Essential West Greenland

from £2105
including flights
4–6 nights Jun-Sep


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!


  • Disko Bay with its icebergs of all shapes and sizes rising majestically from a sea of deep dark blue
  • Idyllic Sermermiut valley, home to native Greenlanders for thousands of years
  • Option to take a midnight sun cruise on the bay - sailing amongst the icebergs is amazing
  • Visit a local settlement, see the ways of Greenlandic hunters and experience the hospitality of the locals

What's Included

  • Return flights from Iceland to Greenland
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • All breakfasts
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

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.

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Prices & Dates

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. Options C & D depart every Monday.

What's Included

  • Return flights between Iceland and Greenland
  • All rooms with private facilities:
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik on breakfast basis, 2, 3 or 4 nights at Hotel Arctic on breakfast basis
  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Return transfers from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
  • Return transfers from Ilulissat Airport to accommodation
  • Full financial protection »

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Iceland
Prices above include flights between Iceland and Greenland only. Airfares to Iceland start from around £120 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.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive in Iceland

After transferring to your accommodation in Reykjavik explore the capital and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that the capital has to offer.

Day 2: Reykjavik – Ilulissat

Today 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.

Days 3 & 4 at leisure

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 amongs 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!

Day 5: Ilulissat – Reykjavik

Today transfer to airport for return flight to Reykjavik. Take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to Reykjavik accommodation.

Day 6: Depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik airport in time for your flight home.


Above itinerary is based on option C

Ilimanaq Lodge


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located just south of Ilulissat, Ilimanaq Lodge features 15 modern and comfortable cabins which are staggered along the ocean front.

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Hotel Arctic


Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

The world's most northerly 4-star hotel, located in Ilulissat with spectacular views out over Disko Bay's sparkling and monumental icebergs.

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Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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

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