The 8 best things to do in Illulissat, Greenland

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Illulissat

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

Have you been to Greenland long? Then the time has come. Let’s turn your attention to the tourist mecca of the island, Ilulissat. It’s a town in the north of the country, located in Disco Bay, not far from the Ice Fjord. Here you can get a real “Greenlandic experience” and of course have an interesting and informative vacation.

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

How to get to Ilulissat by plane

Ilulissat Airport is about 3 kilometers from the city center. Air Greenland provides passenger services.

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

Flights depart from here to the north from Kaanaak and Uummannak (via Kaarsut) and to the south from Aasiaat, Kasigiannguit, Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk. Since 2009, however, Air Aisland has provided direct flights to Ilulissat from Reykjavik, and a private charter is also possible.

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

By land and by ship

The local shipping company Arctic Umiaq Line sends ships to Ilulissat from south and west Greenland. Disko Line vessels sail the waters of Disko Bay to other destinations.

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

For 10 years, Disko Bay has not frozen over enough to allow dog sledding. During that time, in April 2007, only one trip from Uummannaq on inland ice was made. However, daredevils and local craftsmen / guides still transport tourist groups. Fortunately, a lot of hunters for extreme experiences come here.

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

Sightseeing

If you go from the airport, which is a little away from the city, you can walk and explore the area, or you can take a cab. The main attraction here is the Ice Fjord. There is a glacier 35 kilometers away from here, from which icebergs constantly break off and gather in the fjord. You can get to it on foot, by boat or by helicopter. It is quite easy to get to this place from the city (it is 1-2 km away). It is easier to go by water, which takes only 3-4 hours. Believe me, it is an impressive sight.

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Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

What to do and where to stay

If you head south from the campsite, you’ll reach the mouth of the Ice Fjord and be able to appreciate all its splendor. Ilulissat has the highest concentration of hotels in the country, but it is advisable to make reservations in advance before settling in.

Wonders of Greenland, a trip to Ilulissat

In summer, you must have pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and a mosquito net. And an experienced guide won’t hurt!

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Going to Greenland! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings (lots of photos). Finished this report.

Kotische ” Jul 18, 2012, 08:45

“Filled up the space maps in the tablets, 14 minutes to go. ” (с)

To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings (lots of photos). Report complete.

Of course not 14 minutes, but an hour and a half and a bright red A330, the only plane of this type in Air Greenland, will rush to the biggest island in the world, in a place with a mouthy name Kangerlussuaq, and from there on a tiny Dash-7 to Ilulissat

I’ve been eyeing this place for a long time, and now I have the time. I don’t have any special plans – I don’t like to put myself in a tight schedule. We’ll think of something on the spot, like trekking, fishing, trip to Disco Island, contemplation of icebergs, etc. But we have a reservation at Ice Fjord Hotel in Ilulissat for the next. Six days.

From the hotel, I’ll try to keep a report, talk about my impressions, hang pictures, and relax, enjoy what I’ve seen.

To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings (lots of photos). Report complete.

Registration for the flight in Copenhagen was successful, nothing special, and judging by the self-check registration, there will be no empty seats on the plane.

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Re: To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings

Aldo Apache Raine ” 18 Jul 2012, 09:24

Impossible is too long a word. – Don’t you think, noble don, that you are allowing yourself too much? – I don’t know the meaning of the word “too.” (c) No one likes us, we don’t care (c) My idol: Dr. Bykov

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Re: To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings

Kotische ” Jul 18, 2012, 21:13

The flight finished quietly ( 4h 25min). On the top of the plane to Greenland we could see the giant icebergs both big and small, and on the coast we could see the glaciers sliding slowly down to the ocean in stripes.

The ice shell itself melts slightly in the summer, so it is dotted with many streams, small channels and streams that flow into real lakes, the water in which, depending on the depth, has an unreal bright shade of light turquoise, to ink-blue. Anyone who has flown to the States over Greenland knows what I mean.

To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings (lots of photos). Report complete.

The weather was perfect, sunshine and as much as 20 degrees. The tiny airport at Kangerlussuaq is one runway at the end of the fjord,

next to a similarly small village. There are a couple of streets, and the houses have no numbers and are called blocks ( A, B, C.) for some reason.

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To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings (lots of photos). Report complete.

There’s a cell phone, an ATM, and no currency exchange! At the reception at the hotel, which is right at the airport, you can change money, of course, but at a mega-robbery rate, so Danish kroner take with you. There is a post office, a supermarket, a pizzeria, a restaurant, a bar and cantina, hire of various equipment, a couple of stores with souvenirs (the price tag is enormous) and even video hire. Wi Fi at the airport is available for 100 DKK / for 3 hours.

To Greenland ! Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat and surroundings (lots of photos). Report complete.

At the airport and souvenir shops, proposals for leisure – a mass, there are racks with prospectuses and contacts: all sorts of safaris, trekking and helicopter flights, you can organize on the spot Walking all can be bypassed in a couple of minutes. A couple of trails, lead somewhere uphill, but I was too lazy to go there. Locals, almost 100% Eskimo, and Europeans quite a bit. English is understood by all.

I had 8 hours between flights, so I climbed to the highest point in the vicinity: 547 m (I looked at the map later). There was a lot of greenery: polar birches and willows, bluebells and a lot of blueberries, and a Polar birch mushroom, which I picked by handfuls and ate while climbing up. Above – the view, well, just a beauty. There are some small birds, but also a lot of mosquitoes.

Freedom. is a deliberate necessity (c)

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