9 days west coast incl. 3 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk
On this trip you will sail with the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’ from Nuuk to the famous Disko Bay. Travelling with the locals on board the coastal ship will give you a great insight into the life of the Greenlanders. In Nuuk, the capital of Greenland we will have time to explore the city and learn about the history and the culture of the Inuit. On the way to Ilulissat, the city of Icebergs, you will stop at small settlements and witness the locals at the ports welcoming or bidding farewell to family and friends. In Ilulissat you can explore the breathtaking area, enjoy the view on the most impressive icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere and go on exciting day tours.
Arrival in Nuuk
Day at leisure in Nuuk
Embarkation on board the coastal ship in Nuuk
Sailing: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut
Sailing: Aasiaat - Arrival in Ilulissat
Days at leisure in Ilulissat
End of the trip in Ilulissat
Prices and dates
Price per person:
|1 June to 1 September:||Double||Single|
|Couchette & hostel||955||1245|
|Cabin & acc. w. private facilities||1805||2775|
|2 September to 30 September:||Double||Single|
|Couchette & hostel||855||1150|
|Cabin & acc. w. private facilities||1605||2480|
Wednesdays, May 15, 2018 – October 15, 2018 (available)
- 2 nights in Nuuk
- sailing on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Nuuk to Ilulissat
- 4 nights in Ilulissat
Ilulissat: Boat Tour Eqi (Jun-Sep, 11h, 320€)
We leave Ilulissat early in the morning and sail north in the direction of Eqi Glacier. Very few places in Greenland are as breathtaking as Eqi. On the way we will sail around the most impressive icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere. We will sail close the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines for about an hour, enjoy some lunch as well as the breathtaking view of the calving glacier. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.
Ilulissat: Evening iceberg sailing (Jun-Sep, 2.5h, 95€)
On a 2,5 hour boat trip you will sail among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 45km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. Remember to bring warm clothes.
Ilulissat: Sermermiut Hike (Jan-Dec, 2h, 48€)
It is a big day today. You came here to see glaciers and icebergs. And you do not mean the small ones, you mean the massive ones. Well, we promise - this is what you are going to see. Standing in front of the enormous Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel small and humble. An endless amount of ice pushing down from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq towards the sea, where ice is calving constantly creating those majestic icebergs floating in Disko Bay. Here, at the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site, we also stop at Sermermiut, an abandoned Inuit settlement, which had been used by Saqqaq, Early Dorset and Thule cultures. Our guide will give you insights of the Inuit culture and will answer your questions.
Ilulissat: Evening kayaking (Jun- 15 Sep, 3h, 220€)
In the evening, you go for an impressive kayaking trip among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay. The activity consists in kayaking along the coast of Ilulissat, from where you can see big icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord. You experience this breathtaking scenery in the most natural and traditional way. Just you and your kayak, paddling as Inuits used to so and some still do. Nonetheless all the safety measures are included: the best equipment in the market (clothing that enables you to swim in freezing waters and the most safe and stable kayaks) and if that were not enough, our kayak instructors have the highest qualifications and lots of experience kayaking in Arctic regions (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).
Ilulissat: Boat tour Ilimanaq (Jun-Sep, 5h, 185€)
You will sail from Ilulissat to the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the great Kangia Icefjord. The view of the fjord is absolutely stunning. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq and learn how people live in such a remote part of the world. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.
Nuuk: City Sightseeing (Jan-Dec, 1.5h, 40€)
A guide takes you on a historical tour through all of the neightborhoods in Nuuk. The tour starts (either in car or bus) in 'Qinngorput' the newest suburb in Nuuk, where you will hear about everything from architecture to the everyday life of the town's 16,000 inhabitants. From Qinngorput we go 'back in time’ through the 70’s buildings in the suburb of Nuussuaq, through the 50s apartment buildings in the city center, the colorful typehouses in 'Nuutoqaq' and finally ending the tour in the colonial harbor where it all started when Hans Egede arrived in the 1700th century.
This historical insight to the city will give you a greater understanding of the conditions and customs of this country. During the trip there will be plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures or take a short walk up to the Hans Egede Statue next to the Cathedral. The tour can conveniently end ar the national museum of Nuuk, where you can easily spent a couple of hours.
Nuuk: Boat Tour Ice Fjord (Apr-Oct, 7h, 245€)
A Targa boat takes us to Kangersuneq/Icefiord through Qoornoq passage. After about 2 hours boat tour we arrive to the mouth of Kangersuneq/Icefiord where we have the view of Narsap Sermia Glacier. After lunch we will continue to Qoornoq an abandoned settlement. In Qoornoq you can walk around and get a feeling of how life was in a settlement.
Nuuk: Boat Tour Qooqqut Restaurant (May-Sep, 5.5h, 120€)
In the afternoon we take you to beautiful Qooqqut. Qooqut can be reached by sailing for 1 hour into Nuuk Fjord. Arriving at beautiful Qooqqut surrounded by impressive mountain peaks we will go fishing for 20 minutes and take the freshly caught fish to the famous restaurant up here to be cooked. Qooqqut itself used to be a sheep breading station but the old buildings have now been restored and turned into a high quality restaurant. At the restaurant you will enjoy your Greenlandic dinner (not included, choose à la carte) before we take you back to Nuuk by boat, where we should land around 21:00 hours.
Oqaatsut: Inuit Village & Kayaking (Jun-15 Sep, 7h, 399€)
In the morning you will be transferred by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. Here we will go kayaking in Disko Bay. Before we start, you will get a short introduction to kayaking and then we will practice a bit just off the coast of Oqaatsut. We then head towards the icebergs. We will paddle among the icebergs in the bay and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding us. We will have some refreshment in Oqaatsut before we take the boat back to Ilulissat (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).
Oqaatsut: Meeting the Inuit - a cultural experience (Jun-15 Sep, 7h, 265€)
We leave from the harbour in Ilulissat by boat heading north towards Oqaatsut, a small Inuit village where 37 people live all year round. Once in the settlement our guide will show you around Oqaatsut and tell you about the old and modern life of the Inuit and how these two worlds are merging. With the assistance of the locals we introduce you to some of their traditions. The tradition introduced is dependent on the season. These activities include learning how to cook and smoke fish, how to cut and dry it for storage, collecting wild plants and flowers to make tea, feeding the sled dogs with their musher, repairing a fishing net or building a sled. Our local English speaking guide will translate and help you to engage in a conversation with the locals.
We conclude this cultural experience with a visit to an Inuit family and a traditional lunch made with local ingredients. After a lovely meal, we sail back to Ilulissat
Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing.
Couchette & hostel: In Nuuk & Ilulissat in hostel in double or single room with shared facilitates (bed linen included), on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette in dormitory in sleeping bag accommodation with shared facilitates.
Cabin & accommodation with private facilities: In Nuuk in a 3 local star hotel in room with private facilities including breakfast, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a private cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 3 local star hotel in standard room with private facilities including breakfast.
The ship Sarfaq Ittuk
The vessel was built in 1992 and modernised and lengthened in the winter of 1999/2000. It is now 73 meters long and 11 meters wide. With her engine of 2000 hp the vessels steams at a speed of 13 knots. The crew counts 22 people. The vessel has café, stern saloon with panorama windows, playroom and a hospital clinic to be used in case of injuries and emergency situations onboard. The vessel's capacity is 239 passengers. The overnight accommodation facilities are distributed on 104 cabin beds with private bath and toilet, and 135 couchettes. The couchettes are without private facilities and have access to lockable cabinet showers in communal areas. 'Det Norske Veritas' has classified the vessel for sailing in icy waters.
Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Nuuk via Reykjavík/Iceland or through Kangerlussuaq via Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 950 EUR per person can be added to your package.
Day 1: Arrival in Nuuk - visit of the capital
Today you arrive in Nuuk. Night in Nuuk.
Day 2: Nuuk
You will have the day at leisure Nuuk. You can explore the capital, visit the National Museum and see the mummies found in the north of Greenland, and take a walk at the hold harbour as well as visiting the culture center, Katuaq or join one of the guided excursions we have available in the options. Night in Nuuk.
Day 3: Nuuk - coastal ship departure
You will have the day at leisure Nuuk. In the evening, you will leave Nuuk on board the coastal ship, Sarfaq Ittuk. Night on board.
Day 4: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut
The further north we sail, the higher and steeper the mountains are. Today we will pass the Arctic Circle before we arrive in Sisimiut, which is the most northern town in Greenland free of ice all the year around. Night on board.
Day 5: Aasiaat - Ilulissat
Today, you will arrive in the famous Disko Bay. After a short stop in Aasiaat, we will continue to sail north towards Ilulissat, the town of the icebergs. Shortly before we arrive in Ilulissat, we will pass by the impressive Icefjord, Kangia, filled with enormous icebergs. You will have the afternoon at leisure in Ilulissat to visit the town and enjoy the amazing view of the icebergs. Night in Ilulissat.
Day 6 to 8: Days at leisure in Ilulissat
You will have 3 days to discover the famous Disko Bay. You can explore the beautiful area and the incredible icebergs. You can also check out our guided excursions in the options. Nights in Ilulissat.
Day 9: End of the trip in Ilulissat
Today your trip ends in Ilulissat after unforgettable days in the Arctic.
Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk
|1 June - 1 September||Day||Arrival||Departure|
|2 September - 30 September||Day||Arrival||Departure|
All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Greenland Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.