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Culture and icebergs - Nuuk and Ilulissat, 8 days
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This special journey offers you a unique combination of travelling by both domestic flight and coastal vessel along the west coast of Greenland as well as experiencing the most popular locations and towns in Greenland. And you have a tour guide with you during the journey. We have selected the best experiences; the Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq, the capital city of Nuuk and not least Ilulissat in the Disco Bay area at the UNESCO site – the world-famous ice fjord.

We have composed the journey in a way that allows you to explore Greenland by yourself, but the tour guide will be with you all the way, providing information, stories, guided tours and practical help.

Travelling in May, you will experience spring in Greenland with temperatures that may not inspire you to wear short-sleeved T-shirts but will feel pleasantly fresh, due to the dry air. The midnight sun rules north of the polar circle from mid-May, causing long, sunny nights. A wonderful and unforgettable holiday full of great impressions – and natural attractions aplenty.

I love sailing with Sarfaq Ittuk. As it moves slowly and carefully along the coast, you really get to notice the magnitude of Greenland. Then, when we approach the next town or village, I get out on deck to watch the ticket office being set up on the harbour and people getting on and off. That way, you feel like a fellow traveller instead of a tourist watching from the sidelines…

Time stops for a while. There is time to unwind and real time with the people travelling with you.

Feeling like a fellow traveller instead of a tourist is just what a trip with the coasting vessel can do for you.

Ellen Schmidt, Product Manager - Happy Traveller

2 nights at M/S Sarfaq Ittuk in cabin

The ship was built in 1992 and was modernized and extended in winter 1999/2000. She now has a length of 73 meters and a width of 11 meters. With an engine of 2000 HP the ship has a max speed of 13 knots. The crew is 22 people. The ship has a café, lounge with panoramic windows, playroom and hospital clinic in case of injuries and acute illness on board.

The ship's capacity is 274 passengers. Accommodation facilities are 104 cabins, 85 4-bed coupés and 60 berths. The cabins are about 9,9 m2, tastefully decorated and have private bath/toilet. Compartments are about 4,2 m2 and the shower/toilets are in the corridor.

Safety on board
Sarfaq Ittuk (the coastal ship) is designed for sailing in polar waters and holds the highest safety standards.


The coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk

 Travel dates (1141)

 
2021:

May 13 (Scandinavian / German)
May 20 (Scandinavian / English)
May 27 (Scandinavian / German)

*) July 1 (Scandinavian / German)
*) July 8 (Scandinavian / English)
July 15 (Scandinavian / German)
July 29 (Scandinavian / German)
*) August 5 (Scandinavian / English)
*) August 12 (Scandinavian / German)

Minimum participants
*) Guarantied departure
8 persons: July 15 and 29
15 persons: May 13, 20 and 27

 Price per person: (Euro)
 

May 13 - 27
A share in double room: 3225  €
A share in a Superior Plus double room: 3335 €
Single room: 3650 €
Superior Plus Single room: 3870 €

Excursion package May 13 -27: 340 €
* Excursion to the inland ice cap in Kangerlussuaq
* Boat tour to the Ilulissat ice fjord
* Excursion to the Village Ilimanaq

July 1 - August 12
A share in double room: 3625  €
A share in a Superior Plus double room: 3795 €
Single room: 4250 €
Superior Plus Single room: 4520 €

Excursion package July 1 - August 12: 345 €
* Excursion to the inland ice cap in Kangerlussuaq
* Boat tour to the Ilulissat ice fjord
* Whale safari in the Disko Bay

Single excursions
Daytrip to Eqi with lunch: 335 €

Kayaking amongs icebergs: 170 €
 

 The price includes
  • Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk and Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen.
Food will be served during the flight over the Atlantic.
• 1 night at Hotel Kangerlussuaq.
• 4 nights at hotel in Ilulissat.
• 2 nights in a double cabin with private shower/WC.
• Breakfast all days, 5 dinners (1 in Kangerlussuaq, 2 i Ilulissat, 2 on the coastal ship). No beverages.
• Excursions included: Guided city walk in Nuuk, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut at the ice fjord in Ilulissat. Admissions to museums.
• Transfers
• All taxes and fees
• Tour guide
 The price do not include
  • Travel- or cancellation insurance

To book the tour or to contact us for any queries, just send us an email at info@gronlandsresor.se
or give us a call at +46-8-55626970

Program
Preliminary flight schedule (can be changed by the airline)
Leaving Copenhagen at 10:45
Returning to Copenhagen at 21:30

20 kilos of checked-in baggage
8 kilos of cabin baggage (max dimensions 55x40x23 cm).

Day 1: Köpenhamn - Kangerlussuaq and the ice cap
We fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland. The first sight of Greenland is truly special and already at that time, you get into a totally different mood. 8 days of excitement await you. In Kangerlussuaq, we check in at the Hotel Kangelrussuaq located in the airport building.

After being welcomed by the tour guide, you get the chance to visit the impressive Ice Cap. *)

The Greenland Ice Cap is the second largest ice sheet in the world and covers 80 per cent of Greenland – proportional to 40 times the area of Denmark – and has, at all times, attracted expeditions and researchers. And with good reason. It is a truly unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel the forces of nature. Along the way, we pass the spectacular Russell glacier – another breath-taking sight with its vertical ice wall of up to 60 metres.

In the evening, dinner is served at the Rowing club beautifully situated on the shore of Lake Ferguson approximately 5 kilometres outside Kangerlussuaq.

*) Included in the excursion package

Day 2: Kangerlussuaq - Nuuk - city tour
The Greenland National Museum with its famous mummies and the colonial harbour
After breakfast, we fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk and before boarding the coasting vessel Sarfaq Ittuk, there is time for a city tour.

The landmark of the city, the Sermitsiaq mountain, gives you an almost Mayestic welcome and the fantastic fjord system reflects the wild nature, which provides the most incredible setting for the small civilised metropolis. Nuuk's more than 15,000 inhabitants benefit from more than 100 kilometres of asphalt roads. Although the city is busy, nature is not far away and most citizens use nature actively all year round.

During the city tour, you will be introduced to the largest attractions, including the Greenland National Museum, the beautiful arts centre Katauaq – whose façade is shaped like the northern light – and the equally beautiful old district with the statue of Hans Egede looking across the old colonial harbour, the fjord and the mountain range in the distance.

Use the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own. Are you looking for local arts and crafts, a wide selection can be found in the souvenir shops of the city, selling everything from small, delicate earrings to sealskin furs.

At the end of the day, we go on board Sarfaq Ittuk and ahead lies two days aboard, heading towards Ilulissat. The coasting vessel sails up and down along the west coast and is also used by Greenlanders themselves. As the vessel lands in the coastal towns, there is a wonderful atmosphere of activity and joyful reunions.

During the voyage, the trip and the passing scenery can be taken in from the indoor panoramic lounge located at the back of the vessel or from the many outdoor areas in which you can enjoy the clean air from a deck chair.

Sailing in Greenland can be a chilly affair, but it is incredibly beautiful! Remember warm clothes – as well as your camera and binoculars. The speed is nice and slow, fully allowing you to relax and enjoy the changing scenery.

Day 3: Sisimiut - city tour
We will come in at around 19.00 to Sisimiut – the second largest city in Greenland with slightly more than 5,000 inhabitants. The atmosphere in the welcoming city is warm and intense, oozing of authentic Greenland. The colour palette of the houses provides a stunning contrast to the undulating rocky area that also on the outskirts of the city supplies rocks for the many sled dogs of the city.

The guided tour offers you a great impression of Sisimiut. We pass the board with today's catches of fish and game, the town hall, the highest vantage point and the homely old district with its original colonial buildings.

A wonderful break on the sailing trip. We re-embark the coasting vessel and continue northwards.


If we are lucky we might spot a whale or two during the coastal trip.

Day 4: Ilulissat - City tour
As we approach Ilulissat, there is every reason to enjoy the sight of the icebergs. Some are just large-scale lumps of ice while others are towering above you. What a welcome and introduction to the magnificent Disco Bay.

We check in at the hotel in Ilulissat located at the Ice Fjord, which in 2004 was listed as UNESCO world heritage.

At the following briefing, you can get to know more about the city and the many excursions in this interesting area.



Lead by the guide, we take a city tour, allowing you to get more familiar with Ilulissat. You will be given an introduction to the history and culture of the city and will pass the museum, the old colonial houses, the beautiful and simple Zion's Church and the lively harbour.
In the evening, a nice welcome dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 5: Ilulissat, Greenlandic Buffet or a daytrip to Ilimanaq (optional)
Enjoy Ilulissat on your own. There is a reason that this beautiful town is one of the most visited places in Greenland: The impressive Ice Fjord. The icebergs can be experienced by sea, by land, and from the air.

Hike, sled dogs, and walks in the town

Consider joining a hike to Sermermiut, an old settlement right at the mouth of the Ice Fjord where giant icebergs have stranded on an old moraine.

You can also attend a lecture about life as a sled dog – highly relevant in the city where 2,500 dogs lie on the rocks while waiting for the arrival of winter. Perhaps a happy, awkward puppy will greet you and follow you around a bit.

Allow yourself to wander about on your own, drink a caffé latte at a cozy café, and find a quiet place where you can enjoy the view.

Day tour to Ilimanaq – lunch and a walk in the settlement (optional)

Enjoy the boattrip to the small settlement of Ilimanaq, where you will have the oppotunity to experience both impressive icebergs and majestic whales, so keep your eyes open!

When you arrive in Ilimanaq a guide will be there to bring you on a guided tour of the settlement, where you will hear stories of the greenlandic culture and history of the area. Listen to great stories of how the society has developed, historic buildings and the local life. Enjoy the beautiful sight of nature in every direction.

It is now time for lunch in the historic houses. Enjoy a lovely meal of greenlandic specialities in the restored building from the 18th century (the former occupant of the house was Poul Egede, son of Hans Egede).

The Restaurant is located in a beautiful place in the small settlement, and is one of the the best places to eat in Greenland.

The boattrip to and from Ilimanaq takes around 30-45 minutes each way. The duration of the daytrip to Ilimanaq is 9 hours in total. Afterwards you return back to Ilulissat.

In the evening we enjoy a Greenlandic Buffet in one of the local restaurants.


The ultimate experience in Ilulissat is the Ice Fjord. It produced no less than 20 million tons of ice - per day! The ice calves during the deafening thunder and huge icebergs are born. An easy hike goes to the 4000 year old settlement Sermermiut, located at the mouth of the Ice fjord.

Day 6: Explore Ilulissat on your own or with a guide and possibly a whale safari or kayaking (optional)
YYou can spend the day on your own, or you can go on a whale safari if you have purchased the excursion package.

Whale safari among icebergs (optional)

Most people are surprised how great an experience it is to get up close to such a large animal as the whale. In the waters of Greenland, 15 species of whale are seen.

During summer, we normally get to see the humpback whale, minke whale, and fin whale. The whales swim around the entire Disco Bay throughout the summer, sometimes near the town, other times in the Ice Fjord or up north by the Crown Prince Islands. We have radio contact with the fishermen and sealers of the town, who are our sources to information about whales in the bay. This way, we almost always spot them. The humpback whale, with its characteristic tail, is the one we see most often.

Today you also get the chance to experience kayaking in the country that originated the kayaks.

Kayak Experience in Ilulissat (optional)

Inuit have kayaked in the Greenland waters for more than a thousand years, and you can do it, also. The kayak glides silently through the water, and you see the huge icebergs rising around you. The midnight sun gives the ice a unique hue. In cloudy weather, the beautiful blue colors of the icebergs will be very clear. With a little luck, we also meet whales. All tours take place in stable double kayaks, and a boat follows close by. The excursion takes about 3½-4 hours, and we will be at sea for at least two of those hours.

Day 7: Explore Ilulissat on your own or with guide or a daytrip to Ilimanaq (optional) and possibly sailing to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord (optional)
Spend the last day in Ilulissat as you wish. Have you never been in a helicopter before – maybe now is the time. The helicopter takes you across the Ice Fjord and its giant icebergs at low altitude. The view of the 6-kilometer wide glacier edge and the roaring silence provide an experience of grand proportions.

OBS! The helicopter trips are not part of our package but can be purchased separately.

You can also follow in the footsteps of Knud Rasmussen at the local museum and end your stay in Greenland with a shopping trip in the local stores and souvenir shops.

Day tour to Ilimanaq – lunch and a walk in the settlement (optional)

Enjoy the boattrip to the small settlement of Ilimanaq, where you will have the oppotunity to experience both impressive icebergs and majestic whales, so keep your eyes open!

When you arrive in Ilimanaq a guide will be there to bring you on a guided tour of the settlement, where you will hear stories of the greenlandic culture and history of the area. Listen to great stories of how the society has developed, historic buildings and the local life. Enjoy the beautiful sight of nature in every direction.

It is now time for lunch in the historic houses. Enjoy a lovely meal of greenlandic specialities in the restored building from the 18th century (the former occupant of the house was Poul Egede, son of Hans Egede).

The Restaurant is located in a beautiful place in the small settlement, and is one of the the best places to eat in Greenland.

The boattrip to and from Ilimanaq takes around 30-45 minutes each way. The duration of the daytrip to Ilimanaq is 9 hours in total. Afterwards you return back to Ilulissat.

Sailing among the icebergs (optional)

In the evening, you can take a lovely cruise between the icebergs that – regardless of the weather – are guaranteed to take your breath away. The midnight sun is low on the horizon, and it can be difficult to tell night from day. Reflections from the soft, warm light give the icebergs and mountain tops an orange tinge, and the water becomes almost purple..

Day 8: Return to Copenhagen
Our flight takes us, via Kangerlussuaq, back to Copenhagen where we land in the evening.

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The Greenlandic national costume are often used, even of today.


Icebergs in different shapes


An humpback whale dives in front of an iceberg


There is almost the same amount of sledge dogs in Ilulissat as it is people. The Greenlandic dog are the only dog allowed north of the Arctic circle in Greenland. The dog is a pure sled dog who thrives in this climate. During the summers they are on vacation and are either in a dog yard or free at a non-inhabitant island.