Day 1: Arrival in Iluissat – City walk – Welcome dinner – Midnight cruise.
At arrival in Ilulissat you will meet your host at the airport and be transferred to your hotel accommodation.
You will go for a private city walk with your host where we include a visit to the museum.
Famed for its giant icebergs and home to the World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Ice Fjord. This is the third largest town in Greenland and a city where modern life meets traditional life style, all surrounded by amazing nature.
When you have explored the city you will have welcome dinner with your guide in the evening.
After dinner we will go for a spectacular boat ride around the fjord in the midnight sun with some great champagne on the boat.
We will end the day at your accommodation.
Day 2: Hike to Sermermiut – Private boat tour to hunters’ settlement Rodebay – Scenic flight.
Transfer to the old heliport from where we make a private hike to the shores of the Ice Fjord and the Eskimo Ruins at Sermermiut. The pre-colonial history of Sermermiut was pieced together by a series of archaeological excavations during the twentieth century. The area became an area of archaeological interest at the start of the century, although the results were not well documented. A 1953 dig identified that Sermermiut had been used by Saqqaq, Early Dorset and Thule cultures. Another dig in 1983 dated the start of the Early Dorset settlement at around 600–200 BCE.
Sermermiut was abandoned in 1850 when the last resident moved to nearby Jakobshavn (now Ilulissat).
We will go for lunch at Restaurant Mamartut
We will start the day by traveling with a private boat to the small Inuit settlement. They have a local population around 40 people. This isolated village is totally dependent on fishing and hunting. On the Inuit settlement you will have a private guided walking tour and have lunch.
Later on we will go for a 1-hour scenic flight where you will get a great overview of the ice fjord and glacier.
Your host will take you to your accommodation.
Day 3: Calving glacier Eqi.
Full day tour to the Calving Glacier Eqi – the most calving glacier in the northern hemisphere. Lunch stop in front of the glacier with packed lunch from Hotel Arctic.
The glacier comes out in a fiord about 80 km north of Ilulissat. It is by boat possible to go very close to the edge of the glacier and see big pieces of ice break off. The crashes are enormous and the sight of the icebergs falling into the water is impressive.
The glacier itself is approx. 5 kilometers wide, and it is an exceptional experience to be drifting in a boat in front of the glacier, waiting for chunks of ice to fall. When it happens, you will be fascinated by the deafening crash of the ice breaking off, followed by the huge splash when the ice hits the water. As you might know, the Ice Cap is made of snow, and when this snow is being pushed down by even more snow, it turns to ice. With time, the air, which naturally exists between the individual snowflakes, becomes air bubbles under pressure. So when the huge glacier calves, this air is released, causing explosive sounds.
We end the day at your accommodation.
Day 4: Departure.
You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight.