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

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

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, please check our FAQs. If you do not find the answer please 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 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.

  • Optional Activities

    SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE ILULISSAT AREA

    There is no need to be bored in and around Ilulissat. There are so many interesting activities to choose from if you wish to add a day, fill a free day or just exchange one tour out for another. We have getherd our favorites that we believe could fit well. Contact us with your ideas: booking@greenland.is

    BOAT TOURS

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    When visiting Disko Bay, a boat tour is a must! Cruising between the huge icebergs that have calved from the glacier in the area is an extraordinary experience. Choose your experience on your boating tour; go to the Eqi glacier, visit a charming hunter’s village, go whale watching or spice up the experience on an icefjord cruise in the midnight sun. 

    Available from June to September.

    2-8 hours
    Price from 110 Euro per person 

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    WHALE WHATCHING

    Photo: Rebecca Gustafsson, Visit Greenland

    If you want to increase your chances of spotting a whale while being in Greenland this would be the ideal trip for you. While looking for the whales, you can enjoy the beautiful sight of the breathtaking icebergs. When we spot a whale we cut the engine so we can enjoy the sight of the whale in silence. That way it’s also easier to spot the whale again when it comes up for air. The whales you might spot are: Humpback, fin and mink whales. Just be aweare that whales are wild animals, therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Available from Ilulissat and Rodebay from June to September.

    Sailing (3-5 hours)
    Price from: 200 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    KAYAKING 

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Did you know that kayaking is an Inuit invention? It is! You will see why when you experience the tranquility and closeness to the icebergs when you navigate among the icebergs in the UNESCO Kangia Icefjord. A local guide will teach you the basic paddle techniques so that you can navigate and explore. You can paddle from 2 hours in the sunset, up to a full day... all after how much time and energy you have. 

    Available from Ilulissat and Ilimanaq in July and August.

    Guided kayaking tour 2-8 hours 
    Price from: 215 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    OQAATUST VILLAGE LIFE

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    The settlement of Oqaatsut – the name means cormorants and it used to be a popular spot for cormorants and later on it was known as a whaling station – that’s where the Danish name - Rodebay - comes from: The Dutch whalers gave it its  name, meaning “red bay”. This insightful tour includes a bit of every aspect of Inuit life; fishing, processing, eating and dogsledding.

    Available from June to September

    Sightseeing and culture tour (7 hours)
    Price from: 300 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    DOG SLEDDING ON DISKO ISLAND

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Even though dogsledding is a winter activity, there is a change to try it during the summer as well. You can visit Disko Island, hike up to the glacier (with our without a guide) and go on the sleds on the ice. Imagine it being -30°C cold, and you were an Inuit hunter, but enjoy the summer view from the top. If you are even more adventurous than this, you can stay at a cabin up in the mountains before going back to Ilulissat.

    Available from Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq, in June to August.

    Dogsledding tour and more (2- 24 hours)
    Price from: 175 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    HELICOPTER AND FLIGHT-SEEING

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Get a birds eye view... and even land on the Greenland Ice Cap.  

    Available from Ilulissat from June to August

    1-2 hours
    Price from: 450 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    HIKING 

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    There are endless hiking possibilities in and around Ilulissat. Most of them you can do by yourself, but if you prefer to have a guide, that is also a possibility. 

    Available from Ilulissat and Ilimanaq all summer. 

    Price from: 80 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

    CITY WALK, MEET THE LOCALS, AND THEIR DOGS

    Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

    Greenland is called Kalaallit Nunaat, the land of the people. While the majority of the activities in Greenland are based on the idea of going out into the sublime nature, but there is no reason to leave the people and the city out... nor the dogs. You can get a guided city walk, meet the locals at their homes or meet a dog musher and learn how they keep the sled dogs... or combine all three. 

    Available from Ilulissat all year.

    2-6 hours

    Price from: 40 Euros per person

    Contact us to set it up: booking@greenland.is

     

     

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