Nuuk, Qeqertarsuaq & Ilulissat – 11 days

City Tours – Qooqqut Nuan – Eqi, the calving glacier – Helicopter Tour – Dog Sledding

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.


Price: 4.150 Euro (at Hotel Hans Egede), 4.090 Euro (at Inuk Hostel
Season: May – October
Duration: 11 days and 10 nights. Package starts in Nuuk
Departures:
Travel by: Package starts in Nuuk and ends in Ilulissat. Arrive from Copenhagen (Air Greenland) or Reykjavik/Keflavik (Air Iceland or Air Greenland)
Ferry: Sarfaq Ittuk
Flight: From Reykjavik or Copenhagen (flights not included)
Accommodation: Inuk hostels or HHE*, Hotel Hvide Falk (White Falcon) and cabins in ferry
Excursions: City sightseeing, boat tours to the icefiord and Qooqqut in Nuuk. Boat tours to see midnight sun in the Icefiord and Eqi Glacier in Ilulissat.
Included: Ferry from Nuuk to Ilulissat, and Ilulissat to Qeqertarsuaq and return, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, two lunches, excursions mentioned, city sightseeing, all taxes and 24 hr. emergency service.


Itinerary

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.

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.

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. You can do some souvenir shopping in our Tupilak Shop where you get a 10 percent discount on all products; Souvenirs, handicraft and fur products. At 20.00 boarding the ferry Sarfaq Ittuk for 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.

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.

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

Today’s boat tour takes you to the glacier at Eqip Sermia. Here it is possible to get very close to the glacier front, where you can enjoy the fantastic scenery for app. 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.

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.

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.

Day 9 – Qeqertarsuaq Dogsledding in the summer                

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. Price range 100 to 200 Euro depending on choice of tour. The tour is not included in the package price.

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.

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.


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Accommodation 

Inuk Hostel

Inuk Hostels is located a stone’s throw from the sea and has a unique view of Nuuk Fjord.

At the same time Inuk Hotels located within walking distance to Nuuk City Center, and there is public bus service to / from the holiday village.

Inuk Hotels consists of 4 cabins and a large common house where conferences held.

Accommodation cottages based on 4 unique Greenlandic animals; the Polar Bear, Musk Ox, Seals and Reindeer and cottages are named after Greenlandic animal names.

Hotel Hans Egede

This central Nuuk hotel is less than 6 km from Nuuk Airport. The 5th-floor Skyline Bar offers views over the Nuuk Fiord and Malene Mountains, as well as live piano music every night.

A flat-screen satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities and a private bathroom are found in all Hotel Hans Egede rooms.

On-site dining options include a café in the reception, a lunch restaurant, along with 2 dinner restaurants.

Nuuk Art Museum, Katuaq Cultural Centre and Greenland National Museum are all within 1 km of the hotel.
Nuuk Golf Club is a 10 minute drive away.

Hotel Hvide Falk 

Hotel Hvide Falk is situated in the middle of Ilulissat, and offers 40 rooms and an annex with 4 double rooms and 9 apartments. The rooms, restaurant and pub all overlook the fjord and the icebergs, and the views are wonderful. The restaurant offers menus based on Greenladic products with specialities such as reindeer, musk ox, salmon and trout from Greeland`s beautiful natural surroundings. It also offers the best of Thai cuisine.

Hotel Disko

Hotel Disko is located in the city center in 5 different buildings close to each other. One of them is the old colonial government residence, also called Hotel Disko. At Disko there are 5 double rooms and 5 single rooms with private bathroom and toilet. Breakfast is included in the price and is served at the nearby restaurant. Transfer on arrival and departure is also included.