Greenland

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The Golden Triangle of Greenland

From $4154 Per Person Double Occupancy

Partially Guided , 13 days/12 nights 
2019 Dates: Tuesdays, June - August

This very classic tour visits three towns in West Greenland: Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. This 11-day trip includes a coastal vessel cruise. You experience all the must-see sights of Greenland. Get ready to be impressed, as the wow factor is incredibly high. 

Cross the Arctic Circle and encounter musk oxen. Visit the Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq and see Sisimiut’s beautiful houses that appear as small colored spots in the rocky landscape and let the spectacular ice fjord in Ilulissat take your breath away.

This trip offers a unique chance to show you the vastness of the world’s largest island. The distance from the north to the south Greenland corresponds to the distance from Scotland to the Sahara.

Pre and post nights in Copenhagen are included in this package.

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2019 Dates: Tuesdays, June - August 

Day 1, Tue: Arrive Copenhagen

Upon arrival independent transfer into downtown Copenhagen. Relax and enjoy Denmark's capital city.

Accommodation at Absalon Hotel or similar

Day 2, Wed:  Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

Breakfast at the hotel. Independent transfer back to Copenhagen airport. 

Flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. During the 4.5-hour flight you can enjoy a light meal and a movie. Catching the first glimpse of Greenland, however, will make you forget all about the movie: Nunataks pop up amid the huge expanse of ice. Stepping off the plane, the crisp air and the sight of the mountains that surround the airport in Kangerlussuaq are your first encounter with a place like no other.

A guide from our local partner welcomes you at the airport and helps you with the accommodation at Polar Lodge, which is beautifully situated overlooking the steep mountain Kokkenfjeldet and the chain of mountains leading towards Sisimiut. After having settled in your room, you are invited to an information meeting where the guide will tell you about Kangerlussuaq and the many different excursions.

Optional Excursion: To the Ice Cap, point 660- The four-wheel driven bus will take you through beautiful scenery. Near the Ice Cap, you will pass the Russell Glacier and a fantastic moraine landscape. At the end of your ride, you will walk to and on the Ice Cap. It is an unforgettable experience to visit this enormous world of ice, which gives natural beauty a whole new meaning. No matter where you look, the Ice Cap and the horizon seem boundless, and the cold from the Ice below your feet offers an extra dimension to the experience.

During the tour, you will see large barren areas surrounded by hills wrapped in snow. Perhaps if you cross your fingers, you will be fortunate enough to see reindeer and musk oxen on your way.    


Accommodation in Polar Lodge (shared facilities)

Day 3, Thur:   Kangerlussuaq - Sisimuit

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will travel to Sisimiut, Greenland's second largest town with approx. 5,500 inhabitants. The town is beautifully set amid the rocky landscape with picturesque wooden houses in bright colors.

After checking in at the centrally located Hotel Sisimiut, an information meeting will be held by a guide from our local partner, who will tell you a little about the town and the many excursions. Due to the central location of the hotel, you are close to everything: the town center, the harbor and the beautiful nature and mountains.

Optional excursion: Tour of Sisimuit- A nice tour that will take you a bit closer to the town and its history. Hear how the town was founded and learn of the town life of today. Pass the open fish and meat market (Braettet), the city hall and visit the old town where the original colonial buildings from the 17th century now house the fascinating and very authentic museum.


Accommodation at Hotel Sisimuit

Day 4, Fri:   Sisimuit

Sisimiut is an authentic Greenlandic town with historical places, modern life and beautiful nature. The possibilities are numerous – you just have to pick out what best suits you.

Optional excursion: Assaqutaq settlement and whales- The Assaqutaq settlement is situated at the foot of Kaellingehaetten’s south side. In summer, it is being used as a venue for local schools and is a popular resort for the inhabitants of Sisimiut who fish for ammasets. While strolling through the settlement, we will pass the old fish production factory, the summer camp and the beautiful old church. The sea surrounding the settlement is also a favorite playground for whales (humpback and fin whales) - hopefully one of these giants will greet us with a spout. 

Accommodation at Hotel Sisimuit

Day 5, Sat:   Depart Sisimuit by boat - travel the west coast

The day is at your own disposal before we head north in the evening on board the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk. Pay a visit, for instance, to one of the town’s arts and crafts workshops where the local artists produce and sell jewellery and crafts in soapstone, ivory and bone.

Optional excursion: Hiking back in time- Despite Greenland’s enormous size, people have chosen the same sites for their settlements throughout the island's history. Tele Island, Sallinnguit, is one of those sites – where ancient meets contemporary. Several Inuit cultures have inhabited the site intermittently for the past 4,000 years. Even today, you can find artifacts from those ancient settlements side by side with modern telecommunications installations that have given the island its present Danish name. Hear the story of the Inuit people before the arrival of the Europeans, and of life in the early days of colonization. See the ruins from different periods and enjoy the beautiful views of the island and the historic hunting grounds.

Transfer from Hotel Sisimiut to the harbor where you should check in before departure this evening. The course is set for Ilulissat further north of the west coast. Sailing in Greenland is a wonderful experience – you get to witness nature from the first row and may even be lucky enough to see whales in their very own element. So do not forget your camera and binoculars – and remember to keep your ears and nose warm.

 
Accommodation onboard ship M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (package is priced with bunk beds. Upgrade to private cabin possible, please inquire)

Day 6, Sun:    Aasiaat - Ilulissat

Breakfast can be enjoyed overlooking the stunning Disco Bay. Before arriving at Ilulissat, the coastal vessel will be calling at the beautiful town of Aasiaat, located in the southwest corner of the Disco Bay and known for its archipelago, kayaks, whales and – as everywhere else – the pretty colored houses scattered across the hilly landscape.

As the icebergs come closer and closer, we recommend that you get on the deck. The arrival at Ilulissat is a breath-taking encounter with one of nature’s own masterpiece – the floating icebergs. This is truly an unforgettable sight.

Upon arrival, you transfer to and check in at the beautifully situated Hotel Arctic**** in the first row to the Ice Fjord. At the following information meeting, you will hear more about the town and the many excursion options. The rest of the day you can relax and explore the scenery right outside the hotel – and in particular take in the view across the town and the renowned Ice Fjord.

Optional excursion: Cultural historic guided tour- Some people might think: “we can just take a walk around the town on our own.” And yes, you probably could, but with the guided cultural historic tour you will get an enhanced understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history, which will give all your other experiences in Greenland a new perspective.

Ilulissat – Jakobshavn – was founded in 1741 and, today, it is the third largest town in Greenland with more than 4,500 inhabitants. The guide will tell you about the history of the town, the Greenlandic culture and contemporary life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We will visit the fishermen at the harbor and the hunters at their trading post “Braettet”. We will show you the church and famous explorer Knud Rasmussen's place of birth.

Accommodation at Hotel Arctic 

Day 7-10: Mon - Thur:    Ilulissat 

Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for icebergs and is Greenland's third largest town. Approximately 4,500 inhabitants and just as many sled dogs are fortunate enough to be living in this amazing town at the mouth of the 50 kilometer long and UNESCO listed ice fjord Kangia. Ilulissat's location 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle means that the midnight sun rules until mid-July. It never gets pitch dark - everything is shrouded in an orange, almost magical hue. The stay in Ilulissat – and Greenland – ends with a lovely farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic on the last night.

Many of the sights can be reached on foot. But we highly recommend that you join some of the guided tours that require travel either by boat or helicopter.

Here are the optional excursions offered for the next few days:

Optional excursion: Hiking trip to the abandoned Sermermiut settlement- Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut 1.5 kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and, today, you can still see the relics, which indicate their presence. Hear the story about the life of the Inuit people and their traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See the ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.

On this hike, we will pass “kaellingekloften” where you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Ice Fjord, before heading back again. During the hike, there will be time to talk about flora, fauna, geology and not least the story behind the omnipresent ice.

Optional excursion: Kayaking experience in Ilulissat- Inuit have kayaked in the Greenland waters for more than a thousand years and you can do it also. The kayak glides silently through the water and you see the huge icebergs rising around you. The midnight sun gives the ice a unique hue. In cloudy weather, the beautiful blue colors of the icebergs will be very clear. With a little luck, we also meet whales. All tours take place in stable double kayaks and a boat follows close by. The excursion takes about 3½-4 hours and we will be at sea for at least two of those hours.

Ilulissat – Jakobshavn – was founded in 1741 and, today, it is the third largest town in Greenland with more than 4,500 inhabitants. The guide will tell you about the history of the town, the Greenlandic culture and contemporary life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We will visit the fishermen at the harbor and the hunters at their trading post “Braettet”. We will show you the church and famous explorer Knud Rasmussen's place of birth.

Optional excursion: Trip to Equip Sermia, the calving glacier - 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.

We sail in modern and convenient boats during the excursion to Eqi. The route takes us north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted. Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are approved for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately 2 hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip in the ice-filled water.

Optional excursion: Sailing on the Ice Fjord - This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and can be done during day or night under the midnight sun.

Optional excursion: Whale safari surrounded by icebergs in the Disco Bay -  It is a great experience to get really close to large animals like whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland; three of these stay in Greenland during winter, the narwhal, the beluga and the bow-head whale (also known as the Greenland right whale). The blue whale and the killer whale are only rarely seen.

During summer, we usually get to see the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale. The whales swim the entire Disco Bay during summer – sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the Ice Fjord or up north by the island Arveprinsens Ejland. We are in constant radio contact with fishermen and hunters, who are our source of information about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback with its characteristic fin is the most commonly witnessed on these safaris.

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Farewell dinner the last evening in Ilulissat at Hotel Arctic

Accommodation at Hotel Arctic 

Day 11, Fri:  Ilulissat -Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen

Enjoy the last look of the fjord from the aircraft to Kangerlussuaq, before flying onward to Copenhagen with arrival in the evening.

Upon arrival independent transfer into downtown Copenhagen. Relax and enjoy Denmark's capital city.

Accommodation at Absalon Hotel or similar

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Not included: 

Single Supplement on request. If interested, please inquire

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare from the US/Canada, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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