Immerse yourself completely in this unique world. The world’s largest island is strikingly beautiful, a land of massive ice formations, deep-blue fjords & lush pastures. It's also blessed with unique flora & fauna, the midnight sun, northern lights & the distinctive Inuit culture 



                                                               CONFERENCE ITINERARY

                                                                                                                 B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner



Saturday 07

Depart Australia in the evening with Emirates

Sunday 08
Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark in the afternoon & stay overnight at the Comfort Airport Hotel
Monday 09                                                                                                                                                                                       BLD
Today we fly to Greenland, viewing icebergs & glaciers from above. Our final destination is the town of Ilulissat on the west coast, 200kms above the Arctic Circle. This is the birthplace of the famous explorer Knud Rasmussen. It’s a short drive to our hotel & lunch will be served on arrival, followed by afternoon conference sessions with afternoon tea. This evening get to know your fellow delegates at our welcome dinner while viewing icebergs in Disko Bay, this will be a nice introduction to what’s in store for the week        


Tuesday 10                                                                                                                                                                                      BLD
Morning conference sessions with morning tea & lunch
The afternoon is spent cruising through the icebergs on picturesque Disko Bay. During one year, more than 48 km2 of ice flows into the fjord. The result are gigantic icebergs, some can be more than 100 mtrs on each side & with a height of more than 100 mtrs above the water surface. These giants stand at the end of the fjord & gives us the opportunity to sail among them. There’s also the chance to see the humpback, minke & fin whales that call Ilulissat home in summer

Wednesday 11                                                                                                                                                                                  BLD
Morning conference sessions with morning tea & lunch
The Ilulissat Icefjord is an incredible sight & you’ll see this UNESCO World Heritage Site this afternoon on our Sermermiut Settlement walk, south of Ilulissat. The icebergs you see in Disko Bay have calved from this 994,000 acre Icefjord. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement. It’s an easy 1.6km hike along a wooden boardwalk & the guide will tell stories about the Inuit people’s life & traditions before the Europeans arrived in Greenland. See turf hut ruins & touch the permafrost with your own hands. At the Nakkaavik viewpoint, enjoy tea or coffee while taking in the amazing view over the Icefjord 
After dinner you’re in for a treat when we go midnight sun sailing. The icebergs are beautiful in every kind of weather. In sunshine the contrasts are very clear, the blue shades are seen best when it is cloudy but sailing during the night with the sun shining is a fantastic experience, giving the icebergs a unique play of colours        
Thursday 12                                                                                                                                                                                    BLD
Our full day tour by boat takes us to the beautiful Eqi Glacier, which ends in the fjord 80 kms north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get close to the glacier & experience calving. The sounds are enormous & the sight of the icebergs crashing into the water is breathtaking. The route goes along the coast passing the settlement of Oqaatsut & the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often seen. Further on through the Ataa Strait - which is surrounded by steep mountains - you’ll see bird life & waterfalls. We'll stay in front of the glacier for approx. 2 hours to eat lunch while looking out for ice calving        

Friday 13                                                                                                                                                                                        BLD   
We leave Ilulissat today & fly to Kangerlussuaq for an adventure to the Greenlandic Ice Sheet & Russell Glacier. The Ice Sheet is a fantastic natural formation that has developed over millions of years as layers of compacted snow, ice, gasses, dust & water accumulated. Although the landscape appears to be a frozen mass that has stood unchanged for eons, the Ice Sheet is active. With an average thickness of 2-3 kms, the immense weight continues to push the ice outward toward the sea, which is why this so-called inland ice sheet can also be seen along much of Greenland’s coast. We travel in a 4WD vehicle over a bumpy dirt road & enter a stunning landscape of mountains, plains, semi-desert valleys, turquoise meltwater rivers, fertile moor, dense scrub with sandy dunes & barren mountain slopes. There’s the chance to see reindeer & muskox along the way. At the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the glacial foothills stretch from north to south as far as the eye can see & you’ll have the opportunity to walk on the ice sheet, definitely a once in a lifetime experience. On the way back we'll stop at Russell Glacier (standing up to 60 metres high) before our evening farewell dinner at a local restaurant beside a picturesque fresh water lake.  
Saturday 14                                                                                                                                                                                       B
Our Greenlandic adventure comes to an end when we fly back to Copenhagen. Overnight at the Comfort Airport Hotel                      
Sunday 15                                                                                                                                                                                        B
Depart Copenhagen with Emirates & arrive back into Australia on Monday 16 June OR join Medical Tours Australia’s Faroe Islands post conference tour.       
DR IRWIN LIM                           RHEUMOTOLOGY 
This education forms an Accredited Activity under the RACGP & ACRRM QI&CPD Programs

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