Sightseeing by boat from Ilulissat in Disko Bay
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5 days in Ilulissat incl. city tour, Ilulissat Icefjord and boat tour to the icebergs

from 635.00 €
Request a quote Disko Classics

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

from 635.00 €

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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.

This morning you will sail south from Ilulissat towards the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq with its picturesque colonial buildings and come to know how people live in such a remote part of the world. You enjoy lunch at a local family's home. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.

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).

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.

This afternoon you will head south to explore the small settlement of Ilimanaq and on your way pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. Ilimanaq means ‘the area of expectations’ since you would expect to get a good catch here in the mid 19th century. At that time, hundreds of families lived along the coast. Today, the settlement only counts around 50 inhabitants. On a guided settlement walk you will visit the local church, school and the dog area as well as the old wooden houses and your guide provides you with an insight into Greenlandic culture and the local way of living. The evening will come up with some real taste of Greenland. You enjoy dinner at Restaurant Egede, the historic home of Poul Egede, which has been painstakingly restored and nowadays houses one of Greenland’s best restaurants. The historic spirit of this place, the marvelous location with a view into Disko Bay and the fresh Greenlandic cuisine allow for an unforgettable evening before you head back to Ilulissat.

In the early morning you will sail about an hour from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, passing by the stunning UNESCO Icefjord and its giant icebergs. From the small settlement of Ilimanaq you set off with your guide by UTV, driving south through the ever-changing landscape until you reach the fjord. From there you will sail by open boat deep into the ancient fjord where hunters and prey have been battling for centuries. You jump ashore with your guide and walk towards Sarqardliup 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! In the evening you return to Ilulissat.

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).

You will visit a local handcrafts woman at her house where she is revealing glimpse into her traditional skills. In the past the Inuit only wore clothes made from animal skin or fur since these were warm and hard-wearing and ideally adapted for Arctic climate. The Inuit saying “A man is what his wife makes him” shows the great deal of responsibility the women carried by carefully choosing the skins and perfectly processing them into clothes that protected people in the harsh arctic winter. You will come to know how these skilled and talented artists were creating the traditional Inuit clothing as well as the festive national dress and also enjoy coffee and cake together. By joining this tour you support the local women community and contribute to the preservation of Greenlandic handcraft.

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.

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.

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.

In the morning you will head out for a great winter adventure. After a short safety briefing we will gear up and start our way to a small hunter’s hut by snowmobile. The route takes around an hour and a half, where we will follow the dogs sled way. This same way is used by fishermen from Ilulissat to go fishing to the frozen fjord of Sikuiuitsoq (in Greenlandic: place that always has ice). Along the way we will stop at some viewpoints to see impressive panoramic views of the Ilulissat Icefjord and the ice cap. Arriving at the hunter ́s hut we will leave the snowmobiles, put our snowshoes on and continue walking inside the UNESCO area (where snowmobiles are not allowed). It is time to start our adventure over the frozen sea and the small mountain next to the hut. The guide will choose the best itinerary according to safety and physical condition of the group. This snowshoe hike will take around 1 hour. After the hike we will stop for having our lunch. Then we will ride back with our snowmobiles to Ilulissat, following the same route we came.

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Sightseeing by boat from Ilulissat in Disko Bay
Equipment list Disko Classics

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

Equipment list Disko Classics

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

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a lightweight wool or other fast-drying fiber. Base layers will also keep you warm if, for example, your outer layers are not entirely windproof or waterproof. If there is one thing to stress, it is that having several light layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other, is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having one or two heavy layers that might make you too cold or too hot, but never just right. It is recommended to bring a selection of long-sleeve shirts and pants for lightweight base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. It should not be your heaviest winter sweater, but just something you feel could make you warm and cosy if you had a persistent chill. It is recommended to bring a light- to medium-weight wool sweater or a fleece or prima loft jacket.

  • All-purpose or fleece pants (mid layer)

    When you are on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof pants (outer layer) layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a pair of light, loose breathable pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful if you easily feel cold. Jeans are strongly discouraged.

  • breathable light jacket (outer layer)

    When you’re on land, and if it’s dry, the waterproof jacket layer won’t be necessary, but you’ll need more than a base layer. It is recommended to bring a light jacket, or even a vest. Lightweight puffy jackets work well.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it’s to protect you from wind and rain on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof rain pants. Gore-Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.

  • warm hat and light (fleece) gloves

    A bit of wind, a mammoth iceberg nearby, and even fog can have more effect on the air temperature than you might imagine, and it can be magnified when sailing or standing a few hundred meters above sea level. Even though it is summer and there is not a single patch of snow to be found, you still need to be prepared with a few of the more ‘wintery’ items. It is recommended to bring a warm hat and gloves. As a light version, a buff to wear around the head or neck is also useful.

  • hiking boots

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. So bring your favourite hiking boots, that you will likely use across all sailing and hiking activities, on all days. Good hiking boots have high ankles support, are waterproof or water-resistant and are non-skid / have a sole with good traction (good for both rocky terrain and wet boat decks). It is good if they are worn-in as it is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.

  • comfort footwear

    We recommend supportive sneakers/running shoes, that you will use on arrival and departure day, as well as for the evenings.

Other gear

  • 60-80 litre backpack or duffle bag

    It is recommended to pack your gear in a backpack. Many of the towns have simple dirt- or rocky roads which are not exactly ideal for pulling luggage with wheels. If you do not own a backpack, prefer a duffle bag over a hard shell suitcase.

  • 20-30 litre daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to bring a small daypack to hold an extra layer or two and your water bottle during short excursions.

  • sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, base-cap

    In summer in Greenland, the midnight sun is out 24 hours a day. Couple this never-ending daylight with the fact that there are no trees for shade - as well as with the reflection off the water and nearby icebergs - and you’ve got yourself the equation for some fierce sun exposure. It is recommended to bring sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses, and, if you like, a hat with a visor.

  • bug repellant, head net & after bite

    The Arctic summer is notorious for small pesky insects like mosquitos and flies. They will not be a problem when sailing, but once we hit land, they’ll surely find us soon enough. Only a light breeze will give natural respite from the bugs. It is recommended to bring bug repellent, after bite and a mosquito head net. Not very fashionable, but oh-so-functional. Please note: it should be possible to purchase bug repellent in the local Pisiffik grocery store, pending product availability, however it will be the strong, chemical, non- environment-friendly stuff. If you prefer a natural-based product, you should bring your own.

  • water bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. So it is recommended to bring your own water bottle or CamelBak to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find at convenient streams and waterfalls - or at the faucet, if you want to be like the rest of the world.

  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, diving whale flukes, flocks of birds gathering around a fishing boat for free giveaways, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and the world and fantastic geological rock formations. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

Below is an equipment list with items we highly recommend you bring on the journey. To enjoy the trip to the fullest, comfortable and good equipment is essential. So be a bit picky about what you bring on our trip, make sure it is adequate for arctic conditions.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Non-cotton, wool long sleeves and tights (base layer)

    Base layers are designed to keep you warm despite they might be wet from sweating, for example - therefore they must not be cotton but instead a mid-weight wool or other fast-drying fibre.If there’s one thing to stress over and over and over, it is that having several layers to choose from, or use in combination with each other. It is far more valuable for regulating body temperature than having only one or two very heavy layers that might make you too hot and never just right.It is recommended to bring a selection of warm long-sleeves and warm tights as base layers, so you have a few extras.

  • Wool sweater, fleece or PrimaLoft jacket (mid layer)

    A wool layer is always nice to have as additional warmth. Pick your favourite woollen winter sweater keeping youwarm and cosy. If you are not too much into woollen sweaters you can also bring a warm fleece or PrimaLoft jacket instead.

  • insulated or fleece pants (mid layer)

    It is recommended to bring a pair of insulated hiking pants as a sort of all-purpose pants. Fleece pants can be useful, too. Jeans are strongly discouraged. If you do not own insulated hiking pants, wear a thick base layer underneath your standard hiking pants.

  • down jacket (outer layer)

    Well, you are heading to Greenland in winter. So get prepared for cold! We recommend to bring a nice warm down jacket or the warmest winter jacket you find in your wardrobe. You will always need this jacket when you are outside but not moving so much, like on a boat or dog sledding trip, gazing at the Northern Lights or wandering through the settlements.

  • skiing pants (outer layer)

    Stay snug and warm and bring a pair of skiing pants to Greenland.They keep you warm from blowing cold winds so you can fully enjoy the arctic winter landscapes you came to explore.

  • windproof & waterproof jacket and pants (outer layer)

    Whether it is to protect you from wind and snow on land or from ocean spray while sailing, having good outer layers to protect against the elements will make the difference between a pleasant and unpleasant trip. It is recommended to bring both a windproof/waterproof jacket and a pair of windproof/waterproof pants. Gore Tex is a leading manufacturer of breathable and waterproof layers.As most wind- and waterproof gear does not keep you very warm, you will need to wear one or two warm mid layers below.

  • warm hat, scarf and warm (fleece) gloves

    Now that you are all dressed up don’t forget your head and hands. Half of our body heat we lose through or heads.Therefore we recommend to bring two pairs of warm hats and gloves as well as a pair of warm mittens.

  • warm and supportive footwear

    Footwear is of the utmost importance in Greenland. It must be comfortable, warm, yet supportive, as it is what protects your feet and will keep you going all day long. It is recommended to bring burly and warm winter boots for this winter trip, plus several pairs of super warm wool socks. The best warm & comfortable footwear is: • insulated and warm • waterproof or water-resistant • offering high ankle support • non-skid / has a sole with good traction. (Good for both icy terrain and slippery boat decks.) • worn-in. (It is not ideal to break in brand new shoes and have blisters on the first day.)

Other gear

  • 60-80 litre backpack or duffle bag

    It is recommended to pack your gear in a backpack. Many of the towns have simple dirt- or rocky roads covered in ice and snow in winter which are not exactly ideal for pulling luggage with wheels. If you do not own a backpack, prefer a duffle bag over a hard shell suitcase.

  • 20-30 liter daypack

    For maximum versatility, it is recommended to also bring a small foldable daypack to hold an extra layer or two and a thermos during short excursions.

  • sunscreen, lip balm

    Even though you are visiting Greenland during winter, we advise to bring sun screen and lip balm. If sun shines, the reflection off water, snow and nearby icebergs can cause some fierce sun exposure.

  • sunglasses

    As sun stays quite low during winter time, it is good to have a pair of sunglasses along.

  • water bottle

    Make sure you stay hydrated. It is recommended to bring your own water bottle or thermos to fill up with the freshest, cleanest, tastiest water you can find.

  • camera/binoculars

    There’s going to be no less than 10,000 amazing things to see and remember - icebergs that look different from every angle, small colourful houses perched at the edge of the hill and of course those cute sled dogs. It is recommended to bring whatever camera or looking device you wish, whether that’s a smartphone, snazzy camera, or selfie stick.

In case you have any further questions regarding the equipment to bring to the tour please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sightseeing by boat from Ilulissat in Disko Bay
FAQ Disko Classics

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

FAQ Disko Classics

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

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Individual tour

Disko Classics

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

Difficulty level: Easy from 635.00 €

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 31 September: Double Single
Guesthouse 635 895
B&B with locals 815 815
Apartment 1060 1675
3* hotel 800 1120
3* hotel with sea view 870 1265
4* hotel 1025 1360
4* hotel with sea view 1190 1635
1 February to 30 April: Double Single
Guesthouse 635 895
B&B with locals 815 815
Apartment 815 1190
3* hotel 725 990
3* hotel with sea view 795 1135
4* hotel 955 1290
4* hotel with sea view 1045 1570

Dates:

daily, February 01, 2020 – September 30, 2020 (available)

Further details

Price includes:

  • 2 hour guided city walk in Ilulissat (Local guide)
  • 2 hour walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut (Local guide)
  • 2 hour iceberg sightseeing tour by boat (Local guide)
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat
  • Breakfast included when staying in hotel and B&B
  • airport transfers (not included when staying at guesthouse)

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:

February to April 12 years, June to September 8 years

Options

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

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.

This morning you will sail south from Ilulissat towards the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq with its picturesque colonial buildings and come to know how people live in such a remote part of the world. You enjoy lunch at a local family's home. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.

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).

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.

This afternoon you will head south to explore the small settlement of Ilimanaq and on your way pass by the famous Kangia Icefjord with a stunning view of the massive icebergs. Ilimanaq means ‘the area of expectations’ since you would expect to get a good catch here in the mid 19th century. At that time, hundreds of families lived along the coast. Today, the settlement only counts around 50 inhabitants. On a guided settlement walk you will visit the local church, school and the dog area as well as the old wooden houses and your guide provides you with an insight into Greenlandic culture and the local way of living. The evening will come up with some real taste of Greenland. You enjoy dinner at Restaurant Egede, the historic home of Poul Egede, which has been painstakingly restored and nowadays houses one of Greenland’s best restaurants. The historic spirit of this place, the marvelous location with a view into Disko Bay and the fresh Greenlandic cuisine allow for an unforgettable evening before you head back to Ilulissat.

In the early morning you will sail about an hour from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, passing by the stunning UNESCO Icefjord and its giant icebergs. From the small settlement of Ilimanaq you set off with your guide by UTV, driving south through the ever-changing landscape until you reach the fjord. From there you will sail by open boat deep into the ancient fjord where hunters and prey have been battling for centuries. You jump ashore with your guide and walk towards Sarqardliup 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! In the evening you return to Ilulissat.

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).

You will visit a local handcrafts woman at her house where she is revealing glimpse into her traditional skills. In the past the Inuit only wore clothes made from animal skin or fur since these were warm and hard-wearing and ideally adapted for Arctic climate. The Inuit saying “A man is what his wife makes him” shows the great deal of responsibility the women carried by carefully choosing the skins and perfectly processing them into clothes that protected people in the harsh arctic winter. You will come to know how these skilled and talented artists were creating the traditional Inuit clothing as well as the festive national dress and also enjoy coffee and cake together. By joining this tour you support the local women community and contribute to the preservation of Greenlandic handcraft.

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.

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.

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.

In the morning you will head out for a great winter adventure. After a short safety briefing we will gear up and start our way to a small hunter’s hut by snowmobile. The route takes around an hour and a half, where we will follow the dogs sled way. This same way is used by fishermen from Ilulissat to go fishing to the frozen fjord of Sikuiuitsoq (in Greenlandic: place that always has ice). Along the way we will stop at some viewpoints to see impressive panoramic views of the Ilulissat Icefjord and the ice cap. Arriving at the hunter ́s hut we will leave the snowmobiles, put our snowshoes on and continue walking inside the UNESCO area (where snowmobiles are not allowed). It is time to start our adventure over the frozen sea and the small mountain next to the hut. The guide will choose the best itinerary according to safety and physical condition of the group. This snowshoe hike will take around 1 hour. After the hike we will stop for having our lunch. Then we will ride back with our snowmobiles to Ilulissat, following the same route we came.

Flight connections

Flights to Greenland are not included.
Fly to Ilulissat via Reykjavík/Iceland or Copenhagen/Denmark.
Return flight from 1090 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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