Greenland Wildlife and Nature Safari

Whales, Musk Ox, Icebergs, and Hiking on the Ice Cap

Overview

With icebergs spilling out of its fjords, humpback whales spouting in its waters, and a fascinating Inuit culture, Greenland is a wonderland for adventure. We cruise into the stunning Western Fjords, walk on the vast Greenland Ice Sheet (the vibrant blue of meltwater against the ice is surreal), and hike the tundra in search of musk ox. In Ilulissat, north of the Arctic Circle, we hike right alongside icebergs on UNESCO-listed Kangia Icefjord and explore an Inuit settlement. During a cruise in the golden light of the midnight sun, we’ll watch the play of light and color of the Arctic twilight reflected on towering icebergs. If you want to experience one of our planet’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful settings, come to Greenland with WT!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Nuuk / Western Fjords / Qooqqut Nuan

In Nuuk, the capital, our hike up Lille Malene gives us coastal views and we cruise in our chartered boat into the vast Western Fjords, once home to more than a thousand Vikings. We’ll fish from the deck along the way (redfish and cod are plentiful here) so we can enjoy our fresh catch for lunch at a remote boat-in lodge.

Hotel Hans Egede
Nuuk, Greenland
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-4
Kangerlussuaq / Musk Ox Safari / Hike the Ice Sheet

From the town of Kangerlussuaq, we set out across the tundra in search of iconic musk ox, or “umimmak” in Greenlandic, meaning “long-bearded one,” and the next day we hike right on the Greenland Ice Sheet, with 100,000-year-old ice beneath our feet!

Hotel Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Day 5
Ilulissat / Midnight Cruise

North of the Arctic Circle, we explore Ilulissat, home to more sled dogs than people. We’ll see the colossal bergs of the Kangia Icefjord on a “midnight sun” cruise at the mouth of the Sermeq Glacier, said to have spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

Hotel Avannaa
Ilulissat, Greenland
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Hotel Hvide Falk
Ilulissat, Greenland
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Hotel Arctic
Ilulissat, Greenland
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Days 6-8
Sermermiut / Disko Bay

Walking past giant bergs along the wild shores of Kangia Icefjord, we visit the Inuit settlement of Sermermiut. We boat through Disko Bay on the lookout for humpback whales and hike the coast for panoramas of floating icebergs and dramatic Disko Island. Depart on Day 8 via Ilulissat.

Hotel Avannaa
Ilulissat, Greenland
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Hotel Hvide Falk
Ilulissat, Greenland
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Hotel Arctic
Ilulissat, Greenland
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Discover the glacier-carved wonder of the pristine Western Fjords
Cross the tundra to look for herds of shaggy musk ox
Hike on the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world!
Experience the culture of the Inuit, who have thrived in Greenland’s extreme environment
Walk along iceberg-strewn shores to an ancient Inuit settlement
Cruise past towering icebergs under the long evening light of the Arctic summer
Enjoy Greenland’s fresh local seafood

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5895  
Arrive: Nuuk, Greenland
Depart: Ilulissat, Greenland
Lodging: 7 nights rustic hotels
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate walks and hikes over varying terrain, 1-6 hours a day, cultural exploration, travel by small boat, access to the Ice Sheet by rough dirt road

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