Greenland Expedition

Greenland Expedition

From $ 6,245 AUD


There are so few places left on earth that can be described as truly remote and wild, but Greenland is surely one of them. Travel to the world’s largest non-continental island, where fewer than 60,000 people live in the tundra-like environment. Here, icebergs tower instead of skyscrapers and tiny settlements on the coast still rely on subsistence fishing to survive. Hike through boulder-strewn hillside to the ruins of an ancient Paleo-Inuit culture, breathe the purest air imaginable and crane your neck in awe of iceberg giants on this eight-day expedition.

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Greenland Expedition
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  • This Expedition is land-based, perfect for those suffering from sea-sickness who don't want to travel the region by cruise ship.
  • Be welcomed into a local home to enjoy kaffeemik, a unique Greenlandic tradition and casual celebration where sweets and conversation are served up by the plateful.
  • Stay on the edge of the famed Ilulissat Icefjord, watching frosted peaks of icebergs from the shore while you explore the village.
  • Cruise through broken ‘bergs to the tiny fishing community of Oqaatsut, then embark on an unforgettable hike through archaeological sites, gorges and craggy hillside.
  • Discover Greenland’s modern capital of Nuuk, where colourful Nordic houses are joined by alternative architecture, artisan clothing boutiques and gourmet restaurants.
  • How many people do you know that have been to Greenland? This expedition puts the ‘adventure’ in adventure travel, showing you a part of the world few outsiders see.


ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Ilulissat
Welcome to Ilulissat! With fewer than 5000 residents (and about 1500 sled dogs), this is Greenland’s third-largest city, located on famous Disko Bay. The main drawcard here is the spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord, where apartment block-sized icebergs are visible from the shore. Ilulissat actually means 'icebergs', and there is a likelihood that the iceberg that sank the Titanic came from here. Your tour kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, when you can get to know your fellow explorers and tour leader.
Day 2 - Ilulissat
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then set out on a guided walk of town. Over the course of a 2-hour stroll your leader will illuminate the history of Ilulissat from 1741 to the present. You’ll also learn a little about what daily life is like when icebergs are your neighbours and you live 300 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. See the colonial part of town, built by the Danish when it was still called Jakobshavn, visit fishermen at the harbour and at the fishmarket Brættet, pass the birthplace of pioneering anthropologist Knud Rasmussen and learn about the unique pressure facing shopkeepers in this part of the world at a supply store. Perched on a cliff edge and with icebergs floating behind it, the 18th-century Zion Church is a great place to take some photos. Following the tour, the rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace.
Day 3 - Oqaatsut / Kangia / Ilulissat
Fortify yourself with breakfast and then embark on a 1-hour cruise towards the tiny settlement of Oqaatsut (also called Rodebay), passing towering icebergs that have broken free from the Ilulissat Icefjord en route. Around 40 people live here permanently, primarily occupied by fishing and hunting. Back in Ilulissat step off the boat and set out on a hike that takes you past historical and natural splendour. Begin at the old quarry and walk to Seqinniarfik hill, where you will stop to enjoy your picnic lunch with a view of behemoth icebergs. Continue to Nakkaavik (Old Ladies Gorge) where you’ll have unobstructed views of the Kangia Icefjord from your place on the rugged mountain. Finally, pass through Sermermiut, an archeologically significant site settled as early as 4000 years ago by the Saqqaq. Finish at an old heliport. During the hike your guide will illuminate the fascinating geological, environmental and cultural histories of this World Heritage-listed area. Return to Ilulissat town in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 4 - Ilulissat
Aside from breakfast this morning your day is free and clear for you to do as you please. There are a few highly recommended optional activities on offer today, just note that they are not included in the price of your tour. A 3-hour iceberg sightseeing tour is a breathtaking way to get close to the white monuments that decorate Ilulissat Icefjord. 50 gigatons of ice flow out into the ocean here every year. While the views from the shore are spectacular, nothing beats cruising alongside these giants, some of which tower 100 metres above sea level. That’s as tall as Big Ben, for reference. If you’d like to see a different kind of giant, you might like to head out on a whale safari. Greenland’s waters are graced by three varieties: narwhals, belugas and bowheads. This cruise is your chance to have a close encounter with these wild creatures. Of course, you are also free to simply relax in town.
Day 5 - Nuuk
After breakfast board your included flight to Nuuk. This flight is a scenic flight at the same time, with views over the coastal fjords and part of the immense icecap that covers 80% of the country. Upon arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel and settle in, then head out on a city tour with your leader. This 2-hour tour will introduce you to the capital and largest town of Greenland, established by Denmark in 1728 under the name Godthåb (Good Hope). Get your bearings and snap some pictures of the colourful houses that line the waterfront, then choose which of the sights to explore on your own. The National Museum of Greenland is a great place to begin. Collections here include mummies from the 15th century and the oldest umiaq (skin boat) in the world. Discover expressions of the country’s culture in the Nuuk Art Museum, where exhibitions display contemporary and historic art. In the evening, ask your leader for advice on where to grab dinner. Our stay in Nuuk is at a local hotel famed for exclusively using 'bæredygtige energiressourcer' (sustainable energy resources), and everyday operations at the property have sustainability and the reduction of the environmental footprint in mind so that future generations can experience the Greenland that exists today. This is especially significant as the hotel is located in an area that will be affected most by climate change.
Day 6 - Quassussuaq / Nuuk
Grab some breakfast and then enjoy a so-called kaffeemik with a local family. Kaffeemik is a celebratory tradition where a fun, casual social gathering is held at someone's home. Leave your shoes at the door and sip coffee, munch sweets and ask your hosts about life in Greenland. Later, lace up your boots again and head out on a guided hike around the Quassussuaq region. Hike through rugged landscapes, past small freshwater streams and boulders to the summit of Little Malene mountain. It’s a steep ascent to reach the top of this 500-metre-tall mountain and while the hike isn’t difficult you will need to be physically fit to enjoy it. Once at the top you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the city of Nuuk and the untouched wilderness that surrounds it. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps resting after today’s hike.
Day 7 - Nuuk
Enjoy a day as clear as the Greenland air. Today you have the option of exploring Nuuk on your own or partaking in a non-included boat tour to the hunting settlement of Kapisillit, where fewer than 100 people live. In many ways a typical Greenlandic village, Kapisillit is a fantastic place to observe the serenity and way of life in a tiny town on the edge of the world. The tour also visits the abandoned settlement of Qoornoq. If you’d prefer to stay in Nuuk, you may want to visit any of the museums you didn’t get a chance to see the other day. The Katuaq, a cultural centre designed to resemble the undulating shimmer of the northern lights, is open to the public most days and has a cinema playing both Hollywood blockbusters and European arthouse films. The centre also has art exhibitions and live performances, subject to scheduling. Your leader will have more information.
Day 8 - Nuuk
After breakfast your Greenland adventure comes to an end. Chat to your agent or Intrepid representative at the time of booking to review your flight options. 

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
01-08-202008-08-2020AUD $ 6,245-


Hostel (4 nights),Hotel (3 nights)


Boat,On foot,Plane,Private vehicle