Ilulissat has two large supermarkets – Brugseni and Pisiffik – located near the Cultural Center on the way out to the Icefjord. Smaller Spar and Akiki supermarkets can be found closer to the harbour, and there are several convenience stores located in other parts of the town.
Ilulissat is one of the best places in Greenland to shop for souvenirs. You can buy direct from the artisans at the workshop near the harbour, or browse the extensive collections in The Glacier Shop, the Ilulissat Museum, the Ilulissat Art Gallery, Ilulissat Boat Tours, World of Greenland Tours, IceCap souvenirs and the three large hotels.
It is best to bring your own camping and outdoor gear with you to Greenland, but for unexpected or last minute purchases, visit Qalut Vónin, Brugseni, Pisiffik, Pilu Sport, Sportsmaster, Knud Pedersen A/S – depending on exactly what you need.
Even if you have already seen plenty of icebergs in your travels, you have not seen them like in Ilulissat. The dynamic ice sculpture gallery located just outside of this North Greenland town is unique and has been granted the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage Listed area of outstanding value. With millions of icebergs waiting to break free of the fjord in which they calved, small chunks of ice fill every nook and cranny between the gargantuan icy skyscrapers that dwarf even the largest ships. And when a gap opens in the wall of ice blocking the mouth of the fjord, the energetic dance as these frozen artworks spill into Disko Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Ilulissat is not only about icebergs.
It is rich in Inuit history, a favourite feeding ground for migrating whales, a paradise for outdoor adventurers both on land and at sea, and a modern and vibrant city with high-quality accommodation and some of the best gastronomy in the country.
Although most visitors make their way around Ilulissat by walking, it is quite spread out. Other options include hiring a bicycle or car, calling a taxi, or taking the bus that runs past each stop every 20 minutes during peak hour, and roughly every 30-40 minutes otherwise. The larger hotels in Ilulissat also offer shuttle services to the airport and to town.
For excursions in the area, the most common way to get around is with a boat or on foot (summer), and by dog sled, snowmobile, ski or snowshoe (winter).