, the guide arranges an information meeting where you will get a briefing about the exciting Kangerlussuaq area and information about the days ahead of you. It is now time to experience the old airbase on a guided tour by bus, giving you insight into the area’s history and astonishing nature.
Point 660, stepping on inland ice!
The area around Kangerlussuaq is the only inhabited place in Greenland’s inland. All the other towns and settlements are located by the coastline.
The climate is continental with very stable weather conditions which is why the Americans chose this location for their base. If you go for a stroke in the neighborhood, you will still see remnants from that time.
Then we will go on a bus and head towards Point 660 and The Greenland Ice Sheet. That is the second-largest ice sheet in the world and covers incredibly 80 percent of Greenland. During your 5-hour trip you will have the possibility to step on inland ice and enjoy the views of the "ice desert".
Along the way, you will have the possibility to see tundra wildlife, raindeers, musk ox, and other animals. It is impossible to predict if you can get close to the animals or look at them from the distance. The guide always brings binoculars, so there is a very high chance of experiencing these incredible animals and other wildlife.
Dogsledding adventure & Northern lights hunt!
Get ready for the most amazing drive in your life! A dogsled tour over the frozen fjord is a really unique experience. Get on the sled, sit back, and enjoy the Arctic wilderness and fresh air, wearing warm sealskin clothing. 2 hours dogsledding tour is perfect to experience it.
You will have time to relax with a hot cup of tea or coffee and enjoy your day until the evening.
You are traveling in the season of the amazing northern lights, you must embrace the chance to see this phenomenon. Tonight is the night we will go hunting Northern lights! Kangerlussuaq is one of the best places to catch the northern lights in Greenland due to its stable climate. You will drive away from the base into the night and chase the stunning sight of northern lights. After your (hopefully successful) hunt you will be served famous Greenlandic coffee.
Visiting Russell Glacier
Visiting Russell Glacier is one of the must things to do in Kangerlussuaq!
You will start your adventure on a gravel road going out to the tundra and far away from Kangerlussuaq. You might also be lucky enough to spot musk oxen, reindeer, or even a hare on your way to the glacier.
When we reach the end of the road we will get out and have a short walk to the majestic Russell glacier. Big ice wall just in front of you that is an amazing sight and a perfect place for pictures!
- Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
- Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
- 20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage
- 4 nights at Old Camp (Monday – Friday)/ Polar Lodge (Thursday – Monday) with shared bath/toilet
- Towels & bed linen
- Welcome meeting with local English-speaking guide
- 5 hours tour to Point 660, Greenland ice sheet
- 4 hours tour to Russell glacier
- 2 hours Northern lights tour
- 2 hours Dogsledding tour (warm clothes and boots, 3 people per sled)
- Single/ solo traveler supplement (mandatory if traveling alone)
- Travel Insurance (recommended while traveling in Greenland)
- Lunch & dinner
What to bring
- Warm clothing. 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). In addition, the outer layer must be warm and windproof.
- Warm hat, thick windproof gloves, buff or scarf
- Insulated boots or hiking boots with multiple pairs of socks
- 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
Group size: 20-22 people.
Flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq and back are guaranteed departure.
Please note: Departure times are subject to change.
Flight Schedule (local times)
Departure: Monday – Friday
- Departure from Copenhagen 09:00 AM
- Return to Copenhagen at 8:00 PM
Departure: Thursday – Monday
- Departure from Copenhagen 10:40 AM
- Return to Copenhagen at 8:15 PM
20 kilos of checked baggage and 8 kilos of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm).
Travelers with reduced mobility and wheelchair users
This tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users. Please note that this advice is not based on medical knowledge, and ultimately it is your own responsibility to decide if a tour is the right tour for you.
Our customers are the foundation of Guide to Greenland so we make great efforts to provide you with the best possible service.
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.
The earlier you book your trip, the better the prices will be, and the more likely you will be able to book the tour you want for the dates/times you want.
Package tours can be sold out more than half a year in advance (note that Guide to Greenland does not include international flights in packages, except where indicated from Iceland or Denmark). Day trips may sell out closer to your arrival date, but for popular destinations, certain dates/times can also sell out months in advance. We recommend that you secure all of your experiences by booking them well in advance of your trip.
All cancellations must be made via e-mail.
Although Guide to Greenland is committed to ensuring the best protection and service for our customers in the event of a cancellation, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees. This is in accordance with Greenland travel industry business practices. Details can be found in our general cancellation policy
Note: Due to COVID-19, a temporary cancellation policy applies. You can find it in the footer of the website under the “Terms & Conditions”.
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