Explore Ilulissat - Summer
From $3704 Per Person Double Occupancy
Partially Guided , 6 days, 5 nights
Dates: August 1, 3, 8, 15, 17 & 23 (all have limited availability), 2018
Greenland is one of the premier destinations for people dreaming of a trip to the Arctic. It is a unique and inspiring destination for mind-blowing adventures – more vast and diverse than you can ever imagine. Experience the midnight sun, authentic Inuit culture, the amazing abundance of wildlife – humpback whales, reindeer, musk oxen – colorful houses in hilly terrains, an endless horizon, majestic icebergs, and the impressive Ice Cap.To sum it all up: The town of Ilulissat is an exciting mix of Inuit culture, modern life, and thousands of sled dogs pulsing under the magical light of the midnight sun.
Pre and post nights in Reykjavik are included in this package.
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Dates: August 1, 3, 8, 15, 17 & 23, 2018 (limited availability)
Day 1: Arrive Keflavik
Upon arrival independent transfer to your hotel near the airport. Relax and enjoy the Icelandic landscape.
Optional excursion: The Blue Lagoon
Accommodation at Northern Lights Inn or similar
Day 2: Keflavik - Ilulissat
Flight from Kaflavik International Airport at Reykjavik to Ilulissat. This is 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!
Upon arrival to Ilulissat, you will check in at the 4-star Hotel Arctic. The hotel is located with an incredible view of the Ice Fjord, which was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. The Ice Fjord contains one of the biggest and most active glaciers in the world. The glacier advances approx. 19 meters a day and produces about 35 square kilometers of icebergs a year. Besides the beautiful sight, you may also hear rumbling sounds from the ice. The hotel’s dogs slumber in the hills ignoring the summer warmth and the astonishing view.
Accommodation in Hotel Arctic
Day 3: Illulissat - Hike to Sermermiut
After breakfast, a guide from World of Greenland will welcome and tell you about the coming days. After this meeting, your first adventure awaits:
Hike to Sermermiut, the abandoned settlement
On this morning, you will 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.
The afternooon is at your own disposal. 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. Enjoy the town and the history from the colonial time to the modern society of today. We recommend you to visit the old part of the town, the harbor, the open fish and meat market, the old Zion church and the museum.
After the dinner 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. You will love this wonderful moment in Ilulissat.
Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Arctic.
Day 4: Ilulissat
Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometers 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.
Boat trip to the Eqi Glacier
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.
Program for this excursion (departure and arrival time depending on the boat type):
09.00 A.M. 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.
11.30 A.M. 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.
Remember warm clothes for this excursion. You experience a lot when outside on the boat. This can get cold, however.
(On some departures the Boat trip to Eqi Glacier will be scheduled on day 3)
Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Arctic
Day 5: Ilulissat - Keflavik
You have this day to discover Ilulissat on your own. You can take a hike in the mountains or you can go and experience the city some more.
There is also the opportunity to go on a whale watching trip.
Optional excursion: Whale watching- It is a fantastic experience to get close to large animals such as whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland. Three of these stay in Greenland during the winter; the narwhals, the beluga and the bow-head whale (also known as the Greenland whale). Blue whales and killer whales are not seen very often. During the summer it is normal to encounter the humpback whale, the common minke whale and the fin whale. The whales swim in the entire Disco Bay during the summer. Sometimes they come close to the town, or they are in the ice fiord, or up north by the Crown Prince Island. The boat captain is in constant radio contact with the fishermen. They are our sources of information about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback, with its characteristic fin, is the one we see most of the time. This excursion is approximately 4 hours.
After some wonderful days in Ilulissat, fly back to Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik in the late afternoon. The flight over the Ilulissat Icefjord and the Greenland Ice Sheet is in itself memorable. A light, cold meal is served on the plane.
Accommodation at Northern Light Inn or similar
Day 6: Depart Keflavik
independent transfer to the Keflavik airport.
Or, extend your stay in Iceland!
You Trip includes the following:
- 2 nights Grindavik hotel including breakfast and taxes.
- Round trip flight Keflavik - Illulisat including 1 checked suitcase, lite meal onboard and taxes
- Transfers in Greenland
- 3 night at Hotel Arctic with breakfast and dinner daily
- Midnight sailing among icebergs
- Hike to the old settlement at the Icefjord
- Boat trip to Eqi – the calving glacier including lunch
- Welcome meeting
- Airfare to and from Keflavik to start and end the tour
- Optional tours listed. Can be pre-purchased as a full optional excursion package.
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not listed above
Single Supplement on request. If interested, please inquire
This package is priced LAND ONLY from Iceland. If you need assistance with booking your airfare from the US/Canada, let us know and we will be happy to help you.