Ilulissat - Hike to Holms Bakke

Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna.

  • Enjoy a hike in stunning surroundings
  • See the old settlement of Sermermiut and Holms Bakke
  • Great views to the Jakobshavn Icefjord with its many icebergs
  • Learn about local flora & fauna, as well as glaciology.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 4: Hard

  • Duration

    Approx. 4-5 hours

  • Minimum number of passengers


  • Booking code


  • From

    $ 130

After months of winter darkness, the people of Ilulissat traditionally hike up to “Holms Bakke” on the 13th January to welcome the sun´s return. It is a festive occasion and the community celebrates with good food, drink and merriment.  

Holms Bakke provides magnificent views of the Jakobshavn Glacier and Ilulissat Icefjord, where icebergs move at an average speed of 19 metres per day. The glacier produces approximately 10% of all calving ice in Greenland. The hike continues to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut and old Inuit graves, before stopping for lunch.  

After lunch, the hike proceeds along the ice fjord where you learn about local flora & fauna, as well as glaciology. 

Practical information

  • Booking code: G-ILU3
  • Language: English
  • Included: Transfer; lunch packet and water
  • This excursion requires good hiking skills. Dress according to the weather and wear sturdy shoes. We do not recommend booking another excursion in Iluissat if you choose this one. Most of the hike is on an uneven path on a mountain. The last 1,5 km is on a wooden boardwalk. 

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