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    7 day - Independent tailor-made Greenland tour of West Coast Greenland.

    This short 7 day tour of Greenland lets you experience a modern Greenlandic town north of the Polar Circle, the unique Disko Bay and the wildlife in the area. See majestic Icebergs float in the fiord right outside the town and experience at close range the impressive glacier of Eqi.

    Day 1
    Arrive Ilulissat with guided city walk
    Day 2
    Ilulissat
    Day 3
    Boat to Eqi and stay at Glacier Lodge Eqi
    Day 4
    Hiking around the Glacier at Eqi
    Day 5
    Boat to Ilulissat
    Day 6
    Whale safari in Ilullissat
    Day 7
    Departure Day
    Start/End Place
    Ilulissat, Greenland
    Country Visited
    Greenland
    Duration
    7 Days
    Start Date
    Flexible
    Travel Style
    Active and Independent
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Independent holiday with moderately active activities and no porterage included
    Code
    50DN0415

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Boat across the Disko Bay to Eqi

    Included
    • Arrival & departure transfer in Ilulissat
    • Daily breakfast
    • City walk/tour with local guide in Ilulissat
    • Ilulissat accommodation in twin/double rooms incl. 2 dinners
    • Boat trip Ilullisat to Glacier Lodge Eqi return
    • Two nights at Glacier Lodge Eqi in comfort hut with breakfast & dinner with glacier view
    • Hike to the glacier moraine
    • Whale safari
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Ilulissat with guided city walk

    Arrive into Ilulissat and transfer to hotel. After hotel check-in you will enjoy a guided city walk. Your experienced guide will show you the most important sites of this charming little colourful town located next to the UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Day 2 - Ilulissat

    Ilulissat is the third largest town municipality in Greenland with more than 5000 inhabitants. About 4500 people lives in the town Ilulissat, and 500 people lives in the four remaining small settlements: Ilimanaq, Oqaatsut, Qeqertaq and Saqqaq.

    300 kilometres north of the Polar Circle, Ilulissat lies beautifully situated close to one of the worlds largest glaciers – Kangia. The glacier produces about 20 million tons of ice each day, all floating into the Ilulissat Icefiord and the Disko Bay. All this ice gives at good basis for fishing for Halibut which is the main occupation in Ilulissat. Due to the unique ice and landscape, the area of Kangia and the Icefiord has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.

    You have several days, at the start and end of the trip, in Ilulissat with time to join some of the many optional excursions, which allows you freedom to chose what you want to see and do. You can enjoy helicopter flights over the Icecap and visit remote settlements where fishing and hunting still continues as it has for centuries.

    Optional excursions during stay in Ilulissat:
    • Kayaking amongst icebergs
    • Private Wellness Sauna overlooking icebergs
    • Arctic Fishing Safari

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Day 3 - Boat to Eqi and stay at Glacier Lodge Eqi

    We travel out by boat to Eqi, 5 hours by boat through the Disko bay. Very few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi glacier, which comes out in a fiord about 80 km north of Ilulissat.

    Departure from Ilulissat, in a modern and convenient tourist boats, is early. There is tea and coffee on the way and a light breakfast is served. At around midday, you arrive in front of the Glacier, the boat will stay in front of the glacier for approximately 1½ hour, while we hope to spot some amazing calvings and enjoy lunch.

    Around 2pm, we land at Port Victor, the harbour at Glacier Lodge Eqi. The camp guides will greet and show everybody their huts. Coffee and cake is served and practical information on the area is given. The rest of the day could be spent by joining the excursions that hike to the lagoon, the moraine and the glacier or enjoying the view from the huts.

    You do not need to bring all your luggage along for these two days. We recommend that you only pack the most necessary in a day pack, since after arriving in Port Victor you have to carry you own luggage 400 m upwards to Glacier Lodge Eqi. Remember, however, it can be cold.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Glacier Lodge Eqi comfort huts

    Day 4 - Hiking around the Glacier at Eqi

    There are several options for hiking here to view all the angles of the Eqi Glacier. From the huts you can join a group hike around the small lagoon at the southern end of the glacier. There are often large flocks of geese in the lagoon in the breeding season. The hike goes further up the moraine where we can look down into the enormous cracks in the glacier few meters away from us. From here you will also get an overview of a large part of the 70m high glacier-front and see the impressive calvings from the glacier.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Glacier Lodge Eqi standard huts

    Day 5 - Boat to Ilulissat

    Today we travel back to Ilulissat by boat across Disko Bay.

    Around 15 species of whale are regular visitors to Greenlandic waters, but only three of these - the beluga whale, the narwhal and the bowhead whale - remain in Greenland during the winter. Whale species such as the blue whale and killer whale are only rarely seen. During brief stays in Greenland in the summer season it is, however, usually completely different species that can be seen: the humpback whale, minke whale and fin whale. The humpback, in particular, is wonderful to see as it often comes up very close to the boats.

    Rich in capelin for the whales to feed on, the Disko Bay waters are excellent places to watch for sea mammals of all types.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Day 6 - Whale safari in Ilullissat

    After breakfast, join the 3 hours whale safari tour around Ilulissat. You will search for the giant of the sea, and chances for seeing eg. the humpback whale is very good in summer time. Spend time cruising among the icebergs in the search of the whales and hopefully see them before returning to Ilulissat.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Arctic or similar

    Day 7 - Departure Day

    You are transferred to the airport in the mid morning for flight from Ilulissat where the tour ends.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. 2024 prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.

    This tour books out extremely early with limited availability for accommodation.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    13 Jun 2024
    31 Aug 2024
    13 Jun 2024
    31 Aug 2024
    EUR 2,828
    On request
    Standard
    13 Jun 2024
    31 Aug 2024
    13 Jun 2024
    31 Aug 2024
    EUR 1,360
    On request
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    If you wish to book a helicopter flight over the icecap, please organize this with us before departure.

    Please note that standard huts at the Glacier Lodge Eqi have shared bath and toilet facilities. There is the possibility to upgrade to the new Comfort Cabins with private bathroom, shower, and heated floors or the glamping alternative, Wilderness Tents. In these tents, you can stand up to your full height, you get to sleep in a real bed and the tents are equipped with all the necessary furniture for a great camping experience.

    The Wilderness Tents all have large windows which allow for a lot of light and a lovely atmosphere in the tent. All tents are built upon a wooden platform above the ground. Beautiful outdoor space surrounds each of the tents with a direct view of the calving glacier in Eqi. You’ll find sheets and towels in each tent and you have access to the joint bathing and toilet facilities next to Café Victor.

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