AMAZING DAYS IN ILULISSAT - 5 days

from EUR 3190

This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 5 amazing guided excursions from Ilulissat. Visit a World Heritage Site. You will get familiar with a modern Greenlandic town north of the Polar Circle and experience the unique Disko Bay. If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime, then this 5-day tour from Iceland is more than perfect.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5
  • Tour Availability: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Seasons: June to September
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

Ilulissat by Greenland (11).jpgAmazing Days in Ilulissat 2018 (5 days/4 nights)

This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 5 guided excursions from Ilulissat. Visit a UNESCO world heritage site. You will get familiar with a modern Greenlandic town north of the Polar Circle and experience the unique Disko Bay. If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime, then this 5-day tour from Iceland is more than perfect.

Located on the west coast of Greenland - above the Arctic Circle - Greenland's famous Ilulissat Icefiord is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the many glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea.

Ilulissat is popular for visitors searching for an ideal mix of authentic Inuit culture and a modern society that pulses under the magical light of the midnight sun. 4,000 people and about 3,500 sledge dogs live in beautiful Ilulissat - and over 400 people live in small settlements in the region.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5

Amazing Days in Ilulissat 2018 (5 days/4 nights)

This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 5 guided tours. 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: Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefjord
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 Icefjord 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. Rest of the day free at leisure to hike along the Icefjord and explore the town of Ilulissat.

Day 3: 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 4: Boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier & Ataa Inuit settlement
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure for the one-day boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier. The Eqi glacier runs into the fjord 80 km north of Ilulissat and is one of the most beautiful places in Greenland. You can get close to the edge of the glacier by boat as we cruise in front of the glacier for around one hour and might see the calving process. The front of the glacier is 3,4 km wide! The sound of the active glacier is quite remarkable while the sight of icebergs toppling into the water is breathtaking. Afterwards, we continue to the small settlement of Ataa, the former trading station, where we will enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch including a glass of wine. On the way back to Ilulissat we will keep our eyes open and hopefully spot some whales. The trip to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat. Duration: about 6-7 hours / Level of difficulty: Easy / Lunch and glass of wine is included.

Farewell dinner (3-course) is included at Hotel Arctic.

Day 5: West Greenland - Iceland
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend some time in the morning to explore the town of Ilulissat and last minute Greenland shopping. The short adventure has come to an end, and you return by flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and a minimum number of participants.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5

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 view 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:

Standard Puisi:
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

Superior Kayak:
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)

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5

2018 departures dates from Reykjavik:

  • Daily departures from 03.07.-31.08.18
  • In June 2018 the tour is available with departures Tue-Sat, Fri-Tue and Sat-Wed
  • In September 2018 departures from Tue-Sat
  • This program is not available from January-May and October-December due to flights

Flights: by Air Iceland, Dash 8 aircraft, 37 seats (subject to change), about flight time 3 hours.

Flight schedule for 2018: (subject to change)

Date 
Week days 
Reykjavik departure  
Ilulissat arrival   .. Ilulissat departure  Reykjavik arrival  
01.06.-30.06.18  Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat   10:15 11:30   12:15 18:50
03.07.-31.08.18 Daily 10:15 11:30   12:15 18:25
01.09.-29.09.18 Tue & Sat 10:45 12:00 12:45 18:55

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

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5

2018 Prices - with departures from 01.06.-29.09.2018:

Price per person in Double room standard:
EUR 3,190 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 310 ...... DKK 22,800 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,200
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". 

Included:

  • Return flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including airport taxes
  • Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland
  • 4 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 hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments
  • 3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments
  • 8 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier and Inuit settlement Ataa including lunch and refreshments
  • 6 hours boat trip to Oqaatsut/Rodebay including lunch or dinner

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 gjtravel@gjtravel.is 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).
Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5
Thank you! It was a memorable trip indeed. The Danish guides were excellent.  The itinerary was great. We saw whales on the midnight cruise.  I found the bench that you use for your brochure during the hike and also took a photo from the back side. It rained every day until the day we left but still awesome! Thanks again, Swanny
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Tip of the iceberg" - Hotel Arctic Ilulissat
If you are looking for a trip to Greenland and if you see Hotel Arctic and Ilulissat and a web page - then you only see the tip of the iceberg. Nothing compares to the real thing. Breathing the arctic air, eating in the restaurant with the fantastic food and the wonderful view, waking up in the morning looking out the window seeing the iceberg slowly passing by, listening to the dogs howling like wolves - and I could keep on listing wonderful things. The rooms are wonderfully equipped with state of the art furniture and first class beds. The staff is also top class. During our 10 day stay, we never heard the word no. Everything is possible, and the staff is very friendly and open. Just like it is should be in the Arctic. During our stay, we were on a 2-day dog sledge trip, on a 1-day sailing trip, and on a cultural hiking trip. These experiences were outstanding and a must for all visitors. I have been in many places in Greenland during the last 15 years - Hotel Arctic must be the place with the most luxury included. So - go and try it - you will not be disappointed.
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The whole trip was perfect, Greenland is overwhelming, and the weather was great. Martine from France
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Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5

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.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-5