WINTER ADVENTURE - 5 days

from EUR 2870

Travel by dog sledge with your Inuit hunter to isolated villages or to the fishing grounds on the frozen fjords is a journey into world of the old polar explorers. Iceberg cruises on the Ilulissat fjord provide the perfect opportunity to get close to these gigantic sculptures created by nature. Are you ready for the adventure?

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-17
  • Tour Availability: Tue
  • Seasons: February, March & April
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

Ilulissat Winter (6)-001.jpgWinter Adventure West Greenland - 5 days / 4 nights

Guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every Tuesday from 14 February until 15 April 2017. This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 6 guided excursions.

Experience everything the Arctic has to offer in the winter months. The town of Ilulissat, 300 km north of the Polar Circle is THE place to explore winter pursuits such as dog sledging and iceberg cruising – all whilst staying at the comfortable 4-star Hotel Arctic.

Highlights and Experiences:

  • Full day dog sledge adventure
  • Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
  • Home visit
  • Icefiord cruise
  • Snow show hike
  • Easy hike

Aurora Borealis

As soon as the sky turns dark in Greenland you have good chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. This magical natural phenomena can be seen in the Arctic from September to the beginning of April, thus we cannot guarantee that you will see them during your trip. When staying at Hotel Arctic we suggest walking along a wooden boardwalk towards the ocean and metal-igloos (250 m). From there you have a fantastic view over the fjord and of the Aurora, if the weather conditions are suitable.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-17

Ilulissat Winter (31)-001.jpgWinter Adventure West Greenland - 5 days / 4 nights

Guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every Tuesday from 14 February until 15 April 2017. This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 6 guided excursions.

Ilulissat

When visiting Greenland, most people want to see the icebergs, and the destination to see icebergs is without doubt Ilulissat. Due to the town's location north of the Polar Circle there is also a good chance of seeing Northern Lights in Ilulissat.

Scenic flight

The Arctic winter landscape opens up beneath you just before the flight lands in Ilulissat, and even before you have set foot in the small Greenlandic town, you will understand why the Ilulissat Icefiord is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Excursions

Travelling by dog sledge with your Inuit hunter to isolated villages or to the fishing grounds on the frozen fjords is a journey into the world of the old polar explorers. Iceberg cruises on the Ilulissat Icefiord provide the perfect opportunity to get close to these gigantic sculptures created by nature.

Itinerary

Day 1, Tuesday: Arrival in Greenland, Ilulissat City Walk & Welcome Dinner
Air Iceland flight from Reykjavík domestic airport to Ilulissat in West Greenland, about 3 hours. Meet and greet and transfer to the hotel for information meeting and guided city walk. You have some time to explore the town, visit the local museum and observe Greenlandic life at the always busy harbour. After a welcome dinner, you should step into the darkness and check if the Northern Lights are visible. These spectacular sky-light shows are also known as the Aurora Borealis and are frequently seen in Greenland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of Northern Lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed.

Included meals: Welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

Day 2, Wednesday: Dog Sledge Adventure
Leave the civilized world and enter the Arctic wonderland of low passes and ice covered fjords where icebergs raise like sculptures. It is like travelling back to the time of the old polar explorers - all you hear is the sound of the sledge moving over the ice and the shouts of encouragement your driver makes to control his dogs. The route will be in the mountains and fjords close to Ilulissat and will depend on actual snow and ice conditions. Only operated when there is snow - expected from early/mid December to late March. Rent of fur clothes is included in the price. There will be one person on each sledge and note that two persons on the sledge is not available on full day tours. You have to be in a good physical shape to join a dog sledge tour. Duration: Full day (approx. 5 hours) including lunch.

Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3, Thursday: Home Visit & Iceberg Cruise 
Come join a local family for a cup of coffee. The Greenlanders are famous for welcoming visitors into their homes, inviting everyone over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The latest gossip is shared and it will also be possible to see the national costume and learn about life so very isolated from the rest of the world.

Ilulissat is world famous for its icebergs and a cruise provides the perfect opportunity to get close to these gigantic sculptures created by nature. Only operated when there is open water. Duration: 2½ hours (approx.) incl. refreshments.

In the evening, if conditions look good, take a little walk along a wooden boardwalk towards the ocean and metal-igloos (250 m) to search for the Northern Lights. From there you have a fantastic view over the fjord and of a possible aurora light show.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4, Friday: Snow Shoe Expedition & Farewell Dinner
Do you want to enjoy the most exclusive views of the Kangia and its gigantic famous icebergs stocked in the sea? We offer a comfortable and safe 2-hour snowshoe walk with an experienced local guide following the trail from the power plant around the point to enjoy the panoramic view of the Sermermiut valley, the icebergs and the Disko bay. No previous experience is required, and everybody can learn how to move safely into the winter terrain with the snowshoes. Duration: 2 hours. The rest of the day is free at leisure to explore Ilulissat or book an optional sightseeing flight. After the farewell dinner don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.

Included meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic

Day 5, Saturday: Hike to the Icefiord & Travel back to Iceland
By car as far as the road goes followed by an easy hike to a viewpoint from where the icebergs at the mouth of the Icefiord can be seen. Air Iceland flight to Reykjavik around noon.

Included meals: Breakfast.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-17

Time Difference: Please note there is a 3-hour time difference between Iceland and West Greenland in the winter time and a 2-hour time difference in the summer time.

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-17

Winter Adventure West Greenland - 5 days / 4 nights

Guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every Saturday from 14 February to 18 April 2016. This is a fully escorted tour to West Greenland and includes 5 guided excursions.

Winter 2017 departures dates from Reykjavik:

  • Every Saturday from Reykjavik to Ilulissat: first departure 18.02.17 and last departure 18.04.17
  • Every Tuesday from Ilulissat to Reykjavik: first departure 14.02.17 and last departure 15.04.17

This program is not available for the rest of the year due to flights.

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

Flight schedule for Winter 2017: (subject to change)

Date 
Week days 
Reykjavik departure   
Ilulissat arrival   
Ilulissat departure   
Reykjavik arrival   
14.02.-18.04.17   Tuesday & Saturday     11:30 11:45 12:30 18:50

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

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-17

2017 Winter Prices - with departures from 14.02.-15.04.2017:

Price per person in Double room standard:
EUR 2.870 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 265   ...... DKK 20.500 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 1.890  

*Depending on availability flight supplements up to EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply

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
  • Full day dog sledge adventure (1 person per sledge) including polar suit fur
  • Home visit
  • Icefiord cruise
  • Snow shoe hike
  • Easy hike

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-17

Direct clients from Singapore:

My wife and I had a great time on our Iceland and Greenland tours! We will be certain to recommend GJ's tours to our friends and family, and might consider taking up another tour in the future.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-17