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|The tour will show you a land unchanged by much of modern life - with stark mountain, enormous icebergs, remote villages, but done in a comfortable style. You’ll stay in the wonderful Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat and then embark on the Sarfak Ittuk from Ilulissat through Disko Bay to Narsaq in South Greenland - cruising along the west coast on board the Greenland Coastal Steamer in style; accommodated in modern, outside cabins with private facilities. It is a fine way to comprehend the huge size of the world’s biggest island and a fine way to meet the locals using the ship as their local bus. In South Greenland and Disko Bay you’ll have time to learn about life in the Arctic and to experience Arctic nature and the remains from the Vikings and the early Eskimos. 11 Day Ice and Sea Tour Itinerary
Wednesday evening: Leave from North America.
Thursday: Early arrival in Iceland. Take the shuttle to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your flight to Ilulissat with lunch on flight. Upon arrival you’re met by an Arctic Adventure guide who will get you to your hotel and explain the program. There’s also a Guided City Walk.
Thursday thru Saturday: You’ll have dinner at your hotel and breakfast Friday thru Saturday. You’ll have a room with private bath. Many day tours are available. Choose among optional excursions which can be booked locally, or take time on your own to explore.
Sunday: You’ll have the morning free to relax or take on more day tours. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to the Sarfaq Ittuk. There’s a short stop in Aasiaat.
Sunday-Tuesday: You’ll be on board Sarfaq Ittuk. Dinner on board is included as well as breakfast Monday thru Wednesday. You’ll have an outside cabin with private bath
Monday: Call at Sisimiut, short stop in Manitsoq.
Tuesday-Call at Nuuk including special Arctic Adventure City tour of Nuuk.
Wednesday: Sailing in the South Greenland Archipelago. Short stop in Paamiut and Narsaq.Afternoon arrival in Qaqortoq. You’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll spend the next 3 nights. Dinner at the hotel each of these nights..
Thursday & Friday: You’ll have breakfast at the hotel. After that, there is lots to see and do. There are plenty of day tours available which can be booked locally.
Saturday: After breakfast you’ll be transferred by boat to Narsarsuaq and then head to the airport for your midday flight back to Reykjavik - lunch during flight.
Saturday: Overnight in Reykjavik at a hotel, which is included in the price
Sunday: Return home with Icelandair, or continue with more Iceland adventures.
Meals on the 11 and 7 day Ice and Sea tour include breakfast every day in Iceland (except arrival day), and breakfast and dinner in Greenland.
|8 Day Ice and Sea Tour Itinerary
Friday evening: Leave from North America.
Saturday: Early arrival in Iceland, then a shuttle to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your flight to Ilulissat with in flight lunch.. Upon arrival in Ilulissat you’re met by Arctic Adventure guide, who will get you to your hotel and explain the program. After that, you’ll have a Guided City Walk. Optional tours are available. Dinner at the hotel.
Sunday: After breakfast at your hotel you’ll have a day of leisure. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to the Sarfaq Ittuk for your cruise departure along the Greenlandic West Coast. There’s a short stop in Aasiaat.
Sunday-Wednesday: You’ll be on board Sarfaq Ittuk. Dinner on board, breakfast Monday thru Wednesday. You’ll have an outside cabin with private bath.
Monday: Call at Sisimiut with special city tour. Short Stop in Maniitsoq.
Tuesday-Call at Nuuk including special Arctic Adventure City tour of Nuuk.
Wednesday: A short stop in Paamiut & Narsaq. Afternoon arrival in Qaqortoq with transfer to your hotel for check in and informational meeting. Dinner at the hotel.
Thursday: Breakfast at the hotel, short city tour of Qaqortoq and then you’ll be transferred by boat to Narsarsuaq. From there you’ll head to the airport for an afternoon flight back to Reykjavik - lunch during flight.
Overnight in Reykjavik at a hotel, which is included in the price
Friday: After breakfast return home with Icelandair, or continue with more Iceland adventures. Day Tours Available While in Ilulissat
You're in Ilulissat Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon on the 11 day tour, and from Saturday afternoon thru Sunday afternoon on the 7 day tour.The location of Ilulissat is breathtaking - all year round huge icebergs raising hundreds of meters above sea level are stranded at the mouth of the fiord. These icebergs are all products of the mighty and most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. The Ilulissat Glacier gives birth daily to 20 million tons of ice which also explains why it is included on the World Heritage list. There's a lot to see and do on your own but taking advantage of some guided tours will add a bit of depth to your experiences. Prices may change without prior notice due to specific conditions at the time and place of the excursion. Please note that not all excursions are available at all times. Refer to the tour-program for a list of excursions available on that particular tour.
Prices for local tours are listed in Danish Kronur, (DKK) as that’s the currency used in Greenland. See www.xe.com for latest conversions from $US to DKK. Most tours and purchases can be made by credit card. The indicated prices are per person unless otherwise stated.
The Icebergs of Sermermiut
By bus as far as the road goes. A beautiful walk along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fiord to Sermermiut where traces from the 3 old Eskimo cultures still can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fiord; here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs.Daily/ 3 hours, DKK 350 (about $55)including refreshment.Hunter’s Settlement -
By boat to the small settlement Oqaitsut/Rodebay
with a local population of about 40 persons totally depending upon fishing and hunting - a quite different world compared to the nearby town of Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before you enjoy lunch at the old trading station. Tue,Thur,Sat,Sun, 6 hours, DKK 1350 (about $200) including lunch.
Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fiord
The midnight sun and the warm red colors reflecting in the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late Martini on “the real rocks”! Season for midnight sun is approx. 22May-24July. Outside this season the excursion is operated as an evening cruise with the beautiful sunset reflecting over the icebergs. 3 hours, DKK 700 (about $110)
Helicopter Deluxe to the Ice Cap
During your stay in Ilulissat the guide can usually arrange an excursion by helicopter - including a ground stop where you can leave the helicopter !As a new service you can now pre-book the helicopter excursion in Ilulissat. During the flight you’ll cruise in low altitude over the Ilulissat Ice Fiord which is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Operation is dependent on the weather and helicopter capacity. 2 hours (55min. flying time + ground stop) DKK 2995 (about $450), including refreshment,
Visit a Greenland home, enjoy the “Coffee-Mik” (a cup of coffee which by tradition is served to all visitors) and learn about Greenland and its population. 2 hours, DKK 200 ( about $35)Eqip -
The Calving Glacier
Eqip glacier is the only glacier in the Ilulissat area where you can often experience a glacier calving. You’ll cruise in front of the 5 km wide glacier - enjoying lunch - and hoping for the unique sight of an iceberg “delivery” - so are also a lot of seabirds as they know by experience, that any calving from the glacier will result in a huge meal, when the new iceberg is turning around in the water bringing a lot of of sea animals to the surface. 8 hours, DKK 1995 (about 275) including lunch.
You’ll sail to a fishing spot of the day, most probably near Bredebugt or at the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fiord. While waiting for your catch you’ll have time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. By the end of the day you will hopefully bring home different sorts of fish like cod, halibut, redfish and catfish. 4 hours, DKK 1300 (about $200)
Feeding the Huskies
Ilulissat is sledge-area and the approx. 3500 dogs in town are still used for both work and fun every winter. You’ll be invited to join the feeding of a dog team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sledge and the harness and tell about life as a sledge dog in Greenland. Good shoes advised! 1 hour, DKK 200 (about $30)
You’ll go out into Disko Bay by boat to spot whales. In the summer humpback whales come to the Disko Bay to feed on the capelin, a small herring-like fish. As the humpback whales are protected they are very trusting and can often be enjoyed at close range. However, as this is not a zoo there is of course no guarantee for seeing the whales. 5 hours, DKK 1000 (about $150)
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The warm and welcoming four-star Hotel Arctic is set in the dramatic surroundings just outside Ilulissat and 1.5 kilometers from the airport. Most rooms have a magnificent view of the town and the fjord with its impressive icebergs. The hotel has been awarded the Green Key Award in recognition of its environmentally friendly management and has a professional, but relaxed atmosphere The hotel bus shuttles regularly between the hotel and the town.
Sarfuk Ittuk, the coastal boat
You’ll sail on a vessel built for Greenlandic waters, ready to navigate the beautiful ice-filled coast, as it powers through the 700 miles of its route in 72 hours. Part of the Arctic Umiaq Line, the Sarfuk Ittuk is a coastal passenger vessel, with lots of Greenlander’s (and a crew that’s mostly local) a few visitors who see the country as the Greenlanders do. You’ll have an outside cabin with private bath, and breakfast. Meals are available in the restaurant, there’s a lounge, TV room and all the rugged scenery you can stand outside the boat. A great place to chat with Greenlanders, and you can disembark at most stops along the way. Greenland is not a place that’s easily traveled - the Sarfuk Ittuk is a great way to see this special place! Short stops at Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, Nuuk, Paamiut and Qaqortoq.
Ports Of Call
On Sunday the tour continues by boarding the coastal boat and working down from village to village to the southern town of Qaqortoq. Some of the stops are at odd hours and some are only long enough to drop off a little freight or pick up a bin of frozen fish or shrimp.
Aasiaat, Sissimiut with special city tour, Maniitsoq, Nuuk with special city tour, Paamiut, Archipelgo, Passage, Arsuk,
Time in Qaqortoq
Time in Qaqortoq will be from Wednesday afternoon to Saturday afternoon on the 11 day tour and from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon the 7 day tour.The biggest town in South Greenland, Qaqortoq, is approximately a 2 hour boat trip from the Narsasuaq International Airport.Located between high mountains on a little island, close to norse ruins and hot srings, this little town is full of old history and modern development.Here are some possibilities for guided day tours in Qaqortoq:
Hike around Storesøen
Hike around the big lake "storesøen" located right outside the town.Enjoy beautiful Greenlandic nature on this 12 km hike. Coffee and tea will be served in route, while you enjoy the views of nature and the backside of the town. 4-5 hours, DKK 550 (about $80) including lunch
Hvalsey Church Ruin
Beautiful sailing into the Hvalsey Fiord around the Arpatsivik island to Hvalsey, where you’ll visit the old norse ruins within the church ruin which is the best preserved from the Norse period.A wedding in the church in 1309 is the last written confirmation that there is of the Norse settlement in Greenland. 3 hours, DKK 600 (about $95)including refreshment
Hot springs of Uunartoq
A visit to the hot springs in Uunartoq includes an amazing boat trip in the arctic nature, before arriving at the hot springs.A 1-1.5 hour stop gives you time to enjoy the hot pools and the contrast of icebergs floating by. 4-5 hours, DKK 1300 (about $200)
Boat excursion to Inland Ice Cap
By boat to the inland ice cap. If the weather permits you will go ashore very close to glaciers. From here you’ll get a chance to see the Ice cap from below, and fell the massive power of nature. 5 hours, DKK 1300
Come join a local family for a cup of coffee.The Greenlanders are famous for opening up their houses, inviting everyone over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.The latest gossip is shared and it will also be possible to see the national suit and learn about a life so very isolated from the rest of the world. 1.5 hours, DKK
Accommodations on these tours are either Hotel Arctic, or Hotel Qaqortoq.
Located centrally in Qaqortoq.
21 rooms with twin beds, private facilities, TV, coffee & tea amenities.
Restaurant and bar.
The warm and welcoming four-star Hotel Arctic is set in the dramatic surroundings just outside Ilulissat and 1.5 kilometers from the airport. Most rooms have a magnificent view of the town and the fjord with its impressive icebergs. The hotel has been awarded the Green Key Award in recognition of its environmentally friendly management and has a professional, but relaxed atmosphere Restaurant, brassiere and bar with a panoramic view over the Ilulissat Ice fjord.
The hotel bus shuttles regularly between the hotel and town.
|Dates and Prices
Dates below are travel dates in Greenland.
The 8 Day Ice and Sea Tour runs each week from June 28 - August 23. Depart from North America on Friday. Price* $6333per person double occupancy.
The 11 Day Ice and Sea Tour runs each week from June 28 - August 23. Depart from North America on Wednesday. Price* $7274 per person double occupancy.
We can add days in Iceland, give us a call! Ask about Land Only and single supplement prices.
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Please note: All bookings in Greenland are subject to Special Conditions, to which you must agree when booking!
These Special Conditions Are: Arctic weather and limited capacity in Greenland may cause traffic delays resulting in interruptions, limitations or changes in the itinerary. This may result in extra expenses to cover meals, hotel accommodation and/or transportation not foreseen in the program. Such expenses have to be paid directly by travelers themselves. The tour operator cannot accept any responsibility, economic or otherwise for such changes
*Price includes: Round trip airfare to Iceland, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes from Boston, New York, and Washington Dulles International Airport. Ask about Denver, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Seattle, and Toronto.Note: Not all gatewayshave daily departures. Also includes most airport transfers, a post-tour night in Iceland, flights to and from Greenland, hotels with private baths, breakfast every day, outside cabin with private facilities and breakfast and dinner on the Sarfak Ittuk, English speaking guides.
*Not included in the price are travel insurance, lunches in Greenland, meals other than breakfast in Iceland, optional tours or excursions in Iceland and Greenland. Day tours are booked, and paid for once you are in Greenland.
Prices for local tours are listed in Danish Kronur, (DKK) as that’s the currency used in Greenland. See www.xe.com for latest conversions from $US to DKK. Most tours and purchases can be made by credit card.
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