Icebergs: The town's claim to fame is ice. You don't have to go on a tour to see the huge bergs. Just walk to any high viewpoint, and you'll see them. If you want to get up close, your ship and every local tour office offers trips out to the ice in small boats.
Museum: Displays in the Knud Rasmussen Museum show typical Greenlandic dress and tell the town's history. Ilulissat was founded in 1741 as a trading post. Whale blubber and train engine oil (from whales) were shipped to Copenhagen in exchange for coffee, tobacco and guns. Moving to the present, shrimp, halibut and tourism are the main industries. The museum occupies the large red house where Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen was born in 1879. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekdays; 1 - 4 p.m. Sundays. Entrance: 25 DKK (about $4.65).
Souvenir shopping: For sealskin mittens, jackets, boots and toys, check out the shop in the small, unnamed red building between Spar Bank and a shop called Sara. For high-quality crafts and souvenirs, don't miss the shop with the big sign that reads "Greenland Tours, Elke Meissner." The owner, Elke Meissner, speaks excellent English and is a wealth of information about the town and local activities.
Art: A collection of Greenlandic art can be seen at the Emanuel A. Petersen Art Gallery. The paintings, mostly by Danish artist Emanuel Petersen, depict local scenes, which means icebergs, ships and Inuit people. The photography exhibit, in particular, is worth the visit. Open Tuesday - Friday, 1 - 4 p.m. Entrance: 25 DKK (about $4.65).
Grocery shopping: Pisiffik is a general store selling food, clothes and housewares. It's interesting to see reindeer chops in the freezer next to the halibut. Best of all is the large selection of wine. At around $20 a bottle you may want to stock up for the ship, as long as they allow you to bring alcohol onboard.