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Colorful houses, Ilulissat, Greenland

The Iceberg Town of Ilulissat, Greenland

7-day tailor-made holiday from £2,290 pp incl. flights


Short description

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Ilulissat at the mouth of Greenland's Disko Bay

In Brief

  • 1 Night Copenhagen
  • 2 Nights Ilulissat
  • 1 Night Eqi Glacier
  • 1 Night Ilulissat
  • 1 Night Copenhagen


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | Summer | Wildlife | Winter

Visit Ilulissat in western Greenland, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and see gigantic icebergs on this spectacular tailor-made journey. The best time to travel is during the summer months of July and the beginning of August when you can experience the long midsummer nights. The Arctic summer is short and intense and flora and fauna explode in a wealth of colours. The ice fells glitter snow white or blue on their trip through the fjords: an inviting landscape perfect for hiking treks, sailing and fishing.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Fly London Heathrow to Copenhagen with SAS. Check into the Hilton Copenhagen Airport which is attached to the terminal. The hotel is just a 15-minute metro journey from the centre of Copenhagen, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore this city before your onward flight tomorrow.

Stay: Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport (Superior)

Day 2

Grab an early breakfast at the Hilton and then it’s just a short walk to check in for your flight to Ilulissat (via Kangelussuaq). Check in to the Hotel Arctic – your base for the following four nights.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to absorb your surroundings. We can highly recommend the restaurants at the hotel. There is gourmet cuisine served at Restaurant Ulo, the Brasserie offers a more informal dining experience, and in the summer there are barbecues and outside buffet dining.

Stay: Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, Greenland (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 3

After breakfast you'll take the complimentary shuttle bus into Ilulissat town centre for your cultural and historical city walk. You’ll visit the old part of town seeing buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour and the old church and museum.

After lunch you'll enjoy an easy stroll to the old settlement on the ice fjord. Beautiful icebergs are the backdrop for the 4,000-year-old settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5km south of Ilulissat. You can still see the relics and you’ll hear about Inuit life and traditions from before the Europeans came.

The rest of the day and evening are at leisure.

Stay: Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, Greenland (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 4
Glacier Lodge, Eqi Glacier

There are only a few places in Greenland that are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80km north of Ilulissat. Today you'll journey along the coast and fjords, where whales and seals are often seen, to Glacier Lodge, from where you'll experience the very best of this stunning region. The transfer to Glacier Lodge is an excursion in itself, passing remote settlements and the huge fjords of Pakitsoq, all the while listening out for the distant rumbles, which signal the glaciers’ movement. You'll also watch out for huge pieces of ice breaking off and crashing into the water. It’s simply breathtaking. Arrive in Port Victor in the early afternoon, where you'll leave the boat and head to your accommodation, a series of comfortable huts with spectacular views across the glacier and surrounding landscape. The rest of the day is free to explore the lagoon, moraine and glacier on one of the lodge's thrilling escorted hikes.

Stay: Glacier Lodge

Meals: B

Day 5

Transfer by boat back to Ilulissat before a nightime cruise among the icebergs under the midnight sun. About 20 million tons of ice flow out into the fjord every day, forming huge icebergs 100 metres above the water. Beautiful in every kind of weather, but remember to bring warm clothing!

Stay: Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, Greenland (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 6

Leaving with great memories and a camera full of photos today you depart for Copenhagen (via Kangerlussuaq) and once again overnight at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport.

Stay: Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 7

Fly home to the UK or extend your stay in the Danish capital.

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Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

7-day tailor-made holiday from £2,290 pp incl. flights

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