Let's plan a trip to Ilulissat
Ilulissat Trip Planner
Things to do: nature, wildlife areas, museums
Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350km north of the Arctic Circle. With the population of 4,541 as of 2013, it is the third-largest city in Greenland, after Nuuk and Sisimiut. The city is home to almost as many sled-dogs.In direct translation, Ilulissat is the Kalaallisut word for "Icebergs". The nearby Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has made Ilulissat the most popular tourist destination in Greenland. Tourism is now the town's principal industry. The city neighbours the Ilulissat Icefjord, where there are enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. These white giants are a source of astonishment for both residents and visitors, when the gaze drifts to the wide Disco Bay and when you walk close to the fjord.HistoryThe town was established as a trading post by Jacob Severin's company in 1741 and was named in his honor.The Zion Church (Zions Kirke) was built in the late 18th century, and was the largest man-made structure in Greenland at the time. The final resident of nearby Sermermiut moved to Ilulissat in 1850.Ilulissat DeclarationThe town was the site of the Arctic Ocean Conference in May 2008. The joint meeting between Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States was held to discuss key issues relating to territorial claims in the Arctic (particularly Hans Island and Arktika 2007) and Arctic shrinkage produced by climate change.Add Ilulissat and other Greenland destinations to your travel plans using our Greenland itinerary planner.
Plan your trip to Ilulissat
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Best things to do in Ilulissat
See this by visiting one of the destinations below
Some destinations do not have accommodations and require staying in a nearby city. Here are places you can stay:
Recently planned trips to Qaasuitsup MunicipalityView more plans
15 days in Greenland BY A USER FROM BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Greenland BY A USER FROM HONG KONG October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Greenland BY A USER FROM INDONESIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe & Greenland BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium