Culture and icebergs - Nuuk and
This special journey offers you a unique combination of
travelling by both domestic flight and coastal vessel along
the west coast of Greenland as well as experiencing the most
popular locations and towns in Greenland. And you have a
tour guide with you during the journey. We have selected the
best experiences; the Ice Cap in Kangerlussuaq, the capital
city of Nuuk and not least Ilulissat in the Disco Bay area
at the UNESCO site – the world-famous ice fjord.
We have composed the journey in a way that allows you to
explore Greenland by yourself, but the tour guide will be
with you all the way, providing information, stories, guided
tours and practical help.
Travelling in May, you will experience spring in Greenland
with temperatures that may not inspire you to wear
short-sleeved T-shirts but will feel pleasantly fresh, due
to the dry air. The midnight sun rules north of the polar
circle from mid-May, causing long, sunny nights. A wonderful
and unforgettable holiday full of great impressions – and
natural attractions aplenty.
I love sailing with Sarfaq Ittuk. As it moves slowly and
carefully along the coast, you really get to notice the
magnitude of Greenland. Then, when we approach the next town
or village, I get out on deck to watch the ticket office
being set up on the harbour and people getting on and off.
That way, you feel like a fellow traveller instead of a
tourist watching from the sidelines…
Time stops for a while. There is time to unwind and real
time with the people travelling with you.
Feeling like a fellow traveller instead of a tourist is
just what a trip with the coasting vessel can do for you.
Ellen Schmidt, Product Manager - Happy Traveller
2 nights at M/S Sarfaq Ittuk in cabin
The ship was built in 1992 and was modernized and extended
in winter 1999/2000. She now has a length of 73 meters and a
width of 11 meters. With an engine of 2000 HP the ship has a
max speed of 13 knots. The crew is 22 people. The ship has a
café, lounge with panoramic windows, playroom and hospital
clinic in case of injuries and acute illness on board.
The ship's capacity is 274 passengers. Accommodation
facilities are 104 cabins, 85 4-bed coupés and 60 berths.
The cabins are about 9,9 m2, tastefully decorated and have
private bath/toilet. Compartments are about 4,2 m2 and the
shower/toilets are in the corridor.
Safety on board
Sarfaq Ittuk (the coastal ship) is designed for sailing in
polar waters and holds the highest safety standards.
The coastal ship Sarfaq Ittuk
2019: (Availability updated 27 of August 2018)
Red = Fully booked,
Yellow = 3 or less double room
*) 9 May (Scandinavian / German)
*) 16 May (Scandinavian / English)
23 May (Scandinavian / German)
*) Guaranteed departure.
per person: (Euro)
May 9 - 23
A share in double room: 3395 €
A share in a Superior Plus double room: 3460 €
Single room: 3660 €
Superior Plus Single room: 3880 €
Excursion package: 340 € (Child 2-11 185 €)
* Excursion to the inland ice cap in Kangerlussuaq
* Boat tour to the Ilulissat ice fjord
* Whale safari in the Disko Bay
Minimum participants: 15 (if not guarantied)
| The price
• Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk and
Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen.
Food will be served during the flight over the Atlantic.
• 1 night at Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq. Shared
• 4 nights at Hotel in Ilulissat.
• 2 nights in a double cabin with private
• Breakfast all days, 5 dinners (1 in
Kangerlussuaq, 2 i Ilulissat, 2 on the coastal ship). No
• Excursions included: Guided city walk in Nuuk,
Sisimiut and Ilulissat. Guided hike to the old
Sermermiut at the ice fjord in Ilulissat. Admissions to
• All taxes and fees
• Tour guide
| The price do not
||• Travel- or cancellation insurance
To book the tour or to contact us for any queries, just send
us an email at
or give us a call at +46-8-55626970
Preliminary flight schedule (can be changed by the
Leaving Copenhagen at 11:00
Returning to Copenhagen at 21:30
1: Köpenhamn - Kangerlussuaq and the ice cap
We fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland.
The first sight of Greenland is truly special and already at
that time, you get into a totally different mood. 8 days of
excitement await you. In Kangerlussuaq, we check in at the Polar
The Polar Lodge is situated a few hundred metres from the
airport with the beautiful rocky scenery right in its backyard.
After being welcomed by the tour guide, you get the chance to
visit the impressive Ice Cap. *)
The Greenland Ice Cap is the second largest ice sheet in the
world and covers 80 per cent of Greenland – proportional to 40
times the area of Denmark – and has, at all times, attracted
expeditions and researchers. And with good reason. It is a truly
unique experience to look at the enormous field of ice and feel
the forces of nature. Along the way, we pass the spectacular
Russell glacier – another breath-taking sight with its vertical
ice wall of up to 60 metres.
In the evening, dinner is served at the Rowing club beautifully
situated on the shore of Lake Ferguson approximately 5
kilometres outside Kangerlussuaq.
*) Included in the excursion package
Kangerlussuaq - Nuuk - city tour
The Greenland National Museum with its famous mummies and
the colonial harbour
After breakfast, we fly from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk and
before boarding the coasting vessel Sarfaq Ittuk, there is
time for a city tour.
The landmark of the city, the Sermitsiaq mountain, gives you
an almost Mayestic welcome and the fantastic fjord system
reflects the wild nature, which provides the most incredible
setting for the small civilised metropolis. Nuuk's more than
15,000 inhabitants benefit from more than 100 kilometres of
asphalt roads. Although the city is busy, nature is not far
away and most citizens use nature actively all year round.
During the city tour, you will be introduced to the largest
attractions, including the Greenland National Museum, the
beautiful arts centre Katauaq – whose façade is shaped like
the northern light – and the equally beautiful old district
with the statue of Hans Egede looking across the old
colonial harbour, the fjord and the mountain range in the
Use the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your
own. Are you looking for local arts and crafts, a wide
selection can be found in the souvenir shops of the city,
selling everything from small, delicate earrings to sealskin
At the end of the day, we go on board Sarfaq Ittuk and ahead
lies two days aboard, heading towards Ilulissat. The
coasting vessel sails up and down along the west coast and
is also used by Greenlanders themselves. As the vessel lands
in the coastal towns, there is a wonderful atmosphere of
activity and joyful reunions.
During the voyage, the trip and the passing scenery can be
taken in from the indoor panoramic lounge located at the
back of the vessel or from the many outdoor areas in which
you can enjoy the clean air from a deck chair.
Sailing in Greenland can be a chilly affair, but it is
incredibly beautiful! Remember warm clothes – as well as
your camera and binoculars. The speed is nice and slow,
fully allowing you to relax and enjoy the changing scenery.
Day 3: Sisimiut - city tour
We will come in at around 19.00 to Sisimiut – the second largest
city in Greenland with slightly more than 5,000 inhabitants.
The atmosphere in the welcoming city is warm and intense,
oozing of authentic Greenland. The colour palette of the
houses provides a stunning contrast to the undulating rocky
area that also on the outskirts of the city supplies rocks
for the many sled dogs of the city.
The guided tour offers you a great impression of Sisimiut.
We pass the board with today's catches of fish and game, the
town hall, the highest vantage point and the homely old
district with its original colonial buildings.
A wonderful break on the sailing trip. We re-embark the
coasting vessel and continue northwards.
If we are lucky we might spot a whale or two during the
Day 4: Ilulissat - City tour
As we approach Ilulissat, there is every reason to enjoy the
sight of the icebergs. Some are just large-scale lumps of
ice while others are towering above you. What a welcome and
introduction to the magnificent Disco Bay.
We check in at the hotel in Ilulissat located at the Ice Fjord, which in 2004 was listed as UNESCO
At the following briefing, you can get to know more about
the city and the many excursions in this interesting area.
Lead by the guide, we take a city tour, allowing you to get
more familiar with Ilulissat. You will be given an
introduction to the history and culture of the city and will
pass the museum, the old colonial houses, the beautiful and
simple Zion's Church and the lively harbour.
In the evening, a nice welcome dinner will be served at the
Day 5: Ilulissat - boat to the ice fjord
Enjoy Ilulissat on your own. There is a reason that this
beautiful city is one of the most visited places in
Greenland: The impressive Ice Fjord. The icebergs can be
experienced by sea, by land and from the air.
Consider joining a hike to Sermermiut, an old settlement
right at the mouth of the Ice Fjord where giant icebergs
have stranded on an old moraine.
You can also attend a lecture about life as a sled dog –
highly relevant in the city where thousands of dogs bask in
the mountain rocks while waiting for the arrival of winter.
Perhaps a happy, awkward puppy will greet you and follow you
around a bit.
Allow yourself to wander about on your own, drink a caffé
latte at a cosy café and find a quiet place where you can
enjoy the view.
In the evening, you can take a lovely cruise between the
icebergs that – regardless of the weather – are guaranteed
to take your breath away. The midnight sun is low on the
horizon and it can be difficult to tell night from day.
Reflections from the soft, warm light gives the icebergs and
mountain tops an orange tinge, and the water becomes almost
The ultimate experience in Ilulissat is the Ice Fjord. It
produced no less than 20 million tons of ice - per day! The
ice calves during the deafening thunder and huge icebergs
are born. An easy hike goes to the 4000 year old settlement
Sermermiut, located at the mouth of the Ice fjord.
Day 6: Ilulissat - on your own
You can spend the day on your own, or you can go on a whale
safari – if you have purchased the excursion package:
Whale safari amongst icebergs – with lunch (included in the
Most people are surprised how great an experience it is to
get up close to such a large animal as the whale. In the
waters of Greenland, 15 species of whale are often seen.
Three of these stay in Greenland during the winter; the
beluga, the narwhal and the Greenland whale. The blue whale
and the killer whale are only rarely seen.
During summer, we normally get to see the humpback whale,
mink whale and fin whale. The whales swim around the entire
Disco Bay throughout the summer, sometimes near the city,
other times in the Ice Fjord or up north by the Crown Prince
Islands. We have radio contact with the fishermen and
sealers of the city, who are our sources to information
about whales in the bay. This way, we almost always spot
them. The humpback whale with its characteristic tail is the
one we see most often. Lunch will be served during the
Day 7: Ilulissat - on your own
Spend the last day in Ilulissat as you wish. Have you never
been in a helicopter before – maybe now is the time. The
helicopter takes you across the Ice Fjord and its giant
icebergs at low altitude. The view of the 7-kilometre wide
glacier edge and the roaring silence provide an experience
of grand proportions. You can also do a similar tour with
small, 5 passenger air planes. Please pre-book if you plan
any of these activities!
You can also follow in the footsteps of Knud Rasmussen at
the local museum and end your stay in Greenland with a
shopping trip through the high street where stores, souvenir
shops, cafés and the board obligingly let themselves be
In the evening, we meet in the restaurant at the hotel where we will enjoy a wonderful dinner along with a final
sight of the midnight sun glowing above the Ice Fjord.
Day 8: Return to Copenhagen
Our flight takes us, via Kangerlussuaq, back to Copenhagen
where we land in the evening.
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