Ilulissat Experience 2017 (3 days/2 nights)
This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 4 guided excursions. This tour offers magnificent experiences of nature and insight in the Inuit culture. Ilulissat - the town of the icebergs, offers dramatic scenery at the mouth of the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Icefiord. Experience the traditional Inuit culture combined with modern life north of the Polar Circle.
This fully escorted tour package includes round-trip flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat in West Greenland, welcome meeting, city tour Ilulissat, midnight sailing cruise, excursion to Rodebay, guided walk to the famous Icefiord and two nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner at Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat.
Ilulissat Experience 2017 (3 days/2 nights)
This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 4 guided excursions. Visit a UNESCO world heritage site. Take a trip to the Arctic – untouched wilderness and exciting traditional Inuit culture. Located on the west coast of Greenland - 300 kilometres above the Arctic Circle – the famous Ilulissat Icefiord is filled with icebergs from "Sermeq Kujalleq" which is the most producing glacier in the northern hemisphere. Ilulissat town is an exciting mix of Inuit culture, modern life and thousands of sledge dogs pulsing under the magical light of the midnight sun.
Day 1: Iceland - West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Midnight Sailing
Flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat (about 3 hours). Transfer to the hotel and welcome meeting at 4-star Hotel Arctic. After the welcome meeting with your local guide enjoy a guided city walk of Ilulissat, and afterwards, you have some time to explore the town, visit the local museum and observe Greenlandic life at the always busy harbour. Welcome dinner (2-course) is included at Hotel Arctic. Around 22:00 we depart for a midnight sailing trip to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world's largest ice sculpture park. The experience is overwhelming, lights and colours constantly change and enjoy a late Martini on "the real rocks". Duration about 3 hours. Dress warmly.
(Note: The season for midnight sun is approx. May 22-Jul 24. Outside this season the excursion is operated as an evening cruise with the beautiful sunset reflecting over the icebergs).
Day 2: Thursday, Boat trip to Hunter's Settlement - Oqaatsut/Rodebay
Breakfast at the hotel. By boat to the small settlement Oqaatsut/Rodebay with a local population of approx. 40 persons dependent on fishing and hunting - an entirely different world compared to the nearby town of Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before we will enjoy lunch at the old trading station. For hundreds of years, Oqaatsut (Rodebay) was a stopover place for Dutch whalers, who dragged the huge whales onto land here in the old village. The village, which lies in a beautiful natural setting just 15 km north of Ilulissat, has its school, church, shop and a single restaurant "H8", which serves an excellent lunch in the old colonial building. Level of difficulty: Easy / Lunch or dinner included.
Day 3: Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefiord and Return to Iceland
Breakfast at the hotel. By bus as far as the road goes. Guided walking tour of the old settlement Sermermiut valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that was inscribed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 2004. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 km south of the town, is surrounded by Ilulissat's beautiful icebergs. Various Inuit cultures have lived here over the past 4,000 years, and you can still see remains from ancient times. Learn about local history and customs before Europeans arrived. See plots settled for thousands of year and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. Approximate 3 hours. The short Ilulissat adventure has come to an end, and you return in the afternoon by flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and a minimum number of participants.
Time Difference: Please note there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.
Airport Transfer in Reykjavik: not included
Airport Transfer in Ilulissat: included and Hotel Arctic is only five minutes drive from the airport.
Currency and credit cards: Important to bring Danish Krona 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, a PIN-code is required.
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 West Greenland.
Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat
We are confident that your day will begin with rather more inspired view on life when you gaze across the beautiful Icefiord that faces the hotel and see drifting icebergs that are in constant motion. Hotel Arctic has 87 rooms - all of which have a view of the Icefiord, Disko Bay or Ilulissat town. Rooms in all categories naturally have all the comfort our guests expect. There are disabled-friendly rooms and facilities, so the unbelievable Arctic experience is available for everybody. For these packages, we use standard rooms in the Puisi Wing. Hotel Arctic has 32 standard rooms, the majority of which have views of the sea and the icebergs. We prepare the room according to your wishes either with two single beds or a double bed and draw your attention to the available facilities which include a television and radio, two video channels, a telephone and a hairdryer. This wing takes its name from the Greenlandic word for "seal". All standard rooms will have views towards the town and the Icefiord. The hotel features a gourmet restaurant and a coffee house and is famous for its summer BBQ's on the panorama terrace.
Room Category, Room Size, View and Bed Types:
15m2 with two single beds, the rest with a mixture of double and twin beds.
Puisi room has primarily views of the city, but if you look to the right, you can see the ocean.
Puisi Suite 32-34m2
23m2 only with twin beds which turned into double beds on request.
Kayak rooms overlook the sea and the city.
Superior Plus Umiaq:
24m2 with a mixture of double and twin beds. Umiaq Rooms are overlooking the sea.
Umiaq Deluxe 30m2
Umiaq Suites 31m2 (has a bathtub instead of shower)
2017 departures dates from Reykjavik:
- Daily departures from 02.07.-31.08.17
- In June 2017 the tour is available with departures Tue-Thu, Wed-Fri and Thu-Sat
- This tour is not available from September to May, due to limited flights.
Flights: by Air Iceland, Dash 8 aircraft, 37 seats (subject to change), about flight time 3 hours.
Flight schedule for 2017: (subject to change)
||Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat
||Tue, Fri & Sat
||Tue & Sat
Please note that return flight has a fuel stop in Søndre Strømfjord
2017 Prices - with departures from 01.06.-31.08.2017:
|Price per person in Double room standard:
|EUR 2,260 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 154
||DKK 16,125 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 1,100
|Supplement for a superior room with sea view:
|EUR 64 per room per night
||DKK 440 per room per night
*Depending on availability flight supplements up to EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply
This tour is not available rest of the year due to flights. See flight schedule under the tab "tour dates".
- Return flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including airport taxes
- Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland
- 2 nights at 4-star Hotel Arctic in standard rooms
- Welcome & farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic
- Welcome meeting with local guide at the hotel
- All taxes and fees
- 1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat
- 3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments
- 6 hours boat trip to Oqaatsut/Rodebay including lunch or dinner
- 3 hours hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments
Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and a minimum number of participants.
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: Either via our international tour operator network -see here
or directly by email email@example.com and we process your booking by personal email communication. 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 8 weeks before arrival; we accept international bank transfer or payment by Visa or MasterCard. Vouchers and detailed itinerary will be sent after receipt of final payment. We provide you also with practical information in regards to your stay in Greenland and how to prepare for a trip to Greenland.
Cancellation policy for Greenland
- 72 hours after booking and up to 8 weeks before departure: Changes (of ANY kind) will cost 10% of the tour package price. Cancellation will cost 20% of tour package price. To finalise a booking and issue the flight ticket, a deposit of DKK 7000 (EUR 1000) per person is required within 72 hours of booking confirmation.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure, there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure, there will be a charge of 60% of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks before departure, there will be a charge of 80 % of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks before departure, there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled on the day of departure or in case of no-show, there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price (no refund at all).
Dear travellers to Greenland, please don't visit until you understand these 8 things:
1. Respect and appreciate the nature.
Greenland is a country of mountains and ice. Greenlanders live for nature and want to preserve it the way it is. Animals live free and remain wild. Sled dogs are for transport and, unlike pet dogs, they are bred to be strong enough to pull a sledge carrying a person and the hunt of the day. Do not go petting them or come close to them without permission of the owner. If you hike and camp, do not litter. Leave Greenland as beautiful and pure as you found it.
2. Respect that we hunt and fish.
Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more and more common in the world; therefore, activists who are against slaughtering animals are growing in numbers. But know this, the Inuit have hunted for food for thousands of years. The animals we hunt live free in the wild. We do not club baby seals; we actually prefer big and fat ones. Do not come to Greenland if you're going to judge our way of life.
3. Everything is locally-owned.
You will not find any chain stores in Greenland. There are no Starbucks, McDonald's, or Ikea. The country might be massive, but the population is only 60,000 and the culture is still very traditional and has not been fully affected by Western influence. So, if you can't live without your frappuccino or cheeseburger, don't come here.
4. We're not big on public transportation.
When you go travelling in Europe or Southeast Asia, you can catch a bus easily to travel from town to town. Well, here you can't. Due to mountainous coasts where the towns are located — and the fact that towns are quite far away from each other — there is not yet any road between them. That's what makes Greenland such a unique destination.
If you want to go hiking, research everything you need to know about the area before you set off. You will not find any signs to lead you to places. And most places don't have cell phone coverage, so don't rely on Google Maps.
5. Be aware of the climate.
If you want to visit during summer, don't bring bikinis or shorts. The average temperature in the summer is 10-20°C (50-70 F), and with the dry air and cold wind from the icebergs and ocean, it really doesn't get hot.
If you visit during winter, be prepared. Bring reliable winter clothes such as Canada Goose jackets or any brand that has a wind stopper and sells waterproof items. The weather can get as low as minus 20°C (-4 F) in most towns — and in the most northern settlements, it can be minus 40°C (-40 F).
In any of the seasons, the wind is inevitable, and it can be brutal. During snowstorms, the wind can be up to 180 km/h (111 mph).
6. It ain't cheap here.
Greenland is an island, and the neighbouring countries are at least a 3-hour flight away. And there are only two airlines that do scheduled flights, one of which is only seasonal. The tickets aren't cheap.
Think about this, most products in the supermarket are imported from another country. In most cases, they are from Denmark. The price is most likely to be double or more in Greenland than in Denmark. Get this, and the further you travel north, the more expensive the prices are. A yoghurt that would cost $1 in Denmark can cost up to $5 in Greenland. If you want fresh veggies or fruit, well, expect it to cost a lot. Or just do what locals do, buy the frozen vegetables and canned fruit.
7. Liquor stores have closing hours.
If you want to include alcohol on your shopping list, go to the store before 6 PM on weekdays, because after that, beer, wine, and any other liquor won't be available. And remember that on Saturdays, the liquor stores are open only from 9 AM to 1 PM. No sales on Sundays.
8. Above all, be kind.
We Greenlanders are happy people. We enjoy nature, and we live a simple life. We love seeing foreigners coming to visit our beautiful country, and if you happen to greet one of us, there's a big chance we will invite you over to dinner. It doesn't often happen where a foreigner is bold enough to visit Greenland, so we take advantage of the company when it's here. In return, please be kind to the locals.