On this incredible Greenland experience, combine stays in Ilulissat with one night at the fabulous Glacier Lodge Eqi. Eqi glacier is the only glacier in the Ilulissat area where it is possible to experience glacier calving. Stay in a cabin and awake to the sound of icebergs crashing into the sea at Glacier Lodge Eqi, with just ten huts all offering outstanding views of the Eqi glacier. Stays here are on a full board basis and you can experience a number of local hikes from the lodge to the lagoon, the moraine and the glacier itself.
Fly from Copenhagen to Ilulissat. Meet your local guide for the transfer to Hotel Arctic. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk of the cultural and historic highlights of Ilulissat. Begin at the historical Hotel Hvide Falk and pass the Zion Church, the local fish market, the museums (entry not included), the harbour and different viewpoints along the way. Hear about the origin of Ilulissat and how the city has developed over the years.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel, before heading off on evening cruise to the Icebergs. Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once, where the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night. (D)
This morning head out for a whale watching excursion. In the summer it is usually the humpback whale, minke whale and the fin whale that can be spotted swimming in Disko Bay, or sometimes close to the town. The operators are in constant radio contact with the city's fishermen, so they can almost always find them.
In the afternoon, travel by bus as far as the road goes and then enjoy a guided walk along the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut, where you will be able to see the traces of ancient Inuit settlements. Sermermiut is a valley next to the ice fjord where you'll see beautiful Arctic flowers inland, contrasted with magnificent icebergs out to sea. (B)
After breakfast drive to the harbour and board the boat for Glacier Lodge Eqi. Sail north along the coast, passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut (Rodebay), and the large fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often seen. Sail through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with birdlife and waterfalls. The ice-strengthened boats linger for approximately two hours in front of the glacier. Here, wait for the ice to calve while a delicious lunch is served. At approximately 3pm arrive at Port Victor, the ‘harbour’ at Glacier Lodge Eqi.
On land, the camp guides will take you to the Glacier Lodge Eqi, which is approximately 100 metres above the water level. The rest of the day is spent exploring the area or enjoying the view from the huts. (B,L,D)
Please note: The landing is not suited for the disabled. We recommend that all luggage is carried in a rucksack since the ascent makes it difficult to bring a suitcase. All guests need to carry their own luggage.
This morning, perhaps set off on the guided Glacier View Hike. Enjoy incredible views of the glacier, walk around the small lagoon at the southern end and spot large flocks of geese in the breeding season. Continue further up the moraine and look down into the enormous cracks in the glacier, before admiring the panoramic view of the 70-metre-high glacier front and look for ice calving. This hike is around five miles of walking in hilly terrain and tea/coffee is served along the way.
Around 3pm, board the boat back to Ilulissat and enjoy tea and cake on board whilst keeping your eyes peeled for whales and seals. On arrival back in town, transfer to the hotel. (B,L,D)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight back to Copenhagen. (B)
This is an example itinerary staying in a Puisi Suite room at the Arctic Hotel, accompanied by a guide price. We can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements, but please be aware that Ilulissat and Glacier Lodge Eqi gets very busy during the summer season from mid Jun to end of August.