Ilulissat Dog Sledding

4,600 people live today in Ilulissat (west coast of Greenland) but  imagine that 3,500 sled dogs are also living there...  Let’s share with Greenlandic fisherman the Inuit traditional way of travelling in a two day dog sled tour exploring the frozen area and admire the fantastic and unique northern lights: one of the most wonderful of nature’s phenomena on our planet against the dark polar skies on clear nights.

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As trip highlights:

  • Experiment a traditional dog sled expedition, in one of the most remote areas of the Arctic! This tour will show us how Inuit and dogs fought together in order to survive the harsh conditions of Greenland.
  • Witness the northern lights from one of the world’s most special areas.
  • Discover the emblematic area of Ilulissat, be impressed by the hospitality and generosity of Inuit letting you exploring their land and traditional way of life.
  • Be impressed by the Unesco World Heritage site, snowshoeing to the icefiord.
  • Explore an exclusive area, full of icebergs and frozen fjords: Ilulissat, a spectacular and one of the most visited regions in Greenland.

Day 1. Arrival to Ilulissat. Guided City Tour.

Flight from Reykjavik (Iceland's domestic airport) or from Copenhagen to Ilulissat. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Guided City Tour to discover the history of Ilulissat and its buildings. Ilulissat is the capital of dog sledding in Greenland and the activity will be notably seen in all around the city as there is no house without dogs or sledges. The tour will start from the old part of town, where one finds the buildings of the first Danish settlement with the harbour, the church and the museum. At the end of the tour we can arrange a taste of the Greenlandic food in one of the restaurants in town.

Time to discover Ilulissat by your own. In greenlandic, its name means “icebergs” and you will be impressed by the infinity of ice surrounding the Ilulissat coast and sometimes blocking the access to its harbor.

Accommodation at Hotel. Twin / Double room with private facilities.

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Day 2. Dog sled tour - Icefjord

Departure for the two day dogsled expedition will be at 10:00 a.m. The tour will take us to the Sermeq Avagnardleq glacier and every guide will be in charge of every sledge. Greenlandic dog sledding is very special and singular. Every sledge could be pulled by 9 to 15 dogs, depending in the snow and weather conditions.

In the afternoon the sled will travel to the cabin where we will get dinner and overnight.

Visit Greenland in winter, dogsled tour in Ilulissat

Day 3. Disko Bay and Rodebay village

Breakfast in the cabin and start of the way to Rodebay, a idyllic little settlement with coloured houses and a little church. It’s set in the coastal area and allows us to admire the landscape and huge icebergs of Disko Bay. Estimated arrival in Ilulissat will be around 3:00 p.m.

Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in twin / double room with private facilities.

Ilulissat dogsledding, visit Greenland in winter

Day 4. Trekking or snowshoeing in Ilulissat’s World Heritage site

Guided tour to an area where three different cultures of Inuit fishermen and hunters families settled almost 4,000 years ago. The short hike starts from the old heliport and it will take us to the icefjord where we can admire huge icebergs. We can experiment this itinerary as a snowshoeing step in the World Heritage area. Depending in the snow and ice conditions, the route could be changed and, sometimes, the snowshoe could be changed by crampons. Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

Return to Ilulissat. Accommodation at Hotel. Twin / Double room with private facilities.

Ilulissat Icefjord, visit Greenland in winter

Day 5. Flight

Transfer to the airport for departure flight back to Reykjavik or Copenhagen.

Dates 2018: from February to April

From Copenhagen every Monday, Thursday and Friday

 From Reykjavik every Tuesday 

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Feb 01, 2018Apr 27, 2018From Iceland€2895Available
Feb 01, 2018Apr 27, 2018From Copenhagen€3095Available

Physical Condition

This trip, considered as “active”, is physically challenging but it is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, who doesn’t mind sleeping in a cabin and goes hiking on a regular basis. Adventurers should be prepared for long dog sled daily itinerary and sometimes go running just close to sledges.

Difficulty

It is not  necessary to have had prior experience in dog sled in order to participate in the trip as Inuit fisherman will be in charge of the sledges. However, the cold (between -20ºC and -15ºC) and possible changes in the weather conditions, may convert the tour difficult.

Dog sled activity

The rhythm of the expedition is irregular and depends a lot in the weather and ice conditions, the rhythm of animals and of course the guide opinion. The daily itinerary includes between 3-4 to 5-6 effective dog sled activity.

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Our commitments

Environmental sustainability. We believe in a responsible tourism with unspoilt nature of Greenland, so all our trips are planned to have the least possible impact on the environment.

Safety. All our guides are expert about Greenland and know when either it is or it is not convinient to carry out an activity. Our safety records are unmatchable.

Local population. Our Inuit Climate Change Patrol   ensures the maintanance of Inuit traditions by involving local people in utilization of a sustainable tourism.

Inuit Windsled 

To collaborate in the deepest knowledge of the most unfamiliar places on the planet and do so without affecting ecosystems. This is the philosophy that marks the Inuit Windsled Project, the only totally ecological vehicle designed for research in Polar lands.

Based on the ancient knowledge of the Inuit peoples, the Windsled developers have managed to create a means of transportation that combines tradition with modern means through kites that harness aeolian energy.

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Inuit Climate Change Patrol;

In Thule today sled dogs are still used and the inhabitants go in search of their livelihood in cloth-lined kayaks, but we are witnessing the last generation of true Inuit hunters. Most of these people are between 45 and 60 years old and the next generation aren’t continuing in these traditions… Are we witnessing  the last dynasty of the Kings of Thule?  

This fear is the germ of the Inuit Climate Change Patrol, current project led by Ramon Larramendi (founder of Greenland.net)

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