Disko Island, Settlements and Ilulissat
The tour package includes
Day 1: Ilulissat JAVNumber of nights: 1Hotel Arctic - Ilulissat Hotel Icefiord
Day 2-3: Qeqertarsuaq JGONumber of nights: 2Disko Island - Qeqertarsuaq
Day 4-5: Ilimanaq XIQNumber of nights: 2Ilimanaq Lodge
Day 6: Ilulissat JAVNumber of nights: 1Hotel Arctic - Ilulissat Hotel Icefiord
The tour package inlcudes: All transfers by ship, marked with a blue line on the map to the right. Transportation to/from the harbour by mini-bus. Accommodation incl. breakfast and linen. Full board at overnight stays at Glacier Lodge Eqi. Any questions please call ? +45 61 79 15 22 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours weekdays: 09.00 - 15.00 GMT+1
What to see on this trip
Humpback-, minke-, and fin whales can be seen.
You will see a lot of Icebergs.....we gaurantee
Sleddogs will be seen in every City/Villages. But dogsledding is only possible at the top of the Lyngmarks Glacier (limited periode). Dogsledding not included.
Day 1, 6: Ilulissat JAV
Ilulissat - Jakobshavn
Welcome to Ilulissat. Ilulissat is the third largest town in Greenland, also called Jakobshavn, and rewards you with one of the greatest natural wonders of the world: Ilulissat Icefiord/Kangia. The Icefiord became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004 and is the birthplace of the massive collection of icebergs that have calved from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the most productive glaciers in the world.
Ilulissat is the perfect iceberg paradise in Greenland. Ilulissat is a charming town, and the colourful houses on the hill are a beautiful mix with modern buildings in correlation between man and nature.
What to see and do in Ilulissat
- City walk
A walk around town on your own or with a guide is a must do. Ilulissat is, no doubt, a unique place and the view to the impressive icebergs floating in the Disko Bay is a spectacular sight. Around the town you will see sled dogs waiting for the winter to come.
Centrally placed in the town we find “brættet”, where fishermen and local hunters sell their fresh catch to citizens and tourists. The supply is varied, and you will often find halibut, cod, seal and occasionally reindeer -, musk -, and whale meat.
The town also houses 2 interesting museums: Ilulissat Museum, the birthplace of famous arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, and the art museum, which displays some beautiful watercolour paintings of the local painter Emmanuel A. Pedersen.
- Kayak harbour
The harbour is centrally placed in the old part of town next to the hospital. Here you might be lucky to see the locals kayaking and practising the Eskimo roll.
The town provides a well-stocked supply of shops selling beautiful handicraft etc. and you will easily find great and unique souvenirs. Some of the local artists have a workshop near by the harbour, and people are welcome to pop in to see them processing bone and tooth into beautiful jewellery.
The dog sledding season begins in September and normally ends in May. During the 4 months in between, the dogs usually are inactive. New litters are raised and the puppies ravage and bite in everything within their reach.
The fresh air stimulates your appetite and fortunately you will find several good restaurants in Ilulissat. They naturally use fresh Greenlandic commodities in their cooking. You might as well start looking forward to delicious lamb, reindeer, musk, shrimps and halibut - Takana!
Nature and Hiking
When hiking to the old settlement of Sermermiut, you are walking along Ilulissat Ice Fiord. from here the view of the stranded icebergs is absolutely perfect.
- Sailing among the Icebergs
Go on a boat trip among the icebergs, under the midnight sun - it is an experience for life!
If you want to experience the Kangia glacier and the enormous icebergs in Disko Bay from a different perspective, you can do so by helicopter from Ilulissat.
- Whale Safari
It is possible to go on a whale safari surrounded by icebergs in the Disko Bay. The boat trip gives you plenty of time to observe the giants of the sea at close range.
World of Greenland offers guided tours in Ilulissat – read more here www.wog.gl
Day 2-3: Qeqertarsuaq JGO
Geologically the Disko Island is far younger than the mainland and seems very different. The Island mostly consists of high and steep basalt mountains that were created by volcanic activity 25-65 million years ago.
Qeqertarsuaq town is beautifully situated in the Disko Bay and is set against a backdrop of magnificent basalt mountains and waterfalls splashing down the mountains. The sea, just in front of Qeqertarsuaq, is a favourite foraging spot for the humpback whales in the summer and we may spot the whales, from the boat as well as from the land during our stay on the island.
What to see and do in Qeqertarsuaq
- City walk and icebergs
We recommend a stroll around town. The colourful Greenlandic houses contrast the huge basalt mountains outside town perfectly. A short hike leads you to the coast, and here you will see the huge icebergs grounded at the Disko Bay or slowly drifting by in the Bay.
See today’s catch on the local fish market “Brættet”. On the Disko Island you will find many fine trout rivers and the island has proud traditions of heather-smoked trout in summer. Buy one if given the opportunity – you won’t regret it!
- Qeqertarsuaq Museum
At the museum you will learn about the area and its fascinating story during the colonial period, when the colony ‘Godhavn’ held a powerful position. And was a key location for whaling and trade. The museum also displays a magnificent collection of paintings by the artist Jakob Danielsen as well as portraying the interesting history of the town.
Nature and Hiking on Disko Island
- Hiking options Qeqertarsuaq
Disko Island and the area close to Qeqertarsuaq is ideal for hikers and you will find many hiking trails on the island.
is the Greenlandic word for quantum “kuanneq”. Besides being known for its lush and green nature, Kuannit is also known for its characteristic basal mountains and “hot” springs.
is a spot south of town out by the coast. From here you have an incredible view of the Disko Bay and the spot has been a lookout for whales and seals since time immemorial.
Arctic conditions considered, the valley shows a lush and varied species of flora.
Thanks to the Lyngmark Glacier that rises many hundreds of meters above the coast, dog sledding is possible in summer - – one of the only places in Greenland that offers dog sledding in the summer.
Summerdogsledding will be possible 15. june - 15. august. (Dog sledding is optional and cannot be booked in advanced, only on location as the availability depends on the weather conditions.)
Either you trek to the top and back on the same day or choose an overnight stay in a charming hut on “Lyngmarksbræen”. From the top of the glacier at 1200 m. we will have an outstanding view over Disko Bay and a fine view of the water we have sailed. If you are tempted by further maritime adventures, it is possible to buy different boat trips, whale safaris and fishing trips locally.
Excursion and info: Hotel Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq
Day 4-5: Ilimanaq XIQ
Visit a settlement where the everyday hustle and bustle is completely gone. Ilimanaq settlement is well run, with colorful houses scattered around the terrain and with a stunning view to the Disko Bay.
The boat trip to Ilimanaq runs through the many grounded icebergs from Kangia ice fjord and maybe you're lucky enough to spot whales and seals before arriving to the village. From the seaside the colorful houses are very visible as well.
Things to do in the Settlement
- Settlement Tour
We strongly recommend a village tour on your own or with a guide. If you like to hear stories about the harbor, school, church and shops, you should follow the guided tour. Departure time is announced in Ilimanaq Lodge reception and is included in the stay.
- Sled dogs
The sled dogs are scattered around in their territory near their musher’s residence. In the summer time puppies run around freely and play. Please remember that the adult dogs are not pets and must not be touched.
in Ilimanaq you will find one of Greenland's oldest houses, now turned into a restaurant. The restaurant has been lovingly restored in cooperation with RealDania. A buffet dinner of super fresh Greenlandic ingredients is served. Look forward to Greenland lamb, smoked reindeer and the musk ox, halibut and shrimps - Takana / Here you go!
- The Terrace
Enjoy the view of the stunning Disko Bay from your private terrace. All cabins are tastefully decorated and from the sleeping loft, living room as well as from the terrace, you have an incredible view of Disko Bay with its many icebergs. And who knows? Often the whales pass close by - so keep looking.
Nature and Hiking in and around Ilimanaq area
- Qajaa - settlement
Visit one of the older settlements in Greenland: The almost secret research area near Qajaa. The Qajaa midden is in the permafrost, and preservation conditions are unusually good and many remains testify to the Saqqaq culture, which lived here 4,000 years ago.
- Ice Cap
From Ilimanaq you have access to the Icefjord hinterland. The excursion to the ice cap is with ATVs and by boat. We go ashore at the southern bank of Tassiusaq fjord. From here we can hike to the ice edge and onto the ice between crevices and wells to explore one of the many glacier tongues emanating from the ice sheet.
- Midnight Sun
The sun reaches its highest point in the sky and shines all day on June 21. Several weeks before and after you can enjoy long light nights and a long day full of experiences in the area.
World of Greenland offers guided trips in Ilulissat and the area – read more here www.wog.gl