Greenland: Illussat Winter Package (0)
Greenland: Illussat Winter PackageThis escorted tour combines travel to Iceland and Greenland. Experience these two exotic arctic islands in the north, although very close in distance, their unique landscapes and cultures differ greatly. The easy access to Greenland directly from Iceland makes this combination perfect.
AVAILABLE: 27. February – 15. April 2017
PRICES PER PERSON:
(Maximal possible price depending on flight seat availability)
Price per person in a double room: 354.000 ISK
Price per person in a single room: 347.000 ISK
Price per child 2-11 years old: 204.000 ISK (family room)
Half board supplement: 13.000 ISK per person
Full board supplement: 16.500 ISK per person
Extra night: Double room – 26.500 ISK per person
Single room – 18.500 ISK per person
Arctic jacket and trousers – 4.100 ISK per day
Arctic boots – 1.100 ISK per day
Snow shoes – 4.100 ISK per day
Located roughly between Iceland and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago where the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans meet, Greenland is the world´s largest island. Forbidding, rugged and hauntingly beautiful, it is one of the planet´s last great wilderness areas.
History and culture
Settled about 4,500 years ago the early inhabitants of Greenland named it „Inuit Nunaat“which translates as „country of people“. Later the name changed to „Kalaallit Nunaat“which means “country of Greenlanders”. Much of Its forbidding interior lies under an enormous mass of ice that can reach up to 9,800 ft., - almost seven times the Empire states building.
Ilulisaat - the Iceberg
One of Greenland ‘s greatest attractions is an area surrounding a small remote town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, about 200 km (120 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Formerly known as Jakobshavn or Jakobshaven this small town is in the native tongue called „Ilulisaat“, which roughly translates as „Iceberg“.
Kangia Icefjord and Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier
Just North of Ilulisaat the Kangia Icefjord is home to Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, one of the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. Jam-packed with enormous icebergs from Sermeq Kujalleq, Kangia is considered one of the best places to experience "calving" which is when massive chunks of ice brake off glaciers and fall into the sea churning it into a spectacular maelstrom.
Many fantastic excursions are available from Ilulissat, by foot, boat, or air.
Arrival to Ilulissat. Airport transfer. Welcome dinner.
Ilulissat guided city walk
The guide will tell you about the history of the city, about Greenlandic culture and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We stop several places along the way, among other by the fishermen at the harbor, the hunters at "brættet" and we passes the famous polarexplore Knud Rasmussen's birthplace and the old wooden church Zionchurch.
Sermermiut Settlement walk
Beautiful icebergs are the setting for the old settlement Sermermiut, located one and a half kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today you can still see many remains that indicate their presence.
The guide tell stories about Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See turf hut ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.
An area so special that UNESCO named it World Heritage in 2004. It is estimated that up to 30,000 guests visit Sermermiut every year, for this reason there is a wooden walkway to protect the area against wear. Therefore anyone can go on this trip.
Northern lights safari in the evening
On winter evenings when the sky is clear you can see the beautiful Northern Lights over Ilulissat. We will drive away from the blinding lights of the town and go out where the darkness is most intense. Your guide will tell you all about what causes the phenomenon and give tips and tricks so that you can take the best pictures of the colours as they wander across the night sky.
Aurora Borealis is the night sky's most spectacular phenomenon. Solar storms over the polar region provide the best conditions to see the Northern Lights in Greenland, and the winter darkness let us experience it almost every day in Ilulissat.
We follow scientific predictions in our planning of tours and in this way give you the best possible chances of going out on a trip with success. When there is more than 20% chance of seeing the northern lights, we will pick you up at the hotel and drive out to the darkest area in Ilulissat.
Here we can take pictures and enjoy the show when the colors are moving in waves, back and forth in the sky. If the predictions are cheating us, we will give you a chance to go on tour again as soon as the chances again are over 20%. In the rare cases were no trips are done in your travel period, then we will refund the amount and hope that you come back to Ilulissat another day to try again.
Dog sledding (2 hours)
The dog sledge is one of the strongest icons of Greenland. An Inuit tradition, dating 2000 years back in time! You will not find many other means of transportation, which has survived for so long without any changes. The basic principle is still the same as in the Viking age; some dogs tied to a simple construction of wood. The experience cannot be explained – you have to try it.
Ilulissat is the biggest sledge district in Greenland and offers many great dog sledge experiences. The sledge dog driver may take you towards “Brede bugt” where you can enjoy the view of the Disko Bay. He might even take you onto the sea ice if this is thick enough. Another route goes into the hinterland, towards a viewpoint of the Icefjord, but before getting there, you have to go over “little Akinnaq” a hill top, that is not really that small. This only makes it more fun, when you have to go down it again!
If you book two people you go on the same sled, whereas if you are a single person you will be put together with another guest on the same sled.
On sledge rides, there is no guarantee that the driver speaks Danish or English. However, we can promise you that a lot can be understood using gesticulations.
You are welcomed in our tent in the mountains where you can wrap yourself in skins and blankets from the Greenlandic fauna. Our guide will introduce you to the legends and myths that have been told through generations. In the winter months, we keep an eye on the sky and hope that the northern lights will dance across it.
Culture, myths and the pioneering peoples' relationship to nature's special phenomena is the focus of this trip, and we spice up our stay in the tent with different tastes of local specialities so you come home with a treat for all the senses.
OR Iceberg view snowshoe
During winter, it can be difficult to explore the unique UNESCO world heritage area at Ilulissat, because of the snow filled landscape. During the winter the trail markings are often hidden on the longer trails. However, a local guide and snowshoes, make it a lot easier.
The tour follows the yellow trail from the power plant around the point. During the walk, there is time to enjoy the panorama view of the Sermermiut valley, the icebergs and the Disko bay. The walk ends at the old heliport.
No previous experience is required, and everybody can learn how to move safety into the winter terrain with the snowshoes.
Airport transfer and flight to Reykjavik.
- Return flight to Ilulissat from Reykjavik Domestic Airport
- Warm drinks on board
- Airport transfers in Ilulissat
- 4 nights with breakfast in Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Tours according to itinerary
- Reykjanes Peninsula
- Blue lagoon
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park