Chasing Northern Lights On A Husky Safari

The Adventure

A locally guided ScanAdventures exclusive taking in both Greenland Icebergs & Iceland’s waterfalls & Geysers with a great chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

Iceland’s Icons

Lake Þingvallavatn’s landscapes and Þingvellir; Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall and the eponymous Geyser, the volcanic crater Kerið and the greenhouse community Hveragerði.

Greenland’s Icebergs

Illulist on the west coast which literally translates in Greenlandic as Icebergs whose adjacent ice fjord is the sea mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier and a veritable Iceberg production line. Originally known as Jakobshavn after a Danish Merchant who founded a trading settlement there in the 18th century and now a UNESCO World heritage site.

View of Hotel Arctic & Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Greenland | ScanAdventures
Hotel Arctic's Glass Igloos & Ilulissat in Greenland | ScanAdventures
Hotel Arctic Manager showing off his Husky Puppies | ScanAdventures
View of Ilulisit from Hotel Arctic in Greenland | ScanAdventures

Hotel Arctic

The world’s most northerly 4 star hotel, the Hotel Arctic has 76 rooms styled in 3 different fashions:Umiaq,Kayak & Puisi, all with Wi-FI, Cable TV, telephone, Radio, extra pillow, hairdryer,W/C/Shower with under floor heating, toiletries, desk, dimmable lamps & iron/ironing board. The majority have views overlooking the Ilulissat Ice Fjord. The hotel’s restaurant Ulo is known for its gourmet cuisine sourced from local produce and is where eat both breakfast and dinner.For lighter meals, evening drinks and afternoon coffee the hotel has a bistro style cafe:Ferdinand.

1st Day – UK to Iceland

fly scheduled airline to Iceland’s Keflavik International, transfer by Flybuss to Reykjavik and Hotel Plaza. Buffet supper at nearby Café Reykjavik.

2nd Day – Iceland’s Icons

First stop the landscapes south of Lake Þingvallavatn before the National Park Þingvellir. From there continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters invariably over-arched with a rainbow. Continue to the Geysir area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots with time for lunch (payable locally). Return to Reykjavík via the cathedral at Skálholt, the extraordinary crater Kerið and the greenhouse community Hveragerði.

3rd Day – Iceland to Greenland

after breakfast in your hotel transfer to the City’s domestic airport for scheduled flight to Ilulissat on Greenland’s west coast, meet your host guide and transfer to the Hotel Arctic. Settle in before an information briefing from your guide and an orientation walking tour of the town. Dinner at the hotel.

4th & 5th Days – Illuissat

choose between our portfolio of safari excursions which include a helicopter flight to the Iulissat Icefjord, a visit to a Hunter’s settlement at Oqaatsut , mushing Huskies or the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut with its backdrop of Icebergs. Oqaatsut (originally called Rodeby by Dutch whalers who settled there in the 18th century) is a settlement perched on the end of a peninsula with a 40 strong population of hunters and fisherman. Sermermuit is a similarly tiny settlement with middens and identifiable artefacts from 3 early Inuit cultures Saqqag, Early Dorset and Thule as well as having a backdrop of Icebergs. Nalluarsuk is a small fjord reached by crossing Big Akinnaq and on the local hunter’s husky trail which you shouldn’t miss. Somewhat less energetic is a cruise amongst giant IceBergs on a photo snappers safari.

6th Day – Greenland to Iceland

after breakfast transfer for your return flight to Reykjavik’s domestic airport and transfer to Hotel Plaza.

7th Day – Iceland to UK

transfer mid-morning to the Blue Lagoon for an optional bathe in its opaque turquoise waters or spa treatment (payable locally) and thereafter to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Bespoke Options

include an extra night or nights in Reykjavik and take in more of the country by Super Jeep or Plane.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights from the UK to Keflavik International Airport
All airport passenger service charges & departure taxes
Airport/destination return transfers in Iceland
Return flights from Iceland to Greenland
​Accommodation as specified in itinerary
Lodging in twin room with private WC/shower
6 Breakfasts and 3 Suppers
Lightly Guided from AM on Day 2 to PM on Day 6

Departure Dates & Prices:

Thursday in February and March
Guide Price £2429 pp* 
Guide prices* are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

Rodebay Hunter’s Settlement

By boat to the small settlement of Oqaitsut/Rodebay with a population of approx. 80 people totally depending upon fishing and hunting, a world apart from Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before lunch at the old trading station. Approx 6 hours including lunch.

Sermermuit’s Icebergs

By bus as far as the road goes. A short walk to Sermermiut where traces from the 4 old Eskimo cultures still can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fiord; here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs. Approx 4 hours including refreshments.

Boat Cruise to the Eqip Glacier

The Eqip glacier is the only one in the Ilulissat area which regularly calves. Cruise in front of the 5 km wide glacier face waiting for the calving. Seabirds and marine life frequent the area as they also await the calving ice. Approx 8 hours including lunch.

Helicoptor Flight over the IceFjord

Fly over the mountains to the end of the Icefjord where you land in front of the glacier wall to enjoy the arctic scenery with a glass of champagne. Follow the fjord along all 55 kilometres to the open sea and circle over the huge Icebergs before landing back in Ilulissat. Approx 2 hours inc 55 minutes flying time.

Ilulissat Past & Present

Walk through the town with your local guide who tells of Ilulissat’s history. Visit the old part of town and see buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour, the old church and the museum. Approx 2 hours.

Bespoke Icons, Icebergs & Huskies

Your Adventure

Chase the Northern Lights on a Husky Safari and visit Nalluarsuk a small fjord reached by crossing Big Akinnaq and on the local hunter’s husky trail which you shouldn’t miss

The Experience

Cruise amongst giant IceBergs explore Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters and the Geysir area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots