Towns of Ice

Ilulissat & Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland.
5 or 7 days
Jun - Aug
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This tour combines two highlights of western Greenland, Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq. Ilulissat offers plenty to see and do - the famous Icefjord is located just outside the town. From Ilulissat, fly to Kangerlussuaq, one of the best places for viewing Arctic wildlife - from Musk oxen to reindeer and Arctic foxes.

You can take a 5 or 7 day tour, from either Copenhagen or Reykjavik. The itinerary below is the 5 day tour - the 7 day tour has 2 extra days in Ilulissat.

Day 1 Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat OR Reykjavik - Ilulissat
Make your own way to the airport for your flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat, or Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, followed by a welcome meeting then a guided town walk. Learn about the history of Ilulissat and visit the old parts of town, to see buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, as well as the busy fishing harbour, old church and museum. Welcome dinner at the hotel tonight.

Days 2 and 3 Ilulissat: Days at Leisure
Today and tomorrow, there is time for you to explore Ilulissat or take one of the great guided optional excursions offered 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. Founded around 1741, the current population is approx 80 inhabitants. Sail among massive icebergs that lie at the mouth of Ilulissat icefjord. Your tour includes lunch. 6hrs

Home Visit: Come join a local family for a cup of coffee. reenlanders 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 Disko Bay to spot humpback whales that come to feed on capelin, a small herring-like fish (a protected species). The whales are very trusting and can often be seen 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.

On Day 3 enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq
Transfer to the airport for your Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq flight. On arrival, check-in and meet your local guide for a welcome and information meeting. Then time at leisure Perhaps try one of the optional excursions available in Kangerlussuaq as follows:

Wildlife Safari: The world's biggest population of wild Musk Oxen live within close range of Kangerlussuaq. Drive by minibus to an area where it is possible to see these fascinating beasts, as well as reindeer. Please note that as we are going into the wilderness, there is no guarantee that you will see the animals, but the viewing rate is generally high. 2.5hrs.

4WD to the Inland Ice Cap: Today enjoy an amazing guided tour by 4 wheel drive through an Arctic desert, along rivers, through old glacier valleys and over small mountains directly to the Inland Ice Cap. En route, we make several photo stops and walk to some viewing  points to better overlook this fantastic Arctic landscape (the actual part of the Ice Cap visited will depend upon the weather.) 4-5hrs.

Sightseeing by plane 25 or 45 minutes: This unforgettable tour offers a flight in a 5-seat aircraft cruising at low altitude over the Kangerlussuaq area, with the Inland Ice Cap in the background. Window seats guaranteed. Minimum 4 persons.

Day 5 Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen OR Kangerlussuaq - Reykjavik 
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. On arrival at the airport your tour arrangements end.

Departures 2018:   

5 days from Copenhagen: every Monday and Friday from June to September
5 days tour from Reykjavik: every Monday from 16 July to 27 August

7 days from Copenhagen: every Tuesday and Friday from June to September
7 days from Reykjavik: every Saturday from 14 July to 25 August

Includes: return flights to/from Copenhagen or Reykjavik, flight Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq, transfers within Greenland, accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meetings, guided town walk in Ilulissat, 2 dinners at hotel in Ilulissat.

ExcludesOptional excursions, airport transfers in Reykjavik or Copenhagen.

Please note flights from Iceland may depart from / return to Reykjavik Domestic Airport or Keflavik International Airport. All tour costs are based upon a certain package price class on the included flights – if this class has sold out, the final price may be higher and will depend upon the availability of other classes at the time of booking.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4194.00
Single AUD$ 4732.00

Includes: return flights to/from Copenhagen or Reykjavik, transfers within Greenland, accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast, welcome and farewell meetings, guided town walk in Ilulissat, 2 dinners at hotel in Ilulissat.

The price shown is for the 4 day tour from Reykjavik. Please note the price may vary also according to your dates of travel. All tour costs are based upon a certain package price class on the included flights – if this class has sold out, the final price may be higher and will depend upon the availability of other classes at the time of booking.

 

 

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