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

Ilimanaq is a tiny settlement just 15 km south of Ilulissat. During the summer there are several departures from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, at a near dail...

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Zion's Church

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Ilulissat Icefjord

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Disko Bay

The Disko Bay is named after the Disko island in the middle of the bay. There are 2 villages on the Island, Qeqertarsuaq and the settlement of Kangerl...

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Eqi Glacier

Eqi - The Calving Glacier - Located 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat in the Disko Bay within reach for day tours / trips, and available for accom...

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Uummannaq

Experience  the charismatic townsfolk of Uummanaq, explore the wild, wonderful and vast surroundings and get an insight to the daily lives of the...

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Russel Glacier

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Kangerlussuaq

Greenlands main entrance from the world. A unique place with easy access to plenty of adventures. Experience the amazing Greenlandic Ic...

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Arctic Circle Trail

The well-known Arctic Circle Trail is a 160 km long trail that stretches between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. It is a perfect hike to escape everyday&n...

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Ice Sheet

The Greenlandic ice sheet is the second largest ice sheet in the world. It’s 1.730.000km², and the thickness is usually over 2km, and over ...

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Apussuit Glacer

Apussuit is a skiing centre on top of a glacier, about 25 km east from Maniitsoq. Apussuit means ‘the big snow’ in West Greenlandic. Apus...

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Qoornoq

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Nuuk Fjord

Nuuk is surrounded by a huge fjordsystem, with a lot of hidden gems to be explored. Visit the abandoned settlements and the amazing Nuuk Icefjord. ...

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Nordlandet

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Lille Malene

Lille Malene (Little Malene) is a mountain peak about 50 km outside of Nuuk. Lille Malene is about 440 meters (1,380 ft.) above sea level and is ...

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Quassussuaq

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Nuuk

The northernmost capital in the world. Expanding in all directions, mixing Greenlandic traditional- and modern culture, Nuuk the capital of Green...

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Store Malene | Ukkusissat

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Sermilik Fjord

Sermilik Fjord is a big fjord west of the city Tasiilaq in East Greenland. The name Sermelik means 'place with glaciers' in Greenlandic. The f...

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Ammassalik Island

Ammassalik Island in East Greenland Ammassalik Island is an island in the South East Greenland, with an area of 772 km2 / 298 square miles. Tasiilaq...

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Tours near Ilulissat

Boat Trip among the Icebergs | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Seeing the gigantic icebergs close up is simply amazing. Some of them tower more than 100 meters......

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Dogsled tour | Ilulissat | Disko bay

Come along and take this unique opportunity to get close to the ancient Inuit culture, on this......

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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.......

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Glacier Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Fly over some of the amazing glaciers and icebergs around one of Greenland's top......

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Whale Safari | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

This tour takes you see one of wonders of the sea, the famous humpback whale, which is known for......

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Chasing the Northern Lights | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along this tour and experience the magical and spell-binding Aurora Borealis! Experiencing......

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Iceberg Safari | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along and sail on the majestic Ilulissat Icefjord. You will on this boat tour be able to......

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Quick tour on the Icefjord | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Do you want to see icebergs the size of islands up close? A quick trip on the Icefjord is just......

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Icefjord Photo Sightseeing | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join on this amazing tour and bring home the best pictures from Ilulissat! Let AirZafari fly you......

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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......

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Sermermiut Settlement Walk | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Would you like to spice up your Ilulissat adventure? Then come along on this enchanting......

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Eqi Glacier Boat Tour | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Imagine a huge wall of ice in front of you and suddenly you hear something, that most of all......

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Evening Kayak Cruise | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

From cultural and historic walks to the essence of Ilulissat, sailing among enormous icebergs in......

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Oqaatsut Kayaking Day | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join this marvelous trip combining kayaking with cultural visit to the charming hunting village......

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Pay by the Hour Private Charter | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Travel the amazing Ilulissat area with Water Taxi. Ilulissat Water Taxi specializes in......

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Morning Kayak Cruise | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

From cultural and historic walks to the essence of Ilulissat, sailing among enormous icebergs in......

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The Sled Dog Experience | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along and experience a symphony of 20 howling sled dogs! If you are visiting Ilulissat you......

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Whale Watching| Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come aboard and embark on this unforgettable whale watching tour and see the magical sea......

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Midnight Sun Photo Workshop | Disko Bay

Come along on this magical journey north of the Arctic Circle, to the stunning seascapes of ice......

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Inuit myths & legends | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Join us for a cosy evening of storytelling! We will be diving deep into ancient Inuit myths and......

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Ilulissat Citywalk | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along this tour, discovering the hidden corners and gems of Ilulissat city! This tour is......

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Hike Along The Icefjord | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along this invigorating guided hike along the enchanting and spell-binding Kangia......

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Hunting Northern Lights with Snowmobile | Ilulissat

Go deep into the Arctic Night far from the city’s light pollution with snowmobiles and hunt the......

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The Calving Glacier Eqi | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Experience the amazing Eqi glacier throwing tonnes of huge icebergs into the ocean for a little......

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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,......

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Kayaking Ilulissat Icefjord | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Would you like to master the art of kayaking? Then come along and kayak the surrounding seas of......

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Traditional Kaffemik | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along and experience the Greenlandic hospitality at traditional Kaffemik! This tour will......

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Oqaatsut Settlement Tour | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Get the ultimate experience of a small settlement in Greenland. The settlement in Disko Bay......

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Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days

Stay 4 nights in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. There is a lot to see and a lot to do in a short......

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Arctic Nights Photography Workshop | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Do you want to take some amazing photos of the Arctic landscape, then this tour is the one for......

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Crash Course in Greenlandic | Ilulissat

If you like to learn new languages or you like the sound of Greenlandic or you just want to......

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Northwest Greenland in Autumn | Icebergs, glaciers and Inuit settlements

Have you ever wanted to go to the Arctic? And do you have a passion for photography? Then join......

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Snowmobile tour to UNESCO viewpoint | Ilulissat

Go on an exciting snowmobile tour into the backcountry of Ilulissat, following the dogsled trail......

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Sea Fishing | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

If you want your own freshly caught from the arctic cold waters, this is something for you.......

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Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

Join this awesome adventure that most photographers dream about, and get inspired by the amazing......

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Guided Settlement Walk | Ilimanaq | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along and venture into the area of expectations, on this settlement walk! A combination of......

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Fishing Tour | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Want to catch some cod or bull-head? Try our longline fishing......

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Winter in Northwest Greenland | Icebergs, Glaciers & Inuit

Go on an exciting photography winter trip to Ilulissat and explore the Disko Bay with skilled......

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Winter Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Experience the true Arctic winter with the beautiful snow-covered landscape. This tour to......

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The Calving Glacier Eqi & Paakitsoq | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

The calving glacier Eqi & Paakitsoq tour is the same tour as "Eqi- Calving Glacier" but with two......

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Snowmobile Adventure | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

As Greenland is known for its magnificent snow-covered landscapes, what greater way to explore......

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Explore the North | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

Come along and explore the hidden corners in a world far away from everything you know.......

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Visit Ilulissat, Ilimanaq and Kangerlussuaq | West Greenland

Come along at explore the hidden corners in a world far away from from everything you know.......

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Snowmobile tour to small settlement | Ilulissat

Go see what life is like in a small Greenlandic settlement, we will ride snowmobiles across......

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Captains Favorite Strait Cruise Sullorsuaq | Ilulissat | Disko Bay

This tour is for those who want the perfect picture. So make sure your memory card is empty......

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Nuuk, Ilulissat and Disko Island package | West Greenland

Book this package if you want to experience 3 incredibly different towns in Greenland. You’ll......

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