Ilulissat Ice Adventure

Maybe you've heard more Disko Bay than Ilulissat but both share the same famous giant icebergs... Indeed, Ilulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic and the town is beautifully situated at the mouth of the almost 60 km long Ice Fjord. 4,600 people live today in Ilulissat but, imagine that 3,500 sled dogs are living there too and how important dogsled is for transport, even in a large modern town. The trip includes hotel and breakfast, guided city tour on the first day, boat tour to a settlement on the second and, from there, a range of optional excursions (not included in the price) appropriate to different preferences. The stay in Ilulissat will be on your own. However, you will have permanent assistance from Greenland.net staff.

Ilulissat ice adventure

As trip  highlights:​​

  • Ilulissat city tour
  • Boat tour to the settlement of Ilimanaq, sailing among massive icebergs.
  • Discover the Ilulissat Icefjord, glacier wich has been declared a UNESCO Word Heritage Site
  • Sighting of local fauna such as eagles, foxes and arctic hares, or whales and seals when the journey takes us to the sea.
  • Cultural exchange with locals, allowing to know their traditional way of life.
  • A range of optional excursions like Helicopter flight, Trekking to the Sermermiut valley, Boat tour to Rodebay, Boat tour to Eqi Sermia Glacier, Whale Safari, Kaffe-Mik or Fishing tour.
  • Witnessing the northern lights (since mid August onwards).

Day 1.  Ilulissat city

Flight Reykjavik / Copenhagen – Ilulissat.  Reception at Ilulissat Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Ilulissat city tour:  Visit of the city with a guide who will describe the history of Ilulissat and its buildings. The tour will start from the old part of town where there are the buildings of the first Danish settlement with the harbour, the church and the museum.

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

greenland vacation Ilulissat museum

Day 2.  Boat Tour to the settlement of Ilimanaq

Ilimanaq is a settlement in the Municipality of Qasigiannguit (south of Ilulissat) with a population of 80 inhabitants. The settlement was founded around 1741 and the community’s main occupations are still hunting and fishing. The boat tour to Ilimanaq is an opportunity to visit this old and almost untouched inuit settlement and, at the same time, sail among the massive icebergs that lay at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord.  

The boat leaves Ilulissat harbour at 10 am. with direction Ilimanaq. Before reaching the village the boat will cross the famous Ilulissat Icefjord with its massive icebergs. In Ilimanaq you will have a couple of hours where you can visit the village, in particular the little church that was built in 1904.  

Lunch is inlcuded in this second day and, furthermore, will be with a greenlandic family that will cook the traditional dish called "suasast",a soup with rice, vegetables and seal or fish. At 2 pm. the boat will sail back to Ilulissat crossing the icefjord again. Arrival in Ilulissat is around 4 pm.  

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

Greenland vacation, Ilulissat Icefjord boat tour to Ilimanaq

Days 3 and 4. Optional excursions in Ilulissat area

Days at leisure in Ilulissat for optional excursions. Enjoy Ilulissat area landscape and discover Greenlandic culture through several activities.

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

Optional excursions are:

Trekking to the Sermermiut valley: guided tour to an area where 3 different cultures of Inuit fishermans and hunters families settled almost 4000 years ago. The short trekking starts from the old heliport and it will take you to the icefjord where you can admire huge icebergs.

Duration: 3 hours (approx.) Price: 325 DKK (44€)

Ilulissat vacation Greenland, Sermermiut Valley

Boat tour to Rodebay: the excursion to Rodebay is the perfect choice if you are interested in visiting a greenlandic little settlement with its coloured houses and having a sailing tour admiring the landscape and the icebergs of the Disko bay area. The boat journey takes approximately 1,5 hours to get to the village. Once at the village you will be able to visit the settlement and have lunch at the restaurant H8 or a kaffe-mik at one of the local families (optional). The boat will leave Rodebay at 2 pm. to sail back to Ilulissat.  

Duration: 5 hours (approx.) Price: 800 DKK (110€)

Greenland vacation Ilulissat

Helicopter Tour: the helicopter tour is a unique opportunity to visit the Jakobshavn Glacier or Sermeq Kujalleq (in Greenlandic) which is the is a large glacier in West Greenland. It is located at the end of the Ilulissat icefjord approx 56 km from the city of Ilulissat. The Sermeq Kujalleq  front is about 10km wide and 1 km high. It produces 46km3 equal to 63 billion tons of ice (12% of the USA yearly water consume) and produces around 10% of all Greenland icebergs. It is also the fastest glacier in the north hemisphere with 38 metres per day. The helicopter tour takes off from Ilulissat airport and it reaches the south part of the glacier (Kujalleq) in about 35 minutes flying over the city and the 56km long fjord. It lands by the glacier for about 30 minutes before returning to Ilulissat.  Operation depend on weather and helicopter capacity.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.) Price: 3,500 DKK (480€)

helicopter tour, Greenland vacation Ilulissat

Boat tour to Eqi Sermia Glacier: the Eqi Sermia Glacier (100 meters high and 5 kilometers from edge to edge) is located 100 km north of Ilulissat. It’s called the “calving glacier” because ice breaks off from it more frequently than other glaciers. It is also the easiest place from which you can get onto the inland ice. The tour starts from Ilulissat harbor around 8 am. The boat journey to the glacier depends on the sea conditions but it’s approximately 4 hours. At the glacier the boat stops approx 500 metres from it and there you will have time to admire the calving while drinking a cup of coffee. Lunch will be served at the restaurant in Ataa (a small Inuit settlement that was abandoned in 1960). In Ataa, there will be approx 2 hours where guests can have lunch and visit the settlement. Return to Ilulissat is expected around 6 pm.  

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.) Price per person: 1,995 DKK (275€) The price includes lunch and the transfer by bus from the accommodation to the harbor and return.  

Eqi glacier boat tour, Greenland vacation Ilulissat

Kaffe-Mik: is a Greenlandic way of  celebrating birthdays, weddings or confirmations but kaffe-miks are also organised as “get together”. The Greenlanders open their homes to family and friends for a cup of coffee and home made cakes. Sometimes they are proper buffet with fish and meat.  

Duration: 2 hours (approx.) Price: 150 DKK (21€)

Fishing tour: during the summer we can experiment fishing tours in Ilulissat and in the Disko bay area. There are different fishing techniques, location and periods depending on the fish.  

Duration: 5 hours (approx.) Price: 1,195 DKK (163€)

fishing tours, Greenland vacation Ilulissat

Whale Safari: in the summer months many species of whales migrate to the cooler waters of the Disko bay area. If you sail in this area in the months of July and August you have huge chances to see these big mammals swimming around and, if you are lucky, jumping out of the water. The most common whales that you can meet on the whale safari tour are Humpbacks and Fin Whale but also Sei Whale, Blue Whale and the Bowhead Whale, known as Greenland Right Whale or Arctic Whale. This last specie spends all of its life in Arctic waters.

Duration: 5 hours (approx). Price: 900 DKK (123€)

Whale Safari, Greenland vacation Ilulissat

IMPORTANT:  The indicated prices are per person unless otherwise stated. Prices may change without prior notice due to specific conditions at the time and place of the excursion. Please note that not all excursions are available during every tour-programme that includes this destination. Please contact with us to get more information.

Day 5. Flight Ilulissat – Reykjavik / Copenhagen

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Ilulissat to Reykjavik or Copenhagen.

Every day departures from June until the end of August 2017.

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From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Jun 09, 2017Aug 31, 2017From Iceland€2275Available

The journey is designed so that it is suitable for everybody. No  special physical condition is required to participate.

Weather in Greenland is very changeable. It is usually pleasant, but it is essential that you bring appropriate outdoor clothes for cold and rainy weather as well as  waterproof hiking boots.

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

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