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Disko Bay and Dog Sledding Greenland

8 days in Disko Bay including dog sledding to the Icefjord

On the first day, your guide will take you on an amazing snowshoe hike from Ilulissat to the famous Icefjord. The following day, the real adventure begins by getting to know the unique Greenland dogs. Your local ‘musher’ will teach us the basics about dog sledding before you head off for an unforgettable 4 day dog sledding expedition to the Icefjord. The Icefjord was declared a UNESCO world heritage in 2004. As you sled through the snowy and wild landscapes along the frozen sea encircling countless majestic icebergs, you will understand why.

Rough Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival in Ilulissat. Night in hostel or apartment in Illulissat.
Day 2: Snowshoeing along the Icefjord. Night in hostel or apartment in Ilulissat.
Day 3 – 6: Dogsledding expedition in tandem with a musher. Nights in huts
or dog sled tents.
Day 7: Day at leisure in Ilulissat with the possibility of excursions on the spot. Night in hostel or apartment in Ilulissat.
Day 8: Transfer back to Ilulissat Airport.

Trip Notes

Day 1: Arrival in Ilulissat
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Today you will arrive in the beautiful town of Ilulissat. Our local contact will await you there and give you all the information you need about the exciting days ahead of you. You will have the rest of the day at leisure in Ilulissat, the ‘Town of Icebergs’. Ilulissat is perfectly located just at the entrance of the famous Icefjord where the most impressive icebergs are calving into Disko Bay. You can take a walk around town, enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Disko Bay and have a nice dinner before returning to your accommodation in the evening.

Day 2: Snowshoeing along the Icefjord
Day 2: Snowshoeing along the Icefjord
After breakfast our guide will bring you to the famous Icefjord for an amazing snowshoe hike along the fjord. More than 20 million tons of ice flow out into the fjord each day which results in gigantic icebergs who rise more than 100 meters into the air. The view of the breathtaking Icefjord is one you will never forget! On our hike we will stop at the abandoned settlement Sermermiut where for the last 4000 years several different Inuit cultures have lived and left interesting remains. After a full day out in the beautiful nature we return to Ilulissat and spend the night in our accommodation.

Day 3 to 6: Dogsledding expedition
Day 3 to 6: Dogsledding expedition
In the next 4 days we will discover the Arctic winter using the dog sledge as our means of transportation. The Greenlanders today still use the dog sledge to go fishing and hunting. We leave Ilulissat for an amazing expedition off the beaten track. We leave direction east to the famous Icefjord and feel the freedom of indefinite snow and icy sceneries. You will be 2 person per sledge, you and an experienced local musher. We spend the first night in a hut just next to the ice-filled fjord. On the next day, we will drive on the frozen sea to the impressive Sermeq Avannerleq glacier or the “Dead Glacier”. During winter time, the icebergs are imprisoned by the frozen sea and display extraordinary ice formations. We will spend 2 nights at the Icefjord in a hut which is used by local fisherman and hunters most of the time. During the trip we will also have the chance to see local fisherman fishing Halibut from the ice with a long line. After amazing 4 days with the Dogs we return to Ilulissat, where we spend the following two nights in our accommodation.

Day 7: Ilulissat
Day 7: Ilulissat
You will have the day at leisure. Our local contact will give you information about the variety of exciting excursions you can go on today, such as a boat ride on the Icefjord, visiting local families at their homes to learn about their culture, or a an exciting helicopter ride over the Icefjord. You will spend the night in your accommodation in Ilulissat.

Day 8: Departure
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast you will depart from Ilulissat.

Price per person as followed based on: Double / Single room
B&B with locals: 1,995 EUR / 1,995 EUR
Apartment:  2,050 EUR / 2,195 EUR
2-3* hotel: 2,065 EUR /  2,300 EUR
4* hotel: 2,425 EUR / 2,940 EUR

Price includes:
4-5 hours snowshoeing guided tour along the icefjord, 3 days dog sledding tour from Ilulissat, 2 night in hut, lunch on day 2 & full board from lunch on day 3 to lunch on day 5, 5 nights in Ilulissat.Departure dates in 2015:

Dates:
Daily departures
between 25 February -15 April 2016

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights

Minimum/Maximum Participants:
2 / 8

Minimum age:
18

What to bring:

The weather in Greenland changes very suddenly, and it is important that you wear multiple layers.
Adequate outdoor clothing should meet the following criteria:

  • Insulate the body from cold
  • Water and wind resistant
  • Maintain its insulating ability when wet
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Breathable to allow body moisture to escape
  • Light and flexible
  • Packable / compressible

How to get there:
The flight is not included, but the operator can make arrangements. Flight from Reykjavik from €890 per person. Flight from Copenhagen from €1350 per person. Please contact us for a quote.

Remarks:
Note that in Ilulissat you could be accommodated in sleeping bag accommodation in a hostsel or in an apartment that you will share will other participants, depending on the availability.

Options:
Day 6 & 7: possibility to book and pay excursions on the spot. The availability of the excursions depends on weather and ice conditions:

  • 2 hours guided tours in Ilulissat: circa 45 EUR per person.
  • 2 hours Northern Lights snowmobiling tour: circa 175 EUR per person.
  • 4-5 hours snowshoeing tour along the Icefjord : circa 135 EUR per person.

Add Iceland:
If your journey to Greenland takes you through Iceland please ask about fantastic Iceland extensions.

 

Operator

This great operator in Greenland found its roots in a group of professional, fun, qualified and energetic guides, whose passion for the Arctic outdoors runs deep and whose standards in service quality and safety are unmatched.

All the guides are certified in wilderness first aid, hold rescue and leadership qualifications and have gathered an impressive depth of international experience.

But, cutting to the chase, the thing we most love about them is that they are a bunch of outdoor enthusiasts that get their kicks exploring the great outdoors, just like you.

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