DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
Day 1: Copenhagen-Kangerlussuaq – ice cap
Morning departure from Copenhagen at 09:00am or 11:00am.
In Kangerlussuaq you will be living at either Old Camp or Polar lodge. There will be transfer from the airport waiting for you. Upon arrival we will hold a short briefing about the activities in Kangerlussuaq.
After you have finished your briefing and checked in, it’s time to 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, reindeer, snowhare and the elusive snow fox.
In the evening we will 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 2: Kangerlussuaq-Ilulissat / citytour
Breakfast at your accomodation, 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 3: 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 4: 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:
- Price 2 hours: from DKK 1.800 (2 pax per sled)
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 where ever weather permits.
Day 5: Ilulissat – day at leisure
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are mostly 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 or small plane – or what about staying overnight in an igloo or a small settlement?
It’s also possible to join a northern light snow shoe hike, where we are out and away from Ilulissat to spot that northern light without any light pollution from Ilulissat. 2,5 hours DKK 495,-
Day 6: Ilulissat – day at leisure and wellness sauna
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are mostly 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.
In the afternoon you are invited to join our wellness sauna for 1,5 hour with a panoramic view over the Disko Bay. We have water, towels and etheric oils ready for you. If you want, you can rent the sauna on a private basis DKK 1195,-
Day 7: Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen
Breakfast at Hotel Hvide Falk. Morning flight from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq. From here we leave for Copenhagen at noon with arrival in Copenhagen during the evening.
EXTRA EXCURSION OPTIONS IN ILULISSAT:
Stay the night in Oqaatsut settlement
Day 1: Go by snow mobile to Oqaatsut from Ilulissat, where you stay the night. If the sea ice is safe, you will be able to drive on the sea ice on the way to Oqaatsut. Oqaatsut was earlier named “Rode Bay” by the Dutch whalers, because of all the whales, which were killed here and colored the rocks red by the whale blod. Today very few whales are killed and people living here, 27 all year round, mainly fish, hunt and welcome tourists. A part of your stay in the settlement is to have a taste of the Greenlandic culture and taste local specialities. Something you will never forget.
Day 2: Before going back to Ilulissat by snow mobile, you will go on a 2 hours dog sledge trip.
The trip includes: Lunch and dinner day 1 and breakfast day 2, 2 hours dog sledding, transfer to Oqaatsut and back to Ilulissat on snow mobile, accommodation and a cultural talk and tasting of Greenlandic specialities. Note: if there is no sea ice we will sail by boat to and from Oqaatsut instead.
Price per person: DKK 4500,-