Ilulissat - Image of the Ice

Ilulissat - Image of the Ice

A trip to Greenland isn't complete without seeing icebergs, and there are few better places for this than Ilulissat or in Greenlandic 'iceberg'.

Ilulissat is situated at the mouth of the 56 kms long ice fjord, approx. 200 kms north of the Arctic Circle, and is filled with enormous icebergs produced by the northern hemisphere’s most productive glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq . Along this vast glacier, giant ice blocks shear off and thunder into the blue waters of the fjord, then shoot up again like missiles sending large and small tidal waves to every side. This unique nature and beauty has resulted in Ilulissat Icefjord being listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Just a couple of kilometres from Ilulissat, the idyllic Sermermiut Valley lies out towards the ice fjord. In 1727 it was Greenland’s biggest settlement and home to more than 250 people. Excavations have subsequently revealed that for thousands of years the beautiful valley has at various times been home to all of the cultures that have lived along the west coast of Greenland.

A wonderful introduction to Greenland’s magnificent Arctic nature.


Independent, 6 nights

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Day 1

Fly from the UK to Reykjavik in Iceland. Airport bus transfer to hotel.

1 night REYKJAVIK - Hotel Björk (BB)


Day 2

Take a taxi to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for the Air Iceland flight to Ilulissat. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in, information meeting and guided city walk visiting the old part of town with buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour, the old church and the museum.

4 nights ILULISSAT - Hotel Arctic (HB)


Day 6

Transfer to Ilulissat Airport for Air Iceland flight to Reykjavik. Take a taxi to your hotel.

1 night REYKJAVIK - Hotel Björk (BB)


Day 7

Airport bus transfer to Reykjavik Airport for return flight to the UK.

Departure Day: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri from London Heathrow Airport
Departure Date: June to September
Duration: 6 nights (1 x Reykjavik, 4 x Ilulissat, 1 x Reykjavik)

N. B. Departures also possible from Manchester and Glasgow at no extrra charge although additional nights may be required to fit in with flight schedules.

Hotel Björk ***

A superior three star hotel situated within a 10 minute walk from the heart of Reykjavik. The rooms are modern, spacious and comfortable with shower/wc, satellite TV and telephone and are accessible via a lift. Buffet breakfast is taken at the hotel's excellent in-house restaurant, Potturinn & Pannan. The restaurant offers a delicious selection of traditional and international cuisine prepared using the freshest of local produce.


Hotel Arctic **** Ilulissat

Located 1.5 km from the airport with a panoramic view over the Ice Fjord, and approx 2-3 km from the city centre. The hotel operates a shuttle bus service several times a day to/from the city centre. 43 standard rooms with private facilities, TV, radio and hairdryer. 22 superior rooms with private facilities, all with Ice Fjord view, TV, radio, CD player, internet connection, coffee & tea amenities, mini bar, hair dryer, & trouser press. It is possible to make an extra bed in superior rooms. Hotel facilities include sauna, solarium and work out facilities. Restaurant, brasserie and bar with a panoramic view over the Ilulissat Ice fjord.

By Helicopter to the Ice Cap (summer)

Description: A magnificent helicopter excursion in Ilulissat. The tour includes a ground stop and explores either in front of the glacier itself (long tour) or mid fjord overlooking the whole ice fjord (short tour). Actual tour depends on helicopter available. During the tour the helicopter will cruise at low altitude over the Ilulissat Ice Fjord.
Duration: Either 55 minutes or 30 minutes plus ground stops.
Price: £347 per person (55 mins) or £292 per person (30 mins).


Eqip - the Calving Glacier (summer)

Description: Eqip glacier is the only glacier in the Ilulissat area where we often experience a glacier calving. Cruise in front of the 5 kms wide glacier, enjoying lunch, hoping for the unique sight of an iceberg ’delivery’ - an event also eagerly anticipated by lots of seabirds waiting for the feast that results from the new iceberg turning around in the water bringing lots of sea animals to the surface.
Duration: 8 hours.
Price: £232 per person including lunch.


Feeding the Huskies (Greenland)

Description:  Ilulissat is a sledge-area and the approx. 3500 dogs in town are still used for both  work and fun every winter. We invite you to join the feeding of a dog team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sledge and the harness and tell you about olife as a seldge dog in Greenland. Good shoes advised!
Duration:  1 hour.
Price:  £23 per person.


Fishing Tour (Greenland)

Description:  We sail to the fishing spot of the day, most probably near Bredebugt or at the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord. While waiting for our catch we have time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. By the end of the day we will hopefully bring home different sorts of fish like cod, halibut, redfish and catfish.
Duration:  4 hours.
Price:  £151 per person.


Home Visit (Greenland)

Description:  Visit a Greenland home, enjoy the 'Coffee-Mik' (a cup of coffee which by tradition is served to all visitors) and learn about Greenland and its population.
Duration:  2 hours.
Price:  £23 per person.


Hunter\'s Settlement - Ilimanaq (summer)

Description: By boat to the settlement of Ilimanaq, which is situated just south of the Kangia Ice Fjord. Ilimanaq has a population of approx. 80 persons mainly dependent upon fishing and hunting. Guided tour of the settlement before lunch with a local family. Can also be operated by night at a small surcharge.
Duration: 6 hours.
Price: £156 per person including lunch (supp. £30 for night departure).


Hunter\'s Settlement - Rodebay (summer)

Description: By boat to the small settlement Oqaitsut/Rodebay with a local population of approx. 40 people totally dependent on fishing and hunting. Guided walk through the village beofre lunch at the old trading station.
Duration: 6 hours.
Price: £156 per person including lunch.


Ice Fjord Photo sightseeing

Description:  A shorter tour flying over the outer area of Ilulissat town and the underwater moraine at the mouth of Ilulissat Ice Fjord, where huge icebergs are stranded whilst waiting to get out further into Disko bay.
Duration:  25 minutes.
Price:  £185 per person.


Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fjord (summer)

Description: 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 Martini on 'the real rocks'!!
Duration: 3 hours
Price: £81 per person


Sightseeing Flight over Ilulissat Ice Fjord

Description: A wonderful new service in Ilulissat - sightseeing flights and a photo safari in a 5 seater, quiet and comfortable aircraft. Fly at low altitude to the very end of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. After cruising above the glacier front and getting as close to it as safety allows you head towards the underwater moraine in front of Ilulissat, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of huge icebergs and sky-blue lakes. Window seat is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity.
Duration: 1 hour.
Price: £293 per person.


The Icebergs of Sermermiut (Summer)

Description: The journey starts by bus as far as the road goes before continuing on foot along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut where traces from the three old Eskimo cultures can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fjord; here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs.
Duration: 3 hours.
Price: £40 per person including refreshment.


Whale Safari (Greenland summer)

Description:  We journey by boat out into the Disko Bay to spot whales. In the summer time humpback whales come to the Disko Bay to feed on the capelin, a small herring-like fish. As the humpback whales are protected they are very trusting and can often be enjoyed at close range. However, as this is not a zoo there is, of course, no guarantee for seeing the whales.
Duration:  5 hours.
Price:  £116 per person including lunch packet.

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