During this adventure you’ll experience two amazing places in Disko Bay: Greenland’s third largest ‘city’, Ilulissat, and one of the smallest settlements in the country, Ilimanaq.
The boat trip from Ilulissat to Ilimanaq is sublime. Whales swimming among icebergs of all shapes and sizes is a memory you’ll never forget.
Ilimanag is located just south of the icefjord, with breathtaking views of Disko Bay. It’s one of Greenland's oldest and smallest settlements. Ilimanaq Lodge was completed in 2017 and is situated on the outskirts of the settlement. The seafront cabins are stylish and comfortable, but it’s the view from your window or from the balcony that steals your attention. There are a wealth of experience possibilities from this tiny settlement.
Back in Ilulissat you can enjoy amazing scenery in the form of colossal icebergs floating around the icefjord, indulge yourself with good food, a guided tour around the cosy city, a visit to the ruins of an old Inuit settlement, and a selection of optional excursions into the seductive Arctic nature.
- Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site Ilulissat Icefjord from the water and on land
- Spend time in Greenland's third largest city, Ilulissat
- Observe life in a small Greenlandic settlement, Ilimanaq
- Chance to dine on locally sourced cuisine at Restaurant Egede in Ilimanaq
- Possibility to see whales from your balcony at Ilimanaq Lodge and while cruising the fjord
- Escape everyday routine with a short break in beautiful nature
- Experience the midnight sun in June and July, or bright evenings in August and September
- Icebergs, icebergs, icebergs!
Day 1. Copenhagen - Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq
Atlantic flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq and onwards to Ilulissat for 1 night.
Day 2. Ilulissat - Ilimanaq and Ilimanaq Lodge
Boat cruise to Ilimanaq for your 2 night Ilimanaq Lodge experience.
Day 3. Ilimanaq (Lodge)
The day is at your disposal in Ilimanaq.
Day 4. Ilimanaq - Ilulissat
Morning free in Ilimanaq before afternoon cruise to Ilulissat.
Day 5. Ilulissat. City tour and Sermermiut hiking
Today’s guided excursions include a morning city tour of Ilulissat and afternoon hike to the UNESCO World Heritage protected Sermermiut area.
Day 6. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq
Return flights to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq.
Day 1, Monday. Copenhagen - Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq
Your adventure begins with a flight of approx. 4 hours and 40 minutes from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq. During the flight there will be a short introductory film about Greenland, and additional information can be found in your seat pocket.
Welcome to Greenland!
In bustling Kangerlussuaq Airport you’ll change to a smaller aircraft for your onward flight to Ilulissat. About 40 minutes later as preparations for landing are made, the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage listed Ilulissat Icefjord comes into view.
Ilulissat Icefjord was admitted to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004, and was one of the first areas in the Arctic to be placed on the list. Although protected, we have special permits to sail among the icebergs and conduct helicopter tours.
On arrival you’ll be transferred by bus from Ilulissat Airport to your comfortable accommodation at Hotel Icefiord.
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Day 2, Tuesday. Ilulissat - Ilimanaq and Ilimanaq Lodge
Check-out is by 10 o’clock, however you can leave your luggage at the hotel while you enjoy some free time to explore Ilulissat. We recommend a walk through the town to visit local craftsmen or the museum.
Afternoon boat cruise (1 hour duration) to Ilimanaq, a settlement located south of the icefjord mouth. A settlement in Greenland typically has a population of 30 to 600 people. All settlements have as a minimum; a school, church, village house (laundry and bathing facilities), bank, post office and nursing station. Ilimanaq is one of the smallest settlements in Greenland.
Ilimanaq Lodge is your home for the next 2 nights. It was completed in the summer of 2017 and consists of 15 comfortable seafront cabins with balcony. The view is spectacular - icebergs, whales and wide expanses.
See the description of Ilimanaq Lodge here
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Day 3, Wednesday. Ilimanaq (Lodge)
Day at leisure. Excursion possibilities include a nature walk; a village tour; or visit a Greenlandic family for “Kaffemik”, the traditional and fun coffee with a friendly chat.
If you prefer to sit and immerse yourself in the beautiful view, the balcony of your cosy cabin is ideal for relaxation.
See excursion information here
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Day 4, Thursday. Ilimanaq - Ilulissat
Morning at leisure for excursions. We recommend lunch in Restaurant Egede, located in a recently restored historic house, specialising in locally sourced produce.
Afternoon cruise from Ilimanaq back to Ilulissat, for 2 more nights at Hotel Icefiord.
Transfer from Ilulissat Port to the hotel.
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Day 5, Friday. Ilulissat. City Tour and Sermermiut Hiking
This morning you’ll take a leisurely city walk with a local guide, who will explain about Ilulissat’s history and tell something of daily life here.
Afternoon guided hike to the old Inuit settlement Sermermiut, overlooking the icefjord mouth. Read more about Ilulissat here
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Day 6, Saturday. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq
Savour your last look at Disko Bay and the UNESCO protected Ilulissat Icefjord, before your short flight to Kangerlussuaq. We hope the unique impressions and memories of a lifetime will inspire you to return to Greenland. Each region offers something special. In Kangerlussuaq you’ll board Air Greenland’s Airbus, for your flight back to Copenhagen.
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As we say in Greenlandic, Takuss' - see you later!
NOTE! – Would you like to extend the journey?
Price and Practical Info
- Flights Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Ilulissat (Greenland) incl. taxes
- Flights Ilulissat (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) incl. taxes
- 3 nights at Hotel Icefiord (Ilulissat) in shared double room incl. breakfast
- Transport from / to airport and hotel (Ilulissat)
- 2 nights at Ilimanaq Lodge, 2 person seafront cabin incl. breakfast
- Sailing Ilulissat-Ilimanaq-Ilulissat
- Excursions in Ilulissat: City Tour and Walk to Sermermiut
- Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund
- Meals, except breakfast and meals on the Atlantic flights
- Other excursions except those specifically mentioned in "Price Includes"
- Tour guide (this trip is on your own)
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Single room supplement / cabin allowance of 4,550 DKK
Please note: The price of this trip is a base-level estimate, calculated on a certain category of seat on the flights and room/cabin category of accommodation. The actual price for your travel date may differ, according to availability at the time of booking. Please confirm with us any possible surcharges at the time of making your booking.
If you need further explanation, please feel free to contact us.
Included meals are marked with B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner) on each day. If meals are not included, these are marked with -.
On Air Greenland flights between Denmark and Greenland, free meals and drinks are served on board. On domestic flights in Greenland, a cup of coffee and a biscuit are typically served.
Access to Electricity
The programme is subject to change without notice. A trip like this is dependent on good weather. There may therefore be some changes in the program. Delays and cancellations may occur, especially in air and ship transportation.
No compensation is granted for the first 24 hours of delay or travel changes due to external circumstances. We will strive to reduce the disruption as much as possible and endeavour to provide an alternative programme or fill in the additional waiting time.