Ilulissat in Winter
Tour ID: GW44
Tour duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for “the icebergs” and because of its close proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefiord, it is Greenland’s most popular tourist destination on the west coast. With the population of about 4,600 it is the third largest Greenlandic town and the seat of the municipality of Ilulissat.
- Ilulissat town
- Views of icebergs and winter landscapes
- Dogsledge excursion
- Greenlandic sledge dogs
Departures in 2018:
Mid-February - Mid-April
Price per person in double room : EUR 2.715
Single supplement per night from: EUR 290
Extra night per person from: EUR 150
* Flights Reykjavík-Ilulissat-Reykjavík
* Airport taxes
* Airport-hotel-airport transfers in Greenland
* 3 nights in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities, with breakfast
* 1 dogsledge tour (5 hrs), incl. coffee/tea
Discount may apply on some departure dates, depending on lower airfare availability.
Check-in at Reykjavik domestic airport for the flight to Ilulissat is at least 1½ hour prior to departure.
Departure 11:45 arrival at 12:00 (local times, flight duration approx. 3 hrs 15 min)
Upon arrival at Ilulissat airport transfer to your hotel where you stay for 3 nights.
In the afternoon you can participate in the short snowshoe walk (optional, surcharge).
During winter, it can be difficult to explore the unique UNESCO world heritage area in Ilulissat because of the snow filled landscape. However, a local guide and snowshoes makes it easier.
No previous experience is required and everybody can learn how to move safely on the winter terrain wearing snowshoes.
The tour follows the yellow trail from the power plant and there is enough time to enjoy the beautiful panorama view of the Sermermiut valley, the floating icebergs and Disko Bay.
Day 2 :
Dogsledge tour to Nalluarsuk (5 hrs).
We start with a short introductory instruction regarding the dogs, how to seat on the sledge and what to do. The trail will take you across a varied terrain so that you can experience just exactly how capable the sledge and the dogs are.
Nalluarsuk is a small fiord next to Kangia – Ilulissat ice fiord, and has safe ice most of the winter. We go over Big Akinnaq until we reach the viewpoint at Nalluarsuk, where you can see all the way to the big glacier. Afterwards we go down on the ice and take the sledge ride among the icebergs.
Arctic jacket, trousers and boots can be rented for the tour if needed.
It is not guaranteed that the sledge driver will speak Danish or English. However, with good body and sign language it is easy to communicate with each other.
Day 3 :
Free time to explore Ilulissat on your own or possibility for an optional tour, such as another dogsledge ride, boat tour among the icebergs or a hike to the nearby settlement.
Day 4 :
Free morning in Ilulissat and a chance for one last look around the town before you are transported to the airport.
Departure scheduled at 12:45 with arrival in Reykjavík at 18:50 (local times).
Similar itinerary will apply for departures Tuesday-Saturday, with one additional night in Ilulissat and another free day with possibility for optional tour.
Information about Ilulissat
Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for “the icebergs” and because of its close proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord, it is Greenland’s most popular tourist destination on the west coast. With the population of about 4,600 it is the the seat of the municipality of Ilulissat, and also the third largest settlement in Greenland after Nuuk and Sisimiut.
In Danish it has been named Jakobshavn – after the founder Jakob Severin. The town has about 3500 sled dogs, which underlines the importance of the dogsled as means of transportation even in a large modern town.
The Ilulissat Icefjord was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and is 40 km long situated close to Ilulissat town. At its eastern end is the Jakobshavn Isbræ glacier, the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The glacier flows at a rate of 20–35 m per day, resulting in around 20 billion tons of icebergs calved off and passing out of the fjord every year. Icebergs breaking from the glacier are often so large that they are too tall to float down the fjord and thus lie stuck on the bottom of its shallower areas, sometimes for years, until they are broken up by the force of the glacier and icebergs further up the fjord. On breaking up, the icebergs emerge into the open sea and initially travel north with ocean currents before turning south and running into the Atlantic Ocean. Larger icebergs typically do not melt until they reach 40-45 degrees north (south of the United Kingdom and level with New York City).