Summer excursions Ilulissat
The inuit have been taversing the waters of Greenland by kayak for thousands of years, and now we can offer you to come along. Glide soundlessly on the water with the massive icebergs sorrounding you. The midnight sun illuminates the icebergs, creating a spectacle of colors. In cloudy conditions the iceberg's beautiful blue color comes to the fore. With some luck, the quiet will be broken, either by whales blowing air out after the dive, or by the crashing sound of calving icebergs. The icefjord doesn't get any better than seen from a kayak.
We only use professional instructors, who make sure that everyone feels safe during the whole trip. All participants are equiped with a drysuite and a woolen inner suit, and the instructor will give a safety introduction before the tour begins. We also have a safety boat on all tours, discreetly following the group. For that reason, anyone can join the tour, even if you have never been in a kayak before.
Height requirement: 150 cm
We can unfortunately not accept participants who have serious back or shoulder pains.
Please bring a hat for the sun, sun glasses, sunscreen lotion and drinking water.
2 hours on the water is guaranteed
All tours take place using doubles, which are very stable in the water. Please be advised that it is not possible to request a single kayak. When having an uneven group, one single kayak is used.
When visiting Ilulissat you should not miss out on a boat tour among the famous icebergs.
During one year, more than 48 km3 of ice flows into the fiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 meters on each side and with a height on more than 100 meters above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fiord, giving us the opportunity to sail among them.
The icebergs are beautiful in every kind of weather. In sunny weather they glitter in shiny white, the blue shades are best seen when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts a unique, warm glow on the icebergs.
The icebergs are Ilulissat’s icon and sailing among them is an absolute must-do when visiting Ilulissat. An incredible nature experience.
Remember warm clothes. It is cold out in the Icefiord both summer and winter.
Coffee and tea will be served onboard.
Ilulissat City Walk
You might think: “but we can walk around the city on our own." Yes, you can. But on this guided tour, we go deeper than just a walk, our Guided City Walk is a perfect shortcut to good knowledge and funny stories about Ilulissat and Greenland in general.
The guide will tell you about the history of the city, about Greenlandic culture, and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We stop several places along the way, among others by the fishermen at the harbor, the hunters at "brættet" and we pass the famous polar explorer Knud Rasmussen's birthplace and the old wooden church Zionchurch.
Remember clothing according to the season.
Walk to Sermermiut Settlement
Beautiful icebergs set the scene for the old settlement Sermermiut, located one and a half kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in this settlement and today you can still see remains that indicate their presence.
the guide tell stories about Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See turf hut ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.
The area is so outstanding that UNESCO named it World Heritage in 2004 and it is estimated that up to 30,000 guests visit Sermermiut every year. For this reason there is a wooden walkway to protect the area against wear. Therefore anyone can go on this trip.
A tour to Sermermiut is an absolute must-do when visiting Ilulissat. We promise – you have never seen anything like this before.
Remember clothing according to the weather.
We serve coffee and tea on the tour.
Helicopter - Kangia Classic
This tour is the only opportunity to get right into the heart of the UNESCO area. No boat or hiker can get here on the outer edge of the mountain in front of the giant glacier.
With a production of 43 million tonnes of ice and a speed of 50 meters a day, Kangia Sermeq is the most productive glacier - not only in Greenland, but in the entire northern hemisphere. The glacier is seven kilometers wide and over one kilometer thick. It is an amazing sight to see these endless masses of ice and enormous forces of nature.
The helicopter takes off from Ilulissat Airport, and flies as low as the safety and protection regulations allow, over mountains, lakes, rivers and Kangia Icefjord. We land on the mountain at the edge of the ice sheet - in the middle of the protected UNESCO area.
Here we have approx. half an hour to enjoy a glass of champagne and the view. And if you are quick you might be able to reach the Inland Ice itself. On the way back we fly over the glacier front and follow the 70 km out through the Isfjord. Shortly before the town, the largest icebergs strand on the underwater moraine edge, forming a beautiful finale on this trip.
Flying a helicopter is an experience in itself, and combined with the scenery in these surroundings, the trip is an absolute classic.
We always fly with the helicopter AirGreenland makes available. In summer, this is preferably Bell 212 with room for 11 passengers.
It surprises most people how great an experience it is getting close to such large animals like whales.
In the summer it is usually the humpback whale, minke whale and the fin whale we see. The humpback whale is despite its up to 18 meters and 30 tons the acrobat among the great whales. It can throw itself out of the water and turn the tail and flippers. It is easily recognized on the humped fin and white back on the tail when it dives. Around the Disko Bay there are good opportunities to watch humpback whale in its hunt for fish, squid and krill.
The whales are swimming in the Disko Bay during the summer, sometimes close to the Ilulissat, sometimes in the Icefjord, Ilimanaq or up north at Arveprinsens Ejland. We are in radio contact with Ilulissat’s fishermen and tourist operators, so we can almost always find the whales. The humpback whale with its distinctive tail is the one we most frequently encounter.
Remember warm clothing.
We will serve coffee and tea onboard.
Daytour to Eqi Glacier
Only few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fiord 80 kilometres north of Ilulissat. By boat it is possible to get very close to the glacier and hopefully experience pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are enormous and breathtaking.
On the way we pass tiny settlements, steep fields, beautiful waterfalls and icebergs in incredible shapes and colors. And that is before two glaciers and the enormous Icesheet is in sight. If we are lucky we might even spot seals and whales on the way.
We will enjoy a lunch in front of the glacier for 2 hours before heading back to Ilulissat.
If you want to get the most out of this tour, we highly recommend you to stay one or two nights in Glacier Lodge Eqi.
The length of the boat trip vary depending on the boat type used the given day. The duration is between 6 and 12 hours. The lunch stop in front of the glacier is always 2 hours.
We are sailing in closed and comfortable boats, but we encourage you to bring warm clothes anyway.
Meet the sleddogs
In Ilulissat we have six months of winter every year, and wintertime equals “sled-time”. About 1800 dogs are used for work and recreation alike. The long-line fishermen use the dogs for transportation of Greenland halibut from the icefiord to Ilulissat. Even today the modern snowscooter can’t compete with the 2000 years old Greenlandic way of transportation, the dogsled.
On this excursion we invite you to join the feeding of a dog-team. You will see, feel, and most of all hear the howling of up to 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sled, the harness, and the whip and tell about the life as sled-dog in Greenland.
Remember practical clothing. It can be dirty at the dog kennel.
Keep distance to the dogs. They are working dogs and don’t react like European dogs. The dog owner can show you which dogs that are safe to pet.
All participants must be at least 8 years old
Come join us on a visit at the local Women’s Association.
The Women's Association is active in most towns along the Greenlandic coast and has 800 members nationally. Here local women get together around a cup of coffee and a mutual goal about taking care of the old Greenlandic traditions and handcraft. Previously these handcrafts have been an important part of the common education, but nowadays they have become a knowledge mastered of very few.
During the visit there is a demonstration of different techniques for skin treatment as well as a casual showing and storytelling about the Greenlandic national costume. Afterwards you will get the chance to inspect the suit and feel the skin and weight of the pearls with your own hands. There will be served coffe and cake after Greenlandic tradition.
Experiencing the casual vibe in company with local enthusiasts will give a different perspective on any stay in Ilulissat.
Help us supporting this great initiative – everyone is welcome – men and children alike.
The Women's Association has no sewerage. In need of a restroom an outhouse can be used.
AirZafari offers flightseeing in the area around Ilulissat.
The tours are varying in length from short whale-watching tours to the several-hours-tour Master Explorer.
We offer AirZafaris tours on request.