Immerse yourself in beautiful Arctic nature on this tour. Stay in Ilulissat, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord and one of the most active glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. This summer, a new visitor centre called Ilulissat Ice Fjord will open, with a focus on sustainability. As well as regulating visitor flow to help preserve the glacier, it will educate travellers about the impact of climate change.
Flights are from Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat. On this Northern Lights holiday to Greenland, add an excursion package (which includes four excursions as per the itinerary).
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.
Optional Excursion: Ilulissat City Walk
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.
This morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast with stunning views of the town and bay. Ilulissat means "Icebergs" in Greenlandic, and it’s not difficult to see how it got its name.
Today, explore Ilulissat further or book both of these optional excursions. (B)
Optional Excursion: Walk to Sermermiut Settlement
Beautiful icebergs are the setting for the old settlement Sermermiut, located one and a half kilometres south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today you can still see many remains that indicate their presence. Listen to the guide’s stories about Inuit life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. Walk along a wooden walkway and see turf hut ruins and permafrost.
This morning after breakfast, perhaps explore Ilulissat further or head out on these optional excursions. Don't forget to look to the skies when darkness falls as the northern lights can appear from October to March. (B)
Optional Excursion: Iceberg Sightseeing Cruise
This morning sail among the icebergs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Every year, more than 48 km3 of ice flows into the fjord. The result is a ‘showroom’ of gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 meters on each side and have a height of more than 100 meters above the water's surface. These giants run around the end of the fjord, and that gives us the opportunity to sail among them.
Optional Excursion: Northern Lights
Tonight, drive away from the light pollution of the town to where the darkness is most intense for the best experience. Your guide will tell you all about what causes the phenomenon and serve a hot cup of coffee or tea under the stars. Aurora Borealis is the night sky's most spectacular phenomenon. Solar storms above the polar region makes it possible to see the Northern Lights in Greenland.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Copenhagen. (B)
* The excursion package is £210 per person for Sep to Dec. In Jan to Mar the excursion package is £390 per person (the hike to Sermermiut is replaced with a Dog Sledding Experience)
This trip departs every Thursday from 22 Sep to 15 Dec and every Friday from 27 Jan 23 to 31 Mar 23 (except 10 Mar)
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.