5 days in Disko Bay incl. 2 days dog sledding
Discovering the Arctic landscapes in winter time is a unique experience. You will go on a a two day dog sledding tour to the winter fishing grounds behind Ilulissat. You follow the sledge tracks to Aattartoq, where you encounter the sea ice. We are now aiming for the fishing grounds hoping to see the locals fishing out on the ice. You will spend one night in a simple hut, which is also used by the local fisherman. The last day in Ilulissat is at leisure and you have the possibility to book an excursion on the spot, depending on the weather conditions. From mid March, the chances are good that you can already start to sail around the icebergs.
Arrival in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.
Dog sledge tour to the Icefjord. Night in Hut.
2nd day of dog sledding excursion. Night in Ilulissat.
Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Book day excursion on the spot.
End of the trip.
Prices and dates
Price per person:
|Package based on:||Double||Single|
|3* hotel with sea view||1395||1610|
|4* hotel with sea view||1505||1755|
daily departures, February 11, 2018 – April 15, 2018 (available)
- 2 days dog sledding tour from Ilulissat
- warm clothing during dog sledding tour (anorak, trousers, shoes)
- 1 night in hut
- full board from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 3
- 3 nights in Ilulissat incl. breakfast
Ilulissat: Iceberg Sailing (Jan-Dec, 2h, 95€)
Today you will head out by boat into Disko Bay and visit the gigantic floating icebergs, so have your cameras locked and loaded. 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 we are lucky we might even spot a whale or two.
Ilulissat: Sermermiut Hike (Jan-Dec, 2h, 48€)
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 give you insights of the Inuit culture and will answer your questions.
Ilulissat: Northern Light Snowshoeing (Feb-Mar, 1.5h, 95€)
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.
Ilulissat: Snowmobiling (Feb-Apr, 3h, 200€)
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.
Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing.
Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Ilulissat via Reykjavík/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 990 EUR per person can be added to your package.
Day 1: Arrival in Ilulissat
In the afternoon, you will meet with our local partner for a briefing about your dog sledding experience on the next day. You could then have a nice walk around the town or book a Northern Lights tour in the evening. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.
Day 2: Dog sledding towards the fishing grounds
In the morning you will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to the dog sled departure place at the outskirts of Ilulissat, where you will meet your local musher with his Greenland dogs. With two people per sledge, a musher and 10 to 12 dogs, your authentic Greenland adventure is about to start. You head for Ilulissat Icefjord soon riding uphill towards Sikuiuitsoq Fjord, where you are able to enjoy the indefinite snowy and icy scenery.
During a short technical stop at a hut we have lunch before we proceed to the fishing grounds. With a bit of luck we can observe how the locals fish during winter out on the ice. Thereafter, we return to the same hut which we were stopping at during lunch as it will also be our shelter for tonight. The simple hut is also used by local fishermen and hunters. Here you prepare dinner together with the musher and experience the night in the same comfort the locals do - saying that there is not much comfort in the hut - it is a basic shelter (no electricity, no running water, no toilets). We will keep our eyes open during the night and will hopefully be able to observe the mesmerising Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic sky.
Day 3: Back to Ilulissat
After breakfast and packing up the sledges we take a small detour to a viewpoint to enjoy the breathtaking view of Ilulissat Icefjord and the mighty glaciers shimmering in the distance. You return to Ilulissat between 13:00 and 14:00 hours. You will be picked up at the dog sledge place and taken to your accommodation by car.
Day 4: Day at leisure in Ilulissat
You will have today at leisure. Depending on the weather conditions you could go sailing around the impressive icebergs, take a sightseeing flight over the Icefjord or meet some locals for a traditional Kaffe-mik. We will assist with the bookings. You could also use the day to relax and walk around town. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.
Day 5: End of trip
Today you could fly back or combine this trip with a guided tour or another individual trip.
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 to bright.
The dogsledding tours offer a perfect opportunity to experience Greenland in the most authentic way possible.The tours are guided by local mushers who speak some Danish and sometimes a little English.The huts you will stay in are usually huts used by local fisherman. They are very basic and in most of the huts there is no toilet and no running water. You will spend the night in a common room with the other participants and sometimes local fishermen.
All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Greenland Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.