Adventures at Sea: Explore West and South Greenland by AUL

From DKK 30200

PRICE P.P. IN DOUBLE ROOM


Price per person in double room

From DKK 30200

TOUR DURATION

8 days

Availability

Jun - Sep

Travel From the Arctic to South Greenland By Ferry

Every year from May to December, AUL ferry line sails from South Greenland to the Arctic Circle, connecting towns and settlements of the west coast of Greenland.

Travelling with AUL ferry, you can explore Greenland from a different angle, observe the changes of landscapes from the Arctic and the South, and enjoy the accompany of wild animals in the sea.

This 8-day adventure starts from Ilulissat – town of icebergs that lies inside the Arctic Circle and ends at Narsarsuaq, the garden city of South Greenland. Along the coast, AUL has some short stops at Sisimiut, Nuuk and other settlements.

You can add on different optional activities to your basic itinerary.

Hotel and flight tickets are included in the price. Part of the journey is guided by our Arctic Adventure guide to ensure you a high-quality enjoyable experience.

AUL is a well-equipped ferry that can provide you with a comfortable stay with great opportunity to view the amazing sceneries. If you have never experienced the fun of travelling on a ferry, this is the journey you can start with.

Tour Code: CR8RKV

Cover Picture – Arctic Umiaq Line A/S

 

Day by day & Tour Map

Day 1 Arrive at IIlulissat: City Walk & Sunset Cruise

The direct flight from Reykjavik Airport (RKV) will take you to Ilulissat in around 3 hours. While you are waiting for your luggage, you can spot our Arctic Adventure guide in the red uniform awaits you at the airport.

After a smooth check-in at Hotel Arctic with our guide, you can learn the details of this itinerary and dos and don’ts in Greenland at the warm Welcome Meeting.

When you are ready, our guide will show you around Ilulissat through a 1-hour long City Walk of Ilulissat. We will walk around the cosy Ilulissat and explore its main attractions - the church, old fishing harbour, the old part of town with its colonial buildings, local museum and more. An entrance ticket of the local museum is included in this excursion, you can choose to visit today or later during this journey.

Around dinnertime, you can enjoy a 2-course dinner at Hotel Arctic.

When it is about the sunset time, if you are interested, you can join our optional activity – Sunset Cruise to the Ice fjord. You will board on the boat with Arctic Adventure guide and sail out into the ocean to enjoy the breath-taking view of Arctic sunset. White and pure icebergs reveal its special pinkish charms under the glory of the sunset.

Accommodations

Hotel Arctic, Qajaq Superior room incl. Breakfast

Optional Activities Sunset Cruise to Ice Fjord inc Refreshment 3 hours, Difficulty 1

Day 2 Kayak in the morning, Visit Greenlandic Dogs & Departure from Ilulissat

Ilulissat is the wonderland of various outdoor activities. Today, you can continue exploring corners of Ilulissat on your own or join the well-selected optional activities.

You may experience kayaking before, but it is not the same as the one in Greenland! Kayak in the Morning enables you kayaking with experienced guides in the ocean with the icebergs near you! You need to go to the meeting point Hotel Hvide Falk yourself. The experienced certificated kayaking guide will wait for you there. You can sail alone or group with another person on the kayak. Sailing near the iceberg and maybe spot a whale during the excursion must be a unique experience!

The Kayaking excursion usually starts at 10:00 am and lasts around 3 hours. If you have time, you can still join Visit Greenlandic Dogs excursion to experience the local culture. Ilulissat has separate sledge dog’s areas. In winter, the sledge dogs are still loyal and trustable working fellows of the locals. In this excursion, we can visit a local hunter’s sledge dogs. The owner will demonstrate the equipment and tell stories about the life of a sledge dog. You have the chance to see, feel and hear the howling of sledge dogs.

In the afternoon, Arctic Adventure guide will drive you to the harbour. From there, you will board the AUL ferry and sail towards Nuuk. The ferry departures at 17:00 from Ilulissat. Between 21:30 and 22:00, there will be a short stop in Aasiaat.

Please note there is no guide during your stay at the AUL ferry.

Accommodations

AUL Double Cabin

Optional Activities Visit the Greenlandic Dogs – 1.5 hours, Difficulty 1 Ilulissat Kayak in the Morning – 3 hours, Difficulty 2

Day 3 Sightseeing along the way

AUL is short for Arctic Umiaq Line. Sailing from South Greenland to the Arctic area, this ferry not only a way of local transportation, it is also loved by many travellers.

The AUL ferry will have short stops at three towns and settlements today. You can take advantages of the short onshore time and experience the local atmosphere.

Between 9:00 -11:00, it stops at Sisimiut.

Between 17:45 – 18:00, it stops at Kangerlussuaq

Between 21:30 – 22:00, it stops at Maniitsoq.

Along the way, you can experience the changes of views from inside and outside the Arctic circle. Maybe you can even spot some whales!

Please note there is no guide in this part of the journey.

Day 4 Sightseeing along the way

Today, the journey with AUL continues. The stops of today are as followed:

7:00 - 9:00 Nuuk

16:30 – 16:45 Short stop at Qeqerrtarsuatsiaat

23:30 – 23:59 Short stop at Paamiut

Please note there is no guide in this part of the journey.

Day 5 Arrive at Qaqortoq

Today, the AUL ferry will arrive at the harbour of Qaqortoq at around 16:00. When we arrive at the pier, Arctic Adventure guide will take care of the transportation and help you check-in at Hotel Qaqortoq.

Accommodations

Hotel Qaqortoq, Standard room incl. Breakfast

Day 6 City Walk & Hvalsey Church Ruin

Today, you will have the chance to explore the beautiful sceneries of Qaqortoq. Arctic Adventure guide will contact you and take you on a city sightseeing tour which is included in this tour package.

Qaqortoq is regarded as the hidden garden and the most beautiful town of South Greenland. Lying between the fjord of Qaqortoq and the lake of Tasersuaq, Qaqortoq enjoys various stone carvings and sculptures. This City Tour lasts around 2 hours, and we will walk around the main attractions.

If you have some extra time, you can join our optional excursion Hvalsey Church Ruin to visit this unique site or you can explore Qaqortoq by yourself today.

Hvalsey Church Ruin excursion is a boat tour. We will sail through the beautiful Hvalsey Fjords to Hvalsey. And our guide will show you the historical ruins, the fascinating stories behind it and nature there. This excursion is guided and lasts around 3 hours.

Accommodations

Hotel Qaqortoq, Standard room incl. Breakfast

Optional Activities Hvalsey Church Ruin – 3 hours, Difficulty 2

Day 7 Narsarsuaq: Short hike to the ridge

Today we will say goodbye to Qaqortoq and head to Narsarsuaq for more adventures! There are two ways to go to Narsarsuaq – by helicopter or by boat – it depends on the availability. If the helicopter is available, we will fly in a low altitude over the magnificent Arctic landscape to Narsarsuaq. It’s going to be a memorable way to start a new day of adventure!

But, in the days that the helicopters are not available, we will take the boat and sail through the beautiful fjords.

After checking-in at Hotel Narsarsuaq, we can join the optional activity – Shore Hike to the Ridge. Alternatively, you can rest or explore the settlement yourself.

Short Hike to the Ridge is a 3-hour guided hiking excursion. We will walk past a flower valley and hike up to a 300-metre highland. From there, we can overlook streams, fjord and the glacier in the distance.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsarsuaq, Standard Room incl. Breakfast

Optional Activities Short Hike to the Ridge – 3 hours, Difficulty 3

Day 8 Goodbye, Greenland!

Today is the last day of the adventure. Explore the settlement on your own before Arctic Adventure guide send you to the airport.

We hope you have had a wonderful journey and see you next time!

Day 1 Arrive at IIlulissat: City Walk & Sunset Cruise

The direct flight from Reykjavik Airport (RKV) will take you to Ilulissat in around 3 hours. While you are waiting for your luggage, you can spot our Arctic Adventure guide in the red uniform awaits you at the airport.

After a smooth check-in at Hotel Arctic with our guide, you can learn the details of this itinerary and dos and don’ts in Greenland at the warm Welcome Meeting.

When you are ready, our guide will show you around Ilulissat through a 1-hour long City Walk of Ilulissat. We will walk around the cosy Ilulissat and explore its main attractions - the church, old fishing harbour, the old part of town with its colonial buildings, local museum and more. An entrance ticket of the local museum is included in this excursion, you can choose to visit today or later during this journey.

Around dinnertime, you can enjoy a 2-course dinner at Hotel Arctic.

When it is about the sunset time, if you are interested, you can join our optional activity – Sunset Cruise to the Ice fjord. You will board on the boat with Arctic Adventure guide and sail out into the ocean to enjoy the breath-taking view of Arctic sunset. White and pure icebergs reveal its special pinkish charms under the glory of the sunset.

Accommodations

Hotel Arctic, Qajaq Superior room incl. Breakfast

Optional Activities Sunset Cruise to Ice Fjord inc Refreshment 3 hours, Difficulty 1

Day 2 Kayak in the morning, Visit Greenlandic Dogs & Departure from Ilulissat

Ilulissat is the wonderland of various outdoor activities. Today, you can continue exploring corners of Ilulissat on your own or join the well-selected optional activities.

You may experience kayaking before, but it is not the same as the one in Greenland! Kayak in the Morning enables you kayaking with experienced guides in the ocean with the icebergs near you! You need to go to the meeting point Hotel Hvide Falk yourself. The experienced certificated kayaking guide will wait for you there. You can sail alone or group with another person on the kayak. Sailing near the iceberg and maybe spot a whale during the excursion must be a unique experience!

The Kayaking excursion usually starts at 10:00 am and lasts around 3 hours. If you have time, you can still join Visit Greenlandic Dogs excursion to experience the local culture. Ilulissat has separate sledge dog’s areas. In winter, the sledge dogs are still loyal and trustable working fellows of the locals. In this excursion, we can visit a local hunter’s sledge dogs. The owner will demonstrate the equipment and tell stories about the life of a sledge dog. You have the chance to see, feel and hear the howling of sledge dogs.

In the afternoon, Arctic Adventure guide will drive you to the harbour. From there, you will board the AUL ferry and sail towards Nuuk. The ferry departures at 17:00 from Ilulissat. Between 21:30 and 22:00, there will be a short stop in Aasiaat.

Please note there is no guide during your stay at the AUL ferry.

Accommodations

AUL Double Cabin

Optional Activities Visit the Greenlandic Dogs – 1.5 hours, Difficulty 1 Ilulissat Kayak in the Morning – 3 hours, Difficulty 2

Day 3 Sightseeing along the way

AUL is short for Arctic Umiaq Line. Sailing from South Greenland to the Arctic area, this ferry not only a way of local transportation, it is also loved by many travellers.

The AUL ferry will have short stops at three towns and settlements today. You can take advantages of the short onshore time and experience the local atmosphere.

Between 9:00 -11:00, it stops at Sisimiut.

Between 17:45 – 18:00, it stops at Kangerlussuaq

Between 21:30 – 22:00, it stops at Maniitsoq.

Along the way, you can experience the changes of views from inside and outside the Arctic circle. Maybe you can even spot some whales!

Please note there is no guide in this part of the journey.

Day 4 Sightseeing along the way

Today, the journey with AUL continues. The stops of today are as followed:

7:00 - 9:00 Nuuk

16:30 – 16:45 Short stop at Qeqerrtarsuatsiaat

23:30 – 23:59 Short stop at Paamiut

Please note there is no guide in this part of the journey.

Day 5 Arrive at Qaqortoq

Today, the AUL ferry will arrive at the harbour of Qaqortoq at around 16:00. When we arrive at the pier, Arctic Adventure guide will take care of the transportation and help you check-in at Hotel Qaqortoq.

Accommodations

Hotel Qaqortoq, Standard room incl. Breakfast

Day 6 City Walk & Hvalsey Church Ruin

Today, you will have the chance to explore the beautiful sceneries of Qaqortoq. Arctic Adventure guide will contact you and take you on a city sightseeing tour which is included in this tour package.

Qaqortoq is regarded as the hidden garden and the most beautiful town of South Greenland. Lying between the fjord of Qaqortoq and the lake of Tasersuaq, Qaqortoq enjoys various stone carvings and sculptures. This City Tour lasts around 2 hours, and we will walk around the main attractions.

If you have some extra time, you can join our optional excursion Hvalsey Church Ruin to visit this unique site or you can explore Qaqortoq by yourself today.

Hvalsey Church Ruin excursion is a boat tour. We will sail through the beautiful Hvalsey Fjords to Hvalsey. And our guide will show you the historical ruins, the fascinating stories behind it and nature there. This excursion is guided and lasts around 3 hours.

Accommodations

Hotel Qaqortoq, Standard room incl. Breakfast

Optional Activities Hvalsey Church Ruin – 3 hours, Difficulty 2

Day 7 Narsarsuaq: Short hike to the ridge

Today we will say goodbye to Qaqortoq and head to Narsarsuaq for more adventures! There are two ways to go to Narsarsuaq – by helicopter or by boat – it depends on the availability. If the helicopter is available, we will fly in a low altitude over the magnificent Arctic landscape to Narsarsuaq. It’s going to be a memorable way to start a new day of adventure!

But, in the days that the helicopters are not available, we will take the boat and sail through the beautiful fjords.

After checking-in at Hotel Narsarsuaq, we can join the optional activity – Shore Hike to the Ridge. Alternatively, you can rest or explore the settlement yourself.

Short Hike to the Ridge is a 3-hour guided hiking excursion. We will walk past a flower valley and hike up to a 300-metre highland. From there, we can overlook streams, fjord and the glacier in the distance.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsarsuaq, Standard Room incl. Breakfast

Optional Activities Short Hike to the Ridge – 3 hours, Difficulty 3

Day 8 Goodbye, Greenland!

Today is the last day of the adventure. Explore the settlement on your own before Arctic Adventure guide send you to the airport.

We hope you have had a wonderful journey and see you next time!

Optional Activities

What’s Included

  • Air Iceland Connect Flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat
  • Air Iceland Connect Flight from Nuuk to Reykjavik
  • Helicopter (or boat) transfer from Narsaq to Narsarsuaq
  • Arctic Umiaq Line Ferry ticket
  • Transfers between hotel and airport
  • Welcome meeting at Hotel Arctic

What’s Included

  • Guided City walk of Ilulissat in English
  • Guided City walk of Qaqortoq in English
  • Hotel Arctic, Qajaq Superior room for 1 night
  • Hotel Qaqortoq, standard room for 2 night
  • Arctic Umiaq Line Double Cabin for 3 nights
  • Hotel Narsarsuaq, standard room for 1 night
  • 2-course dinner on Day 1

Not Included

  • Optional activities
  • Travel Cancellation Insurance
  • Clothing
  • Daily Meals (apart from the ones mentioned above)

Practical Information

FAQ

For this multi-day tour, we receive booking till the 5 weeks prior to the departure time of the excursion. However, please note that limited seats are provided. Late booking may be unavailable. 

Weather in Greenland can be quite unpredictable, thus, cancellations and reschedule may occur.

If the excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions, failure to reach the minimum number of participants or other unpredictable situations, Arctic Adventure ApS reserves the right to cancel the excursion. For excursions cancelled by Arctic Adventure ApS under this situation, our customers will get a 100% refund.

Please go to “Practical Information” –>” Terms and Conditions” to view the detailed cancellation policy.

For excursions in Kangerlussuaq, transfers from and to Hotel Kangerlussuaq are included. 

For excursions in Ilulissat and Nuuk, please refer to the “Included” and “Not Included” section for detailed information.

For excursions in Sisimiut, transfers starting from Hotel Sisimiut are included.

For excursions and tours in Iceland (apart from Whale Watching), pick-up and transfer from the nearest pick-up spot are included. Please check with the reception for detailed pick-up spot.

We strongly advise you to read the “Included” and “Not included” section for detailed information. If there should be any discrepancies about the transfer, the information under “included” and “not included” shall prevail.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.

Please Note

Please read carefully before booking

  • 1. Arctic Adventure guide will contact you through the phone number and email address you left during booking. Please make sure you are reachable in Greenland.
  • 2. Please follow safety regulations and the guidelines of tour guides throughout the journey.
  • 3. We suggest you book the optional activities when booking this tour since a limited number of seats are provided.
  • 4. If the tour is cancelled due to weather conditions, failure to reach the minimum number of participants or other unpredictable situations, Arctic Adventure ApS reserves the right to cancel the tour. For tours cancelled by Arctic Adventure ApS under this situation, our customers will get a 100% refund.
  • 5. If participants fail to participate the excursions based on their personal reasons (for example: no show), Arctic Adventure ApS will not provide any refund.
  • 6. Please note the decision to cancel is made through evaluation of actual weather situation, number of participants, and other unpredictable factors, not the customer.
  • 7. Detailed Terms and Conditions

EQUIPMENT LIST

  • Other clothing should be picked according to weather that day, you will not get much colder on the glacier as on the ground.
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
  • Shirts, both short and long sleeves
  • Mosquito Masks and Mosquito repellent. Mosquito season in Greenland runs from mid-June to mid-August
  • Sunscream with high SPF
  • Lip balm, cream and moisturizer
  • Woollen/or thermal windproof hat, which covers your neck (alternatively, thermal face mask);
  • Woollen/or thermal gloves (ideal as a base layer under waterproof gloves or mittens);
  • Woollen/or thermal socks
  • Warm, insulated winter jacket