Day 1: Boat transfer to Ilimanaq
In the evening you will sail from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq, passing by the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord. This is your chance to get up close with gigantic icebergs bathing in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. This glacier is one of the most productive glaciers in the world. It annually calves 35km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. Remember to bring warm clothes.
After about 1 hour sailing you will reach the small settlement of Ilimanaq. You will stay overnight at the Ilimanaq Lodge (luxury cabin incl. linen and towels, electricity, private bathroom, running water).
Day 2: Ilimanaq settlement sightseeing & dinner in Ilimanaq
Today you will head out to explore the settlement Ilimanaq. Ilimanaq means ‘the area of expectations’ since you would expect to get a good catch in the mid 1800s. At that time you would find hundreds of families living on the coast near Ilimanaq. Today, the settlement is home to only 53 inhabitants.
Your guide will tell you all about the culture and history, the way of life, and show you the main attractions in the settlement. The church, the school, the dog area, and the old log houses, and many other point of interests in the settlement. This excursion will provide your with a deeper understanding of Ilimanaq.
Spend the rest of the day to explore the settlement further, relax with a book at your Ilimanaq Lodge with great views across the bay or join one of the optional activities taking you into the wild backlands of Ilimanaq. In the evening enjoy Greenlandic food at the local restaurant offering views over Disko Bay. You will spend another night at the Ilimanaq Lodge.
Day 3: Boat transfer back to Ilulissat
In the morning you will return to Ilulissat by boat passing once more the spectacular Icefjord with its mesmerizing icebergs. With a bit of luck you might even see some whales during transfer. After roughly one hour you are back in Ilulissat. You could fly back home today or you could combine this trip with one of our amazing guided trips or individual packages.