The settlement of Ilulissat in western Greenland lies at the mouth of the Ilulissat ice fjord in Disco Bay, from which the town derives its name. With a population of approximately 4,500 people, it is the third largest population centre in Greenland. The town is known for the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it and in particular the only sea-reaching Greenland glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the fastest (19 metres per day) and most active glaciers in the world. Recognised as a Unesco world heritage site, the glacier annually calves more than 35 cu km of ice, about 10% of the production of all Greenland's calf ice, and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. The Gulf Stream, however, ensures the seas do not freeze over, including during winter. This short 3-day itinerary to Ilulissat offers the opportunity to see icebergs as large as houses drifting in the icy seas as well as the dramatic sight of a calving glacier with accompanying thunderclap roar as the new berg enters the water.
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Fly from the domestic airport in Reykjavik to Ilulissat,
a flying time of 3 hours. On arrival, you will be transferred to your
accommodation. Rest of the day at leisure or optional excursions. Stay 2
nights at the Hotel Arctic. (D)
Day at leisure or optional activities. Take a guided day trip
by boat, north of Ilulissat, to the Eqi glacier where it is possible to watch the
ice sheet calving new icebergs into the bay. (B)
Morning at leisure before your transfer back to the
airport for your flight back to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik you will be
under your own arrangements. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
In remote areas, Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation. However, accommodation and facilities in Greenland should be regarded as basic and comfortable.
Departures to Ilulissat: Tue, Thu + Sat (Jun), Daily (Jul - Aug) and Tue + Sat (Sep)
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Hotel Arctic is one of the world's most northerly hotels, located to the north of the town of Ilulissat, Greenland, on the road to Ilulissat airport. The mouth of the Unesco world heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord is located 2.7 km north of the hotel. Owned by Air Greenland, the hotel was built shortly after the airport was opened in 1984 to accommodate the airline's passengers. The property offers 87 en suite rooms featuring Scandinavian decor, wooden floors and artwork by Greenlandic artists as well as five aluminium igloos equipped with modern conveniences, featuring views of the Ice Bank, Disko Bay or the town of Ilulissat. The hotel's main restaurant, Ulo, serves a variety of Greenlandic specialities and international cuisine, and affords stunning views over the harbour to Disko Bay. The hotel also has Café Ferdinand, which serves lighter meals throughout the...
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