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 opened, 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, four excursions are included 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. 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)
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. This morning sail amongst 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 amongst them.
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. (B)
This morning after breakfast, Wrap up warm inside a polar suit and strike out like the polar explorers of old on an optional dog sled. Let your musher guide the dogs through the Arctic wonderland around Ilulissat, with its ice-covered fjords, low mountain passes and endless white plains. Travelling by dogsled is a traditional Greenlandic experience and a method used by locals as much as tourists. There are 3,500 working sled dogs in Ilulissat alone!. Don't forget to look to the skies when darkness falls as the northern lights can appear from October to March. (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 Friday from 26 Jan 24 to 22 Mar 24
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.