Icebergs and whales | Three-day Greenland tour from Iceland

Icebergs and whales | Three-day Greenland tour from Iceland
Icebergs litter the icefjords around Ilulissat in Greenland in summer.
Classic Greendlandic houses overlooking the bay from Ilulissat.
Meet Greenlanders on your trip to Ilulissat.
The scale of the ice bergs and glacier tongues in the icefjords of Greenland in summer are awe-inspiring.
In Ilulissat, there are a wealth of options for traditional Greenlandic food.
An iceberg in Greenland from Ilulissat under the midnight sun.

Witness the icebergs and whales of Greenland, on this incredible three-day tour from Reykjavík. This tour will take you from Iceland’s capital to the town of Ilulissat, from which you will be able to experience the wonders of the Arctic. This tour should not be missed by anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the marvels of nature.

You will reach Greenland by taking a late-morning flight from Reykjavík Domestic Airport, landing in Ilulissat just after noon. Once you arrive, your map and itinerary will allow you to spend the rest of your day strolling around town taking in the beauty of the surrounding region, most notably the Inuit settlement of Sermermiut, and the Ilulissat ice-fjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day two will be the highlight of this trip, as you take a four-hour long boat trip out into Disco Bay. Here, you can expect to see enormous icebergs surrounding you as you hunt for the resident whales. Many call this area home, as do a wealth of seals, so keep your eyes peeled for them too.

On your third day, you will have an opportunity to explore the town Ilulissat better; you will be able to fit in a visit to the Knud Rasmussen Museum, and have a chance to go souvenir shopping. Around noon, you will return to the airport for a flight back to Reykjavík.

Book now to reserve your space on this incredible tour. Witness a spectacle of icebergs and marine wildlife in one of the world’s most unique and beautiful places. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavik, Reykjavík Airport
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 00:00

You meet us at the departure location.
Reykjavík Domestic Airport
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Ilulissat (Hostel/guesthouse. Upgrades available)

  • Return flights from Reykjavík to Ilulissat

  • 4-hour Whale watching Tour

  • Experienced guides

  • Map of Ilulissat and surrounding sites with walking itineraries and descriptions

  • Flights other than listed above

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Good walking shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

Check in for your flight to Greenland starts 90 minutes before departure. This tour is only available in high summer, between the 1st of June to 6th of September.

Please note that if you are travelling to Iceland on a visa, you will need a special Schengen visa to travel to Greenland.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavík to Ilulissat, Greenland

The tiny wildflowers of Ilulissat contrast with the scale of the icebergs that have broken from Greenland's glaciers.

On your first day, you will fly from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to the Ilulissat, the third largest town in Greenland. Upon arrival, you can start to explore the trails leading out of the city. You will be provided with a map. There are three different hiking routes you can take, depending on your abilities. One is rather simple, following a boardwalk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilulissat’s icefjord. Here, you will receive spectacular views of icebergs, craggy mountains, and old Inuit homes. You will also get to see the small, native settlement of Sermermiut.

There are more difficult hikes to take if you are eager, which will show you the same sites from more diverse vantage points; avid photographers will be rewarded immensely by taking one of these trails.

Spend the evening in Ilulissat; it is vibrant and lively throughout the summer, thus a perfect place to relax with a beer or hot beverage. You will spend your night in accommodation in town.

Day 2 - Ilulissat ice-fjord and Disco Bay

The fertile waters of east Greenland make it a haven for feeding humpback whales and fin whales.

On your second day, you will head to Ilulissat harbour to depart for your whale-watch. You will sail out into the ice-fjord, before reaching Disco Bay. Here, you’ll be immersed amongst enormous icebergs, which will mesmerise you until you the creatures of the deep begin to appear.

Greenland’s arctic seas are teeming with food, making them some of the best whale-watching areas in the world. You can hope to see Humpback Whales, renowned for their acrobatics, and Fin Whales, the second largest creatures ever to live on Earth. The rare and long-living Bowhead Whale, however, is also sometimes seen, as are many other species such as orcas. Greenland is also home to many seals, so keep an eye out on the bergs and in the waters to catch sight of them.

You will return to Ilulissat that evening, and spend another night here.

Day 3 - Ilulissat to Reykjavík

Ilulissat is an idyllic town surrounded by the unbelievable nature of raw Greenland, but is only easily reached in summer.

You are recommended to rise early on your third day, to make the most of the town before your departure. Ilulissat is a large settlement with a wealth of history, so be sure to walk through the quirky residential districts to see the old church. You can also visit the Knut Rasmussen Museum this day, to learn about the Greenlandic/Danish polar explorer after which it’s named, and the history of Greenland itself.

Your flight back to Reykjavík leaves around noon, allowing you to have plenty of time in Iceland’s capital upon return, unless you are heading back home this day.

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