8 days exploring Disko Bay incl. Disko Island and visit to the Greenland Ice Cap
Be awed by stunning icebergs, enjoy sweeping views across the endless Greenland Ice Cap and experience massive, shimmering glaciers on this individual journey through the western parts of Greenland. Soak up the tranquility of beautiful Disko Island, experience Inuit culture, and simply let Greenland take your breath away. Hands down, this trip covers the best of the west and beyond!
Arrival in Kangerlussuaq - Ice Cap
From Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat by plane
Free day in Ilulissat - Evening iceberg sailing
By ferry from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq
Free day in Qeqertarsuaq
Back to Ilulissat by ferry
Boat tour to Eqi Glacier
Departure from Ilulissat
Prices and dates
Price per person from:
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daily departures, June 10, 2019 – September 05, 2019 (available)
- 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
- 2.5 hour evening iceberg sightseeing tour by boat
- Transfers by boat Ilulissat - Qeqertarsuaq return
- 2 nights in Qeqertarsuaq
- 10-12 hour boat tour to Eqi Glacier
- 4 nights in Ilulissat
- Breakfast included when staying in hotel category
- airport transfers in Ilulissat (not included when staying at hostel category)
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.
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.
Day 1: Arrival in Kangerlussuaq - Ice Cap
Arriving here in Kangerlussuaq at this old U.S. Air Force base smells a lot like adventure. This day is no different as our plan 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 and dusty track all the way to the edge of the ice. Passing through breathtaking 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. Like a mysterious, looming beast the Ice Cap sent cool winds rolling down from its highest peak into Kangerlussuaq. We spend some more time exploring this endless world of ice before returning to Kangerlussuaq. By the way, the area provides best access to witness some of Greenland's fauna. With a bit of luck on our side we might spot reindeer, musk oxen or arctic hare. Overnight in Kangerlussuaq.
Day 2: From Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat by plane
In the morning you head further north by plane to visit famous Disko Bay for another big day. 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 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 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.
Day 3: Free day in Ilulissat
A free day in Ilulissat allows for relaxing or adding further exciting activities and experiences that suit you. Make this trip your very own adventure and find some suggested options below in the trip details.
During sundown you will head out by boat and visit the gigantic floating icebergs, so have your cameras locked and loaded. One of our experienced captains will take you out into Disko Bay, getting you as close as safe to the fascinating icebergs. These frozen 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. If you are lucky you might even spot a whale or two. Overnight in Ilulissat.
Day 4: By ferry from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq
From the harbour 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. Our recommendation is to take a walk through the settlement observing the old colorful houses and the not-so-busy life style. There are also a few benches along its coastline inviting for great views out into the iceberg-spotted bay. So wrap-up warm, take a book, maybe a camera, and try to hear the sounds of the whales feeding out in the bay. Overnight in Qeqertarsuaq.
Day 5: Free day in Qeqertarsuaq
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, it is easy to find and you do not need a guide for this trip. 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. Overnight in Qeqertarsuaq.
Day 6: Back to Ilulissat by ferry
It is hard to leave Qeqertarsuaq behind but great adventures are heading our way. First we 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 the captain of our ferry will soon have to pay more attention to the countless icebergs enlacing Ilulissat. Did we mention that the ferry is also 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. Overnight in Ilulissat.
Day 7: Boat tour to Eqi Glacier
One of the biggest highlights of this trip still remains - Eqi Glacier, a massive glacier wall of ancient ice constantly calving and breaking. To get there we head north from Ilulissat by boat for a few hours. Having reached Eqi we will sail as close as safe to the giant wall, turn off the engines for about an hour, enjoy lunch but foremost the breathtaking view of the calving glacier. To hear the sound of the ice cracking and crushing is sheer amazing. Now is also the time to get out your camera to take the perfect photo memory before we are heading back down to Ilulissat. Overnight in Ilulissat.
Day 8: Departure from Ilulissat
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, contact us and we will refine this trip and make it yours.
What our customers say
Greenland is THAT beautiful
We are so grateful we got to visit Greenland! What we saw was absolutely stunning! The locals we met were incredible humble, gentle people and we would have loved to meet with more locals! Hotel Arctic is a fabulous hotel, with everything we needed, a great location & great viewing for Northern Lights! The tour to point 660 was incredible, in fact every tour we did, every sight we saw put a lump in my throat and brought me to the verge of tears.. Greenland is THAT beautiful! I would love to return one day, I’d endeavour to meet more locals and see some of eastern Greenland! Thank you so much for organising an amazing trip for us!
beaucoup de sérieux et de professionnalisme
Voyage extraordinaire, certainement le plus beau voyage de notre vie : Tout était magnifique : les icebergs, les couchers de soleil, les baleines, les paysages, la population ! Un dépaysement total ! Tout a été organisé par Greenland tours avec beaucoup de sérieux et de professionnalisme. Nous ne pouvons que recommander cette agence. Merci en particulier à Asta sur qui nous avons pu compter avant et pendant le séjour.
The trip was flawlessly planned and the professional and prompt communication from the staff at Greenland Tours made for an amazing trip. I would especially like to give extra praise for the Eqi Glacier boat ride, which was the highlight of the trip (though all the other experiences were very close!). Thank you again for a great experience.
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