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6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

from 670.00 €
Request a quote Disko Island Exploration

6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

from 670.00 €

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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.

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.

Explore picturesque Qeqertarsuaq on this guided walk which will reveal a glimpse into its history as well as every day life of its around 850 inhabitants. The locals primary occupations are hunting and fishing, especially fishing for snow-crabs and lumpfish. Despite being small and quiet, the only community on Disko Island provides a school, nursing home, hospital and a small museum as well as numerous voluntary associations. The soccer field is always busy with playing children and looks out on the sea with its fantastic icebergs.

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).

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Equipment list Disko Island Exploration

6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

Equipment list Disko Island Exploration

6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a lightweight wool or other fast-drying fiber. Base layers will also keep you warm if, for example, your outer layers are not entirely windproof or waterproof. If there is one thing to stress, it is that having several light layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other, is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having one or two heavy layers that might make you too cold or too hot, but never just right. It is recommended to bring a selection of long-sleeve shirts and pants for lightweight base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. It should not be your heaviest winter sweater, but just something you feel could make you warm and cosy if you had a persistent chill. It is recommended to bring a light- to medium-weight wool sweater or a fleece or prima loft jacket.

  • All-purpose or fleece pants (mid layer)

    When you are on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof pants (outer layer) layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a pair of light, loose breathable pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful if you easily feel cold. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

  • breathable light jacket (outer layer)

    When you’re on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof jacket layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a light jacket, or even a vest. Lightweight puffy jackets work well.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it’s to protect you from wind and rain on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof rain pants. Gore-Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.

  • warm hat and light (fleece) gloves

    A bit of wind, a mammoth iceberg nearby, and even fog can have more effect on the air temperature than you might imagine, and it can be magnified when sailing or standing a few hundred meters above sea level. Even though it is summer and there is not a single patch of snow to be found, you still need to be prepared with a few of the more ‘wintery’ items. It is recommended to bring a warm hat and gloves. As a light version, a buff to wear around the head or neck is also useful.

  • hiking boots

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. So bring your favourite hiking boots, that you will likely use across all sailing and hiking activities, on all days. Good hiking boots have high ankles support, are waterproof or water-resistant and are non-skid / have a sole with good traction (good for both rocky terrain and wet boat decks). It is good if they are worn-in as it is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.

  • comfort footwear

    We recommend supportive sneakers/running shoes, that you will use on arrival and departure day, as well as for the evenings.

Other gear

  • 60-80 litre backpack or duffle bag

    It is recommended to pack your gear in a backpack. Many of the towns have simple dirt- or rocky roads which are not exactly ideal for pulling luggage with wheels. If you do not own a backpack, prefer a duffle bag over a hard shell suitcase.

  • 20-30 litre daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to bring a small daypack to hold an extra layer or two and your water bottle during short excursions.

  • sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, base-cap

    In summer in Greenland, the midnight sun is out 24 hours a day. Couple this never-ending daylight with the fact that there are no trees for shade - as well as with the reflection off the water and nearby icebergs - and you’ve got yourself the equation for some fierce sun exposure. It is recommended to bring sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses, and, if you like, a hat with a visor.

  • bug repellant, head net & after bite

    The Arctic summer is notorious for small pesky insects like mosquitos and flies. They will not be a problem when sailing, but once we hit land, they’ll surely find us soon enough. Only a light breeze will give natural respite from the bugs. It is recommended to bring bug repellent, after bite and a mosquito head net. Not very fashionable, but oh-so-functional. Please note: it should be possible to purchase bug repellent in the local Pisiffik grocery store, pending product availability, however it will be the strong, chemical, non- environment-friendly stuff. If you prefer a natural-based product, you should bring your own.

  • water bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. So it is recommended to bring your own water bottle or CamelBak to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find at convenient streams and waterfalls - or at the faucet, if you want to be like the rest of the world.

  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, diving whale flukes, flocks of birds gathering around a fishing boat for free giveaways, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and the world and fantastic geological rock formations. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

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FAQ Disko Island Exploration

6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

FAQ Disko Island Exploration

6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

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Individual tour

Disko Island Exploration

6 days in Disko Bay incl. a visit to Disko Island

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate from 670.00 €

Discover Disko Island, surrounded by the most impressive icebergs of the Arctic hemisphere! The trip starts in Ilulissat, “The Town of Icebergs”. From there the local ferry will take you across to exceptional Qeqertarsuaq, a settlement standing alone on the great Disko Island away from Greenland’s west coast. We love the place for its authentic vibe. Disko Island is very reclusive, and not many people have the chance to come here and enjoy the incredible view of the stunning Disko Bay. On arrival, you may go on an easy stroll around the colourful settlement yourself and explore the beautiful nature surrounding it. The next day, we recommend to hike along the coastline to wonderful Kuannit, watch out for whales and also examine the specific geology of the island. Soak up the special atmosphere of Qeqertarsuaq the following day, before sailing back to Ilulissat. This trip will be a true once in a lifetime experience.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 2:

Sailing from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq. Night in Qeqertarsuaq.

Day 3:

Possibility of hiking to Kuannit or to join a guided walk around the settlement. Night in Qeqertarsuaq.

Day 4:

Sailing back to Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 5:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 6:

End of trip in Ilulissat.

Prices and dates

Price per person:

Package based on: Double Single
Hostel 670 845
3* hotel 1125 1645
4* hotel 1235 1715
Apartment 1210 1895

Dates:

daily departures, June 15, 2020 – September 15, 2020 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • transfers by ferry Ilulissat - Qeqertarsuaq A/R
  • luggage transfer from harbour to accommodation in Qeqertarsuaq A/R
  • 2 nights in Qeqertarsuaq
  • 3 nights in Ilulissat
  • breakfast when staying in hotel

Type of trip:

This pre-arranged adventure is an individual trip, meaning you are discovering Greenland on your own but joining selected guided group activities during your stay. You will receive comprehensive travel information such as where and when to meet for the activities.

Minimum age:

12

Options

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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.

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.

Explore picturesque Qeqertarsuaq on this guided walk which will reveal a glimpse into its history as well as every day life of its around 850 inhabitants. The locals primary occupations are hunting and fishing, especially fishing for snow-crabs and lumpfish. Despite being small and quiet, the only community on Disko Island provides a school, nursing home, hospital and a small museum as well as numerous voluntary associations. The soccer field is always busy with playing children and looks out on the sea with its fantastic icebergs.

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).

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Ilulissat via Reykjavík/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark. Return flight from 1090 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Day at leisure in Ilulissat

You will arrive and have today at leisure in Ilulissat. If time allows you may join an optional tour, please see suggestions further below. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 2: Sailing from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq

From Ilulissat harbour the local ferry will take you across to Disko Island’s small settlement Qeqertarsuaq. On the way, you will enjoy stunning views of giant iceberg formations floating in the sea. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the harbour for a short walk towards your accommodation. In the afternoon, you may explore Qeqertarsuaq and its beautiful surroundings on your own. You will spend the night in Qeqertarsuaq.

Day 3: Possibility of hiking to Kuannit or to join a guided walk around the settlement

Enjoy your free day in tranquil Qeqertarsuaq. Various hiking trails lead you into the island’s lush hills to experience volcanic rock formations. We highly recommend to hike along the coastline to Kuannit. It roughly takes 4-6 hours return and is easy to find. This hike is also some sort of free whale watching trip, since next to the big icebergs bowhead and humpback whales can often be spotted along the shoreline all the way to Kuannit. An additional option today would be to join a guided walk around the colourful settlement of Qeqertarsuaq. You will spend the night in Qeqertarsuaq.

Day 4: Sailing back to Ilulissat

Use the chance to enjoy the unique atmosphere on Disko Island before returning to Ilulissat. There are only few tourists around, thus the island still has a very special and authentic feel. Here you can truly see how the Greenlanders live and how they have adapted to the conditions of this remote part of the world. By ferry you get back to Ilulissat, the town of icebergs, a name holding its truth as we soon start to witness approaching the town. From the occasional iceberg here and there our captain will soon have to pay more attention to the countless icebergs enlacing Ilulissat. Did we mention that the ferry is also a great way to meet locals, as it is the common form of transport getting from A to B during summer - sort of like our bus system - just with better views. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 5: Day at leisure in Ilulissat

You will have today to explore the beautiful town of Ilulissat. You can simply relax or stroll around town, hike down to the stunning UNESCO Icefjord or join another optional tour (see plenty of suggestions below). You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 6: End of trip in Ilulissat

Today you could fly back or combine this trip with a guided tour or another individual tour.

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