This fantastic exploration of Greenland combines travelling by ferry along the spectacular Greenlandic West Coast, with time spent on land in beautiful Ilulissat, the 'Town of the Icebergs' and in Nuuk, the smallest and northernmost capital in the world, a fascinating town of contrasts that offers a glimpse of old Greenlandic culture and access to beautiful Arctic nature.
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 Hotel Arctic or similar.
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.
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 5km 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.
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 three 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. 2 nights on board, outside cabin with private facilities.
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, where you can disembark and walk in the town. Later in the evening, there will short stops at Kangaamiut and then Maniitsoq, a small town beautifully situated on the archipelago. Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard. 2nd overnight on board.
Early morning arrival in Nuuk at around 07:00hrs, and disembark. Greenland's capital is 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 and inspired by the waves of the northern lights, icebergs and the play of light on ice and snow. Then transfer to your hotel and time at leisure. Nuuk offers high quality art and craft work, the Greenland National Museum which houses a wonderful collection of artifacts and exhibits related to Greenland's archaeology, history, art, and handicrafts, and the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. 1 night in Nuuk at Hotel Hans Egede or similar. Dinner at the hotel.
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight from Nuuk. On arrival at the airport, your tour arrangements end.
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 may depart from/return to Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik Domestic Airport, Iceland.