You can reach the Disko Bay area by plane and cruise. Air Greenland flies to Ilulissat via Copenhagen and Keflavik Airports. Cruising during summertime is also a popular method of exploring the bay!
Celebrations in Deep Winter
For those seeking something even more unique, try visiting Ilulissat in December and January. This is the darkest time of the year, but you will probably be surprised that there is still light and how everyday life can be. These events are worth experiencing:
• Celebrate the New Year overlooking the ice fjord. Greenland Travel offers a New Year package where one celebrates new beginnings overlooking the icefjord.
• The Return of the Sun in early January is also a cultural event where the locals gather to watch the first peep of the sun in many months. There is no specific tour created for this event but it is a special occasion for the locals.
The most popular time to visit Ilulissat in winter is during February to late April. Daylight returns to what most of the world would consider ‘normal’ hours, and the northern lights still brighten the night sky. After a few months of thick snowfall, the white terrain is also ideal for dog sledding and ice fishing.
Visit Disko Bay
Spread your wings in Disko Bay! Consider diversifying your trip and spending a few days in the following places:
• Ilimanaq offers a settlement experience with a touch of luxury. While you can try and live life like a local in this small community, you can also retreat to the Ilimanaq lodge.
• Oqaatsut is a typical settlement in Greenland within easy reach of Ilulissat. One can either hike 22 kilometres from town or take alternative transportation to reach this charming place.
• Eqi glacier – this huge iceberg producing glacier is worth in the very least a visit, if not an overnight stay!
• Aasiaat is a historical town that can be reached via the coastal ferry Sarfaq Ittuk, Disko Line boat transfer and Air Greenland flights. Pods of whales have been seen from the coast, and there are many sailing adventures to be had. Aasiaat becomes a cross-country skiing haven in the winter.
• Qeqertarsuaq is full of natural wonders and the only place where there is a chance of dog sledding in the summer.