Arctic Spring

Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat
Sisimiut, Greenland © Lisa Germany/Visit Greenland

The month of May is a wonderful time to be in Greenland. The start of warmer temperatures transforms the otherwise white carpet of this vast landscape! This escorted tour is the perfect introduction to the beauty of Greenland's Arctic nature and to Inuit culture. Start in Kangerlussuaq, then fly to Nuuk, and enjoy two 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, excursion to the Ice Sheet Point 660 (5hrs), 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 breath taking sight with its vertical ice wall of up to 60m. 

Welcome dinner this evening at Roklubben. Overnight at Hotel Kangerlussuaq or similar.

Day 2 Kangerlussuaq - Nuuk

After breakfast, we 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 façade inspied 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.

The afternoon is free for you 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. Overnight at HHE Express Nuuk or similar.

Day 3 Boat trip to Kangeq and The Island of Hope, board the Coastal Ferry

Excursion by boat to the edge of the North Country / Akia, opposite Nuuk. Here you find the old settlement of Kangeq, which has been unpopulated since the 1960s. The visit lasts approx. 1.5hrs. Sail onwards on to the nearby island of Hope. In the surroundings of the islands there are several Inuit ruins which tell the story of Kangeq as a central place on the old trading routes. 

This evening we board the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk 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.

Day 4 At sea, stop at Sisimiut with guided town walk

During the morning we will sail past both Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut. 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. We will visit the local museum and walk through the old district with the original colonial buildings. 2nd night on board.

Day 5 Arrival in Ilulissat and guided sightseeing tour

As we approach Ilulissat on the ferry, enjoy the sight of the icebergs in magnificent Disko Bay.

Transfer and check in at Hotel Arctic or similar, then enjoy 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. 

Day 6 Ilulissat: Hike to Sermermiut and Sail on Illulisat Icefjord

This morning, guided hike to Sermermiut, an old settlement right at the mouth of the Icefiord where giant icebergs have stranded on an old moraine.

Evening boat excursion on Ilulissat Icefjord. The sun and the warm red colours reflecting on the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight as you cruise between the icebergs.

Day 7 Ilulissat: Ilimanaq excursion

Excursion by boat through the Icefjord to Ilimanaq, 15km 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 five hours, with 2-3 hours in Ilimanaq.

Remainder of the time at leisure to explore Ilulissat. You can also follow in the footsteps of Knud Rasmussen at the local museum and end your stay in Greenland with a shopping trip in the local stores and souvenir shops. Farewell dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 8 Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

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

2021 departure: 19 May


Maximum Group Size: 29 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.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat
  • Tour Category

  • Duration

    8 days


    19 May 2021

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • 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; museum entrances; Ice Sheet excursion 5hrs (Day 1); Boat trip to Kangeq and The Island of Hope 4hrs (Day 3); Hike to Sermermiut (Day 6); Sailing at Ilulissat Ice Fjord ( Day 6 ); Boat trip to Ilimanaq ( Day 7 ); transfer hotel-Ilulissat Airport (Day 8); services of bi-lingual tour leader from arrival in Kangerlussuaq until departure from Ilulissat.

      EXCLUDES: beverages with included dinners; beverages on board ferry; optional excursions.

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