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You cannot help but be fascinated by the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) when the sky is filled with shafts or curtains of green, yellow, purple and red. You look up, afraid to blink, until your neck gets sore.

Tour Description

Of the four seasons in Greenland, it's no secret that winter is the longest and most dominant. On the other hand, spring, summer and autumn are short. However, autumn contains a myriad of gifts in the form of golden foliage and the most exciting natural phenomena: the Northern Lights.

Kangerlussuaq is only 25 km from the Ice Cap and is one of the best places in Greenland to view the Northern Lights. On this journey you’ll learn about local stories attached to the Northern Lights in Greenland.

Ilulissat Icefjord is a beautiful and interesting place, regardless of the season. It has its own very special colours for each period, but the autumn offers the most dramatic colour contrast. The day often ends with blazing Northern Lights filling the sky.

Highlights

  • Possibility to view the Northern Lights in one of the world's most beautiful countries
  • Learn a little about Greenlandic myths and legends
  • Scenic flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat
  • Stay in one of Greenland's best-located hotels: Hotel Icefiord
  • Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Listed destination by land and by sea
  • Possibility to eat really well at one of the many good restaurants in Ilulissat
  • An Icefjord cruise among autumn colours for great photo opportunities

Summary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq
The gateway to Greenland is Kangerlussuaq, reached by direct flight from Copenhagen.In the evening we will take a small walk looking for Northern lights.

Day 2. Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat
Short and scenic domestic flight 300 km north to the iceberg capital Ilulissat, where you’ll stay at Hotel Icefiord. Afternoon guided tour of the ‘city’.

Day 3-4. Ilulissat
Today is at your disposal in Ilulissat, with optional excursions to choose from.

Day 5. Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

Return home from Ilulissat to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq.

Click here to see detailed day to day program

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq

Your adventure begins with a flight to Greenland's main gateway, Kangerlussuaq. Kangerlussuaq is really "just" an airport town with a population of around 600 people.
Located at the end of a 190 km long fjord, there is a school, church, nursing home, leisure facilities and a few shops. Outside the town you’ll find amazing scenery and wildlife. Spend the first night at Old Camp.

Kangerlussuaq was founded by the Americans during World War II and was a military base until 1992. Today, it’s a small civilian population, however the buildings and barracks left by the American military are now used to support the airport operations and community.

Tonight will be your first opportunity to view the Northern Lights. We have some good advice for you: Take an afternoon nap. Greenland is 4 hours behind Denmark, so by this evening you’ll feel a little jet-lagged and ready for bed, before the Aurora action begins.

Kangerlussuaq is one of Greenland's best Northern Lights destinations. The evening ends with a small "Northern Lightshow" in the form of delicious hot Greenlandic coffee.
B / - / -

Day 2. Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat. City Tour

Most people travelling to Greenland want to see glaciers and icebergs. Today you’ll fly to the iceberg capital, Ilulissat. Flight time is approx. 45 minutes and in good weather you’ll have a spectacular view over Ilulissat Icefjord shortly before landing.
You’ll be transferred by bus from Ilulissat Airport to your comfortable accommodation at Hotel Icefiord, where you’ll be staying for the next 4 nights in a seaview room.
This afternoon you’ll take a guided city walk to gain insight into everyday life and a little about local history.
B / - / -

Day 3-4. Ilulissat on Your Own

Today is at leisure to explore Ilulissat as you wish. You may like to relax and enjoy the local atmosphere around town, go to a café, visit the art museum or one of the local artisan studios. If you’d prefer to make the most of your time with some guided excursions, we have a good selection to choose from, including tours with a Northern Lights theme.
See the excursion selection here.
B / - / -

Day 5. Ilulissat - Copenhagen (via Kangerlussuaq)

With hopefully a memory and camera full of Northern Lights, the adventure is now over. Your homeward journey starts from Ilulissat with a flight to Kangerlussuaq and onwards to Copenhagen.
B / - / D

NOTE! – Would you like to extend the journey?

If you would like more days to fully explore our wonderful part of the world, we have excellent knowledge of Greenland and can tailor an itinerary according to your wishes. Please contact us for information.
 

Northern Lights Facts

The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) occur when electrically charged solar particles collide with the Earth’s magnetic field. Attracted to the magnetic poles, the particles produce dazzling Auroral light when they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms: North Pole = Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis and South Pole = Southern Lights / Aurora Australis.
This phenomenon occurs year-round but is seen only in dark, clear skies. In Greenland it is best experienced in autumn and winter, with some places better than others.

Price and Practical Info

Price Includes

  • Flights Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Ilulissat (Greenland) incl. taxes
  • Flights Ilulissat (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) incl. taxes
  • 1 nights at Old Camp (Kangerlussuaq) incl. breakfast
  • 3 nights at Hotel Icefiord (Ilulissat) in shared double room incl. breakfast
  • Excursions Ilulissat: City tour, Sermermiut Hiking and Icefjord cruise
  • Transport from / to airport and hotel (Ilulissat)
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • All taxes and charges

Price Excludes

  • Meals, except breakfast and meals on the Atlantic flight
  • 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 2.000 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.

Meals

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 is typically served.

Accommodation

Access to Electricity

It’s possible to charge digital camera batteries at the hotels (with your own charger).

Mobile Phone

Mobile phone coverage is sparse during this trip, so there will only be limited opportunities to use your phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

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 programme. 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.

This adventure takes you from lush and colourful South Greenland, to the impressive icebergs in the north. Experience the change of landscape on this 1,200 km long voyage along the west coast of Greenland, aboard the local ferry M/S Sarfaq Ittuk.

Tour Description

Let the beauty of Greenland creep under your skin. On the journey from south to north you’ll experience much of Greenland in a short period of time.

From South Greenland's green-blue fjords, verdant nature, Norse history and sheep farming, to the vibrant capital Nuuk, and finally the world famous iceberg capital, Ilulissat.
Look forward to experiencing 10 towns while enjoying the relaxed mood on board the ship.

In 2004, Ilulissat Icefjord became a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site.
Then in 2017 "Kujataa Greenland" with its Norse ruins and "Inuit Farming" was added.
Recognised for their raw beauty and historical significance, both these UNESCO sites will be a highlight of your time in Greenland.

Highlights

  • Learn how Greenland was named
  • Visit some of Greenland’s best UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Sail the turquoise blue South Greenland fjords
  • Cruise approx. 1,200 km along the west coast of Greenland
  • Experience the coastal ferry M/S Sarfaq Ittuk, where meeting locals is a cultural experience
  • Have a full day in Nuuk - Greenland's capital
  • The entrance to Ilulissat is a good ending to the coastal cruise
  • See the huge icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord

Summary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Qaqortoq
Direct flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq and further on to Qaqortoq.

Day 2. UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hvalsø Church Ruin. Evening departure for your coastal cruise.
Today you have an excursion by boat visiting one of Greenland’s UNESCO World Heritage destinations. In the evening you commence your coastal cruise aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk.

Day 3. Arsuk, Paamiut and Qeqertarsuasiaat
At sea - 3 short calls.

Day 4. Nuuk
Today's call: Nuuk - you have the whole day in Greenland's capital, Nuuk.

Day 5. Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut and Sisimiut
At sea - 3 calls - including 2 hours in Sisimiut.

Day 6. Aasiaat and Ilulissat
Arrival in Disko Bay and Ilulissat.

Day 7-9. Ilulissat
A guided city sightseeing tour and a hike to Sermermiut are included in Ilulissat, but you have plenty of free time for optional excursions.

Day 10. Homeward bound
Fly home from Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen.

Click here to see the detailed daily itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Qaqortoq

The flight duration is about 4½ hours to Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland. The airport and surrounds were originally an American military base. The runway is located at the end of Eriksfjord between the turquoise blue water and the inland ice, so as always in Greenland, the landing offers a spectacular view in clear weather. However, the difference in South Greenland is that the view of iceberg-filled fjords includes sheep farms and other agriculture – a scene totally unique and perhaps unexpected!

After arrival in Narsarsuaq, you’ll be transferred by bus to the small harbour where you’ll board the Disko Line ferry to South Greenland's largest ‘city’, Qaqortoq.
The sailing trip takes approx. 2 to 5 hours depending on the type of boat used today.

In Qaqortoq you’ll be staying at Hotel Qaqortoq in the centre of the city, with a lovely view of Julianehåb Fjord and the harbour.
Qaqortoq has about 3,500 inhabitants and is an education centre in South Greenland. It’s known as one of the most photogenic cities in Greenland with many small private gardens.
- / L / -

Day 2. UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hvalsø Church Ruin. Evening departure by ship.

Today you’ll visit one of the 5 UNESCO sites in South Greenland.

"Kujataa Greenland" is a sub-Arctic agricultural landscape consisting of 5 sub-areas of South Greenland at the edge of the ice sheet. It was admitted to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2017. Among the world heritage sights is the well preserved Hvalsø Church Ruin, only 30 minutes from Qaqortoq. You’ll learn a little of the region’s Norse (Viking) history and the wedding which took place in 1408 – the last known documented evidence of the Norse in Greenland.
In 1992, Greenland’s late governor, Jonathan Motzfeldt, was married here.

This evening you depart Qaqortoq aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk, sailing northwards.
You’ll be comfortable in your outside cabin, but don’t forget to be on deck for the departure. Watch the locals bid farewell to family and friends - it can be quite a spectacle!
In a couple of hours you’ll reach Narsaq.

Today's port calls:
Departure from Qaqortoq 19:00
Narsaq 21:00 - 21:30
B / - / -

Day 3. Arsuk, Paamiut and Qeqertarsuatsiaat (at sea)

The ship sails through the night with arrival off Arsuk early this morning. Due to the small harbour size, the ship doesn’t come into port, however the town is visible from the deck.
From Arsuk the ship travels to Paamiut, with arrival around 14:00 hrs (2 pm).
After a 30 minute stop you sail to Qeqertarsuatsiaat with arrival at 22:15 hrs (10:15 pm).

Life aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk
In the summer there is a guide on board to provide tourist-friendly information along the way, as well as lectures and walks in some of the ports of call.

The ship's aft salon also houses a cinema where movies are shown several times a day.
There are sofas and chairs so you can sit and admire the view from large panoramic windows. It’s a popular place for locals to relax, and they’re particularly fond of the on board massage chair. It's probably the massage chair with the world's best view!

Today's port calls:
Arsuk 06:45 - 07:00
Paamiut 14:00 - 14:30
Qeqertarsuatsiaat 22:15 - 22:30
- / - / -

Day 4. Nuuk

The ship sails through the night towards Nuuk, Greenland's capital. With arrival in port this afternoon, you have 8 hours in Nuuk. The guide on board has arranged a shared tour, which we recommend you take part in.

As Greenland’s capital, Nuuk is a vibrant city, especially on Fridays.
Despite the isolated location, there are shops, cafes, buses and rush hour traffic – just as you’d find in any capital city around the world.
At the old colonial harbour you’ll find the National Museum, the beautiful Mother of the Sea sculpture, the Hans Egede statue, Hans Egede’s house and numerous other things of interest.
Nuuk is surrounded by one of the world's largest fjord systems – the beloved playground for Nuuk’s citizens. On free days the locals head into the fjord to camp in their favourite spot. Some have cosy cabins and some sleep on their boats. Fishing and hiking are popular activities.

You must be back on board the ship by 20:30 hrs (8:30 pm) latest. Departure from Nuuk is at 21:00 hrs (9 pm).
You’ll see new faces on board this evening, as those who disembarked in Nuuk are replaced with new travellers.

Today's port call:
Nuuk 07:30 - 21:00
- / - / -

Day 5. Maniitsoq - Kangaamiut - Sisimiut

This morning the ship arrives in Maniitsoq, commonly referred to as “the Venice of Greenland” by locals, due to the small natural canal-like channels in the surrounding archipelago. Approx. 2,800 people live in Maniitsoq. The city is located on an island at the mouth of Hamburgsund, surrounded by high mountains, deep fjords and glaciers.
The ship sails slowly here, and if the weather is good most people are out on deck enjoying the view.
If the crew spot whales, they make an announcement so you don’t miss the spectacle.

Shortly before dinner the ship arrives off the coast of Kangaamiut. Unable to land passengers directly here, smaller vessels are used for ship to shore transport.

Evening arrival in Greenland's second largest city, Sisimiut.
Beautifully situated among high mountains, the city has approx. 5,600 inhabitants.
Known for their independence and entrepreneurship, one such entrepreneur is a woman from South Greenland who has opened the store Qiviut. Qiviut is the Greenlandic name for muskox wool, which is warmer than sheep wool and softer than cashmere.
For the ultimate Greenland souvenir, you can buy beautiful Qiviut clothing and other Greenland-related goods, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Today's port calls:
Maniitsoq 07:00 - 08:00
Kangaamiut 11:30 - 11:45
Sisimiut 19:00 - 21:00
- / - / -

Day 6. Aasiaat - Ilulissat

When you wake this morning the vessel will already be heading to Disko Bay, with plenty of opportunities to see whales and seals.
By 08:00 hrs (8 am) the ship will arrive in Aasiaat for a short 30 minute visit. During this lightening visit you can take a brisk walk to the black church and possibly further up to the assembly house, where you can "peek" through the window and see some of renowned Danish artist Per Kirkeby's paintings.

From Aasiaat the ship sails north to the iceberg capital, Ilulissat. A couple of hours sailing from Aasiaat you’ll start to see the really big icebergs which Disko Bay and Ilulissat Icefjord are famous for. This is a great chance to take photos of the ice monsters from deck, so dress warmly. Your sea voyage ends on arrival in Ilulissat.
From the port, the Hotel Icefiord bus will transfer you to your comfortable home for the next 4 nights. All rooms at Hotel Icefiord have sea views.
Welcome to the capital of the icebergs and to a firm foundation below the feet!

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 fly helicopter tours.

Today’s port calls:
- / - / -

Day 7. Ilulissat. City Tour and Sermermiut Hiking

This morning we’ve arranged a guided hike around the city to gain insight into everyday life and a little about the local history, culture and nature.

In the afternoon a nice hike to Sermermiut is arranged. A visit to the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut is an absolute must. Observe at close range the impressive flow of ice and the view over the mouth of the fjord, filled with icebergs as far as the eye can see.
The view from here is breathtaking.
B / - / -

Day 8-9. Free days in Ilulissat

These two days in Ilulissat are on your own. In addition to relaxing and postcard writing, you can visit the art museum, an artisan’s studio, the town museum and a sea of cosy shops. Remember, there is always something to see down at the boat harbour.
If you’d like to experience the nature and icebergs from the air, we recommend a flight-seeing excursion by helicopter or a small 2-engine airplane. Both flight-seeing trips offer excellent photo opportunities.
See pictures for excursions in Ilulissat here
B / - / -

Day 10. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq

Your Greenland adventure is at an end today, however we hope the unique impressions and memories of a lifetime will inspire you to return.
Short flight to Kangerlussuaq, where you’ll board Air Greenland’s Airbus for your flight to Copenhagen.
B / - / D

As we say in Greenlandic, Takuss' - see you later!

NOTE! – Would you like to extend the journey?

If you’d like more days to fully explore and experience our wonderful part of the world, we have excellent knowledge of Greenland and can tailor an itinerary according to your wishes.
Please contact us for information.

Click here for Price and Practical information

Price and Practical Info

Price Includes (in shared double room / cabin with private facilities)

  • Flights Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) - Narsarsuaq (Greenland) incl. taxes
  • Flights Ilulissat (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) incl. taxes
  • Sailing with Disko Line: Narsarsuaq-Qaqortoq
  • 1 night at Hotel Qaqortoq (Qaqortoq) incl. breakfast and transport on arrival / departure
  • 4 nights on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk in an outside cabin without meals
  • Ship's Guide on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (June to August)
  • 4 nights at Hotel Icefiord (Ilulissat), in shared double room incl. breakfast and transport on arrival / departure
  • Excursions: Hvalsø Church Ruin from Qaqortoq as well as a City Tour and Guided Hike to Sermermiut in Ilulissat
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Meals, except breakfast at the hotels and meals on the Atlantic flight
  • Meals aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk - can be bought at Café Sarfaq
  • 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, 8,900 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 dates 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.

Meals

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 is typically served.

Accommodation

Access to Electricity

It’s possible to charge digital camera batteries at the hotels and on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (with your own charger).

Mobile Phone

Mobile phone coverage is sparse during this trip, so there will only be limited opportunities to use your phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

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 programme. 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 the additional waiting time.

This adventure takes you from lush and colourful South Greenland, to the impressive icebergs in the north. Experience the change of landscape on this 1,200 km long voyage along the west coast of Greenland, aboard the local ferry M/S Sarfaq Ittuk.

Tour Description

Let the beauty of Greenland creep under your skin. On the journey from south to north you’ll experience much of Greenland in a short period of time.

From South Greenland's green-blue fjords, verdant nature, Norse history and sheep farming, to the vibrant capital Nuuk, and finally the world famous iceberg capital, Ilulissat.
Look forward to experiencing 10 towns while enjoying the relaxed mood on board the ship.

In 2004, Ilulissat Icefjord became a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site.
Then in 2017 "Kujataa Greenland" with its Norse ruins and "Inuit Farming" was added.
Recognised for their raw beauty and historical significance, both these UNESCO sites will be a highlight of your time in Greenland.

Highlights

  • Learn how Greenland was named
  • Visit some of Greenland’s best UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Sail the turquoise blue South Greenland fjords
  • Cruise approx. 1,200 km along the west coast of Greenland
  • Experience the coastal ferry M/S Sarfaq Ittuk, where meeting locals is a cultural experience
  • Have a full day in Nuuk - Greenland's capital
  • The entrance to Ilulissat is a good ending to the coastal cruise
  • See the huge icebergs of Ilulissat Icefjord

Summary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Qaqortoq
Direct flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq and further on to Qaqortoq.

Day 2. UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hvalsø Church Ruin. Evening departure for your coastal cruise.
Today you have an excursion by boat visiting one of Greenland’s UNESCO World Heritage destinations. In the evening you commence your coastal cruise aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk.

Day 3. Arsuk, Paamiut and Qeqertarsuasiaat
At sea - 3 short calls.

Day 4. Nuuk
Today's call: Nuuk - you have the whole day in Greenland's capital, Nuuk.

Day 5. Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut and Sisimiut
At sea - 3 calls - including 2 hours in Sisimiut.

Day 6. Aasiaat and Ilulissat
Arrival in Disko Bay and Ilulissat.

Day 7-9. Ilulissat
A guided city sightseeing tour and a hike to Sermermiut are included in Ilulissat, but you have plenty of free time for optional excursions.

Day 10. Homeward bound
Fly home from Ilulissat-Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen.

Click here to see the detailed daily itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Qaqortoq

The flight duration is about 4½ hours to Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland. The airport and surrounds were originally an American military base. The runway is located at the end of Eriksfjord between the turquoise blue water and the inland ice, so as always in Greenland, the landing offers a spectacular view in clear weather. However, the difference in South Greenland is that the view of iceberg-filled fjords includes sheep farms and other agriculture – a scene totally unique and perhaps unexpected!

After arrival in Narsarsuaq, you’ll be transferred by bus to the small harbour where you’ll board the Disko Line ferry to South Greenland's largest ‘city’, Qaqortoq.
The sailing trip takes approx. 2 to 5 hours depending on the type of boat used today.

In Qaqortoq you’ll be staying at Hotel Qaqortoq in the centre of the city, with a lovely view of Julianehåb Fjord and the harbour.
Qaqortoq has about 3,500 inhabitants and is an education centre in South Greenland. It’s known as one of the most photogenic cities in Greenland with many small private gardens.
- / L / -

Day 2. UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hvalsø Church Ruin. Evening departure by ship.

Today you’ll visit one of the 5 UNESCO sites in South Greenland.

"Kujataa Greenland" is a sub-Arctic agricultural landscape consisting of 5 sub-areas of South Greenland at the edge of the ice sheet. It was admitted to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2017. Among the world heritage sights is the well preserved Hvalsø Church Ruin, only 30 minutes from Qaqortoq. You’ll learn a little of the region’s Norse (Viking) history and the wedding which took place in 1408 – the last known documented evidence of the Norse in Greenland.
In 1992, Greenland’s late governor, Jonathan Motzfeldt, was married here.

This evening you depart Qaqortoq aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk, sailing northwards.
You’ll be comfortable in your outside cabin, but don’t forget to be on deck for the departure. Watch the locals bid farewell to family and friends - it can be quite a spectacle!
In a couple of hours you’ll reach Narsaq.

Today's port calls:
Departure from Qaqortoq 19:00
Narsaq 21:00 - 21:30
B / - / -

Day 3. Arsuk, Paamiut and Qeqertarsuatsiaat (at sea)

The ship sails through the night with arrival off Arsuk early this morning. Due to the small harbour size, the ship doesn’t come into port, however the town is visible from the deck.
From Arsuk the ship travels to Paamiut, with arrival around 14:00 hrs (2 pm).
After a 30 minute stop you sail to Qeqertarsuatsiaat with arrival at 22:15 hrs (10:15 pm).

Life aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk
In the summer there is a guide on board to provide tourist-friendly information along the way, as well as lectures and walks in some of the ports of call.

The ship's aft salon also houses a cinema where movies are shown several times a day.
There are sofas and chairs so you can sit and admire the view from large panoramic windows. It’s a popular place for locals to relax, and they’re particularly fond of the on board massage chair. It's probably the massage chair with the world's best view!

Today's port calls:
Arsuk 06:45 - 07:00
Paamiut 14:00 - 14:30
Qeqertarsuatsiaat 22:15 - 22:30
- / - / -

Day 4. Nuuk

The ship sails through the night towards Nuuk, Greenland's capital. With arrival in port this afternoon, you have 8 hours in Nuuk. The guide on board has arranged a shared tour, which we recommend you take part in.

As Greenland’s capital, Nuuk is a vibrant city, especially on Fridays.
Despite the isolated location, there are shops, cafes, buses and rush hour traffic – just as you’d find in any capital city around the world.
At the old colonial harbour you’ll find the National Museum, the beautiful Mother of the Sea sculpture, the Hans Egede statue, Hans Egede’s house and numerous other things of interest.
Nuuk is surrounded by one of the world's largest fjord systems – the beloved playground for Nuuk’s citizens. On free days the locals head into the fjord to camp in their favourite spot. Some have cosy cabins and some sleep on their boats. Fishing and hiking are popular activities.

You must be back on board the ship by 20:30 hrs (8:30 pm) latest. Departure from Nuuk is at 21:00 hrs (9 pm).
You’ll see new faces on board this evening, as those who disembarked in Nuuk are replaced with new travellers.

Today's port call:
Nuuk 07:30 - 21:00
- / - / -

Day 5. Maniitsoq - Kangaamiut - Sisimiut

This morning the ship arrives in Maniitsoq, commonly referred to as “the Venice of Greenland” by locals, due to the small natural canal-like channels in the surrounding archipelago. Approx. 2,800 people live in Maniitsoq. The city is located on an island at the mouth of Hamburgsund, surrounded by high mountains, deep fjords and glaciers.
The ship sails slowly here, and if the weather is good most people are out on deck enjoying the view.
If the crew spot whales, they make an announcement so you don’t miss the spectacle.

Shortly before dinner the ship arrives off the coast of Kangaamiut. Unable to land passengers directly here, smaller vessels are used for ship to shore transport.

Evening arrival in Greenland's second largest city, Sisimiut.
Beautifully situated among high mountains, the city has approx. 5,600 inhabitants.
Known for their independence and entrepreneurship, one such entrepreneur is a woman from South Greenland who has opened the store Qiviut. Qiviut is the Greenlandic name for muskox wool, which is warmer than sheep wool and softer than cashmere.
For the ultimate Greenland souvenir, you can buy beautiful Qiviut clothing and other Greenland-related goods, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Today's port calls:
Maniitsoq 07:00 - 08:00
Kangaamiut 11:30 - 11:45
Sisimiut 19:00 - 21:00
- / - / -

Day 6. Aasiaat - Ilulissat

When you wake this morning the vessel will already be heading to Disko Bay, with plenty of opportunities to see whales and seals.
By 08:00 hrs (8 am) the ship will arrive in Aasiaat for a short 30 minute visit. During this lightening visit you can take a brisk walk to the black church and possibly further up to the assembly house, where you can "peek" through the window and see some of renowned Danish artist Per Kirkeby's paintings.

From Aasiaat the ship sails north to the iceberg capital, Ilulissat. A couple of hours sailing from Aasiaat you’ll start to see the really big icebergs which Disko Bay and Ilulissat Icefjord are famous for. This is a great chance to take photos of the ice monsters from deck, so dress warmly. Your sea voyage ends on arrival in Ilulissat.
From the port, the Hotel Icefiord bus will transfer you to your comfortable home for the next 4 nights. All rooms at Hotel Icefiord have sea views.
Welcome to the capital of the icebergs and to a firm foundation below the feet!

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 fly helicopter tours.

Today’s port calls:
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Day 7. Ilulissat. City Tour and Sermermiut Hiking

This morning we’ve arranged a guided hike around the city to gain insight into everyday life and a little about the local history, culture and nature.

In the afternoon a nice hike to Sermermiut is arranged. A visit to the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut is an absolute must. Observe at close range the impressive flow of ice and the view over the mouth of the fjord, filled with icebergs as far as the eye can see.
The view from here is breathtaking.
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Day 8-9. Free days in Ilulissat

These two days in Ilulissat are on your own. In addition to relaxing and postcard writing, you can visit the art museum, an artisan’s studio, the town museum and a sea of cosy shops. Remember, there is always something to see down at the boat harbour.
If you’d like to experience the nature and icebergs from the air, we recommend a flight-seeing excursion by helicopter or a small 2-engine airplane. Both flight-seeing trips offer excellent photo opportunities.
See pictures for excursions in Ilulissat here
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Day 10. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq

Your Greenland adventure is at an end today, however we hope the unique impressions and memories of a lifetime will inspire you to return.
Short flight to Kangerlussuaq, where you’ll board Air Greenland’s Airbus for your flight to Copenhagen.
B / - / D

As we say in Greenlandic, Takuss' - see you later!

NOTE! – Would you like to extend the journey?

If you’d like more days to fully explore and experience our wonderful part of the world, we have excellent knowledge of Greenland and can tailor an itinerary according to your wishes.
Please contact us for information.

Price and Practical Info

Price Includes (in shared double room / cabin with private facilities)

  • Flights Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) - Narsarsuaq (Greenland) incl. taxes
  • Flights Ilulissat (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) incl. taxes
  • Sailing with Disko Line: Narsarsuaq-Qaqortoq
  • 1 night at Hotel Qaqortoq (Qaqortoq) incl. breakfast and transport on arrival / departure
  • 4 nights on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk in an outside cabin without meals
  • Ship's Guide on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (June to August)
  • 4 nights at Hotel Icefiord (Ilulissat), in shared double room incl. breakfast and transport on arrival / departure
  • Excursions: Hvalsø Church Ruin from Qaqortoq as well as a City Tour and Guided Hike to Sermermiut in Ilulissat
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Meals, except breakfast at the hotels and meals on the Atlantic flight
  • Meals aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk - can be bought at Café Sarfaq
  • 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, 8,900 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 dates 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.

Meals

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 is typically served.

Accommodation

Access to Electricity

It’s possible to charge digital camera batteries at the hotels and on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (with your own charger).

Mobile Phone

Mobile phone coverage is sparse during this trip, so there will only be limited opportunities to use your phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

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 programme. 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 the additional waiting time.

This adventure takes you from lush and colourful South Greenland, to the impressive icebergs in the north. Experience the change of landscape on this 1,200 km long voyage along the west coast of Greenland, aboard the local ferry M/S Sarfaq Ittuk.

Tour Description

Let the beauty of Greenland creep under your skin. On the journey from south to north you’ll experience much of Greenland in a short period of time.

From South Greenland's green-blue fjords, verdant nature, Norse history and sheep farming, to the vibrant capital Nuuk, and finally the world famous iceberg capital, Ilulissat.
Look forward to experiencing 10 towns while enjoying the relaxed mood on board the ship.

In 2004, Ilulissat Icefjord became a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site.
Then in 2017 "Kujataa Greenland" with its Norse ruins and "Inuit Farming" was added.
Recognised for their raw beauty and historical significance, both these UNESCO sites will be a highlight of your time in Greenland.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Narsarsuaq - Qaqortoq

The flight duration is about 4½ hours to Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland. The airport and surrounds were originally an American military base. The runway is located at the end of Eriksfjord between the turquoise blue water and the inland ice, so as always in Greenland, the landing offers a spectacular view in clear weather. However, the difference in South Greenland is that the view of iceberg-filled fjords includes sheep farms and other agriculture – a scene totally unique and perhaps unexpected!

After arrival in Narsarsuaq, you’ll be transferred by bus to the small harbour where you’ll board the Disko Line ferry to South Greenland's largest ‘city’, Qaqortoq.
The sailing trip takes approx. 2 to 5 hours depending on the type of boat used today.

In Qaqortoq you’ll be staying at Hotel Qaqortoq in the centre of the city, with a lovely view of Julianehåb Fjord and the harbour.
Qaqortoq has about 3,500 inhabitants and is an education centre in South Greenland. It’s known as one of the most photogenic cities in Greenland with many small private gardens.
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Day 2. UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hvalsø Church Ruin. Evening departure by ship.

Today you’ll visit one of the 5 UNESCO sites in South Greenland.

"Kujataa Greenland" is a sub-Arctic agricultural landscape consisting of 5 sub-areas of South Greenland at the edge of the ice sheet. It was admitted to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2017. Among the world heritage sights is the well preserved Hvalsø Church Ruin, only 30 minutes from Qaqortoq. You’ll learn a little of the region’s Norse (Viking) history and the wedding which took place in 1408 – the last known documented evidence of the Norse in Greenland.
In 1992, Greenland’s late governor, Jonathan Motzfeldt, was married here.

This evening you depart Qaqortoq aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk, sailing northwards.
You’ll be comfortable in your outside cabin, but don’t forget to be on deck for the departure. Watch the locals bid farewell to family and friends - it can be quite a spectacle!
In a couple of hours you’ll reach Narsaq.

Today's port calls:
Departure from Qaqortoq 19:00
Narsaq 21:00 - 21:30
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Day 3. Arsuk, Paamiut and Qeqertarsuatsiaat (at sea)

The ship sails through the night with arrival off Arsuk early this morning. Due to the small harbour size, the ship doesn’t come into port, however the town is visible from the deck.
From Arsuk the ship travels to Paamiut, with arrival around 14:00 hrs (2 pm).
After a 30 minute stop you sail to Qeqertarsuatsiaat with arrival at 22:15 hrs (10:15 pm).

Life aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk
In the summer there is a guide on board to provide tourist-friendly information along the way, as well as lectures and walks in some of the ports of call.

The ship's aft salon also houses a cinema where movies are shown several times a day.
There are sofas and chairs so you can sit and admire the view from large panoramic windows. It’s a popular place for locals to relax, and they’re particularly fond of the on board massage chair. It's probably the massage chair with the world's best view!

Today's port calls:
Arsuk 06:45 - 07:00
Paamiut 14:00 - 14:30
Qeqertarsuatsiaat 22:15 - 22:30
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Day 4. Nuuk

The ship sails through the night towards Nuuk, Greenland's capital. With arrival in port this afternoon, you have 8 hours in Nuuk. The guide on board has arranged a shared tour, which we recommend you take part in.

As Greenland’s capital, Nuuk is a vibrant city, especially on Fridays.
Despite the isolated location, there are shops, cafes, buses and rush hour traffic – just as you’d find in any capital city around the world.
At the old colonial harbour you’ll find the National Museum, the beautiful Mother of the Sea sculpture, the Hans Egede statue, Hans Egede’s house and numerous other things of interest.
Nuuk is surrounded by one of the world's largest fjord systems – the beloved playground for Nuuk’s citizens. On free days the locals head into the fjord to camp in their favourite spot. Some have cosy cabins and some sleep on their boats. Fishing and hiking are popular activities.

You must be back on board the ship by 20:30 hrs (8:30 pm) latest. Departure from Nuuk is at 21:00 hrs (9 pm).
You’ll see new faces on board this evening, as those who disembarked in Nuuk are replaced with new travellers.

Today's port call:
Nuuk 07:30 - 21:00
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Day 5. Maniitsoq - Kangaamiut - Sisimiut

This morning the ship arrives in Maniitsoq, commonly referred to as “the Venice of Greenland” by locals, due to the small natural canal-like channels in the surrounding archipelago. Approx. 2,800 people live in Maniitsoq. The city is located on an island at the mouth of Hamburgsund, surrounded by high mountains, deep fjords and glaciers.
The ship sails slowly here, and if the weather is good most people are out on deck enjoying the view.
If the crew spot whales, they make an announcement so you don’t miss the spectacle.

Shortly before dinner the ship arrives off the coast of Kangaamiut. Unable to land passengers directly here, smaller vessels are used for ship to shore transport.

Evening arrival in Greenland's second largest city, Sisimiut.
Beautifully situated among high mountains, the city has approx. 5,600 inhabitants.
Known for their independence and entrepreneurship, one such entrepreneur is a woman from South Greenland who has opened the store Qiviut. Qiviut is the Greenlandic name for muskox wool, which is warmer than sheep wool and softer than cashmere.
For the ultimate Greenland souvenir, you can buy beautiful Qiviut clothing and other Greenland-related goods, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

Today's port calls:
Maniitsoq 07:00 - 08:00
Kangaamiut 11:30 - 11:45
Sisimiut 19:00 - 21:00
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Day 6. Aasiaat - Ilulissat

When you wake this morning the vessel will already be heading to Disko Bay, with plenty of opportunities to see whales and seals.
By 08:00 hrs (8 am) the ship will arrive in Aasiaat for a short 30 minute visit. During this lightening visit you can take a brisk walk to the black church and possibly further up to the assembly house, where you can "peek" through the window and see some of renowned Danish artist Per Kirkeby's paintings.

From Aasiaat the ship sails north to the iceberg capital, Ilulissat. A couple of hours sailing from Aasiaat you’ll start to see the really big icebergs which Disko Bay and Ilulissat Icefjord are famous for. This is a great chance to take photos of the ice monsters from deck, so dress warmly. Your sea voyage ends on arrival in Ilulissat.
From the port, the Hotel Icefiord bus will transfer you to your comfortable home for the next 4 nights. All rooms at Hotel Icefiord have sea views.
Welcome to the capital of the icebergs and to a firm foundation below the feet!

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 fly helicopter tours.

Today’s port calls:
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Day 7. Ilulissat. City Tour and Sermermiut Hiking

This morning we’ve arranged a guided hike around the city to gain insight into everyday life and a little about the local history, culture and nature.

In the afternoon a nice hike to Sermermiut is arranged. A visit to the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut is an absolute must. Observe at close range the impressive flow of ice and the view over the mouth of the fjord, filled with icebergs as far as the eye can see.
The view from here is breathtaking.
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Day 8: Glacier Eqi - day tour

Morning cruise of 3-5 hours to Eqi. The boat will drift for about two hours in front of Eqip Sermia glacier, waiting for the ice to calve while you enjoy lunch. Return 14.00 in the afternoon and back in Ilulissat early in the evening.

B/L/-

Day 9. Free day in Ilulissat

Day in Ilulissat are on your own. In addition to relaxing and postcard writing, you can visit the art museum, an artisan’s studio, the town museum and a sea of cosy shops. Remember, there is always something to see down at the boat harbour.
If you’d like to experience the nature and icebergs from the air, we recommend a flight-seeing excursion by helicopter or a small 2-engine airplane. Both flight-seeing trips offer excellent photo opportunities.
See pictures for excursions in Ilulissat here
B / - / -

Day 10. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq

Your Greenland adventure is at an end today, however we hope the unique impressions and memories of a lifetime will inspire you to return.
Short flight to Kangerlussuaq, where you’ll board Air Greenland’s Airbus for your flight to Copenhagen.
B / - / D

As we say in Greenlandic, Takuss' - see you later!

NOTE! – Would you like to extend the journey?

If you’d like more days to fully explore and experience our wonderful part of the world, we have excellent knowledge of Greenland and can tailor an itinerary according to your wishes.
Please contact us for information.

Price and Practical Info

Price Includes (in shared double room / cabin with private facilities)

  • Flights Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) - Narsarsuaq (Greenland) incl. taxes
  • Flights Ilulissat (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) incl. taxes
  • Sailing with Disko Line: Narsarsuaq-Qaqortoq
  • 1 night at Hotel Qaqortoq (Qaqortoq) incl. breakfast and transport on arrival / departure
  • 4 nights on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk in an outside cabin without meals - 3 persons in one cabin
  • Ship's Guide on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (June to August)
  • 4 nights at Hotel Icefiord (Ilulissat), in shared double room incl. breakfast and transport on arrival / departure - extra bed in room
  • Excursions: Hvalsø Church Ruin from Qaqortoq as well as a City Tour and Guided Hike to Sermermiut in Ilulissat
  • Excursions - Diskobay: Day tour to Eqi Glacier
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Meals, except breakfast at the hotels and meals on the Atlantic flight
  • Meals aboard M/S Sarfaq Ittuk - can be bought at Café Sarfaq
  • Excursions, except those specifically mentioned in ‘Price Includes’
  • Tour guide (this trip is on your own)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

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 dates 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.

Meals

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 is typically served.

Accommodation

Access to Electricity

It’s possible to charge digital camera batteries at the hotels and on board M/S Sarfaq Ittuk (with your own charger).

Mobile Phone

Mobile phone coverage is sparse during this trip, so there will only be limited opportunities to use your phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

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 programme. 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 the additional waiting time.

Experience Disko Island’s glaciers, Disko Bay’s huge icebergs and legendary whales, then further north, Eqi Glacier's deafening calving events. On this trip you’ll experience ice in many forms.

Tour Description

In our opinion, Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island is one of the most beautiful places in Greenland. Basalt columns and hot springs are evidence of the island’s past volcanic history. The coastal lowlands are renowned for diverse and abundant flora. The mountainous hinterland hosts the Lyngmark Glacier – one of the few places in Greenland where you can try dog sledding in summer.

You’ll travel to the unique Glacier Lodge Eqi – a small community of cabins facing the glacier Eqip Sermia, located just 80 km / 3-5 hours by boat north of Ilulissat.

Ilulissat is Greenland’s 3rd largest city and known as the Iceberg Capital. Admire these ice giants from the comfort of your fjord view room at Hotel Icefiord, located on the waterfront with a view of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ilulissat Icefjord.

Highlights

  • Icebergs, glaciers and Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Sailing with plenty of opportunity to see whales
  • Possibility to drive a dog sled on a glacier (subject to ice conditions and at additional cost)
  • Possibility for world-class walks along beautiful trails
  • Qeqertarsuaq ‘city’, known for its friendly and accommodating people
  • UNESCO World Heritage Listed destination
  • Bright days and nights thanks to the Midnight sun
  • Disko Bay's most sought after destination: Glacier Lodge Eqi
  • Possibility to take a walk up to the ice cap from Glacier Lodge Eqi
  • Experience the contrast between a ‘big city’ and a settlement in Greenland

Summary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Aasiaat via Kangerlussuaq
From Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq the flight time is approx. 4 hours and 40 minutes. In Kangerlussuaq you switch to a smaller domestic flight which takes you to Aasiaat.

Day 2. Aasiaat - Qeqertarsuaq
Afternoon departure by Disko Line fast ferry to Qeqertarsuaq, the only ‘city’ on Disko Island. The trip takes about 1½ hours. In Qeqertarsuaq you’ll be staying at Hotel Disko Island.

Day 3. Qeqertarsuaq - Possibility for Dog Sledding
Qeqertarsuaq is one of the few places in Greenland where it’s possible to go dog sledding in summer. The approx. 1000 m high mountains are glacier topped, and for those with the energy, you can hike to the top of Lyngmark Glacier for a dog sledding trip to remember!

Day 4. Qeqertarsuaq - Ilulissat
After a few days in paradise (in our opinion), the trip continues to the iceberg capital Ilulissat. Here is also beautiful but in a different way. On arrival in Ilulissat the hotel bus will meet you at the port and take you to Hotel Icefiord for the night.

Day 5. Ilulissat - Glacier Lodge Eqi
Morning cruise of 3-5 hours to Eqi. The boat will drift for about two hours in front of Eqip Sermia glacier, waiting for the ice to calve while you enjoy lunch. You’ll then land at Port Victor for your 2 night stay at Glacier Lodge Eqi.

Day 6. Glacier Lodge Eqi
For some people it’s enough to relax around the lodge, but you also have the chance to hike to the ice cap for a special experience.

Day 7. Glacier Lodge Eqi - Ilulissat
The last morning at Glacier Lodge Eqi to enjoy the unique view and go for a walk, before the boat takes you back to Ilulissat in the afternoon.

Day 8. Ilulissat, City Tour and Sermermiut Hiking
The morning is spent with a guide who will show you around Ilulissat. In the afternoon a guide will take you on a beautiful walk to Sermermiut.

Day 9. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq
Take your last look at Ilulissat and the icefjord before your short domestic flight to Kangerlussuaq, connecting with a trans-Atlantic flight to Copenhagen.

Click here to see the detailed daily itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Copenhagen - Aasiaat via Kangerlussuaq

It takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes to fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland’s main gateway. In Kangerlussuaq you change to a domestic flight heading to Aasiaat, Greenland’s 5th largest city.
In Aasiaat the main economic activity is fishing, although ship building and tourism are important to the local economy too. The city is an education centre with four schools. The renowned Danish artist Per Kirkeby lived in Aasiaat for a number of years. Before returning to Denmark he gifted 24 paintings to the city, which today hang in the assembly hall.
In Aasiaat you will stay at the Sømandshjem (Seamen’s Home), located a few metres from the harbour. Seamen's Home hotels are popular in Greenlandic towns, offering simple and comfortable accommodation.
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Day 2. Aasiaat - Qeqertarsuaq

Departure from Aasiaat to Qeqertarsuaq in the afternoon by fast ferry (1½ hours) across Disko Bay. You’ll be staying 2 nights at Hotel Disko Island.
In our opinion, Qeqertarsuaq is one of the most beautiful places in Greenland. Glacier covered basalt mountains dominate the hinterland, but on the coast you’ll find an abundance of flora, with angelica being one of the most prominent.
Qeqertarsuaq means "big island" and it is by far the largest off the coast of Greenland. There is only one town and a small settlement. The rest of the island is raw and impressive nature.
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Day 3. Qeqertarsuaq - Possibility for Dog Sledding

Today is at leisure, but if you’re fit enough, we recommend a guided dog sledding tour atop Lyngmark Glacier. Qeqertarsuaq is one of the few places in Greenland where you can go dog sledding in summer, if local conditions permit.

Note! The summer dog sledding season is from approx. 15 June - 15 August. We cannot guarantee sledding on Lyngmark Glacier outside these approx. dates due to unsuitable conditions.

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Guided Excursion incl. Dog Sledding

Do you have a dream to go dog sledding in Greenland during summer, where you can also experience the Midnight Sun? Well, your dream can be fulfilled here.
It can never be compared to winter dog sledding, but it’s a good alternative for those who cannot come here in winter.
The hike ascent is approx. 900 meters.
REMEMBER HIKING BOOTS, not hiking shoes, but boots:
It’s important to mention that this hike is difficult. On a scale from 1 to 6 this is rated around 3-4, where 1 is a city tour and 6 is hard mountain climbing.
As one of the most beautiful hikes in Greenland, it usually takes 2½ to 4 hours each way.
Once you reach the top, just enjoy it, because the return trip may be hard if you’re not in peak condition.
If you have a bad back, knee or hip, you should carefully consider whether this is suitable for you.

Guided Excursion incl. Dog Sledding
The tour starts at 9:00 hrs (9 am) with a briefing before departure. You’ll travel through the town towards Uunartuarsuk, where the track to Uunartuarsuup Sermia begins. Your guide will lead the way, ensuring everyone is safe.
Lunch is served on arrival at the cottage by the glacier.
Dog sledding takes place during the afternoon, lasting approx. 1 - 1½ hours.
After a dinner consisting of Greenlandic specialities, you’ll be guided down from the glacier.
Duration: 10 - 12 hours, starting at. 09:00
Season: Approx. 15 June – 15 August
Participants: Min. 1 person
Price: DKK 1,600 (EUR 215)

NOTE! Like everywhere in Greenland, the weather and ice conditions dictate activities and transport. With safety of paramount importance, the guide and tour operators will decide whether the trip can be completed or not.

Day 4. Qeqertarsuaq - Ilulissat

The trip continues to the iceberg capital Ilulissat. On arrival in Ilulissat you’ll be transferred by Hotel Icefiord's bus to your home for the next 2 nights. The hotel has a good restaurant, but if you’d like something different, Ilulissat has a variety of cafes and restaurants offering burgers, Thai food and fine dining.
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.
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Day 5. Ilulissat - Glacier Lodge Eqi

Early morning departure by boat to the calving glacier Eqi, a journey of about 3-5 hours. The boat will be positioned a safe distance in front of the glacier so you can hopefully witness a calving. Lunch is served on board. Early afternoon you’ll arrive at Glacier Lodge Eqi where you’ll be accommodated in a comfortable cottage with beautiful views of the calving glacier.
The stay is ‘all inclusive’, which means breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. There are no shops so no possibility to buy anything, but of course you can bring drinks or snacks from Ilulissat if you wish.
B/ L / D

Day 6. Glacier Lodge Eqi

Enjoy the tranquillity at Glacier Lodge Eqi. The silence only being broken by new-born icebergs crashing into the water as Eqi calves. You have the opportunity to hike to and on the ice cap - a special and humbling experience to observe a large river of melt water flowing from the Greenland Ice Cap.
See the excursion description here.
B / L / D

Day 7. Glacier Lodge Eqi - Ilulissat

Breakfast and lunch are served at Glacier Lodge Eqi. For those who wish, after breakfast there is a beautiful hike to the glacial moraine. Walk past the lagoon to the front of the glacier and bring your lunch sandwich from Café Victor. Enjoy your little picnic seated in the front row at the old edge of the moraine, overlooking the deep ice slopes of the glacier. The hiking trip typically takes about 4 hours, returning to Glacier Lodge Eqi in time for the cruise back to Ilulissat. The boat departs Eqi at 14:00 hrs (2 pm), with arrival in Ilulissat around 19:00 hrs (7 pm). Two more nights at Hotel Icefiord.
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Day 8. Ilulissat - City Tour and Sermermiut Hiking

Breakfast while admiring the beautiful view of the icefjord.
This morning you’ll take a guided city walk to gain insight into everyday life and a little about local history, nature and of course the fishing industry.

Afternoon guided hike to the old Inuit settlement Sermermiut, overlooking the icefjord mouth. Beautifully situated on the outskirts of Ilulissat, the hike is about 5 km and reasonably easy.
UNESCO’s addition of Ilulissat Icefjord and Sermermiut to its World Heritage List has had a significant positive impact to the region. Your guide will explain what UNESCO conservation means and why it’s so important.
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Day 9. Ilulissat - Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq

The day begins with breakfast at the hotel and a last look at Ilulissat and the icefjord, before your short flight to Kangerlussuaq. In Kangerlussuaq you’ll board Air Greenland’s Airbus for your flight to Copenhagen.
B / - / D

As we say in Greenlandic, Takuss' - see you later!

NOTE! – Would you like to extend the journey?

If you would like more days to fully explore and experience our wonderful part of the world, we have excellent knowledge of Greenland and can tailor an itinerary according to your wishes. Please contact us for information.

Click here for Price and Practical info

Price and Practical Info

Price Includes

  • Flights Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Aasiaat (Greenland) incl. taxes
  • Flights Ilulissat (Greenland) - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) - Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe) incl. taxes
  • 1 night at Aasiaat Sømandshjem, Aasiaat in shared double room incl. breakfast
  • 3 nights at Hotel Icefiord, Ilulissat in shared double room incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights at Hotel Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq in shared double room incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights at Glacier Lodge Eqi, in shared 2-person standard cabin incl. full board (start and finish with lunch)
  • Transport from / to airport and hotel (Ilulissat)
  • Sailing: Aasiaat-Qeqertarsuaq-Ilulissat-Eqi-Ilulissat
  • Excursions in Ilulissat: City Tour and Walk to Sermermiut
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • All taxes and charges

Price Excludes

  • Meals, except breakfast, meals at Glacier Lodge Eqi and meals on the Atlantic flight
  • 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, 6,400 DKK. However, this is not possible in Eqi

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.

Meals

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 is typically served.

Accommodation

Access to Electricity

It’s possible to charge digital camera batteries at the hotels (with your own charger). However, access to electricity cannot be offered while staying at Glacier Lodge Eqi, as electricity is only produced for short periods during the day by a generator.

We recommend you bring extra batteries (charged) for the nights in Eqi.

Mobile Phone

Mobile phone coverage is sparse during this trip, so there will only be limited opportunities to use your phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE!

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 programme. 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.

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