Essential West Greenland

Huskies, Ice fjord, West Greenland
from £2047 4-6 nights | Jun - Aug Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jun - Aug


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

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.

Contact our Greenland experts now

A really special adventure, the expedition staff were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. And I did the kayaking - a real highlight!

Julia Williams, Greenland Voyage

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 before your welcome dinner.
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.
  • The above is a suggestion only; additional nights may be added in either Reykjavik or Ilulissat, subject to flight schedules - please call our office to discuss your travel plans. 

Accommodation Options

Hotel Arctic

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The world's most northerly 4-star hotel

Ilimanaq Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Located just south of Ilulissat, Ilimanaq Lodge features…

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for …


Eqip Glacier

A glacier whose face stretches for a full five kilometres.

Home Visit

A visit to a Greenland home is more than just stopping by f…

Ilimanaq Hunter's Settlement

Hunting has been a part of Greenland's traditional culture …

Ilulissat City Walk

A guided city walk, this tour takes guests through the hist…

Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fjord

This cruise combines two of the Arctic's most impressive an…

The Hunter's Settlement - Rodebay

Travelling by boat to the small settlement of Oqaitsut/Rode…

The Icebergs of Sermermuit

This tour will take visitors to the end of the road, litera…

Whale Safari - Disko Bay

In the summer months, Disko Bay attracts large pods of the …

Prices & Dates

Summer 2018 departures

Option A - based on 2 nights in Reykjavik and 2 nights in Greenland
Every Sunday between 1 July and 27 August, Every Monday, Tuesday between 4 June and 28 August & Every Wednesday between 6 June and 23 August.

Option B - based on 2 nights in Reykjavik and 3 nights in Greenland
Every Monday, Tuesday between 4 June and 28 August & Every Friday between 1 June and 25 August.

Options C & D – based on 2 nights in Reykjavik and 4 nights in Greenland
Every Monday between 4 June and 21 August

Prices in £ per person from



  2 sharing  Single
Option A - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 2 nights in Ilulissat £2,047 £2,384
Option B - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 3 nights in Ilulissat £2,209 £2,594
Option C - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 4 nights in Ilulissat £2,359 £2,819
Option D - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 2 nights in Ilulissat and 2 nights at Ilimanaq Lodge £2,809 £3,329

Price includes scheduled return flights between Reykjavik City Airport and Ilulissat; return transfers from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik; 2 nights in Reykjavik on bed and breakfast basis, return transfers from Ilulissat Airport to accommodation; 2, 3 or 4 nights at Hotel Arctic on breakfast basis; welcome and farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic (2-course set menu); airport taxes.

Option D also includes boat transfers between Ilulissat and Ilimanaq, 2 nights at Ilimanaq Lodge on full board basis.

Prices exclude return flights between UK and Iceland, transfers between your accommodation in Reykjavik and Reykjavik City Airport, insurance policy upgrades.

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