Kayaking from Ilulissat in Disko Bay
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July August Individual tour

Disko Adventure

6 days in Disko Bay incl. hikes & kayaking

from €1,885 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Are you ready for an adventure like no other? Join us in Ilulissat, Greenland for a journey into Disko Bay. This adventure focused tour starts with an evening boat tour to see the majestic icebergs drift by. Next day you continue your exploration with a self guided hike to the stunning UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord to enjoy the spectacular view of the ice-filled fjord.

The next day embark on a captivating tour to the serene village of Oqaatsut, north of Ilulissat. Here you'll take a kayak through the waters of its surroundings to witness nearby icebergs up close.

Then top off your trip with an extraordinary guided hike to one of Disko Bay's remote glaciers.

Get ready for memories that will last a lifetime as you experience the beauty of Greenland at its finest!

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ilulissat. Evening sailing among the icebergs

Day 2:

Free day or self guided hiking along the Icefjord

Day 3:

Tour to Oqaatsut settlement incl. kayaking

Day 4:

Guided Glacier Hike at Saqqarleq Sermia

Day 5:

Free day

Day 6:

End of trip

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Availability

Dates:

July 1, 2024 – August 31, 2024 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • evening sailing among the icebergs (2 hours)
  • guided tour to Oqaatsut settlement incl. boat transfer, lunch and kayaking (7 hours total, 2 hours kayaking)
  • guided glacier hike to Saqqarleq Sermia incl. boat and UTV tour (8 hours)
  • transfers from/to Ilulissat
  • 5 nights 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 stay. You will receive comprehensive travel information such as where and when to meet for the activities.

Minimum age:

16 years

Options

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

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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).
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.
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.
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.

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. Evening sailing among the icebergs

Welcome to Ilulissat in Disko Bay. This charming town lies at the entrance of the awe-inspiring UNESCO icefjord. 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. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 2: Hike along the Icefjord

Take advantage of a free day in Ilulissat by exploring the majestic Icefjord on your own. An array of clearly marked hiking routes offer varying levels and lengths to fit every traveler's needs, so you can take your time admiring these magnificent ice formations. When you receive your travel documents, we will provide a map highlighting each route for easy navigation. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 3: Boat tour to Oqaatsut settlement incl. kayaking

Embark on an unforgettable tour through a breathtaking coastline from Ilulissat to Oqaatsut. We'll begin with a boat trip passing massive icebergs, setting the scene for an awe-inspiring adventure. Upon arrival in Oqaatsut, our experienced kayak guide will provide a safety briefing and outfit you with top-of-the-line kayak suits.

We'll then glide through the scenic bay of Oqaatsut, pausing at a picturesque coastline for a short hike and stunning views of the landscape. Take a moment to savor a cup of coffee at this incredible vantage point before continuing our kayaking journey.

As we sail around the bay, we'll conclude our excursion at Restaurant H8 Explorer, where a delectable lunch featuring local fish and meat awaits. After lunch, take the opportunity to explore the settlement before returning to Ilulissat by boat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 4: Guided Glacier Hike at Saqqarleq Sermia

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. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 5: Free day

Today, you will be able to explore gorgeous Ilulissat. Whether you choose to leisurely spend your time or wander around town, marvel at the awe-inspiring UNESCO Icefjord again on your own terms or opt in for another tour, it's totally up to you. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 6: Departure

Today the trip ends in Ilulissat.

What our customers say

You were great with helping us

We loved our trip! You were great with helping us and we loved Greenland. Loved the hiking map!

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Rachel Durchslag (USA, June 2018)

such a beautiful country

The trip was amazing, I really enjoyed my time in Greenland, such a beautiful country. Thanks to Greenland tours for making this trip possible and for helping me with the planning as well as questions I raised during the process. I cannot wait to come back to Greenland and would not hesitate to recommend GT to my friends and relatives.

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David Suaza (Dubai, June 2017)

Everything was perfect

I am now back in Norway after a few perfect days in Greenland. The trip was marvellous – the guide I had both for hiking and for kayaking were excellent. Everything was perfect – and I am quite sure that I will come back with friends/family another time.

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Mona (Norway, July 2016)
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