From Kangerlussuaq to Disko Island

Discover West Greenland, a beautiful area where whales, musk-ox and icebergs frequent. Visit the ice cap, spend a night in a chalet facing Eqi Glacier and cruise through whale and ice filled waters on local boats. This trip has been designed so that you can explore the highlights of Disko Bay and the Polar Cap as you wish and discover fantastic hiking opportunities in this remote area.


  • Day 1 Welcome to Greenland

    Welcome to Greenland We will greet you at Kangerlussuaq airport and escort you to your accommodation nearby. Depending on your arrival time this afternoon is a chance to explore Kangerlussuaq and the surrounding area.

    Accommodation: Hostel

  • Day 2 Kangerlussuaq

    Kangerlussuaq Today you can choose from a variety of optional activities.
    - Ice Cap Excursion
    Travel through Greenlands mountainous terrain by 4x4 vehicle, cross valleys and desert like plains as you journey to the Greenlandic ice cap. You can then explore this mysterious world by foot accompagnied by a knowledgable guide. Duration: 5 hours. Price: €105 / person
    - Russel Glacier
    By car, journey through stunning Greenlandic landscapes to Russel Glacier front and its a towering 60m ice wall.At this time of year it is not uncommon to witness an impressive ice calving spectacle. This journey is a chance to spot musk-ox, ptarmigan and artic hares. Duration: 4 hours. Price: €105 / person
    - Tundra and wild life
    The Kangerlussuaq region is home to around 10,000 wild musk oxen. This excursion into the tundra and their world is a perfect opportunity to observe Greenlands unique wildlife. Duration: 1.5 hours. Price: €50 / person

    Optional Activities
    Accommodation: Hostel

  • Day 3 Kangerlussuaq / Ilulissat

    Kangerlussuaq / Ilulissat Fly from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat, we will meet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation. This afternoon is a chance to explore Ilulissat and tonight there is an option to depart on a 2 1/2 hour boat trip through iceberg filled waters under the glow of the midnight sun (€102 )

    Transport: Flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat
    Optional Activities: Midnight sun Boat Trip among icebergs (€102 )
    Accommodation: Mini apartment or hotel

  • Day 4 Cruising Disko Bay / Eqi Glacier / Victor Port

    Cruising Disko Bay / Eqi Glacier / Victor Port Today your boat leaves at 7:00am for the famous Eqi Glacier, an early start but a truly spectacular day, Cruise through the ice-filled waters of Ilulissat Icefjord (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a truly unique place with icebergs of all shapes and sizes. After 4 hours of sailing your boat will arrive at Eqi Glaciers enormous ice wall. Here a snack served whilst you observe a truly spectaular show of rumbling blocks of ice breaking free from the glacier and splashing into the waters below. The boat docks at Port Victor, where you will disembark and find your accommodation for the night, a charming chalet with panoramic views of the glacier.

    Transport: 7 hour boat trip, Ilulissat to Eqi Glacier & Port Victor
    Accommodation: Chalet at Eqi Glacier with full board

  • Day 5 Eqi / Ilulissat

    Eqi / Ilulissat This morning we recommend beautiful hike (approx 4 hours) featuring stunning scenery, the glacier and lagoon. This afternoon, take the boat back to Ilulissat central port. We are sure you will find the return journey just as spectacular as you cruise through iceberg-filled waters.

    Transport: 7 hour boat trip, Port Victor & Eqi Glacier to Ilulissat
    Suggested activities: Hiking & sight-seeing
    Accommodation: Mini apartment or hotel

  • Day 6 Ilulissat / Rodebay / Ilulissat

    Ilulissat / Rodebay / Ilulissat 10.00am boat trip to the tiny traditional settlement of Oqaatsut and its coloured houses. Located 15km north of Ilulissat on a peninsula facing the island of Disko this picturesque village has only about 40 inhabitants. Take time to explore this delightful village at the end of the world with its traditional Inuit culture, stunning scenery and friendly locals. This afternoon you can go hiking or sea-kayaking with an English speaking expert guide to further explore this area before your boat back to Ilulissat.

    Transport: Return boat trip, Ilulissat - Oqaatsut (Disko Bay), 25-30 minute trip each way
    Suggested activities: Explore Oqaatsut & go hiking. Book sea-kayaking with English guide from €400
    Accommodation: Mini apartment or hotel

  • Day 7 Ilulissat / Qeqertarsuaq

    Ilulissat / Qeqertarsuaq Today a local ferry will take you across Disko Bay to the island of Disko (also called Qeqertarsuaq). Disko Bay is known as the sea of ice and keep your eyes open for whales, particularly humpback whales, as the ferry weaves between icebergs and heads towards the impressive 1000m cliffs of Qeqertarsuaq. Thi afternoon you can explore the village of Qeqertarsuaq where your accommodation is: its coloured houses form a beautiful contrast with the dark basaltic mountains and deep blue of the sea.

    Transport: 2 1/2 hour boat trip across Disko Bay
    Suggested activities: Sight-seeing, boat trip
    Accommodation: Hostel

  • Day 8 Disko Island

    Disko Island Today we recommend a walk to a 'look-out' observation spot in the south of the island where you can observe whales, other marine life and spectacular views. Whales love the rich nourishing waters of Qeqertarsuaq.

    Suggested activities: Walking, sight-seeing & whale spotting
    Accommodation: Hostel

  • Day 9 Qeqertarsuaq / Ilulissat

    We are sure that your boat trip back across Disko Bay to Ilulissat will be just as special as the first trip across - don't forget to look out for whales! You have this afternoon to explore Ilulissat at leisure, we have lots of recommendations and optional excursions for your last day in Greenland.
    - Guided tour of Ilulissat city (€44 )
    - Guided hiking in the Semermiut Valley, a sacred place where Inuits settled more than 3000 years ago ( €44)
    - Helicopter flight over the glacier hich covers most of the northern hemisphere in ice ( €493)
    - A Greenlandic fishing excursion (€274 )
    - Whale-watching outing, picnic included (€158 )
    - A three hour evening kayaking excursion (€210)
    Please see a full list of Optional Activities under 'Dates & Prices'

    Transport: 2 1/2 hour boat trip across Disko Bay
    Choose from a selection of activity options
    Accommodation: Mini apartment or hotel

  • Day 10 Farewell Greenland

    Farewell Greenland Transfer to airport

This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative and fully flexible.

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Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Prices start from €2500 / person. This number is based on 2 travellers and our standard accommodation options

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.


  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation, breakfast included, in Copenhagen/Reykjavik
  • A flight from Kangerlussuaq to Ilulissat
  • All flights include hold luggage and air taxes
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation in Kangerlussuaq, double room with private bathroom and breakfasts
  • 4 nights in Ilulissat in hotel or mini-apartment accommodation (mini-apartment accommodation does not include breakfast, hotel accommodation does)
  • Return boat trip from Ilulissat to Eqi Glacier & Victor Port (breakfast, lunch and snacks on board depending on the time)
  • 1 night in a standard double chalet overlooking Eqi Glacier with full board
  • Return boat trip Ilulissat / Rodebay (25-30 minute trip each way)
  • Return boat trip Ilulissat / Qeqertarsuaq (2 1/2 hours each way)
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation on Disko Island, double room, shared bathroom, breakfast included

Additional Options
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • Russel Glacier: from €105 / person
  • Kangerlussuaq Tundra and wildlife tour: from €50
  • Sea-kayaking Oqaatsut: from €400
  • Ilulissat Museum: from €8
  • Greenlandic meal in traditional restaurant: from €30
  • Guided tour of Ilulissat city: from €44
  • Guided hiking in the Semermiut Valley: from €44
  • Helicopter flight over the glacier hich covers most of the northern hemisphere in ice: from €493
  • A Greenlandic fishing excursion: from €274
  • Whale-watching outing, picnic included: from €158
  • A three hour evening kayaking excursion: from €210
Please contact us for more information.

Not included

  • International flights
  • Registration free: €18 per person
  • Insurance
  • Breakfasts in Ilulissat (4 breakfasts)*
  • Dinners and lunches unless otherwise specified (1 lunch and 1 dinner included in our standard version of the trip, and some of our optional excursions include meals)
*If you choose hotel rather than mini-apartment accommodation in Ilulissat, breakfasts will be included


Comfortable Accommodation
Well-equipped accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5 for comfort. Please note that depending on the destination this does not necessarily guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Luxury Accommodation
Our luxury trips include hotel accommodation with private rooms and en-suite options.
This is your trip, you can choose how challenging or relaxing each day is.

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 35 days before your departure date.
For Polar Cruises, we require a deposit on the day of registration, 30% of the balance 3 months before departure and the full amount at least 45 days before departure. If registration is less than 35 days before departure then an invoice will be attached to this travel contract and the full amount must be paid upon registration. If registration is less than 15 days before departure, payment is only accepted by credit card or cash. If registration is less than 8 days before departure you may be charged an additional free for sending your ticket. If the full balance of the trip has not arrived 35 days before departure, Altaï Greenland reserves the right to cancel your registration without compensation.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip we require a written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter.The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days before the departure date: 15% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 45% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation  received within 20 days of the departure date: 100% of trip price will be retained
If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing. If your change is requested after our confirmation has been issued and more than 30 days prior to the departure date, your change will be subject to an amendment fee of 45€. If you request a change within 30 days of departure it will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to cancellation charges.


The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person, subject to the following conditions:
a) you must notify us in writing
b) the transferee must fulfil any conditions that apply to the booking
c) Change and cancellation fees apply
Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.


We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Greenland as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info


This is a self-guided trip. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge our professional Greenland team are always on hand. All activities are lead by our qualified guides - all English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Greenlandic. Please note that this adventure takes place in an isolated polar environment which can be hostile - safety rules must be followed.


The standard version of this trip includes 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. The luxury version includes all breakfasts and some of our additional optional excursions include meals.

In Kangerlussuaq breakfast is provided at the hostel and there is a well equipped kitchen where you can cook and prepare other meals. Kangerlussuaq has a fine supermarket and a selection of cafes and restaurants where you can try anything from musk-ox burgers to Thai food; we love the Greenlandic food at Restaurant Roklubben.

In Ilulissat food is not provided if you choose our mini-apartment accommodation option but you will have a fully equiped kitchen. You will find shops, markets, small cafes and restaurants nearby (~260DKK per meal). We recommend a budget of ~150DKK per day if you intend to buy food from local supermarkets and we recommend checking out the local fish market 'Brættet'. If you choose hotel accommodation in Ilulissat, breakfasts will be included and you will not have access to a kitchen area.

Cafe Victor at Eqi Glacier serves buffet or barbeque style local dinners (~350DKK). Here you can try delicacies such as reindeer, musk-ox, cod and halibut. You can also purchase picnic or buffet style lunches (~70 - 130DKK).

During your day trip to Oqaatsut (Rhodebay) we recommend taking a picnic lunch or you can try fresh Greenlandic food and eat at the restaurant H8 (~220DKK per meal)

At Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island breakfast is provided at the hostel; there is a kitchen where you can cook and prepare food.


2 nights in hostel accommodation, double rooms with private bathrooms

You can choose to stay in a mini apartment with shared facilities or in hotel accommodation. The mini apartments have kitchen facilities where you can cook and prepare your own meals, the hotel does not include access to a kitchen but does include breakfasts.

Sleep in a lodge facing the glacier - an unforgettable experience! The lodge chalets sleep 1-4 people and you can choose simple, standard or comfort. The standard chalets have toilets and washbasins and the comfort chalets have a bathroom and toilet. The simple cottages do not have an unobstructed view of the glacier.

Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island)
Hostel accommodation with double rooms and shared bathrooms. Breakfast is included.


In Greenland we use local boats, specially adapted for ice navigation, to cross fjords. For the boat trip to Eqi we use 3 differents vessels for 60, 36 or 12 passagers.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK)
Please budget for:
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Lunches except 1 on board the boat between Ilulissat and Eqi Glacier
  • Dinners expect 1 at Eqi
We recommend a budget of around 2000DKK for food on this trip but this is widely variable. This number is based on a mixture of restaurant and supermarket food options. Alcohol is very expensive in Greenland, if you want to enjoy an evening drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport.

Supplied equipment

If you choose to participate in activities which require specialist equipment (like kayaking) all technical equipment will be provided.


We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
Winter in Greenland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers)


Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a ruckack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.


Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.


Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required.


Most travellers do not need a VISA to travel to Greenland but proof of onwards travel may be required. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal health insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip.


Year round the temperatures in Greenland can range from -25°C to more than 20°C (-13°F to +68°F). The air is low in humidity which means that the temperatures do not feel as cold as you might imagine and that the views are amazing, it appears that you can see further. Generally speaking Greenland is not very windy and the warmest months are June - August.

The length of the day varies significantly throughout the year. The shortest day of the year is 21st December with no sunlight! The longest day, with 24 hours of sunlight, is 20th June. You can see the midnight sun from May - July and the Northern Lights in the darker months.


Greenland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Local time

Most of Greenland uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) -3; most areas use Daylight Saving Time (DST).


Area: 836,300 mi²
Population: 56,186 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Nuuk
Languages: Kalaallisut or West Greenlandic, Danish is also widely used
Regime: Part of the Kingdom of Denmark but politically autonomous

Part of the continent of North America, Greenland is the largest island on Earth and it is covered by the largest ice sheet in the world outside of antarctica.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Disko Bay Polar circle
Self-guided Summer
10 days
From €2,500


  • Fully flexible customizable itinerary - explore Greenland from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Island as you wish
  • Highlights include boat trips through Greenlands iconic ice-filled seas and a night in a chalet with stunning views of Eqi Glacier
  • Whales, musk-ox & icebergs; glaciers, mountains & wilderness; hiking, sailing & traditional settlements...

Required level

This is your adventure, you can choose how strenuous or how relaxing each day is. 
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