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Ilulissat is a port town in western Greenland, located approx 350 km (220 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. The town covers a total area of approx 11 km2 (4 mi2). By population (around 5,000) it is ranksed Greenland's 3rd-largest city - after Nuuk and Sisimiut. Almost as many as the people are the sled-dogs.
The settlement was established in 1741 as trading post. Zion Church was built in late-18th century, as Greenland's biggest man-made structure at the time. Ilulissat Icefjord (UNESCO Site) with its pure white icebergs makes this port town a popular cruise ship tourist destination. Another major attraction is the enormous Disco Bay.
The town is served by Ilulissat Airport - located approx 3 km (2 mi) northeast of downtown. The airport was built in 1983 to serve flights to other towns in mid- and north-western Greenland. Flights are operated by the domestic airline Air Greenland. Since 2011, Air Iceland also offers flights from Ilulissat to Reykjavík (Iceland).
Ilulissat is a ferry port for Arctic Umiaq Line (freight and passenger shipping company). Arctic Umiaq serves the south-western Greenland route roundtrip from Nuuk. Next are listed route's ports of call (with arrival-departure times in brackets) - Nuuk (departure 8 pm)-Maniitsoq (6-630 am)-Kangaamiut (10-10:15 am)-Sisimiut (5-7 pm)-Aasiaat (6-6:15 am)-Qeqertarsuaq (10-10:15 am)-Ilulissat (3:30-5 pm)-Aasiaat (9:30-10 pm)-Sisimiut (9-11 am)-Kangaamiut (5:45-6 pm)-Maniitsoq (9:30-10 pm)-Nuuk (7-9 am)-Qeqertarsuatsiaat (4:30-4:45 pm)-Paamiut (11:45-12 midnight)-Arsuk (6:45-7 am)-Qaqortoq (4-7 pm)-Narsaq (9:9:30 pm)-Arsuk (6:45-7 am)-Paamiut (2-2:30 pm)-Qeqertarsuatsiaat (10:15-10:30 pm)-Nuuk (arrival 7:30 am).
Ilulissat was included as port of call in the Northwest Passage cruises of the following ships:
- Crystal Serenity - 32-days itinerary from Seward Alaska to NYC New York (2016 - August 16 to September 16)
- Crystal Serenity - 32-days itinerary 32-days Seward to New York City (2017 - August 15 to September 15)
- Note: All Northwest Passage ship transits are assisted by a Canadian icebreaker or other vessel with an ice-strengthened hull.
Port Ilulissat cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ilulissat, Greenland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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