Icebergs and Sisimiut

Ilulissat to Sisimiut by ferry
Sarfaq Ittuk, Disko Bay Greenland © Arctic Umiaq Line

This fantastic exploration of Greenland combines visits to beautiful Ilulissat, the 'Town of the Icebergs', and picturesque and historic Sisimiut, with an overnight travelling by ferry along the spectacular Greenlandic West Coast.


Day 1 Copenhagen - Ilulissat

Make your own way to the 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 era, as well as the busy fishing harbour, the old church and museum. Then enjoy dinner at the hotel. 3 nights in Ilulissat at the Hotel Arctic or similar.

Day 2 Ilulissat: Home Visit and Midnight Cruise Amongst the Icebergs

Today experience Greenlandic culture with a visit to a local home. 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 costumes and learn about life so very isolated from the rest of the world. Time at leisure. Dinner at the hotel, then later tonight enjoy a fantastic 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. 

Day 3 Ilulissat: Day at Leisure

Today there is time for you to explore Ilulissat or take one of the great guided optional excursions offered as follows: 

Cruise to Eqi Glacier and Rodebay: 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. Then you will visit Rodebay settlement with a local population of less than 40 people, largely dependent on fishing and hunting - quite a 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. Meal included. 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. 1.5hrs.

Ilimanaq and Whale Safari: Visit the picturesque settlements of Ilimanaq combined with a whale safari in Disko Bay. During the summertime the humpback whales come to the Disko Bay to feed on capelin, a small herring-like fish. Packed lunch included. 5-6hrs.

Kayaking: morning or evening guided kayak tours. 3hrs.

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. 7-8hrs.

Dinner at the hotel. 

Day 4 llulissat: Icebergs of Sermermiut then Afternoon Boarding

This morning 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.

This afternoon transfer to the pier to board the ferry, for the 17:00hrs departure on the southbound cruise along the West Coast, with a short stop in Aasiaat late this evening. Dinner onboard, then relax and marvel at the passing scenery, from the indoor panoramic lounge located at the rear of the vessel, or from one of the many outdoor areas on deck. The cruising speed is leisurely, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the changing landscapes. 1 night on board, outside cabin with private facilities.

Day 5 West Coast: Sisimiut Arrival and disembarkation

Breakfast onboard. Arrive in Sisimiut at around 09:00hrs and disembark. Welcome meeting at hotel, then time at leisure.  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 artifacts from the early settlement era can be found throughout the region. Dinner at the hotel. 2 nights in Sisimiut at the Hotel Sisimiut or similar. 

Day 6 Sisimiut: Day at Leisure

Spend time at the Sisimiut Museum, the local cultural and historical museum where you can experience the many layers of history of the town and surrounding regions. The museum is housed in old colonial buildings, several of which are from the 18th century, and also has a major archaeological exhibition where you can see the rich finds from the settlements of the Saqqaq culture. Visit Greenland's oldest church, Bethelkirken, also known as the Blue Church, the old cemetery and the historic charming old town buildings, painted in bright colours.

The town is also known for it's local handicrafts and here you can find authentic artistic creations made of reindeer antlers, seal skin, walrus tusks and more. Many shops sell small tupilaq statues - figures carved into animal bones which were once used by Inuits to avenge their enemies! There are also traditional kayak and boat builders working here. Sisimiut also has a number of cafes and restaurants and you can visit the fish and meat market of Qimatulivik for a casual dining experience. 

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 Sisimiut - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight from Sisimiut to Kangerlussaq and on to Copenhagen. On arrival at the airport in Copenhagen, your tour arrangements end.

2021 departures: every Thursday from 17 June - 09 September


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.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Ilulissat to Sisimiut by ferry
  • Tour Category

    Cruises, Independent
  • Duration

    7 days


    Jun - Sep

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: flight Copenhagen - Ilulissat; flight Sisimiut - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen; Greenland airport transfers; 3 nights hotel accommodation in Ilulissat with breakfasts and dinners; 1 night coastal voyage on MS Sarfaq Ittuk, outside cabin with private facilities, dinner (Day 4) and breakfast (Day 5) on board; 2 nights hotel accommodation in Sisimiut, breakfasts and dinners; Ilulissat welcome meeting and guided town walk 1hr; Home Visit 1.5hrs; Ilulissat Midnight Cruise 2.5hrs; Icebergs of Sermermiut 2hrs.

      EXCLUDES: Copenhagen airport transfers; optional excursions

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