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.
Fly from the UK to Reykjavik in Iceland. Airport bus transfer to hotel.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Hotel Björk (BB)
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)
Transfer to Ilulissat Airport for Air Iceland flight to Reykjavik. Take a taxi to your hotel.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Hotel Björk (BB)
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
Without a doubt Hotel Arctic offers the highest standard of accommodation in Ilulissat, perhaps even in the whole of Greenland, but it is important to bear in mind that a 4 star hotel in Ilulissat is not quite the same as a 4 star hotel in Copenhagen. That said, Hotel Arctic is a very nice hotel, with an excellent kitchen, very comfortable rooms and a truly poetic location with a panoramic view over the Icefjord. The hotel is located just 1.5 km from the airport and approx 2-3 kms from the city centre with the hotel operating a shuttle bus service several times a day to and from the city centre.
It seems odd to call Hotel Arctic a 4 star hotel, not because the standard is not good but because star ratings just seem silly and out of place in Greenland. Best to describe the hotel in terms of what it provides for you. Nice comfortable rooms with fabulous beds and quilts, all rooms with shower and WC, TV, mini-bar, telephone, desk and plenty of room for your outdoor clothing and luggage. There is an iron and ironing board and hairdryer in the bathroom. Standard and superior rooms have pretty much the same decor and facilities, however, superior rooms have a view of the Icefjord plus coffee and tea making facilities and a mini-bar. It is possible to make an extra bed up in superior rooms for a third adult or child. The hotel does not offer free WiFi (this is incredibly expensive to have in Greenland so the hotel have to charge for it) but you can pay the reception directly by the hour or daily - beware though, connections can be poor and intermittent. The hotel also has a sauna, solarium and work out facilities for those who want to fill any spare moment in between activities. There is a large a la carte restaurant where the Welcome and Farewell dinners are served and a brasserie and bar on the second floor with a panoramic view over the Ilulissat Icefjord.
In the hotel's gardens, inbetween the hotel and the Icefjord, you will find numerous dog houses with their occupants, Greenlandic dogs, secured by chained leads. It doesn't matter how much you love and trust dogs (and no-one does more than the staff at Taber Holidays!) you must not approach the dogs to pet them. They are working dogs and would much rather you kept your distance - particularly if they are eating.
There is a boardwalk which takes you past the dogs and down to the very edge of the Icefjord for glorious views of bizarre icebergs just floating by. Here you will also find the hotel's 'Igloos' - if you really want to stay in one we can request it but in our opinion they are a novelty item which doesn't really add anything extra to your overall holiday experience.
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).
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.