Greenlandic Winter Wonderland
Day 1 Oqaatsut
It is a scenic flight over snow-capped peaks to ilulissat airport - we will great you at the airport and travel a further 20 kilometres north together. Depending on the conditions we will travel by boat or snowmobile across the floe ice or through iceberg filled waters to find the isolated settlement of Oqaatsut. This tiny village is home to only about 45 people who live in traditional coloured houses. Enjoy a presentation of the trip to come and a hot meal prepared by your guide. Our basic accommodation here at the end of the world has breathtaking views of the ice sheet and icebergs.
Transport: By boat and/or snowmobile
Day 2 Nordic Hiking
Snowshoes on and dogs harnessed up, set off to explore your surroundings like Eskimos before, by nordic walking with dogs - a unique experience of trust and sharing. Progress over the ice floe, discover Greenlandic seal hunting and cod fishing techniques and learn essential polar explorer skills. Conditions permitting, you should be able toenjoy the aurora borealis from the comforts of our warm accommodation tonight.
4 to 5 hours of snowshoeing with dogs
Day 3 Dog-sledding
Meet our local mushers and dogs who will help us master the art of Greenlandic dog sledding. This traditional activity is still used to transport game across the ice during hunting trips. We set off across the ice in twos with our own pack of beautiful dogs to explore the fascinating and surprisingly varied universe of the ice sheet. Look out for seals basking in the sun on the icebergs. We wave goodbye to our dog sleds at the foot of the valley, strap on our snowshoes and hike back through the hills enjoying majestic views over the bay.
2 hours dog-sledding and 3 to 4 hours snowshoeing
Accommodation: Hotel in Ilulissat
Days 4 to 5 Ilulissat
2 days to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Ilulissat; its bay of giant icebergs, arctic lights, and colourful houses.
Optional activities with English-speaking coaches:
- Snowshoeing along the UNESCO-listed Icefjord: An exceptional snowshoe hike to the famous Icefjord. Walking through the Sermermiut Valley, gradually discover the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Fjord. Huge ice cathedrals remain trapped in the fjord, frozen by the pack ice, creating the most striking panoramic views.
Price: 135 €. Duration: 5h.
- Snowmobile Outing (2 / snowmobile): Depending on the snow, ice and weather conditions, your choices will be between a trip back to Oqaastut, north of Ilulissat, or to go further into the mountains where a succession of viewpoints over Ilulissat, Disko Bay and the cap await. Price: 205 €. Duration: 3h-3h30.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ilulissat
(This can be shortened to one day if you have less time)
Day 6 Final morning
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Ilulissat - a final chance to visit Ilulissat Museum or to buy souvenirs in this iconic Greenlandic town which is home to as many sled dogs as people!
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Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
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.
- All transfers as detailed in the itinerary
- 2 nights in hostel accommodation, Oqaatsut
- 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, Ilulissat
- A day dog sledding with professional guides
- A day nordic winter hiking with professional guides
- International Flights
- Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
- Snowshoeing along the UNESCO-listed Icefjord from 135 € for 5 hours
- Snowmobile Outing (2 / snowmobile) from 205 € for 3h-3h30
Terms and conditions
Budget & exchange
- Warm snow boots (Sorel)
- A quality winter jacket and overtrousers (to wear in addition to, not instead of, your warm clothes)
- Walking poles
- At least 3 sets of good thermals - top & long johns, one for activities, one spare set and one pair for sleeping in
- A ski mask
- A warm wind and waterproof jacket
- Suitable warm trousers - windproof ski style, soft shell or fleece lined mountaineering trousers are ideal
- Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
- Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
- Quality sunglasses (glacier glasses)
- Sun cream for face and lips (not water based, water freezes)
- A headtorch and spare batteries
- Warm thick socks
- Gloves - multiple pairs of under and over gloves - think warm, waterproof and windproof
- A warm hat
- A balaclava
- Appropriate neck wear like a warm buff
- Any personal medication
- Towel & toiletries
- A thermos/suitable water bottle
- A sleeping bag liner
- Warm snow boots
- No cotton
- Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
- Wear multiple layers including:
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers)
- A pair of warm comfortable shoes for evenings in town
- A swimsuit if you want to test Icelands hot springs/pools during your stopover or the saunas of Ilulissat
- Extra gloves/overgloves
- An extra jumper/fleece jacket
- A warm sleeping bag liner
- Energy bars
- Blister plasters
- A suitable camera
- Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
- A small inflatable pillow
Health information & recommendations
- Be prepared
- Stick to trails and camp overnight right
- Stash your trash and pick up waste
- Leave it as you find it
- Be careful with fire
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors