Disko Bay & Ilulissat Icefjord

Disko Bay & Ilulissat Icefjord, photo by Michael Haferkamp
Disko Bay & Ilulissat Icefjord (photo by Michael Haferkamp)
 

Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Disko Bay and nearby Ilulissat Icefjord are among the world’s greatest locations to observe the glaciation process.

Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies at the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq. It is one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea.

From Disko Bay south: The coastline is complicated with multiple waterways of skerries and small islands in the Aasiaat archipelago. Qasigiannguit and Ilimanaq are the main settlements in the southeastern inlet, just south of the outflow of Ilulissat Icefjord.

From Disko Bay north: The bay is bounded by Qeqertarsuaq, the largest island on the western coast. North of Ilulissat and west of Aluttoq Island the bay transforms into Sullorsuaq Strait separating Qeqertarsuaq from Nuussuaq Peninsula.

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IceCap Lux

IceCap Lux is a detached villa with a terrace, located in Ilulissat. It provides free private parking. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen equipped with dishwasher. A flat-screen TV is offered. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$573

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Hotel Icefiord

The modern Hotel Icefiord is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland, 1 km from Ilulissat town centre. It offers a hotel bar and rooms with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$136 - $254

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Hotel Arctic

Located on the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord in western Greenland is this 4-star hotel. It provides fine dining and a free shuttle service from Ilulissat Airport, 5 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$208 - $412

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Icefiord Apartments

This property is on Greenland’s west coast, in the town of Ilulissat. It provides modern studio apartments with a kitchenette, a communal terrace with BBQ and convenient free parking. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $143

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Hotel Avannaa

Set 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre of Ilulissat, Hotel Avannaa has spectacular views of the world famous Ilulissat Icefjord. Staff can advise on arctic adventure tours and local activities, and the hotel also offers free airport transfers. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$121 - $502

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See all hotels in Disko Bay & Ilulissat Icefjord.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
B&B Geisler

B&B Geisler

B&B Geisler is located in Ilulissat. At B&B Geisler each simple room is carpeted and has a view of the glaciers and Baffin Bay. Bathroom facilities are shared. You will find a large terrace with outdoor seating and a barbecue grill. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Icefiord Apartments

Icefiord Apartments

This property is on Greenland’s west coast, in the town of Ilulissat. It provides modern studio apartments with a kitchenette, a communal terrace with BBQ and convenient free parking. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $143

$90-
IceCap Hostel

IceCap Hostel

IceCap Hostel is located in Ilulissat and offers rooms with a well-equipped kitchenette. On-site parking is free. The kitchenette includes a refrigerator, stovetop and an electric kettle and is standard in all rooms. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Hotel Nordlys

Hotel Nordlys

Hotel Nordlys is in the village of Rode Bay, 15 km from Ilulissat Airport. It provides simple, modern rooms and a shared kitchen. Guests can book fishing trips, dog sledding and many other activities. Nordlys’s rooms have shared toilets and showers. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$110 - $137

$110-
IceCap Apartments

IceCap Apartments

IceCap Apartments offers accommodation in Ilulissat, about 250 metres from the centre. It offers either self-catering apartments or basic rooms with shared facilities. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$112

$112-
Hotel Avannaa

Hotel Avannaa

Set 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre of Ilulissat, Hotel Avannaa has spectacular views of the world famous Ilulissat Icefjord. Staff can advise on arctic adventure tours and local activities, and the hotel also offers free airport transfers. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$121 - $502

$121-
Hotel Icefiord

Hotel Icefiord

The modern Hotel Icefiord is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland, 1 km from Ilulissat town centre. It offers a hotel bar and rooms with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$136 - $254

$136-
Apartment Aurora Borealis

Apartment Aurora Borealis

Offering a barbecue and ski-to-door access, Apartment Aurora Borealis is set in Ilulissat. The accommodation features a flat-screen TV and CD player. Some units have a dining area and/or terrace. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$193

$193-
Hotel Arctic

Hotel Arctic

Located on the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord in western Greenland is this 4-star hotel. It provides fine dining and a free shuttle service from Ilulissat Airport, 5 minutes’ drive away. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$208 - $412

$208-
IceCap Lux

IceCap Lux

IceCap Lux is a detached villa with a terrace, located in Ilulissat. It provides free private parking. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen equipped with dishwasher. A flat-screen TV is offered. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$573

$573-

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Unique Cultures

Inuit Culture

Disko Bay also represents the distinctive cultural landscape of artic people, demonstrating ways that the Inuit have utilized the area’s rich resources: walruses for ivory, seals for their pelts, and whales for a variety of materials.
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Unusual Local Feature

Real-Time Glaciering Processes

Ilulissat Icefjord is one of the few glaciers where the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea, making it more accessible than most others. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. Its annual calving is of over 35 km3 of ice, 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. The upwelling caused by calving icebergs brings up nutrient-rich water which supports prolific invertebrate life and attracts great numbers of fish, seals and whales that feed on the generated nutrients.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking is perhaps the best way to move around and see the entire glaciation process at work.
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