Information about Ilulissat

Get lost in the sound of soaring icebergs retracting, explore untouched arctic tundra and experience an extraordinary gastronomic get-away. Ilulissat is well known for its breathtaking ice fjord, found nowhere else in the world.

Background of Ilulissat City


Ilulissat is the 3rd largest city in Greenland, attuning both traditional- and modern culture.

The balance between modern- and traditional culture is seen through the use of traditional means of transportation and the occupation the area holds, in a modern world.

Ilulissat holds around 4500 inhabitants, 4 hunting and fishing settlements and is the capital of the Disko Bay.  The town is the entrance to North Greenland, as it is the center of culture, transportation and administration.

The city inherited its name Ilulissat, meaning icebergs, due to its rich ice fjords, calving out from the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier. Ilulissat is situated at the stunning mouth of the 40 kilometer long Kangia Icefjord. The icefjord surrounding the city, has forced Ilulissat, with its beauty, to claim the frozen bodies of water as its trademark, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Ilulissat icefjord is a part of the world heritage list of UNESCO, due to its azure colossal ice sculptures, hiding vanished ages deep within its core.

Explorers Paradise


Ilulissat is more than the icefjord, as the city offers plenty of opportunities  for the nature loving explorers. Hike the arctic tundra, explore veins of the fjord system surrounding Ilulissat, get a taste of Greenlandic gastronomy or go on an adventure in the lands of ancient inuits.

Listen to the rhythmic sounds of dog paws, moving along the winter ice, as you sit on a dogsled venturing out in the majestic nature of Ilulissat. Dogsledding is adored by all locals, and will take you to unimaginable beautiful locations.  Venture into the fjords of Ilulissat, on a whale safari. Stand on deck, while the arctic winds long to play with your hair, in the presence of arctic sea creatures. The humpback whale resides the neighbouring seas, and it is guaranteed that you will have a glimpse of the majestic creature hiding in between the waves, while visiting Ilulissat. The town is surrounded by arctic tundra, stretching endless miles. Hike the lands, once inhabited by Inuits and explore the untouched nature of Ilulissat, visit a nearby settlement enroute and be granted a unique insight to the life of a traditional Greenlandic family.  Take advantage of the midnight sun, as you camp in the wild, vast and wonderful Greenland.

Dining


Stroll through Ilulissat, in the noise of the soaring icebergs retracting from start to end and visit the cultural venue. Ilulissat is known as the Greenlandic Gastronomy getaway, and offers extraordinary dining experiences. Dine at restaurant Ulo, known as the countrys best, serving greenlandic commodities, depending on the giving season.

 

Ilulissat will enchant you to explore more of this mesmerizing country, with its stunning nature and loving people!

 What to see & what to do in Ilulissat

  • Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier
  • Eqi Glacier
  • Hiking
  • Dining
  • Villages & settlements
  • Whale safari
  • Boat tours
  • Kayaking
  • Traditional culture
 

Services near Ilulissat

All services in 50km radius

Attractions nearby Ilulissat

Ilimanaq

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Zion's Church

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Oqaatsut

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Ilulissat Icefjord

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Disko Bay

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Eqi Glacier

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Uummannaq

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Russell Glacier

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Kangerlussuaq

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Arctic Circle Trail

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Ice Sheet

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Apussuit Glacer

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Qoornoq

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Lille Malene

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Store Malene | Ukkusissat

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