ILULISSAT EXPRESS - 2 days

from EUR 1820

Experience in the shortest possible time the most magnificent arctic 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.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-13
  • Tour Availability: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Seasons: June to August
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

ILULISSAT EXPRESS 2017 (2 days/1 night)

Ilulissat Images.JPGThis is a fully escorted 2 day tour to West Greenland and includes 3 guided excursions. The most exotic short break in the Arctic!

Experience in the shortest possible time the most magnificent arctic 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 2 day tour package includes round trip flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat in West Greenland, welcome meeting, city tour Ilulissat, midnight sailing cruise and a guided walk to the famous Icefiord. One night stay with breakfast and dinner at 4 star Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, West Greenland.

This is truly the most exotic getaway from Iceland. This most unique short break to Greenland is available in July and August.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-13

ILULISSAT EXPRESS 2017 (2 days/1 night)

This is a fully escorted 2 day tour to West Greenland and includes 3 guided excursions. The most exotic short break in the Arctic! 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 kilometers 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 sled 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 change constantly and enjoy a late Martini on "the real rocks". Duration about 3 hours. Dress warm.

(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 Icefiord and Return to Iceland
Breakfast at the hotel. By bus as far as the road goes. Guided walking tour to 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 different 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 minimum number of participants.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-13

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, an 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 certain 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 across the sea and the icebergs. We prepare the room according to your wishes either with 2 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 hair dryer. 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 cafe 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 2 single beds, the rest with a the 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 overlooking the sea. 
Umiaq Deluxe 30m2 
Umiaq Suites 31m2 (has a bath tub instead of shower)

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-13

2017 departures dates from Reykjavik:

  • Daily departures from 02.07.-31.08.17
  • In June 2017 the tour is available with departures from Iceland on Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri
  • 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)

Date 
Week days 
Reykjavik departure  
Ilulissat arrival   .. Ilulissat departure  Reykjavik arrival  
01.06.-01.07.17   Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat   10:15 11:30   12:15 18:50
02.07.-31.08.17 Daily 10:15 11:30   12:15 18:25
01.07.-29.08.17 Tue, Fri & Sat 11:30 12:45   13:30 19:40
02.09.-30.09.17 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-13

2017 Prices - with departures from 01.06.-31.08.2017:

Price per person in Double room standard:
EUR 1,820 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 77   ...... DKK 13,000 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 550  
Supplement for 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
  • 1 night at 4 star Hotel Arctic in standard rooms
  • Welcome 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
  • 3 hours hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments

Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and 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 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. 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

  • 72 hours after booking and up to 8 weeks prior to departure: Changes (of ANY kind) will cost 10% of the tour package price. Cancellation will cost 20% of tour package price. In order to finalize 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 reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure there will be a charge of 60% of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks prior to departure there will be a charge of 80 % of the tour package price.
  • If reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks prior to departure there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price.
  • 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 price (no refund at all).
Tour Code: GJ-WGR-13