Ilulissat

Excursions with Sleigh Dogs

Whale Watching

Sounds of Icebergs

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Ilulissat

The Iceberg Paradise

Every city is known for something and Ilulissat is famous for being a true paradise in the midst of the ice. It is no coincidence that its name means “iceberg” in Greenlandic: the largest glacier in the world outside of Antarctica is in this area and it is also likely that the iceberg that sank the Titanic began its journey here.

 
It is enough to close your eyes for a moment and listen in silence to the noises and echo of the ice as it transforms and moves; to be carried away and immerse yourself in a truly magical and suggestive atmosphere. Thanks to your holiday with MSC Cruises, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greenland. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated in the Kangia fjord, where 3500-year-old archaeological finds have revealed that this was one of the largest sites inhabited by the Inuit Saqqaq and Dorset tribes.
 
Ilulissat is surrounded by ice sculptures – truly incredible natural works of art to admire – but this place also holds other surprises. Lovers of wild nature can enjoy numerous excursions in the hills or among the ruins of ancient villages, and, above all, participate in two typical local activities: excursions with sleigh dogs and whale watching. Don’t miss out on driving a sleigh; it is an unforgettable experience that will give you an incredible sense of adventure. The dogs start pulling at their chains with the first snow-fall of every year, and they are more than happy to pull you along the paths that they have been running on for centuries. The boat tours, on the other hand, offer the unique opportunity to see the humpback whales that swim close to Ilulissat, and to observe them while they play in their natural habitat.

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    Greenland

    Amid Glaciers and Whales
    Amid Glaciers and Whales

    It appears that we have Erik the Red to thank for naming this gigantic island "green land", despite the fact it is actually barren and icy rather than covered with fields.


    A thousand years ago, the first Europeans – Icelandic settlers – believed the Norman leader’s promises and followed him to start settling on Greenland’s coasts. The Inuit people arrived from North America about two hundred years later, adapting much better to its extreme climate than the first settlers. 


    Denmark only took possession of this territory officially in the 18th century, and today the country has its own form of self-government. An MSC cruise will take you to the small village of Ilulissat, which overlooks the bay of Baffin; Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, situated on the west coast, boasting just under twenty thousand inhabitants and the beautiful Katuaq cultural centre; Qaqortoq, situated on the southern tip of the island in front of the beautiful Lake Tasersuaq. During your MSC cruise, you can take an excursion in search of whales or get up close to the faces of the ice-mountains that jut into the sea.