North of the Arctic Circle on Greenland’s west coast lies Disko Bay, stretching from Upernavik in the North, to Kangatsiaq in the South; a distance of more than 550km. This region produces some of the largest icebergs in the world, some weighing up to seven million tonnes. This twin-centre holiday takes you to the beautiful towns of Ilulissat and Qeqertarsuaq. Each totally different in their own way, both are stunning spots from which to admire Greenland's many natural wonders, from icebergs and glaciers to volcanoes and fjords.
Fly to Ilulissat with Air Iceland from Reykjavik's domestic airport. Transfer to the Hotel Arctic and check in for 1 night. Attend a welcome meeting, followed by a guided city walk and a welcome dinner. (D)
Transfer to Ilulissat harbour and take the boat to Qasigiannguit, one of the oldest towns in Greenland and a three hour boat ride where you can watch the icebergs and keep an eye out for whales. On arrival meet your local guide and check into the Hotel Disko for two nights before heading out on a walking tour of Qasigiannguit. Have dinner in the hotel. (B,D)
Today take a guided walk in the Arctic landscape behind the town taking in the impressive views across the town and bay, and to the mountains in the interior. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,D)
After breakfast there will be time to visit the local museum before transferring to the harbour for the boat back to Ilulissat where you will have the rest of the day at leisure. (B,D)
Visit the picturesque settlements of Ilimanaq combined with a whale safari in Disko Bay. In the summer time humpback whales (a protected species) come to Disko Bay to feed on small herring-like fish. Please be aware that we are not visiting a zoo, and therefor cannot guarantee that the whales will 'visit' the boat. Packed lunch included. (B,L,D)
Free day in Ilulissat to explore at leisure or take optional excursions. Why not take a boat trip to the small Inuit settlement of Oqaitsut, also known as Rodebay. This isolated village has a local population of around 40 people who are totally dependent on fishing and hunting. Then cruise in front of the 5km wide Eqi glacier, which is very active. Or you could take a low altitude helicopter ride over the dramatic Arctic landscape, making two stops en route to appreciate the magnitude of the Inland Ice Cap, returning along the Kangia Fjord where you can do some whale-watching from the air.
Our travel specialists can give you advice and their own suggestions on the array of day trips in Ilulissat. (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Reykjavik. (B)
This holiday can depart on Saturdays between 1st June and 31st August
As the trip is tailor-made please let us know if you would like extra/fewer nights or different/extra excursions.