Enquiry Book
Price from £4,115pp
VISITING: Greenland BROCHURE CODE: 28007
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, meals and guided activities; all as listed.
Combine two of Greenland’s most renowned location on this exciting tour of its west coast. Spend three nights in Ilulissat, home to the remarkable ice fjord with its floating icebergs, followed by four nights in Kangerlussuaq where you will enjoy plentiful opportunities to witness a dazzling northern lights display.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: flights from Copenhagen to Ilulissat (Via Kangerlussuaq) and Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen, as well as an internal flight from Ilulissat to Kangerlussuaq. Depending on availability, flight supplements may apply at the time of booking. Regional and non-UK departures available to meet Copenhagen departures upon request. Routings are subject to change. Flights to Copenhagen are not included. Please contact us for a quotation
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in double or twin room at Hotel Arctic, 3 nights in double/twin room at Hotel Kangerlussuaq
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: guided town walk in Ilulissat, guided tour to the ice fjord, Northern Lights snowshoe, guided snowshoe walk, Northern Lights snowmobiling, Kangerlussuaq guided tour, two Aurora hunts, exploring the ice cap, Arctic Nature Tour (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Winter clothing
  • Services of our expert local guide

 


Truly embodying the spirit of exploration and adventure, Greenland is a real gem of a country, overflowing with impressive natural wonders, warm friendly locals and dark skies ideal for Northern Lights viewing.

This holiday takes you to the destinations of both Ilulissat and Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of the island, small friendly communities each offering its own numerous highlight for you to enjoy.

Read more

In Ilulissat, you will have the opportunity to visit the renowned ice fjord where you can marvel at the beauty of the floating icebergs and listen to the cracks and creaks of the ice as it calves off the glacier. You will also enjoy a snowshoe tour into the seemingly unending wilderness of the island, with your guide on hand to point out local wildlife.

Two of your evenings here will also be dedicated to seeking out the Aurora Borealis utilising snowshoes and snowmobiles to make your way to the most likely location. Known for its frequently clear skies, you will hopefully have a high likelihood of witnessing a dazzling display.

During your four nights here you will stay at the modern Hotel Arctic which enjoys a central location and an excellent restaurant menu, featuring such local delicacies as musk ox, ptarmigan and redfish.

Following your time in Ilulissat, the trip then includes three nights in the tiny community of Kangerlussuaq, an excellent base for arctic adventure. Daytime excursions here include a trip to see the inland ice cap, a vast frozen sheet (the world’s second largest) which covers over 80% of the island’s surface. You will also enjoy a nature tour to seek out herds of roaming reindeer and impressive musk oxen.

As with Ilulissat, two of your evenings here will be dedicated to keeping a watch on the night sky for a potential Aurora sighting, which will hopefully be successful and provide one final highlight to your epic adventure holiday. 


Image Credits: Visit Greeland.com - Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland.com - Paul Zizka And Alison Freeman
View Gallery Download Dossier

Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Anybody aged 18 years and over. Please see our terms for more information
Make an enquiry
  • Upon your arrival, your epic Greenland exploration begins! The first location will be the small community of Ilulissat, a welcoming base situated close to an array of natural wonders.

    After your flights* have landed you will be taken on a short transfer to Hotel Arctic which is to be your accommodation for your first four nights in Greenland. Here you will be given your cold weather clothing* and be able to ask your guide any questions you may have about the activities over the next few days.

    It’s then time to head out and explore your new found remote environment as you participate in a town walk led by your guide. They will lead the way into Ilulissat, giving further details on this charming community. Home to around only 4600 inhabitants the town offers a handful of shops, tourist attractions and restaurants and it also the starting point for the world famous ice fjord which you will get to explore later on your travels.

     

    * Flights to Copenhagen are not included, please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation

    *Winter Clothing is included for your first four days in Ilulissat, clothing in Kangerlussuaq can only be booked locally and is subject to availability

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Today begins with a visit to one of the region’s most sought after natural spectacles - the Sermermiut Icebergs.

    You will travel via car as far as possible with a short hike to the best vantage point at the end from which you can gaze upon the incredible sight of the floating icebergs as they make their steady progress down the fjord. This natural wonder has been protected by UNESCO to reflect not only its remarkable natural wonder but also its important scientific role in the understanding of glaciology.

    During your time here your guide will also discuss with you the interesting history of the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut which has been home to an array of difference Inuit cultures for over 400 years.

    This afternoon has been left free for you to explore Ilulissat independently or relax back at the hotel before your inaugural aurora hunt this evening.

    Should the conditions be favourable, the west coast of Greenland enjoys frequent sightings of dancing lights due to its location and low light level of pollution. Tonight, following a brief introduction from your guide you will strap on snowshoes and make your way to a remote location in the surrounding wilderness. With any luck, your search will be rewarded with clear skies and a memorable display of colour.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today you will once again be donning snowshoes as you set out to explore the wilderness in the daylight via this most time- honoured mode of transport.

    With your guide leading you, you will enjoy a comfortable two-hour hike which will incorporate some of the surrounding highlights including the dazzling beauty of the ice fjord and the panorama of views of the Sermermiut Valley. Throughout your hike, there will be plentiful opportunities to stop for photographs and enjoy a hot drink break.

    Following your excursion, the remainder of your day has been left free for you to set your own agenda. Optional activities can be booked locally if you wish to explore the region further.

    Your evening will once again be spent in pursuit of a Northern Lights sighting, this time utilising snowmobiles to head out into the wilderness. Your guide will give full instructions before you set off travelling two people per snowmobile for a two-hour excursion (providing you both have a full driving licence there will be the chance to swap drivers so allow you both a chance to drive). Exploring the landscape via snowmobile is always an exciting activity and with any luck, there will also be an Aurora viewing to make it all the more memorable.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Your final day in Ilulissat has been left free for you to relax before the next part of your adventure in Kangerlussuaq begins. You may wish to explore independently or perhaps book additional activities. 

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • For the next three nights of your Greenlandic adventure, you will stay in the destination of Kangerlussuaq, further to the south of the island.

    Following your internal flight, your first morning here will be spent on a two-hour sightseeing tour with your guide. The tour will take in some of the highlights of the local area. The village was once an US Airforce base and you will learn more about its interesting history as you explore.

    The Kangerlussuaq region is known to enjoy frequent clear skies, so tonight you will hopefully be able to make the most of these advantageous conditions and witness an Aurora display. Your guide will lead the way to an area of minimal light pollution where you can keep a watch on the northerly skies. As you wait, your guide will be able to further your understanding of this unique natural phenomenon by discussing the science behind the Aurora as well as the myths and legends it inspired amongst Inuit and Danish settlers over the centuries.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Greenland’s scenery is truly a plethora of natural delights and its most famed highlight, the inland ice cap is on the agenda today – a truly unmissable sight!

    The journey will take you partially off-road, allowing you the chance to further enjoy the dramatic landscape of frozen rivers, arctic desert and glaciers.

    Covering 80% of the island, the ice cap is hugely impressive and there will be plenty of time here to allow you to marvel at its vastness and take photos. Your guide will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about this unique natural wonder.

    Tonight you will once again be enjoying an opportunity to seek out the Aurora, heading out with your guide to keep a watch on the dark arctic sky. They will pick out the most likely location for a display for you and with any luck you will watch the sky light up!

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Alongside it dazzling ice cap and dancing Auroras, Greenland is also home to a variety of impressive wildlife. Today is a chance to get up close to some of its impressive animal inhabitants as your head out with your guide on a nature tour to seek out herds of roaming musk oxen and reindeer which are usually residing not far from Kangerlussuaq. Whilst viewings can’t be guaranteed you will hopefully enjoy success!

    The remainder of your afternoon and evening will be at your leisure.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today your adventure will draw to a close as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Hotel Arctic

Nights: 1-4

Located 1.7 miles from the mouth of the Ice Fjord, Hotel Arctic is the world's most northerly 4-star hotel. It is proud of its excellent reputation and makes for a modern and welcoming base for your Greenlandic adventures as well as being a key employer for the local region.

Hotel Facilities

  • The on-site restaurant, Hotel Ulo, is said to be one of the best in the country, serving traditional Greenlandic cuisine and sourcing local products when possible. Ingredients such as musk ox, reindeer, redfish and ptarmigan feature frequently on the menu
  • The hotel also has a café and bar with a terrace overlooking the passing icebergs
  • Wi-fi is free at the Hotel Arctic. You simply have to ask for a free code from reception. 

  • There is a cosy lounge area for guests to enjoy after a day's adventure

Room types

Standard double/twin rooms: The hotel has a variety of modern rooms which offers views of the town and harbour. Each has an en-suite bathroom or shower room and facilities including TV, radio, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.


 Image Credits: Arctic Hotel 

Hotel Kangerlussuaq

Nights: 5-7

Hotel Kangerlussuaq is a modern and clean hotel in the small community of Kangerlussuaq. It welcomes over 20,000 passing travellers each year.

As well as offering a range of tasty food and a welcoming atmosphere, the hotel also serves as an excellent base for your adventures in Greenland.

The hotel itself is converted from old army barracks so is a part of the region's history.

Hotel Facilities

  • The hotel has three different dining options to choose from including a new café where guests can enjoy a coffee and an excellent view, a more functional cafeteria and an excellent restaurant with a focus on Greenlandic cuisine
  • There is a relaxing bar area with views across the tiny airport and it's runway
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout but does incur a fee (the internet is one of Greenland's most expensive commodities and can be charged as anything from £20 per day to connect so we would recommend a planned digital detox during your holiday!)

Room types

Double/twin room: Rooms here are basic but comfortable and each features an en-suite bathroom as well as a TV and phone. There are 70 rooms in total with suite upgrades available.


 Image Credits: Hotel Kangerlussaq 

Price Comparison Guarantee

Expertise and knowledge are key to witnessing the Northern Lights. We’ve been running Aurora hunting holidays longer than any company in the UK and with no lead in prices, no hidden costs and more included, we’re confident our tours will come out on top.
Price guarantee

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Mon 25 Mar 2019
to Mon 01 Apr 2019
Enquire
Adults£ 4,115 Single Adult£ 4,735
Mon 01 Apr 2019
to Mon 08 Apr 2019
Enquire
Adults£ 4,115 Single Adult£ 4,735
Mon 08 Apr 2019
to Mon 15 Apr 2019
Enquire
Adults£ 4,115 Single Adult£ 4,735

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people and a maximum of 24

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ 

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/   

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.



  • Specialist

    Aurora knowledge and experience

    Unique holidays, in the very best destinations

    Expert guides – exceptional local knowledge

    Advice and guidance every step of the way

  • Comprehensive

    We include more in our holidays than any other Aurora operator

    Price Comparison guarantee

    No ‘from’ prices, everything you see is included in the price

    No hidden extras

  • Independent

    Proudly Independent

    The original and still the only dedicated UK Northern Lights tour operator

    Personal, hands-on service

    Fair and sustainable work ethos

  • Trusted

    100% ATOL and ABTA protection

    Peace of mind promise

    Award-winning

    Responsible relationships

    Over 16 years’ experience

We use cookies to help us provide a better service for you. By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. Click here for more information