7 Days – The Arctic Paradise – Winter 2018

During this 7 days winter trip to Greenland you will experience some of the absolute highlights in Greenland. The journey begins just north of the polar circle in Kangerlussuaq, the old American military base, where you have the opportunity to experience the northern lights, Musk Ox, and the Greenland Ice cap.

After two days in Kangerlussuaq you fly north to Ilulissat and the famous ice fiord Kangia. Here you will go on a boat cruise among the gigantic icebergs, hike to old inuit settlement, and maybe go on a dogsledding tour with a local hunter.

Hundeslædeturen er uden tvivl et af højdepunkterne

When going to Greenland in winter time, dog sledge is a must-do! Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland

Travel info:


Tour name: The Arctic Paradise
Duration: 7 days
Highlights

  • The Greenlandic Ice Cap
  • Northern Light
  • Musk Oxes
  • Boat cruise on the famous Kangia Ice Fjord
  • Dogsledge trip (add-on)
  • Guided hike UNESCO site

Departures for 2018:

    • 06. feb – 12. feb:    Pris pr person DKK 13.990,-
    • 27. feb – 05. mar:  Pris pr person DKK 13.990,-
    • 06. mar – 12. mar: Pris per person DKK 13.990,-
    • 26. mar – 02. apr: Pris per person DKK 14.900,- (Easter + 1 extra day)
    • Single room supplement: DKK 1.700,- (€uro 230,-)

Itinerary:


Day 1: Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq - free day
Departure from Copenhagen at 11:00am, arrival in Kangerlussuaq at 11:40am local.

In Kangerlussuaq you will be living at the Old Camp Hostel, which is about 1.5 km from the airport. There will be transfer from the airport waiting for you. Upon arrival at Old Camp, we will hold a short briefing about the activities in Kangerlussuaq.

Today is a free day, but we can warmly recommend you to book up our popular tundra hiking looking for musk ox and having a lunch over open fire (depending on weather and temperature) – for more information about this tour or other excursions (Dog sledge trips, tundra safari, Ice Fishing) please read below.

Day 2: Kangerlussuaq – trip to the Ice Cap  
Breakfast at Old Camp.
Today we embark on a journey to the famous Ice Cap, which has its beginnings about 40km from Kangerlussuaq. The trip goes through very beautiful Greenlandic landscapes, which have been formed by the movement of the ice sheet throughout thousands of years. The mountains are rounded, and it’s easy to see the effects and strong forces of the ice. If weather permits we will be able to walk up onto the ice cap itself. At its highest point, the Greenlandic Ice Cap is more than 3km thick!

On the way there will be plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife; musk ox, raindeer, snowhare and the elusive snow fox.

In the evening we will again go to Restaurant Roklubben, which is located at the border of the very scenic Lake Ferguson, a short drive from Kangerlussuaq. Transfer to the restaurant is included. If the weather is clear, this is a great spot to experience the Northern Lights.

Day 3: Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat / citytour
Breakfast at Old Camp, and then we leave Kangerlussuaq to fly to our new destination, Ilulissat (the name Ilulissat means means ‘icebergs’ in greenlandic – and for a reason!). Even before we land in Ilulissat, you will be able to see the dramatic landscape beneath, with gigantic icebergs far out into the horison. We pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel Hvide Falk, that lies with breathtaking views over Disko Bay.

Today we will take you on a historic city tour through Ilulissat. We walk past the old colonial harbour, and to “brættet” where the local fishermen sell their daily catch, and not least, we will visit the old house of famous polar explorer Knud Rasmussen.

Day 4: Ilulissat- Sermermiut hike & Icefjord Cruise
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk.

After breakfast we will hike up and into the Sermemiut Valley, which probably will be one of the most beautifull hikes you will ever experience. It is not hard, it is not long, but the views over Kangia Icefjord is a sight to behold! The place is on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites, and it is here where you can experience with your own ice, the “emptying” of ice into the ocean from the Ice Cap. 10% of all ice coming from the Ice Cap, goes through this narrow straight. On our way to the fjord, we will come across very old Inuit settlements.

We have lunch in town on our own.

In the afternoon, it is time to take to the seas, and we will depart for the Ice Fjord cruise. At slow speeds we will cruise through the waters littered with icebergs of all shapes and sizes. It gets cold at sea, so take extra warm cloth. Use the layer system, so you can alway put on or take off another layer of cloth.

Day 5: Ilulissat – own program
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk.

You’ll have the day to your own disposition: We highly recommend a dog sledge tour, which will be one of the highlights of your trip. Choose among the following:

  • Dog sledge tour – 3 hours: Price per person: DKK 1.450,- (€ 196)
  • Dog sledge tour – 5 hours: Price per person: DKK 1.795,- (€ 243) incl. hot drinks
  • Dog sledge tour – 2 days: Price per person: DKK 4.550,- (€ 615) incl. food, accomodation & sleeping gear

You will be picked up by a small bus at the hotel and driven to the dogsledges stands, from where the tour departs. The dogs are very eager to get going, and can’t wait; this is what they love the most. We will leave town and go whereever weather permits.

Depending on the weather situation, it get’s cold while being out on the sledge, so remember to bring warm clothes. You can rent traditional sealskin garments, which are very warm and made for this climate. (Rental for a sealskin set is 35 euro).

Day 6: Ilulissat – free day
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are on your own in Ilulissat. We recommend a visit to the local museum or the art museum. You will also have plenty of time to hike around town and enjoy the views of the Ice Fjord. Or maybe do a sightseeing tour in helicopter en small plane.

Day 7: Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk. Morning flight from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq. From here we leave for Copenhagen at 11:40, arriving in Copenhagen at 20:00, local time.

Excursion options in Kangerlussuaq:


Tundra hiking + outdoor cooking:
This is our favourite tour in Kangerlussuaq; We offer this new and exciting hike in Kangerlussuaq with our local guide, this will take us out into the wild, where we will look for muskox and cook lunch over open fire; also local food such as snow hare or muskox. This summer we spotted muskoxes on 95% of all trips! (if temperature is to cold, we’ll bring lunch packs in stead of open fire lunch).
Price: DKK 750,- (€ 100)
Duration: ca. 5-6 hours (limited space)

Dogsledge:
We can arrange everything from 2 hours to several days of dog sledge expeditions. The price starts at 140Euro, depending on hour long a trip you like. Dog sledging is a very special from of travelling, where you get close to the hunters, in their element.

Icefishing on the frozen fjord:
We drive to the harbour and walk from onto the thick ice on the Kangerlussuaq fjord. And try to find a good spot to dig a whole. Usually there are loads of fish under the ice in this area!
Price: DKK 425,- (€ 54)
Duration: 3 hours

Tundra and Wildlife Tour:
Kangerlusssuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk ox. We will drive through the stunning tundra landscape in our 4WD truck and the guide will fill us in on the various wildlife in this area. Maybe we’ll get the chance to spot musk oxen and learn more about these incredible creatures.
Price: DKK 275,- (€39)
Duration: 1,5 hours

Sightseeing in Kangerlussuaq:
Kangerlussuaq is a former American air base, but today it is the main airport of Greenland. The guide will share exciting stories, starting from the origins of the base, from the second World War to the Cold War, into a modern international airport.
Price: DKK 375,- (€49)
Duration: 2 hours

Included:


  • Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat t/r
  • All taxes
  • 2 nights at Old Camp, incl. breakfast (Kangerlussuaq) – shared facilities.
  • 2 x dinner at Rest. Roklubben (Kangerlussuaq)
  • 4 nights at Hotel Hvide Falk, incl. breakfast (Ilulissat)  (5 nights on the Easter departure 26th March)
  • Jeep to Inland Ice Cap (Kangerlussuaq)
  • Icefiord cruise to Ilulissat Icefiord
  • City Sight Seeing (Ilulissat)
  • Walk to Sermermiut (view to Icefiord – Ilulissat)

Price does not include:

  • Mandatory fee for Danish Travel Fund, and administration dkk 100,-
  • Insurances
  • Meals, besides breakfast and dinner in Kangerlussuaq
  • Other excursions not mentioned
  • Single surcharge of DKK 1.700 (approx. € 230,-)

Local guides:
On all the excursions, boattrips etc. we use the good and experienced local guides, captains etc..

 

Accommodation in Kangerlussuaq and Ilulissat:


Old Camp Hostel – Kangerlussuaq:
Is located 2 km outside the airport and is nested between Mount Hassel and the fjord Kangerlussuaq. Old Camp consists of 4 houses and has a reception, kitchen for the guests and shared facilities, and it has just been renovated in 2014. There are common area where you can meet the other guests and enjoy your evenings. All rooms are double rooms.

Hotel Hvide Falk – Ilulissat:
Older hotel in the city center with amazing 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.

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