Winter In Ilulissat | 5 Days | Disko Bay
Experience the astonishing Greenlandic winter with this 5-day package in Ilulissat. This itinerary should not be missed by those who want to immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes that Disko Bay has to offer. The tour is seasonally tailored to cover the season’s sheer wealth of activities, such as dog sledging, northern lights watching and cruising among icebergs in Ilulissat Icefjord.
Ilulissat is Greenland’s most sought-after destination, due to its beautiful surroundings of voyaging icebergs, snow-covered tundra and wonders of the Arctic. The city is in the near vicinity of Ilulissat Icefjord, Disko Bay and Sermermiut valley – making it a perfect winter-visit destination.
Your multiday tour includes visits to incredible natural attractions in the company of local guides. You will head out on dogsled to discover Greenland’s beautiful tundra. You will set out to sea for a boat cruise among icebergs in Ilulissat Icefjord. On one evening to gaze upon the beautiful Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). You have one day at your own leisure, that you can book optional tours too. For instance, you can head out on snowmobile or snowshoes to play in the snow.
All accommodation, transfers to and from Ilulissat Airport and tours are booked before you arrive. All you have to do is make your way to Ilulissat. While you are visiting Ilulissat, you will be staying in the comfortable rooms of Hotel Avanna. Hotel Avanna is more than a hotel. 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 Avanna help others.
Discover the undiscovered Arctic hemisphere with us in Ilulissat. Click on the Itinerary tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place on this all-encompassing exploration of Ilulissat by clicking on Book Now.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
First day of winter
You arrive in Ilulissat, Disko Bay to be picked up by the staff from Hotel Avanna. While driving to the hotel, you will be amazed by the spectacular winter scenery. Everywhere you look, are beautiful views of either tundra, colourful houses or voyaging icebergs.
Arriving at the hotel, you check-in and settle in. Recover from your travels, or head out to explore.
Ilulissat is Greenland 3rd largest town and is known for its spectacular sceneries of icebergs, sled dogs and beauty. Everywhere you go in town, you will be astonished by the beautiful views, running sleds and urban life.
Into the wild on dogsled
Your second day in Greenland is a free day. You can choose to go into the wild with Dogs!
You’ll meet your musher at the dogsled tracks. Before departing, the musher will show you what dogs are safe to approach and how to move around the sled. Dog sledding in an Arctic landscape is not only peaceful and beautiful, but an art to master. The musher and his dogs have a special bond, that allows them to work closely together while driving through the cold, uneven, and often steep Arctic tundra and sea ice.
Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery, as the dogs will pull you across the snow-covered landscape. By evening, you will head out by bus to gaze upon the spectacular northern lights. While enjoying the sight of bright lights dancing across the night sky, your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the auroras.
Ilulissat Icefjord Discovery
By now, you must be tired of the icebergs teasing you with their beauty from a distance. Therefore, we have planned for you to depart on a boat trip among icebergs. With a local captain, you’ll head out to sea and navigate around the giant icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord.
The icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord originates from one of the world’s most active glaciers, the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. The beautiful scenery of Ilulissat Icefjord is not only created by the active glacier but also by the location. Did you know that the glacier is one of few, that actually reaches the sea? Because the glacier reaches the sea, the icebergs drifts and strand in the fjord, creating a scenery of dense icebergs. We believe it will be one of the most impressive, but surreal nature sightings, that you will ever experience. The awesomeness of this impressive natural wonder will give you a true understanding of the Greenlandic nature’s grandeur.
Take advantage of winter
The day is at your leisure, we suggest that you take advantage of the Greenlandic winter's sheer wealth of activities.
Join an optional snowshoe hike to Sermermiut Valley. Sermermiut Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage, as it is the home of ruins and remains from different Inuit migrations. While conquering the snow-covered landscape by snowshoe, you can enjoy a spectacular view of voyaging icebergs, originating from Ilulissat Icefjord. Before reaching a viewpoint that overlooks the sea of endless icebergs, your guide will stop the hiking tribe to tell all about the valley's history. The tour has a duration of 3 to 4 hours.
If you are in need of a kick of adrenaline and hold a valid driver license, we suggest that you book an optional snowmobile tour. The backcountry of Ilulissat offers great landscapes to be discovered. Our local guides and modern snowmobiles are a great way to explore snowy valleys and mountains, frozen lakes, fjords and the sea ice. No previous experience is required. We provide all the equipment and our experienced guide will teach how to drive the snowmobile.
Farewell, or see you in Aasiaat, Sisimiut or Nuuk
Your 5th day in Greenland marks the end of your stay in Ilulissat. We hope you had an amazing summer vacation with us in Ilulissat. If you are looking to stay in Greenland, we suggest that you book a getaway to either Sisimiut, Aasiaat or Nuuk.
We transfer you to the airport, and bid you farewell.
- Boat trip among icebergs
- Sermermiut walk
- Accommodation in Hotel Avannaa 4 nights/5 days
- For solo travellers, the tour includes 4 nights in a single room
- For 2 travellers the tour includes 4 nights in a double room
- For 4 travellers the tour includes 4 nights in two double rooms
- For 6 travellers the tour includes 4 nights in three double rooms
- Flight t/f Ilulissat
- All meals, excl. breakfast
- Optional excursion
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays
- Dogsled tour
- Snowmobile tour
- Snowshoes tour
What to bring
- Warm winter wear. 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). The 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.
- Warm hat, thick windproof gloves, buff or scarf
- Insulated winter boots
- 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
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