Ilulissat-Nuuk Arctic Cruise

A three day boat  cruise  separates Ilulissat (the “dog sled town” beautifully situated at the mouth of the huge Icefjord) from Nuuk (the capital of Greenland): in just a few days we will find ourselves in a new world where nature is practically untouched, having the opportunity to admire the fantastic northern lights against the dark polar skies.

Arctic cruise from Ilulissat to Nuuk in the west coast of Greenland

  • Unforgettable passengers’ boat trip, through the Greenlandic west coast, from Ilulissat to Nuuk
  • Witness the northern lights, the “Dance of the Sky”, from one of the world’s most special areas.
  • Discover the emblematic area of Ilulissat, being impressed by the hospitality and generosity of Inuit letting you exploring their land and traditional way of life.
  • Explore Disko Bay, an exclusive area  full of icebergs.
  • Discover the unique Greenlandic Unesco World Heritage Site,  the Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Discover the Norse history at Nuuk.
  • Cultural exchange with Greenlandic population

Day 1:  Copenhagen - Ilulissat

Arrival in Ilulissat, transfer to the hotel and check-in.

A guided city tour to discover 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.  At the end of the tour we can arrange a taste of the Greenlandic food in one of the restaurant in town.

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

Ilulissat, west coast of Greenland

Day 2: Hiking or  snowshoeing in Ilulissat’s World Heritage site

Guided tour to an area where 3 different cultures of Inuit fishermen 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.We can do that 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.)

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

Ilulissat, hiking before the arctic cruise to Nuuk

Day 3:  Optional excursions in Ilulissat

Breakfast at the hotel. Two 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 in Ilulissat are:

.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: 3,495dkk (480€)

Ilulissat, helicopter excursion before the arctic cruise to Nuuk

Boat tour to 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 included in this optional excursion  and, furthermore, it  will be with  a greenlandic family that will cook the traditional dish called Suasast - a soup with rice, vegetables and meat (usually seal) or fish -.  During lunch Regine will tell you stories and fact about the village the way it was and the way it is.  At 2pm the boat will sail back to Ilulissat crossing the icefjord again. Arrival in Ilulissat is around 4pm.

Duration: 5 hours (approx.).  Price: 980dkk (135€), lunch included

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 a little church 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 2pm to sail back to Ilulissat.  Duration: 5 hours (approx.) Price: 800dkk (110€), lunch not included

Rodebay boat tour from Ilulissat

Kaffemik: A "Kaffemik" is the  Greenlandic way of  celebrating   birthdays or  weddings,  but  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: 150dkk (21€)

* 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

Days 4, 5 and 6: Arctic cruise among icebergs  from Ilulissat to Nuuk

Transfer from the hotel to Ilulissat harbour.  The ship  is the only boat that Greenlandic use to move between Ilulissat and Narsaq (Southern Greenland) and this arctic cruise  will be an excellent opportunity to discover a part of the Greenlandic western coast.  Indeed, the sea has always been the primary way to get around in Greenland and this cruise is the  best chance to travel as –and along with– the local population...  For the locals, this is a lifeline to family and a pleasant break while travelling. However, for the tourist, a sea travel is the chance to see some of the most beautiful places in the world:  icebergs  near the Ilulissat Icefjord (included in the Unesco World Heritage list since 2014), breathtaking Disko Bay and  Greenland western coast, and  all the main cities including  Sisimiut (where the boat  makes a stop for several hours), Maniitsoq and other settlements in between...  This is not a luxury cruise...  It’s much more!

Accommodation will be in double cabin with private shower and toilet.  

Arctic cruise from Ilulissat to Nuuk, western coast of Greenland

This cruise takes 3 days time. Arrival to Nuuk will be on Tuesday (Day 6) at 06:30 am.  Transfer from Nuuk harbour to the hotel for check-in.  

Nuuk city centre is very dynamic. There are plenty of shops, restaurants with international and of course Greenlandic specialities. As free activities, we can recommend the cultural centre of Greenland: Katuaq. It’s housing a cinema, a café and the Nordic Institute NAPA.  With its wavy wooden surface, Katuaq represents the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) and the beauty of the Greenlandic culture. Also, you can visit and bath in the only swimming pool in the whole Greenland: Malik Nuuk Swimming.  This is the most beautiful swimming pool in all Nordic countries, with panoramic views to the fiord and surrounding mountains.

Accommodation at Hotel. Small apartment with private facilities.

Nuuk national museum, Greenland

Day 7: National Costume Workshop and Kaffemik in Nuuk

This visit will take almost 2 hours 30 min. Together with the guide, you will walk down to the workshop where the Greenlandic  National Costume are  made.  From here, you will  walk towards the home of a  local family for a "Kaffemik".

Optional excursions in Nuuk are:

Fjordsafari 4 hours:    The boat tour sails in the fiord of Nuuk, where you will get a chance to view the colorful houses from seaside.  The captain and the guide actively hold a look out for whales and maybe with the help of the passengers, you might spot some of this big mammals.  Duration: 4 hours (approx.)  Price: 650dkk (90€)

Boat tour to the Icefiord 7 hours, lunch included  (November):    A Targa boat takes us to Kangersuneq/Icefiord through Qoornoq passage. After about two  hours boat tour, we get  the mound of Kangersuneq/Icefiord, where we have the view of Narsap Sermia glacier.  After the lunch we will continue to Qoornoq, an abandoned settlement. In Qoornoq you can walk around and get a feeling of how  life was here in the past.  Duration: 7 hours (approx.  Price: 1500dkk (205€)

Accommodation at Hotel. Small apartment with private facilities.

Day 8: Flight back to Denmark or Iceland

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

Prices 2016

2.695 € Departure from Copenhagen, return to Reykjavik

2.775 € Departure and return to Copenhagen

*Note that during the following departures, it’s totally dark in Ilulissat:

26 November – 03 December

03 – 10 December

10 – 17 December

From (date) To (date) Departure Price in Euros Availability
Oct 29, 2015Nov 05, 2015From Copenhagen€2695Available
Oct 29, 2015Nov 05, 2015From Copenhagen€2775Available
Nov 05, 2015Nov 12, 2015From Copenhagen€2695Available
Nov 05, 2015Nov 12, 2015From Copenhagen€2775Available
Nov 19, 2015Nov 26, 2015From Copenhagen€2695Available
Nov 19, 2015Nov 26, 2015From Copenhagen€2775Available
Nov 26, 2015Dec 03, 2015From Copenhagen€2695Last places
Nov 26, 2015Dec 03, 2015From Copenhagen€2775Available
Dec 03, 2015Dec 10, 2015From Copenhagen€2695Available
Dec 03, 2015Dec 10, 2015From Copenhagen€2775Available
Dec 10, 2015Dec 17, 2015From Copenhagen€2695Available
Dec 10, 2015Dec 17, 2015From Copenhagen€2775Available

Physical Condition

The journey is designed so that it is suitable for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and goes hiking or trekking on a regular basis. No special physical condition is required to participate.

Difficulty

The tour is so easy to do. Both in Ilulissat and Nuuk, you will make easy hikes in order to discover the cities, Greenlandic and Norse histories.

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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.

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