The warm feelings and sentiments towards this Arctic paradise’s ice cold, immense and iconic icebergs is something most people experience during the course of typically four to five days’ of stay – enough time to get in sync with the slow pace with which the icebergs flow from the Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
But travel patterns change and some prefer to stay less time at one place to be able to visit more places during their vacation. If you are that person, we bring you a clear-cut top 3 of what to see and do even if you only have one single day for your adventures.
Look out of the window of your aircraft minutes before you land, and you will know which direction to go after touchdown. Take a cab to save you time – just tell the driver “to Sermermiut”. Literally 10 minutes after you will find yourself walking towards the Icefjord and the old settlement place of Sermermiut, where the only man-made structures are the wooden pathway there and a couple of ’kissing benches’ facing the icebergs.
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You don’t want to miss out on sensing what Ilulissat tastes like, and by that we’re not referring to the crisp and clean icebergs, but the closest restaurant to the Icefjord area, i.e. Mamartut, which by the way means ’Tasty Goods’. Don’t take Tripadvisor’s or the chef’s word for it, but go have lunch there and savor their local dishes and delicacies.
In the afternoon or evening, it’s time to get some perspective, and what better way is there than the waterway! So hop onboard that boat and join one of the most iconic ways of getting much closer to the icebergs: An evening boat and iceberg sightseeing trip. If there ever was an evergreen excursion in Greenland, this is one. It will make you understand why this place earned its nickname in the first place!