Disko Bay Winter Wonders - GRL210

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
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
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

Tour type: Dog Sledding Adventure

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 155000

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What's included: Transfer Ilulissat-Oqaatsut, dog sledding tour (2 Hours), kaffemik, full board (from Dinner day 1 to breakfast day 4), accommodation in cozy rustic hotel double room (shared facilities)

Departures: Saturdays in March and April 2019

Duration: 4 days

Accommodation: Rustic Hotel w/shared facilities

Meeting point: Starts and ends at the airport in Reykjavik. Please note! You will meet your host in Ilulissat.

Group size: 2 - 8 participants

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Dog Sledding Adventure
    • Glimpse Inside Inuit life
    • Comfort and relaxation – possibly Northern Lights

    For many people, visiting Greenland is a once in a life time experience. During this trip, we combine the experience of an authentic Greenlandic dog sledding ride, a hunt for the beautiful Northern Lights and a glimpse into life in a small Inuit settlement to give you the ultimate adventure. Upon arrival in Ilulissat, you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and say hello to the local Greenlanders in the settlement Oqaatsut.

    You will stay in the cosy, rustic Hotel Nordlys (Northern Light) w/shared facilities where the hotel restaurant serves local sourced food.

    Included: Accommodation, tours as in the description, full board (from Dinner day 1 to break fast day 4).

    Not Included: Flights to/from Ilulissat, insurance and expenses. 

    Single supplement (shared facilities): 129 EUR

    Additional night in double room (shared facilities): 105 EUR/night

    Extension of the trip is possible: Other activities and experiences are available, please see our optional activities list tab further below. 

    If you have more questions, please check our FAQs. If you do not find the answer, please contact us: booking@greenland.is

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1:
    Your trip starts in Reykjavik Domestic Airport wherefrom you will fly to Ilulissat. Upon arrival to Ilulissat your further journey to Oqaatsut (15 km) depends on the ice condition of the sea. If possible, you will go by boat. Sailing between enormous icebergs from the UNESCO listed Ilulissat Ice fjord is a magnificent experience. The sailing takes from ½ to 1 ½ hour, and you will walk the last 15 minutes over the frozen sea and into the settlement of Oqaatsut.
    If the ice condition is too difficult for the boat, you will be driven to Oqaatsut with a snow mobile.  Upon arrival in Oqaatsut, you will check in to the small local hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant (two course). Accommodations in a twin room with shared facilities. 

    Day 2:
    This is your first full day in this winter wonderland. After breakfast in the hotel restaurant, you will go on a dog sledding adventure at 10.00. You will meet the dogs and musher on the frozen sea. After a brief introduction, the tour starts by gliding on the sea ice. After some 15-20 minutes, you are back on the ground. The rest of the tour is mostly through horizontal terrain and frozen lakes towards the Ilulissat Ice fjord. Enjoy the cold fresh air and the silent remoteness that can only be experienced while riding on a dog sled in Greenland. You cannot help but admire the strength and tempo of the Greenlandic sled dog. Before it is time to head back to the settlement, your musher will find a beautiful spot to let the dogs rest. There, you can enjoy a cup of hot tea and warm up a bit. 
    Lunch will be ready for you back in the hotel.

    *It is possible to extend the dog sledding tour to a full day tour. If you choose this option, you will experience a two-hour sled ride to a very steep ascent that takes about 1 hour to climb. From the top you will have a mind-blowing view over the Ilulissat icefjord. A view you will never forget. Additional cost 90 EUR.

    In the afternoon coffee/tea and cake will be served in the hotel café where the wood burning stove  will keep you warm and cosy. Feel free to rest before dinner (two course). Accommodations in a twin room with shared facilities. 

    Day 3:
    After breakfast, you have time to explore the settlement on your own, or go ice-fishing. Leaving the fishing line in the sea for 3-4 hours usually results in catching various fish when we go back to check the line.

    Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant/café.

    In the afternoon, it is time to get an inside glimpse of the life in this remote settlement. A local family will invite you to their home for a traditional Greenlandic “Kaffemik”. That is a beautiful get-together with coffee and cake – a time to get to know about the local traditions and life.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant (two course). Accommodations in a twin room with shared facilities. 

    Day 4:
    The tour has come to an end. If you have not gotten enough dog sledding, you can choose to go back to Ilulissat by dog sled (upon availability and if the weather allows). It takes about 2 hours. If not by dog sled, then you will travel by boat or snowmobile – we must go with the flow, and see what the weather and ice conditions allow.
    From Ilulissat Airport you will fly back to Reykjavik. 

    NB. It is likely that you will see northern lights during your stay, but we can of course not guarantee it as it depends on the aurora activity and the cloud cover in the area.

  • Optional activities

    WINTER ACTIVITIES IN THE ILULISSAT AREA 

    If you wish to extend your stay in Ilimanaq, or add a night in Ilulissat before and/or after your stay in the village, or simply fill the empty gaps in you days, there is plenty to choose from. Contact uis for more information at booking@greenland.is

    From Oqaatsut (Rodebay)

    Dog Sledding

    Full day dog sledding upgrade

    Upgrate your 2 hour tour to a full day and go somewhere further away adnd feel the true wasness and power of these amazingly strong animals. You can also just decide to go for a second trip.
    Upgrade: FROM 90 Euros per person

    Full day tour : 315 € per person

    Photo: Rebecca Gustafsson, Visit Greenland

    Ice Fishing

    Ice Fishing is the most authentic way to earn a living for your family during winter in Greenland. A calm and peaceful time out on the ice teached you not only things about Inuit culture, but also to be patient.

    Price from : 70 € per person

    From Ilulissat

    Dog Sledding

    Dog sledding is an Inuit tradition dating back 2000 years. It is simply something you must try at least once in your life. Imagine sliding across the snow at a leisurely pace with panting, energetic dogs out in front and a knowledgeable sled driver as musher. This tour will take you far off the beaten track in the surreal white landscapes of Greenland. 

    Dog sledding under the Arctic night sky


    The Arctic landscape is calling you for a dog sledding under the Arctic sky by night. No matter the condtions, if with a sky dotted with stars, or the shining moon with dancing norhtern lights, you will enjoy this experience. Out in the wilderness, we will stop and hear the silence only broken by the sips we take of our hot drinks. 

    No previous experience is required. We provide all the equipment and our experienced guide will teach you everything you need to know about the dogsled.

    Price: FROM 205 Euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    5 hours of  dog sledding
    Dog sledding from Ilulissat to Big Akinnaq, with view point at Nalluarsuk, you can see the big glacier. 

    Price: FROM 283 Euros per person

    2-day dog sled to Ilulissat Ice Fjord
    Adventure trip by dog sled to Ilulissat Ice Fjord, overnight accommodation in a hunting cabin or sled tent at the fjord. Nothing gets closer to the life of the hunter than this!

    Price: FROM 723 Euros per person 

    Dogsledding with husky dogs in Greenland in Winter
    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

     

    Snowshoeing to the Icefjord 

    Join a guided snowshoe hike and let the guide show you the most exclusive winter spots in the area. On this tour, you’ll strap on your snowshoes and hike to the famous Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) enjoying mesmerizing winter landscapes all around.

    2 hours snowshoeing
    Snowshoeing in an scenic white landscape of the Kangia Icefiord.

    Price: 144 Euros per person

    5 hours snowshoeing
    Snowshoeing in an scenic untouched white landscape of the Kangia Icefiord.

    Price for 1 person: from 136 Euros per person

    Snowshoe under the Norhern light
    Enjoy a  hike to a warm hut in under the night sky. On days with clear sky you will be able to see the amazing Northern lights. 

    Price: From 95 Euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    Snowmobiling in Greenland Winter activities
    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Snowmobile 

    Snowmobile during the day

    Want more fast action? Go to a different location on snowmobile, and really explore. No previous experience is required. We will provide all the equipment and teach you all you need to know to ride completely safe with our experienced guide.  

    Price: FROM 218 Euros per person

    Duration: 3 hours

    Snowmobile at night - Northern light tour

    Do you want the opportunity to experience Northern lights whilst in Greenland? On nights with clear sky, it is possible to spot the amazing sight of Northern lights dancing across the sky. The story told by the Greenlanders is that it is the souls of our ancestors playing soccer with a seal head. If you whistle, the northern light will grow and they will come down to earth and take your head to play soccer with it. If this story has not scared you off the 2 hour tour will start at your hotel. 

    No previous experience is required. We will provide all the equipment and teach you all you need to know to ride completely safe with our experienced guide.  

    Price: FROM 164 Euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    Snowmobiling in Greenland Winter activities
    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Northern lights tours 

    Go for a walk, put on the snowshoes or even let a snowmobile take you out into the winter landscapes. However you choose to go, there is a good chance to see the otherworldly Northern Lights in Ilulissat. This fascinating natural phenomenon is worth pursuing! Dress warm and let our guides give you an amazing experience. 

    Snowshoe under the Norhern light
    Enjoy a short hike to a warm hut in under the night sky. On days with clear sky you will be able to see the amazing Northern lights. 

    Price for 1 person: FROM 95 Euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    Snowmobile at night - Northern light tour - from Ilulissat

    Do you want the opportunity to experience Northern lights whilst in Greenland? On nights with clear sky, it is possible to spot the amazing sight of Northern lights dancing across the sky. The story told by the Greenlanders is that it is the souls of our ancestors playing soccer with a seal head. If you whistle, the northern light will grow and they will come down to earth and take your head to play soccer with it. If this story has not scared you off the 2 hour tour will start in front of Hotel Arctic. You will drive to the Big Akinnaq range and cross the upper lakes to the Nalluarsuk hut (40 min from Ilulissat by snow mobile). Inside the warm heated hut you will take a break and drink some coffee or tea and have a look out for the northern light through the window or from outside the terrace.

    No previous experience is required. We will provide all the equipment and teach you all you need to know to ride completely safe with our experienced guide.  

    Price:  FROM 164 Euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    Dog sledding under the Arctic night sky


    The Arctic landscape is calling you for a dog sledding under the Arctic sky by night. No matter the condtions, if with a sky dotted with stars, or the shining moon with dancing norhtern lights, you will enjoy this experience. Out in the wilderness, we will stop and hear the silence only broken by the sips we take of our hot drinks. 

    No previous experience is required. We provide all the equipment and our experienced guide will teach you everything you need to know about the dogsled.

    Price: FROM 205 Euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Boat tours 

    Go ice cruising between icebergs of all kinds of shapes and sizes, turn off the engine and sit and observe the stunning natural beauty all around in amazing silence.

    Icefjord cruise
    We sail out before into the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ilulissat Icefjord, where all the amazing icebergs are. Even in the winter this is an amazing boat tour and you will be able to get close (as close as the captain allows, due to safety distance) to the gigantic icebergs and see all the blue, grey and white nuances in the ice. Even if it is cloudy the different nuances of the icebergs will be breathtaking. For a few hours, you will be able to get lost in the beautiful view and leave all worries behind and just take in thousand-year-old ice floating by your eyes. Depending on the company, the captain will cut the engine, a guide will tell you a few facts about the ice, and you will be able to ask questions.

    Price: From 95 Euros per person

    Duration: 2,5-3 hrs.

    Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland
    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Guided town walk 

    A guided town walk will enhance your understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history, which will give the other experiences in Greenland a new perspective. Visit the fishermen at the harbour and the hunters at their trading post "The board" - “Brædtet”. See the house where the famous explorer Knud Rasmussen was born and the local church. 

    Ilulissat Town Walk


    Price: FROM 37 euros per person

    Duration: 2 hours

    Photo: Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland

  • Equipment List

    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:

    • Insulated boots; can be rented
      • Sorel or comparable made for extreme cold. Roomy enough to wear thick socks underneath and still have good room for toes
    • Thermal underwear shirt & long-johns – preferably wool
    • Thick wool or fleece sweater/jacket
      • Possibly two of different thickness that can be worn together
    • Trousers – thick softshell or fleece pants
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, and breathable
      • Gore-Tex or similar – big enough so that multiple layers of insulation can be worn underneath
    • Insulated jacket, ski-jacket or down jacket that fits over other layers
      • An insulated overall is also available on location, free of charge
    • Over-pants – windproof and breathable
      • Gore-Tex or similar – big enough so that multiple layers of insulation can be worn underneath
    • Insulated over pants, e.g. ski-pants
      • An insulated overall is also available on location, free of charge
    • Ski-gloves; 2 – 3 pairs of warm windproof gloves
    • Mittens; Large and well insulated expedition mittens
      • Down, fleece of fibre insulation – wind and waterproof, Consider bringing 2 pairs of different weight
    • Linger gloves, thin fleece or wool gloves that can be worn under mittens or ski gloves
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic socks, thick – few pairs
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic
    • Balaclava – fleece or wool that can be used to cover the face also
    • Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer)

     

    Other gear:

    • Backpack – small pack for gear you will need to access during the day
    • Duffel bag – for your gear. Max weight 10kg. Hard suitcases are not permitted
    • Sleeping bag – a warm 3 / 4 season sleeping bag
      • A sleeping bag can be rented
    • Ski-goggles
    • Towel – light weight and packable
    • Sunglasses & sun protection
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear
    • Water container – thermos flask 1L
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items
    • Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
      • Lip balm and hand cream (not water based), the fatter the better. This will keep your lips and skin healthy in the cold & dry climate

    Optional gear:

    • Buff or scarf for protecting your neck and face
    • Gaiters
    • Pen knife
    • Power bank / Solar Phone Chargers
    • Earplugs
    • Heart-warming spirits
    • Head lamp
    • Slippers for indoor use
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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability  
    16.03 - 19.03 2019 Two needed to confirm Select
    23.03 - 26.03 2019 Two needed to confirm Select
    30.03 - 02.04 2019 Two needed to confirm Select
    06.04 - 09.04 2019 Two needed to confirm Select

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