UNESCO Classic - GRL207

Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo: Lasse Nørregaard
Photo: Anne Mette Christiansen
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Christina Natalie Kompf
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Achim Liepold
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Lasse Nørregaard
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Lasse Kyed
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen
Photo: Christina Natalie Kompf
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Josepha Katarina Thomsen

Tour type: Self-guided discovery tour




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Adult: 250000

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What's included: Flights Reykjavik/Ilulissat, boat excursion to icefjord (2hrs), boat transfer to Rodebay/return, accommodation in Ilulissat (5) and in Rodebay (1) in double occupancy

Departures: June (4 times per week), July and August (daily)

Duration: 7 days

Accommodation: Hostel, guesthouse or hotel in Ilulissat and simple hotel in Oqaatsut

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • The Beat of an Inuit Settlement
    • Boat Excursion among Huge Icebergs

    Experience one of World’s wonders, the UNESCO classified Icefjord, Ilulissat Icefjord, by foot, from a boat and maybe even from above (optional). 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. The 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. After this visit the cozy settlement of Oqaatsut with its 40 inhabitants, who live mainly by hunting, fishing. It is the 8th smallest settlement in Greenland but nevertheless, it is one of the most thriving ones with its fish production. Stay overnight and feel the beat of Inuit village life. Taste traditional Greenlandic food, visit a local family, go fishing, kayaking or rock climbing or join a whale safari or sightseeing by plane (all optional).

    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: Flights* from Reykjavik to Ilulissat and back, boat excursion to Icefjord (2hrs), boat transfer to Rodebay and back, accommodation in Ilulissat & Rodebay, maps and itinerary.

    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.

    Watch a video from the area - shot by an outdoor photographer documenting his first meeting with the UNESCO classified icefjord, the Eqi Glacier and the Greenland ice cap.

  • 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. Afterwards we recommend you go check out some of the locally brewed beers or enjoy a warm cup of coffee in one of the downtown cafes. Night in hotel or hostel

    Day 2
    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 3
    Rodebay, also known locally as Oqaatsut, is approximately 21 kilometers north of Ilulissat. Today you will sail from Ilulissat to Rodebay by boat, which takes about 25-30 minutes. You will have plenty of opportunity to explore the settlement after arrival or do optional activities. 3-hour Kayaking (optional) is also an option from Rodebay, paddling among Icebergs and ice is priceless! You can even go on Kaffemik (optional) and visit a local family and experience a Greenlandic traditional get-together where coffee and cake is served. Truly an easy way to experience the Greenlandic culture. Night in simple Hotel. 

    Day 4
    You have the morning and noon to explore the settlement 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. From this city, they every summer, have a marathon going to Ilulissat. You can go for a walk and try to imagine the struggle running over the hills. You can also try some of the famous “qullukkat” which is dried fish, so a freeze-dried strip of the back of the Halibut. You will sail back to Ilulissat in the afternoon, sailing takes about 25-30 minutes. If you are lucky, you might spot a whale. 

    Day 5
    Today we suggest you take the Eqi glacier day trip. 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.

    Or else check out the excursions you can add to your itinerary here.  See optional activities here

    Day 6 
    Today we suggest you go Flightseeing (optional) enjoying the view the UNESCO World Heritage site – Ilulissat Icefjord. You have two options. You can go with a small 5 seat plane with a guarantee of a window seat and experience feeling like you are almost flying among the icebergs and maybe spotting whales from the plane. Or fly with helicopter with a stop by the heart of Ilulissat Icefjord – where the ice breaks off from the inland icecap. Both highly recommendable tours. Then you can spend your evening going on an evening/midnight cruise at the edge of the icefjord. Feel the chill of the icebergs from a safe distance in a boat and even on a sunny or cloudy day you can enjoy the sight of the amazingly huge icebergs.

    Or else check out the excursions you can add to your itinerary. See optional activities here

    Day 7:  Time to do the last stroll in town, buy souvenirs from the local artists, visit the old church of Ilulissat and the Knud Rasmusen museum. Afternoon flight back to Iceland.

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