It’s impossible to mention Greenland without discussing one of its prized locals, Ilulissat. Ilulissat Greenland is a gem within an already magnificent country. It is a unique place not only in Greenland but also in the World, due to its proximity to the Kangia Fjord. When directly translated from Kalaallisut the word Ilulissat literally means “Icebergs”. Which is why it is not too surprising that Ilulissat’s Icefjord was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004. This means that it is a is a place of special cultural or physical significance. Ilulissat is a privileged enclave for nature lovers in search of new sensations.
The fjord generates up to 20 million tons of ice every day, which become gigantic icebergs of more than 100 meters above sea level. Here you can behold the one of the largest glaciers in the Sermeq Kujalleq. You can also participate in the most authentic expeditions, which will take you to the remains of the most ancient Inuit villages. The landscapes are incredible; you can witness them on snowmobiles or while trekking on a snow-shoe hike. This Greenland town is a unique experience on its own.
Ilulissat is a cozy place with a warm community. This city offers spectacular views, friendly locals, and almost as many dogs as people! There are some places in the world where you feel like you’re a part of a fixed program, like you’re an observer looking into a foreign world. But in Ilulissat Greenland, you feel as if you’ve been welcomed into someone’s home, as if you’re one with the locals.
Ilulissat captures all your senses. Even with your eyes closed you can still witness the greatness of the icebergs as they rumble and echo. Your eyes get to witness the beauty of the landscape, geometric perfection of the icebergs, and many hues of blue around the city. Treat your nose to the sweet and refreshing smells of crystal clean air. It is no secret that Greenland offers impeccable scenery. Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine that Ilulissat too offers fantastic sites but there is more to this town than just its looks. Ilulissat is a diverse town with a deep-rooted love of food. In fact, one of Ilulissat’s nicknames is the Gastronome’s Getaway.
Its museums invite you to spend a quiet morning or afternoon, discovering treasures of an ancient culture. History such as that of the oldest known boat, the kayak. You’ll have your options of staying in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel, hostel and or apartment. Imagine waking up with the excitement of knowing that a snow adventure awaits you. Imagine yourself gliding through the icebergs while waving to nearby animals. You’ll get to witness foxes and oxen them in their natural habitat. Now, imagine heading back down to the harbor to enjoy a barbeque with locals. Imagine walking through town on a Saturday morning and hearing the roar of sports fans cheering for their favorite athletes. That is Ilulissat Greenland, that is adventure.