Greenland From the Sea

Ilulissat to Narsaq by boat, with stops en-route
6 or 9 days
Jun - Aug
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This fantastic exploration tour combines 3 days travelling by ferry along the spectacular Greenlandic West Coast, with time spent on land in beautiful Ilulissat, the 'Town of the Icebergs' and in Narsaq, on the shore of Tunulliarfik Fjord, where people have lived for thousands of years and remains of the old Norse settlements can be found.

Choose from 6 days from Copenhagen, or 6 or 9 days from either Copenhagen or Reykjavik. The 6 day tour is shown below. The 9 day tour has one extra day in Ilulissat and 2 extra days in Narsaq - notes for this longer tour follow.

6 Day Itinerary Day 1 Copenhagen - Ilulissat
Make your own way to the Copenhagen 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 the museum. Then enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Tonight after dinner you can take an optional 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.

Day 2 llulissat: Morning at Leisure then Afternoon Boarding 
Morning at leisure - perhaps take one of the short 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.

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. 

In the afternoon, transfer to the pier to board the ferry, for the 16:30 departure on the southbound cruise along the West Coast. There is a short stop in Aasiaat. 3 nights on board in outside cabin with private facilities.

Day 3  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 4  West Coast: Nuuk
This morning call in to the small city that is Greenland's capital, 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. Stay in Nuuk until around 1pm, before re-boarding.

Day 5  Paamuit - Narsaq: Disembarkation
Continue sailing in the beautiful South Greenland Archipelago. Short stop at Paamuit, a town based around fishing.  Then continue to Narsaq, for arrival at around 21:30hrs. Here disembark and transfer to your hotel for overnight. 

Day 6  Narsaq - Narsarsuaq - Copenhagen 
This morning enjoy a short guided walk of Narsaq town, before transferring to the airport for a helicopter flight to Narsarsuaq. (Please note if the weather is inclement the transfer from Naarsaq to Narsarsauq will be done by boat). In Narsarsuaq, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Copenhagen. On arrival at the airport there, your tour arrangements end. 

Departures 2018: 

6 days from Copenhagen every Saturday from 09 June to 25 August

9 days from Copenhagen every Wednesday from 06 June to 22 August

9 days from Reykjavik every Friday from 08 June to 24 August

Includes 6 day tour: Flight Copenhagen - Ilulissat; flight Narsarsauq - Copenhagen; airport transfers in Greenland; 2 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast; dinner at the hotel Day 1; 3 night coastal voyage  with accommodation in outside cabin with private facilities; transfer by helicopter or boat Narsaq - Narsarsuaq; guided town tours in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Narsaq; local guides in Ilulissat and Narsaq.

Excludes: airport transfers in Copenhagen, 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.

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9 Day Tour: The 9 day tour has one extra day in Ilulissat and 2 extra days in Narsaq. During this extra time, you can enjoy some of the various optional excursions offered in those destinations as follows:

ILULISSAT OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

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.

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.

NARSAQ OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

Easy Hike to The Dyrnæs Peninsula: A leisurely hike with highlights including a visit to a non-excavated Viking ruin with remains from the Inuit people, and beautiful Arctic scenery. This hike is easy to moderate.3hrs

Boat Trip to the Inland Ice Cap: By boat across the ice-filled Bredefjord to a fjord system northwest of Narsaq leading up to the impressive Twin Glaciers, where we go ashore on a small rock emerging from the glacier front. Here we will enjoy our packed lunch before continuing into another fjord with bird's cliffs and a big waterfall. 4hrs

Hike to Kvanefjeld: We drive to the end of the road before beginning a slightly demanding hike to the mountain Kvanefjeldet, which is famous for its great variety of minerals. Explore the area and discovery the rich diversity of flora and fauna. Your guide will tell you about the history of this area. 5.5hrs

Includes 9 day tour: Flight Reykjavik or Copenhagen - Ilulissat; flight Narsarsauq - Reykjavik or Copenhagen; airport transfers in Greenland; 5 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast; dinner at the hotel Day 1; 3 night coastal voyage with accommodation in outside cabin with private facilities; transfer by helicopter or boat Narsaq - Narsarsuaq; guided town tours in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Narsaq; local guides in Ilulissat and Narsaq.

Excludes 9 day tour: airport transfers in Copenhagen or 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 to Greenland may depart from / return to Reykjavik Domestic Airport or Keflavik International Airport.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6924.00
Single AUD$ 8322.00

Includes 6 day tour: Flight Copenhagen - Ilulissat; flight Narsarsauq - Copenhagen; airport transfers in Greenland; 2 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast; dinner at the hotel Day 1; 3 night coastal voyage  with accommodation in outside cabin with private facilities; transfer by helicopter or boat Narsaq - Narsarsuaq; guided town tours in Ilulissat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Narsaq; local guides in Ilulissat and Narsaq.

The price shown is for the 6 day tour - for the 9 day tour prices please enquire. Please note the price may also vary according to your dates of travel. 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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