Ilulissat (The Iceberg Town)

A night time view of Ilulissat. Image: Visit Greenland

Ilulissat (The Iceberg Town)

Ilulissat is one of the most popular destinations in Greenland and with good reason. You can hear the dramatic sounds from the glacier breaking of into the sea as well as enjoy the awe-inspiring scenary if icebergs all around. Situated at the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, which was included as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004, the town is located next to the sea filled with icebergs from the most active glacier in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq. 

 

 

Included: 

  • Round trip flight to/from Reykjavík domestic airport
  • Airport taxes
  • Transport to and from airport
  • 1 night accomodation at Hotel Isfjord Ilulissat with private facilities
  • Breakfast included in single and double rooms.

 

 

 

Consider prolonging your stay with an extra night in Ilulissatt. You'll get tips for activities and worthwile sights in the vicinity of Ilulissat from your Esja Travel specialist. 

 

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The Iceberg Town


The 56 km long Ilulissat Icefjord that is filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq, is located in the center of Disco Bay and is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Just a couple of kilometres from Ilulissat the idyllic Sermermiut valley lies out towards the ice fjord.

From Ilulissat several tourist offices organise excursions and tours to the settlement of Oqaatsut/Rodebay, to Eqi glacier, where it is possible to spend a couple of days in a hut, and to one of the oldest settlements í Greenland, Ilimanaq, south of Ilulissat Icefjord.

 

Suggested activities:

 

Daytour to Eqi glacier - the calving glacier

 

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

It is possible to combine a boat trip with a stay in Glacier Lodge Eqi. If that is your wish, look at excursions under Overnight Stay in Glacier Lodge Eqi.

We sail in modern and convenient boats at the excursion to Eqi. The route goes north along the coast passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fiord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals often are seen. Further on through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steepmountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our ice secured boats lie approximately 2 hours in front of the glacier and wait for the ice to calve, while a delicious lunch is served. An all-day excursion, where you will have a good opportunity to be immersed in the experience and the boat trip in the ice filled water.

Please notice:
The length of the boat trip to and from the glacier can last between 2 - 5 hours each way. It depends on the boat used the given day. The stop in front of the glacier lasts approximately 2 hours.

Upon the return to Ilulissat, we arrange transport back to the hotel.

 

Meet the sleddogs:

 

In Ilulissat we have six to seven months of winter every year, and wintertime is the same as “sled-time”. About 1800 dogs are used for work and recreation. The long-line fishermen use the dogs for transportation of Greenland halibut from the icefiord to Ilulissat. Even today the modern snowscooter can’t compete with the 2000 years old Greenlandic way of transportation, the dogsled.

On this excursion we invite you to join the feeding of a dog-team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of up to 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sled, the harness, and the whip and tell about the life as sled-dog in Greenland.

 

Walk to Sermermiut Settlement:

 

Beautiful icebergs are the setting for the old settlement Sermermiut, located one and a half kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today you can still see many remains that indicate their presence.

A trip to Sermermiut is an absolute must when visiting Ilulissat, hear the guide tell stories about Inuit people’s life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See turf hut ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.

An area so special that UNESCO named it World Heritage in 2004. It is estimated that up to 30,000 guests visit Sermermiut every year, for this reason there is a wooden walkway to protect the area against wear. Therefore anyone can go on this trip.

We follow the walkway to the viewpoint at Nakkaavik - "the place to fall" (Old Ladies Gorge), here our guide serves tea or coffee while we enjoy the view, then we return by the same route.

 

Ilulissat City Walk:

 

People say: “but we can walk around the city on our own." Yes, you can; but on this guided tour, we go deeper than just a walk, our Guided City Walk is an perfect shortcut to good knowledge and funny stories.

The guide will tell you about the history of the city, about Greenlandic culture and modern life 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. We stop several places along the way, among other by the fishermen at the harbor, the hunters at "brættet" and we passes the famous polarexplore Knud Rasmussen's birthplace and the old wooden church Zionchurch.

Ilulissat - Ilulissat was founded in 1741 and is today Greenland's third largest town with over 4500 inhabitants. Ilulissat means "Icebergs".

 

All of these activities are available during your stay in Ilulissat.

Prices from

1.415

Type

Greenland Tour

Season

All Year

Days / Nights

2 days / 1 night

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