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Summer Holidays in Greenland

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON :

$ 5,350.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 6,325.00 (single occupancy)
$ 410.00 (Day Cruise to Eqi Glacier)
$ 210.00 (Kayak Experience in Ilulissat)

Dates:

Jun 15, 2023 - Jun 22, 2023 
Jul 06, 2023 - Jul 13, 2023 
Jul 20, 2023 - Jul 27, 2023 
Aug 03, 2023 - Aug 10, 2023 

Hotels:

Hotel Kangerlussuaq is positioned as close to the airport as possible, therefore you must pick up your luggage and carry it to the reception to check in. All of the rooms are big and feature views of the so-called Kitchen Mountain or of the town and its surroundings. The hotel has a restaurant and a popular café, which serves as a gathering place for the locals and the 220,000 passengers who pass through Kangerlussuaq each year.

Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat is Greenland's most famous hotel with a view over Ilulissat town, the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, and Disko Bay. Hotel Arctic is the world's northernmost 4-star hotel, and it also has a 5-star conference center. Located just outside of town, about a 15-minute walk from the town center (app. 1.5 km from the central intersection in town). The hotel boasts two excellent restaurants, and the big patio outside the restaurant is ideal for sipping a glass of wine as the sun sets over the icebergs of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The hotel provides airport shuttles, but not transfers in connection with excursions or other activities.

 

Sarfaq Ittuk M/S The ship was launched in 1992 and was updated and expanded in 2000. She currently measures 73 meters in length and 11 meters in width. The ship has a top speed of 13 knots and a 2000 HP engine. The crew consists of 22 persons. There is a café, a lounge with panoramic views, a playroom, and a hospital clinic on board in case of injuries or extreme illness. The ship can carry 274 passengers.

Cabins may accommodate 1-4 people. Each cabin is around 9.9 square meters (321 square feet) in size and includes a table, a chair, a closet, and 220-volt plugs. En suite bathroom and toilet, as well as bed linen and towels are included. All cabins are on the outside and enjoy sea views. Your cabins are pn decks 3 and 4. You will be assigned a room. You will not be staying with strangers; only those with whom you have a reservation. The coastal ship, Sarfaq Ittuk, is constructed for polar waters and meets the strictest safety standards.

Included:

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
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)
Food and beverages onboard the Air Greenland flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
Breakfast
Welcome dinner at Roklubben in Kangerlussuaq (excl. beverages)
Full board on the coastal ship from Saturday morning to Sunday lunch (excl. beverages)
Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic (excl. beverages)
Guided sightseeing tours in Nuuk, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat
Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut and the Icefjord Center by the Icefjord
Tour leader
All flight/transportation taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing
20 kilos of checked baggage and 8 kilos of cabin baggage

Included tours and activities
Guided sightseeing tours in Nuuk, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat*
Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut by the Icefiord*
Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet, Point 660 (5 hours)
Sailing at Ilulissat Ice Fjord (2½ hours)
Whale watching in Ilulissat (3½ hours)

Other
Tour leader throughout
All taxes and fees introduced to Greenland travel up until the present day
Contribution to Travel Guarantee Fund
Local tour English speaking guides
All flight/transportation taxes and fees known at the time of publishing.
20 kilos of checked baggage and 8 kilos of cabin baggage

 

Highlights & Experience:

  • Get up and stand on the Greenland Ice Sheet
  • Look for Arctic wildlife in the tundra and at sea
  • Experience the Greenlandic capital Nuuk
  • Cruise along the coastline of the world’s biggest island
  • Enjoy the midnight sun
  • Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord

Optional Services:

DAY CRUISE TO EQI GLACIER (JUN - SEP)
80 kilometers north of Ilulissat you can visit the calving glacier Eqi. 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.

Boat tour to Eqi (return trip)
Lunch on board
2-hour stay in front of the glacier on board
Transfer between hotel and harbor b/w
Duration of the trip depends on which boat is used on the day.
Duration: 6-12 hours
We recommend that you book the excursion when you book your trip. By booking later, a handling fee of EUR 30 will be added, and the excursion might be sold out.

KAYAK EXPERIENCE IN ILLULISAT (JUN-AUG)
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
Good to know

Minimum age: 12 years old

Health: 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.

 

Itinerary:

Join us on one of our most unique and wonderful journeys to Greenland, where domestic flights and a coastal ship will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. On this journey, you'll see the Greenland Ice Sheet at Kangerlussuaq, the capital of Nuuk, and, of course, Ilulissat in the Disko Bay area beside the world-famous Ilulissat Ice Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Greenlandic Summer is a light show. The voyage departs in June, July, or August, during the height of summer in Greenland, when the light rules supreme and nighttime darkness has been banished. This means you'll have many hours of daylight to explore as you like - with plenty of wildlife to make for a wonderful holiday full of great impressions!

Day 1  : Flight Copenhagen Kangerlussuaq & Excursion to Ice Sheet

We fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland.

The first sight of Greenland is truly unique. During a 4.5 hour flight you will have a chance to enjoy the first sight of nunataks and the Ice Sheet.

When you arrive, a local guide from our partner office will greet you and assist you with check-in. You will stay at the centrally located Hotel Kaangerlussuaq while still being close to the amazing Arctic nature. The guide will tell you about the location and the trips offered at the information meeting.

Kangerlussuaq is attractively placed between soft hills and adjacent to the Ice Sheet, making it the ideal location for seeing and stepping onto the famed Ice Sheet, which spans more than 80% of Greenland. This afternoon's excursion is your program. 

Excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet Point 660 (included)

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. It is a truly unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel the forces of nature. Powerful 4x4 vehicles will transport us across a breathtaking environment of mountains, plains, and semi-desert regions. We drive across a spectacular moraine environment towards the Ice Sheet. We walk to the Ice Sheet and onto the massive ice cap at the end of the road. Before returning to our vehicles, we spend some time exploring the world of ice. There is a fair chance of seeing reindeer, musk oxen, and a variety of birds and flora depending on the season. In the evening - Welcome dinner at Roklubben in Kangerlussuaq

Overnight in Kangerlussuaq (B, D)

Day 2  : Flight Kangerlussuaq - Nuuk

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

After breakfast, we fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk, where we board the coastal vessel Sarfaq Ittuk. 

The Sermitsiaq mountain, Nuuk's majestic landmark, greets you on arrival. The beautiful fjord system offers the most incredible background for the small metropolis.
More than 100 kilometers of asphalt roads serve more than 17,500 residents of Nuuk.
Although the town is busy, nature is not far away, and most residents enjoy it all year.

The Greenland National Museum with its famous mummies and the colonial harbor

The tour will offer some popular attractions in Nuuk, including the beautiful arts center Katauaq and the Greenland National Museum,  whose façade is designed to resemble  the northern lights, the beautiful old town, and Hans Egede statue overlooking the fjord, the old colonial harbor, and the mountain range in the distance.

In the afternoon, explore the town on your own. Local arts and crafts, everything from small, delicate earrings to sealskin fur coats are offered on souvenier shops and boutique stores.

Sail north together with the Greenlanders by the coastal vessel

Tonight, we start our two-day sailing aboard aboard the ship Sarfaq Ittuk, heading towards Ilulissat. Sarfaq Ittuk sails up and down along the west coast and is used by locals and tourists. As the vessel stops in the coastal towns, there is a wonderful atmosphere of reunion and activity.

During the voyage, the scenery can be admired from the indoor panoramic lounge at the back of the vessel or from many outdoor spaces with comfortable deck chairs.

Sailing in Greenland can be quite chilly, but it is always an incredibly beautiful event! Remember your camera, binoculars and of course warm clothes. The speed is nice and slow, allowing you to admire the amazing scenery.

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

Day 3  : On the ses, a stop in Sisimiut for a guided town walk

In the morning we will stop in Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut, but you will not disembark. You will be able to watch the life in the harbor and the village from the deck.

A visit in Greenland’s second largest town, Sisimiut

In the evening, around 18:00, the ship arrives at Sisimiut, the second largest town in Greenland with a population of around 5,500 inhabitants. The town's atmosphere is welcoming and authentic. The colorful houses provides a stark contrast to the surrounding rocky area.

In Sisimiut, we walk through the old and lovely district with the original colonial buildings, and visit the local museum showcasing the life and heritage of the past and present. After this wonderful stop, we re-embark the coastal ship and continue north.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 4  : Disembark in Ilulissat and a guided town tour.

Admire the sight of the icebergs, as we approach Ilulissat. They vary in color, and range in size from large lumps to huge ice towers floating in the one and only Disco Bay.

We arrive in Ilulissat in the afternoon at 13:00. From the harbor, we transfer to the Hotel Arctic for check in. During a welcome briefing, a local guide will tell you about exciting activities and excursions in the area. Ilulissat means icebergs in Inuit, which is quite self-describing once you see the magnificent Ice Fjord with icebergs majestically floating around, lit up by a magical light caused by the reflection of the sun.

We tour the city with the locat guide. Learn about the history and culture of the city,  pass the harbor and the old colonial houses, local museum, beautiful and simple Zion’s Church.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B)

Day 5  : Ilulissat - Sailing Among the Icebergs

In the morning, free time to enjoy Ilulissat on your own, or joining a optional activity, or a hike to Sermermiut, an old settlement right at the mouth of the icefjord where giant icebergs have stranded on an old moraine, or simply wander about on your own, have a drink at a cozy café, and find a quiet place where you can watch the omnipresent icebergs.

Sailing among the icebergs (included)

In the evening, sail through icebergs that, regardless of the weather or time of year, will steal your breath away. In the summer, the midnight sun lies low on the horizon, making it difficult to distinguish between night and day. Reflections of the soft, warm light turn the icebergs and mountain peaks orange, and the ocean almost purple.

Options: Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut by the Icefjord
Day 6  : Ilulissat - Whale Safari

Today, a whale safari is included in your tour.

Whale safari among icebergs in the Disco Bay (included) 

Most people are astonished at how amazing it is to sail so close to a giant whale. Greenland's waters are home to 15 different whale species. During the summer, we usually encounter humpback whales, minke whales, and fin whales. Throughout the summer, whales swim about Disko Bay, sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the Ice Fjord, and sometimes up north towards the Crown Prince Islands. We have radio contact with the town's fishermen and sealers, who provide us with information about whales in the bay. We nearly always find them this way. The most common is the humpback whale, which has a distinctive tail.

In the afternoon, you may also go kayaking in the country that invented the kayak.

Kayak Experience in Ilulissat (optional)

Inuit have been kayaking in Greenland seas for over a thousand years, and you can, too. The kayak floats gently through the ocean, and you can see massive icebergs forming all around you. The midnight sun gives the ice a distinct color. The stunning blue tones of the icebergs will be extremely visible in overcast weather. We might even see whales if we're lucky. All tours are conducted in stable double kayaks, with a boat near by. The journey will last approximately 3.5 to 4 hours, with at least two of those hours spent at sea.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B)

Options: Kayaking
Day 7  : Ilulissat

Explore Ilulissat on your own, possibly sailing to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord (optional)

Spend your final day in Ilulissat however you like. If you've never flown in a helicopter before, now might be the time. The helicopter carries you at a low height across the Ice Fjord and its massive icebergs. The vista of the 6-kilometer-wide glacier edge provides a grandiose experience. Helicopter rides are not included in our program but can be ordered independently; please contact us about pricing and availability.

You may also walk in Knud Rasmussen's footsteps at the local museum and complete your journey in Greenland with a shopping spree in the local stores and souvenir shops.

Day tour to calving Eqi Glacier (optional)

Only a few places in Greenland are as stunning as the Eqi Glacier, which flows into a fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. Boats can approach extremely close to the glacier and witness massive chunks of ice falling off. The sounds are deafening, and the sight of ice falling into water is breathtaking.

During the visit to the Eqi Glacier, we sail in modern and convenient boats. The path takes us north along the coast, past Bredebugt, Oqaatsut, and the large fjord system known as Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are frequently observed. We continue on through the Ataa Strait, which is bordered by steep mountains teeming with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced for ice sailing, will remain in front of the glacier for about two hours, waiting for the ice to calve. In the meantime, a delectable meal will be served. This is a full-day adventure that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience and enjoy the boat ride on the ice-filled water.

Please keep in mind that the boat ride to and from the glacier can take anything from 2 to 5 hours in each direction. It is determined by the boat used on the particular day.

In the evening, there will be a goodbye dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B, D)

Options: Activities and tours, helicopter, Eqi Glacier
Day 8  : Return flights Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

We fly to Copenhagen through Kangerlussuaq, arriving in the evening, with a plethora of experiences from this amazing area.

We guarantee that you will return home from this Greenland tour with a suitcase full of memories that will last longer than any other vacation you have taken - at least, that is what previous travelers have told 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.

Flight schedule (local times)

  • Departure from Copenhagen at 10:00 AM
  • Return flights arrive in Copenhagen at 9:00 PM