Icefjord and the Arctic Riviera - GRL202

Sailing in a breathtaking scenery and exploring the colonial history

Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Air Zafari & Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Magical! It was truly a wonderful experience. Remote, no electricity, and pure nature experience.

- Lindsey, USA - July 2017 -

Tour type: A self guided tour, discovering Ilulissat and its surroundings




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Adult: 323000

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What's included: Flights Reykjavik - Ilulissat - Reykjavik, Eqi daytour, whale watching excursion, accommodation in Ilulissat and a luxury cabin in Ilimanaq and road book

Departures: Thursdays after 18th June. Every day in July and August.* Please contact us for more information!

Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Hostel and hut / Hotel and hut

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

Language: English

Note: This tour is self-guided

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Eqi Sermia Glacier
    • Ilimanaq colonial history and luxury cabins
    • Whale safari and hiking along icefjord
    • Explore the interesting town of Ilulissat

    You start off with a flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat, followed by two days sailing and exploring Ilimanaq village, and a jaw dropping day trip to Eqi Glacier. Ilimanaq has in recent years been restoring their colonial history and showing pride rather than resentment over it. The heart of this project is the restoration of commander Paul Egede's house from 1751 and construction of beautiful lodges by the icefjord. This is a perfect place to dive into the curious history of Greenland, while being surrounded by the beautiful landscapes and whales that attracted the Europeans to begin with. You will also get a chance to get closer to the whales on a 4-hour boat tour, devoted to looking out for them. There is enough time for contemplation and deep breathing and we reccomend taking an afternoon hike along the ice filled Kangia fjord. The last morning gives you a great opportunity to visit the interesting museum of Ilulissat before flying back to Reykjavík.

    This tour is self guided. 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 in tour: Flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat and back to Reykjavík, accommodation during trip, transfer to Ilimanaq, accomodation in Luxury Cabin, 4 hrs whale watching excursion, Eqi daytour, maps and walking itinerary descriptions.

    The price depends on the flight rate available on the date concerned.
    *Subject to flight availability. Availability might change if changes are in flight schedule.

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    *The price depends on the flight rate and accomodation availability on the date concerned.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 
    Late morning flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat. Arriving to Ilulissat early noon. Transport to Hotel. We recommend you go hiking to Sermermiut Inuit settlement. This area is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site and the view is unlike many other places. In the distance you see the icebergs float by and if you are really lucky, you might spot an iceberg turning.
    In the summer the downtown area is buzzing with life and it’s possible for you to go enjoy a locally brewed beer, a fresh made coffee or a delicious bagel on the outside porch of the different cafés in downtown after a wonderful hike. Night in Hostel or Hotel.

    Day 2

    Early departure by boat to Ilimanaq. it is just an hours’ ride, so you have the whole day to explore the village and the amazing newly renovated colonial buildings. You will be taken on a 2 hour guided walk around the village. The house, a former ... from the early colonial times in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Today, the houses have a social function, a place wehre the locals gather to sell local produce and crafts... and just discuss the weather and hunting grounds! There is also an historic exhibit in the house. This is an example of how the old and the new can blossom together. 

    You will spend the night in Ilimanaq lodge, a newly opened cabin by the fjord with great views over the icefjord. Be prepared for a jaw dropping sunset from your very own terrace. An heartwarming spirit (from the duty free at Reykajvík Aiport) or a warm night cap will be appropriate! 

    Day 3 
    You can enjoy a quiet morning before the boat takes you back to Ilulissat. You have the day there to explore town, buy souvenirs from the local artists and ... or... visit the old church of Ilulissat and the Knud Rasmusen museum. We also recommend you check out the art gallery close to downtown or take a walk and explore the town. There’s more roads than you might just think.Night in guesthouse/hotel.

    Day 4
    4 hours whale watching trip between the floating icebergs in the Disco Bay. Sailing at the edge of Ilulissat icefjord you enter the famous UNESCO World Haritage site. The water in this area is very nutritious due to the big icebergs and the strong underwater current created from the glacier front 40 km up the fjord. This means there might be a whale or two to spot. While waiting for the whales to appear you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the unbelievably big icebergs and if you look closely you might just spot a seal!

    The boat trip is during mid day, so you will have time for yourself as well. If you didn’t hike the Sermermiut trail on your first day, you will have time to do it today or we recommend you try hiking a different route. Get lunch at one of the hotels or downtown cafés. Night in hostel or Hotel.

    Day 5 
    Today you have a full day boat tour to the calving glacier Eqi. Eqi is the only glacier in this area where you can get really close and experience the amazing thundering and calving of ice. While sailing to Eqi you can enjoy the amazing nature surrounding you, getting lost in thought and leave all worries behind. Once you are at the glacier the captain will stop the engine and you can enjoy the sight of the Eqi glacier in silence and hear the thunder-like noises it makes when moving. Lunch will either be served on board on the boat or at the abandoned settlement Ataa. Night in guesthouse/hotel.

    Day 6
    For a bit more colonial history, we truly reccomend a visit to the Ilulissat town, its old church 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.

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