Whales & Icebergs

Enjoy a stopover in Copenhagen before heading to Ilulissat in Greenland to explore the unique landscape under the magical Midnight Sun, and keep an eye out for incredible local wildlife!

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Excursions

© Ívar Eyþórssony - Visit Greenland

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One of the most common species of whale that can be seen in the waters around Illulissat is the humpback whale. These magnificent creatures are known for their acrobatic displays, including breaching (jumping out of the water), tail slapping, and fluke waving. They can often be seen feeding near the surface of the water, making them relatively easy to spot from a boat.

In addition to humpback whales, visitors to Illulissat may also be able to see other whale species such as minke whales, fin whales, and orcas. These whales are attracted to the area by the rich feeding grounds created by the mixing of warm and cold ocean currents, as well as by the abundance of krill and other small marine creatures that live in the waters around Greenland.

Whale watching in Illulissat, Greenland, is typically best during the summer months, from June to August. During this time, the weather is milder and more stable, and the sea is generally calmer, making it easier to spot whales and other marine life.

Fly into Copenhagen

Day 1


Arrive in Copenhagen which is the perfect city to overnight in when travelling up to Greenland – depending on the arrival of your flight you can base yourself in the centre of the city or overnight at the airport if you have an early flight booked to Illuisiat.

Photo Credit: Martin Heiberg
Photo Credit: Erik Hageman / Visit Denmark
Day 2


Check out and head back to the airport for your journey to Greenland. On arrival into Ilulissat, you will take your transfer to your hotel. Check-in and relax! This evening before dinner why not take a walk down to the Ilulissat ice fjord to take in the breathtaking views of the icebergs in Disko Bay beneath the Midnight Sun?

Photo Credit: Paul Zizka - Visit Greenland
Photo Credit: Aningaaq Rosing Carlsen - Visit Greenland
Day 3

Whale Watching

Head out today on a magical whale-watching safari through the icebergs. Watch for their puffs of air, their tail flukes rising out of the water and if you’re lucky you may even get to see them breach the water! You will tonight spend a night in the beautiful Ilimanaq Lodge cabins overlooking the bay and enjoy a delicious dinner in their restaurant. What a perfect end to the day!

Photo Credit: Stian Klo - Visit Greenland
Photo Credit: Henrik Moller Nielsen
Day 4

Head back to Ilulissat

Awake this morning and enjoy the views. Head out on a glacier adventure before boarding your boat transfer back to Ilulissat. Final evening at leisure.

Photo Credit: Jessie Brinkman Evans
Photo Credit: Jessie Brinkman Evans
Day 4

Back to Copenhagen

You will fly back to Copenhagen today – depending on what time your flight is there is the option to visit the Icefjord centre. After that fly back to the Danish capital for a night back in the bright lights of the Danish capital.

Photo Credit: Real Dania - Visit Greenland
Photo Credit: Martin Heiberg / Visit Denmark

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