New Year in Ilulissat

Celebrate New Year in Greenland's winter wonderland
Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland © Paul Zizka/Visit Greenland

Greenland's stunning natural environment is beautiful all year, especially in the wintertime, when the land is covered by a blanket of snow and ice, and the fabled Northern Lights can appear in the polar skies. This short, fully escorted trip takes you from Copenhagen to magnificent Ilulissat, located at the world famous Ilulissat lce Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to huge icebergs that can tower up to 100m into the air, a sight you will never forget. Here you'll enjoy walking to see the icebergs at Sermermiut, a hunt for the Northern Lights, dog sledding, a boat trip on the ice fjord, plus a guided tour of the town. On December 31 celebrate with a Gala Dinner, some festive food and entertainment, and of course firework displays.

Itinerary

29 December Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat 

Make your own way to the airport for your flight from Copenhagen via Kangerlussaq and on to Ilulissat. If weather permits you might see some breathtaking views over the Inland Ice Cap and fjords, as you fly into the town. On arrival, transfer to your accommodation at Hotel Arctic, check-in, then enjoy an introduction and welcome meeting, followed by a guided tour of the town. Ilulissat is Greenland's third largest town and people have lived in the area surrounding for over 4,500 years. The town was established in 1727 and was a trading post known as Jacobshavn. Many buildings from this time survive, including the home of the world-famous polar explorer Knud Rasmussen, now the building that now houses the historical museum. Visit the older areas, as well as the busy fishing harbour, the old Zion Church & the museum. Four nights at Hotel Arctic.

30 December Ilulissat: Walk to Sermermiut and Northern Lights Safari

Today, we start with a visit to the former settlement of Sermermiut. We travel by bus as far as the road goes, then enjoy a beautiful guided walk on the boardwalk along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut. Here traces from the three old Inuit cultures can still be seen, and you can enjoy the snowy landscapes as well as the fantastic icebergs. Then time at leisure before this evening's Hunt for the Northern Lights. When the sky is clear on winter nights, you might see the most beautiful Northern Lights over Ilulissat, a truly spectacular phenomenon. We will drive away from the lights of the town to where the darkness is most intense. Here our guide will tell us all about the causes of the Lights and give some tips and tricks about taking the best photos. 2nd overnight in Ilulissat.

31 December llulissat: Husky Safari and New Year's Eve Celebration

Today, we enjoy a fun dog sled safari. We ride in hilly terrain over the Small Akinnaq mountain, to reach a great vantage point for viewing the ice fjord. 2 persons sit on each dog sled, alongside the driver, so you relax and admire the scenery while the happy dogs do all the work! Tonight enjoy a five-course Gala Dinner. At 8:00pm we go outside as the first fireworks go off, timed to honour the many friends and family celebrating New Year in Denmark, after which we return to the dinner table and the entertainment. When the clock strikes midnight, it's outside again, this time to celebrate the ‘real' New Year! 3rd overnight in Ilulissat.

01 January llulissat: Boat Trip to the Ice Fjord

After a quiet morning to relax, it's time for a boat trip on Disko Bay, to see the famous Ilulissat lce Fjord up close. Sail around and past some of the huge icebergs that are stranded here at the mouth of the fjord. Through millennia, icebergs have pushed the sandbanks forward, causing the icebergs to get stuck here as the pressure from behind increases. 4th overnight in Ilulissat.

02 January Ilulissat - Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen

Say goodbye to Greenland today. Flights take you from Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen. On arrival there your tour arrangements end.


2020 departure: 29 December

Notes:

Maximum Group Size: 72 persons

The order of your included excursions may change due to weather and other factors.

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

    Celebrate New Year in Greenland's winter wonderland
  • Tour Category

    Christmas & New Year, Northern Lights, Escorted
  • Duration

    5 days

    Departures

    29 Dec 2020

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • INCLUDES: return flights Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat, airport transfers in Greenland, 4 nights accommodation at Hotel Arctic in standard room with private facilities and daily breakfast, welcome meeting, guided town walk on arrival day, guided excursions being walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut 2hrs + Northern Lights Hunt 1.5hrs + Husky Safari 2hrs + Cruise Amongst the Icebergs 2.5hrs, 5-course New Year Gala Dinner, services of English speaking tour leader.

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