Autumn, Aurora and Icebergs in Ilulissat - GRL209

Photo:  Paul Zizka

Boat sailing in front of an iceberg

Photo:  Stian Klo

Iceberg in the sunset

Photo:  Paul Zizka
Photo:  Mads Pihl

Boat sailing through the icebergs

Photo:  Christina Kompf

Autumn colors and Ilulissat Icefjord

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Couple enjoying the view at Ilulissat Icefjord

Photo:  Paul Zizka
Photo:  Christina Kompf

Sunset and autumn colors

Photo:  Mads Pihl

Guided town walk in front of Zion's Church

Photo:  Lasse Noerregaard

A kayak in the sunset

Tour type: Autumn discovery tour with northern light

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Adult: 224.000

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What's included: Flights, boat excursion, guided city walk, northern light tour, meet the huskies tour, maps and itinerary. Accommodation: Guesthouse or hotel in Ilulissat. * Final price depends on flight rate available on the day of booking and of choice of accommodation type.

Departures: Every Tuesday and Saturday in September

Duration: 4 days

Accommodation: Guesthouse or hotel in Ilulissat.

Meeting point: Starts and ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavik

Language: English

Note: Bring good hiking shoes and warm clothes for boat tour and the northern light tour

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Northern lights
    • Amazing boat tour to UNESCO Icefjord
    • Guided city walk and meeting the sled dogs


    Autumn in Ilulissat is truly a unique experience. This part of the year allows for you to experience the last bit of arctic summer heat and watch as the sun bathes this coastal town in a golden hue at dusk. As home to traditional sled dogs and the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you are in for 4 days full of spectacular views and cultural discovery on land and at sea. Experience this world of ice up close on a boat excursion to the icefjord and learn about life in Ilulissat on a guided sightseeing.

    The Northern Lights have been known to put on a show during the autumn, and there is a good chance you will be able to witness their marvelous dance on one or more of your three nights.

    Included: Flights Reykjavik/Ilulissat, 2 ½ h boat excursion to the Icefjord, guided city walk, 1 ½ h northern light tour, meet the huskies tour, maps and itinerary.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse or hotel in Ilulissat.

    Departures: September (twice weekly). 5 day version also available.


  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival to Ilulissat. Guided town walk and meet the huskies

    Flight late morning from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat. Arrival to Ilulissat in the early noon. After check in at Hotel/Guesthouse, you will enjoy a guided town walk in Ilulissat. You will have a little time in between the two tours – town walk and meet the huskies. When going on the meet the huskies tour, you will go visit a local hunter and his dogs. You will be able to get an insight into the life as a hunter in modern society and you will be able to ask any questions you might have.
    The owner of the dogs will show you which of the huskies are safe to pet.

    Day 2: Northern light tour 

    Before going on your northern light tour, we recommend you take a walk to the Sermermiut by the icefjord, which is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site. Hiking in the Icefjord area you can chose between 3 paths. The boardwalk makes it possible for most people to join on this wonderful hike in the amazing area where icebergs meet mountains and old Inuit ruins. If you want a longer and harder hike, that is also an option. You will be given a map of the area and the trails are well marked both on the map and on the hike. In the summer the downtown area is buzzing with life and it’s possible for you to go enjoy a locally brewed beer or a fresh made coffee on the outside porch of the different café’s after a wonderful hike.

    After dinner, you will go explore the beautiful phenomenon Aurora Borealis – the northern light. If there is more than 20% chance of spotting northern light, the local operator will pick you up from your hotel/guesthouse and take you out on an unforgettable northern light trip.

    Day 3: Sailing among icebergs

    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 2 hours among these amazing icebergs, experience first-hand these tower-like icebergs. Prepare your camera!

    Day 4: Visit to the museum. Return flight to Reykjavik.

    We recommend that you on this day see some of the highlights of Ilulissat town, Ilulissat’s old church facing the Icefjord and the Knud Rasmussen museum. Knud Rasmussen was a Greenlandic/Danish polar explorer and anthropologist. On Knud Rasmussen’s 100th birthday, his birth home was turned into a museum. Even though the museum is fairly small it contains an amazing amount of info about Knud Rasmussen and general history of Greenland. After this, you can do a little souvenir shopping in the nearby souvenir shops. Flight back around noon to Iceland.

    NB. As Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon, we are not able to guarantee the sighting of northern light. However, the local operator will do their best to reschedule in case of bad weather forecast or low chances of northern light sighting. 


For availability and more information about this tour please contact us.

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