7 Days – Arctic Paradise – Summer

Our bestselling tour in winter, has now been made available in summer! On this tour the Dog sledding, which is somewhat more difficult in the summer months, has been changed to a wonderful boat voyage to the kelving glacier EQI. Everything has been arranged and selected to give you the best of the Arctic in seven days!

Eqi Gletsjer

Eqi Glacier. Photo by Ella Grødem – Visit Greenland

At the Polar Circle in Greenland lies the old American Base “Søndre Strømfjord”. Today the base has been handed over to the Greenlandish people, and is called Kangerlussuaq, which also gives name to the system of fiords that lies just a few miles outside of town.

The area around the base has magnificent wild arctic wilderness, with the Ice Cap only about 30 miles away. With its more than 10.000 Musk ox roaming about freely, this is one of the best spots in Greenland to watch wildlife. Raindeer, polar fox and hare are also commonly seen.

Experience Ilulissat (Jacobshavn) with its 100m high icebergs, kelving glaciers and the spectacular town right next to the UNESCO protected Kangia Icefiord. Here you will find that the old hunter lifestyle still lives on. In Ilulissat you will stay in the newly renovated Hotel Hvide Falk (White Falcon), and have five amazing days, you will be hard pressed to forget. Here you will find plenty of excursions.

Travel Facts


Tour: Arctic Paradise Summer 2017
Lenght: 7 days
Dates: Middle of June to mid September (almost daily departures)
Departures og prices:*

  • Price per person: DKK 18.280,- (€ 2455) Ilulissat Guesthouse
  • Price per person:  DKK 18.980,- (€ 2565) Hotel in Ilulissat
  • Add-on for single room DKK 2.300,- (€ 310)
  • Children under 12 years when sharing double room with parents. DKK 11.800,- (€ 1595)
  • Departures from Reykjavik, Iceland, also available – please contact us for information

Itinerary


Day 1 Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – The Ice Cap
Departure from Copenhagen at 09:00, and arrival in Kangerlussuaq at 09:40, local time. NB – departures from Reykjavik (Iceland) are also available

In Kangerlussuaq you will stay at the local hostal Old Camp, and upon arrival there will be a briefing about the place and the activities.

At 1pm we are heading out to the Ice Cap, which lies about 30 miles (40km) from Kangerlussuaq. We use small local busses to drive the rugged way, through beautiful landscapes, formed by the extending and retreating Ice Cap. This is actually where the ice stopped after the last Iceage, during which the Ice Cap covered most of northern Europe. The round shapes of the mountains, really shows the true force of the ice.

If conditions permit, we will be able to walk up upon the Icecap itself.

Underway there will be rich opportunities to spot wildlife.

Day 2: Day off – Optional Activities
After breakfast at the hostel, you can choose to relax and walk around the area, or go for one of our extra options.

Wilderness hike along the shores of Lake Fergusson
We will hike out into the wild along the Lake, and look for Musk Ox. For lunch we make a fire, and cook snow hare over open fire.
Price: DKK 750

Kayaktrip on Lake Tasersuatsiaq (7-9 hours)
We will leave for Tasersuatsiaq and go on a fantastic kayak trip into the blue wates. Plenty of opportunities to see Musk Ox and Inuit ruins on the way. Lunch over open fire.
Price: DKK 900

Day 3: Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat / Citytour
Breakfast at the hostel, and afterwards we fly to Ilulissat. Even at the inflight over the ice fiords, will you be able to spot floating Icebergs far into the horizon. We will pick you up and take you to your hotel, that lies at the very edge of Disko Bay.

Today we will take you on a historical walk through town, where you will get a solid introduction to Ilulissat. We will walk past the old colonial harbour, “brættet” where the local fishermen sell their daily catch, the house of Arctic Explorer Knud Rasmussena dn the Zion Church.

Day 4. Ilulissat – Sermermiut Hike & Icefiord Cruise
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk.

The first part of day offers one of the most beautiful hikes you will ever experience. Sure there are harder treks out there, with formidable views, but nothing quite like this. Towering Icebergs floating by as we walk into the valley of Sermermiut. Not too long ago several Inuit settlements called this their home, and its still possible to see some of their household remains. We will walk to the Kangia Icefiord, which came under UNESCO protection in 2004, a spectacular site. It is said that it was an Iceberg from this very glacierfront that sank the Titanic. 10% of the entire Ice spill that happens in Greenland, exits through this narrow straight and very few glaciers in the world produce more or bigger Icebergs than this place.

In the evening we will sail out and meet the Icebergs on an Icefiord Cruise. To sail among the giant Icebergs, gives a whole other perspective to the massiveness of these giant bodies of ice. It gets cold out on the ocean, so bring warm clothes, hat and gloves too.

Day 5: Cruise to EQI
Breakfast Hotel Hvide Falk. Today is another day to write home about!

Few places in Greenland are as pretty as the Glacier of EQI, the Kelving Glacier. It lies about 70km outside of Ilulissat, and we will go there by boat. On the boat we are able to sail up to the very edge of the glacier, and, if we are lucky, experience the breaking off of ice. The noise it makes when old ice cracks off and drops into the sea is a sight to behold.

Program for the EQI trip:
07.00am Departure from Ilulissat in a comfortable boat, with good space. There will be tea and coffee on the way and its possible to buy beer and soda. We will also offer a small serving of bread after departure. During the voyage, the guide will tell us about the settlements that we pass.

11.30am A solid lunch will be served. And during aprox. 1½ hour we will stay in fron of the Glacier, and cross our fingers that we will see a good show of ice breaking off.

02.00pm Arrival at Port Victor, which is the Harbour at Ice Camp Eqi. Those who are staying the night, will get off here. (It is possible to stay, and switch one night from Ilulissat to the Eqi Ice Camp for the added price of DKK 995,-)

02:15pm Journey back to Ilulissat. We are taking the same route home, and coffee and cake is served on the boat. We will be back in Ilulissat at around 07:00pm. Look out for seals and whales on the way!

Day 6. Ilulissat – Day off
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is on your own, and we recommend a visit to the local art museum or the Knud Rasmussen Museum. You will have plenty of time to hike around town, and check out the many smaller shops, some of which sell local handicrafts.

Day 7 Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk. Early flight from Ilulissat takes us to Kangerlussuaq, from where we fly back to Copenhagen where we will arrive at 08:00pm

Local guides:
On all the excrusions, boattrips etc. we use the good and experienced local guides, captains etc..
Breakfast in Old Camp. Today you will go to the ice cap in special 4×4 vans. You will drive through beautiful landscapes with good chances of spotting wild life on the way. If weather and conditions allows us we will arrive to the ice cap 660 meter above sea level and do a walk on the very ice. We will have a beautiful view over the ice cap which is more than 3 km thick at the summit!

Acommodation:


Old Camp Hostel
Is located 2 km outside the airport and is nested between Mount Hassel and the fiord Kangerlussuaq. Old Camp consists of 4 houses and has a reception, kitchen for the guests and shared facilities. There are common area where you can meet the other guests and enjoy your evenings. All rooms are double rooms.

Ilulissat Guesthouse
This is our own guesthouse located right at the sea. From our terrace you can enjoy icebergs and whales drifting by. If you are a group or family you can rent one of our houses for private use. Each house has shared facilities, bathroom, toilet, kitchen, common room with perfect view. In our reception you can also book extra excursions in the Diskobay. Ilulissat Guesthouse is located only 900 meters from the UNESCO Nationalpark. See more at www.ilulissatguesthouse.com

Hotel Hvide Falk in Ilulissat

Older hotel in the city center with nice view over the Disko Bay. All rooms are with private facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and is the very central located in Ilulissat. There is only 5 minutes walk to the town square and other restaurants.

*Price includes:


  • Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat t/r
  • All taxes
  • 2 nights at Old Camp, incl. breakfast (Kangerlussuaq) – shared facilities.
  • 4 nights at Hotel Hvide Falk, incl. breakfast (Ilulissat) or Ilulissat Guesthouse (self catering)
  • Briefing upon arrival
  • Jeep to Inland Ice Cap (Kangerlussuaq)
  • Icefiord cruise to Ilulissat Icefiord
  • City Sight Seeing (Ilulissat)
  • Walk to Sermermiut (view to Icefiord – Ilulissat)
  • Daycruise to the Kelving Glacier of EQI

Price does not include:

  • Mandatory fee for Danish Travel Fund, and administration DKK 100,-
  • Insurances
  • Meals, besides breakfast
  • Optinal excursion like Eqi overnight stay DKK 1.095,-

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