Northern Lights in Greenland

Cruises, Escorted, Northern Lights
Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat
8 Days
Oct
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A special Northern Lights hunting tour, visiting three of the most popular destinations in Greenland, Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat. Start in Kangerlussuaq, then fly to Nuuk, and enjoy 2 nights on the leisurely coastal ferry to Ilulissat, the town of the icebergs, a wonderful place with dramatic views of the World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Your tour arrangements include return flights to Greenland from Copenhagen. 

Day 1 Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq
Make your own way to the airport for your Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq flight. The first sight of Greenland from the air is truly special! Check in at Hotel Kangerlussuaq, right next to the airport. After being welcomed by your tour leader, optional excursion to the Ice Sheet Point 660 (5 hours), the second largest ice sheet in the world and covering 80 percent of Greenland. It is a truly unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel the forces of nature. Along the way, we pass the spectacular Russell Glacier – another breathtaking sight with its vertical ice wall of up to 60 metres. 

Optional evening Northern Lights excursion (2 hours) with Greenlandic coffee and storytelling.

Day 2  Kangerlussuaq - Nuuk
After breakfast, fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk. The landmark of Nuuk, Sermitsiaq Mountain, gives you a majestic welcome and the fantastic fjord system showcases Greenland's unique natural beauty. Here we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour where you will be introduced to the main attractions, including the Greenland National Museum, the beautiful arts centre of Katauaq, with a facade inspired by the Northern Lights, and the beautiful old district of town with the statue of the explorer Hans Egede looking across the old colonial harbour, the fjord, and the mountain range in the distance.

Afternoon free to explore the town on your own. A wide selection of local arts and crafts can be found in the small shops of the town, selling everything from small, delicate earrings to seal skin fur coats. In the evening board the coastal ferry for the journey towards Ilulissat.

The ferry sails regularly up and down along the west coast of Greenland and as it calls into the coastal towns, there is a wonderful atmosphere of activity and joyful reunion. During the voyage, enjoy the passing scenery from inside the Panoramic Lounge located at the back of the vessel, or from one of the outdoor areas, seated comfortably in a deck chair. The speed is nice and slow, fully allowing you to relax and enjoy the changing scenery. If it is a cloudless night, there is a good chance to see the northern lights from the deck or the Panoramic Lounge.

Day 3  At Sea, Sisimiut and Maniitsoq
Today enjoy sailing along the Greenlandic west coast. During the day the ferry calls at both Maniitsoq, a small town beautifully situated on the archipelago, and at Kangaamiut, whilst you will stay on board. It is always exciting to stand and watch life on the harbour and in the village from the deck.

Later there will be a stop at Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and Greenland's second largest town, where you can disembark and enjoy a guided walk in the town. Sisimiut has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, by the Inuit peoples of the Saqqaq culture, the Dorset culture, and the Thule culture, and is a town where the colour palette of the houses provides a stunning contrast to the undulating rocky area. Visit the local museum and walk through the old district with the original colonial buildings. 2nd night onboard. Once again, the opportunity to see the Northern Lights from the deck or the Panorama Lounge tonight.

Day 4  Arrival in Ilulissat and guided sightseeing tour
As we approach Ilulissat on the ferry, enjoy the sight of the icebergs in magnificent Disko Bay. Check in at Hotel Arctic, where you will stay for the next four nights. Information meeting, followed by a sightseeing tour of the town, with an introduction to the history and culture and a visit to the museum, the old colonial houses, the beautiful and simple Zion’s Church, and the lively harbour. After the town tour, we head towards the outskirts of town where the sled dogs reign and learn about life as a sled dog. Afternoon and evening at leisure in Ilulissat, visit local craft shops and see many cafes and restaurants. Dinner on your own. Search for the Northern Lights this evening from the hotel terrace.

Day 5  Hike to Sermermiut Valley
Morning hike to Sermermiut Valley along Ilulissat Ice Fjord (5 hours). To the top of the Sermermiut Valley by car. Walk at a steady pace, but the terrain is uneven in some places. Begin walking at the old quarry on the outskirts of Ilulissat, passing Seqinniarfik. Stop for lunch before reaching the vantage point at Nakkaavik (Kællingekløften), with views of Ilulissat Ice Fjord and the huge amounts of ice and icebergs that float along the fjord. Walk past the former Inuit settlement Sermermiut, before hike ends. Dinner on your own in Ilulissat. Northern Lights hunting with your tour guide this evening.

Day 6  Ilulissat. Day at leisure or optional excursions
Time to relax and explore on your own. You can also over the course of the next two days enjoy three great trips that form the optional excursion package, which offers the following excursions plus two Day 1 optional excursions: 

* Sailing on Ilulissat Ice Fjord (2½ hours) The sun and the warm red colours reflecting on the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight as you cruise between the icebergs.

* Inuit Legends (3 hours) Evening visit to a peat hut or mountain tent. Learn about Inuit culture, the original religion, and the Inuit relationship to the Northern Lights. Traditional Greenlandic food tastings and coffee are served. Opportunity to walk in snowshoes if there is enough snow in the mountains.


Day 7  Ilulissat. Day at leisure or optional excursion
Time to relax and explore on your own or optional excursion:

* Sailing to Ilimanaq (5 hours). Only one generation ago, most Greenlanders lived in several small settlements, such as limanaq, once a traditional hunting village. We sail through the Icefjord to Ilimanaq, which is almost 15 kilometres south of Ilulissat. Guided tour of the settlement, with stories of life here both in the present and in the past. The trip is about 5 hours, with 2-3 hours in Ilimanaq. Take a packed lunch for the trip. Coffee, and tea will be served on the boat. 

Farewell dinner at the hotel this evening. Evening Northern Lights hunt on foot in the area outside the hotel.

Day 8 Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen
Bringing home a wealth of experiences from this amazing land, fly to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq, arriving at Copenhagen airport in the evening. On arrival at Copenhagen airport your tour arrangements end.

2020 Departure: 01 October

Includes: return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq Air Greenland; flight Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk Air Greenland; flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq Air Greenland; coastal ferry Nuuk – Ilulissat; 5 nights accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar in standard rooms with private facilities and breakfast; 2 nights in a cabin on board the coastal ferry with private facilities and full board; 2 dinners (Day 1, Day 7); guided town tours Nuuk, Sisimiut and Ilulissat; National Museum entrance; guided hike to Sermermiut Valley with packed lunch; transfer hotel-Ilulissat Airport (Day 8); services of English speaking tour leader from arrival in Kangerlussuaq until departure from Ilulissat. 

Excludes: beverages with included dinners; beverages on board ferry; optional excursion package (5 excursions).

Maximum group size: 15 persons

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$ 5604.00
Single AUD$ 6116.00

Includes: return flight Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq Air Greenland; flight Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk Air Greenland; flight Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq Air Greenland; coastal ferry Nuuk – Ilulissat; 5 nights accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar in standard rooms with private facilities and breakfast; 2 nights in a cabin on board the coastal ferry with private facilities and full board; 2 dinners (Day 1, Day 7); guided town tours Nuuk, Sisimiut and Ilulissat; National Museum entrance; guided hike to Sermermiut Valley with packed lunch; transfer hotel-Ilulissat Airport (Day 8); services of English speaking tour leader from arrival in Kangerlussuaq until departure from Ilulissat. 

Excludes: beverages with included dinners; beverages on board ferry; optional excursion package (5 excursions).

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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