Icebergs and Whales - GRL201

3 day Adventure in Greenland

Photo: Stian Klo - Visit Greenland
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
Photo: Mads Pihl
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
"It's so beautiful that it's impossible to come back not happy :-)"

- Anne-Michele Lebrun, Belgium -

Tour type: Selfguided adventure in Ilulissat. Hotel or guesthouse accommodation available.

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Price from:  

Adult: 211000

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What's included: Flight to/from Reykjavík and Ilulissat, accommodation during the trip, 4 hrs whale watching boat tour, maps and walking itinerary descriptions.

Departures: Tuesdays and Thursdays after 18th June, Every day in July and August.

Duration: 3 days

Language: English.

You bring: Bring good hiking shoes and warm clothes.

  • Tour Description

    A 3 day self guided tour to the Disko bay area in West Greenland

    After arriving in Ilulissat, you begin on a short hike to the Kangria Icefjord and enjoy a short visit of the town. The second day is devoted to a whale watching boat tour among the icebergs and on the last morning gives the opportunity to visit the very interesting museum of Ilulissat before flying back to Reykjavík.

    This is a self guided tour allowing you to enjoy the freedom of travelling on your own while we take care of your hectic travel plans. We arranged transfers and accommodations 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!

    Departures: Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, Every day in July and August*. Please contact us for more information!

    Included in tour: Flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat and back to Reykjavík, accommodation during the trip, 4 hrs whale watching boat tour, maps and walking itinerary descriptions.

    Airport transfer in Ilulissat is only included in hotel package.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
    It is possible to extend the trip if you want more time in Ilulissat and surroundings. In that case - or if you just want to add activities to the current program - here are examples of other possible activities:

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

    Thanks for your interest in this tour! However, we need to verify flight availability on your selected dates. Please indicate your preferred dates below and we'll contact you with verification within 48 hours.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1
    Late morning flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat.  Arrival to Ilulissat in the early noon.  We recommend you take a walk to the Sermermiut by the icefjord which is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site. Hiking in the Icefjord area you can chose between 3 paths. The boardwalk makes it possible for most people to join on this wonderful hike in the amazing area where icebergs meet mountains and old inuit ruins. If you want a longer and harder hike, that is also an option. You will be given a map of the area and the trails are well marked both on the map and on the hike. In the summer the downtown area is buzzing with life and it’s possible for you to go enjoy a locally brewed beer or a fresh made coffee on the outside porch of the different café’s after a wonderful hike. Night in Hostel or Hotel

    Day 2
    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! Night in hostel or Hotel.

    Day 3
    We recommend that you on this day see some of the highlights of Ilulissat town, Ilulissat’s old church facing the Icefjord 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.

  • 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 Phil, 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

    KAYAKING 

    Photo: Mads Phil, 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 Phil, 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 Phil, 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 Phil, 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 Phil, 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 Phil, 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.