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Explore Ilulissat - Summer

From $3554 Per Person Double Occupancy

Partially Guided , 6 days, 5 nights
Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 2020

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: June 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 2020

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 in Keflavik/Grindavik area

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

After your breakfast, a guide from our local excursion office will welcome you and inform you about the different excursions available but also about experiences you can make on your own during your stay in Ilulissat.

We recommend that you start your adventure with a guided walk around Ilulissat. You get familiar with the town, and the guide can point out places to visit on your own at a later time. If you have bought our excursion package, you will go on three excursions today. The cultural-historical walk starts after the welcome meeting, the trip to Sermermiut in the afternoon and at night, after dinner, you will go sailing among the icebergs.

Optional Excursion: Cultural-historical walk -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-historical 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 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 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, “Brættet.” We will show you the church and the birthplace of the world-famous Polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.

This cultural, historic walk is a great shortcut to a lot of knowledge.

Afterward, you can have lunch and get ready for the next excursion. The midnight sun makes the days very long, and you will feel full of energy to explore and take advantage of the entire day.

The sunny nights can only be experienced north of the Arctic Circle where the sun during summer never sets behind the horizon. In Ilulissat, the midnight sun is present from May 22 to July 24, but also throughout August, there will be very bright nights.

Optional Excursion: Hike to the Ice Fjord and the abandoned Sermermiut settlementBeautiful 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 former 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. Visitors often ask if they can walk these treks themselves? The answer is yes. But it is our experience that most people find it safe having a guide the first time they hike in the Greenlandic mountains.

Furthermore, historic places will be pointed out on the way, and these can be difficult to find on your own.  You will have a coffee or tea break at “Kællingekløften” with a beautiful view of the Ice Fjord before you head back.

Then it’s time for dinner before you venture out again, this time by boat.

Optional Excursion: Sailing among the icebergs-Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million tonnes of ice flow out into the fjord. The floating icebergs are gigantic, sometimes wider than 100 meters and with a height up to 100 meters above the water surface as well.

These giants pile up at the end of the fjord, providing you with a great opportunity to sail among them. You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat. The icebergs are a wonderful sight in every kind of weather; in the sunshine, the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are very beautiful when it is cloudy, and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night.

Taking the boat trip on a bright night is an extraordinary experience. Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise, sealskin clothing is available for rent.

 Accommodation at Hotel Arctic


Day 4: Ilulissat

Today, you can explore the town of Ilulissat or go with us on an optional boat trip to the Eqi Glacier.

Optional Excursion: Full-day trip to the calving Eqi Glacier - Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which runs into 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 chunks of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.

We sail in modern and convenient boats during the excursion to the Eqi Glacier. 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 reinforced 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.

Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise, sealskin clothing is available for rent.

On some departures, the Boat trip to the Eqi Glacier will be scheduled on Day 3 instead of Day 4.

Accommodation 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 in Keflavik/Grindavik area

Day 6:    Depart Keflavik

Pre arranged transfer to the Keflavik airport.

Or, extend your stay in Iceland!

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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.

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