Visit the capital of the icebergs Ilulissat, which is located in western Greenland approx. 350 km north of the Arctic Circle. The glacier, the people and the massive icebergs are an amazing experience. Ilulissat Icefjord is protected and included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
- START DAY: Travel Thursday or Friday from Copenhagen, Denmark - 5 days | 4 nights
- SEASON: June 15th to September 2022
- FLIGHTS FROM: Copenhagen to Ilulissat (incl. in the price)
Itinerary: Individual tour
DAY 1: Arrival to Greenland and see the majestic icebergs.
Depart with Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Ilulissat. Your first stop is in Kangerlussuaq where you change flight to Ilulissat. Allready on your decent to Ilulissat you will see the ice. Transfer from the airport to your overnight accommodation.
After check-inn go for a walk around town to enjoy the atmosphere and amazing view. The colorful houses painted in a rainbow of shades, and the giant icebergs float by in the Disko Bay just outside of town.
Ilulissat offers various restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy fabulous food – with a spectacular view.
DAY 2: Enjoy one of the world's most beautiful vantage points over the ice and a boat tour among the huge icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord.
Pick up at the accommodation for a guided tour/hike to the ancient settlement of Sermermiut. The beautiful icebergs of Ilulissat create the wing for the abandoned settlement Sermermiut, south of the city. The different Inuit cultures have lived here during the last 4000 years, and today you can still find artifacts, which witness their presence. From here is one of the world's most beautiful vantage points over the ice. On the outskirts of town, you can see and hear the sled dogs. The dogs are chained but their puppies roam free.
Later in the day enjoy a boat tour among the huge icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord. These large pieces of ice have broken off from the most productive glacier in the northen hemisphere. The glacier flows about 30 metres per day producing approximately 20 billion tons of ice every year.
Form the Icefjord the icebergs float by the town of Ilulissat and continue north before turning south and into the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 3 and 4: 2 wonderful days on your own to experience Ilulissat. Additional excursions can be purchased, but must be pre-booked. For example:
- Daytour to Eqi glacier - the calving glacier.
Few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which runs into the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. By boat it is possible to get close to the glacier and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are enormous and the sight of the icebergs, crashing into the water, is breathtaking.
-Possible to stay overnight at Glacier Lodge Eqi.
- Meet the sleddogs.
On this excursion we invite you to join the feeding of a dog-team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of up to 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sled, the harness, and the whip and tell about the life as sled-dog in Greenland.
- Helicopter, Kangia Classic Summer.
This tour is the only option to get all the way to the heart of the UNESCO-area. Neither by boat or by foot is it possible to get this close to the gigantic glacier.
- Whale Safari.
In the summer it is usually the humpback whale, minke whale and the fin whale we see. The humpback whale is despite its up to 18 meters and 30 tons the acrobat among the great whales. It can throw itself out of the water and turn the tail and flippers. It is easily recognized on the humped fin and white back on the tail when it dives.
- Kayak Experience.
No previous experience is required as you will be followed by a local guide who will help you all the way. So give yourself space to enjoy your unique surroundings and breathe in the fresh breeze with a hint of salt water.
DAY 5: Returning by plane across the Icefjord to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq.
Check out from accommodation and transfer to the airport. Fly via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen with arrival in the evening.
Picture below: Iceberg sightseeing (Thomas Eltorp)