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Western Greenland

North for Ice
South for Vikings (and ice)

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Greenland via Iceland

A short flight for a brief or long visit

. Cruise down the coast from lulissat on the Sarfak Ituk . Photos: West
Photos: Dogsled, East

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Ilulissat, the Ice

Here's a tour of Western Greenland built on the coastal steamer's voyage

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Most visitors to Ilulissat - with 4,000 people and more than 5,000 sled dogs, find themselves marveling at sights they had never expected to experience. Between the dogs, the volumes of ice, the history, and the elements of an ancient respected culture, Ilulissat truly is a unique destination. If you appreciate the almost mystical qualities of light found in high latitudes, this place, naturally, flaunts those, too! From May 25 until July 23 the Midnight Sun is shines on Ilulissat. From May to September walking and sailing tours are the main options for excursions. Helicopter tours to the world-famous Kangia glacier are available all year round. The sight and sound of dogs is an eloquent statement of the importance of the dog sled as a means of transport, even in a large modern town as Ilulissat. The harbor is filled with fishing vessels showing the importance of fishing in the area. Only a couple of kilometers from town is the lush valley of Sermermiut which extends down to the ice fjord. In 1727, this was the site of Greenland's then largest settlement with 250 people. Later excavations have shown that this beautiful valley has been inhabited for thousands of years.

4 Days in Ilulissat - The Itinerary

Friday evening: Leave North America.
Saturday: After early arrival at Iceland’s Keflavik Airport you’ll take a shuttle to the domestic airport for your flight to Ilulissat. Upon arrival you’re met by your Arctic Adventure guide, who will get you to your hotel for check in, an information meeting, and a guided City walk. Dinner included.
Saturday thru Monday: Your stay at the Hotel Arctic includes a lovely room with private bath, as well as breakfast and dinner. Each day you can choose among optional excursions, or take time on your own to explore.
Tuesday: After breakfast at the hotel you’ll head to the airport for the midday flight back to Reykjavik - lunch during flight.
Overnight in Reykjavik at a hotel, which is included in the price. Last night out!
Wednesday: Return home with Icelandair, or continue with more Iceland adventures.
Day Tours available
5 Days in Ilulissat - The Itinerary
Monday evening: leave North America
Tuesday: After early arrival at Iceland’s Keflavik Airport you’ll take a shuttle to the domestic aiport for your flight to Ilulissat. Upon arrival you’re met by your Arctic Adventure guide, who will get you to your hotel for check in, an information meeting, and a guided City walk. Dinner included.
Tuesday through Friday: Your stay at the Hotel Arctic includes a lovely room with private bath, as well as breakfast (and farewell dinner on Friday night). Each day you can choose among optional excursions, or take time on your own to explore.
Saturday: After breakfast at the hotel you’ll head to the airport for the midday flight back to Reykjavik - lunch during flight. Spend your last night in Reykjavik at a hotel, which is included in the price. Last night out!
Sunday: Breakfast at the hotel then off to the airport for your flight home.

Day Tours Available
The location of Ilulissat is breathtaking (and the views from the Hotrl Arctic are the best!)- all year round huge icebergs raising more than hundred 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. The indicated prices are per person unless otherwise stated.

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 during every tour-program that includes this destination. The fron desk will know the availibility and can make bookings for you, and may offer more choices.

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 $65) including refreshment
Hunter’s Settlement - Rodebay
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,Thurs, Sat, Sun
*6 hours DKK 1350 (about $200) including lunch
Iceberg Cruise by boat
Ilulissat is world famous for its icebergs and a cruise provides the perfect opportunity to get close to these gigantic sculptures created by nature.
Only operated when there is open water. Expected to be from mid March until late November, but might also be all winter. *6 hours DKK 550 (about $94)
Hunter's Settlement - Ilimanaq
By boat to the settlement of Ilimanaq, which is situated just south of the Kangia Ice Fiord. Ilimanaq has a population of approx. 80 persons mainly depending upon fishing and hunting. A completely different world compared to the town of Ilulissat. Upon arrival you’ll have a guided tour of the settlement before enjoying lunch with a local family./Mon,Wed,Fri Can also be operated by night at a smaller surcharge of DKK 250 per person. *6 hours, DKK 1150 (about $200) including lunch
Snowshoe expedition
Do you want to enjoy the most exclusive views of the Kangia and its gigantic famous icebergs stocked in the sea?
This is a comfortable, safe, 2-hour snowshoe walk with an experienced local guide following the trail from the power plant around the point to enjoy the panoramic view of the Sermermiut valley, the icebergs and the Disko bay.
No previous experience is required, and everybody can learn how to move safely into the winter terrain with the snowshoes. *2 hours, DKK 550 (about $94)
Dog Sledge Adventure
Leave the civilized world and enter the Arctic Wonderland of low passes, ice covered fjords where icebergs raise like sculptures and travel back in time into the world of the old polar explorers - all you hear is the sound of the sledge moving over the ice and the shouts of encouragement your driver makes to control his dogs.
The route will depend on actual snow and ice conditions.
Only operated when there is snow - expected from early/mid December to late March. Rent of fur clothes at a surcharge.
You have to be in a good physical shape to join a dogsledge tour.
*2 hours, DKK 850 (about $145 including lunch, only operates w/2 pax per sled
Dog Sledge Adventure the Long Ride
Same as previous tour, but longer.
(2 pax on sledge not available on full day tours).
*5 hours, DKK 1995 (about $340) including lunch
Feeding the huskies
Ilulissat is sledge-area and the approximately 3500 dogs in town are still used for both work and fun every winter. We invite you 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 $36)
Deluxe flight over Ilulissat Icefjord
Arctic Adventure together with AirZafari Greenland present an entirely new service in Ilulissat - sightseeing flights and photo safari in a 5-seat quiet and comfortable aircraft. Fly in low altitude to the very end of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. After cruising above the glacier front and getting as close to it as safety allows, head towards the underwater moraine in front of Ilulissat, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of huge icebergs and sky-blue lakes on top of them. Window seats are guaranteed for the best photo opportunities and every passenger is provided with an Active Noise Reduction Headset. Operating from February 2015. *1 hour, DKK 2695 (about $459)
Also avialable over the Northern Glacier

Ice fjord photo sightseeing
Arctic Adventure together with AirZafari Greenland present an entirely new service in Ilulissat - sightseeing flights and photo safari in a 5-seat quiet and comfortable aircraft. This unforgettable shorter tour offers a flight in low altitude to the outer area of Ilulissat town and the underwater moraine at the mouth of Ilulissat Ice Fjord, where huge icebergs are stranded while waiting to get out further into Disko bay. Window seats are guaranteed for the best photo opportunities and every passenger is provided with an Active Noise Reduction Headset. Operating from February 2015.
*35 minutess, DKK 1795 (about $305
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*Expedition times are approximate.

Dates and Prices for 2015
4 Day Tour
Tour runs each week from February 27 to April 3. Tour Departs North America on Fridays. Prices Per person/double occupancy from US
4 day $3562 pp/do
4 day $3917 Single

5 Day Tour
March to March 30
Tour Departs North America on Tour departs North America on Mondays.
5 Day $3717 pp/do
5 day $4161 Single

2015 Price includesinternational airfare from the US east coast*, airport transfers and any pre and post ride accommodations needed. The tour itself includesmost airport transfers, flights to and from Greenland, hotels with private baths, breakfast every day, dinner on arrival and last night in Greenland, English speaking guides.
Not included are Travel Insurance, meals other than breakfast in Iceland, lunches in Greenland, dinners in Greenland (except arrival & last night), optional tours or excursions in Iceland and Greenland.

For really cold days and for dog sledge tours.
Rent fur clothes
The outside temperature might drop to minus 15 degrees Farenheit- a cold but also unique experience! Luckily genuine Greenlandic seal skin anoraks and trousers are avaliable to rent .(You look good in photos, too)
Rent per day of fur clothes.: DKK 300, (about $51)

Accommodations: Hotel Arctic
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.

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Please note: All bookings in Greenland are subject to Special Conditions, to which you must agree when booking!
Special Conditions! 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.

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