Visit Greenland, a world of towering icebergs – too big to explain and where pictures will never do them justice. See pods of whales dance by your boat in Disko Bay and possibly even seals pop up for a breath. Experience a country unspoiled by tourism, where there are no roads between towns (and only 40 miles of paved roads in the whole country) so connections are by plane or boat. If you enjoy nature, wide open spaces and off the beaten track this is definitely one for the bucket list.
Greenland holidays feature on many bucket lists but few people venture to this beautiful country. We absolutely consider this Greenland Disko Bay adventure the trip of a lifetime. Like all of our packages, it has been created by our travel specialists and Charlotte (pictured) has actually visited all of the locations on the tour so you can trust you’re getting a tried and tested experience.
We recommend a good level of fitness to participate in this package, owing to it’s challenging and remote nature unfortunately this trip is not suitable for individuals with mobility issues or disabilities.
- Through flights from London to Ilulissat via Copenhagen and Kangerlussuaq including all baggage, fees and taxes
- Arrival and Greenland airport transfer
- 1 night in Hotel Hvide Falk 3* hotel with breakfast
- Sermermiut Settlement walk – approx 2 hours
- Boat transfer through the iceberg field to Iliminaq (possibility to see whales)
- 2 nights at Ilimanaq lodges
- Full board at Ilimanaq – Breakfast, lunch and 2 course evening meals with fresh local ingredients
- Ilimanaq boat trip and Glacier walk
- Ilimanaq settlement walk
- Boat transfer to Ilulissat
- 2 nights in bay view room at 4* Hotel Arctic
- Welcome meal at Hotel Arctic
- Kayaking amongst the Icebergs
- Return transfer to the Greenland airport
- Return overnight flights via Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen
From £2995pp based on 2 travelling/sharing
Dates from 1st June – 15th September – Summer 2019 6 nights/7 days
Please note all trips/activities are weather dependant
Call our Greenland specialist Charlotte: 01793 939 035
We start our adventure to Greenland, a county of only 55,000 people and with just 2 runways suitable for large international planes we fly via Copenhagen – Greenland is a Danish dependant autonomous colony. Since there is only 40 miles of paved roads in the county small flight connections are frequent and we take a further flight from Kangerlussuaq, a former US military base to the town of Ilulissat, population around 5,000 – the third largest “city” in Greenland. From here you are picked up and transferred to your accommodation for the first night – the Hotel Hvide Falk where you will have a room with a view of the fjord. Take time to stretch your legs with the 5 minute walk into town or enjoy dinner or a drink in the Hotel’s restaurant or bar which have views over the ice fjord and Disko Bay.
Night in Hotel Hvide Falk
After breakfast the meeting point for your activity is a 3 minute walk away. Meet with your guide for a 5 minute drive to the start of your guided settlement walk. The Sermermiut settlement has been used by the Inuit for 4000 years and the area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the few areas in the whole of Greenland with an actual marked path we walk on the easy wooden path down to the bay where we enjoy the amazing views of the icebergs. If you have a camera you will definitely want to take some pictures and if you are sharp sigted or have binoculars you may also see whales come up for air in the bay.
It’s hard to appreciate how big the icebergs are but if you see a fishing boat go past you might be able to see just how massive some of them are – and remember only 5-10% is usually above the surface! As we round the corner we come to the bottleneck of the Jakobshavn glacier. In the late 1800s the glacier edge reached the bay but now is around 70km back, having retreated around 15km in the last 20 years alone. Where the glacier is calving the fjord reaches depths of 1km but at the edge of the bay this drops to just 250m meaning many of the larger icebergs ground causing a build-up that looks like a seas of ice. It’s quite a spectacle and at the end of the path your guide serves tea and coffee and there is chance to walk on the rocks. We recommend sturdy walking boots and sensible caution if doing this as there are no paths or safety fences. The glacier is one of the most productive on the planet currently calving more than 45m of ice a day averaged over the year. The Calving from this glacier is believed to have created the iceberg that sank the Titanic. We return along the wooden path and then are driven by bus back to the town centre. Total activity time approx. 2 hours
If you wish at this point, or later in the trip you can choose to follow the “yellow route” or “blue route” which are longer walks following off road paths. Maps are available at the guide office and the offer different perspectives on the bay. There are a series of pained dots on the rocks to follow and the yellow rout takes around 3 hours and the blue route up to 5. In the summer time the midnight sun means there is not likelihood of getting stuck in the dark but we highly recommend basic precautions are taken such as sturdy boots, a phone, waterproofs and a spare warm layer, some food and water and informing someone of your whereabouts and likely return time. These more challenging route are often very quiet and you may see no other people for an hour at a time. If you like amazing views all to yourself, they are highly recommended.
1600 Boat transfer to Ilimanaq. Around 30 minutes by boat through the Ice fjord is the town of Ilimanaq (population 53). On a calm day you get not only a wonderful view of the icebergs as you pass them but an excellent opportunity to see whales and possibly even seals.
The newly built Ilimanaq lodges have floor to ceiling windows looking toward the bay and terraces to sit and watch for whales. The mezzanine bedrooms give you views to the icebergs.
Renown for their food, served in Restaurant Edege – the restored home of Poul Edege, it includes authentic touched like the ceiling made of repurposed sail fabric. Using local ingredients and providing job opportunities in this tiny community this is a highly recommended resort.
Night in Ilimanaq Lodge
Ilimanaq Glacier expedition / tour – full day adventure, 8 hours. We travel by all terrain vehicle and boat to the Tasiusaq fjord where we spend around an hour sailing to the Sarqardliup glacier. From here we continue on foot to find a suitable place where we can actually set foot on the glacier. Our guide tells us about the area and glacier and we stop along the way for lunch. We return in time to freshen up for dinner.
Evening meal at Restaurant Edege
Night in Ilimanaq Lodge
Ilimanaq means “area of expectations” in Greenlandic and is thought to refer to the expectation of a good fishing catch. Once home to a hundred or more families during the summer there are now just 53 registered residents. We learn about the history and the recent restoration of some of the main buildings. Greenland is perfect for your holiday break.
Lunch in the restaurant
1500 return boat to Ilulissat – watch out for whales!
Transfer to Hotel Arctic
Hotel Arctic is the World’s most Northernly 4* hotel and your home for the next 2 nights. You will stay in an upgraded room with bay views and there are 2 excellent restaurants onsite. The hotel is a 15 minute walk to the town or there is a frequent free transfer bus during the day.
Evening 2 course welcome meal
Night in Hotel Arctic with Bay view room
Hotel transfer to town
Kayak activity – Kayaks, from the Greenlandic “qajaq” have been used here for 4000 years and today we have this amazing opportunity to kayak amongst icebergs. We dress in safety equipment including survival suits and have opportunity to see the icebergs from the unique water level perspective. Modern equipment and certified guides keep us safe, warm and comfortable and we spend 2 hours on the water at a comfortable pace enjoying the wildlife and nature.
Night in Hotel Arctic with Bay view room
Morning at leisure – have a look at the shops for souvenirs, take on one of the longer hikes or relax and enjoy the icebergs for one last morning
Return flights to London Via Kangerlusuaq and Copenhagen (Kangerlusuaq – Copenhagen is an overnight flight)
Arrive back to London
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How to get to Greenland? With this package we fly you from London Via Copenhagen. We can also fly you via Iceland if required.
What is the best time to visit Greenland? We run this package in the summer and recommend visiting Greenland from 1st June – 15th September
Is there an Ice Hotel Greenland? No
Can I see Greenland Northern Lights? It is possible to see the Northern Lights in Greenland
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