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February March Individual tour

Northern Lights and Icebergs

6 days exploring Disko Bay in winter with stopover in Greenland's capital incl. flights from Copenhagen

from €2,635 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Embark from Copenhagen on a captivating Arctic adventure in Disko Bay, starting with a guided hike to the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord, renowned for its massive icebergs. Then, take to the icy waters of Disko Bay by boat, led by an experienced captain, for a close encounter with these gigantic natural sculptures.

In the evenings, embrace the Arctic's tranquility and seek out the mesmerizing Northern Lights. We'll equip you with all the necessary information to find the best viewing spots and times for this natural spectacle.

Your itinerary also includes a leisure day for optional activities, allowing you to tailor your experience or adjust for weather conditions. The journey concludes with a brief visit to Nuuk, where you can immerse yourself in the capital's vibrant mix of tradition and modernity before heading home.

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:

Day at leisure in Ilulissat. Night in Ilulissat.

Day 5:

Flight from Ilulissat to Nuuk. Night in Nuuk.

Day 6:

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 to UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord
  • 2 hour boat tour to UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat
  • 1 night in Nuuk
  • Breakfast included when staying in hotel

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:

12 years

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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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.
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.
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.
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Dog sledding in Disko Bay Ilulissat

1.5h dog sledding tour (2 person per sledge)

  • Local guide
  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Apr 15th
  • 1.5 h
  • €265
  • Easy to Moderate
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Enjoy the silence, enjoy the scenery, feel the connection to an age-old tradition and experience something extraordinary - dog sledding in Ilulissat. The route depends on the conditions, but most often we will drive in flat terrain out on the plain behind Ilulissat...so if you're looking for a basic and easy dogsledding trip, this is the one.
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.
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 will head from Copenhagen International Airport via Nuuk, the capital of Greenland to Ilulissat - the town on the shore of the UNESCO Icefjord. Our recommendation is to keep your stay in Ilulissat as a free day in case of possible flight delays. Use the day to explore the town and to settle and prepare for your adventures ahead. 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.

Day 3: Iceberg Sailing to UNESCO Icefjord

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. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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

impressed with the guides

I was very impressed with the guides. They were very helpful and full of interesting information about the activity.
Asta was very helpful and always available in communicating with me as I planned the tour. The list of clothes required for the climate in Greenland ensured I was comfortable in all the activities.
The accommodation was warm and comfortable.
I would definitely recommend you to others who would visit and explore Greenland.

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Maureen (Canada, March 2024)

they know their job

My stay was wonderful. And the tour was perfectly organised and very economical. The tour guide was amazing, the flights booked and the window seat was perfect for me to capture the views aptly booked. This was perhaps the smoothest excursions I have been on and I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I would strongly recommend Greenland Tours they know their job and they do it fantastically and professionally. This was a memory of a lifetime and I would take trip with Greenland Tours again. Thanking you very much for giving me memories to cherish forever.

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Meera Panchmatia (India, March 2019)

a memorable journey

I must reiterate that my trip to Greenland was such a memorable journey and that many of my friends and followers are very keen on making this trip. I shall definitely recommend your company!

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Mihiri (Sri Lanka, March 2017)
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