Greenland holiday, Ilulissat Summer break
Description of Greenland holiday, Ilulissat Summer break
Travel to Greenland on this 5-day holiday and discover the best of the west. Marvel at the sheer scale of the soaring icebergs around the pretty and sparsely populated town of Ilulissat with its colourful houses and busy fishing port. Take a hike to the Sermermiut ice fjord and hear the sound of the ice calving and cracking and take to fjord by boat to get amongst the icebergs whilst the sun sets. There are opportunities to go whale watching or board a small plane for a scenic flight to admire the incredible landscape from above. This itinerary lets you see some of the best of this remote and fascinating country.
**Please note, this holiday is only available on Tuesdays between 5th June and 25th September. Flights to/from Reykjavik are not included in the price, please ask if you want them included as well as any services in Iceland.
|Day 1||Depart Reykjavik airport and fly to Ilulissat. On arrival you will be transferred to the Hotel Arctic for the next two nights. There is a welcome meeting on arrival before enjoying a walking tour of the town. Enjoy dinner in the hotel. (D)|
|Days 2||Meet your guide and admire the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord towards the valley of Sermermiut where at sea you can admire icebergs floating past, and in the valley floor has beautiful Arctic flowers. On the walk you will also pass signs of ancient Inuit settlements. (B,D)|
|Day 3||Spend the day at leisure or arrange an excursion such as whale-watching or a scenic flight over the incredible landscape. In the evening board your boat and head onto the ice fjord where with the evening light and setting sun, the gigantic icebergs take on a different complexion. Sail between these mountains of ice whilst enjoying a late drink. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Today is free to explore the town or book another trip - you can go fishing, arrange another hike or even go kayaking amongst the icebergs in the bay. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Have a coffee with your guide after breakfast and then continue on to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik. (B)|
1 Reviews of Greenland holiday, Ilulissat Summer break
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by Virginia Parsons
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Kayaking around the icebergs in Ilulissat and seeing the humpback whales breach.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I would highly recommend the kayaking trip if you are reasonably fit and flexible. I did it as a 70th birthday gift to myself and loved every minute of it.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Definitely all of the above.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetOn this holiday you will be staying in the Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, a hotel with excellent green credentials. The hotel received a “Green Key” award in 2000 in recognition of their use of sustainable and responsible methods of operation and technology.
The hotel invests heavily in green technology and training, throughout the hotel sensors and thermostats are set to ensure that electricity, water and heating is used sparingly. The hotel offers 5 igloos for guests one of which has already been converted to use solar energy for all its heating and electricity needs and in coming years the other 4 will also convert to 100% sustainable energy.
The hotel has implemented a twice yearly training day which all staff must attend. This aims to draw attention to their daily routine to try and establish ways of reducing energy consumption and become more ‘green’ – prizes are awarded to staff with the most effective ideas.
In 2012 the hotel managed to reduce CO2 emissions by an impressive 100 tons and also received the Greenland government’s nature and environment award in recognition of their environmental efforts. As of September 2013, Hotel Arctic is also proud to be able to say it is 100% CO2 neutral: all electricity and hot water for the heating and tap water is now based on hydropower. In 2014 the hotel intends to take further energy-saving steps which will include installing 230 sq metres of solar panels on the Puisi Wing - production from these will be 40.000 kilowatt hours per year.
The hotel uses local produce year-round thus keeping food ‘air miles’ down and the money in the local community.
All clients travelling to Greenland receive information in their travel document pack on the importance of not eating the often readily available whale meat in the country. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Animal Welfare Institute have created the document asking all visitors to Greenland to politely ask any hotel or local restaurant not to serve whale meat. Over time this should result in the practice being stopped.
PeopleOur local Greenland agents pay fair salaries to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals.
The Arctic Hotel, as well as being an important local employer for the town, helps train staff in the hospitality industry, a process that usually takes between 3 and 4 years and involves time in the hotel as well as time in school in Narsaq in South Greenland and Aalborg in Denmark. In 2013 the Greenlandic trade union movement (SIK) presented its special Management Award to Hotel Arctic for having "contributed to inspiring and encouraging the people of Greenland to educate and better themselves, not just for their own benefit but also for the benefit of progress in Greenland ".The hotel also offers 3-month internships to local youngsters studying service management.
The optional excursion to visit a local Greenlandic home for a hot drink is not only a great way to learn about the way of life in this sparsely populated country but also helps contribute a little financially to the host family.
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