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Greenland Ultimate Summer Exploration

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Greenland’s capital Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences.Home to gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques, and the Northern Lights inspired Katuaq Cultural Center; Nuuk is the center of modern Greenland. However, a stroll through the picturesque Old Harbor shows...

Greenland’s capital Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences.Home to gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques, and the Northern Lights inspired Katuaq Cultural Center; Nuuk is the center of modern Greenland. However, a stroll through the picturesque Old Harbor shows that history and traditions remain strong in this growing city. The arctic town of Ilulissat is situated by the amazing Ilulissat Ice Fiord which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Qeqertarsuaq is the town on the island of the same name. Beautiful sights and hikes. From here you can hike to a glacier for all year dogsledding.

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This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Capital of Greenland

Arrival in the arctic capital; Nuuk - transfer to accommodation. Depending on time of arrival chance for a city tour. If not – city tour next morning. For dinner choose among a variety of fine restaurants in heart of Nuuk.

Visited:
Nuuk
Accommodation
Night at Inuk Hostel (Nuuk)

Day 2: Grand tour of Nuuk and dinner at Qooqqut Nuan

The tour starts with a 1½ hour city tour where all parts of town is visited. The tour ends at the National Museum where 1 to 1½ hours is spent. On through the old colonial harbor to the culture house Katuaq for Greenlandic tapas. After lunch a short walk takes us to a local family for coffee and cake, and stories about living in Nuuk and Greenland, past and present. At 15.30 pm departure a one hour boat ride to Qooqqut. Here we fish and give the catch to the chef at the mountain restaurant Qooqqut Nuan who prepares and serves our fish, along with other local dishes. Back in Nuuk at 21.00.  

Visited:
Qooqqut Nuuk
Accommodation
Night at Hans Egede Hotel (Nuuk)

Day 3: Boat tour to the ice fiord and off to Ilulissat

At 8.00 we depart on a boat tour to the icefiord. The tour goes to the bottom of the Nuuk fiord which is reached after around 2,5 hrs. depending on the ice conditions. Here with a great view over the glacier Narsap Sermia, we enjoy our lunch with the only sounds coming from breaking, cracking and dripping ice. After lunch, the tour goes to the village of Qoornoq, a former fishing and hunting village now used for summer and weekends. Here we spend some time before heading back to Nuuk, passing a waterfall from the glacier Sermitsiaq along the way. The tour ends in Nuuk at 15.00. After this the rest of the day is free. At 20.00 boarding the ferry Sarfaq Ittuk for Ilulissat. 

Visited:
Ice Fiord Qoornoq Ilulissat
Accommodation
Night at Hvide Falk (Ilulissat)

Day 4: Full day on the ferry on the coast

Enjoy the day on the ferry between Nuuk and Ilulissat together with local travelers. The trip takes you to the towns of Maniitsoq, Sisimiut and Aasiaat where it is possible to take small walks. Along the way you will for sure see whales, seals and lots of sea birds.

Visited:
Maniitsoq Sisimiut Aasiaat
Accommodation
Night at Hvide Falk (Ilulissat)

Day 5: Welcome to Ilulissat – the capital of ice 

Arrival in Ilulissat at 13.00 and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon can be used for strolling around town, visiting the museum and taking in the sights. At 22.00 departure for the 2½ hour midnight boat tour to the Icefiord, between the gigantic icebergs.

Visited:
Ilulissat
Accommodation
Night at Hvide Falk (Ilulissat)

Day 6: Day tour to Eqip Sermia – the calving glacier 

Today’s boat tour takes you to the glacier at EqipSermia. Here it is possible to get very close to the glacier front, where you can enjoy the fantastic scenery for approximately two hours. Lunch will be served while you are waiting for the ice to calve, in the ice secured and modern boat. You will on the way, pass steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. You will also pass a settlement called Oqaatsut, and big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen.

Visited:
Eqip Sermia
Accommodation
Night at Hvide Falk (Ilulissat)

Day 7: Helicopter Kangia Classic Summer:

Today it's Helicopter time. Would you like to see Ilulissat from above and the amazing UNESCO Word Heriatage glacier from above. The goal is to land in the middle of the preserved area. Here you have a half an hour to enjoy the wonderful nature and the beautiful surroundings... Ilulissat is the most productive glaciers in the Northern hemisphere. The glacier is 7 kilometers wide and more than 1 kilometer deep. The glacier produces 42 million tons of ice and it can move up to 50 meters a day. The Helicopter takes off from Ilulissat airport. Crossing hills, lakes, and Icefiords.  

Visited:
Ilulissat
Accommodation
Night at Hvide Falk (Ilulissat)

Day 8: Welcome to Qeqertarsuaq

Arrival in charming Qeqertarsuaq. Transfer to accommodation. In the colonial age the town was the administrative center for Northern Greenland and the home of the governor. Today the main occupation is fishing and hunting.  

Visited:
Qeqertarsuatsiaq

Day 9: Qeqertarsuaq Dog-sledding in the summer (Optional Activity)

Qeqertarsuaq is the only place in Greenland where dogsledding is possible in the summer. The dogsleds are at the glacier Uunartuarsuup Sermia located 900 meters above sea level. The trip to the glacier will happen by foot. It takes about 2 to 4 hours to reach the starting point, depending on your physical condition and temperament. The tour is not included in the package price. 

Visited:
Qeqertarsuatsiaq

Day 10: Welcome back to Ilulissat

There is no fixed program for this day but optional tours are available eg. to the village of Ilimanaq or a hike to the settlement ruins of Sermermiut, directly by the Icefiord. A walk to the harbor can also be recommended. Boats in all sizes arrive all day to sell their catch of halibut and shrimp to the two local factories.

Visited:
Ilulissat
Accommodation
Night at Hvide Falk (Ilulissat)

Day 11: Goodbye Greenland! 

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Greenland. Your flight to Iceland is in the morning. Transfer from the hotel to the airport is organized by the hotel. 

Visited:
Ilulissat

Nuuk Qooqqut Ice Fiord Qoornoq Ilulissat Maniitsoq Sisimiut Aasiaat Eqip Sermia Qeqertarsuatsiaq

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $4,660 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 pers
Price per person between may-october at Hotel Hans Egede $4,730
Price per person between may-october at Inuk Hostel $4,660

Included in price:

  • Ferry from Nuuk to Ilulissat, and Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaqand back
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Two lunches
  • Excursions mentioned
  • City sightseeing
  • All taxes
  • 24 hr. Emergency Service

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Dogsledding in Qeqertarsuaq Day 9 - Approx. 100 euro extra

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