ILULISSAT EXPLORER 2014 - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

An independent tour in West Greenland

Ilulissat is beautifully situated at the mouth of the 40-kilometer ice fjord filled with enormous icebergs produced by the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq. Ilulissat Icefjord was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

This tour package includes return flight from/to Iceland, airport transfer in Ilulissat and three nights accommodation and breakfast at Hotel Icefjord. You will have four days to explore, experience and enjoy the wonderful small town of Ilulissat and the amazing nature in West Greenland. Check out Map & Itinerary to see some ideas how your Ilulissat Explorer Program could look like.

ILULISSAT EXPLORER 2014 - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

An independent tour in West Greenland

This tour package includes return flight from/to Iceland, airport transfer in Ilulissat and three nights accommodation and breakfast at Hotel Icefjord. You will have four days to explore, experience and enjoy the wonderful small town of Ilulissat and the amazing nature in West Greenland. Here are some ideas how your Ilulissat Explorer Program could look like.


Hiking
The highland in the mountains behind Ilulissat offers a variety of hikes. 11 km into the hinterland lies the Nalluarsuk Hut. It takes a good day's hiking up and down and round the lakes before you reach the large Nalluarsup Tasia Lake. The trip to Sermermiut is shorter. In this protected area traces have been found of the first humans who lived in Greenland approx. 4,500 years ago.

Kayaking
If you don't go sea kayaking in Greenland, where do you? The kayak is a genuine Greenlandic invention, which together with the harpoon and needle has been the most important survival tool through the millennia. In Ilulissat and Disko Bay - as elsewhere in Greenland - the kayak has undergone something of a renaissance. Become one with the sea and sky and enjoy magnificent experiences in the slender little vessel.

Inuit Culture
Ilulissat is a modern town, but the Inuit culture is not forsaken. The ancient legends and myths are still sources of inspiration to many young artists and musicians. Today they are expressed in new forms. The town's choirs perform at special events - often dressed in beautiful national costumes and traditional drum and mask dances can be arranged for the town's guests.

Museums & Exhibitions
Ilulissat is home to two exciting museums. Ilulissat Museum is also Knud Rasmussen's birthplace and provides an interesting insight into this great explorer's life and numerous expeditions. The Inuit Art Museum contains a large collection of paintings by Greenland's probably best known painter, Emanuel A. Petersen. Over 100 paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese and Danish artists are exhibited here.

Guided Sightseeing
Go on a tour of Ilulissat. Preferably with a guide who can tell you all the good local stories. On the tour you will learn about the history of the town, the culture and about modern life 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. You will pass fishermen at the harbour and experience the atmosphere at "brættet" (the fish market). The tour continues on through the old colonial quarter, past Knud Rasmussen's birthplace and Zion's Church, the old wooden church.

Greenlandic Gastronomy
In the gourmet kitchen at Restaurant Ulo, the country's top chefs conjure up masterpieces from the finest ingredients. Hotel Hvide Falk and Hotel Icefjord are also noble contenders in the running to produce food in class of its own, with a wonderful view as a side dish. An incredible culinary experience can also be had at Restaurant H8 at Rodebay, which can be reached by ship from Ilulissat. The BBQ on the terrace of Hotel Arctic is an unforgettable experience!

Go Sailing
Boats and ships sail from Ilulissat port to settlements along the coast, glaciers and Disko Island. Take a 15 km voyage to the settlement of Ilimanq, south of the Icefjord and discover whales and giant icebergs. Take an evening voyage among the amber coloured icebergs in the midnight sun. Sail out to the settlement of Rodebay and eat lunch at the cosy restaurant. Sail to Eqi and get close-up to an active glacier.

Souvenir Shopping
The beautiful jewellery, animal skins and handicraft objects in Ilulissat's shops provide a glimpse into an ancient and proud culture, where every corner of nature's gifts were utilised with an eye for quality and beauty in the detail. It is a tradition that lives on in many of the quality objects you are tempted by as a tourist.

Ilulissat Icefjord
Sounds, movements and the size of icebergs are fascinating and hardly anyone leaves Ilulissat's Icefjord unaffected. A hike, a voyage or a trip by helicopter to the icefjord is simply a must. At the bottom of the fjord lies "Sermeq Kujalleq", a glacier that moves up to 38 metres a day during the summer months. In 2004, the icefjord was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list. Icebergs Icebergs of up to 100 metres in height tower white and proud above sea level right outside Ilulissat. An outstanding sight, which captivates anyone who is given the chance to experience these natural masterpieces. The icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord, where it is just 250 metres deep. After melting and degradation, they glide out of the fjord on course for the Atlantic.

Midnight Sun
Midnight sun means that the sun does not set north of the Arctic Circle and remains above the horizon during the summer. The period of midnight sun in Ilulissat is from 27th of May to 18th of July.

Whale Watching
Join a whale safari and experience humpback whales and fin whales. If you're lucky you may also meet the Greenland whale, because as the sea ice breaks up it heads for Disko Bay to look for food. It lives mainly on animal plankton and moves in line with the ice melting. The Greenland whale stays in Disko Bay during the spring months and leaves in mid May, heading for Canada.

The Ice Sheet

The inland ice is a must for tourists in Ilulissat. By helicopter, dog sled and walking boots it is possible to get right up close to the gigantic ice sheet and get an impression of its magnitude and the loud creaking it makes. Take a boat ride to Pakitsoqfjorden and wander through the arctic landscape to the inland ice.

Arctic Wild Life
You often come across animals in the wild. At sea, on land and in the air. Seals swim all the way along the Greenlandic coastline and 20 different species of whale live in the waters around it. There are lots of whales in Ilulissat. If you are lucky, you might also spot arctic foxes and arctic hares. The raven is perhaps the bird you will see most frequently out of the 50 different species in Greenland, while the majestic sea eagle is a rarer sight.

Tourist Flight
Imagine yourself on the Icefjord - densely packed with ice. The pressure from the glacier is enormous, and it's difficult to see where the glacier ends and the fjord begins. Whatever else, you can see the colossal mass of ice moving out of the fjord with the naked eye! The best view of this magnificent sight is from a helicopter. Approximately 50 km east of Ilulissat the helicopter lands on the ice and you can get out. As mentioned earlier, it's an absolutely fascinating sight.

Cruises
Greenland from the seaward side treats you to icebergs in all shapes and sizes, playful whales and a glimpse of life in the towns and settlements. Relax in the lounger on deck and enjoy the view. Once you have docked, you can visit museums, take a helicopter ride to the Ice Sheet, or there might be a planned mask and drum dance, kayak display or choir concert going on. Experience the busy harbour life, with its motley collection of small multi-coloured motor boats and red fishing vessels.

Book optional tours in advance - see selection here!

ILULISSAT EXPLORER 2014 - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

An independent tour in West Greenland

Flights: by Air Iceland, Dash 8 aircraft, 37 seats, about flight time 3 hours.

Flight schedule for 2014: (subject to change)

Date
Week days
Reykjavik dep
Ilulissat arr
  Ilulissat dep
Reykjavik arr
01.06.-30.06.14
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
11:15
12:30
  13:15
19:25
01.07.-31.08.14
Daily
11:15
12:30
  13:15
19:25
01.07.-31.08.14
Tuesday & Saturday
10:45
12:00
  12:45
18:55
01.09.-30.09.14
Tuesday & Saturday
11:15
12:30
  13:15
19:25

Please note that return flight has a fuel stop in Søndre Strømfjord

Time Difference: Please note that there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.

Airport Transfer in Reykjavik: not included

Airport Transfer in Ilulissat: included and Hotel Icefiord is only about ten minutes drive from the airport. 

Currency and credit cards: Important to bring Danish Kronas to Greenland. Foreign currency is not everywhere accepted. Credit cards are accepted only at few locations. i.e. at the hotels and larger stores. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required.

Rooms At Hotel Icefiord

You have the opportunity to book three different types of rooms. All rooms have one thing in common - the nice touch in all details. They are decorated in a simple style with inspiration from the Greenlandic nature and culture. There are magnificent views to the Disko Bay with the majestic icebergs from all rooms. Along with own shower and toilet all rooms have television and wireless internet access. As of January 1st 2008 all rooms are non-smoking.

Deluxe room
Hotel Icefiord offers two luxurious Deluxe rooms at the 1st floor where space and comfort are the keywords best describing them. The rooms are designed for cosiness and relaxation and even the most demanding traveller must feel home here. The Deluxe rooms are furnished with a double bed, couch with table as well as a kitchenette.

Standard plus room
Standard plus rooms are rather simple but located on the 1st floor and they all have balcony doors facing Disko Bay. The rooms can be booked with either two single beds or a double bed.

Standard room
Standard rooms are at the ground floor all with views of Disko Bay. All rooms are rather basic and are furnished with two single beds. Two of ours standard rooms have kitchenette along with en suite opportunity to an adjacent room. Hence, they are perfect for families.

Book optional tours in advance - see selection here!

ILULISSAT EXPLORER 2014 - 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

An independent tour in West Greenland

2014 departures dates from Reykjavik:
In June and September 2014 departures only on Saturdays from Reykjavik with return flight on Tuesdays from Ilulissat.

In July & August daily departures. 

This program is not available from January-May and October-December 2014 due to flights.

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Flights: by Air Iceland, Dash 8 aircraft, 37 seats, about flight time 3 hours.

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Flight schedule for 2014: (subject to change)

Date
Week days
Reykjavik dep
Ilulissat arr
  Ilulissat dep
Reykjavik arr
01.06.-30.06.14
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
11:15
12:30
  13:15
19:25
01.07.-31.08.14
Daily
11:15
12:30
  13:15
19:25
01.07.-31.08.14
Tuesday & Saturday
10:45
12:00
  12:45
18:55
01.09.-30.09.14
Tuesday & Saturday
11:15
12:30
  13:15
19:25

Please note that return flight has a fuel stop in Søndre Strømfjord

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Price list 07.06.-27.09.2014

Standard rooms with private facilities:
DKK 9,875 p.p.
Single supplement: DKK 1,372
Standard Plus rooms with private facilities: 
DKK 10,195 p.p. Single supplement: DKK 1,573
Deluxe rooms with private facilities:
DKK 10,715 p.p. Single supplement: DKK 2,744
Note: We can send invoice in EUR, GBP or USD if requested - using exchange rate of billing date

Included:
  • Flight: Reykjavik - Ilulissat - Reykjavik
  • Three nights at Hotel Icefiord in Ilulissat in double room with shower/wc and breakfast
  • Transfer between hotel and airport in Greenland
  • Light refreshments on board aircraft.
  • Airport taxes

Not included:

  • Optional tours & activities in Greenland
  • Lunch and Dinner in Greenland
  • Transfer to/from airport in Reykjavik
  • Any services that not listed under "included"
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Rooms At Hotel Icefiord

You have the opportunity to book three different types of rooms. All rooms have one thing in common - the nice touch in all details. They are decorated in a simple style with inspiration from the Greenlandic nature and culture. There are magnificent views to the Disko Bay with the majestic icebergs from all rooms. Along with own shower and toilet all rooms have television and wireless internet access. As of January 1st 2008 all rooms are non-smoking. See further information about room categories under "Trip Guide".

Book optional tours in advance - see selection here!

Important:
Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from Greenland.

Bookings to be sent to email: gjtravel@gjtravel.is
All bookings are on request. We need full names of all travellers to Greenland, nationality and travel dates to/from Greenland. After we receive your reservation by email, you will get a short reconfirmation from us that we will work on your booking. The final confirmation will be sent within 2-4 working days after booking receipt. Unfortunately for Greenland packages there is no instant availability system and online booking & payment system. Payment is due latest 6 weeks prior to arrival; we accept international bank transfer or payment by visa or mastercard. Vouchers and detailed itinerary will be sent after receipt of final payment. This concept will assure an interactive relation between you and our company and we can assist you with any personal needs you might have. We provide you also with many practical information in regards to your stay in Greenland and how to prepare for a trip to Greenland.

Cancellation policy for Greenland
If reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 10% of the tour package.
If reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package.
If reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks prior to departure there will be a charge of 60 % of the tour package.
If reservation is cancelled within 3 weeks prior to departure there will be a charge of 80% of the tour package.
If reservation is cancelled on day of departure or in case of no show there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package (no refund at all).

     
Eqi glacier - powerful!
Ilulissat in West Greeland
Midnight sailing along the Icefjord
     
Amazing view from Hotel Icefiord
Day Tour to Oqaatsut (Rodebay)
Helicopter flight over the Icefjord
     
Busy life at the Ilulissat harbour
Colourful houses in Ilulissat
Dogs and more dogs
     
Midnight sailing from Ilulissat
Sit down and enjoy the Icefjord
Icebergs everywhere!
    
 
 

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