Disko Bay - In the Heart of Greenland

From Reykjavik to Reykjavik
  • All Arctic Cruises
  • Iceland and Greenland
  • Expedition
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Uncover Greenland’s exquisite and raw beauty on this 16-day expedition cruise, cruising from Reykjavik, Iceland, around the west of Greenland and back to Reykjavik. This journey is filled with culture and history as you sail across the Irminger Sea, used by the Vikings some 1,000 years ago and explore Qaqortoq and its local culture. Unearth small picturesque settlements surrounded by stunning natural landscapes found nowhere else. See the magnificent labour of nature within the Ilulissat, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy the sight of musk oxen roaming on the lands of a Norse Settlement on board the custom-built MS Fridtjof Nansen with lots of opportunities to get up close and personal during landings. Join this magical journey, experiencing the true Heart of Greenland.

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Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site.

Visit the capital of Greenland and have a look at its beautiful historic buildings.

Discover the unique wildlife of Greenland in its natural habitat while cruising.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Capital of Iceland - Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city. Norse settlers named the place Reykjavik (meaning 'Smoky Bay') after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area. The surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths that are well worth exploring before embarking on MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2-3
Crossing the Denmark Strait

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This crossing was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology and get to know with our innovative expedition ship.

Day 4
'Kalaallit Nunaat' - Land of the People

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and lovely setting. The biggest city in South Greenland, with some 3.000 inhabitants, Qaqortoq is easy to explore on foot, or you can join one of our excursions to get even more insight into the local culture.

Day 5
Exploration Day

We discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord on this exploration day. Our experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore walks, locate places to launch our kayaks, scout ideal communities to visit or find the best spots to scan for wildlife.

Day 6
The Venice of Greenland

Maniitsoq was founded in 1755 and its name means `The uneven place´, referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. It is also known as the `Venice of Greenland´ as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by natural canals.
The local museum provides an introduction to the town´s rich history and culture.

Day 7
'Where There are Fox Dens'

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `the people living in a place where there are fox dens´. This is the second-largest town in Greenland, a modern, picturesque settlement that maintains ancient traditions. We offer a variety of exciting excursions to discover the many things to do in Sisimiut.

Day 8
Icefjord - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ilulissat is set in the stunning scenery of the Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord, you can see enormous icebergs that have run aground. These ice masses originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of the fastest glaciers in the world. Join one of our many excursions here.

Day 9
Camp Frieda

We visit a location near Saqqaq that was without an official name until 2013. The place is special to us, as it has been named after one of our former Expedition Team members. We land at the beach to explore this most northerly destination of our voyage, in the breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora.

Day 10
Exploration Day - Evighed Fjord

Today´s exploration will take us to the meandering Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall mountains (up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) in height. Conditions of the day will determine the final program and the range of activities we will offer.

Day 11
Capital of Greenland - Nuuk

Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the most spectacular fjord systems in the world. The capital city is where old and new traditions meet, from historic buildings in `Kolonihavnen´ to the modern Centre for Greenland Self Rule. Another feature is the National Museum - home to the famous mummies of Qilakitsoq.

Day 12
Musk Oxen and a Norse Settlement

The abandoned town of Ivittuut is a stronghold for musk oxen. More than a thousand years ago, Vikings settled the area but left no written records behind. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established and the first to be abandoned.

Day 13
Exploration Day - Cape Farewell

Prince Christian Sound separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. If conditions allow, we will sail through this narrow channel and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell).

Day 14-15
Greenland Iceland

After exploring exhilarating Greenland, we set course back to Iceland. Spend the days at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science centre or just relaxing on deck, looking at the sea birds which follow our ship or maybe even spotting whales.

Day 16
Capital of Iceland - Reykjavik

You arrive in the Icelandic capital early in the morning. If you want to explore more of the country, add one of our Post-Programmes before you head home, or stay longer to enjoy the city and its surroundings.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • Included Copy 20 Rich program of included activities on all voyages
  • Included Copy 20 Boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
  • Included Copy 7 Travel protection plan  
  • Included Copy 7 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Excursions & Gratuities
Transportation
MS Fridtjof Nansen | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

530 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Onshore walks
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Hiking
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Duration

16 days

Price from

$6,620 USD

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