Greenland Tours

Kingdom of Icebergs

Enjoy the freedom of discovering West Greenland at your own pace during this 8-day self-guided tour.

Tour code: GRL203

Kingdom of Icebergs

A Self-guided Tour For All Adventurers & Independent Souls

Everything starts with your flight from from Reykjavík to Ilulissat. After you’ve settled in, the first afternoon begins with a visit to the town and a short walk to the the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Ilulissat Icefjord.

The next three days are devoted to the beautiful town Ilimanaq. Ilimanaq has in recent years been restoring their colonial history and showing pride rather than resentment over it. The heart of this project is the restoration of commander Paul Egede's house from 1751 and the construction of beautiful lodges by the icefjord. This is a perfect place to dive into the curious history of Greenland, while being surrounded by the beautiful landscapes and whales that attracted the Europeans to begin with.

After returning to Ilulissat, you'll have a day to go on a whale watching tour and a day for hiking along the ice filled Kangia fjord (Ilulissat Icefjord). A free day in Ilulissat gives you the opportunity to visit the very interesting museum of Ilulissat or to take on additional optional tours, like sightseeing the UNESCO area by plane, going on a guided town walk, as well as learning more about the history and life in this charming town. You can also visit a small Inuit village before flying back to Reykjavík.

This self guided tour allows you to enjoy the freedom of travelling on your own while we take care of your hectic travel plans. We have arranged transfers and accommodations just for you! Plus, you get a day-to-day itinerary, maps and a detailed road book where we'll even throw in some great tips that only our certified professional guides know!

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Hotel, guesthouse or hostel

  • Activity per day

    4 - 6 hrs

  • Transport

    Boat

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

    Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Availability

    Jun - Aug

  • Duration

    8 days

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Hotel, guesthouse or hostel accommodation (4 nights)
  • Luxury cabin at a glacier lodge (2 nights)
  • Flights (Reykjavík - Ilulissat/Ilulissat - Reykjavík)
  • Full day boat tour to Eqi calving glacier (with lunch)
  • Whale watching excursion
  • Maps
  • Road book

Not Included

  • Meals (other that stated in your final proposal)

Optional Extras

  • Boat tours among the icebergs or to a hunter's village
  • Kayaking from Ilulissat or Ilimanq
  • Tour to Oqaatust (Rodebay) - village life
  • Dog sledding on Disko Island
  • Helicopter and flight seeing
  • Hiking tours, city walk or meet the locals

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Kingdom of Icebergs

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Ilulissat

Flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat.  Arrival to Ilulissat in the beginning of afternoon.  Walk to the Unesco classified Ilulissat/Kangia Icefjord. Night in Hostel or Hotel.

Day 2

Boat tour and overnight at Ilimanaq

Early departure by boat to Ilimanaq. it is just an hours’ ride, so you have the whole day to explore the village and the amazing newly renovated colonial buildings. You will be taken on a 2 hour guided walk around the village. The house is from the early colonial times in the 1750's, it was commandant's Paul Egede's house. Today, the houses have a social function, a place wehre the locals gather to sell local produce and crafts... and just discuss the weather and hunting grounds! There is also an historic exhibit in the house. This is an example of how the old and the new can blossom together. 

You will spend the night in Ilimanaq lodge, a newly opened cabin by the fjord with great views over the icefjord. Be prepared for a jaw dropping sunset from your very own terrace. An heartwarming spirit (from the duty free at Reykajvík Aiport) or a warm night cap will be appropriate! 

Day 3

Ilimanaq and surroundings

After breakfast, we suggest you ask for the best walk trails in the area. There should be not shortage. If you walk by the fjord, you might spot whales in the waters. Listen for the blow, they are the best way to spot them! 

After lunch we suggest a kaffimik, which is what Greenlander’s call coffee invites. A kaffimik is the base for Greenlander's social life. This means that you will be invited to a local family’s house for coffee and cake… and who knows, perhaps dry seal and blubber ;) This is a great change to form a link between the locals and the travels, and a perfect change for you to ask the questions that have come up as you have travelled through the culture and landcapes.

In case you do not like the seal, there is a first class restaurant in one of the newly rennovated colonial houses. They prepare modern cousine from the fresh and local ingredients. 

You will stay at Ilimanaq lodge again

Day 4

Boat ride back to Ilulissat

You can enjoy a quit morning before the boat takes you back to Ilulissat. You have the day there to explore town, buy souvenirs from the local artists and ... or... visit the old church of Ilulissat and the Knud Rasmusen museum. Night in guesthouse/hotel.

Day 5

Whale watching

Today you will go on a 4 hours whale watching excursion between the floating icebergs in the Disco Bay. Now you will see if you have adopted the focused eye of the Inuit, from which nothing passes. Night in guesthouse/hotel.

Day 6

Free day - optional activities and excursions

Free day in Ilulissat. If you enjoy hiking, we recommend exploring more in depth the famous UNESCO site on a walk along the Ilulissat/Kangia icefjord. The Kangia glacier is the fastest in the world and pushes an impressive number of huge icebergs into the sea. An unforgettable walk. 3 – 7 hrs walk. Night in guesthouse/hotel. Possibility to ad excursions to your itinerary.

Day 7

Boat tour to Eqi calving glacier

Today you have a full day boat tour to the calving glacier Eqi. Eqi is the only glacier in this area where you can get really close and experience the amazing thundering and calving of ice. While sailing to Eqi you can enjoy the amazing nature surrounding you, getting lost in thought and leave all worries behind. Once you are at the glacier the captain will stop the engine and you can enjoy the sight of the Eqi glacier in silence and hear the thunder-like noises it makes when moving. Lunch will either be served on board on the boat or at the abandoned settlement Ataa. Night in guesthouse/hotel.

Day 8

Return to Iceland

Time to do the last stroll in town. Afternoon flight back to Iceland.

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