A Greenland dog in front of colourful houses in Disko Bay
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5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

from 1,320.00 €
Request a quote Frozen West

5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

from 1,320.00 €

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On winter evenings with clear sky, the beautiful northern lights often appear in Ilulissat. Going out to experience that natural phenomenon is a welcome break in your holiday which you shouldn't miss. Are you worried about the cold temperatures? We are mindful that in winter the conditions can be demanding. Because of that our exclusive and heated hut is only 10 minutes away from town from where we can enjoy the northern lights into the wilderness. No previous experience is required. Led by our guide and provided with a headlight and snowshoes you walk next to the gigantic icebergs, distanced enough from the city lights to enjoy the magic wonder of the northern lights. The tour follows the Ilulissat Icefjord until it meets the Disko Bay. It takes 1,5 hours including an indoor and heated break in a hut drinking coffee or tea. Once there, we also scout the northern light through the window or from outside. After the magnificent show and before the cold invades our astonished souls, we walk 10 minutes to reach the shuttle that drives us back to the center of Ilulissat.

In the morning you will head out for a great winter adventure. After a short safety briefing we will gear up and start our way to a small hunter’s hut by snowmobile. The route takes around an hour and a half, where we will follow the dogs sled way. This same way is used by fishermen from Ilulissat to go fishing to the frozen fjord of Sikuiuitsoq (in Greenlandic: place that always has ice). Along the way we will stop at some viewpoints to see impressive panoramic views of the Ilulissat Icefjord and the ice cap. Arriving at the hunter ́s hut we will leave the snowmobiles, put our snowshoes on and continue walking inside the UNESCO area (where snowmobiles are not allowed). It is time to start our adventure over the frozen sea and the small mountain next to the hut. The guide will choose the best itinerary according to safety and physical condition of the group. This snowshoe hike will take around 1 hour. After the hike we will stop for having our lunch. Then we will ride back with our snowmobiles to Ilulissat, following the same route we came.

Add this option to stay overnight at Igloo Lodge, a camp consisting of six traditional igloos and a wooden hut. We get there by snowmobile and once at the base we continue to explore the area by snowshoe enjoying fantastic views of the UNESCO Icefjord. Lunch, dinner, breakfast and a high-performance winter sleeping bag are included. With a bit of luck Northern Lights as well (Feb-Mar). Choosing this option will extend your program by one day.

Today, you will enjoy an amazing 3 hours snowmobiling ride from Ilulissat. We follow the old trail to the north, crossing lakes, frozen fjords and hills with breathtaking views of Disko Bay and Disko Island. Finally we cross the frozen sea to reach Oqaatsut where we have a break drinking coffee or tea, eat snacks and discover the traditional settlement. We ride back to Ilulissat taking a different route to explore the back country, visiting a spectacular frozen waterfall and the dramatic rock cliffs that dominate the scenery. Please note that the itinerary can be adjusted to weather & ice conditions. No previous experience is required. Minimum age is 18 years. We will provide all the equipment and teach all you need to know to ride completely safe with our experienced guide.

Replace the included ice cap day tour from Kangerlussuaq with this fantastic 2 day trip to explore the fascinating Greenlandic ice cap and spend the night in a tent on the ice sheet. Choosing this option will extend your program by one day in Kangerlussuaq.

You will visit a local handcrafts woman at her house where she is revealing glimpse into her traditional skills. In the past the Inuit only wore clothes made from animal skin or fur since these were warm and hard-wearing and ideally adapted for Arctic climate. The Inuit saying “A man is what his wife makes him” shows the great deal of responsibility the women carried by carefully choosing the skins and perfectly processing them into clothes that protected people in the harsh arctic winter. You will come to know how these skilled and talented artists were creating the traditional Inuit clothing as well as the festive national dress and also enjoy coffee and cake together. By joining this tour you support the local women community and contribute to the preservation of Greenlandic handcraft.

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A Greenland dog in front of colourful houses in Disko Bay
Equipment list Frozen West

5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

Equipment list Frozen West

5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

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.

Remember when dressing up for your dog sledding trip, that you will mostly sit on the sledge enjoying the great arctic winter landscape without moving much. It is therefore from utmost importance that you dress very warm, especially protecting feet, hands and head.

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 mid-weight wool or other fast-drying fibre.If there’s one thing to stress over and over and over, it is that having several layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other. It is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having only one or two very heavy layers that might make you too hot and never just right.It is recommended to bring a selection of warm long-sleeves and warm tights as 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. Pick your favourite woollen winter sweater keeping youwarm and cosy. If you are not too much into woollen sweaters you can also bring a warm fleece or PrimaLoft jacket instead.

  • insulated or fleece pants (mid layer)

    It is recommended to bring a pair of insulated hiking pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful, too. Jeans are strongly discouraged. If you do not own insulated hiking pants, wear a thick base layer underneath your standard hiking pants.

  • down jacket (outer layer)

    Well, you are heading to Greenland in winter. So get prepared for cold! We recommend to bring a nice warm down jacket or the warmest winter jacket you find in your wardrobe. You will always need this jacket when you are outside but not moving so much, like on a boat or dog sledding trip, gazing at the Northern Lights or wandering through the settlements.

  • skiing pants (outer layer)

    Stay snug and warm and bring a pair of skiing pants to Greenland.They keep you warm from blowing cold winds so you can fully enjoy the arctic winter landscapes you came to explore.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it is to protect you from wind and snow 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 pants. Gore Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.As most wind- and waterproof gear does not keep you very warm, you will need to wear one or two warm mid layers below.

  • warm hat, scarf and warm (fleece) gloves

    Now that you are all dressed up don’t forget your head and hands. Half of our body heat we lose through or heads.Therefore we recommend to bring two pairs of warm hats and gloves as well as a pair of warm mittens.

  • warm and supportive footwear

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable, warm, yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. It is recommended to bring burly and warm winter boots for this winter trip, plus several pairs of super warm wool socks. The best warm & comfortable footwear is: • insulated and warm • waterproof or water-resistant • offering high ankle support • non-skid / has a sole with good traction. (Good for both icy terrain and slippery boat decks.) • worn-in. (It is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.)

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 covered in ice and snow in winter 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 liter daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to also bring a small foldable daypack to hold an extra layer or two and a thermos during short excursions.

  • sunscreen, lip balm

    Even though you are visiting Greenland during winter, we advise to bring sun screen and lip balm. If sun shines, the reflection off water, snow and nearby icebergs can cause some fierce sun exposure.

  • sunglasses

    As sun stays quite low during winter time, it is good to have a pair of sunglasses along.

  • water bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. It is recommended to bring your own water bottle or thermos to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find.

  • 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, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and of course those cute sled dogs. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

Rentable

  • standard dog sled clothing in Ilulissat (175 DKK per day)

    Clothing includes parka and trousers and needs to be paid on the spot in Ilulissat.

  • seal skin dog sled clothing in Ilulissat (300 DKK per day)

    Clothing includes parka and trousers and needs to be paid on the spot in Ilulissat.

  • boots for dog sledding in Ilulissat (50 DKK per day)

    The boots need to be paid on the spot in Ilulissat.

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

A Greenland dog in front of colourful houses in Disko Bay
FAQ Frozen West

5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

FAQ Frozen West

5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

General questions

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Individual tour

Frozen West

5 days exploring Disko Bay in winter incl. visit to the Greenland Ice Cap

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate from 1,320.00 €

Greenland's west coast in winter is beyond comprehension and calls with its ancient glaciers, massive icebergs, Inuit traditions and captivating northern lights any traveller seeking a true arctic adventure.

On your way to famous Disko Bay you will stop in Kangerlussuaq, providing best access to visit the massive Greenland Ice Cap. Enjoy sweeping views across an endless world of ice before continuing further north. Now, far beyond the Arctic Circle, you have time to explore Ilulissat with its icy surroundings. A heavy dose of Inuit culture seems guaranteed when joining our musher and his dogs on a short dog sled ride into the backlands of Ilulissat.

Don't forget, our fine selection of options allow to further customise this trip and make it your very own adventure.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Kangerlussuaq - Visit to the Ice Cap

Day 2:

Flight to Ilulissat - Sermermiut Hike

Day 3:

Iceberg sailing

Day 4:

Dog sledding in Ilulissat

Day 5:

Departure from Ilulissat

Prices and dates

Price per person from:

Package based on: Double Single
Guesthouse 1320 1565
3* hotel 1500 1905
4* hotel 1620 2020

Dates:

daily departures, February 01, 2020 – April 15, 2020 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • 5 hour sightseeing tour to the Greenland Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq
  • 1 night in Kangerlussuaq
  • domestic flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat
  • 2 hour walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut
  • 2 hour iceberg sightseeing tour by boat in Ilulissat
  • 3 hour dog sledding trip in Ilulissat
  • 3 nights in Ilulissat
  • Breakfast included when staying in hotel category
  • airport transfers in Ilulissat (not included when staying at guesthouse)

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 trip. You will receive comprehensive travel information such as where and when to meet for the activities.

Minimum age:

10

Options

If you are interested in adding one or more of our tour options to your request, just mark it with

On winter evenings with clear sky, the beautiful northern lights often appear in Ilulissat. Going out to experience that natural phenomenon is a welcome break in your holiday which you shouldn't miss. Are you worried about the cold temperatures? We are mindful that in winter the conditions can be demanding. Because of that our exclusive and heated hut is only 10 minutes away from town from where we can enjoy the northern lights into the wilderness. No previous experience is required. Led by our guide and provided with a headlight and snowshoes you walk next to the gigantic icebergs, distanced enough from the city lights to enjoy the magic wonder of the northern lights. The tour follows the Ilulissat Icefjord until it meets the Disko Bay. It takes 1,5 hours including an indoor and heated break in a hut drinking coffee or tea. Once there, we also scout the northern light through the window or from outside. After the magnificent show and before the cold invades our astonished souls, we walk 10 minutes to reach the shuttle that drives us back to the center of Ilulissat.

In the morning you will head out for a great winter adventure. After a short safety briefing we will gear up and start our way to a small hunter’s hut by snowmobile. The route takes around an hour and a half, where we will follow the dogs sled way. This same way is used by fishermen from Ilulissat to go fishing to the frozen fjord of Sikuiuitsoq (in Greenlandic: place that always has ice). Along the way we will stop at some viewpoints to see impressive panoramic views of the Ilulissat Icefjord and the ice cap. Arriving at the hunter ́s hut we will leave the snowmobiles, put our snowshoes on and continue walking inside the UNESCO area (where snowmobiles are not allowed). It is time to start our adventure over the frozen sea and the small mountain next to the hut. The guide will choose the best itinerary according to safety and physical condition of the group. This snowshoe hike will take around 1 hour. After the hike we will stop for having our lunch. Then we will ride back with our snowmobiles to Ilulissat, following the same route we came.

Add this option to stay overnight at Igloo Lodge, a camp consisting of six traditional igloos and a wooden hut. We get there by snowmobile and once at the base we continue to explore the area by snowshoe enjoying fantastic views of the UNESCO Icefjord. Lunch, dinner, breakfast and a high-performance winter sleeping bag are included. With a bit of luck Northern Lights as well (Feb-Mar). Choosing this option will extend your program by one day.

Today, you will enjoy an amazing 3 hours snowmobiling ride from Ilulissat. We follow the old trail to the north, crossing lakes, frozen fjords and hills with breathtaking views of Disko Bay and Disko Island. Finally we cross the frozen sea to reach Oqaatsut where we have a break drinking coffee or tea, eat snacks and discover the traditional settlement. We ride back to Ilulissat taking a different route to explore the back country, visiting a spectacular frozen waterfall and the dramatic rock cliffs that dominate the scenery. Please note that the itinerary can be adjusted to weather & ice conditions. No previous experience is required. Minimum age is 18 years. We will provide all the equipment and teach all you need to know to ride completely safe with our experienced guide.

Replace the included ice cap day tour from Kangerlussuaq with this fantastic 2 day trip to explore the fascinating Greenlandic ice cap and spend the night in a tent on the ice sheet. Choosing this option will extend your program by one day in Kangerlussuaq.

You will visit a local handcrafts woman at her house where she is revealing glimpse into her traditional skills. In the past the Inuit only wore clothes made from animal skin or fur since these were warm and hard-wearing and ideally adapted for Arctic climate. The Inuit saying “A man is what his wife makes him” shows the great deal of responsibility the women carried by carefully choosing the skins and perfectly processing them into clothes that protected people in the harsh arctic winter. You will come to know how these skilled and talented artists were creating the traditional Inuit clothing as well as the festive national dress and also enjoy coffee and cake together. By joining this tour you support the local women community and contribute to the preservation of Greenlandic handcraft.

Flight connections

International flight to Greenland is not included. Domestic flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat included. Fly to Kangerlussuaq best via Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 830 EUR per person can be added to your package.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to frosty Kangerlussuaq, where you will likely be greeted by the cool winds rolling down from the highest peaks of the Greenland Ice Cap. Arriving here feels immediately like an adventure. Our plan for you today is to take you to one of the true wonders of the world - the vast Greenland Ice Cap. A powerful 4WD-vehicle will take you along a rough track all the way to the edge of the ice. Passing through the arctic scenery featuring wide plains, semi-desert valleys and a fantastic moraine landscape you start realising how massive Greenland really is. And you have only just started this trip. After a bumpy ride it is time to set your foot onto the massive Greenland Ice Cap. This will be one of your most memorable moments of your trip in Greenland. It is hard to believe that only a few decades ago the Greenland Ice Cap was inaccessible to most people. We spend some more time exploring this endless world of ice before returning to Kangerlussuaq. Overnight in Kangerlussuaq.

By the way, Kangerlussuaq is ideally situated to be on the lookout for Northern Lights. If you want to increase your chances in seeing them, we recommend to add a guided Kangerlussuaq Northern Light option to your request (available from February to March).

Day 2:

Another big day ahead. In the morning you head further north by plane to visit famous Disko Bay as 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 UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord will make you feel small and humble. An endless amount of ice is pushing down from the glacier Sermeq Kujalleq towards the sea, where ice is calving constantly creating those majestic icebergs of 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. Overnight in Ilulissat.

On a clear night we recommend to browse the Arctic sky for those magic Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis. Please also have a look at our guided northern light tours in Ilulissat mentioned in our options below. If you like to join them, please indicate so when sending us your tour request.

Day 3:

Today will be pretty amazing, but also pretty cold. You will head out by boat and visit the gigantic floating icebergs, so wrap yourself up warmly and have your cameras locked and loaded. One of our experienced captains will take you out into partly frozen Disko Bay, getting you as close as safe to the fascinating icebergs. These icy giants have calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 35 km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord - a sheer unimaginable amount.

Kick back and enjoy the rest of the day in Ilulissat. Always good to venture out and explore Ilulissat on your own a little to get a glimpse of the local life up here in the Arctic. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 4:

Witnessing the fascinating experience of man and dog working together in nature is something you will likely never forget. A local musher and his dogs will take you on a breathtaking dog sledding trip near Ilulissat. Depending on conditions we might go to the Brede Bay and enjoy views of Disko Bay and Disko Island along the way. Or we might explore the hinterland of Ilulissat heading to a great vantage point with views of the spectacular UNESCO Icefjord. Overnight in Ilulissat.

If dog sledding ain't your thing, replace this trip with snowmobiling or snow shoeing. Further info in our options section.

Day 5:

All great adventures come to an end and so is this. Still feeling like you want to use an extra day here or there? No problem, let us know in your request and we will refine this trip and make it yours.

Remark

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, thus we cannot guarantee that you will see them during your trip. However, if you are traveling in Greenland from end of August to end of March, chances are good that you will be able to observe them, but best deep in the winter (from mid November to mid March). If you travel in April it is unlikely to see the Northern Lights as days are already too bright.

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