Person admiring the view of UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord
© Alex Savu
June August Individual tour

Along the West

10 day exploration from Disko Bay to Nuuk incl. 2 nights on board the coastal ferry

from €2,130 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Embark on a remarkable journey from Disko Bay to Nuuk, immersing yourself in Greenland's stunning landscapes and rich culture. Begin your adventure at the UNESCO-protected Ilulissat Icefjord in Disko Bay. Journey along the captivating West Coast aboard the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk, offering glimpses into local settlements.

Upon reaching the capital Nuuk, you'll find a city where history meets modern life. Here, you have the freedom to explore the city's fascinating past or immerse yourself in the untouched hinterland. Customize your Ilulissat and Nuuk experiences through our hand-picked options below for an unforgettable Greenland adventure.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ilulissat - Evening iceberg sailing

Day 2:

Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut

Day 3:

Free day in Ilulissat

Day 4:

By ferry from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq

Day 5:

Free day in Qeqertarsuaq

Day 6:

Embarkation: Sailing from Qeqertarsuaq to Aasiaat

Day 7:

Sailing from Sisimiut to Maniitsoq

Day 8:

Disembarkation: Free day in Nuuk

Day 9:

Free day in Nuuk

Day 10:

Departure from Nuuk

Prices and dates

Price per person:

Double Single
Couchette premium & budget rooms 2130 2740
Standard Cabin & 3* hotel 2760 4740
Standard Cabin & 4* hotel 2925 5070
Junior Suite Cabin & 4* hotel 2965 5145

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

Dates:

June 22, 2024 – July 1, 2024 (available)
July 6, 2024 – July 15, 2024 (available)
July 20, 2024 – July 29, 2024 (available)
August 3, 2024 – August 12, 2024 (available)
August 17, 2024 – August 26, 2024 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • 3 nights in Ilulissat
  • 2 hour evening iceberg sightseeing tour by boat
  • 2 hour walk at UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut
  • boat transfer Ilulissat - Qeqertarsuaq
  • 2 nights in Qeqertarsuaq
  • 2 nights on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Ilulissat to Nuuk
  • 2 nights in Nuuk
  • 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:

8

About accommodation:

Couchette Premium & budget rooms: In Qeqertarsuaq & Nuuk, 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 Ilulissat in a 3 star hotel in standard room with private facilities & sea view, in Qeqertarsuaq in tourist class hotel room with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a standard cabin with private facilities, in Nuuk in a 3 star hotel in standard room with private facilities

Standard Cabin & 4 star hotel: In Ilulissat in a 4 star hotel in superior room with private facilities & sea view, in Qeqertarsuaq in tourist class hotel room with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a standard cabin with private facilities, in Nuuk in a 4 star hotel in standard room with private facilities

Junior Suite Cabin & 4 star hotel: In Ilulissat in a 4 star hotel in superior room with private facilities & sea view, in Qeqertarsuaq in tourist class hotel room with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a Junior Suite Cabin with private facilities, in Nuuk in a 4 star hotel in standard room with private facilities

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.

Options

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

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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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
The old church in Nuuk with National Day celebrations

City sightseeing Nuuk

  • Local guide
  • Nuuk
  • Jun-Sep
  • 3h
  • €95
  • Easy
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Choose this option to add a guided tour of Nuuk starting at the National Museum, delving into Greenland's rich history. After this, stroll through the old colonial harbor with its ancient houses and whale processing relics. Next, visit the local market for fresh seafood and game, then pass by the Parliament en route to Katuaq, the cultural hub. Here, enjoy local art and traditional Greenlandic tapas at Cafétuaq. Wrap up your tour exploring the local shops near Katuaq.
Hiking in the backlands of Nuuk

Hike to Summit Quassussuaq

  • Local guide
  • Nuuk
  • Jun-Sep
  • 5h
  • €185
  • Moderate
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The hinterland of Nuuk is a remarkable place where you can escape the urban buzz and immerse yourself in solitude within just 15 minutes. The hike to Quassussuaq, encircled by mountains and lakes, is genuinely soothing. As our ascent continues, the views of the deep eastern fjord and the expansive western ocean become increasingly breathtaking with each stride. Upon reaching Quassussuaq's summit (430m), we'll locate an ideal spot to unwind, savour a warm drink, enjoy some snacks and of course, take in a view that leaves a lasting impression.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Ilulissat via Keflavik/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 1295 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ilulissat - Evening iceberg sailing

Welcome to Ilulissat, a lovely town by the UNESCO-protected Icefjord. It's a great day to wander around and soak up the local culture. During the evening hours, enjoy a scenic sail through Disko Bay as it's surrounded by colossal icebergs from its own glacier - Sermeq Kujalleq - which is considered to be one of most productive glaciers on earth! Marvel at these frozen monuments before returning to the harbor of Ilulissat. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 2: Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut

You're here to see the big stuff - the glaciers and icebergs. And we assure you, you won't be disappointed. The sheer size of the Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel tiny. It's a sight to behold as the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier pushes ice towards the sea, resulting in the formation of large icebergs in Disko Bay.

You'll also visit the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site, where you'll see Sermermiut, a former Inuit settlement used by the Saqqaq, Early Dorset, and Thule cultures. Our guide will provide information about the Inuit culture and answer your questions.

You'll have some free time in the evening in Ilulissat for relaxation or additional activities that interest you. Check out our recommended options for ideas on how to make this trip uniquely yours. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 3: Free day in Ilulissat

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Ilulissat. Don't forget to check our selection of day tours and excursions. They are a great way to see the area and we have hand-picked each one for their unique experiences. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 4: By ferry from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq

Embark on a local ferry from Ilulissat's harbor to the remote settlement of Qeqertarsuaq, located on Disko Island off the west coast of Greenland. This charming village is steeped in culture and provides a tranquil haven for visitors. As you stroll through its colorful streets, you'll have the opportunity to admire the traditional homes. In the distance, you can see majestic icebergs and abundant wildlife, including whales, enhancing the area's natural allure. Find a moment to rest at one of the picturesque benches along the shoreline, where breathtaking views await!Overnight in Qeqertarsuaq.

Day 5: Free day in Qeqertarsuaq

Delve into the calm ambiance of Qeqertarsuaq, and be captivated by its stunning volcanic landscapes on an exhilarating hike along the untouched coastline of Disko Island. Allocate 3-4 hours for a self-guided exploration of Kuannit. Additionally, there's a chance you might spot both bow-head and humpback whales from the shoreline, as they occasionally visit these waters. Overnight in Qeqertarsuaq.

Day 6: Embarkation: Sailing from Qeqertarsuaq to Aasiaat

As the morning rises, embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the Sarfaq Ittuk coastal ferry. Setting sail from the harbor of Qeqertarsuaq, we chart a course southwards towards Aasiaat. The Disko Bay area is a prime spot for viewing humpback whales and a multitude of seabirds, including the world’s largest known colony of arctic terns. Upon reaching Aasiaat, enjoy a leisurely stroll through this quaint town, with its busy harbor offering fresh local catch. We then continue our journey southwards out of Disko Bay, making brief stops at Kangaatsiaq and Attu. Night on board.

Day 7: Sailing from Sisimiut to Maniitsoq

Morning finds you in Sisimiut, Greenland's second-largest city, nestled against the striking backdrop of the “Kællingehætten” landmark. Explore Sisimiut on your own before you journey further south, crossing the Arctic Circle to arrive in Maniitsoq. Here, the captivating coastal line and abundant bird life command your attention. Brief port visits include Itilleq and Kangaamiut. Night on board.

Day 8: Disembarkation: Free day in Nuuk

Wake up to the bustling energy of Nuuk, Greenland's capital. Here you leave the coastal ferry and spend the day exploring the city's diverse culture and history. Visit the National Museum to view the ancient mummies discovered in northern Greenland, stroll around the old harbor, or immerse yourself in local art at the Katuaq cultural center. Optional guided excursions are available. Overnight in Nuuk.

Day 9: Free day in Nuuk

Enjoy another free day in Nuuk. We recommend to book on of our optional activities to make the most of your stay in Nuuk and its amazing hinterland. Overnight in Nuuk.

Day 10: Departure from Nuuk

Following unforgettable days in Greenland, it's now time to journey back home.

Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk

Day Arrival Departure Stop
Qeqertarsuaq Thursday - 10:00 3 hours
Aasiaat 14:00 16:30 2.5 hours
Kangaatsiaq 19:30 19:45 0.25 hours
Attu 22:45 23:00 0.25 hours
Sisimiut Friday 06:30 09:00 2.5 hours
Itilleq 12:00 12:15 0.25 hours
Kangaamiut 17:45 18:00 0.25 hours
Maniitsoq 21:30 22:30 1 hour
Nuuk Saturday 07:00 - -
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