Greenland is one of the premier destinations for people dreaming of a trip to the Arctic. Experiences include untouched wilderness and exciting traditional Inuit culture. It is a unique and inspiring destination for mind-blowing adventures – more vast and diverse than you can ever imagine.
Midnight sun, authentic Inuit culture, the amazing abundance of wildlife – humpback whales, reindeer, musk oxen – colourful houses in hilly terrains, an endless horizon, majestic icebergs, the impressive Ice Cap, full of mystery, and huge mountainous areas.
Flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat
A 4-hour flight where you will experience the varied landscapes in Iceland and Greenland from above. The white, icy surface with Nunataks popping up, enormous deserted areas and isolated towns and settlements bear witness to a world of its own and as the plane approaches Ilulissat, the sight of the famous Ice Fjord with its park of sculptural icebergs fills you with anticipation. Ahead awaits something extraordinary!
A guide welcomes you and will organise the welcome meeting.
On this day you can enjoy a guided hiking trip to the abandoned Inuit settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometres south of Ilulissat. At Sermermiut, you can still see relics from the different Inuit cultures that wisely chose to inhabit this spot. There is a fantastic view across the Ice Fjord and the entire hinterland.
Sermermiut is beautifully situated at the mouth of the Ice Fjord. Because of its good fishing conditions, Sermermiut has been the preferred settlement in the area for several thousand years. The last residents did not move from Sermermiut to Jakobshavn until the 1850s when the colony of Jakobshavn had existed for more than 100 years. A beautiful walk along the fjord with icebergs of all shapes and sizes.
In the evening, a nice welcome dinner will be served at the hotel.
Boat trip to Eqi Glacier
Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of icebergs crashing into the water is astonishing. The duration of the boat trip to and from the glacier is 2 - 5 hours each way. It depends on the boat used on the given day. The stop in front of the glacier will last approximately 2 hours.
07.00am Departure from Ilulissat in modern and convenient tourist boats with seats both outside and inside. Tea and coffee will be served on the way, and you can buy beer and water. After departure, a light breakfast is served. During the boat trip, the guide will talk about the sights we pass on the way.
11.30am When we approach to the glacier, a delicious lunch will be served. The boat will stay in front of the glacier for approximately 2 hours, while we hope to spot some amazing calvings. The boat trip back to Ilulissat follows the same route. Coffee/tea and cake will be served late in the afternoon. Seals and whales are often spotted on the way.
Relax yourself in Ilulissat
This day is at your own disposal (during daytime). Ilulissat is Greenland’s third largest town with approx. 4,500 inhabitants and 3,300 sled dogs. In the summertime, the fishermen are busy, and small boats chug in and out of the harbour. The dogsleds are parked – as are the dogs that spend their summer vacation relaxing in the hills while longing for the first snowfall.
The various souvenir shops in town provide you with the opportunity to admire – and buy – the unique Greenlandic arts and crafts. And on a cultural historic walk you will get an introduction to the town history – from the colonial time to the modern society of today. The walk will include visits to the old part of the town, the harbour, the open fish and meat market, the old Zion church and the museum.
Before the farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic, you may want to rest a bit, or perhaps go for a walk in the area around the hotel or in town. In the evening, a boat trip will take you to the park of icebergs willingly giving you one last impressive sight. The midnight sun casts an orange/soft pink glow on the landscape, completing this wonderful glimpse of Ilulissat and Greenland.
Fly back to Iceland, after some wonderfull days we return to Reykjavik. The flight itself over the icefiord is very memorable.
DetailsEnquire about this itinerary
- Flights between Reykjavik and Ilulissat, transfer airport and hotel
- 3 nights at Hotel Arctic with half board (breakfast, 3 dinners - no beverages) and 1 lunch at the boat trip to Eqi
- Midnight sailing among icebergs, hike to the old settlement at the Ice Fjord, boat trip to Eqi – the calving glacier
- English speaking tour guide
- Welcome meeting
- all taxes.
- Remember warm clothes for this excursion. You experience a lot when outside on the boat. This can get cold.