Igloo's beneath the Northern Lights in Greenland
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February March Individual tour

Frozen West

8 days winter trip to Disko Bay with stay at Igloo Lodge and Greenland's capital incl. flights from Copenhagen

from €3,170 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Embark on an enchanting journey to Greenland, where your adventure includes a unique stay at the Igloo Lodge, nestled 15 kilometers into the pristine backcountry of Ilulissat. Your journey begins with a flight from Copenhagen, transitioning through Nuuk to reach the charming town of Ilulissat, a gateway to the Arctic's natural wonders.

One of the many highlights of your trip is the time spent at Igloo Lodge, an extraordinary place where you can fully immerse yourself in the serene Arctic wilderness. Accessible only by snowcat, this secluded location offers an unparalleled experience, allowing you to sleep in traditional igloos under the Arctic sky, with the potential to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights. During your stay, partake in optional activities that showcase the beauty and culture of Greenland, or simply relax and absorb the stunning landscapes that surround you. This journey promises a blend of adventure and tranquility, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the world's most remote and beautiful settings.

As your journey concludes, savor the last moments of your Greenlandic adventure with a final night in Greenland's capital Nuuk, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and breathtaking scenery that have filled your days.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Flight from Copenhagen via Nuuk to Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 2:

Guided walk to UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 3:

Iceberg Sailing to Ilulissat Icefjord. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 4:

Transfer and overnight at Igloo Lodge.

Day 5:

Return from Igloo Lodge to Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 6:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 7:

Flight from Ilulissat to Nuuk. Night in Nuuk.

Day 8:

Flight from Nuuk to Copenhagen.

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Availability

Dates:

February 1, 2025 – April 5, 2025 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • return flight from Copenhagen to Ilulissat via Nuuk
  • 2 hour guided walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut
  • 2 hour guided iceberg sightseeing tour by boat in Ilulissat
  • 5 nights in Ilulissat incl. breakfast
  • 1 night at Igloo Lodge incl. transfers, breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 1 night in Nuuk incl. breakfast
  • airport transfers in Ilulissat

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:

12

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.

Options

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

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In front of giant icebergs near Ilulissat

Walking amongst Giants at Igloo Lodge

  • Igloo Lodge
  • Feb-Apr 5th
  • 2.5h
  • €140
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Choose this option to embark on an unforgettable snowmobile excursion from Igloo Lodge to Attartoq in Greenland. On the way, enjoy breathtaking views of the "dead glacier" and distant ice sheets. Once there, be awed by the frozen fjord of Sikuiuitsoq, home to towering sea ice icebergs with mesmerizing hues of blue and white. Explore these giants on foot, and get a glimpse into the lives of local hunters and fishermen nearby. Return to Igloo Lodge with unforgettable memories of the Arctic Kingdom.
Dog sledding in Disko Bay Ilulissat

1.5h dog sledding at Igloo Lodge

  • Local guide
  • Igloo Lodge
  • Feb-Apr 5th
  • 1.5h
  • €235
  • Easy to Moderate
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Choose this option and experience sheer tranquility and serenity on a 1.5h dog sled ride from Igloo Lodge. Soon we reach a breathtaking viewpoint, shared only with those participating in this adventure. The dogs that pull your sled live at the lodge itself, so you'll be involved from start to finish - from helping prepare them for your journey to feeding time after they've returned back home! Kindly be aware that all attendees must be at least 8 years of age. For those with any back or neck problems, we recommend to choose on of the other activities.
Snowshoeing in Disko Bay

Tour to Oqaatsut incl. snowshoeing & lunch

  • Ilulissat
  • Feb 26th-Apr 10th
  • 7h
  • €270
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This guided day trip takes visitors north of Ilulissat by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut, where they will be welcomed by hosts and equipped with snowshoes for a 1-1.5 hour hike. Along the way, our guide will take them to viewpoints to learn about the life and history of Oqaatsut. Afterwards, a delicious meal will be served at the H8 restaurant with local ingredients such as fish and meat, before returning to Ilulissat. This is an amazing way to explore an authentic settlement north of Ilulissat.
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Snowshoeing near Igloo Lodge

1.5h Snowshoe Hike from Igloo Lodge

  • Igloo Lodge
  • Feb-Apr 5th
  • 1.5h
  • €35
  • Easy to Moderate
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Following a brief introduction this option takes you showshoeing, we traverse the frozen lake in front of Igloo Lodge, and ascend through an idyllic pass crossing UNESCO's boundary. Once at the view point towards Ilulissat Icefjord, crowned with its fantastic vista, we pause for a coffee break where you can appreciate this majestic scenery and maybe even sight some ptarmigans! There is plenty of time to capture photographs before making our way back to the lodge.
Leaving Ilulissat with the sled dogs

4h dog sledding tour (2 person per sledge)

  • Local guide
  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Mar
  • 4h
  • €470
  • Moderate
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Experience an adventurous dog sled ride in Ilulissat with this 4-hour option. The ride involves crossing a plain, climbing 350 altimeters up Big Akinnaq mountain, and sledding through the vast expanse of back-country. Enjoy a thrilling ride down Big Akinnaq with a breathtaking view of the town and Disko Bay. It's important to note that participants should be in good physical shape for the trip.
A local musher from Ilulissat

Tour to Oqaatsut incl. dog sledding & lunch

  • Local guide
  • Ilulissat
  • Feb 26th-Apr 10th
  • 7h
  • €405
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This guided day tour takes you from Ilulissat Harbor by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. From there you have the chance to cross the frozen bay on a sled with a local musher and his team of dogs, an ancient tradition still used today. At Restaurant H8, you will enjoy a delicious lunch made from local ingredients before returning back to Ilulissat by boat.
Snowmobiling near Ilulissat in Disko Bay in Greenland

Snowmobiling

  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Apr 15th
  • 3h
  • €225
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During this excursion 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 but driving license 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.
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.

Flight connections

Return flights from Copenhagen to Ilulissat via Nuuk are included.
Flights from your home location to Copenhagen can be requested in our tour request form.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Flight from Copenhagen via Nuuk to Ilulissat

Today, you'll travel from Copenhagen International Airport, transiting through Nuuk, Greenland's capital, to reach Ilulissat, a town famed for its proximity to the UNESCO-listed Icefjord. We recommend allocating your initial day in Ilulissat as an open schedule to buffer against any unforeseen flight delays. This day offers a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with Ilulissat, providing a gentle start to your upcoming Greenlandic adventures. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 2: Guided walk to the Icefjord

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 this is what you are going to see today. Standing in front of the enormous 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 floating in Disko Bay. Here, at the Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site, you also stop at Sermermiut, an abandoned Inuit settlement, which had been used by Saqqaq, early Dorset and Thule cultures. Your guide provides you with exciting insights into Inuit culture.

On clear evenings we recommend that you go in search of the Northern Lights. Before your trip we will provide you with information on how and where you can best observe the mesmerizing lights of the Aurora Borealis. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 3: Iceberg Sailing to UNESCO Icefjord

Today promises to be an extraordinary yet chilly adventure. You'll embark on a boat journey to explore the colossal icebergs of Disko Bay, so ensure you're bundled up and have your camera ready. Under the guidance of one of our skilled captains, you'll navigate through the semi-frozen waters of Disko Bay, approaching the awe-inspiring icebergs as closely as safety permits. These towering ice structures originate from Sermeq Kujalleq, the most prolific glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, which releases an astounding 35 km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord each year.

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: Transfer and overnight at Igloo Lodge

In the morning you head out to Igloo Lodge which is located 15 kilometers into the back country of Ilulissat. It may not sound far away, but with wild terrain and no roads, the trip there itself becomes an adventure. Enjoy the frozen winter vista as you travel on a snow cat. Just five minutes later, you will head deep into the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a bit of luck we also encounter local fishermen and their sledge dogs heading out to fetch that day's catch!

After roughly 1.5 hours we reach a lovely cabin which is the heart of Igloo Lodge. Here you can take in the breathtaking view while sipping a cup of tea with a warm blanket and join the shared meals.

The day is at your own disposal at Igloo Lodge. Our recommendation, however, is to spice up your day with the activities listed in our options.

Spend the night in a cozy traditional igloo, and if it gets too cold outside you can always retreat to the cabin with its warm double bedrooms. Since your are out in the back-country, there is no electricity and WIFI, nor is there running water.

By the way, as soon as night falls, this is the perfect spot to be on the lookout for Northern Lights (February to March).

Day 5: Return from Igloo Lodge to Ilulissat

Following a tasty breakfast, we'll get going at 10:30 for our snowcat ride back to Ilulissat. The journey should bring us into Ilulissat just in time for lunch (not included).

Day 6: Day at leisure in Ilulissat

This day serves as a buffer day in case activities have to be moved due to weather or can be used to tweak your trip with our optional activities. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 7: From Ilulissat to Nuuk. Night in Nuuk

Today, you'll transition from Ilulissat to Nuuk, Greenland's capital. After your flight back to Nuuk, settle in and explore Nuuk's downtown. Take in the mix of modern and traditional, visit a museum, or just enjoy the colorful capital. In the evening, dine at one of Nuuk's excellent restaurants, sampling local Greenlandic cuisine. It's a perfect way to savor your last night in Greenland before your departure. You will spend the night in Nuuk.

Day 8: Flight from Nuuk to Copenhagen

Today you have the possibility to fly back to Copenhagen or to extend your stay in Nuuk with optional activities.

What our customers say

Ich empfehle euch gerne weiter

Die Reise war von der ersten Kontaktaufnahme bis zum Heimflug super organisiert. Die App ist sehr gut gemacht und sehr hilfreich. Ich empfehle euch gerne weiter!

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Doris (Österreich, March 2024)

Es hat alles genial geklappt

Unsere Grönlandrundreise war rundum perfekt organisiert - auf wetterbedingte Einflüße wurde schnell und gut reagiert und für einen super Ersatz gesorgt. Alle Guides waren extrem aufmerksam, freundlich und kompetent. Es hat alles genial geklappt - die Hotels waren sauber - das Essen war sehr lecker - Es war ein unvergesslicher Urlaub mit fantastischen Eindrücken - die Natur dort ist überwältigend schön. Vielen dank für eine so gute Beratung und Betreuung - immer wieder gerne.

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Iris, Kristin & Lukas (Deutschland, March 2022)

J'ai adoré ce voyage!!

Extraordinaire. UN voyage attendu et excellant séjour sur place avec des équipes d'encadrement sympathiques et prêtes à se plier en 4 pour nous satisfaire. J'ai adoré ce voyage!!

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