Situated 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Ilulissat in Western Greenland is a great place to view the northern lights. With views across Disko Bay it is known as the 'Town of Icebergs' where the glacier that feeds the ice fjord is one of the most productive in the world. So immerse yourself in the wonders of Ilulissat by heading out on a sailing excursion amongst the icebergs and enjoy a guided walk to an old settlement with stunning views over the Icefjord.
Travel during autumn, a season that exudes tranquillity after a vibrant and bustling summer. It is a time when Arctic nature reveals its many facets, presenting you with stunning sunny days that drench the mountains in a captivating palette of yellow-brown hues, rivalling even the brilliance of the midnight sun. Yet, autumn also brings forth arctic storms, showcasing their rugged beauty and Greenland's dramatic weather.
Fly from Copenhagen to Ilulissat. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Arctic and check in for 4 nights. Our local representative will join you for a welcome meeting. This afternoon set out on Ilulissat city tour. A local guide will share the history of the city, a little bit about Greenlandic culture and what modern life is like some 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Make several stops; meet the fishermen at the harbour, the hunters at "brættet" and pass by the famous polar explorer Knud Rasmussen's birthplace. Ilulissat was founded in 1741 and today is Greenland's third largest town with over 4,500 inhabitants. (D)
Enjoy a walk to explore the ancient settlement of Sermermiut, located 1½ kilometres south of the town. Delve into the rich history of the Inuit people who inhabited this area for 4,000 years, learning about their traditions and way of life before the arrival of Europeans. Witness the ruins of the settlement and feel the permafrost beneath your fingertips. As you embark on this scenic hike, marvel at the breathtaking view of the Ice Fjord from "Kællingekløften" and take in the fascinating tales of the region's flora, fauna, geology, and the enduring presence of ice. (B)
Head out on a boat trip amidst the majestic icebergs in the fjord and see the awe-inspiring spectacle of over 40 million tons of ice floating into the fjord daily, resulting in colossal icebergs reaching heights of up to 100 metres above the water surface and spanning over 100 metres on each side. These magnificent giants gracefully come to rest at the fjord's end, providing a unique opportunity to sail amongst them (please dress warmly for this excursion.)
In the evening enjoy a Northern Lights excursion. When the sky is clear on cold nights, you can see the most beautiful northern lights over Ilulissat. Aurora Borealis is, without a doubt, the night sky’s most spectacular phenomenon. Drive away from the lights of the town and go to where the darkness is most intense. The guide will tell you all about the causes of the phenomenon. You will also get tips and tricks to enable you to take the best pictures of the coloured lights as they hopefully cross the night sky. (B)
Today speak to us about adding on another excursion to complete your Greenland experience. Perhaps enjoy some free time exploring Ilulissat. Learn about the history of ice, the culture in and around the icefjord, and climate change at the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre. Visit the fishermen at “Brættet,” to see the freshest of sea catches in Greenland. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Copenhagen. (B)
This trip departs every Thursday from 21 Sep 23 to 14 Dec 23
Due to flight times from Copenhagen to Ilulissat and return - overnights are required in Copenhagen, please contact us for details and for prices from flights from the UK to Copenhagen.