Greenland Tours

Ice, Dogs & Northern Lights

Ice, Dogs & Northern Lights

Tour code: GRL208

Ice, Dogs & Northern Lights

Explore Greenland’s treasures while on a dog sled

Living off nature is central to Greenlandic identity as well as living with nature, and therefore when you are close to nature, you are also close to the Greenlandic culture. This trip will give you the highlights of winter Greenland; Experience its majestic landscapes from the viewpoint of a dog sled. Enjoy the fascinating relationship between man and dog working together in nature. Make sure to look up, the northern lights might be dancing above you. Observe enormous ice sculptures close up when going on a boat excursion among the icebergs. And take a walk just outside of town and take in all the impression of the magnificent Ilulissat icefjord and you will understand why this has been chosen to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group size

    2 - 10 participants

  • Language


  • Accommodation

    Hotel or guesthouse

  • Difficulty



    Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walk per day, without much carrying.

  • Availability

    Feb - Apr

  • Duration

    4 days

  • 12

    Minimum age:

    12 yrs

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Tour Highlights


  • Hotel or guesthouse accommodation (3 nights)
  • Flights Iceland - Ilulissat/Ilulissat - Iceland
  • Dog sledding tour
  • Boat excursion

Not Included

  • Meals (other that stated in your final proposal)
  • Warm clothing

Optional Extras

  • Dog sledding under the Arctic night sky
  • 2 - day dog sledding to Ilulissat ice fjord
  • Snowshoeing in the Icefjord
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Northern lights tours
  • Boat tours
  • Guided city walk

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Ice, Dogs & Northern Lights


Day 1

Ilulissat - Walk to the UNESCO classified Icefjord

After having settled in at your hotel we suggest you go explore the town of Ilulissat. Ilulissat means icebergs, you will understand why when you get there. It is a must to go to the World Heritage Site, Ilulissat Icefjord, which can be seen from just outside of town. We recommend you to join a guided city walk and/or a guided snowshoe hike to the icefjord as the guides make sure that you visit the best places and viewpoints and the gives you an insight and understanding of the Greenlandic culture and history, which will give the other experiences a new perspective.

Day 2

Dog sledding

Dog sledding is an Inuit tradition dating back 2000 years, it is also simply something that you must try at least once in your life. This dog sledding adventure is a perfect place to start. Imagine sliding across the snow at a leisurely pace with panting, energetic dogs out in front and a knowledgeable sled driver as musher. This tour will take you far off the beaten track in the surreal white landscapes of Greenland.

Day 3

Sailing among icebergs

During the year more than 46 km3 of ice flow out into Ilulissat icefiord. The result is gigantic icebergs, which can be more than 100 m (330 ft) on each side and with a height on more than 100 m (330 ft) above the water surface. These giants strand at the end of the fjord, and that gives a good opportunity to sail among them during our 2.5-hour boat excursion. An exceptional experience!

If the circumstances are right, there is a chance of northern lights during the winter nights in Ilulissat, so don’t forget to look out or join one of the northern light tours that are organised (not included in this package).

Day 4

Visit to the museum - Return flight to Reykjavík

This last day in Ilulissat can be spent buying the last souvenirs or maybe paying the town museum a visit, which is also the birthplace of the famous polar explorer, Knud Rasmussen.

You want more? Extend your stay and go explore the winter landscape around Ilulissat on a guided snowshoe hike.

Please note

  • It is likely that you will see northern lights during your stay, but we can of course not guarantee it as it depends on the aurora activity and the cloud cover in the area.

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