Jakobshavn

Travel Guide
Ilulissat showing boating and a bay or harbour

The iceberg capital of the world offers Greenland’s Big Five Artic experiences. Try dog sledding, witness the northern lights and moving glaciers, chat with locals, and spot magnificent whales.

Nestled on the iceberg-spotted north-western coast of Greenland, Ilulissat offers an enchanting, isolated experience of Arctic culture. Admire the crystalline landscape, marvel at iceberg sculptures or try dog-sledding as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ilulissat was founded in 1741 after colonial exploration of Greenland's northern coast. Today, Ilulissat’s 4,500 inhabitants survive in this harsh icy landscape by fishing or hunting with their sled dogs.

Downtown Ilulissat defies the settlement's small-population status by offering many shops, bars and restaurants. Admire the traditional red Ilulissat Church or browse Greenlandic paintings at the Ilulissat Kunstmuseum (Art Museum). Browse displays of items from the life and expeditions of famous explorer Knud Rasmussen at the Ilulissat Museum.

Experience the glistening Greenland wilderness as you explore the Ilulissat Icefjord. Navigate this UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot or cruise past towering ice floats on a boat tour. Alternatively, get sweeping bird’s-eye views on a plane ride.

Be sure to see the Eqi Glacier, where building-sized chunks of ice have been known to break off and crash into the water. Alternatively, visit the fast-moving Sermeq Glacier which feeds into the Ilulissat Fjord. Take a day to hike the scenic path to Rode Bay and spend some time meeting local Inuits at the Oqaatsut Settlement.

For another daytrip, boat to Disko Island and explore the town of Qeqertarsuaq. Hike to the majestic Lyngmark Glacier, which carves through the mountains above town, or try fast-paced dog sledding across the icy landscape. Take a sailing trip and look out for bowhead whales harvesting these waters.

Fly to Ilulissat from Keflavik in Iceland and get into town via taxi. These taxis and tourism operators offer the best transport around town.

When it gets late, enjoy tasty reindeer and musk ox dishes at the Hotel Arctic which has sweeping views of the fjord. In summer, the midnight sun keeps the views visible all night. In winter, take a midnight boat cruise and watch the northern lights dancing in the skies above.

Hotel Arctic
Hotel Arctic
4 out of 5
Lufthavnsvejen, Ilulissat, Qaasuitsup Kommune
The price is AU$300 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Situated in Ilulissat, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ilulissat Harbour and Knud Rasmussen Museum. Ilulissat Hospital is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Dejligt hotel med venligt personale
"Fantastisk kulisse på et rigtig godt hotel.. Vi kommer gerne igen, næste gang vi skal være i Ilulissat :-)"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2021

Hotel Arctic
Best Western Plus Hotel Ilulissat
Best Western Plus Hotel Ilulissat
3.5 out of 5
Kaaleeraq Poulsenip Aqq.6, Ilulissat
The price is AU$306 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Situated in Ilulissat, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ilulissat Harbour, Knud Rasmussen Museum and Ilulissat Hospital.
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
Fantastisk hotel midt i Ilulissat.
"Fantastisk ophold med rigtig god service!"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Best Western Plus Hotel Ilulissat
Hotel Icefiord
Hotel Icefiord
3 out of 5
J. Sverdrupip Aqq. 10, Ilulissat
The price is AU$361 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Located in the heart of Ilulissat, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Knud Rasmussen Museum and Ilulissat Hospital. Ilulissat Harbour is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (68 reviews)
Iceford
"Overall, it was a good stay"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2020

Hotel Icefiord
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Icefiord Apartments
Icefiord Apartments
3 out of 5
Marralinnguaq 13-15, Ilulissat
The price is AU$220 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Situated in Ilulissat, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Knud Rasmussen Museum and Ilulissat Harbour. Ilulissat Hospital is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) ...
3.6/5 Good! (10 reviews)
Central overnatning i roligt område
"Lejligheden er centralt beliggende og flot udstyret i køkkenet samt fint rengjort. Toilet måske afløb i bruser lugter kraftigt og forsvandt ikke ved udluftning. Køleskabet "larmer" og er placeret i stue/køkkenrum, hvor der også soves. Lugten i stuerummet var intens af noget ubestemmeligt og der måtte ..."

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2021

Icefiord Apartments
IceCap Apartments
IceCap Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Aron Mathiesenip Aqq, Ilulissat
Situated in Ilulissat, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ilulissat Harbour, Knud Rasmussen Museum and Ilulissat Hospital.
IceCap Apartments
IceCap Lux
IceCap Lux
3.5 out of 5
Oqaluffiup Aqq. 2, Ilulissat
Situated in Ilulissat, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Knud Rasmussen Museum and Ilulissat Hospital. Ilulissat Harbour is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) ...
IceCap Lux
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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