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Remote Settlements and Arctic Hikes

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*Departures from Reykjavik every Tuesday from 04 JUN- 28 AUG 2019
*Price is per person for a double room according to departure point – additional price variations listed below.

5 days Wandering Around Sculptures of Ice

Visiting 1 country: Greenland

 

Ready to tap into your inner explorer? We can sense your excited anticipation and it’s contagious! Embark on this exhilarating tour of majestic icebergs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord. Life north of the Polar Circle is alluring and insightful as you discover the nature that remains an important role in locals’ day-to-day. Get introduced to longstanding Inuit traditions to get a real feel of that Arctic life.

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Description

Departures from Reykjavik. This tour is the perfect introduction to Arctic nature and the Inuit culture. Ilulissat – the town of the icebergs – offers dramatic views of the World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. Experience the traditional Inuit culture combined with modern life north of the Polar Circle.

Ilulissat

Ilulissat is Greenlandic for ‘Icebergs’, and this charming town with 4600 inhabitants 200 kilometres north of the Polar Circle is indeed one of the best places in the world for seeing gigantic, nature-made sculptures break off rugged glaciers and start their final journey towards the open sea.

Boats, Hikes and Heli Rides

Summer in Ilulissat is a feast of adventures; make the most of your time there by going on hikes in the Arctic nature not far from town, experience helicopter safaris over the UNESCO designated ice fjord and sail out to remote settlements where everyday life still is heavily influenced by ancient traditions. Relax in the evenings on Midnight Sun Cruises in the fjord, watching the icebergs bathing in the rays of the never-setting sun, whilst enjoying a drink ‘on the real rocks’.

Heritage

Even a short stay in Ilulissat offers plenty of opportunity to explore the Arctic country side, learn about ancient Inuit traditions and – of course – marvel at the icebergs by the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord.

Day 1

Flight with Air Iceland Connect from Reykjavik to Ilulissat. Meet and greet by our guide.
Transfer to the hotel for check-in and information meeting where you will be introduced to the guide team and hear more about the optional day trips available.

Following the welcome meeting your guide will take you on a city walk so you can get acquainted with the town and
also get a first glimpse of the amazing country side.

Fjordese cuisine

Tonight, you will enjoy a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant ‘Ulo’ which specializes in fresh-from-the-fjords-and fells cuisine. Other local staples include seaweed, musk ox, Greenland halibut, and Greenlandic herbs.

Day 2, 3 and 4

After breakfast, you will spend your day at your own leisure in Ilulissat for optional excursions. There are several ways to explore the area – by boat, by foot or even flight seeing. The  guide team can advise you in regards to tours and also book your space.

Soul of the ancestor souvenirs

A popular gift a ‘Tupilak’ which in Greenlandic means ‘soul of the ancestor and is an Inuit version of a talisman/voodoo doll. Traditional tupilaks were sculpted into tiny creatures inspired by Inuit mythology. Souvenir figurines range from ghoulish to impish and are made of antlers, wood, stone, animal bone, or soapstone.

Day 5

Farewell coffee at the hotel with your guide and a chance to talk about your experiences in
Ilulissat. Transfer to the airport for departure with Air Iceland Connect flight back to Reykjavik.

Additional information

Country

Greenland

Duration

Less than 1 week

Travel Style

EPIC JOURNEYS: ADVENTURES & EXPEDITIONS

Price Variations

West Greenland from Reykjavik guaranteed departures

No. of days Departure day(s) Availability Double Room   p.p. Single supplement Dinner supplement Extra nights Dbl p.p/sgl
5 Tue 04JUN-28AUG EURO 1920 EURO 270 EURO 110 140/190

inclusions

Included:

  • Return flights from Reykjavik incl. all taxes
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • Arctic Adventure Destination Guide in Ilulissat
  • Guided tour of Ilulissat
  • Welcome and farewell meeting with your guide(s)

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

Hotel Arctic

The world’s northernmost 4-star hotel with 5-star conference center.

Optional Upgrades


1. Arctic Upgrade: Eqi Glacier Explorer

Eqi Glacier is the only glacier in the Ilulissat area where we often experience the glacier calving. By adding 2 nights in Camp Eqi you will experience the unique sight of a glacier giving birth to new icebergs – just outside your window!


2. Arctic Upgrade: Ilimanaq Lodge Retreat

Ilimanaq (Greenlandic: Place of Expectations) is a small settlement situated south of Ilulissat. With less than 100 inhabitants it is a close-knit community which traditionally has survived by fishing and hunting.

In 2016 Ilimanaq Lodge was established with the intention of giving something back to the local community and also create a new source of income to the settlement by employing locals as staff and tour guides.

The 15 cabins are situated on the cliffs by the water. One side has glass fronts so you can enjoy the breath-taking views from both the living room and the bedroom. Each cabin is a little over 40 square meters (about 430 sq feet) and contains bath, toilet and modern furniture in a rustic, Nordic look.

There are various ways of exploring the area around Ilimanaq; from cultural settlement walks to glacier hikes, boat trips and driving by ATV through the rugged nature.


3. Arctic Upgrade: Whales & Culture; Qasigiannguit

Qasigiannguit is located in the south-eastern part of the Disko Bay approximately 3 hours by boat from Ilulissat. It is one of the oldest towns in Greenland and has around 1200 habitants.

Only in Qasigiannguit do you get the unique chance to experience the old Thule and Saqqaq cultures, as the local museum is full of stories from the past and famous for its great archaeological collection from two Inuit cultures.

Beautiful experiences await you in the surrounding mountains with views of the Disko Bay coastline: Included in the package is a city tour, but the area also offers hikes to e.g. Tasersuaq Lake where the trout travels through the Eqalunnguit pass during breeding season, or to Paradise Bay (Greenlandic: Kangerluluk); a rare sandy beach not far from a lovely waterfall.

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