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Summer Holidays in Greenland

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON :

$ 4,370.00 (double / twin occupancy)

Dates:

Jun 18, 2020 - Jun 25, 2020 
Jul 02, 2020 - Jul 09, 2020 
Jul 23, 2020 - Jul 30, 2020 
Aug 13, 2020 - Aug 20, 2020 

Hotels:

Hotel Kangerlussuaq
Hotel Arctic

Included:

Flights and Transportation

Return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
Flight Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk with Air Greenland
Flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
Coastal ship Nuuk – Ilulissat with MS Sarfaq Ittuk (Arctic Umiaq Line)

Transfers 

Flight schedule (local times)
Departure from Copenhagen at 10:45 AM.
Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 9:30 PM.

Please note that departure times are subject to change by the airline.

Accommodation

2 nights in a cabin at the coastal ship (private bath/toilet)
1 night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq (private bath/toilet)
4 nights at Hotel Arctic (private bath/toilet)

Meals

Breakfast
Welcome dinner at Restaurant Roklubben in Kangerlussuaq (excl. beverages)
Full board on the coastal ship from Saturday morning to Sunday lunch (excl. beverages)
Greenlandic Buffet, Day 2 in Ilulissat (excl. beverages)
Farewell dinner in Ilulissat (excl. beverages)
Food and beverages on board the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq

Tours and activities

Guided sightseeing tours in Nuuk, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat*
Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut by the Icefiord*
Admission to museums

Other

Tour leader
All taxes and fees introduced to Greenland Travel up until the present day
Contribution to Travel Guarantee Fund
Local tour English speaking guides

Optional Services:

THE ICE SHEET, SAILING AND WHALESAFARI - $400 per person
This excursion package contains an amazing opportunity to experience both the great arctic nature near Kangerlussuaq and around the Ilulissat Icefiord, where you might see whales.

•  Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet, Point 660 (5 hours)
•  Sailing at Ilulissat Ice Fjord (2½ hours)
•  Whale watching in Ilulissat (3½ hours)

KAYAK SAILING AMONT HUGE ICEBERGS - $200 per person
The Inuit invented the kayak. On this kayaking excursion you will see the giant icebergs and, with a little luck, we also meet whales. All tours take place in stable double kayaks and a boat follows close by. You will be on the water for at least two hours.

  Transfer from World of Greenland to and from the kayaks
  Internationally approved kayak instructor
  All kayaking equipment
  Safety instructions
  Coffee and tea

Minimum age: 12 years old. If you have any serious backpain or shoulder problems, you will not be able to partake in this excursion. This is for your own safety.

DAY TRIP TO ILIMANAQ WITH LUNCH - $190 per person
Enjoy the boattrip to the small settlement of Ilimanaq, where a guide will take you on a guided tour of the settlement explaining the greenlandic culture and history in the area. This excursion is available from 21st of June, 2020.

• Boattrip to Ilimanaq (return trip)
• Settlement walk/guided tour in Ilimanaq
• Lunch at restaurant Egede
• Duration of the boattrip is app. 30-45 minutes, each way
• Duration: app. 9 hours

Good to know: these excursion packages consist of the most popular excursions. We recommend that you book the package when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added, and the package might be sold out. 

Itinerary:

Join us on one of our most diverse and special tours to Greenland, where domestic flights and the coastal ship will take you along the path of discovery. Experience the most popular sites and towns of Greenland on this tour; the Greenland Ice Sheet in Kangerlussuaq, the capital of Nuuk and, of course, Ilulissat in the Disco Bay area at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world-famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

Greenlandic Summer – an explosion of lights

The tour starts in June, July or August, the absolute summertime in Greenland, where the sun reigns over the days. This means that you get many hours of daylight to use for your very own experiences – with an abundance of nature to create an unforgettable holiday full of great impressions!

We have created an itinerary which allows you to have time on your own to discover and explore. The tour guide will always present you with information, stories, guided tours, and practical help.

Day 1  : COPENHAGEN - KANGERLUSSUAQ

Flight Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq and possibly trip to the Ice Sheet (optional)

We fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland’s Airbus. The first sight of Greenland is truly special, and already at that time, you get into a different mood. Eight days of excitement awaits you. In Kangerlussuaq, we check in at the Hotel Kangerlussuaq.

After being welcomed by the tour guide, you get the chance to visit the impressive Ice Sheet. The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice sheet in the world and covers 80 percent of Greenland and has, at all times, attracted expeditions and researchers. And with good reason. It is a truly unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel the forces of nature. Along the way, we pass the spectacular Russell Glacier, another breathtaking sight with its vertical ice wall of up to 60 meters.

Welcome dinner in the evening.

Overnight in Kangerlussuaq (D)

Options: Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet Point 660
Day 2  : NUUK

Flight to Nuuk. Sightseeing tour and accommodation on the coasting vessel - Greenland National Museum

After breakfast, we fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk, and before boarding the coasting vessel Sarfaq Ittuk, there is time for some sightseeing.

The landmark of Nuuk, the Sermitsiaq mountain, gives you an almost majestic welcome and the fantastic fjord system reflects the wild nature, which provides the most incredible setting for the small metropolis. Nuuk’s more than 17,500 inhabitants benefit from more than 100 kilometers of asphalt roads. Although the town is busy, nature is not far away, and most citizens use nature actively all year round.

During the tour, you will be introduced to the largest attractions, including the Greenland National Museum, the beautiful arts center Katauaq – whose façade is shaped like the northern light – and the equally beautiful old district with the statue of Hans Egede looking across the old colonial harbor, the fjord, and the mountain range in the distance.

Use the rest of the afternoon to explore the town on your own. Are you looking for local arts and crafts, a wide selection can be found in the souvenir shops of the city, selling everything from small, delicate earrings to sealskin fur coats.

At night, we go on board the ship Sarfaq Ittuk and ahead lie two days aboard, heading towards Ilulissat. The coasting vessel sails up and down along the west coast and is also used by Greenlanders themselves. As the vessel lands in the coastal towns, there is a wonderful atmosphere of activity and joyful reunion.

During the voyage, the trip and the passing scenery can be taken in from the indoor panoramic lounge located at the back of the vessel or from the many outdoor areas in which you can enjoy the clean air from a deck chair.

Sailing in Greenland can be a chilly affair, but it is incredibly beautiful! Remember warm clothes – as well as your camera and binoculars. The speed is nice and slow, fully allowing you to relax and enjoy the changing scenery.

Overnight onboard ship Sarfaq Ittuk (B, L, D)

Day 3  : ONBOARD

On the sea, stop at Sisimiut with guided town walk and visit to local museum

During the morning we will come to both Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut, but you will stay on board. It is always exciting, though, to stand and watch life on the harbor and in the village from the deck.

We will arrive at Sisimiut at around 6:00 PM. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland with slightly more than 5,500 inhabitants. The atmosphere in the welcoming city is warm and intense, oozing of authentic Greenland. The color palette of the houses provides a stunning contrast to the undulating rocky area.

In Sisimiut, we visit the local museum. Along the way, we walk through the old, lovely district with the original colonial buildings, which also the museum is part of. At the museum, you get an insight into life in the town through the ages.

This is a wonderful break on the sailing trip. We re-embark the coasting vessel and continue northwards

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 4  : ILULISSAT

Arrival at Ilulissat and guided town tour

As we approach Ilulissat, there is every reason to enjoy the sight of the icebergs. Some are just large-scale lumps of ice while others are almost towering above you. What a welcome and introduction to the magnificent Disco Bay.

We arrive in Ilulissat at 11:45 after a few hours of sailing. From the harbor, we are transported to Hotel Arctic where we check in. At the following briefing, you can hear more about the town and the many excursions into the interesting area. Ilulissat means icebergs, which is rather self-explanatory once you get to see the beautiful Ice Fjord and the numerous icebergs majestically floating around in the fjord lit up by an almost magical light caused by reflections of the sun.

Lead by the guide, we tour the city, allowing you to get more familiar with Ilulissat. You will be given an introduction to the history and culture of the city and will pass the museum, the old colonial houses, the beautiful and simple Zion’s Church, and the lively harbor.

Overnigt in Ilulissat (B)

Day 5  : ILULISSAT

Ilulissat, Greenlandic Buffet or a daytrip to Ilimanaq (optional)

Enjoy Ilulissat on your own. There is a reason that this beautiful town is one of the most visited places in Greenland: The impressive Ice Fjord. The icebergs can be experienced by sea, by land, and from the air. Hike, sled dogs, and walks in the town

Consider joining a hike to Sermermiut, an old settlement right at the mouth of the Ice Fjord where giant icebergs have stranded on an old moraine.

You can also attend a lecture about life as a sled dog – highly relevant in the city where 2,500 dogs lie on the rocks while waiting for the arrival of winter. Perhaps a happy, awkward puppy will greet you and follow you around a bit.

Allow yourself to wander about on your own, drink a caffé latte at a cozy café, and find a quiet place where you can enjoy the view. 

Day tour to Ilimanaq – lunch and a walk in the settlement (optional)

Enjoy the boattrip to the small settlement of Ilimanaq, where you will have the oppotunity to experience both impressive icebergs and majestic whales, so keep your eyes open!

When you arrive in Ilimanaq a guide will be there to bring you on a guided tour of the settlement, where you will hear stories of the greenlandic culture and history of the area. Listen to great stories of how the society has developed, historic buildings and the local life. Enjoy the beautiful sight of nature in every direction.

It is now time for lunch in the historic houses. Enjoy a lovely meal of greenlandic specialities in the restored building from the 18th century (the former occupant of the house was Poul Egede, son of Hans Egede).

The Restaurant is located in a beautiful place in the small settlement, and is one of the the best places to eat in Greenland.

The boattrip to and from Ilimanaq takes around 30-45 minutes each way. The duration of the daytrip to Ilimanaq is 9 hours in total. Afterwards you return back to Ilulissat. 

In the evening we enjoy a Greenlandic Buffet in one of the local restaurants.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B, D)

Options: Activities and tours
Day 6  : ILULISSAT

Explore Ilulissat on your own or with a guide and possibly a whale safari or kayaking (optional)

You can spend the day on your own, or you can go on a whale safari if you have purchased the excursion package.

Whale safari among icebergs (optional)

Most people are surprised how great an experience it is to get up close to such a large animal as the whale. In the waters of Greenland, 15 species of whale are seen.

During summer, we normally get to see the humpback whale, minke whale, and fin whale. The whales swim around the entire Disco Bay throughout the summer, sometimes near the town, other times in the Ice Fjord or up north by the Crown Prince Islands. We have radio contact with the fishermen and sealers of the town, who are our sources to information about whales in the bay. This way, we almost always spot them. The humpback whale, with its characteristic tail, is the one we see most often.

Today you also get the chance to experience kayaking in the country that originated the kayaks.

Kayak Experience in Ilulissat (optional)

Inuit have kayaked in the Greenland waters for more than a thousand years, and you can do it, also. The kayak glides silently through the water, and you see the huge icebergs rising around you. The midnight sun gives the ice a unique hue. In cloudy weather, the beautiful blue colors of the icebergs will be very clear. With a little luck, we also meet whales. All tours take place in stable double kayaks, and a boat follows close by. The excursion takes about 3½-4 hours, and we will be at sea for at least two of those hours.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B)

Options: Activities and tours
Day 7  : ILULISSAT

Explore Ilulissat on your own or with guide or a daytrip to Ilimanaq (optional) and possibly sailing to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord (optional)

Spend the last day in Ilulissat as you wish. Have you never been in a helicopter before – maybe now is the time. The helicopter takes you across the Ice Fjord and its giant icebergs at low altitude. The view of the 6-kilometer wide glacier edge and the roaring silence provide an experience of grand proportions.

OBS! The helicopter trips are not part of our package but can be purchased separately.

You can also follow in the footsteps of Knud Rasmussen at the local museum and end your stay in Greenland with a shopping trip in the local stores and souvenir shops. 

Day tour to Ilimanaq – lunch and a walk in the settlement (optional)

Enjoy the boattrip to the small settlement of Ilimanaq, where you will have the oppotunity to experience both impressive icebergs and majestic whales, so keep your eyes open!

When you arrive in Ilimanaq a guide will be there to bring you on a guided tour of the settlement, where you will hear stories of the greenlandic culture and history of the area. Listen to great stories of how the society has developed, historic buildings and the local life. Enjoy the beautiful sight of nature in every direction.

It is now time for lunch in the historic houses. Enjoy a lovely meal of greenlandic specialities in the restored building from the 18th century (the former occupant of the house was Poul Egede, son of Hans Egede).

The Restaurant is located in a beautiful place in the small settlement, and is one of the the best places to eat in Greenland.

The boattrip to and from Ilimanaq takes around 30-45 minutes each way. The duration of the daytrip to Ilimanaq is 9 hours in total. Afterwards you return back to Ilulissat. 

Sailing among the icebergs (optional)

In the evening, you can take a lovely cruise between the icebergs that – regardless of the weather – are guaranteed to take your breath away. The midnight sun is low on the horizon, and it can be difficult to tell night from day. Reflections from the soft, warm light give the icebergs and mountain tops an orange tinge, and the water becomes almost purple.

Farewell dinner in the evening

Overnight in Ilulissat (B, D)

Options: Activities and tours
Day 8  : FLIGHTS TO COPENHAGEN

Return flights from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen

Bringing home a wealth of experiences from this amazing land, we fly to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq, arriving at Copenhagen Airport in the evening.

We guarantee you that you will go home with a luggage full of memories that will stay with you longer than any other holiday you have been on – at least that is what other travelers tell us. (B)

Notes:

Baggage allowance: 20 kilos of checked baggage, 8 kilos of cabin baggage (max. dimensions of cabin baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm).

Unfortunately, this trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users. Greenland Travel’s difficulty level advise on the excursions are intended for travelers who are not disabled. Of course, we are happy to provide you with information on the suitability of the trip, taking into account the needs you have. Please note that if you choose this trip based on a conversation with Greenland Travel, it is on your responsibility, as we do not have medical competence for advice.