The Sarfaq Ittuk passing icebergs
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June August Individual tour

Coastal Ship - South & West

14 days in the south & west of Greenland incl. 5 days on board Sarfaq Ittuk & Disko Bay

from €3,250 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

The trip starts in South Greenland where you will spend four days exploring the beautiful green nature and the beautiful blue icebergs. You will then sail on board the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’ from Narsaq to the famous Disko Bay.

Travelling on board the coastal ship with the locals and stopping in small settlements on the way, gives you a great insight into the life of the people in Greenland. You will sail for more than 1200km along the coast before arriving at Disko Bay. You will spend five days in Ilulissat, the city of icebergs, where you can explore the area, enjoy the amazing views and go on exciting day tours.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Narsarsuaq

Day 2:

Narsarsuaq - Igaliku

Day 3:

Day at leisure in Igaliku

Day 4:

Igaliku - Narsaq

Day 5:

Visit of Narsaq - Embarkation on Sarfaq Ittuk - Qaqortoq

Day 6:

Sailing: Stops in Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat

Day 7:

Sailing: Stop in Nuuk

Day 8:

Sailing: Stops in Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut, Itilleq, Sisimiut

Day 9:

Sailing: Stops Attu, Kangaatsiaq & Aasiaat

Day 10:

Early arrival in Ilulissat, day at leisure

Day 11:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat

Day 12:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat

Day 13:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat

Day 14:

End of the trip in Ilulissat

Prices and dates

Price per person:

Double Single
Couchette premium & budget rooms 3250 3895
Standard Cabin & 3* hotel 4595 8435
Standard Cabin & 4* hotel 4795 8945
Junior Suite Cabin & 4* hotel 4890 9140

Note: 3* and 4* hotels only where available. See accommodation section below for further details.


June 15, 2024 – June 28, 2024 (available)
June 29, 2024 – July 12, 2024 (available)
July 13, 2024 – July 26, 2024 (available)
July 27, 2024 – August 9, 2024 (available)
August 10, 2024 – August 23, 2024 (available)
August 24, 2024 – September 6, 2024 (available)

This trip operates on a bi-weekly basis. On the alternate weeks, we provide a very similar journey but in the opposite direction.

Further details

Price includes:

  • 1 night in Narsarsuaq
  • 2 nights in Igaliku
  • 1 night in Narsaq
  • boat transfers Narsarsuaq - Itilleq - Narsaq
  • sailing on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Narsaq to Ilulissat
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat
  • breakfast included except aboard the coastal ship

Price does not include:

  • meals aboard the coastal ship
  • all services not mentioned in the above "included" section

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. Please note that the Sarfaq Ittuk is a ferry and not a cruise ship. That means that most of the stops at the ports of call are brief. The exact schedule can be found below the detailed itinerary.

Minimum age:


About accommodation:

Couchette Premium & budget rooms: In Narsarsuaq, Igaliku & Narsaq, nights in budget accommodation with shared facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette premium (shared sleeping bag accommodation & facilities), in Ilulissat in budget accommodation with private facilities.

Standard Cabin & 3 star hotel: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in tourist class hotel rooms with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a standard cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 3 local star hotel in standard room with private facilities & sea view.

Standard Cabin & 4 star hotel: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in tourist class hotel rooms with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a standard cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 4 local star hotel in superior room with private facilities & sea view.

Junior Suite Cabin & 4 star hotel: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in tourist class hotel rooms with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a Junior Suite cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 4 local star hotel in superior room with private facilities & sea view.

The ship Sarfaq Ittuk

The Coastal Ship 'Sarfaq Ittuk' was built in 1992. It is 73m long and 11m wide. Powered by a 2000 HP engine the vessels steams at a speed of 13 knots. It can accommodate around 235 passengers including crew. 'Norske Veritas' has classified it for sailing in the Arctic. It connects the cities and settlements along Greenland's west coast and is therefore the traditional means of transport used by the locals - a wonderful way to travel authentically and come into contact with the local population.
The ship's facilities are simple and practical, designed to serve its purpose as a ferry. There is a café on board, a lounge area with panoramic windows, a small cinema, a children’s playroom and an infirmary for emergencies. WiFi is available for a fee.


Feel free to add one or more of our tour options to make them part of your request.

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Close to the ice with a sightseeing boat from Ilulissat

Evening iceberg sailing to UNESCO Icefjord

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 2h
  • €95
  • Easy
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On a 2 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 35km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. If you are lucky you might even spot a whale or two.
Hiking along the icefjord next to Ilulissat in Greenland

Walk to UNESCO Icefjord incl. Sermermiut

  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Sep
  • 2h
  • €45
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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 provide you with insights into the Inuit culture.
A small passenger boat in front of the huge glacier wall at the Eqi glacier in Greenland

Boat tour to Eqi Glacier

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 15th
  • 6h
  • €340
  • Easy
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We leave Ilulissat in the early morning by boat heading north to the famous Eqi Glacier, one of the most breathtaking places in Greenland. We stop for about an hour close to the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines and admire the magnificent views of this huge calving glacier. A packed lunch on board is included. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.
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Overnight at Ilimanaq Lodge

  • Ilimanaq
  • Jun 15th-Aug
  • 2 days
  • €575
  • Easy
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Extend your trip by an overnight to explore the picturesque village of Ilimanaq. Journey along the famed Kangia Icefjord, where you'll be treated to magnificent views of vast icebergs. Upon arrival in Ilimanaq, delve into the village's quaint colonial architecture and enjoy a delightful dinner at Restaurant Egede. Your stay will include a night in a luxurious bungalow offering a sea view, complete with linens, towels, dinner, breakfast, and a guided tour of the settlement. This addition will prolong your itinerary by an extra day.
Glacier hike during glacier adventure

Full day adventure incl. glacier walk

  • Local guide
  • Ilulissat
  • Jul-Sep 7th
  • 8h
  • €490
  • Moderate
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From Ilulissat you start by sailing south to the beach of Itilliup Ilua. From here you set off with your guide by UTV, driving through the ever-changing landscape until you reach Tasiusaq fjord. From here it is a short hike down to the open boat which will take you deep into the ancient fjord where hunters and prey have been battling for centuries. Soon you jump ashore with your guide and walk towards Saqqarleq Sermia - a glacier that looks inviting but also craves humility. This is where you start to feel like a polar explorer and just want to walk on the thousands-of-years old glacial ice. So that is exactly what you will do. Your glacier guide explains about safety and precautions and takes you through this endless world of ice. Amazing! You will return to Ilulissat in the early evening.
Colourful houses in Qeqertarsuaq

Day tour to Disko Island

  • Ilulissat
  • Jul-Aug
  • 9.5h
  • €375
  • Easy to Moderate
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The journey begins with a boat trip from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island, where you can enjoy a light breakfast and coffee on board while admiring the open sea and towering icebergs. On arrival, explore the charming town of Qeqertarsuaq. Then hike to the stunning Kuannit area, where your guide will point out the unique geology and local flora and fauna. Enjoy a packed lunch with views of the sea and basalt rock formations. At the end of the day enjoy the boat trip back to Ilulissat, where you can reflect on your adventure over coffee and cake.
A house in the settlement of Oqaatsut in Disko Bay

Boat tour to Oqaatsut settlement incl. lunch

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 7h
  • €195
  • Easy
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In the morning you will sail to the small settlement of Oqaatsut (Rodebay) located north of Ilulissat. During the boat tour you will have the opportunity to gaze at the most impressive icebergs of the Northern Hemisphere. The settlement once was a popular trading post and was called Rodebay (red bay) by Dutch whale hunters in the 18th century. Lunch is included for you. You will have time on to explore the picturesque settlement with its colourful houses and go on a short hike around the area before sailing back to Ilulissat.
View of Ilulissat with Zion church and museum

Guided city walk Ilulissat

  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Sep
  • 2h
  • €35
  • Easy
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On a city walk through Ilulissat your guide will show you the most important sites of this charming little town located next to the UNESCO Icefjord for instance the old part of town where the houses of the first Danish settlers are situated at the harbour as well as the Knud Rasmussen Museum and the old wooden church Zion. He will provide us with valuable insight into the history of Ilulissat and the Greenlandic culture.
Kayaking from Ilulissat in Disko Bay

Evening kayaking

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep 15th
  • 3h
  • €180
  • Moderate
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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).
Kayaking past Oqaatsut in the Disko Bay in Greenland

Inuit village & kayaking

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 9th
  • 7h
  • €295
  • Moderate
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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).
Whale diving near Ilulissat among icebergs

Whale watching tour in Disko Bay

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 3h
  • €140
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Today you will go on a whale safari in Disko Bay with its giant icebergs. During the summer many different whale species migrate to the colder waters of the Disko Bay area, commonest humpback whales, fin whales and minke whales. We are in contact with local fishermen who keep us up to date on where we are likely to spot some whales.
Helicopter pilot flying over UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord

Helicopter ride to UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 1.5 h
  • €540
  • Easy
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Embark on a unique helicopter ride to the heart of Ilulissat's UNESCO site, an area beyond the reach of boats or hikers. Witness the power of Kangia Sermeq, the northern hemisphere's most prolific glacier, yielding an impressive 43 million tonnes of ice each day. Your adventure commences at Ilulissat Airport with a helicopter ride offering sweeping views of mountains, lakes, rivers, and the magnificent Kangia Icefjord. The helicopter lands within the protected UNESCO area, allowing a 30-minute interlude to fully absorb the grandeur of this natural spectacle. Your return flight unveils the expansive glacier front, spanning 70 km through the Icefjord. As the town appears on the horizon, brace yourself for the sight of the largest icebergs, stranded at the underwater moraine edge - a truly breathtaking view. The helicopter used is likely to be an Airbus H155 offering seating for up to 10 people.
Old buildings and the heart shaped mountain in Uummannaq

By coastal ferry to Uummannaq

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Aug
  • 3 days
  • €810
  • Easy
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Head further north on an overnight journey aboard the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk from Ilulissat to the remote town of Uummannaq, nestled in northwestern Greenland. Charming Uummannaq, known for its iconic heart-shaped mountain and vibrant houses set against rugged landscapes, offers a captivating blend of natural splendor and cultural richness. This brief 3 day option provides the great opportunity to explore the enchanting Arctic town on your own (6h) before resuming your adventures in Ilulissat.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Narsarsuaq via Keflavik/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 1150 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Narsarsuaq

Today you arrive in Narsarsuaq, the gateway to South Greenland. Planes usually land late afternoon or in the evening here, so use the rest of the day to take a quick stroll around the few houses. Here you will also stay for tonight before your big adventure is about to begin tomorrow.

Day 2: Narsarsuaq - Itilleq - Igaliku

You will leave Narsarsuaq and sail south in the Tunulliarfik fjord to the small port of Itilleq. From there you will go on an easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, the path of the kings, to the the small settlement of Igaliku. At Igaliku you will find the ruins Gardar, the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Night in Igaliku.

Day 3: Day at leisure in Igaliku

You will have the day at leisure in the Igaliku area. You can go on a very nice hike up to the plateau over Igaliku, where you have an amazing view on the Qooroq fjord and the icebergs. Night in Igaliku.

Day 4: Igaliku - Boat transfer Ittileq - Narsaq

Your journey will take you hiking along the Kongevejen, tracing your way back from Igaliku to Itilleq. From this juncture, you'll embark to Narsaq, a key town in South Greenland, perfectly positioned between two fjords.

Historically, Narsaq was a vital center for seals trading up until the 1900s, after which it gradually transitioned into a fishing town. During your stay, you'll have the opportunity to meander through the picturesque town and visit sights including a charming, small red church, the bustling fish market that comes alive with the arrival of boats, and the local museum (do verify the opening hours).

Narsaq also invites you to explore some fantastic hiking trails that offer stunning viewpoints over the town. Night in Narsaq.

Day 5: Visit of Narsaq - coastal ship departure - Qaqortoq

You will have the day at leisure in Narsaq. In the afternoon you will leave Narsaq on board the coastal ship ‘Sarfaq Ittuk’. After a short stop in Qaqortoq the journey continues northbound. Night on board.

Day 6: Sailing: Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat

We leave South Greenland behind us and head further north along the coastline. Now that we are out of the fjord the chances of seeing whales increase and much of the time, will be spent on the lookout for these giants of the sea. We will have short stops at the settlements of Arsuk, Paamiut & Qeqertarsuatsiaat. Night on board.

Day 7: Sailing: Nuuk

Today, we will stop in Nuuk and will have the day to explore the capital of Greenland. You can take a walk around town, visit the National Museum (and see the mummies found in the north of Greenland) and take a walk at the hold harbour and visit the the culture center, Katuaq. Night on board.

Day 8: Sailing: Maniitsoq - Sisimiut

After a morning stop in Maniitsoq we sail further north. Here the mountains are getting higher and steeper. We will pass the Arctic Circle before arriving in Sisimiut, which is the most northern town in Greenland to be free of ice all the year around. We stay overnight in Sisimiut. Night on board.

Day 9: Sailing: Sisimiut - Aasiaat

With our stops at Attu and Kangaatsiaq we are slowly approaching famous Disko Bay. After a short evening stop in Aasiaat, we will continue to sail north towards Ilulissat, the town of the icebergs. Night on board.

Day 10: Early arrival in Ilulissat - Day at leisure

Shortly before we arrive in Ilulissat, we will pass by the impressive Icefjord, Kangia, filled with enormous icebergs. Here you disembark and have the afternoon at leisure in Ilulissat to visit the town and enjoy the amazing view of the icebergs. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 11: Day at leisure

Spend the day at leisure to discover Ilulissat and the famous sights of Disko Bay. We recommend to book some of our optional activities in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 12: Day at leisure

Enjoy another day at leisure in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 13: Day at leisure

Enjoy another day at leisure in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 14: End of the trip in Ilulissat

Today your trip ends in Ilulissat after unforgettable days in the Arctic.

Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk

02 June - 15 September Day Arrival Departure
Narsaq Wednesday - 15:30
Qaqortoq 17:30 21:00
Arsuk Thursday 06:00 06:15
Paamiut 13:00 14:30
Qeqertarsuatsiaat 22:15 22:30
Nuuk Friday 07:00 21:00
Maniitsoq Saturday 07:00 10:00
Kangaamiut 13:30 13:45
Itilleq 19:15 19:30
Sisimiut 22:15 -
Sisimiut Sunday - 10:00
Attu 16:15 16:30
Kangaatsiaq 19:30 19:45
Aasiaat 22:45 23:30
Ilulissat Monday 06:30 -

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