After months of dreary winter darkness, the people of Ilulissat traditionally hike up to “Holms Bakke” on January 13th to welcome the sun´s return. It is a festive occasion celebrated 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 surpassing 60 ft 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.