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Culture and icebergs - Nuuk and Ilulissat, 8 days

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

 Travel dates (1141)


May 12 (Scandinavian / German)
May 19 (Scandinavian / English)
May 26 (Scandinavian / German)

*) June 30 (Scandinavian / German)
*) July 7 (Scandinavian / English)
July 14 (Scandinavian / German)
July 21 (Scandinavian / English)
July 28 (Scandinavian / German)
*) August 4 (Scandinavian / English)
August 11 (Scandinavian / German)

Minimum participants
*) Guarantied departure
8 persons: July 14, 21 and 28
15 persons: May 12, 19 and 26

 Price per person: (Euro)

May 12 - 26
A share in double room: 3225  €
A share in a Superior Plus double room: 3335 €
Single room: 3650 €
Superior Plus Single room: 3870 €

Excursions May 12-26:
Excursion in Nuuk to the abandond village Kangeq and to the Island of Hope: 125 €

Excursion package: 340 €
* Excursion to the icecap in Kangerlussuaq
* Boat trip to Ilulissat Icefjord
* Trip to the small settlement of Ilimanaq

June 30 - August 11
A share in double room: 3625 €
A share in a Superior Plus double room: 3725 €
Single room: 4250 €
Superior Plus Single room: 4415 €

Excursions June 30 - August 11
* Excursion to the inland ice cap in Kangerlussuaq: 90 €
* Fish & Dish in Nuuk fjord: 180 €
* Day trip to Eqi with the calving glacier: 335 €
* Whale safari in the Disko Bay: 165 €
* Kayaking amongs icebergs: 170 €

 The price includes
  • Flight Copenhagen - Kangerlussuaq – Nuuk and Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq - Copenhagen.
Food will be served during the flight over the Atlantic.
• 1 night at Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq. Shared shower/WC.
• 5 nights at hotel in Kangerlussaq, Nuuk and Ilulissat.
• 2 nights in a double cabin with private shower/WC.
• Breakfast all days
• 1 dinner in Kangerlussuaq
• 1 dinner in Ilulissat
• Full board on coastal ship (from Sat morning to Sun lunch). No beverages.
• Excursions included: Guided city walk in Nuuk, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. Guided hike to the old settlement Sermermiut at the ice fjord in Ilulissat. Admissions to museums.
• Transfers
• All taxes and fees
• Tour guide
 The price do not include
  • 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 airline)
Leaving Copenhagen at 10:45
Returning to Copenhagen at 21:30

20 kilos of checked-in baggage
8 kilos of cabin baggage (max dimensions 55x40x23 cm).

Day 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 Hotel Kangerlussuaq located in the airport building.

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 or booked separately

Day 2: 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 distance.

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 furs.

Day 3:
Before boarding the coasting vessel Sarfaq Ittuk, try the boattrip to Qooqqut and go fishing. (Optional and valid for travelers from June 30 and forward) We sail into the large Nuuk fjord system, second largest in the world, besides one of the oldest rocks in the world, about 3 billion year old. The mountains reach to about 2000 meters. We are going on a boat trip to the wonderful Qooqqut Nuan’ Restaurant, but this is no ordinary restaurant visit. While sailing through the enormous fjord system near Nuuk (it is the second largest fjord system in the world), we are going to make a stop and catch our dinner. Tonight, there will be no complaining that the fish is not fresh!

Qooqqut is a spot located in a wonderfully secluded valley in the Nuuk fjords. The mountains surrounding the valley are up to 2,000 meters high. Trees grow in the area behind the restaurant, and there is even a grass soccer field right beneath the restaurant. One of Nuuk’s most respected chefs moves here during the summer and serves the most fantastic dishes. Tonight, we are going to eat our own freshly caught fish.

Here Grönlandsresors Mikael catched a redfish that is 48 years old

Qooqut is beautiful located in a valley with remains from the vikings. Here is also a "forrest" of fir-trees. Well, not a forrest in what we are used to, but there are some trees here that are over 2 meters high.

If you are traveling in May you can instead book a boat trip to the old abandond settlement of Kangeq and to The Island of Hope where Hans Egede, the founder of Nuuk first settled before he moved to where Nuuk now is located.

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 4: 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 coastal trip.

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 world heritage.

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 hotel.

Day 5: Ilulissat,
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 almost towering above you. What a welcome and introduction to the magnificent Disco Bay.

We arrive in Ilulissat at 11:45 after a few hours of sailing. From the harbor, we are transported to Hotel Arctic where we check in. At the following briefing, you can hear more about the town and the many excursions into the interesting area. Ilulissat means icebergs, which is rather self-explanatory once you get to see the beautiful Ice Fjord and the numerous icebergs majestically floating around in the fjord lit up by an almost magical light caused by reflections of the sun.

Lead by the guide, we tour the city, 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 harbor.

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: Explore Ilulissat on your own or with a guide and possibly a whale safari or kayaking (optional)
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 among icebergs (optional)

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 seen.

During summer, we normally get to see the humpback whale, minke whale, and fin whale. The whales swim around the entire Disco Bay throughout the summer, sometimes near the town, 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 town, 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.

Today you also get the chance to experience kayaking in the country that originated the kayaks.

Kayak Experience in Ilulissat (optional)

Inuit have kayaked in the Greenland waters for more than a thousand years, and you can do it, also. The kayak glides silently through the water, and you see the huge icebergs rising around you. The midnight sun gives the ice a unique hue. In cloudy weather, the beautiful blue colors of the icebergs will be very clear. With a little luck, we also meet whales. All tours take place in stable double kayaks, and a boat follows close by. The excursion takes about 3½-4 hours, and we will be at sea for at least two of those hours.

Day 7: Explore Ilulissat on your own or with guide or a daytrip to Eqi Glacier (optional)
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 6-kilometer wide glacier edge and the roaring silence provide an experience of grand proportions.

NB! The helicopter trips are not part of our package but can be purchased separately.

You can also follow in the footsteps of Knud Rasmussen at the local museum and end your stay in Greenland with a shopping trip in the local stores and souvenir shops.

Day tour to Eqi Glacier – the calving glacier (optional)

Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.

We sail in modern and convenient boats during the excursion to the Eqi Glacier. The route takes us north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted. Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately two hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile, a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip in the ice-filled water.

Please note: The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier may last between 2 – 5 hours each direction. It depends on the boat used the given day.

There is a farewell dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Day 8: Return to Copenhagen
Our flight takes us, via Kangerlussuaq, back to Copenhagen where we land in the evening.

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The Greenlandic national costume are often used, even of today.

Icebergs in different shapes

An humpback whale dives in front of an iceberg

There is almost the same amount of sledge dogs in Ilulissat as it is people. The Greenlandic dog are the only dog allowed north of the Arctic circle in Greenland. The dog is a pure sled dog who thrives in this climate. During the summers they are on vacation and are either in a dog yard or free at a non-inhabitant island.