Icebergs Cruise

Ilulissat to Nuuk by ferry, with stops en route
7 days
Jun - Aug
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This fantastic exploration of Greenland combines travelling by ferry along the spectacular Greenlandic West Coast, with time spent on land in beautiful Ilulissat, the 'Town of the Icebergs' and in Nuuk, the smallest and northernmost capital in the world, a fascinating town of contrasts that offers a glimpse of old Greenlandic culture and access to beautiful Arctic nature.

Day 1 Reykjavik - Ilulissat
Make your own way to Reykjavik airport for your flight to Ilulissat. On arrival in Ilulissat, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel, for a welcome meeting and briefing, followed by a guided town walk. Your guide will tell you about the history of Ilulissat and you will visit the old part of town and see buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, as well as the busy fishing harbour, the old church and museum. Then enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 Ilulissat: Day at Leisure
Today and tomorrow morning there is time for you to explore Ilulissat or take one of the great guided optional excursions offered in Ilulissat as follows:

Walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut: Travel by bus as far as the road goes then enjoy a beautiful guided walk along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut, where traces from the 3 old Inuit cultures can still be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fjord and here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs. Light refreshments included. 3hrs.

Midnight Cruise Amongst the Icebergs: Tonight enjoy a midnight cruise amongst the icebergs. The midnight sun and the warm red colours reflecting in the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late drink on "the real rocks" ! The cruise includes light refreshments. 3hrs.

Old hunter's Settlement of Rodebay: travel by boat to the small settlement Oqaatsut, also known as Rodebay, with a local population of less than 40 people, largely dependent on fishing and hunting - a quite different world compared to that of Ilulissat. Oqaatsut in Greenlandic means " the cormorants" and the village was then named Rodebay by Dutch whalers in the 18th century. The settlement is about 20km north of Ilulissat on a little peninsula facing the island of Disko. Your tour includes lunch. 6hrs

Old hunter's Settlement of Ilimanaq: travel by boat to the small settlement  of Ilimanaq, situated just south of Kangia Ice Fjord. The settlement was founded around 1741 and the current population is approx 80 inhabitants. The boat tour to Ilimanaq itakes you among the massive icebergs that lie at the mouth of the Ilulissat icefjord. Your tour includes lunch. 6hrs

Home Visit: Come join a local family for a cup of coffee. The Greenlanders are famous for welcoming visitors into their homes, inviting everyone over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The latest gossip is shared, and it will also be possible to see the national costume and learn about life so very isolated from the rest of the world. 2 hrs.

Cruise to Eqi Glacier: cruise in front of the 5 km wide glacier. The Eqi Glacier is very active so we hope for the unique sight of an iceberg “delivery”! This area is also an excellent place for spotting whales and hopefully the gentle giants of the sea will put in an appearance. Lunch included. 6-7hrs.

Visit the Huskies: Ilulissat is a dogsledding area in winter and the dogs in town are very happy to have summer visitors! Join in the feeding of a family of dogs; their owner will demonstrate the sledding equipment and tell you all about the lives of the sled dogs in Greenland. 1hr.

Whale Safari: cruise into the Disko Bay to spot whales- humpback whales come to the Disko Bay to feed on capelin, a small herring-like fish and as they are a protected species, they are very trusting and can often be enjoyed at close range. Packed lunch included. 5hrs.

Hike the Cecily Trail: Discover the different Arctic plants and beautiful icebergs floating in the Disko Bay on this guided full-day hike along the coast. Your guide tells you about the Cecily trail, named after an annual run from Rodebay to Ilulissat, used both by locals and for dog sledding in winter. Packed lunch included. Please note you have to be in good physical shape to participate in this medium level hike. 8hrs.

Sightseeing by plane 35 or 45 minutes or 1 hour: This unforgettable tour offers a flight in a 5-seat aircraft cruising in low altitude over the Ilulissat area. Window seats guaranteed. Minimum 4 persons.

Kayaking: Try your hand at kayaking with a local instructor. Kayaking has been a vital way of hunting in the Arctic for centuries and this tour will give you the opportunity to navigate amongst the icebergs like an Inuit hunter! No previous experience needed as your local instructor will be with you at all times. All equipment and clothing and lunch included. 6hrs inc 2hrs kayaking and transfers.

Evening Kayaking: witness the overwhelming beauty of the icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord, under the light of the midnight sun, as you paddle nearby. No previous experience needed as your local instructor will be with you at all times. 3hrs.

Day 3 llulissat: Morning at Leisure then Afternoon Boarding 
Morning at leisure - perhaps take one of the shorter optional excursions before boarding. Afternoon transfer to the pier to board the ferry, for the 18:30hrs departure on the southbound cruise along the West Coast. There is a short stop in Aasiaat tonight. 2 nights on board in outside cabin with private facilities.

Day 4  West Coast: Sisimiut and Maniitsoq
Today enjoy sailing south along the Greenlandic West Coast. During the morning there will be a stop at Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and Greenland's second largest town, for a short walk in the town. Later in the evening, there is another stop Maniitsoq, a small town beautifully situated on the archipelago.

Day 5  West Coast: Nuuk Arrival and disembarkation
This morning arrive in Nuuk at around 07:30hrs, and disembark. Greenland's capital is a charming town with  traditional, brightly coloured houses.  Enjoy a walking tour of the city starting at the Colonial Harbour - visit Our Saviours Church built in 1849, the Parliament, and the Atlantic harbour, which is usually full of life. The tour ends at Katuaq, the cultural centre of the town. Then transfer to your hotel.

Day 6 Nuuk: Day at Leisure
Today there is time for you to explore Nuuk or to take one of the great optional excursions offered as follows:

Fjord Safari
The Nuuk Fjord has beautiful scenery and a huge abundance of fish, birds and other wildlife. Today enjoy an exploration by boat of the area between Nuuk and the island of Sermitsiaq, where eagles are known to nest, and hopefully encounter some of this truly unique wildlife, as well as a glimpse into the lives of the local fishermen and hunters who make their living here. 3 hrs.

Icefjord Hike and Kapisillit Visit
Start today by sailing 2.5 hours from Nuuk, into the eastern part of the Nuuk Fjord. We then land near the settlement of Kapisillit and hike for approximately 45 minutes, to the plateau overlooking the Icefjord. Next we  visit tiny Kapisillit, the last permanent settlement in the Nuuk Region, and meet one of the local families. 9hrs.

Day 7  Nuuk - Reykjavik
This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight. On arrival in Reykjavik, your tour arrangements end. 

Departures 2018:  from Reykjavik every Friday from 01 June to 24 August

Includes: Flight Reykjavik - Ilulissat; flight Nuuk - Reykjavik; airport transfers in Greenland; 4 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast; dinner at the hotel Day 1; 2 night coastal voyage  with accommodation in outside cabin with private facilities; guided town tours in Ilulissat, Sisimiut and Nuuk; local guide in Nuuk.

Excludes: airport transfers in Reykjavik, optionals excursions, meals onboard the vessel.

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland- if this class has sold out, the final price may increase, depending on the availability and cost of other classes at the time of booking. Flights may depart from / return to Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik Domestic Airport, Iceland.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5565.00
Single AUD$ 6984.00

Includes: Flight Reykjavik - Ilulissat; flight Nuuk - Reykjavik; airport transfers in Greenland; 4 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast; dinner at the hotel Day 1; 2 night coastal voyage  with accommodation in outside cabin with private facilities; guided town tours in Ilulissat, Sisimiut and Nuuk; local guide in Nuuk.

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland- if this class has sold out, the final price may increase, depending on the availability and cost of other classes at the time of booking.

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