WEST GREENLAND EXPLORATION - 6 days

from EUR 3920

The scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet is fascinating to everyone who sees it. Experience different kind ice and icebergs and explore fascinating wild life as we take you searching for whales, reindeer and musk oxen.

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21
  • Tour Availability: Sun & Wed
  • Seasons: June to August
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

West Greenland Exploration 2017 - 6 days/5 nights

Ice, wildlife and Inuit culture

Hikers at Ilulissat Ice Fjord.jpgThe scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet is fascinating to everyone who sees it. Icebergs calve from glaciers to begin their long journey out to the sea - unique and powerful natural events. At the Ilulissat Icefiord, a UNESCO world heritage site, huge icebergs rise more than hundred meters above sea level and are stranded at the mouth of the fjord. The Arctic wildlife of Greenland is best seen in Kangerlussuaq where thousands of wild reindeer and musk oxen are grazing. During this 6-day journey to West Greenland we also take you whale watching, travel to the Inland Ice Cap and encounter the Greenlandic sledge dogs.

HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES:

  • 4 nights in Ilulissat and 1 night in Kangerlussuaq
  • Experience the Icefiord on foot, by flight and by boat
  • Travel to Eqi - the calving glacier
  • Encounter Greenland sledge dogs
  • Trip to the Inland Ice Cap and Arctic wild life tour in Kangerlussuaq
  • Whale watching in the Disko Bay
Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

West Greenland Exploration 2017 - 6 days/5 nights

Ice, wildlife and Inuit culture

The scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet is fascinating to everyone who sees it. Icebergs calve from glaciers to begin their long journey out to the sea - unique and powerful natural events. At the Ilulissat Icefiord, a UNESCO world heritage site, huge icebergs rise more than hundred meters above sea level and are stranded at the mouth of the fjord. The Arctic wildlife of Greenland is best seen in Kangerlussuaq where thousands of wild reindeer and musk oxen are grazing. During this 6-day journey to West Greenland we also take you whale watching, travel to the Inland Ice Cap and encounter the Greenlandic sledge dogs.

Day 1, Sun or Wed: Travel to West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Midnight Sailing
Flight from Copenhagen or Reykjavik to Ilulissat in West Greenland, 300 kilometers north of the Polar Circle. Transfer and welcome meeting at 4 star Hotel Arctic. Enjoy a guided city walk of Ilulissat. With a population of about 4.500, Ilulissat is the 3rd largest town in Greenland and is home to almost as many husky dogs. After dinner depart for a midnight sailing trip  to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world's largest ice sculpture park. The icebergs are all products of the mighty and most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. 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, Mon or Thu: The calving glacier & Icefiord sightseeing flight
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by boat to Eqi - the calving glacier. Experience up close towering ice cliffs of the glacier that send slabs of ice crashing into the water. The sound of the active glacier is quite remarkable while the sight of icebergs toppling into the water is breathtaking. On the way back to Ilulissat we stop for lunch at a former trading station. In the evening we take you on an Icefiord photo sightseeing on a 5-seat aircraft, where skilled and experienced pilots fly in low altitude and show you a world you will never forget!

Day 3, Tue or Fri: Whale safari
Breakfast at the hotel. We cruise by boat into the Disko Bay to spot whales, where in the summer humpback whales feed on capelin, a small herring-like fish. As the humpback whales are a protected species they are very trusting and can often be enjoyed at close range. Please be aware that we are not visiting a zoo and therefore we cannot guaranteed that the whales will "visit" our boat. Packed lunch is included.

Day 4, Wed or Sat: Inuit settlement at the Ilulissat Icefiord & Feeding the huskies
Breakfast at the hotel. By bus as far as the road goes. Guided walking tour to the old Inuit settlement in the Sermermiut valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that was inscribed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 2004 because of its outstanding glaciology and natural beauty. Learn about local history and Inuit customs and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Sit down and try listening for the many different sounds of the ice. This is nature at its best. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut and Ilulisst Icefiord are about 1,5 km south of the town. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. Approximate excursion time is 3 hours and roundtrip hike is about 3 km.

Ilulissat is a dog sledge-area and the dogs in town are still used for both work and play every winter. We invite you to join in the feeding of a family of dogs. You can see, feel and certainly hear the howling of hungry husky dogs. The owner will demonstrate the equipment and tell about life as a sledge dog in Greenland. 

Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.

Day 5, Thu or Sun: Walk on ice
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning airport transfer and flight from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq, a place with fertile mountains, beautiful lakes and turbulent glacier rivers. A guided 4-wheel-drive tour takes you through an Arctic desert, along rivers, through ol glacier valleys and over small mountains directly to the Inland Ice Cap. If weather and road conditions are suitable you have the chance to walk on ice. Along the way we make several photo stops and walk to some viewpoints overlooking the fantastic Arctic landscape. Stay one night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq. 

Day 6, Fri or Mon: Arctic wildlife tour
Breakfast at the hotel. The world's biggest population of wild musk oxen are living within close range of Kangerlussuaq. We drive by minibus to an area where it is possible to see musk oxen and reindeer. Please note that we are going into the wilderness; it is not a zoo. We cannot guarantee that you will see the animals, but the viewing rate is generally high. Afternoon flight to Copenhagen or Iceland.

Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and minimum number of participants. Flights between Copenhagen and Greenland are daily but flights between Iceland and Kangerlussuaq are only Mondays & Fridays from 17.07.-28.08.2017

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

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)

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

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

2017 departures dates from Copenhagen & Reykjavik:

  • From/to Copenhagen, daily departures from 01.06.-20.09.17
  • From/to Reykjavik, departures from 12.07.-23.08.17 on Sundays & Wednesdays only, because flights between Kangerlussuaq and Keflavík are only on Mondays and Fridays from 17.07.-28.08.17
  • This program is not available from 01.01.-31.05.17 and 21.09.-31.12.17
Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

2017 Prices - with departures from 01.06.-20.09.2017:

from / to Copenhagen: Price per person in Double room standard:
EUR 4,270 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 420   ...... DKK 30,500 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,970
Supplement for superior room with sea view in Ilulissat (4 nights):
EUR 64 per room per night DKK 440 per room per night

from / to Iceland: Price per person in Double room standard - available only between 12.07.-23.08.17
EUR 3,920 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 420   ...... DKK  28,000 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,970
Supplement for superior room with sea view (4 nights):
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 and activities. See flight schedule under the tab "tour dates".

Included:

  • Flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Keflavik including airport taxes or Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat-Kanagerlussuaq-Copenhagen
  • Hotel/airport transfers in Greenland
  • 4 nights at 4 star Hotel Arctic in standard room
  • 1 night in 3 star Hotel Kangerlussuaq in standard room
  • Welcome (day 1) & farewell dinner (day 4) at Hotel Arctic
  • Welcome meeting with local guide at Hotel Arctic
  • All taxes and fees
  • 1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat
  • 3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments
  • 6-7 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier including lunch
  • 35 minutes photo sightseeing flight over the Icefiord
  • 6 hours whale safari including packed lunch
  • 1 hour husky dog feeding
  • 3 hours hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments
  • 4-5 hours 4x4 tour to the Inland Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq
  • 1,5 hour Arctic nature tour in Kangerlussuaq

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-21