Ice, Dogs & Northern Lights - GRL208

Ice, Dogs & Northern Lights

Photo: Gunilla Lindh
Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Kunuk Brøns
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo: Kunuk Brøns
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Kunuk Brøns
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo: Mads Pihl
Excellent! Wondrous country to visit. Spectacular sites to see!

- David, United States -

Tour type: Dog-sledding discovery tour with breathtaking experiences

Difficulty:

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Adult: 243000

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What's included: Flights, dog sledding tour, boat excursion, accommodation in hotel or guesthouse. * Final price depends on flight rate available on the day of booking and of choice of accommodation type.

Departures: February to April 2018

Duration: 4 days

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse

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

Language: English

Note: Remember to bring warm clothes (you can also rent it). You need to have a healthy back for the dog sledding, as there are bumps and small jumps on the way.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Dog Sledding Adventure
    • World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord
    • Sailing among Spectacular Icebergs

    Living in and off of the nature is central to Greenlandic identity, and therefore when you are close to the nature, you are also close to the Greenlandic culture. This trip will give you the highlights of winter Greenland; Experience it’s majestic landscapes from the perspective of
    a dog sled. Enjoy the fascinating in man and dog working together in nature. Make sure to look up; the northern lights might be dancing above you. Observe enormous ice sculptures close up when going on a boat excursion among the icebergs. And take a walk just outside of town and take in all the impression of the magnificent Ilulissat icefjord and you will understand why this has been chosen to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Included: Flights*, dog sledding tour, boat excursion, accommodation in hotel, hostel or guesthouse.

    * Final price depends on flight rate available on the day of booking and of choice of accommodation type.

    Extension of the trip is possible.
    Other activities and experiences are among others:

    If you have more questions, you can check our FAQs  and see if you can find the answers. If not, just contact us: booking@greenland.is*The price depends on the flight rate and accomodation availability on the date concerned.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival to Ilulissat. City sightseeing and walk to the UNESCO classified Icefjord.
    After having settled in at your hotel we suggest you go explore the town of Ilulissat. Ilulissat means ‘icebergs’ - you will understand why when you get there. It is a ‘must’ to go to the World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord, which can be seen from just outside of town. We recommend you to join a guided city walk and/or a guided snowshoe hike to the icefjord as the guides make sure that you visit the best places and viewpoints and the gives you an insight and understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history, which will give the other experiences a new perspective.

    Day 2: Dog sledding
    Dog sledding is an Inuit tradition dating back 2000 years, it is also simply something that you must try at least once in your life. This dog sledding adventure is a perfect place to start. 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.

    Day 3: Sailing among icebergs
    During the year more than 46 km3 of ice flow out into Ilulissat icefiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 metres on each side and with a height on more than 100 metres above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them during our 2 ½ hour boat excursion. An exceptional experience!

    If the circumstances are right, there is a chance of northern lights during the winter nights in Ilulissat, so don’t forget to look out or join one of the northern light tours that are organised (not included in this package).

    Day 4:  Visit to the museum. Return flight to Reykjavik.
    This last day in Ilulissat can be spent buying the last souvenirs or maybe paying the town museum a visit, which is also the birthplace of the famous polar explorer, Knud Rasmussen.

    You want more? Extend your stay and go explore the winter landscape around Ilulissat on a guided snowshoe hike.

    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 

    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. We set out on shorter or longer trips from Ilulissat. 

    hours dog sledding adventure in the Ilulissat area

    Price: FROM 144 Euros per person

    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 

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    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

    Snowshoeing and Arctic Night Sky Photography

    Venture on snowhoes out to the country side during the evening to find the perfect spots for Arctic Night sky photography - with huge chances of capturing the northern lights too!

    Price: FROM 136 Euros per person

    Duration: 2.5 -3 hours

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    Snowmobile 

    Snowmobile during the day

    We will be riding by snowmobile to the little hunter settlement north of Ilulissat – Oqaatsut. With it’s approximately 40 inhabitants it is truly a charming site to visit. The snowmobile guided tour takes about 3 hours and it starts in front of the Hotel Arctic. It will follow the old trail going north, crossing lakes, frozen fjords and hill with an amazing view of the Disko Island and the Disko bay. You will cross the frozen sea to reach Oqaatsut (It’s a one hour snowmobile drive from Ilulissat). In Oqaatsut you will take a break and enjoy coffee or tea, eat snacks and discover the traditional settlement and the inhabitants’ way of living. 
    On your way back to Ilulissat you will take a different route and explore the backcountry, passing frozen waterfalls, dramatic rock cliffs and enjoy the view of the perfect winter world.

    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 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

    A Snowmobile Trip Along A Glacier Wall Near Ilulissat In 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

    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

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    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.

    A Big Ass Iceberg

    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

    Mads Pihl Guide

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