Winter excursions Ilulissat
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.
Dog Sleddding Experience
The dog sled is one of the strongest icons for Greenland - a 2000-year-old tradition for the Inuit. Not many means of transport have survived such a long period - and the basic principle is still the same as before the Viking Age. Some dogs in harnesses tied to a simple constructed wooden sled. The whistling of the Medes against the compressed snow and the creaking lashings as the sled twists with the terrain breaks the total silence. The experience cannot be explained - it must be tried.
The route depends on the route, but most often we will drive in flat terrain out on the plain behind Ilulissat.
You sit two on each sled, in addition to the driver. If you have booked the trip alone, you may have to share a sledge with another participant.
The dogs run at different tempi from day to day and from bucket to bucket. The duration of the trip is estimated, and but can fluctuate depending on the bucket, led etc.
For the same reason, it can not be guaranteed that all the sleds are followed all the way.
If you have back or neck problems, or if you are immobile, this trip is not for you.
Join us on an arctic ride in the backcountry of Ilulissat.
We start by driving up through "The Gorge" - a narrow track that cuts through the mountain just behind Ilulissat. From the top we have fantastic views of the city and Disko Bay.
From here the ride goes over frozen lakes and rugged mountain scenery. We stop at the best view points along the way, and get a sip of coffee or tea.
The route depends on the conditions, and can thus change accordingly.
You will share the snowmobile 2 and 2. If you have booked the trip alone, you may have to share a snowmobile with another participant.
If you have back or neck problems, this trip is not for you.
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.
Northern Lights Safari
On dark evenings with clear skies, the magical northern lights will often appear over Ilulissat. Take us for a walk away from the dazzling lights of the city, and out where the darkness is closest. Your guide will tell you far and wide about the origin of the phenomenon, and serve a much-needed cup of hot drink under the starry sky.
Aurora Borealis is the most spectacular phenomenon in the night sky. Solar storms over the polar regions provide optimal conditions to see the phenomenon in the Greenlandic darkness.
This tour does not leave if the weather is cloudy.
In that case, we will cancel the trip the same day, and try to set it up another day where you have the opportunity to participate.
If this is not possible, we will of course refund the full amount for the trip.
PLEASE REMEMBER to enter your mobile number when booking, so we can get in touch with you if we are unlucky and have to cancel 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 snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes 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 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 Isfjorden. 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 winter, this is preferably AS 350 with room for 5 passengers.
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.