Sightseeing by boat from Ilulissat in Disko Bay
© Dylan Furst
June September Individual tour

Disko Classics

5 days in Ilulissat incl. city tour, Ilulissat Icefjord and boat tour to the icebergs

from €895 per person
Difficulty level: Easy

On this classic journey you discover the amazing attractions which made Ilulissat and Disko Bay famous. First we take you on a guided walk through Ilulissat, where you will get an understanding about the town's culture and history.

Next day you will visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the remarkable Ilulissat Icefjord, enjoying breathtaking views over the Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. You continue to the abandoned Inuit settlement Sermermiut, listening to the guide's stories about Inuit people’s life and traditions.

But that is not everything! One of our experienced captains will take you on a boat trip into Disko Bay, getting you as close as safe to the fascinating and gigantic icebergs. A free day in Ilulissat allows for relaxing or adding other optional tours. This classic is truly a trip which you will always remember.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival - Cultural city walk

Day 2:

Guided walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut

Day 3:

Iceberg Sightseeing by boat

Day 4:

Free day in Ilulissat

Day 5:

Departure

Prices and dates

Price per person:

1 June to 30 September: Double Single
Apartment 1055 1590
3* hotel 895 1270
3* hotel with sea view 975 1430
4* hotel 1025 1635
4* hotel with sea view 1180 1940

Dates:

daily, June 1, 2024 – September 21, 2024 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • 2 hour guided city walk in Ilulissat
  • 2 hour walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut
  • 2 hour iceberg sightseeing tour by boat
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat
  • Breakfast included
  • airport transfers

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:

8 years

Options

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

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A small passenger boat in front of the huge glacier wall at the Eqi glacier in Greenland

Boat tour to Eqi Glacier

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 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.
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).

Overnight at Ilimanaq Lodge

  • Ilimanaq
  • Jun 15th-Aug
  • 2 days
  • €575
  • Easy
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Extend your trip by an overnight to explore the picturesque village of Ilimanaq. Journey along the famed Kangia Icefjord, where you'll be treated to magnificent views of vast icebergs. Upon arrival in Ilimanaq, delve into the village's quaint colonial architecture and enjoy a delightful dinner at Restaurant Egede. Your stay will include a night in a luxurious bungalow offering a sea view, complete with linens, towels, dinner, breakfast, and a guided tour of the settlement. This addition will prolong your itinerary by an extra day.
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A house in the settlement of Oqaatsut in Disko Bay

Boat tour to Oqaatsut settlement incl. lunch

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 15th
  • 7h
  • €195
  • Easy
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In the morning you will sail to the small settlement of Oqaatsut (Rodebay) located north of Ilulissat. During the boat tour you will have the opportunity to gaze at the most impressive icebergs of the Northern Hemisphere. The settlement once was a popular trading post and was called Rodebay (red bay) by Dutch whale hunters in the 18th century. Lunch is included for you. You will have time on to explore the picturesque settlement with its colourful houses and go on a short hike around the area before sailing back to Ilulissat.
Colourful houses in Qeqertarsuaq

Day tour to Disko Island

  • Ilulissat
  • Jul-Aug
  • 9.5h
  • €375
  • Easy to Moderate
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The journey begins with a boat trip from Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island, where you can enjoy a light breakfast and coffee on board while admiring the open sea and towering icebergs. On arrival, explore the charming town of Qeqertarsuaq. Then hike to the stunning Kuannit area, where your guide will point out the unique geology and local flora and fauna. Enjoy a packed lunch with views of the sea and basalt rock formations. At the end of the day enjoy the boat trip back to Ilulissat, where you can reflect on your adventure over coffee and cake.
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.
Glacier hike during glacier adventure

Full day adventure incl. glacier walk

  • Local guide
  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 7th
  • 8h
  • €490
  • Moderate
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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.
Kayaking past Oqaatsut in the Disko Bay in Greenland

Inuit village & kayaking

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Aug
  • 7h
  • €295
  • Moderate
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In the morning you will be transferred by boat to the small settlement of Oqaatsut. Here we will go kayaking in Disko Bay. Before we start, you will get a short introduction to kayaking and then we will practice a bit just off the coast of Oqaatsut. We then head towards the icebergs. We will paddle among the icebergs in the bay and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding us. We will have some refreshment in Oqaatsut before we take the boat back to Ilulissat (to participate in this trip max height is 2m and weight is 110kg).
Whale diving near Ilulissat among icebergs

Whale watching tour in Disko Bay

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 15th
  • 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.

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 - Cultural city walk

Upon your arrival in Ilulissat you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation. In the afternoon you are ready to join a guided city walk through Ilulissat. You will learn about the Greenlandic culture and the history of the city. We visit the local fishermen at the harbour, the hunters at "brættet" and stop at the birthplace of the famous polar explorer Knud Rasmussen. On our way back we pass the old wooden Zion church. You will spend the night in Ilulissat.

Day 2: Guided walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut

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. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 3: Iceberg Sightseeing by boat

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. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 4: Free day in Ilulissat

You will have today to explore the beautiful town of Ilulissat. You can simply relax or stroll around town, revisit the stunning UNESCO Icefjord on your own or join another optional tour (see plenty of suggestions in the tour details). Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 5: Departure

A car will take you to Ilulissat airport or Ilulissat harbour right in time for your departure.

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