Experiences by land
Join us on one of our great hikes or walks.
Our guide will make sure to give you an experience you will remember!
From Juli to October 2021 you can get staycation-discount on accommodation and activities at Hotel Icefiord. Read more about our staycation-discount.
Dogsled tour – Greenlandic winter wonderland
The Greenlandic sled dog and the dogsled are a big part of the Greenlandic culture. The dogs have had an enormous importance for surviving in the harsh Greenlandic environment. Ilulissat is one of the few places in Greenland where the dogs are still actively used for commercial fishing and hunting. Ilulissat is therefore the perfect place to experience the amazing snowclad backcountry, enjoy the sound of the dog’s paws in the snow and the sled flying away!
Duration: ~ 3,5 hours – 2 hours on the sled
Minimum: 1 person.
Difficulty of tour: Medium
Type of tour: Dog sledding
The tour starts at Hotel Icefiord. Our guide will give you a thorough introduction to the tour, so that you get the best experience while on the sled. If you’ve prebooked sealskin clothes and winter boots or want to buy this add at the hotel you will get the clothes and boots at the hotel. From the Hotel we drive to the sled track. We walk from the road to the track where we will meet the mushers and dogs. The dogs will be eager to start the tour, so the musher holds the dogs back while you situate yourselves on the sled. The musher gives the command and off you go!
The route of the tour will differ according to the snow conditions. Regardless of which route you will take there is not many things that beats the complete peacefulness that encloses the sled in the beautiful snowclad surroundings. Enjoy the sound of the working dogs and the friction of the snow. When the dogs are working in front of the sled it will be evident that the dogs love working with the sled and their musher.
Halfway through the tour the musher will stop the sled and you will enjoy a steaming cup of coffee or tea while the dogs relax. On the sled tour you will experience a completely unique and essential part of Greenlandic culture. If you visit Greenland in the cold winter months where snow and ice are predominant you absolutely have to experience a Greenlandic dogsledding tour!
- Guiding before and after the tour
- 2-hours dog sledding with a local musher
Add on products
- Rental of sealskin trousers and anorak: 250,-
- Rental of winter boots: 150,-
- Minimum age for dogsledding is 8 years
- You are required to be able to walk up a snowclad hill. It is not certain that this will be necessary on each tour, but we cannot guarantee the contrary.
- If you book a dogsledding tour for two persons, you will be put together on one sled. If you on the other hand, book for one person or an unequal amount of participant you will most likely be put on a sled with another guest.
- We cannot guarantee that the musher speaks English.
- If you do not yourself have very warm clothes and very durable winter boots, we highly recommend renting it from us. It quickly gets very cold when you are sitting completely still on the sled for two hours and it is not the same great experience if you are freezing all along.
- The Greenlandic sled dog is not a pet and direct contact with the dogs are therefore always at your own risk. Never touch the dogs unless the owner has alowed it.
When you book a dogsledding tour with Hotel Icefiord you agree to the following:
Hotel Icefiord’s tours and our external partners’ tours are primarily for those who are “active”, and risky or dangerous situations may therefore occur, either in connection with or as a consequence of a trip. Examples: A dog sled ride is associated with an element of risk or danger. Unexpected situations may occur on hiking tours; boats may capsize, etc. In each situation, Hotel Icefiord will endeavor to exercise as much caution as possible and take all relevant safety measures. However, we emphasize that participation in our trips is the participant’s sole responsibility, and he/she thereby accepts the inherent risks. Hotel Icefiord is not liable for any loss, damage, cost, or expense as a consequence of participation in our trips. The participant is requested to carefully evaluate the situation and back out if he/she feels unsafe.
City walk in Ilulissat
The city of icebergs
Let us take you on a 2-hour historical and cultural tour through Ilulissat. Experience Ilulissat old city center and 300 years of fascinating history above the polar circle.
Duration: ~2 hours
Minimum: 2 persons.
Difficulty of tour: Easy
Type of tour: Culture-historical city walk
Available: All days from 15/06 to 15/09
We guarantee you that you will learn something new and gain a greater understanding of Greenland after a city walk with us. History, culture and nature are inseparable in Greenland – so even though you might primarily have come to Greenland to experience icebergs, whales and sled dogs, a city walk with us is still almost a necessity! Every time you see an iceberg in ten thousand indescribable shades of blue or a humpback whale, you will come to think of the city walk. You will understand the enormous significance and impact the nature has in Greenlandic culture and history as well as for today’s everyday life.
We will start our tour from Hotel Icefiord and walk towards the old part of town. On the way our guide will as promised make you more knowledgeable. We will among others walk past Zions Church, the harbor buzzing with activity and history, the birth house of famous polar explorer: Knud Rasmussen and a building older than the city itself. After a 2-hours fascinating tour around the town we will end up where we started, at Hotel Icefiord.
- Historical snacks
Photo by Aningaaq R Carlsen – Visit Greenland
Culture-historical hike with an iceberg view
Join us on a tour to a culture-historical and breathtakingly beautiful destination. Sermermiut is the remains of an old Inuit settlement going 4400 years back in time and is located in the protected UNESCO-site. The fascinating culture-history and beautiful view over Ilulissat Icefiord makes this tour something very special you do not want to miss out on.
Duration: 2 hours
Minimum: 2 persons.
Difficulty of tour: Easy
Type of tour: Culture-historical hike
Available: All days from 15/6 to 15/9
We will begin our tour from Hotel Icefiord and drive to the Icefiord Centre at the old heliport. From here we will follow the walkway all the way through the Sermermiut valley. On the way our guide will tell you all about the old Inuit settlement, the cultural-history and the beautiful nature. At the end of the walkway we will be greeted by an extraordinary view, the vast Ilulissat Icefiord stretching 70 km into the country.
At this viewpoint we will take a break and enjoy the spectacular vistas. We will serve coffee and tea as well as a delicate homemade snack with local ingredients. Afterwards we will make our way back to the Icefiord Centre where we will be picked up and driven back to Hotel Icefiord.
People have lived at Sermermiut since the first humans immigrated to Greenland 4400 years ago. The view over the Icefiord and its massive icebergs is without a doubt astonishing. But it was not only because of the beautiful view that people settled specifically in Sermermiut. The great glacial activity and huge amounts of ice makes the oceans at Sermermiut and Ilulissat extremely rich and nutritious. The flourishing ocean life gave the Inuit cultures at Sermermiut some of the best living conditions in all of Greenland and the importance is still seen today in big fishing industry of Ilulissat.
- Transportation to and from Hotel Icefiord
- Coffee and tea
- Snacks – Produced with local ingredients
Cosy and beautiful hike along the yellow route
Join our guide on a hike on the yellow route and experience the icebergs! A hike along the yellow route with us is more than just a hike.
Our guide will tell you about the beautiful icebergs, show you the Greenlandic nature and last but not least we will enjoy freshly baked waffles and hope for passing whales.
Duration: ~ 3 hours
Minimum: 2 persons.
Difficulty of tour: Easy – Medium
Type of tour: Hike
Available: Every tuesday and saturday from 15/06 to 15/09
Yellow route is one of those hikes many people choose to walk by themselves. This is also definitely possible but at Hotel Icefiord we want to give you the opportunity to get the full experience.
Our knowledgeable guide will of course tell you about the fascinating icebergs we will see on our way, but we also want to give you a cosy taste of Greenland in these beautiful surroundings.
We walk together along the yellow route and enjoy the world class view over the massive icebergs. We find the perfect spot on the granite rock and settle down. Here our guide will make freshly baked waffles to us all. On our way we will have looked after toppings for the waffles. Maybe we have been lucky and found blackberry, arctic blueberry or the sweet arctic harebell. If our flora hunt has gone sour our guide naturally has brought a backup along with hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
We guarantee a beautiful and cosy trip!
- Hot beverages
Cross country ski rental
Experience the Icebergs of Ilulissat and snowclad mountain peaks whilst backcountry skiing! A quick walk from Hotel Icefiord you will find a prepared backcountry ski track. Follow the track and experience the amazing icebergs in a different, active, and fun way.
Duration: Day rent (08:00-17:00)
Difficulty of tour:
The difficulty of the tour totally depends on you. Easy, medium, difficult and very difficult tours are all possible – Ask our staff for advice.
Type of tour: Rental of equipment
Available: Winter – Ca. 01/12 to 30/04
You can rent cross country ski equipment from us and experience Ilulissat and its backcountry whilst skiing. Our skis are well suited for prepared skiing tracks as well as off track skiing. Since you can use our skis on track as well as off track, they are a great and fun alternative to snowshoe-hiking or normal hiking.
We will help you find the right equipment and give you advice on which trip that will suit you the best.
If you prefer prepared tracks and iceberg view we will help you with that. If you prefer more challenging terrain, fresh untouched snow, and complete and utter silence we will help you with that.
Whatever you prefer we will make sure to send you in the right direction, we talk from experience and absolutely love the snowy landscape around Ilulissat.
- Good advice from our staff