Things to do

Popular winter adventures are dogsled rides with the local drivers on trips ranging from a few hours to several days or even weeks. In the summertime, Ilulissat offers sailing among icebergs, helicopter trips to the ice sheet, sightseeing, hiking to settlements and all types of active holidays that involve physical activities in unique and picturesque surroundings.

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Meeting Greenlanders
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Come for "kaffemik" or explore one of the small settlements near Ilulissat. If you are lucky, your trip might include a Greenlandic meal. The Greenlandic food culture is closely linked to the traditional, old and deep-rooted social community of the sealers. Food and meals therefore remain a central part of the special Greenlandic hospitality to this day.

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Ilulissat Icefjord
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Sounds, movements and the size of icebergs are fascinating and hardly anyone leaves Ilulissat's Icefjord unaffected. A hike, a voyage or a trip by helicopter to the icefjord is simply a must. At the bottom of the fjord lies "Sermeq Kujalleq", a glacier that moves up to 38 metres a day during the summer months. In 2004, the icefjord was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list.

 

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Go sailing
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Boats and ships sail from Ilulissat port to settlements along the coast, glaciers and Disko Island. Take a 15 km voyage to the settlement of Ilimanq, south of the Icefjord and discover whales and giant icebergs. Take an evening voyage among the amber coloured icebergs in the midnight sun. Sail out to the settlement of Rodebay and eat lunch at the cosy restaurant. Sail to Eqi and get close-up to an active glacier.

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Icebergs
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Icebergs of up to 100 metres in height tower white and proud above sea level right outside Ilulissat. An outstanding sight, which captivates anyone who is given the chance to experience these natural masterpieces. The icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord, where it is just 250 metres deep. After melting and degradation, they glide out of the fjord on course for the Atlantic.

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Cruises
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Greenland from the seaward side treats you to icebergs in all shapes and sizes, playful whales and a glimpse of life in the towns and settlements. Relax in the lounger on deck and enjoy the view. Once you have docked, you can visit museums, take a helicopter ride to the Ice Sheet, or there might be a planned mask and drum dance, kayak display or choir concert going on. Experience the busy harbour life, with its motley collection of small multi-coloured motor boats and red fishing vessels.

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Dog sledding
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The dogsled continues to play an important role as means of transportation for hunters out hunting. Hunters also like to take tourists on the trip. You can choose between day trips and week-long sled trips, sleeping in cabins. On Lyngmarks Glacier on Disko Island, as the only place in Greenland, you can dog sled in the summer - even in the midnight sun. The dogsled in West and North Greenland is different from that in the East. Here the dogs are harnessed to the sled in a broad line, adapted to driving on sea ice and hard snow.

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Hiking in Greenland
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The highland in the mountains behind Ilulissat offers a variety of hikes.  11 km into the hinterland lies the Nalluarsuk Hut. It takes a good day's hiking up and down and round the lakes before you reach the large Nalluarsup Tasia Lake. The trip to Sermermiut is shorter. In this protected area traces have been found of the first humans who lived in Greenland approx. 4,500 years ago.

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Sports & Events
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Arctic Palerfik

When Arctic Palerfik takes place, it's a sign that winter's drawing to a close. Join the year's last dogsled trip into Ilulissat's beautiful white hinterland. In the summer there's orienteering on the programme. Arctic Midnight Orienteering is both an Arctic championship and the unofficial Greenlandic championship. The event takes place close to the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord.

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Kayaking in Greenland
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If you don't go sea kayaking in Greenland, where do you? The kayak is a genuine Greenlandic invention, which together with the harpoon and needle has been the most important survival tool through the millennia. In Ilulissat and Disko Bay - as elsewhere in Greenland - the kayak has undergone something of a renaissance. Become one with the sea and sky and enjoy magnificent experiences in the slender little vessel.

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Inuit culture
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Ilulissat is a modern town, but the Inuit culture is not forsaken. The ancient legends and myths are still sources of inspiration to many young artists and musicians. Today they are expressed in new forms. The town's choirs perform at special events - often dressed in beautiful national costumes and traditional drum and mask dances can be arranged for the town's guests.

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Museums and Art Exhibitions
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Ilulissat is home to two exciting museums. Ilulissat Museum is also Knud Rasmussen's birthplace and provides an interesting insight into this great explorer's life and numerous expeditions.  The Inuit Art Museum contains a large collection of paintings by Greenland's probably best known painter, Emanuel A. Petersen. Over 100 paintings by Greenlandic, Faroese and Danish artists are exhibited here.

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Guided sightseeing
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Listen to the guide tell good local stories, learn about local history, hear about great hunting accomplishments from the past and modern life, as it is lived 3-400 km north of the Arctic Circle. All towns in North Greenland arrange town tours with a guide. Often the tour passes by the fishermen at the harbour, and you experience the atmosphere of the market. Lend your ear to the amazing tales of polar adventurers Alfred Wegener in Uummannaq and Knud Rasmussen in Ilulissat, where he has his museum.

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Greenlandic Gastronomy
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At several restaurants in the cities of North Greenland, the level of ambition is sky high, and many visitors leave the country with great culinary experiences. In the gourmet kitchen at Restaurant Ulo, in Ilulissat, the country's best chefs conjure with the finest ingredients of meat from seals, reindeer, musk ox, lamb, fish, and birds. Try the hot BBQ on Hotel Disko Bay's terrace in Qasigiannguit, gourmet on the mountain in Aasiaat, delicacies at Uummannq hotel restaurant or at the settlement restaurant in Rodebay.

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Souvenir Shopping
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The beautiful jewellery, animal skins and handicraft objects in Ilulissat's shops provide a glimpse into an ancient and proud culture, where every corner of nature's gifts were utilised with an eye for quality and beauty in the detail. It is a tradition that lives on in many of the quality objects you are tempted by as a tourist.

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Tourist Flights
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The helicopter and fixed-winged airplanes are perfect for the Greenlandic landscape, and to go aboard, climb into the sky and experience the ice, glaciers and deep valleys from the air is an outstanding experience. You are aware of everything, the landscape, sky and sea. In North Greenland, especially the helicopter/airplane tours along Ilulissat Ice Fjord are known and loved by many. Air tours in Greenland come in several varieties, and you essentially have three options: Take a scheduled flight, an organised tour or charter your own helicopter.

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Northern Lights
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The neon signs in Times Square and Piccadilly Circus pale into insignificance when compared to the dance of the Northern Lights across the skies near Ilulissat. The giants of the Ice Fjord in their weird and wonderful shapes of blue ice reach up towards the sky, forming nature's own scenery for the dance of the colours.

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Midnight sun
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Midnight sun means that the sun does not set north of the Arctic Circle and remains above the horizon during the summer.

The period of midnight sun in Ilulissat is from 27th of May to 18th of July.

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The Ice Sheet
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The inland ice is a must for tourists in Ilulissat. By helicopter, dog sled and walking boots it is possible to get right up close to the gigantic ice sheet and get an impression of its magnitude and the loud creaking it makes. Take a boat ride to Pakitsoqfjorden and wander through the arctic landscape to the inland ice.

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Whale Watching
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Join a whale safari and experience humpback whales and fin whales. If you're lucky you may also meet the Greenland whale, because as the sea ice breaks up it heads for Disko Bay to look for food. It lives mainly on animal plankton and moves in line with the ice melting. The Greenland whale stays in Disko Bay during the spring months and leaves in mid May, heading for Canada.

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Arctic Wildlife
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Seals swim everywhere along the coasts of Greenland, and on a cruise, you can see them show up. Whales are easier to spot. Northwest Greenland has a long and proud tradition of whaling, and 20 whale species live in waters of Greenland. The opportunities to see them frolic in the waters are high. If you are lucky, you can spot walruses in Uummannaq and far north polar bears - but usually only after they were killed. Approximately 50 species of birds breed in Greenland, 160 species are just on a summer visit.

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Coastal Ferry
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You cannot talk about Ilulissat without mentioning the icebergs and on every coastal voyage to and from the town it is guaranteed to encounter the enormous blue and white ice giants on their way from the Icefjord to the oceans. Disko Line runs the local services between the towns on Disko Bay, while Arctic Umiaq Line runs the passenger traffic between towns and villages along the shores from Ilulissat in the north, to Qaqortoq in south.

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River Fishing
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Every summer you have the chance of going out and hooking a fat salmon. The small rivers around the fjords near Ilulissat make ideal fishing grounds. You can fish from a boat or from the shore. Head out on your own or join an organised tour, and get expert guidance on good fishing spots and how to go about buying a valid licence. For example, you can go a little further up the coast to Bredebugten and see how the trout hide in the streams. 

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Angling at Sea
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Go sea fishing in a world of icebergs. Sail out with a local tour boat. If you are lucky, you can catch halibut, catfish and redfish. Sea fishing is done from boats and at depths ranging from 100 - 300 metres. The boat is usually left to drift or lies at anchor. Giant redfish are the most sought-after of Greenland’s four species of redfish.

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Skiing in Greenland
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Put on your skis and discover the wide open spaces around Ilulissat. Skiing is a part of everyday life here. You can go skiing on the fjords, lakes, hills, slopes and mountains. Why not try skiing on the sea ice from Oqaatsut to Kuuttaaq and back? The town’s cross-country club organises outings for its members.  Perhaps they will be able to give you some handy tips for a trip.  

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