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Essential West Greenland

from £2105 including flights

  • 4-6 nights
  • Jun-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Take a guided walk around the fishing town of Ilulissat

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Marvel at the icebergs of Disko Bay

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Visit the tiny settlement of Rodebay on an optional excursion

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Bask in the glow of the midnight sun

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Experience the hospitality of the locals

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Spend a night in Reykjavik either side of your Greenland adventure

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Culture

Experience local culture and heritage as part of this holiday

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

This flexible trip based in Ilulissat offers the perfect Greenland introduction - visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Disko Bay and one of the world's most active glaciers! Head out from Ilulissat each day for some incredible experiences unique to this wilderness island. You'll return home with memories of icebergs, Inuit and huskies, plus a lot more besides!

The modern town of Ilulissat sits approximately 200km above the Arctic Circle, mid way along the west coast at the mouth of a 56km long ice fjord, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ilulissat's population numbers around 4,500 people and at least 4,000 sled dogs, which underlines the importance of the sledge as a means of transport, even in a large modern town. The harbour is full of fishing boats and trawlers as naturally, fishing remains hugely important to the community.

Explore Disko Bay

Why not make the most of your trip to west Greenland and extend your stay in the smaller towns and settlements in the Disko Bay surroundings. Located just South of Ilulissat, Ilimanaq is a remote and authentic Greenlandic destination with just over 53 inhabitants. The settlement boasts 15 brand new modern cabins which have fantastic views of the ocean and the icebergs drifting by – if you are lucky you may even spot a whale from the comfort of your room!

Combine Ilulissat with Qasigiannguit, a small hiking town located in the eastern corner of Disko Bay. Qasigiannguit is Greenland’s second oldest town, founded in 1734. North of Ilulissat is the settlement of Qqaatsut/Rodebay and the Eqip glacier, two more places you have the option of exploring during this trip.

Itinerary

The below itinerary is based on Option C as referenced under Prices & Dates.

Day 1 arrive in Iceland

Fly to Keflavik Airport and transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik for an overnight stay. Explore this vibrant city and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that the capital has to offer.

Fly to Keflavik Airport and transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik for an overnight stay. Explore this vibrant city and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that the capital has to offer.

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

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Day 2 Reykjavik - Ilulissat

Take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to Reykjavik City Airport, for your flight to Ilulissat. Transfer to Hotel Arctic and enjoy a short city tour. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to Reykjavik City Airport, for your flight to Ilulissat. Transfer to Hotel Arctic and enjoy a short city tour. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel Arctic

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Days 3-4 at leisure

Spend the next two days at leisure for optional excursions to discover more about daily life in the Arctic. Choose from gentle walks to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord, boat trips among the iceberg and even a home visit sharing the gossip with the locals over a cup of coffee. Or you may just wish to sit on the hotel balcony and watch the gigantic icebergs float by!

Spend the next two days at leisure for optional excursions to discover more about daily life in the Arctic. Choose from gentle walks to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat Icefjord, boat trips among the iceberg and even a home visit sharing the gossip with the locals over a cup of coffee. Or you may just wish to sit on the hotel balcony and watch the gigantic icebergs float by!

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Day 5 Ilulissat - Reykjavik

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Reykjavik City Airport. On arrival, take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to your Reykjavik accommodation for one night.

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Reykjavik City Airport. On arrival, take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to your Reykjavik accommodation for one night.

Day 6 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik airport in time for your flight home.

Transfer to Keflavik airport in time for your flight home.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £2105 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights between Iceland and Greenland
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Return transfers from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
  • Return transfers from Ilulissat Airport to accommodation
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Option Twin Price Single Price
1 Jun 2020 - 27 Aug 2020 4 nights Option A - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 2 nights in Ilulissat (Hotel Arctic) £2,105 £2,405
19 Jun 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 5 nights Option B - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 3 nights in Ilulissat (Hotel Arctic) £2,255 £2,630
1 Jun 2020 - 14 Sep 2020 6 nights Option C - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 4 nights in Ilulissat (Hotel Arctic) £2,405 £2,855

Option A departs every Monday & Wednesday; Option B departs every Friday; Option C depart every Monday.

Flights

Prices above include flights between Iceland and Greenland only. Airfares to Iceland start from around £250 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

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One of our specialists
Meet Eric

5 Successful whale watching trips

34 Countries visited

4 Shooting stars with northern lights

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