Plan yourur trip
HOW TO GET THERE: There are direct flights from Reykjavik and Copenhagen. The schedules vary throughout the year.
BEST TIME TO GO: In the summer (June to August) for the warmest temperatures (average 4-10°C) and long hours of light, in the spring for dogsledding and northern lights.
EXPLORING THE AREA: Sail between the icebergs, trek the Yellow and Blue trails, fly along the fjord and to the icecap on a helicopter, spend a night at Eqi, the calving glacier, go for walks in town, soak in Greenlandic life.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Arctic is four-star, spacious and comfortable with views of icebergs from their aluminum igloos and traditional rooms. It is a 20-minute walk to town, five minutes by their shuttle service. Best rooms are 710 and 711. Hotel Icefiord is located in town, bergs can be viewed up close from their outdoor seating area and rooms. Room 215 has the best view. Hotel Hvide Falk is central with great views, but the décor needs updating. Affordable style-Hotel Avannaa is basic with clean lines.
WHERE TO EAT: Try the exceptionally good local and European cuisine at Mamartut. Ulo and Ferdinand are good restaurants at Hotel Arctic, and a meal at Hotel Icefiord is a welcome experience, with the bergs up close.
SHOPPING: Jewellery and folkloric figurines made of shed reindeer antlers, narwhal horns and walrus ivory can be purchased at The Glacier Shop, the Rasmussen Museum, and at tour shops and hotel lobbies.
NIGHTLIFE: Enjoy late night music at the bar in Hotel Naleraq, and at Murphy’s, which opens sporadically.
PACK: Dress in layers in adventure gear and hiking boots, as it can get very cold in the open boats even in the summer. Arctic gear, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and accessories are all available here. Sealskin clothing can be rented for excursions.