GRL205 - Arctic Moments

Immerse yourself in some of the best of Greenland’s amazing nature and culture on this 5-day sightseeing tour, that is two parts boat tour, one part cultural immersion but, accessible to all. Feast your eyes on the amazing vastness and allow your senses to soak up the magic of Arctic nature, calm waters interrupted by icebergs, the occasional calving glaciers and maybe whales and seals in the icefjord. On land, enjoy Inuit culture and history, where the only hustle and bustle comes from eager sled dog puppies and playing children. Soak up even more by visiting a local home, fish like the locals all within the vicinity of Oqaatsut settlement. Cap off your experience with a walk in the near surroundings where waters are decorated with these temporary ice sculptures called icebergs. See full description below.

Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo - Visit Greenland
Photo: Rebecca Gustafsson - Visit Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Tour type: 5 day sightseeing adventure

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 224000

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What's included: Excursions according to itinerary, transfers, accommodation in double occupancy and food

Departures: Daily in June, July and August

Duration: 5 days/4 nights

Accommodation: Basic hotel

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at Ilulissat airport

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Up close with the Inuit Culture

    • Explore Eqi Calving Glacier

    • Whales blowing in between majestic icebergs

    Experience one of World’s wonders, the UNESCO classified Icefjord, as genuine as it gets by staying in a small village by the fjord. The Icefjord is one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. It calves about 43 million ton ice in one day! Or to put it into another perspective: 35 km3 in one year.


    These numbers are almost unbelievable and it’s something you have to experience to believe. You will stay in the cozy settlement of Oqaatsut. Oqaatsut , also known locally as Rodebay, is approximately 21 kilometers north of Ilulissat. Only 40 inhabitants live here, they mainly live on hunting and fishing. It is the 8th smallest settlement in Greenland but nevertheless, it is one of the most thriving ones with its fish production and more recently tourism. Here you will truly feel the beat of Inuit village life.


    A boat excursion will take you to this world of gigantic icebergs. Experience the deafening silence, broken only by the sound of seagulls and the thunderously exploding ice. Go search for whales, gaze and icebergs, take a hike, go fishing and taste traditional Greenlandic food with a local family. You will have plenty of opportunity to explore the settlement after arrival or do optional activities. Kayaking and other tours can be arranged on site.

    This tour is self guided. This means that you enjoy the freedom of travelling on your own while we take care of your all your stressful travel plans. You get arranged transfers and accommodations reserved just for you! Plus, you get a day-to-day itinerary, maps and a detailed road book where we'll even throw in some great tips that only our certified professional guides know!

     

    Included: Boat shuttles between Ilulissat and Oqatsut, excursions according to itinerary, accommodation in Hotel in double room, full board.

    Not included: Flights from Reykjavík - Ilulissat - Reykjavík (can be added on the first and last day of the tour).

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 Oqaatsut

    You have a late morning flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat.  The flight time is 3 hours and 15 minutes. You arrive to Ilulissat early noon. You will be picked up by your guide, who will take care of you for the next 5 days. He will bring you down to the harbor and then sail you to Oqaatsut, or Rodebay as the town has been called since the Dutch whale hunters in the 1700s gave it the name. Sailing time is around 30 minutes. There you will check into you guesthouse and start exploring the village and the surroundings.

    Sailing: 30 min

     

    Day 2 Whale Watching and Kaffimik - Coffee Party With A Greenlandic Family

    After a good breakfast with a view, we go out on a boat. This is one of Greenland’s great experiences: Whale watching among icebergs. We go by boat to areas where there’s a great chance to meet fin, humpback, Greenland and minke whales. We sail among huge icebergs in an endless variety of formations and colors and get as close as possible to these magnificent marine mammals.

    Summer is prime whale watching season. Up to 15 species visit Greenland’s waters, but the most common are the fin whale, humpback whale, and minke whale.

    Ones back on land, we visit a local house in Oqaatsut for what is called “kaffemik”, a remarkably cozy get-together where you swap stories and share experiences. You drink coffee or tea, eat cake and enjoy cosy conversation together with others. Kaffemik is an old Greenlandic tradition. Greenlanders invite friends and family for coffee, cake and to chat about anything and everything, to share amusing anecdotes and news about all the goings-on in the family and community.

    Duration: 5-6 hours, sailing: 3 hours.

     

    Day 3 Boat trip in the Icefjord and to Eqi calving Glacier

    Again we head out on a boat after breakfast. An unforgettable trip to Eqip Sermia, also known as the “calving glacier”. The glacier lies about 80 km north of Ilulissat. It’s incredibly active, noisy and wondrous to behold.

    The Ilulissat Icefjord calves about 43 million ton ice in one day. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 meters on each side and with a height on more than 100 meters above the water surface. Today you will go sailing among these amazing icebergs, experience first-hand these tower-like icebergs. Prepare your camera!

    Duration: sailing 8 hours

     

    Day 4 Afternoon Fishing Tour and Last Dinner

    You have the morning and noon to explore the settlement by yourself if you haven't had the chance. Go for a little hike to get a good view of the settlement and get a notion of its small size and remoteness. Here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs. Great photo opportunities!

    From this settlement they have have a marathon going to Ilulissat every summer. You can go for a walk and try to imagine the struggle running over the hills.

    In the afternoon you will be put to the test of the Inuit: fishing for your dinner! We sail to the fishing spot of the day, most probably near Bredebugt or the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord. While waiting for our catch we have time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. By the end of the day we will hopefully bring home different sorts of fish like cod, halibut, redfish and catfish. We will take it home to the guesthouse where we cook our last meal in Greenland. Remember to get some white wine from the local shop during the day.

     

    Day 5 Return to Iceland

    It is time to take the last deep breath of the fresh Arctic Air. You will sail back to Ilulissat in the afternoon, sailing takes about 25-30 minutes. If you are lucky, you might spot a whale.

     Sailing: 30 min

    Note: The itinerary can be subject to shift in order of the excursions. The content of the tour will remain the same.

     

  • Equipment List

    Adventure Greenland

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred
    • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic
    • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material
    • Hiking pants
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic
    • Socks – two or three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic
    • Puffy jacket / down or synthetic – for the boat ride 

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
    • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case
    • Towel – A light weight and packable one
    • Sunglasses and sun protection
    • Water bottle - 05. - 1 L. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Protection against flies (mosquitos); such at nets, repellents, etc.

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s)
    • Pen knife
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
    • Slippers for indoor use
    • Earplugs
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact booking@greenland.is

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