WEST GREENLAND EXPLORATION - 6 days

from EUR 4060

The scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet are fascinating to everyone who sees it. Experience different kind ice and icebergs and explore fascinating wildlife 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 2018 - 6 days/5 nights

Ice, wildlife and Inuit culture

Hikers at Ilulissat Ice Fjord.jpgThe scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet are 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, massive 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 wildlife tour in Kangerlussuaq
  • Whale watching in the Disko Bay
Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

West Greenland Exploration 2018 - 6 days/5 nights

Ice, wildlife and Inuit culture

The scale, power and beauty of Greenland's ice sheet are 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, massive 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 kilometres 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 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, Mon or Thu: The calving glacier & Icefjord 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 Icefjord 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 guarantee that the whales will "visit" our boat. Packed lunch is included.

Day 4, Wed or Sat: Inuit settlement at the Ilulissat Icefjord & feeding the Huskies
Breakfast at the hotel. By bus as far as the road goes. Guided walking tour of the old Inuit settlement in the Sermermiut valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefjord 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 Ilulissat 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 lush mountains, beautiful lakes and raging glacier rivers. A guided 4-wheel-drive tour takes you through an Arctic desert, along streams, through old 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 high. Afternoon flight to Copenhagen or Iceland.

Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and a minimum number of participants. Flights between Copenhagen and Greenland are daily, but flights between Iceland and Kangerlussuaq are only Mondays & Fridays from 20.07.-31.08.2018

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, 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:

Standard Puisi:
15m2 with 2 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)

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

Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

2018 departures dates from Copenhagen & Reykjavik:

  • From/to Copenhagen, daily departures from 01.06.-20.09.18
  • From/to Reykjavik, departures from 15.07.-26.08.18 on Sundays & Wednesdays only, because flights between Kangerlussuaq and Keflavík are only on Mondays and Fridays from 20.07.-31.08.18
  • This program is not available from 01.01.-31.05.18 and 21.09.-31.12.18
Tour Code: GJ-WGR-21

2018 Prices - with departures from 01.06.-20.09.2018:

From/to Copenhagen: Price per person in Double room standard:
EUR 4,190 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 385  ...... DKK 30,000 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,750
Supplement for a 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 4,060 per person* / Single-supplement: EUR 385   ...... DKK  29,000 per person* / Single room supplement: DKK 2,750
Supplement for a 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-Kangerlussuaq-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 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 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 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-21

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-21