Ilulissat

Ilulissat is possibly the most well located town in Greenland. The name simply means ‘icebergs’ in Greenlandic and the town’s nickname is rightly ‘the Iceberg Capital’.

​​Ilulissat is Greenland's third largest town and is beautifully situated in Disko Bay on the famous ice fjord, approx. 300 km. north of the arctic circle. During the more than 250 years that have passed since the establishment of Ilulissat, the town has steadily flourished. The town is very vibrant, welcoming and lively, with a wide range of cultural attractions, and great adventures awaiting at sea or in the backcountry of Ilulissat.

In Disko Bay, which is located just off the coast of Ilulissat, gigantic icebergs linger in the freezing waters. These icebergs come from the Icefjord, which is located a half hour’s hike south of Ilulissat. These impressive frozen structures are born some 70km/43,5 miles deeper into the fjord by the enormous Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. This 10km/6 miles-wide glacier is the most productive glacier outside of Antarctica. Whereas most glaciers only calve at a rate of approximately a metre/three feet a day, the Ilulissat glacier calves at a rate of 25m/82 feet per day. The icebergs calved by the glacier represent more than 10% of all icebergs in Greenland, corresponding to 20 million tonnes/22 million us tons of ice per day!

These facts, together with the fjord’s extreme beauty, have secured the Icefjord a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Of course, it is not without reason that Ilulissat is the most popular town to visit among guests coming from all over the world to experience the ice fjord, the midnight sun, and the beauty of the Disko Bay in the summer - and in the winter the northern lights and the sled culture… and not least the Greenlandic hospitality. 

Albatros Arctic Circle is conveniently located in conjunction with Hotel Hvide Falk just a stone's throw away from the church and the town museum. We offer tours in and around Ilulissat and to our favourite settlement Oqaatsut roughly 18 km/11 miles north of Ilulissat. During the summer months we go there by boat and offer - among other excursions - kayak day tours there and from February to April we go there with our snowmobiles and offer overnight stays at the cosy hotel.

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Ilulissat is home to a large number of sled dogs and the dogsled culture is highly cherished here. The many local fishermen use dogsleds when they go out on the Icefjord and load their sleds with large Greenland halibut. The sled is a useful tool just like it has been for more than a thousand years.