Icebergs in the Midnight Sun 5 Days
Day 1 – Arrive Ilulissat
“You will be picked up at the airport, and go to Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat.
The flight is in itself quite an adventure as you cruise at low altitude over the Inland Ice Cap as you prepare for landing in Ilulissat.
After arrival, a guide will welcome you and inform you about the different excursions available but also about experiences you can make on your own during your stay in Ilulissat.
Hike to the Ice Fjord and the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut (optional)
Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and, today, you can still see the remains, which indicate their former presence.
Hear the story about the life of the Inuit and their traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. Visitors often ask if they can walk these treks themselves? The answer is yes. But it is our experience that most people prefer having a guide with them on their first hike in Greenlandic nature.
Furthermore, historic places will be pointed out on the way, and these can be difficult to find on your own. You will have a coffee or tea break at “Kællingekløften” with a beautiful view of the Ice Fjord before you head back.
At night, there is a welcome dinner at Hotel Arctic.”
Day 2 – Explore Ilulissat
“Today, you have the possibility to go on two optional excursions.
Whale Safari (optional)
It is a great experience to get close to large animals like whales. There are 15 species of whale in Greenland. During the summer it is normally the humpback, the common minke whale and the fin whale, we see. The whales swim the entire Disko Bay during the summer; sometimes close to the town, sometimes in the ice fjord or up north by the island, Arveprinsens Ejland.
We are in constant radio contact with the fishermen and the hunters about the whales and their whereabouts. The humpback, with its characteristic fin, is the one we see most often.
Later, it is time to get ready for the next optional excursion. The midnight sun makes the days very long, and you will feel full of energy to explore and take advantage of the entire day.
Sunny nights can be experienced north of the Arctic Circle where the sun during summer never sets behind the horizon. In Ilulissat, the midnight sun is present from May 22 to July 24, but throughout August there will also be very light nights.
Sailing among the icebergs (optional)
Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million tonnes of ice flow out into the fjord. The floating icebergs are gigantic, sometimes wider than 100 meters and with a height up to 100 meters above the water surface as well.
These giants pile up at the end of the fjord, providing you with a great opportunity to sail among them. You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat. The icebergs are a wonderful sight in every kind of weather; when the sun is out, the contrasts are very clear, whereas the blue shades are strikingly beautiful when it is cloudy, and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night.
Taking the boat trip on a bright night is an extraordinary experience. Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise, sealskin clothing is available for rent.”
Day 3 – Explore Ilulissat
“Today, you can explore the town of Ilulissat or go with us on a boat trip to the Eqi Glacier.
Full-day trip to the calving Eqi Glacier (optional)
Eqi Glacier runs into the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of chunks of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.
We sail in modern, comfortable boats during the excursion to Eqi Glacier. The route takes us north along the coast, passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted.
Lunchtime and watch the ice calve
Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately 2 hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile, a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip through the ice-filled waters.
Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise, sealskin clothing is available for rent.”
Day 4 – Ilulissat
“Today, you have a day on your own to explore the town of Ilulissat on your own. We have not arranged any excusions on this day so you are free to book your own, for example with “World of Greenland”, or you can just relax and enjoy Ilulissat and the surroundings.
At night we have a farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.”
Day 5 – Depart Ilulissat
After breakfast you will meet and transfer to the airport for your flight back to home.
|Aug 12 - Aug 16
|Aug 19 - Aug 23
|Excursion package with 3 excursions
|Whale Watching Ilulissat
|Helicopter Tour. Icefjord and Glacier From Above!
|Minimum 7 People
- Return flights Keflavík International Airport – Ilulissat
- Transfers from airport to hotel (return)
- 3 nights at Hotel Arctic with private facilities
- Welcome dinner on the first day (excl. beverages)
- Farewell dinner on the last night (excl. beverages)
- Welcome meeting upon arrival*
- All flight/transportation taxes and fees known to Greenland Travel at the time of publishing
- 20 kg of checked baggage and 8 kg of cabin baggage
*Local tour guides are English speaking
- Lunch and dinner (Welcome dinner on the first night and farewell dinner on the last night are included)
- Travel Insurance
- Excursions (we recommend pre-booking our Excursion Package)
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