6 day – Independent tailor made Greenland tour.
This short 6-day tour of Greenland lets you experience a modern Greenlandic town north of the Polar Circle, the unique Disko Bay and the wildlife in the area. See majestic Icebergs float in the fiord right outside the town and experience at close range the impressive glacier of Eqi.
- Up close experience with the Eqi Glacier
- Boat trip around Disko Bay
- Local guided tour of Ilulissat
- Lunch in front of a glacier as you wait for it to calve
Return flights Reykjavik to Greenland and boat across the Disko Bay to Eqi.
- Flights ex Reykjavik to Greenland west coast with all taxes
- Arrival & departure transfer in Ilulissat
- Welcome dinner
- Daily breakfast
- City walk/tour with local guide in Ilulissat
- Ilulissat accommodation in twin/double rooms
- Boat trip Ilulissat to Camp Eqi return
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 – Fly Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat
Midday flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat. Meet & greet by a local guide and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After a welcome information meeting, head out for a guided city walk. This small town is known for the Ilulissat Icefjord and for huge icebergs that float around the Disko Bay, shed by the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. Trails run to the Sermermiut settlement for dramatic views over the ice. The Ilulissat Museum traces the area’s history and the life of local-born explorer Knud Rasmussen. The area is home to thousands of Greenland dogs, used for dogsledding.
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Day 2 – Ilulissat
Ilulissat is the third largest town municipality in Greenland with more than 5000 inhabitants. About 4500 people lives in the town Ilulissat and 500 people live in the four remaining small settlements: Ilimanaq, Oqaatsut, Qeqertaq and Saqqaq.
Three hundred kilometres north of the Polar Circle, Ilulissat lies beautifully situated close to one of the world’s largest glaciers – Kangia. The glacier produces about 20 million tons of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat Icefiord and the Disko Bay. All this ice is a good basis for fishing for Halibut which is the main occupation in Ilulissat. Due to the unique ice and landscape, the area of Kangia and the Icefiord has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.
You have several days, at the start and end of the trip, in Ilulissat with time to join some of the many optional excursions, allowing you the freedom to choose what you want to see and do. You can enjoy helicopter flights over the Icecap and visit remote settlements where fishing and hunting still continues as it has for centuries.
Optional excursions during your stay in Ilulissat (see Trip Notes for details):
- The Icebergs of Sermermiut
- Hunter’s Settlement – Rodebay
- Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fiord
- By Helicopter to the Ice Cap (operation depends on weather and helicopter capacity)
- Hunter’s Settlement – Ilimanaq
- Feeding the huskies
- Whale Safari
- Long hikes around the Icefjord
- Glacier adventures and photo sightseeing by airplane
- Evening Icefjord & iceberg boat trips
- Dinner cruises around the icebergs
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Day 3 – Day trip to Eqi Glacier
Few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fiord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. It is possible, by boat, to get very close to the glacier and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are enormous and the sight of the icebergs, crashing into the water, is breathtaking.
We sail in modern and convenient boats during the excursion to Eqi. The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often seen. Further on is the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our ice secured boats lie approximately 2 hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve, while a delicious lunch is served. This all-day excursion is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a true Greenland experience including an unforgettable boat trip through ice filled water.
The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier can last between 2 – 5 hours each way. It depends on the boat used the given day. The stop in front of the glacier lasts approximately 2 hours.
Days 4 – 5 – Exploring Ilulissat
The next two days are free for optional activities around Ilulissat. There is plenty to do, however. If you wish to book a helicopter flight over the Icecap, please organize this with us before departure.
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Day 6 – Flight to Reykjavik
You are transferred to the airport in the mid-morning for the flight from Ilulissat to Reykjavik Domestic Airport where the tour ends.