Disko Bay - In the Heart of Greenland 14-16 Days

From Reykjavik to Reykjavik OR From Rekyavik, Iceland to Copenhagen, Denmark
  • All Arctic Cruises
  • Iceland and Greenland
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Uncover Greenland’s exquisite and raw beauty on this 14-day or 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
Reykjavik - Embarkation

As today is Embarkation day, we recommending arriving in to Rekyavik at least 1 or 2 days prior to travel. It is a wonderful city to explore.

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before embarking MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2-3
At Sea - Crossing the Denmark Strait

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This is the same crossing that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology for insights into the upcoming destinations.

Day 4
Qaqortoq

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Qaqortoq Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Great Lake Walk
- Kaffemik
- Great Greenland Tannery

Day 5
Kvanefjord

We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 6
Maniitsoq

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 charts the town´s rich history and culture.

Day 7
Sisimuit

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `The People Living in a Place of 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.

Sisimuit Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Kayak Demo and Museum visit
- City tour by bus
- Sisimiut Town Walk
- Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa

Day 8
Ilulissat

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.

Ilulissat - Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Walk to the Icefjords
- Boat trip to the Ice Fjord
- Hike to Holms Bakke

Day 9
Vaigat Sound

We now arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.

Day 10
Evighed Fjord

We now arrive at the northernmost point in our itinerary. There are several excellent landing sites in Vaigat Sound offering breathtaking landscape and Arctic flora. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day.

Day 11
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.

Nuuk Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Shuttle & Museum visit
- Cultural history walk
- Nuuk City tour

Day 12
Ivittuut

According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering muskoxen which normally graze in the nearby plains.

Day 13
Prins Christian Sund

This long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), and up to 2,220 metres (7,280 ft) high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

Day 14-15
Irminger Sea, returning to Iceland

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

Day 16
Disembark Rekjavik

You arrive back 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 simply extend your stay to enjoy the trendy city and its surrounding geothermal features.

We recommend staying overnight in Rekjavik as flight times are not confirmed until closer to travel

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice condition
Excursions and activities are subject to change

Day 1
Reykjavik - Embarkation

As today is Embarkation day, we recommending arriving in to Rekyavik at least 1 or 2 days prior to travel. It is a wonderful city to explore.

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. The name means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from the many hot springs in the area. It is well worth booking a Pre-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before embarking MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2-3
At Sea - Crossing the Denmark Strait

We leave Iceland behind and sail across the Irminger Sea. This is the same crossing that was used by the Vikings to migrate from Iceland to Greenland some 1,000 years ago.
Enjoy introductory lectures on local history and biology for insights into the upcoming destinations.

Day 4
Prins Christian Sund

The long fjord is surrounded by mountains that reach over 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), and up to 2,220 metres (7,280 ft) high. Many glaciers go straight into its waters where they calve icebergs of all shapes, shades, and sizes. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell) instead.

Day 5
Qaqortoq

Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland for its colourful houses and photogenic setting. It is the biggest town in South Greenland, with some 3,000 inhabitants, but still easy to explore on foot. You can also join one of our excursions to get even more insight into local culture.

Qaqortoq Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Great Lake Walk
- Kaffemik
- Great Greenland Tannery

Day 6
Ivittuut

According to archaeologists, Vikings settled in this area more than a thousand years ago but didn’t remain. Ivittuut is believed to be the last Norse settlement in Greenland, but first to be abandoned. Nowadays, the only inhabitants that might appear in the town are wandering muskoxen which normally graze in the nearby plains.

Day 7
Kvanefjord

We discover the beautiful region of Paamiut by sailing deep into Kvanefjord. Our experienced captain and Expedition Leader will take advantage of the current weather and ice conditions to identify our activity for the day. This could be a hike ashore for a scenic view of the area, or possibly small-boat cruising or kayaking.

Day 8
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.

Nuuk Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Shuttle & Museum visit
- Cultural history walk
- Nuuk City tour

Day 9
Maniitsoq

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 charts the town´s rich history and culture.

Day 10
Sisimuit

Sisimiut is situated 40 km north of the Arctic Circle. The name means `The People Living in a Place of 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.

Sisimuit Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Kayak Demo and Museum visit
- City tour by bus
- Sisimiut Town Walk
- Hike to Palasip Qaqqaa

Day 11
Ilulissat

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.

Ilulissat - Excursions to choose from (additional costs may apply):
- Walk to the Icefjords
- Boat trip to the Ice Fjord
- Hike to Holms Bakke

Day 12
Area Arctic Circle

This day is dedicated to an area or activity around the Arctic Circle, at the discretion of the captain together with the Expedition Team and depending on the local conditions at the time. We might explore a nearby settlement, go on a hike, or find the perfect site for a small boat cruise. You can be sure that whatever we decide do, it will be a memorable part of your Arctic adventure.

Day 13
Kangerlussuaq

Returning to Kangerlussuaq, we take a trip to the Reindeer Glacier at the Greenland Ice Cap, stretching 1,500 miles north and reaching heights of up to 3,200 metres above sea level. Enjoy a farewell barbecue meal aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen before disembarking and transferring to the airport for a late evening flight to Copenhagen.

Day 14
Disembark - Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive at Copenhagen airport early in the morning from where you can head home. Or, extend your trip to explore this trendy capital; its royal history, modern architecture, sustainable living, and world-class restaurant scene. Come and find out why the city regularly tops the charts as one of the happiest places to live.

Flight not included.

We recommend extending your stay in Copenhagen, to enjoy this fascinating city.

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice condition
Excursions and activities are subject to change

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 13 or 15 nights onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen in a Polar Inside Cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Prices based on lead in Polar Inside cabin. Cabin Upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch & dinner incl. house beer, wine, sodas & still water - in Aune/Fredheim restaurant
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Included Copy 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • Included Copy 20 Boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library & advanced biological microscopes
  • Included Copy 20 Professional onboard photographer gives top tips & tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photo
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gyms
  • Included Copy 20 Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Iceland
  • Included Copy 20 Free Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. No Streming
  • Included Copy 31 Optional shore excursions, small-group activities & treatments in the wellness and spa area
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
Transportation
MS Fridtjof Nansen | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

530 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Shore excursions - Some free and some at additional charges - Please ask for more details
  • Included Kayaking (additional charges apply)
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Included Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
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Duration

14 days

Price from

$10,779 USD

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