VNTM 2017

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Pre Tours

Experiencing the destinations first hand is important to understand what the destinations have to offer. The tradition is that the hosting country offers pre-tours and the two other countries are offering post-tours.

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After experiencing Greenland and participating at Vestnorden Travel Mart in Nuuk, buyers are invited to participate in post-tours to Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

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VNTM 2017

Pre Tours

Experiencing the destinations first hand is important to understand what the destinations have to offer. The tradition is that the hosting country offers pre-tours and the two other countries are offering post-tours.

In 2017 we have decided to offer pre-tours to all 5 tourism regions that we are working with in Greenland: Destination North Greenland, Destination Arctic Circle, Capital Region, South Greenland and East Greenland. We have room for 10 buyers and 1 international media on each tour along with a Visit Greenland host.

Some pre-tours will be starting out of Copenhagen and other tours out of Iceland. Individual requests to alter these itineraries unfortunately cannot be accepted. You will find descriptions of the 5 pre-tours below.

For now, please choose the one pre-tour you would like to participate in. Kindly make a note of its name, as you will need to enter this when you register. This will serve as a request only; you should only consider yourself confirmed for a pre-tour once you have received a confirmation email stating so, at the latest by 15 June.

The itineraries are preliminary and subject to change.


Explore South Greenland Adventures amongst Blue Ice and Green Fields. Photo by Mads PihlExplore South Greenland Adventures amongst Blue Ice and Green Fields

Max person: Min pax 4   Maximum pax 10

Departure: Flight departs September 14th from Copenhagen (Air Greenland). Additionally, 1 journalist, 1 Visit Greenland host and 1 Colourful Nuuk Adventure representative will be together with your group for the duration of the pre-tour.

Return: It ends on Monday 18 September 2017 upon arrival in Nuuk.

Price: DKK 3,500

Included:

  • All flights from Copenhagen as described
  • All tours and transfers in South Greenland and Arctic Umiaq Line to Nuuk
  • All meals
  • Accommodation

What to bring:

Warm clothes and good shoes (hiking boots)

Description & Schedule

Destination South Greenland is a land of jagged mountains and green pastures where sheep farms directly border ice fjords, and Norse settlement history intersects with modern Greenlandic fishing and hunting communities.

Fresh vegetables, natural hot springs on a remote island, big wall climbing, and fjord kayaking abound in South Greenland.

Dirt roads and hiking trails between farming communities, and a great band of sea ice flowing straight down from the northern seas are all unique South Greenlandic elements.


All this is tied together by a distinct South Greenlandic culture with strong ties to the history of the North Atlantic and a sense of sharing stories and welcoming guests.

Preliminary schedule:

September 14th – Thursday

11:00 GL781 Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq

11:40 Arrival in Kangerlussuaq

12:45 GL427 Kangerlussuaq – Narsarsuaq

14:30 Arrival in Narsarsuaq

Transfer and check-in at Hotel Narsarsuaq

Welcome meeting with Blue Ice Explorer

17:00 Signal Hill (app. 1 hour)

19:00 Dinner at Hotel Narsarsuaq

September 15th – Friday

Breakfast at Hotel Narsarsuaq

Transfer to Qassiarsuk

Visit to and kayaking in Tasiusaq (2 hours kayaking with South Greenland Expeditions)

Visit at Tasiusaq Guest House – lunch with local farmer couple Aviaja & Klaus Frederiksen

Transfer to Qasssiarsuk

Boat transfer to Itilleq/ Igaliku

Transfer to Qaqortoq – overnight at Hotel Qaqortoq

September 16th – Saturday

Hike around town

Day tour to Hvalsey and Narsaq

21:30 Departure with Sarfaq Ittuk from Qaqortoq

September 17th – Sunday

06:45 Arsuk

14:00 Paamiut (45 minutes guiding by VG guide)

22:15 Qeqertarsuatsiaat  (45 minutes guiding by VG guide)

September 18th – Monday

07:30 Arrival in Nuuk


Colourful Nuuk

Participants: Min 4 participants and maximum 10

Additionally, 1 journalist, 1 Visit Greenland host and 1 Colourful Nuuk Adventure representative will be together with your group for the duration of the pre-tour.

All experiences are provided and guided by local operators.

Departure

Flight departs September 15th at 09:15 from Copenhagen Airport (Denmark) arriving at 09:55 in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). You will depart for Nuuk with GL 553 at 10:50 with arrival in Nuuk at 11:45.

Return

Please note that the return flight takes you to Copenhagen.

Price: DKK 3,500

Included:

  • All flights from Copenhagen to Greenland return as described
  • Tours in Colourful Nuuk
  • All meals
  • Accommodation

Description & Schedule

About the region

Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is an Arctic metropolis with a small town feel, shaped by nature and known for its cultural diversity. As a city break in Greenland it mixes shopping, whale watching, skiing, and fine dining into a cosmopolitan experience with a backcountry twist where innovative, adaptive people, and trendsetting artists meet office workers, fishermen and hunters. Organic Greenlandic ingredients meet Thai spices in gourmet restaurants and cozy takeaway stores in Nuuk. Legends and traditions are reinterpreted by local artists, musicians, and designers.

Politicians lay the groundwork for the building of a new and independent nation. And icons like the Northern Lights-inspired Katuaq Cultural Center serve as a reminder of the nature that is an ever-present part of life in Greenland.

About the tour

Greenland’s capital Nuuk is a city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences.

Home to gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques, and the Northern Lights inspired Katuaq Cultural Centre, Nuuk is the centre of modern Greenland. However, a stroll through the picturesque Old Harbour shows that history and traditions remain strong in this growing city.

Nuuk Fjord is sometimes overlooked in favor of its icier neighbors to the north, but this intricate water system is the second largest in the world, packed with inlets and islands open for exploration.

The solitude and scenery provide a perfect backdrop for sailing, hiking and fishing. The deep waters of the fjord teem with flavorful cod and redfish, delivering a bounty for both fishing and eating. Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the Narsap Sermia glacier flows directly into the fjord filling the headwaters with the sought-afteric ebergs, after all.

Detailed Itinerary

Friday September 15th

09:15 Departure from Copenhagen – Kastrup airport with Air Greenland

09:45 Arrival in Kangerlussuaq – Greenland international airport where you will meet with your Visit Greenland pre-tour host.

10:50 Departure from Kangerlussuaq towards Nuuk domestic airport with Air Greenland.

11:45 Arrival in Nuuk airport and transfer to your accommodation at Hotel Hans Egede.

After your arrival at the hotel you have time enough to settle in your room before your lunch.

13:30 Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant which will be also the occasion for you to meet with the DMO´s representative and get a briefing about Destination Colourful Nuuk.

Between the lunch and your next adventure, you have some free time before you.

16:00 We meet in the hotel lobby and go get a sense of scale of Greenland’s capital as well as a brief history and highlights of this colourful metropolis.

18:00 The city tour will end directly at the Seamen´s Home where a delicious lunch is prepared for you with tasting of local food specialities.

Along with the dinner you will meet with some local artistes that will provide the evening entertainments. Lisbeth, the lead artiste, will share with you some traditional inuit stories and explain what the traditional drum dance actually means.

After this packed-up day program we will head back towards your hotel for a well deserved good night sleep before next day´s nature based adventures.

Saturday September 16th

At 08:30 am, you meet up with your host at the hotel before your transfer to the harbor where you will board the MS Sterna for your day fjord adventure. After a beautiful boat-ride in one of the largest fjord system in the  world, many stops to enjoy water falls, some of the oldest rocks on earth, taste some iceberg,  you  will  arrive  to Qooqqut,  the  Valley.  

If you like fishing, or just love eating fresh fish we will get you to try the concept of Fish and Dish. Fish & Dish means catch your own fish before handing it to the chef at Qooqqut Nuan´restaurant and while you enjoy the view and beautiful scenery, the chef will take care of your catch and prepare it for a delicious dinner.

September 17th

Now that you have a better idea of how the city is, that you got to enjoy the amazing backcountry and fjord that are just around the corner of the city center, time to dive a bit deeper into the cultural aspect of your pre-tour.

Experience the past and present Greenlandic cultural history in a museum walk that takes you through the National Museums of Greenland with its famous mummies, norse remains and other inuit artifacts. After this enriching tour, we will go for a guided walk through the city to uncover some of the hidden in plain sight art pieces. Our walk will lead us to Katuaq Culture Center where a special lunch awaits us before heading towards Greenland’s largest Art Museum.

From the museum to your hotel there is only a short walk. You will have enough time to rest before a very special gastronomic dinner prepared just for your pleasure by the restaurant skilled chefs. The dinner will be created around local sustainably hunted or gathered ingredients prepared in the traditional gastronomy fashion.

September 18th

Your pre-tour is supposed to be over on the 17th of September but we simply couldn´t end this pre-tour without a little surprise for you. What? you might wonder… If we did tell you now it wouldn´t be a surprise, would it?

What to bring:Colorful Nuuk. Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson - Visit Greenland

Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)

Windproof / waterproof jacket

Windproof / waterproof pants

Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!

Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!

Loose fitting hiking pants

Lightweight wool sweater

Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day

Hat

Gloves

Backpack (minimum 40L in size)

Water bottle

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Included

Flights from Copenhagen to Nuuk, and return.

All excursions, transfers, meals and accommodation in Nuuk.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN REQUEST THIS TOUR BUT SIGN-UPS WILL BE CONFIRMED INDIVIDUALLY.


From Ice Cap to coastline: Journey through Destination Arctic Circle

Dates

The Destination Arctic Circle pre-tour runs for 5 days / 4 nights.

It begins on Thursday 14 September 2017 upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq.

It ends on Monday 18 September 2017 upon arrival in Nuuk.

See detailed itinerary below for further information.

About the region

Destination Arctic Circle is unique in Greenland because of its large glacier-free area that runs approximately 190 km / 115 mi from the Greenland Ice Sheet westward toward the sea. Thanks to a combination of infrastructure harking back to the WWII era, a dirt road established by Volkswagen and human-powered adventures provided by local operators, it is possible to experience the entire stretch in a single holiday.

About the tour

Destination Arctic Circle is all about an incredible diversity of culture, landscape and wildlife, and we want you to experience it in as many ways as possible. Take note: this is a very physically active trip! In Kangerlussuaq you will hike through the autumn colors in the hills south of town with a Greenlandic guide who loves to share his stories and knowledge of local flora and fauna. You will also trade mossy groundcover for ice, ice and more ice when spending a night camping on the largest glacier in the northern hemisphere. In addition to comparing various landscapes, you will be able to compare towns of different sizes when travelling between Kangerlussuaq and the coastal town of Sisimiut. From Sisimiut, you do a combination of sailing in the fjord to nearby settlements, fishing by hand, mountain hiking and fat-biking before travelling south to the capital city, Nuuk, to start Vestnorden Travel Mart 2017.

Detailed itinerary

Thursday 14 Sept 2017

11.40 Arrival to Kangerlussuaq via Air Greenland GL781 fra Copenhagen, Denmark. Greeting in airport by Air Zafari, Albatros Arctic Circle, Greenland Outdoors and Visit Greenland. Transport to Polar Lodge for hotel check-in. Now is the time to change clothes and shoes for hiking, plus pack a daypack with extra layers, water, etc. as you will be out all day long.

13.00 Lunch and tour briefing at the Airport Restaurant.

14.00 Transport from the airport to the hiking trailhead south of town where Greenland Outdoors leads you on a day hike through the Kangerlussuaq backcountry, finishing at Lake Ferguson.

19.00 In the evening, dine on a feast of Greenlandic specialties, including hand-crafted snaps if you wish, at Restaurant Roklubben on Lake Ferguson before heading back to Polar Lodge for the evening (transport provided).

Friday 15 Sept 2017

7.30 – 9.00 Breakfast provided at Polar Lodge.

9.00 – 11.00 Flightseeing with AirZafari in small fixed-wing planes over the over the valley with a view to the Greenland Ice Sheet. There will be three 30-minute tours with space for four persons per tour. Tour assignments will be distributed upon arrival.

Tour 1 participants should be ready at the airport at 8.45.

Tour 2 participants should be ready at the airport at 9.30.

Tour 3 participants should be ready at the airport at 10.15.

11.00 Lunch and briefing with Albatros Arctic Circle about the overnight at Camp Ice Cap. Subsequent departure for a couple-hours’ drive along the only road in the country that leads directly to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Dinner provided at the camp.

Saturday 16 Sept 2017

Morning – Breakfast at Camp Ice Cap and pack up to return to Kangerlussuaq for check-out.

12.30 Arrival to Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq. Check-out and transfer to airport for check-in to travel further to Sisimiut.

13.20 Airport check-in. Lunch at Airport Restaurant.

14.20 Departure from Kangerlussuaq via Air Greenland GL4496 toward Sisimiut.

14.50 Arrival to Sisimiut. Greeting in airport by Destination Arctic Circle, Sirius Greenland and Visit Sisimiut. Transfer to Hotel Sisimiut for check-in and briefing. Change clothes to outdoor gear and pack a day pack with extra warm layers, warm accessories, windproof/waterproof layers and a water bottle, as you will be out all day long.

Sail southward with Sirius Greenland to the abandoned settlement called Assaqutaq for a look into life in the 60’s and 70’s. You will see the old fish factory, the pretty church which is filled with charm and the summer camp which has been established after the closing of the settlement. Keep your eyes peeled for Humpback, Minke and Fin whales who often swim very close to the shoreline to enjoy a feast of capelin fish.

19.00 Dinner at Restaurant Nasaasaaq at Hotel Sisimiut

Evening – Let us see how the weather looks. If there is a clear sky, Visit Sisimiut will lead you on a walk to look for northern lights. Did you know that you can sometimes call them down by whistling to them? If the northern lights forecast does not look optimal, you will instead create your own memories at the cosy creative workshop in Hotel Sisimiut. A selection of horns and bones, colourful pearls, leather and sealskin are provided along with some inspiration on how to work with these traditional Greenlandic materials.

Sunday 17 Sept 2017

8.00 Breakfast at Hotel Sisimiut. Dress for a full day out sailing, hiking and generally powering your own body. Wear sturdy shoes and windproof / waterproof layers, and bring extra warm layers and socks, a hat and warm accessories, water bottle and daypack.

9.00 Adventure day with Visit Sisimiut and Sirius Greenland where you will cruise in the fjord north of town. After passing the airport and one of the town’s iconic mountains, you will enter an archipelago of islands where dog mushers often keep their dogs during the summer season. Once into the calm waters of the fjord, drop anchor and a fishing line to try to catch some lunch. If the fish are not biting, we just move further to another spot. Once lunch is secured, you sail to a cottage called Qorsunnguaq (“the little green cottage”) to make a small bonfire on which to cook the fresh fish.

With plenty of fish in your belly and energy in your legs, you will embark on a nice long and steep hike up the mountain called Qiterlinnguaq. One and a half hours of hiking rewards you with a view over the second-largest town in Greenland and the wide fjord beyond. It is not called the Eternity Fjord for nothing, and we think you will see why. From there it is all downhill and non-technical hiking finishing with an adventurous fat-biking experience for the final 4 km / 2,5 miles.

19.00 Buffet of Greenlandic specialities and libations at Restaurant Nasaasaaq at Hotel Sisimiut.

Monday 18 Sept 2017

8.00 Breakfast at Hotel Sisimiut

9.00 City walk with Visit Sisimiut to see the town’s biggest spots like the Taseralik Culture House, the mineral gift shop, and the open-air Sisimiut Museum at the old harbour, plus some of the exciting coming attractions!

11.30 Transfer to Sisimiut Airport for check-in.

13.05 Departure from Sisimiut via Air Greenland GL265 toward Kangerlussuaq.

13.35 Arrival to Kangerlussuaq. Lunch at Airport Restaurant.

15.00 Departure from Kangerlussuaq via Air Greenland GL513 toward Nuuk.

15.45 Arrival to Nuuk. Greeting in airport by Visit Greenland. Transfer to Hotel Hans Egede for hotel check-in, accreditation, and preparation for Welcome Get-together in the evening.

Price: 3500 DKK

Participants

There is a minimum requirement of 4 participants to run this tour.

There is a maximum of 10 agent participants and 1 media participant for the Destination Arctic Circle pre-tour.

Additionally, 1 Visit Greenland representative and/or 1 Destination Arctic Circle DMO representative will be together with the group for the duration of the pre-tour.

All experiences are provided and guided by local operators.

Included

Flights from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, and return.

Note: the flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq on 14 September and the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Nuuk on 18 September are included in the Registration Fee for Vestnorden Travel Mart.

All excursions in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut

All meals from lunch on 14 September until lunch on 18 September

All accommodations in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut

Special equipment for glacier walking and camping on the Greenland Ice Sheet (including tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, crampons, hiking poles)

What to bring

In addition to your normal outdoor adventure clothing, please bring the following:

Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)

Windproof / waterproof jacket

Windproof / waterproof pants

Thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!

Thermal shirt – no cotton!

Medium-weight wool sweater

Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day

Hat

Gloves

Backpack (minimum 40L in size)

Water bottle

Sunscreen

Sunglasses


Remote adventure in East Greenland

Dates

The East Greenland pre-tour runs for 5 days / 4 nights.

It begins on Thursday 14 September 2017 upon arrival in Kulusuk.

It ends on Sunday 17 September 2017 after a portion of the tour takes place in Nuuk.

See detailed itinerary below for further information.

About the region

East Greenland is an isolated area of the country, but ‘remote’ is in the eye of the beholder. With year-round flights between East Greenland and Iceland, it is, in fact, quite a connected place! As with most places in Greenland, this region is characterised by a special relationship between people and the extreme nature that stands just at the front door. What makes the region stand out, however, is the continued important role which a belief in an unseen spiritual world plays in East Greenlandic culture.

About the tour

How about starting off with a helicopter flight? It is the only way to get from one island to another to the town of Tasiilaq, the base for the hiking and outdoor adventures. While the days are filled with lots of activity in beautiful natural surroundings, the evenings are for getting up close and personal with traditional cultural elements like drum dancing and tupilak carving. For the second half of the tour, fly across the Greenland Ice Sheet and meet in Nuuk on the west coast with the participants from the Capital Region pre-tour. It might feel a bit like culture shock to go from remote East Greenland to the cosmopolitan Arctic metropolis, but it is also an important juxtaposition which only your pre-tour has the unique opportunity to experience.

Detailed itinerary

Thursday 14 Sept 2017

10.50 Arrival to Kulusuk via Air Iceland NY233 from Reykjavík, Iceland. Greeting in airport by Visit Greenland. Collection of baggage and immediate check-in for next flight.

12.15 Departure from Kulusuk via Air Greenland GL691 toward Tasiilaq.

12.25 Arrival to Tasiilaq. Greeting in heliport by Arctic Wonderland Tours, who provides transport for hotel check-in. Please change clothes and shoes for hiking upon check-in.

Lunch and tour briefing at Hotel Angmagssalik.

Guided city walk with Arctic Wonderland Tours leading out of town and segueing into an afternoon hike through the Valley of Flowers.

Dinner at Hotel Angmagssalik followed by an presentation about craftsmanship and local East Greenlandic history.

Friday 15 Sept 2017

Morning – Breakfast at Hotel Angmagssalik.

9.00 – Go out on a full day of adventure with Arctic Dream. This will be a sailing trip around the island of Ammassalik, taking you through Sermilik Fjord – the second most productive outlet from the Greenland Ice Sheet – to the village of Tiniteqilaaq, where lunch will be served in town. During this trip there will also be a stop Arctic Dream’s Diving & Photo Camp.

  • 2 boats
  • Diving & Photo Camp
  • Tinit

18.30 Dinner at B771, Arctic Dream’s new guesthouse in Tasiilaq, brought to life by choir singing and drum dancing.

Saturday 16 Sept 2017

Morning – Breakfast at Hotel Angmagssalik.

Free time on your own. Opportunity to meet with local providers and hear about additional excursions and accommodations in town.

Lunch at Hotel Angmagssalik.

13.10 Heliport check-in

14.10 Departure from Tasiilaq via Air Greenland GL684 toward Kulusuk.

14.20 Arrival to Kulusuk. Time permitting, opportunity to visit Hotel Kulusuk with introduction to the tours available in Kulusuk by Arctic Wonderland Tours.

15.35 Return to airport.

16.35 Departure from Kulusuk via Air Greenland GL633 toward Nuuk.

18.20 Arrival to Nuuk. Transfer to Hotel Hans Egede for hotel check-in.

19.30 Dinner at Hotel Seamen’s Home Nuuk at the Atlantic Harbour. Transfer provided.

After dinner, join with the Capital Region pre-tour participants at Skyline Bar in Hotel Hans Egede for a night cap of Greenlandic Coffee. This is so much more than just a cocktail!

Sunday 17 Sept 2017

Morning – Breakfast at Hotel Hans Egede.

Join with the Capital Region pre-tour participants at the Hotel Hans Egede foyer and all together take the Three Museum Walking Tour, featuring first the National Museum and Archive of Greenland and second the Local Museum, both down in the Old Harbour area. Break for lunch at Katuaq, Greenland’s Culture House in city center. After lunch, walk to the Nuuk Art Museum, where curator Nivi Christensen gives insights into old and present-day Greenlandic art.

Evening – Fine dinner of Greenlandic specialties at Sarfalik, compliments of Hotel Hans Egede and Air Greenland.

Monday 18 Sept 2017

Morning – Breakfast at Hotel Hans Egede.

Day at your leisure before accreditation opens and before Welcome Get-together in the evening.

Price: 3500 DKK

Participants

There is a minimum requirement of 4 participants to run this tour.

There is a maximum of 10 agent participants and 1 media participant for the East Greenland pre-tour.

Additionally, 1 Visit Greenland representative and 1 Destination East Greenland DMO representative will be together with the group for the duration of the pre-tour.

All experiences are provided and guided by local operators.

Included

Flights from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq, and return.

Flight from Kulusuk to Nuuk.

Note: the flight from Reykjavík to Kulusuk on 14 September and the flight from Nuuk to depart Greenland on 21 September are included in the Registration Fee for Vestnorden Travel Mart.

All excursions in Kulusuk and Tasiilaq and Nuuk, through 17 September.

All meals from lunch on 14 September until breakfast on 18 September.

All accommodations in Tasiilaq and Nuuk.

What to bring

Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)

Windproof / waterproof jacket

Windproof / waterproof pants

Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!

Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!

Loose fitting hiking pants

Lightweight wool sweater

Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day

Hat

Gloves

Backpack (minimum 40L in size)

Water bottle

Sunscreen

Sunglasses


Disko Bay

ParticipantsDiskobay, Photo by Mads Pihl

Min 4 participants and maximum 10

Additionally, 1 journalist and 1 Visit Greenland host.

All experiences are provided and guided by local operators.

Departure

The flight departs September 15th at 09:15 from Copenhagen Airport (Denmark) GL 779 arriving at 09:55 in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland). You will depart for Ilulissat with GL 580 at 11.55 with arrival in Ilulissat at 12.40.

Return

Please note that the return flight takes you to Copenhagen.

Price: DKK 3,500

Description & Schedule

About the region

From the Disko Bay area in central West Greenland to the polar extremes of the far north, the scale of Destination North Greenland is hard to fathom. Along a coastline stretching thousands of miles lie small communities based on hunting and fishing, in a land ruled by the polar night in winter and the summer’s midnight sun.

The Ilulissat Icefjord and the Disko Bay are known for diversity in landscapes and wildlife, high quality hotels, and culinary experiences. From the strange volcanic rocks along the hiking trails in Qeqertarsuaq and the island’s summer dog sledding on the Lyngmark Glacier, to the many whales and birds in the bay, to the constant flow of massive icebergs from one of the world’s fastest flowing glaciers, this is a concentrated slice of Greenland.

Further north, the Uummannaq archipelago and kayaking adventures in Upernavik open up a remote world of experiences culminating at the top of Greenland in the small town of Qaanaaq, where subsistence hunting is a way of life.

About the tour

On this pre tour, the focus will be on attractions outside Ilulissat, although you will get a good chance to see and experience the flagship town and the world-known UNESCO site, Ilulissat Icefiord.

After a night in Ilulissat, the pre tour will bring you to two different settlements (Oqaatsut/Rode Bay and Ilimanaq/Claushavn) and towns (Qasigiannguit and Aasiaat) where you can see and experience life outside the main town. Cultural experiences will be the main focus.

Transportation from place to place will be on a fast boat where you can be sure that in case of cold weather and precipitation, you will be comfortable no matter what. There is no doubt that you will see lots of icebergs – and gigantic ones at that too!

The tour starts in Ilulissat, and goes to Rodebay. Settlement life in Oqaatsut is about sustaining a small community who loves life by the sea. The few houses are scattered across a rocky terrain yet are never very far from the harbor. Out here in this roadless village, cars are useless but fishing boats are the most prized possessions. Every summer morning, fishermen charge themselves anew with the sun that shines all night and thoughts of how many halibut and sharks they will bring home by the day’s end.

After lunch in Oqaatsut you will continue to Ilimanaq, a settlement just south of the icefjord. You will walk around old colonial and restored buildings from the 1700’s as well as modern newly built lodges with astonishing views over icebergs. Ilimanaq Lodge is established with the intention of giving something back to the local community in Greenland.

The next destination is the historic town of Qasigiannguit. The town bears witness to changing times and cultural heritage: Fishing for halibut and arctic crab is still the city’s prime business and pride. The old fishermen pass family traditions onto younger generations. The harbor is the city’s focal point and this is where there is life and room for large smiles.

The last destination during the pre tour is Aasiaat, where you will be greeted by small colourful houses whether you arrive by coastal ferry or propeller plane. It is the large collection of custom artwork around town and the welcoming townspeople that sets the tone for life in Aasiaat. As the educational headquarters of North Greenland, Aasiaat is becoming livelier every year.

What Aasiaat lacks in vertical height on land it makes up for with an abundance of water adventures. Sailing, whale watching, fishing, and kayaking are some of Greenland’s best and time-honoured past times. Come to Aasiaat to experience Greenland’s marine-loving culture, and its residents’ close connection to the nature and the sea.

Detailed Itinerary

Friday, September 15th

09:15 Departure from Copenhagen – Kastrup airport with Air Greenland GL 779. You will meet with your Visit Greenland pre-tour host.

09:45 Arrival in Kangerlussuaq – Greenland international airport

11.55 Departure from Kangerlussuaq towards Ilulissat domestic airport with Air Greenland GL. 580.

12.40 Arrival at Ilulissat airport and transfer to your accommodation at Hotel Arctic.

13:15 Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant which will be also the occasion for you to meet with the DMO´s representative and get a briefing about the Disko Bay.

14:00 We meet in the hotel lobby and a bus will bring you to Sermermiut, where you get to experience nature, culture and history, when it’s best! Our local guides have unique knowledge about this fantastic nature, which in 2004 was accepted on the UNESCO list of World Heritage. The walking tour starts from the old heliport. We walk “The World Heritage Trail” through the former settlement of “Sermermiut” and end up at the mouth of the Icefiord, from where we have a perfect view of the stranded icebergs. Most of the route is on a wooden path, which allows everyone to participate.

16.30 Flightseeing with AirZafari – you will see the outer scenery of the unique Ilulissat Icefjord from above.

19.00 Dinner at Hotel Arctic

Saturday, September 16th

08:00 Departure from Ilulissat with Diskoline

10.00 Arrival in Oqaatsut/Rodebay – short walk in the settlement

10.30 Kayak tour with PGI Greenland

12.00 Lunch at H8

13.00 Departure from Oqaatsut/Rodebay

14.00 Arrival in Ilimanaq

14.15 Check-in at Ilimanaq Lodges and intro by World of Greenland

15.00 Adventures in Ilimanaq by World of Greenland

18.00 Dinner

20.00 Adventures continue

Sunday September 17th

08.00 Departure from Ilimanaq with Diskoline

09.00 Arrival in Qasigiannguit

09.15 Guided tour towards ”live settlement” – reconstruction of ancient time. Guided by Guided by Diskobay Tours

12.00 Lunch at Hotel Disco Bay

13.00 Departure from Qasigiannguit

14.15 Arrival in Aasiaat – a man in a traditional kayak will welcome you in the harbour – a kayak show

14.30 Check-in at The Seaman’s Home Hotel

15.00 Info meeting at The Seaman’s Home Hotel by Honest Greenland

15.30 Guided city tour by Honest Greenland

16.15 Boat tour – cultural and history tour to the former American military base in Tupilak and to ancient village Ikerasannguaq, which has more than 5500 years of history

19.00 Dinner at Tulugaq

20.30 Mask dance and cultural talk by Honest Greenland

22.00 Local modern music/rock at Tulugaq

September 18th

07.30 Breakfast at The Seaman’s Home Hotel

08.30 Check out – check in at the airport

09.30 See and hear about the sledge dogs

10.30 Local delicacies

11.30 Visit the Aasiaat Museum

12.45 Departure from Aasiaat Air Greenland GL 534

What to bring:Ilullisat, Photo by Mads Pihl

Hiking boots (note: sneakers are not sufficient)

Windproof / waterproof jacket

Windproof / waterproof pants

Lightweight thermal pants (long underwear) – no cotton!

Lightweight thermal shirt – no cotton!

Loose fitting hiking pants

Lightweight wool sweater

Wool socks – plan to use 2 pairs per day

Hat

Gloves

Backpack (minimum 40L in size)

Water bottle

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Included

Flights from Copenhagen to Nuuk, and return.

All excursions, transfers, meals and accommodations in Ilulissat, Ilimanaq and Aasiaat.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN REQUEST THIS TOUR BUT SIGN-UPS AND CONFIRMATIONS WILL BE SENT INDIVIDUALLY.

VNTM 2017

Post Tours

After experiencing Greenland and participating at Vestnorden Travel Mart in Nuuk, buyers are invited to participate in post-tours to Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

To get to the Faroe Islands there will be an overnight stop in Copenhagen and for the post-tour to Iceland, there will be a stop in Kangerlussuaq, but same day connection.

Please notice that you can request the post-tour you would like to participate in, but you are not automatically confirmed. We will come back to you with more information.

The itineraries are preliminary and subject to change.

Westjords of Iceland

Max person

Min pax 6   maximum pax 6

Departure

Flight departs 22nd of September at 8:00 from Reykjavik domestic airport to Ísafjörður

Return

From Ísafjörður on the 23rd of September at 19:00

Price: ISK 60.000

Included

  • Domestic flights to and from Ísafjörður
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Accommodation

What to bring

Warm clothes and good shoes (hiking boots)

Preliminary Itinerary 

21 September

Arriving in Reykjavik around 22:00 from Greenland. Overnight stay at Center hotels.

22 September

Arrival time in Ísafjörður is at 09.40am and Gunnlaugur, The Westfjordian will pick you up for our popular Calm water kayaktour. Afterwards you will enjoy a nice lunch at Húsið restaurant. In the afternoon you will go on our popular RIB boat nature safari tour. It is 2 hours sightseeing safari tour from Ísafjörður town which offers a magnificent view over the surrounding landscape from the sea side with a chance of spotting whales swimming across the sailing route. At the end of the day you will check in at Hótel Ísafjörður, where you will have dinner also.

23 September

On your last day you will go on our popular Backstreets of Ísafjörður tour, where you will get a glimpse of the traditional everyday life in Ísafjörður. In a two hour long walk around town, accommpanied by a local guide. At the end of the tour you will have lunch at the popular restaurant Tjöruhúsið, which is known for their delicious fish buffet. After lunch you will go on a bike adventure on one of Iceland‘s most „dangerous“ roads, Óshlíðin. We start the tour at Westtours office and start going towards the small town of Hnífsdalur, pass the Bolungsvík‘s tunnel and head on onto Óshlíð road. At the end of the day is time to head back to Ísafjörður airport where you will end your adventure in Ísafjörður.

North Iceland – Akureyri, Lake Mývatn and Northern Lights

Max person

Min pax 6   maximum pax 6

Departure

Friday 22nd , Flight NY152 departing from Reykjavik domestic Airport at 07:10

Return

Flight NY163 from Akureyri to Reykjavik at 19:05

It is important to be at the Reykjavik airport 45 minutes before departure.

Price: ISK 68900

Included

  • Round-trip domestic flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri (35 minute flight)
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Guesthouse or Hotel with private facilities Akureyri
  • Dinner on day I and II
  • Lunch on day I and II
  • Northern Lights Exploration on day I and optional second on day II
  • Lake Mývatn Classic on day II and entrance fee for Lake Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Entrance fee for Græni Hatturinn music hall
  • Fully guided Akureyri city inspection
  • Several other refreshments during the stay

What to bring

Warm clothes and good shoes (hiking boots)

Description & Schedule

Akureyri is Iceland’s second largest urban area after the Capital Region and often nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland.  As such it has become the central point for travelers visiting North Iceland and it ́s infrastructure and capacity grown accordingly. Being located in central North Iceland means that Akureyri is in short distance from many of Iceland’s most known natural wonders and tourists attractions.

Akureyri is within 160 km / 99 miles from places like Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall, Húsavík, Dalvík, Siglufjörður, Hofsós, Hrísey Island, Ásbyrgi, Dettifoss Waterfall, Skagafjörður Fjord and Varmahlíð.

Akureyri is within 240 km / 149 miles from Mt Herðubreið and Askja Caldera.

It is also good to know that within 3 hours boat ride or 20 minutes by plane from Akureyri is Grímsey island, located on the north side of the Arctic Circle and home of countless puffins.

Lake Mývatn is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland, and for a good reason. The lake and its surroundings are considered as one the most beautiful location in Iceland, with unique nature, rich bird life and active geothermal activity. Among attractions in vicinity of Mývatn is Krafla mountain, Dimmuborgir lava fields, Hverir mud pools, Askja caldera, Herðubreið mountain and many more.

 

Preliminary Itinerary

Day I

08:00

  • Airport pickup and transfer to accommodation
  • Lake Mývatn Classic, and Nature Baths, + Hotel Inspection in the Myvatn area
  • Dinner and Free time
  • Consert at Græni Hatturinn music hall

21:30

  • Northern Lights Exploration

Day II

  • Free morning time in Downtown Akureyri

09:00

  • Whale Watching,

12:15

Lunch at local Akureyri Restaurant

13:15

  • Akureyri area hotel and restaurant inspection to around 20 establishments

18:40

  • Arrival to Akureyri airport for flight back to Reykjavík

19:05

  • Departure from Akureyri

East Iceland

Max person

Min pax 6   maximum pax 6

Departure

Thursday 22st of September , flight departing from Reykjavik domestic Airport to Egilsstaðir at 07:30

Return

23rd of September Flight from Egilsstaðir to Reykjavik at 19:00

It is important to be at the Reykjavik airport 45 minutes before departure.

Price: ISK 61.000

Included

  • Round-trip domestic flights between Reykjavik and Egilsstaðir
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch and Dinner

What to bring

Warm clothes and good shoes (hiking boots)

Description & Schedule

This is a tour for those looking to decouple themselves from the noise of modern time and connect with nature and themselves. In this multiday tour we bike and hike our way through abandoned coves and deserted fjords in East Iceland. It is a great opportunity to head off the beaten path and explore the side of Iceland few tourist get to experience.

  

Preliminary itinerary:

21 September

Arriving in Reykjavik around 22:00 from Greenland. Overnight stay at Center hotels.

22 September

We bike from Eskifjörður to the farmsteads at Karlsskáli. There we leave the bikes behind and hike around the mountain to the deserted cove of Vöðlavík. On the way we will see the debris of a German World War 2 plane that crashed in 1941. Also we will get a view of a massive landslide that happened in 2014. Once we are in Vöðlavík the bikes will be waiting for us and we will bike to the hut at Karlsstaðir, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

23 September

After breakfast we bike up the mountainside from Vöðlavík cove and over fjord of Viðfjörður. Viðfjörður, although now deserted, used to be the center of transportation in East Iceland. We’ll bike to Barðsneshorn where you get to stand on the end of the world. From there we’ll take an easy hike down to Mónes where ancient fossils lie. When we come back to the farmsteads of Barðsnes, a boat will await us to take us over the bay to the town Neskaupsstaður. There we will spend the night at the horse farm/guesthouse Skorrahestar.

Faroe Islands – Undiscovered Sandoy and other highlights

Max person

Minimum pax 4 / Maximum pax 12

Flight

The tour starts from and ends in Copenhagen

Departure to the Faroe Islands on September 22nd is at 12:25 from Copenhagen, arriving at 13:40. Departure from the Faroe Islands is on September 25th at 08:15 arriving in Copenhagen at 11:35

Price: DKK 3,500 (€ 475)

Please note:  The organiser reserves the right to choose between those who have registered for the pre-tour

Included

  • Flights Copenhagen – Faroe Islands – Copenhagen
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • All meals
  • Domestic transport and excursions according to program

What to bring

The Faroese often joke that we have a lot of weather or that we have four seasons in one day. Either way the weather is ever-changing and we therefore recommend to pack warm, wind and waterproof clothing plus hat and gloves/mittens. Good walking shoes/boots that are warm and waterproof are essential.

Description & Schedule

We invite you to experience three intense days in the Faroe Islands – on the island of Sandoy and in central parts of the islands. The tour will highlight some of the most cherished sights and attractions as well as introduce you to new tourism products. You will experience breath taking sceneries, adventures at sea, history and cultural performances.

Throughout the tour, we will focus on the good experience but at the same time we will also have a professional approach and make sure you get an insight into the various tourism product and facilities that you can use for your customers.

Preliminary schedule

22 September

12:25             Departure from Copenhagen with Atlantic Airways

13:40             Arrival at Vagar Airport

Visit the idyllic villages of Bøur and Gásadalur with the famous waterfall Múlafossur Short ferry trip to Sandoy

Short hiking tour to the viewpoint Lírabergi from where you will have a beautiful view of bird cliffs and freestanding Sea stacks

Cultural evening in the small village Dalur with traditional Faroese entertainment

Check-in at Hotel Skálavík

Evening drink in the outdoor hot tubs

23 September

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour of the hotel

Tour on Sandoy including a visit to the art museum, the viking excavations and other historical sights

Lunch at the newly-opened café Breiðateig

Boat tour on the traditional Faroese wooden boat, Hvíthamar. Weather and current depending we will sail either to the west coast of Sandoy or around Skúvoy. The tour offers an impressive experience of steep cliffs and rich bird life.

Visit a local family for afternoon tea.

Check out from hotel and ferry back to the mainland.

Check-in at Hotel Hafnia

“Homage to William Heinesen” – tapas dinner and reading of texts by William Heinesen, our most renowned author, at the former grocery store Katrina Christiansen

24 September

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour of the hotel

Sightseeing tour to the northern parts of Streymoy and Eysturoy, including a visit to Tjørnuvík, a scenic village surrounded by steep mountains and a fantastic view to the freestanding rock formations Risin and Kellingin – the Giant and the Witch. Lunch at the guesthouse Gjáargarður. An easy hike to enjoy the view of the northern islands and visit the characteristic gorge, that gives the village its name, and that is frequently used for outdoor concerts and events.

Tour of Hotel Føroyar and check-in

Guided walk in the old part of Tórshavn

Farewell dinner in one of the popular restaurants “Heima í Havn”

25 September

Early breakfast and check out

06:00             Transfer to the airport

08:15             Departure with Atlantic Airways

11:35             Arrival in Copenhagen