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Travel to Ilulissat
Fly to Ilulissat and have the experience of a lifetime. Ilulissat is a town of beauty for the body and soul, and is North Greenland’s centre of culture, transport and administration. It’s enterprising and inviting, traditional and modern, in addition to which the area is blessed by scenery that can take the breath away of even the most seasoned traveller.
The Kangia glacier from Ilulissat icefjord is one of the reasons why. Every year it pushes 35 cubic kilometres of ice out into the fjord cast in nature’s own mould in sizes small, medium and large – up to 100 metres high. These icebergs sail serenely to the mouth of the fjord, shift course and head off on their final voyage out to sea.
Your journey to Ilulissat starts with Air Greenland. We offer flights to Ilulissat and many other destinations in Greenland.
Travel to Ilulissat and have the experience of a lifetime
A trip to Ilulissat is an experience you will late forget. Standing by the fjord and watching the icebergs sail majestically past lifts life up in the first division. The Icefjord is rightly included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Ilulissat means icebergs, and indeed the ice, the icebergs and the fjord also make up the town’s landmark. After travelling to Ilulissat the endless whiteness and incomprehensibly huge universe generate a special light that will remain etched in your memory forever. But Ilulissat is also a city that has much more to offer than its icebergs. The town is both pleasant and active: Museums, life at the harbour, the church and urban life with cafés, restaurants and a disco.
If you want to travel to Ilulissat, there are two seasons in particular that stand out; summer and winter. Summer in Ilulissat offers kayaking in the midnight sun, whale watching and hiking. Whale watching in Disko Bay Icefjord is a unique experience. In winter, Ilulissat offers dog sledding and, if you're lucky, you can see Greenland's magical northern lights
We also recommend a hike to the Sermermiut settlement and an evening walk to Knud Rasmussen’s memorial stone. From here there’s a fantastic view of the bay all the way over to Disko Island, some 75 km away on the horizon. If the weather’s clear, you’ll also be able to experience a sunset that’s really out of this world.
The Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen was born and bred in Ilulissat. Visit his exhibition and get an impression of the courage and determination that characterised his perilous expeditions.
Dogs and sleds
Snarling and barking dogs are also a characteristic aspect of a visit to Ilulissat. In the summer the dogs are somewhat passive, almost as if they’re recharging their batteries before the snow begins to fall and the cold weather sets in for good. That’s when the dogs become alive: they have to go to work with their driver out to the hunting grounds or on trips with guests from all corners of the globe who wish to see Ilulissat. These trips range from two hours or a whole day to genuine expeditions lasting several days.
Experience Greenland in a new way and spend the night in the nature, in unique lodges with excellent views. There are two lodges near Ilulissat, which offer unique experiences. There is Glacier Lodge Eqi, which lies about 80 km north of Ilulissat, and Ilimanaq Lodge south of Ilulissat. If you are more into a winter adventure then Igloo Lodge is for you, who wants to experience being in total silence and cozy surroundings under the beautiful northern lights.
Experiences in Ilulissat
Welcome to the experiences of the other world. Where else can you find snow, ice, mountains, sea and whales close to green plains with potato fields? Go exploring for new exciting experiences right here.
The runners slide into the tracks, tails dance ahead, the driver’s brief commands sing in the air. You’ll never forget a dogsled ride.
Myths and legends speak for themselves: the northern lights are not for the faint of heart. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that most often occurs in the northern hemisphere. It is an extremely spectacular sight that is an experience of a lifetime! The Northern Lights can be seen in several places in the Nordic countries, but Greenland is one of the places where you have the best opportunities to experience magnificent nature, while the beautiful northern lights light up the evening.
The sea is teeming with whales. As a spectator expect to be at a loss for words when you get close to these giant mammals of the deep.
It’s a short distance from towns and settlements to open expanses with lakes, fells and the sea. Remember your map and compass or let yourself be guided by an experienced pathfinder.
The Ice Cap in Greenland is thousands of years old, and its power is overwhelming and breathtaking. Look forward to meeting the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere.
Kayaking in Greenland is for experienced rowers who enjoy the silent movement in waters with white mountains as a backdrop.
The Icefjord near Ilulissat is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. If you’ve ever been there, you’ll fully understand why.
Musk ox safari
Go on a safari on the tundra and see a population of more than ten thousand musk oxen that originate from 27 oxen flown in from Northeast Greenland.
A trophy from reindeer and musk ox is on many hunters' wish list. And in Greenland, the goal is within short reach; only about five hours journey from Denmark you can get on musk and reindeer hunting.
Do rods, spinners and fish in all shapes and sizes have you hooked? Fishing is a pastime that can be enjoyed at any time of the year by people who love the challenge of rivers and lakes.
Embark, disembark, head ashore, then embark once more! But never miss out on the chance to take a sailing trip through the magnificent landscape that’s sure to sweep you off your feet.
Meet the Greenlanders on their home turf. Hospitable Greenlanders bid you welcome to their home. Accept an irresistible offer of a kaffemik and good stories.
The helicopter will take you to the summit as often as you want. Maniitsoq is the number one heli-skiing area in the world – a sport that’s wild, daring and addictive.
Did you miss the sun last summer? Then let us tempt you with the sun in the sky round the clock.
Museums and art
Paintings, tooth, stone and bone. Greenland’s museums reflect the country’s cultural heritage and disseminate it using modern forms of expression.
They came from the north and they came from the south. A past that stretches back 4,500 years leaves traces that continue to live today in culture, sagas, legends and people.
Mountains await as a succession of adventures – both large and small fells that will match your particular skills and equipment.
We have to admit that tropical temperatures are just a pipe dream. On the other hand, we promise you underwater dives in almost virgin waters.
Greenland has always enticed adventurers with the courage to take on unique challenges. A number of annual events involve the country’s nature and culture in close interaction with the local inhabitants.
Some of the finest gourmet restaurants are found in Greenland. And the menus are all characterised by local ingredients.
Greenland’s music comes from the heart, as it always has done since the first rhythms were beaten on a drum. Today’s music carries on these proud traditions.
Today’s most outstanding designers are behind innovative creations and are rewriting the history of Greenland. Look, touch and feel.
Skiing and snowboarding
Well-prepared cross-country slopes, thrillingly steep fells, gentle descents and crazy ascents. In other words, an introduction to skiing for everybody in the green country.
Do you love the thrill of speed? Then a snowmobile is just for you. Hard on the throttle and head off into the hinterland for new adventures
On the island of Uunartoq in South Greenland you can enjoy wellness for life in 38-degree hot water. The water comes from three springs which run into a pool made of dammed up stones.
DID YOU KNOW
Ilulissat is Greenland’s tourist centre and attractive port of call for cruise ships.
Air Greenland’s partner, Greenland Travel, offers a range of excursions you can take when travelling to Ilulissat. A helicopter flight over the Icefjord, a sailing trip in the light of the midnight sun and a trip to the Eqi glacier with an overnight stay in a hut are among the summer’s highlights.
The house of culture at Sermermiut puts on both cinema and theatre performances, and often features guest performances by national and international artists.
The 4-star Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat– with an extra star for its conference facilities – is a popular meeting place for politicians, business people and researchers from all over the world.
Greenland’s third largest town
Formerly also known as Jakobshavn
Approx. 4700 inhabitants
Founded in 1741
Has four settlements
Main town in the middle of Disko Bay
Hotels and accommodations in Ilulissat
If you're travelling to Ilulissat, you have many options for accommodation. In Ilulissat, you can stay in a hotel with a direct view of the Ilulissat Icefjord or stay in a cabin or tent and get a direct glacier view. Ilulissat offers everything from 4-star hotels to more alternative accommodation such as glamping and wilderness cabins.In Ilulissat you have plenty of options to find a hotel or other accommodation that suits your needs. We have collected some of them here.
Hotel Arctic is the world's northernmost 4-star hotel with a 5-star conference center. Right on the edge of the UNESCO-protected Ilullisat Icefjord.
Glacier Lodge Eqi
The Eqi Glacier is located about 80 km north of Ilulissat in the northernmost part of Disko Bay, and it is only possible to get here by boat or helicopter. When you book a stay at Glacier Lodge Eqi, your experience thus begins with a unique trip!
Igloo Lodge is located approx. 15 kilometers inside the hinterland of Ilulissat. It may not sound like much, but with the pristine and wild terrain without roads, transportation is an adventure in itself.
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Standing by the fjord and watching the icebergs sail majestically past lifts life up in the first division. Ilulissat's Icefjord is with good reason included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Ilulissat, also called Jakobshavn, is Greenland's third-largest city, and in this paradise of icebergs, breathtaking experiences await you that you will soon forget.
Sisimiut is an example of a modern city with a catchment area that to that extent attracts people with a penchant for fresh air and physical challenges.
Aappilattoq can be translated as "the red mountain" and is a settlement connected to Upernavik in the northwestern region of Greenland. Due to the milder weather, this means that the water at Aappilattoq is free of ice almost all year round, even in the winter months.
Can we tempt you with an archipelago holiday in the "Land of a Thousand Islands"? Then Aasiaat is a good starting point with its position in the southern part of Disko Bay.
From Billund, you have access to the beautiful west coast, stretching from Vadehavet and Rømø in the south to Skagen and Grenen in the north
Ikerasak is a settlement on an island located south of Uummannaq. Its location offers plenty of fishing and hunting of seal, halibut, catfish, reindeer and musk ox all year round.
Isortoq is situated just five kilometres from where the Ice Cap has its steep, harsh and dramatic beginnings.
A combination of town and wilderness, with a fjord complex that attracts narwhals, walruses, seals and polar bears. Millions of seabirds breed here in this undisturbed region close to the country’s enormous national park.
Kangerlussuaq is much more than a runway. The magnificent countryside stretches out in front of you when you step off the plane. It’s the easiest place to get close to the enormous wall of ice that marks the edge of the Ice Sheet.
Kangersuatsiaq has an attractive location and is known for its beautiful, well-maintained houses. Hunting and fishing are the primary occupations in this settlement.
Founded in 1928, Kullorsuaq was named after a nearby mountain that resembles a giant thumb. Hunting and fishing are the primary occupations in this settlement.
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Kuummiut is located on Greenland's east coast and is one of the most attractively located settlements in the country.
Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, has culture and life and lots of traffic. Take the train or underground from the airport and enjoy the pulsating life of the capital.
Maniitsoq is a paradise for nature-lovers who also like skiing. The town is situated on an island and sprawls over several small islands that are linked by bridges.
Do you love thrills? Nanortalik is a Mecca for mountain climbers, kayakers and hikers who’re willing to take it to the edge. And perhaps there’s a chance to meet polar bears in the wild.
At the foot of the mountain Qaqqarsuaq lies Narsaq, a new town on a green plain, which is a good starting point for a tour of South Greenland.
At a distance of just nine kilometres from the airport you’ll find the Ice Sheet. Go on a trip to the thunderous mass of ice or experience life as a Norse settler at Erik the Red’s longhouse.
Niaqornat is located on the north coast of the extensive Nuussuaq peninsula, which separates Disko Bay from Uummannaq Fjord. The population depends on hunting and fishing, and there are numerous different species of animals in the area.
Nuussuaq was founded in 1923, originally under the name of Kraulshavn, named in honour of the former colonial administrator in Upernavik, H.P. Kraul.
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Pituffik (Thule Air Base) is an American military base, which means that special rules apply in relation to staying at the base and when in transit.
Qaanaaq is Greenland’s northernmost town and is unlike any other Greenlandic town. It slopes gently down to the sea and features roads that are straight as an arrow with small houses lined up in rows.
Go on a visit to an authentic settlement or use Qaarsut as the starting point for adventures in Uummannaq or trips further north. If you’re interested in history and Inuit culture then visit the settlement at Qilakitsoq.
The main town in South Greenland, the home to young students and tagged “one of Greenland’s most charming and attractive towns”.
The volcanic island with hot springs, geysers, glaciers and powerful waterfalls. The city of Reykjavik is full of life day and night.
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Tasiilaq is situated on the slope of a fell on the banks of Kong Oscar Fjord surrounded by steep, snow-covered peaks. The town is well worth a visit for this reason alone.
The northernmost of the two settlements, which is called Tasiusaq, is found 71 kilometres north of Upernavik in the Municipality of Qaasuitsup. Here there's a Pilersuisoq grocery store and even a kiosk, fish factory and a church.
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72 degrees north, narwhals, beluga whales, polar bears, the world’s largest bird cliff and summer sun 24 hours a day. We guarantee you a different type of holiday!
Upernavik Kujalleq, which was earlier known in Danish as 'Søndre Upernavik', is the southernmost settlement in the archipelago around Upernavik.