5 days in Ilulissat incl. city tour, Ilulissat Icefjord and boat tour to the icebergs
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.
Arrival - Cultural city walk
Guided walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut
Iceberg Sightseeing by boat
Free day in Ilulissat
Prices and dates
Price per person:
|Package based on:||Double||Single|
|B&B with locals||755||755|
|3* hotel with sea view||880||1190|
|4* hotel with sea view||975||1310|
daily, February 01, 2018 – October 31, 2018 (available)
February 01, 2019 – October 31, 2019 (available)
- 2 hour guided city walk in Ilulissat
- 2 hour walk at Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut incl. transfer
- 2.5 hour iceberg sightseeing tour by boat
- 4 nights in Ilulissat
- Breakfast included when staying in hotel and B&B
- airport transfers (not included when staying at guesthouse)
Ilulissat: Boat Tour Eqi (Jun-Sep, 11h, 320€)
We leave Ilulissat early in the morning and sail north in the direction of Eqi Glacier. Very few places in Greenland are as breathtaking as Eqi. On the way we will sail around the most impressive icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere. We will sail close the massive glacier wall, turn off the engines for about an hour, enjoy some lunch as well as the breathtaking view of the calving glacier. In the afternoon we make our way back to Ilulissat.
Ilulissat: Boat tour Ilimanaq (Jun-Sep, 5h, 185€)
You will sail from Ilulissat to the small settlement of Ilimanaq. On the way you will pass by the great Kangia Icefjord. The view of the fjord is absolutely stunning. You will visit the small settlement of Ilimanaq and learn how people live in such a remote part of the world. In the afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat, passing by the breathtaking Icefjord once more.
Ilulissat: Evening kayaking (Jun- 15 Sep, 3h, 220€)
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).
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.
Oqaatsut: Meeting the Inuit - a cultural experience (Jun-15 Sep, 7h, 265€)
We leave from the harbour in Ilulissat by boat heading north towards Oqaatsut, a small Inuit village where 37 people live all year round. Once in the settlement our guide will show you around Oqaatsut and tell you about the old and modern life of the Inuit and how these two worlds are merging. With the assistance of the locals we introduce you to some of their traditions. The tradition introduced is dependent on the season. These activities include learning how to cook and smoke fish, how to cut and dry it for storage, collecting wild plants and flowers to make tea, feeding the sled dogs with their musher, repairing a fishing net or building a sled. Our local English speaking guide will translate and help you to engage in a conversation with the locals.
We conclude this cultural experience with a visit to an Inuit family and a traditional lunch made with local ingredients. After a lovely meal, we sail back to Ilulissat
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 - 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.
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.