The Sarfaq Ittuk near an iceberg in Disko Bay
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June August Individual tour

The Great Greenland Voyage

15 days from Disko Bay to South Greenland incl. 6 nights on board the coastal ferry

from €3,635 per person
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Embark on a remarkable 15-day exploration from Disko Bay to South Greenland. Begin in the delightful town of Ilulissat, set beside the extraordinary UNESCO Icefjord, journey through the lively capital of Nuuk, and unwind in the peaceful settlement of Igaliku in South Greenland, all promising diverse experiences.

As you navigate southwards aboard the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk, each docking point unravels a fresh chapter of Greenland's enthralling tale, leaving you with enduring memories of your grand Arctic adventure.

Relish the freedom of discovery at your pace, with our carefully selected day tours and excursions that provide a glimpse into local culture and natural marvels.

Rough summary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ilulissat

Day 2:

Free day in Ilulissat

Day 3:

Free day in Ilulissat

Day 4:

Free day in Ilulissat

Day 5:

Departure from Ilulissat to Qasigiannguit

Day 6:

Journey from Qeqertarsuaq to Aasiaat

Day 7:

From Sisimiut to Maniitsoq

Day 8:

Free Day in Nuuk

Day 9:

Nuuk Fjord

Day 10:

Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Paamiut and Arsuk

Day 11:

Arrival in Narsaq

Day 12:

From Narsaq to Igaliku

Day 13:

Free day in Igaliku

Day 14:

From Igaliku to Narsarsuaq

Day 15:

Departure from Narsarsuaq

Prices and dates

Price per person:

Double Single
Couchette premium & budget rooms 3635 4275
Standard Cabin & 3* hotel* 5200 9640
Standard Cabin & 4* hotel* 5400 10155
Junior Suite Cabin & 4* hotel 5560 10480
*Discount of EUR 1.000 per standard cabin for August 3rd, 1 cabin available

Note: 3* and 4* hotels only where available. See accommodation section below for further details.

Dates:

June 22, 2024 – July 6, 2024 (available)
July 6, 2024 – July 20, 2024 (available)
July 20, 2024 – August 3, 2024 (available)
August 3, 2024 – August 17, 2024 (available)
August 17, 2024 – August 31, 2024 (available)

This trip operates on a bi-weekly basis. On the alternate weeks, we provide a very similar journey but in the opposite direction.

Further details

Price includes:

  • 5 nights in Ilulissat
  • 6 nights on board Sarfaq Ittuk from Ilulissat to Narsaq
  • 1 night in Narsaq
  • 2 nights in Igaliku
  • 1 night in Narsarsuaq
  • boat transfers Narsaq - Itilleq - Narsarsuaq
  • breakfast included except aboard the coastal ship

Price does not include:

  • meals aboard the coastal ship
  • all services not mentioned in the above "included" section

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. Please note that the Sarfaq Ittuk is a ferry and not a cruise ship. That means that most of the stops at the ports of call are brief. The exact schedule can be found below the detailed itinerary.

Minimum age:

8

About accommodation:

Couchette Premium & budget rooms: In Narsarsuaq, Igaliku & Narsaq, nights in budget accommodation with shared facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in couchette premium (shared sleeping bag accommodation & facilities), in Ilulissat in budget accommodation with private facilities.

Standard Cabin & 3 star hotel: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in tourist class hotel rooms with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a standard cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 3 local star hotel in standard room with private facilities & sea view.

Standard Cabin & 4 star hotel: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in tourist class hotel rooms with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a standard cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 4 local star hotel in superior room with private facilities & sea view.

Junior Suite Cabin & 4 star hotel: In Narsarsuaq & Narsaq in tourist class hotel rooms with private facilities, in Igaliku in a cottage including breakfast with private facilities, on board the Sarfaq Ittuk in a Junior Suite cabin with private facilities, in Ilulissat in a 4 local star hotel in superior room with private facilities & sea view.

The ship Sarfaq Ittuk

The Coastal Ship 'Sarfaq Ittuk' was built in 1992. It is 73m long and 11m wide. Powered by a 2000 HP engine the vessels steams at a speed of 13 knots. It can accommodate around 235 passengers including crew. 'Norske Veritas' has classified it for sailing in the Arctic. It connects the cities and settlements along Greenland's west coast and is therefore the traditional means of transport used by the locals - a wonderful way to travel authentically and come into contact with the local population.
The ship's facilities are simple and practical, designed to serve its purpose as a ferry. There is a café on board, a lounge area with panoramic windows, a small cinema, a children’s playroom and an infirmary for emergencies. WiFi is available for a fee.

Options

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

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Close to the ice with a sightseeing boat from Ilulissat

Evening iceberg sailing to UNESCO Icefjord

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 2h
  • €95
  • Easy
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On a 2 hour boat trip you will sail among the gigantic icebergs in Disko Bay in the evening sun. These frozen giants calved from the most productive glacier of the Northern Hemisphere, the Sermeq Kujalleq. It annually calves 35km³ of ice into the UNESCO Icefjord. Sailing around the gigantic icebergs in the evening sun is a fantastic experience. If you are lucky you might even spot a whale or two.
Hiking along the icefjord next to Ilulissat in Greenland

Walk to UNESCO Icefjord incl. Sermermiut

  • Ilulissat
  • Feb-Sep
  • 2h
  • €45
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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 provide you with insights into the Inuit culture.
A small passenger boat in front of the huge glacier wall at the Eqi glacier in Greenland

Boat tour to Eqi Glacier

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 15th
  • 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.
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Glacier hike during glacier adventure

Full day adventure incl. glacier walk

  • Local guide
  • Ilulissat
  • Jul-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.
A house in the settlement of Oqaatsut in Disko Bay

Boat tour to Oqaatsut settlement incl. lunch

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Sep
  • 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.
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.
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.
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).
Kayaking past Oqaatsut in the Disko Bay in Greenland

Inuit village & kayaking

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun 15th-Sep 9th
  • 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-Sep
  • 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.
The old church in Nuuk with National Day celebrations

City sightseeing Nuuk

  • Local guide
  • Nuuk
  • Jun-Sep
  • 3h
  • €95
  • Easy
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Choose this option to add a guided tour of Nuuk starting at the National Museum, delving into Greenland's rich history. After this, stroll through the old colonial harbor with its ancient houses and whale processing relics. Next, visit the local market for fresh seafood and game, then pass by the Parliament en route to Katuaq, the cultural hub. Here, enjoy local art and traditional Greenlandic tapas at Cafétuaq. Wrap up your tour exploring the local shops near Katuaq.
Old buildings and the heart shaped mountain in Uummannaq

By coastal ferry to Uummannaq

  • Ilulissat
  • Jun-Aug
  • 3 days
  • €810
  • Easy
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Head further north on an overnight journey aboard the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk from Ilulissat to the remote town of Uummannaq, nestled in northwestern Greenland. Charming Uummannaq, known for its iconic heart-shaped mountain and vibrant houses set against rugged landscapes, offers a captivating blend of natural splendor and cultural richness. This brief 3 day option provides the great opportunity to explore the enchanting Arctic town on your own (6h) before resuming your adventures in Ilulissat.

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 in Ilulissat

Welcome to Ilulissat, the charming town located on the shore of the UNESCO Icefjord. Today is a perfect day to explore the town and get a taste of the local culture. As you will be staying in Ilulissat for the next days, you have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the unique experiences that Disko Bay has to offer.
We recommend to choose and book from our hand-picked day tours and excursions. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 2: Free day in Ilulissat

Today, you have a free day to explore the beautiful surroundings of Ilulissat. There are plenty of exciting activities to choose from. We recommend starting with a visit to Sermermiut and the UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord.

You can find additional recommendations among our carefully selected options. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 3: Free day in Ilulissat

Enjoy another free day in Ilulissat. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 4: Free day in Ilulissat

Enjoy another free day in Ilulissat. Overnight in Ilulissat.

Day 5: Departure from Ilulissat to Qasigiannguit

As the evening descends, embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the Sarfaq Ittuk coastal ferry. Setting sail from the harbor of Ilulissat, the ship takes a course southwards towards Qasigiannguit, crossing the awe-inspiring UNESCO-recognized Ilulissat Icefjord. You will spend the night on board the Sarfaq Ittuk.

Day 6: Journey from Qeqertarsuaq to Aasiaat

Wake up to the picturesque scenery of Qeqertarsuaq, a charming town nestled on Disko Island. Take the opportunity to explore this serene settlement before the ferry navigates across the bay towards Aasiaat. The Disko Bay area is a prime spot for viewing humpback whales and a multitude of seabirds, including the world’s largest known colony of arctic terns. Upon reaching Aasiaat, enjoy a leisurely stroll through this quaint town, with its busy harbor offering fresh local catch. You then continue your journey southwards out of Disko Bay, making brief stops at Kangaatsiaq and Attu. Night on board.

Day 7: From Sisimiut to Maniitsoq

Morning finds you in Sisimiut, Greenland's second-largest city, nestled against the striking backdrop of the “Kællingehætten” landmark. Explore Sisimiut on your own before you journey further south, crossing the Arctic Circle to arrive in Maniitsoq. Here, the captivating coastal line and abundant birdlife command your attention. Brief port visits include Itilleq and Kangaamiut. Night on board.

Day 8: Free Day in Nuuk

Wake up to the bustling energy of Nuuk, Greenland's capital. Spend the day exploring the city’s rich culture and history. Visit the National Museum to view the ancient mummies discovered in northern Greenland, stroll around the old harbor, or immerse yourself in local art at the Katuaq cultural center. Optional guided excursions are available. In the late afternoon the Sarfaq Ittuk leaves the harbor in Nuuk and heads deeper into Nuuk Fjord. Night on board.

Day 9: Nuuk Fjord

The coastal ferry ventures further into Nuuk Fjord, the second-largest fjord system in the world. You will pass Kapisillit, a quaint settlement nestled in the fjord as well as the ice-filled Nuuk Icefjord. On the way back to Nuuk the coastal ship passes the imposing Sermitsiaq Mountain with its cascading waterfall just behind it. In the afternoon the Sarfaq Ittuk returns to Nuuk harbor. As evening falls, bid farewell to the capital as you progress further on your southern journey. Night on board.

Day 10: Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Paamiut and Arsuk

The Sarfaq Ittuk sails on towards Qeqertarsuatsiaat, “the large quiet island,” home to one of the largest settlements in Greenland. You then visit Paamiut and Arsuk, reaching southern Greenland, renowned for its fertile, mild climate. Depending on the season, witness the vibrant bloom of local flora, reminiscent of why the Vikings chose this beautiful area as their home. Night on board.

Day 11: Arrival in Narsaq

As morning light breaks, you arrive in Narsaq, marking the end of your journey with the coastal ship. Disembark from the Sarfaq Ittuk, carrying with you the unforgettable memories of exploring the enchanting coastline of Greenland.

Located between two fjords, Narsaq is known for its small and colorful streets, creating a captivating contrast against the lush green surroundings. Rich in history, Narsaq was once an important seals trading center until the early 1900s when it gradually transitioned to fishing. Today, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cozy atmosphere of this charming town. Look for the red small church, witness the lively fish market when boats arrive with their fresh catch. For those seeking adventure, Narsaq offers also great hiking opportunities with viewpoints that will take your breath away. Overnight in Narsaq.

Day 12: From Narsaq to Igaliku

Departing from Narsaq, you will journey northward along Tunulliarfik Fjord to reach the small port Itilleq. From here, you will embark on an easy hike across the Kongevejen, otherwise known as the Path of the Kings, leading to the quaint settlement of Igaliku. Once in Igaliku, explore the remains of Gardar - the archdiocese and religious capital of Viking Greenland. Overnight in Igaliku.

Day 13: Free day in Igaliku

Today, you have leisure time in the Igaliku area. Consider taking a beautiful hike up to the plateau over Igaliku, which provides an incredible panoramic view of the Qooroq Fjord and its icebergs. Overnight in Igaliku.

Day 14: From Igaliku to Narsarsuaq

On your return journey from Igaliku to Itilleq, you will trek along the Kongevejen trail before sailing north to reach Narsarsuaq - the gateway to South Greenland. Overnight in Narsarsuaq.

Day 15: Departure from Narsarsuaq

After unforgetable days in Greenland it is time to head back home.

Schedule Sarfaq Ittuk

Day Arrival Departure Stop
Ilulissat Wednesday - 19:30 -
Qasigiannguit 22:30 23:00 0.5 hours
Qeqertarsuaq Thursday 07:00 10:00 3 hours
Aasiaat 14:00 16:30 2.5 hours
Kangaatsiaq 19:30 19:45 0.25 hours
Attu 22:45 23:00 0.25 hours
Sisimiut Friday 06:30 09:00 2.5 hours
Itilleq 12:00 12:15 0.25 hours
Kangaamiut 17:45 18:00 0.25 hours
Maniitsoq 21:30 22:30 1 hour
Nuuk Saturday 07:00 17:00 10 hours
Nuuk Sunday 17:00 21:00 3 hours
Qeqertarsuatsiaat Monday 06:00 06:15 0.25 hours
Paamiut 14:00 15:30 1.5 hours
Arsuk 22:30 22:45 0.25 hours
Narsaq Tuesday 08:00 - -
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